Highlights September 6 to September 12

KLRU Highlights

Spend a day at Prune as Gabrielle cooks smoky eggplant, celery salad and sweetbreads on The Mind of a Chef Prune at 5:30 pm on Sunday.

On Great British Baking Show Cakes at 6 pm on Sunday, meet the 13 bakers who make simple sandwich cakes in the Signature challenge, angel food cakes in Mary’s Technical challenge and all things chocolate in the Showstopper.

Asked to clear a man convicted of animal mutilation, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finds there’s more to the case than meets the eye on Masterpiece Arthur & George Part 1 at 7 pm on Sunday.

Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Empty Hearse at 8 pm on Sunday.

The gang decides to join Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class on Vicious Ballroom at 9:30 pm on Sunday. Nimble on his feet, Stuart quickly becomes teacher’s pet, leaving Freddie in a huff, while Violet becomes a hit with the amorous teacher in other ways.

When an alcoholic woman is found drowned near her home, Father Brown suspects murder, although the police think it’s an accident on Father Brown The Flying Stars at 10 pm on Sunday.

Many years have passed since Dr. Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be on Doctor Blake Mysteries Still Waters at 11 pm on Sunday.

Antiques Roadshow Myrtle Beach Hour 3 at 7 pm on Monday visits the Waccamaw River with host Mark L. Walberg and militaria appraiser Christopher Mitchell as they discuss an important 19th-century blockade rifle. Other discoveries include an 1884 Courier & Ives print; a Pennsylvania folk art whirligig; and a 1936 first edition of Gone With the Wind, valued at $12,000-$15,000.

Beginning with an examination of slavery, Civil War The Cause – 1861 at 8 pm on Monday looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states’ rights. Significant events include John Brown’s rebellion at Harper’s Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln, the firing on Fort Sumter and the jubilant rush to arms on both sides.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier-not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his “high-tech” command center: the War Department Telegraph Office, America’s first “Situation Room.” Lincoln@Gettysburg at 10 pm on Monday will unfold the greatest turning point in American history: the rebirth of a nation and the dawn of the information age.

Follow Muhammad Ali’s path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson’s disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics on In Their Own Words Muhammad Ali at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Civil War A Very Bloody Affair – 1862 at 8 pm on Tuesday, see the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln’s war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Then, on Civil War Forever Free – 1862, convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation.

Watch interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories at 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

Legend paints the wolverine as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. Nature Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom at 7 pm on Wednesday takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is.

On Civil War Simply Murder – 1863 at 8 pm on Wednesday begins with the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and follows two clashes: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. Then, on Civil War The Universe of Battle – 1863, learn how the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday talks with Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy.

Since 1995, Rude Mechanicals have created original theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. On Arts In Context Rude Mechs at 7:30 pm on Thursday, learn how the group has jumped into the national spotlight.

Civil War Valley of the Shadow – 1864 at 8 pm on Thursday begins with a biographical comparison of Grant and Lee and then chronicles the series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. Then, Civil War Most Hallowed – 1864 teaches you how the presidential campaign of 1864 set Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan.

William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea brings war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy on Civil War War Is All Hell – 1865 at 8 pm on Friday. Then, Civil War The Better Angels of Our Nature – 1865 recounts the final days of the war, the capture of John Wilkes Booth and the fates of the series’ major figures.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business at 10:30 pm on Friday. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record, Essential Tremors. Then, ACL features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands on Saturday at 7 pm.

How do organic techniques improve homegrown food? Learn more, plus see how gardens help a high school keep students at risk for graduation on Central Texas Gardener Why Grow Organically at noon on Saturday.

Science Night September 9

This week’s Science Night takes you into the world of a mysterious creature and a historic war. On Nature, the complex image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge. And then, Ken Burns’ The Civil War examines the pivotal year of 1863.

Nature Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom at 7 pm
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untamable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. Enter the secretive world of the wolverine to find out who this dynamic little devil truly is.

The Civil War Simply Murder – 1863 / The Universe of Battle – 1863 at 8 pm
In this piece of Ken Burns’ Civil War, Simply Murder covers the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and follows two clashes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. Then, in The Universe of Battle, learn how the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war.

In this interview, watch Ken Burns discuss his revolutionary documentary, The Civil War.

In the Studio: Robert Reich tapes Overheard 9/8

Overheard taping announcement

RSVP NOW for a taping of KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith with Robert Reich

Tuesday, September 8 at 3:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A
Doors open at 2:45pm
Tapings are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity. 

Reich_Robert_small (1)Robert Reich is a leading expert on work and the economy. He served in 3 U.S. administrations, including as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and on President Obama’s economic transition advisory board. In 2008 TIME magazine named him one of the 10 most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century. Reich has written 14 books and stars in the 2013 documentary Inequality for All. Reich is in Austin to deliver the The 2015 Liz Carpenter Distinguished Lecture in Plan II. The lecture is free and open to the public at 7pm on September 8th in the LBJ Library’s Lady Bird Auditorium.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Robert Reich. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015!  Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at texastribune.org/festival.

September 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2015, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, Wednesday, September 1-2 at 7:00 pm: BIG BLUE LIVE
Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters and brown pelicans — convene in this once-a-year confluence.

