Highlights 3/1 to 3/7

The Celtic Women return with a collection of memorable highlights and songs from their past three hit concerts on Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Rick Steves winds through the most romantic spots in Europe, from Spain to the Czech Republic in Rick Steves’ Romantics’ Europe at 9 p.m. Sunday.


Texas Monthly Talks with John Mendelsohn

Program: Texas Monthly Talks
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 26
Also airs: Sunday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m.
Watch episodes online at klru.org/texasmonthlytalks

If you are unlucky enough to be in need of the services provided by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, then you know all you need to know about this extraordinary facility. At what may be the most frightening, most emotionally wrenching moment of your life — when you or a loved one is diagnosed with a disease that may well be fatal, one that kills, it is estimated, 1,500 people each day — one of the nation’s two premier institutions with expertise in the causes, treatment, and prevention of every conceivable form of cancer is able and eager to assist you. more

Highlights 2/22 to 2/28

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday looks at the Druids, the most celebrated wolf pack in North America who were reintroduced into Yellowstone to try and restore an entire ecosystem that had begun to break without its wolves.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part two of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” as Oliver, wounded from the evening burglary attempt, is nursed back to health by Nancy.

American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday tells the story of Pete Hernandez, a field hand who murdered his employer, and how a landmark civil rights case emerged from it.

History Detectives at 9 p.m. Monday prove once again that an object found in the attic or backyard can be anything but ordinary as they travel the country uncovering hidden treasures in the hands of unbeknownst owners.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday investigates the mystery of mautam, a crippling famine that affects the remote Indian state of Mizoram once every half-century.

President Obama will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. This speech is in lieu of a State of Union address during this inaugural year. The Newshour at 8 p.m. Tuesday will include post-address analysis and live coverage of the Republican response to the speech.

Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday tells the story of the nation’s first large-scale boycott challenging segregation.

Independent Lens at 10 p.m. Tuesday reveals a complex story about race relations and the ever-present racial divide that persists in America through America’s oldest Mardi Gras, in Mobile, Alabama.

From back-country skiing in Yosemite National Park to pole fishing off a Florida island, Adventure Lodges of North America at 7 p.m. Wednesday offers travelers unique adventure opportunities in some of America’s most isolated regions.

Hosted by Jean Louisa Kelly, America’s Ballroom Challenge at 8 p.m. Wednesday shows how thousands of dancers compete for the ultimate title of America’s Best Ballroom Couple.

Nashville brothers Kings of Leon perform followed by Texas rock & roll legend Rory Erickson in Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Dr. John Mendelsohn head of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center discusses the center’s cutting-edge research on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Docubloggers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday revisits some of the best stories from past seasons, including last year’s Buda Weiner Dog races.

Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday looks at the history of Austin, doing up downtown on a dime, and the Republic of Texas Biker Rally.

In Context at 8:30 p.m. Thursday chronicles the creative process through interviews with artists.

President Barack Obama presents the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Stevie Wonder at this special concert at 9 p.m. Thursday in celebration of African American History Month.

In Magnificent Mind at Any Age, at 9 p.m. Friday, Dr. Daniel Amen explores the many natural ways we can keep our brains healthy and enhance our brain power effectively.

Author and IRA expert Ed Slott provides viewers to take control of their retirement savings and prevent personal financial disaster in Stay Rich Forever and Ever at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Filmed in black and white against an art deco stage, Roy Orbison and Friends at 7 p.m. Saturday gives a triumphant performance for Roy Orbison with acts from Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, among others.

Great Performances at 8:30 Saturday captures legendary band The Police on their 2007 farewell tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer bring their beloved television characters Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle back to life in this As Time Goes By special at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Review: American Experience "A Class Apart"

Program: American Experience “A Class Apart”
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 23
Preview “A Class Apart” at pbs.org/americanexperience

When we talk about civil rights cases, many people are familiar with the historic case of Brown v. Board but not many are familiar with a case that is just as important, Hernandez v. Texas.  This historical case that went all the way to the Supreme Court is the focus of the documentary “A Class Apart.”