Wednesday, September 2 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “Bigger Than T. Rex”
NOVA joins paleontologist Paul Sereno on the trail of Spinosaurus — the biggest and most fearsome predator of all time.

Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 pm: IN THEIR OWN WORDS “Jim Henson”
This film follows Jim Henson’s career from his first work with the Muppets in the early 1950s during television’s Golden Age up to his sudden and shocking death in 1990, as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific and influential artists of his time.

Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances”
Growing up in the wild is always rough – and young animals rely on their parents to protect and nurture them through the dangerous early phase of life. But how do young animals survive when they’ve lost their mothers? This heartwarming and emotional series follows the work of animal rescue centers around the world and introduces the extraordinary people who have devoted their lives to helping all sorts of wild orphans get back on their feet.

Dropping Back In

As part of our American Graduate initiative, KLRU presents back-to-back airings of Dropping Back In, a Kentucky Educational Television (KET) series focusing on America’s dropout crisis airing on public television stations across the country. During these half-hour documentary-style programs, you will meet some of America’s dropouts, come to understand the issues they face and learn about the people and programs helping them drop back in and move on with their educations and lives.

For more information and to watch full episodes, visit the program’s official site here.

Dropping Back In #101 “Second Chances”
Re-airs on KLRU September 13 at 1 pm and September 14 at 10 pm

High school dropouts, educators and researchers introduce the economic and personal costs of dropping out, why a high school equivalency is no longer enough and the benefits of dropouts gaining second chances. Two former dropouts, Kellie Blair Hardt, homeless as a child, now an award-winning teacher, and Hasan Davis, former commissioner of juvenile justice for the state of Kentucky, tell their stories.

Dropping Back In #105 “Building A Better Life”
Airs on KLRU September 13 at 1:30 pm and September 14 at 10:30 pm

Building a Better Life for the Dropping Back In series looks at successful apprenticeship programs around the country that are helping get adults back into education and into jobs. There are currently 2 million open jobs that have no skilled laborers to fill them. This new program in the series looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs preparing under-educated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching valuable skills.

KLRU News Brief: 10 Years After Katrina, Some Evacuees Remain in Austin

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, thousands of evacuees traveled to Texas. More than 7,000 came to Austin, where many slept in the Austin Convention Center. To mark 10 years since the storm KLRU spoke with 7 New Orleanians about their experiences during Hurricane Katrina and why they chose to stay in Austin to create a new life.

One of those individuals is Jese Webb. Jese stayed in New Orleans during the storm. He didn’t leave his home until he was forced to do so by rising water after the levees broke. He then spent up to 5 days in the New Orleans Convention Center. He arrived by plane to Austin and spent another 6 days at the Austin Convention Center. Now he’s a preacher and a hair stylist.

Aquita “Q” Gaddis-Gray was a young single mom when she drove out of New Orleans before the storm hit. She evacuated with her three year old daughter and a hundred dollars to her name. Now, she’s a cosmetologist, is married, and has 4 children. Q says she stayed in Austin to experience a different life than the one she had in New Orleans and 10 years later she calls herself blessed.

You can find all of our interviews marking the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina here.

Big Blue Live

This summer, PBS and BBC invited you to dive into the deep blue sea with their live television and multimedia event, Big Blue Live.

Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together for two amazing live weeks in late August and early September to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California.

ABOUT-Humpback-Whale2Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures – humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans – convene in this once-a-year confluence.

In the television feed, as well as streaming online and in social media, viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality” shows delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves.

KLRU presents the three-night live special beginning on Monday, August 31.

What’s happening this weekend: Aug. 29-30

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School may have started for most Austin schools, but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick back and relax this weekend. Here are some of our suggestions.

Stay in the AC with The Muppets!

Alamo Drafthouse is offering a donation-based screening of The Muppet Movie as part of its Alamo Kids Camp on Saturday. For just $1, $2 or $3, join the Drafthouse as Gonzo, Rowlf, Fozzie, Piggy, Kermit and the gang embark on a cross-country trip that shows us just how the Muppets came to be. Donations benefit the Austin Film Society’s community education program. Obviously, before you go, you should catch up on some episodes of Sesame Street and then watch this PBS NewsHour clip in which Sonia Manzano, who will leave Sesame Street after playing Maria for more than 40 years, talks about who her favorite muppet is — and why.

Hours: 12 p.m. Admission: Donation-based. Details and tickets here.

Free live music, food and fun at Fair Market

Would it truly be an Austin weekend without some sort of free festival featuring some of Austin’s best live music? Probably not. This weekend, it’s the Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival at Fair Market, which is sure to fill up fast, so get there early. The festival will feature performances from Dale Watson and his Lonestars, The Black Angels, Old 97s, Grupo Fantasma and LaTasha Lee, along with vendors, a live mural painting, carnival games and more. Get in the mood and watch The Black Angels perform “Don’t Play With Guns” from their 2013 Austin City Limits performance.

Hours: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here and on Facebook.

Get your groove on for free!

Whether you’re a pro dancer or you’ve always wanted to learn, this weekend’s free days of dance are welcoming all skill levels at studios in Austin and Pflugerville. On Saturday, Lone Star Dance Center in Pflugerville is hosting free jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical and more classes for a range of age groups. Then, on Sunday, get your groove on at Come Dance! 2015 at Ballet Austin featuring Afro-Brazilian, Ballet, Bollywood, Contemporary, Fosse Jazz, Hip Hop, Horton-based Modern, Hula, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Modern, Tap, West African Dance & Drums, Videodance, Zumba, Cardio Dance, Piloxing and even some kid-friendly classes! Before you go, watch Arts in Context highlight contemporary and performance art from Austin’s Fusebox Festival. Fusebox is a space where artists and audiences can take risks, ask questions and explore ideas together, break rules, and blur boundaries. The 2012 festival features an amazing mix of local and international artists performing theater, dance and music.

Hours: Varying class times. Admission: Free! Details here for Lone Star Dance Center and here for Ballet Austin.

Q Night at the Movies 8/29

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies brings you around the world! After On Story teaches you about the modern day Neo Noir, The Third Man takes you on a mysterious adventure through Vienna and Spies Beneath Berlin transports you to the Soviet sector of Berlin’s past. Finally, The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint looks back at a classic American club.

On Story Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir at 7:30 pm
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir—a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s —and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.

Corinth Film Collection The Third Man at 8 pm
Pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Orson Welles).

Spies Beneath Berlin at 9:35 pm
This film tells the extraordinary true story of the top-secret mission to build a spy tunnel into the Soviet sector of one of the most heavily guarded cities in history. CIA Chief Alan Dulles would later describe the tunnel as “one of the most valuable and daring operations ever undertaken.”

The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint at 10:29 pm
This film chronicles the 45-year history of a Washington, D.C., landmark and takes viewers on a journey from Dixieland to Dave Matthews, from strippers and bikers to hippies and punks. The kind of club that’s all but vanished from the American scene, The Bayou featured jazz legends in the 1950s; rock ‘n roll and student riots in the ’60s; the debuts of Kiss, the Runaways, Dire Straits, Foreigner and U2 in the ’70s and ’80s; and the last performance by international star Eva Cassidy in the ’90s.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights August 30 to September 5

KLRU Highlights

Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service at 7 pm on Sunday lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall at 8 pm on Sunday and 9 pm on Saturday.

On Vicious Sister at 9:30 pm on Sunday, Violet panics when her wealthy sister Lillian, whom she hasn’t seen in years, announces a visit. Then, at 10 pm on Sunday, feeling unfit, Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness instructor persuades the pair to sign up for an expensive membership on Vicious Gym.

When an ungodly man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock, Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows on Father Brown The Hammer of God at 10:30 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on Saturday.

PBS Previews – The Best of Fall 2015 brings you a look at PBS’ fall 2015 programs, including Walt Disney: American Experience, Indian Summers on Masterpiece, Gorongosa Park, American Epic, Earth’s Natural Wonders, NOVA, Nature, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having and the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs in the three-episode live series, Big Blue Live. Episode one airs on Monday at 7 pm, episode two airs on Tuesday at 7 pm and episode three airs on Wednesday at 7 pm.

In the latest Roadshow’s Most Wanted segment at 8 pm on Monday, Antiques Roadshow Myrtle Beach Hour 2 investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina’s Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent.

POV Point and Shoot at 9 pm on Monday lets you ride shotgun with Matt VanDyke, who films his self-transformation from a timid 26-year-old to a motorcycle-driving rebel, fighting in the Libyan revolution. Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry tells his amazing story.

Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years on In Their Own Words Queen Elizabeth II at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline Putin’s Way at 9 pm on Tuesday investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin’s Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.

Meet Spinosaurus—the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur ever on NOVA Bigger Than T. Rex at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. The Avett Brothers perform tunes from their LP Magpie and the Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their comeback album, A Dotted Line at 9 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. Then, the best contemporary rock hits the ACL stage with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business at 7 pm on Saturday.

A dozen years ago, Andy Roddick was the number one men’s tennis player in the world – the last American male to hold that title, and the last to win a Grand Slam singles event. Overheard with Evan Smith Andy Roddick, Former Professional Tennis Player on Thursday at 7 pm features the TV sports commentator and philanthropist whose namesake foundation is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

Specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments – such as federal buildings, power plants, or scaffolding at the shores of Lady Bird Lake – Blue Lapis Light’s aerial dance creates what founder Sally Jacques describes as “prayers for the planet” on Arts In Context Here and Beyond at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch on BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad—Tomball, Texas. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber on The Daytripper Tomball, TX at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 9 pm on Thursday. Featuring Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX band.

Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s on American Masters Althea at 8 pm on Friday. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.

Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success at 10:30 pm on Friday traces Paul Newman’s legacy of giving. The half-hour documentary chronicles the path of the Newman’s Own Foundation food company—the brainchild of Newman and writer A.E. Hotchner—as it evolved and funded a variety of charities across the nation.

Get the color palette to attract butterflies and visit a City Hall where plants for drought and wildlife replace grass on Central Texas Gardener Gardening by Color for Butterflies at noon on Saturday.