Earlier this month, KLRU had a special screening of “A Class Apart” at Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center. Filmmaker Carlos Sandoval was present to introduce the film and to answer questions from the individuals that packed the auditorium at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). more

In Context preview

Program: In Context
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19

Presented as part of African American History Month, this week’s In Context features a short roundtable discussion about what it means to be black in 2009. Eli Reed,  Magnum photojournalist and UT professor; Roxanne Evans, Communications Specialist with the Austin Independent School District; Michael Hurd, co-editor-in-chief for the Texas Black History Preservation Project; and Adam Semien, student at St. Edward’s University discuss the issue using Eli Reed’s work as a launching pad.

This episode also features a performance by jazz singer Pamela Hart with James Polk on the piano.

Texas Monthly Talks with Roy Spence

Program: Texas Monthly Talks
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19
Also airs: Sunday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m.
Watch episodes online at klru.org/texasmonthlytalks

He is one of the great salesmen — a natural storyteller and pitchman, someone who instinctively understands what motivates buyers and sellers alike, and, thankfully, someone who understands that there’s more to life than commerce. Maybe it’s because he didn’t start out expecting to become the leading Texas adman of his day and has never thought of himself in the quote-unquote advertising business. Born and raised 60 years ago in the tiny town of Brownwood, Roy Spence enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin intending to be a lawyer. One pre-law class cured him of that particular affliction, and he switched his major to government. more

African American Lives: Austin edition pt 2

Building on the widespread acclaim of African American Lives (2006) and Oprah’s Roots (2007), African American Lives 2 journeys deep into the African-American experience to reveal the triumphs and tragedies within the family histories of an all-new group of remarkable participants. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns as series host, guiding genealogical investigations. Part two airs Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m.

In conjunction with the rebroadcast of this series, KLRU’s Michael Emery will be blogging about his own genealogical experiences. Here is part one of his journey.

In addition to a great waste of time, the Internet has been a great advancement for genealogy. Consider the way the soc.genealogy newsgroups were adopted by a neat California couple in the 1990s and became Rootsweb.com, operating out of a nondescript Unix box on the floor of a spare room in their house. It got way too big, way too fast for them, so then Ancestry.com bought the rights and consolidated it with their commercial operations, while still maintaining lots of free services for historians and genealogists. It must be the world’s biggest genealogy operation anywhere.

DirecTV viewers

DirecTV viewers,
Many of you have written KLRU wondering why you can’t watch KLRU in HD. For now DirecTV is downconverting our HD signal to provide KLRU on their system. This step was taken recently so they could continue to provide our channel after the impending demise of analog. They do not, yet, have the technical infrastructure in place to provide our signal in HD. They are working through the top 50 markets, transitioning each one to HD, and have not done the Austin market yet. When asked about the time frame for our transition and they could not give a specific date.

Frontline "Inside the Meltdown"

Frontline “Inside the Meltdown”
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 17

Here’s what reviewers are saying about  “Inside the Meltdown”:

“Inside the Meltdown is a post-traumatic-stress flashback: a searing
look at how the treasury secretary at the time, Henry M. Paulson Jr.,
and others acted–and failed to act–in those fraught days in September
when the world’s entire economic system seemed on the brink of
evaporating.” -Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

“… illuminating and sobering… like being a fly on the wall.” –
Michelle Archer, USA Today

Review: Austin City Limits Sarah McLachlan/Duffy

Austin City Limits “Sarah McLachlan followed by Duffy”
Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Additional air dates: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 p.m.
Preview the show at austincitylimits.org

For fans of intelligent, passionate songcraft, Sarah McLachlan hardly needs any introduction. The Canadian singer/songwriter has been an award-winning, critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum artist for two decades. Her 1987 debut album Touch launched the classically-trained Nova Scotia native as a star in the Great White North; subsequent albums Solace, Fumbling Towards Ectsasy and the Grammy-winning Surfacing made her an international sensation. Hits like “Possession,” “Into the Fire,” “Fallen” and “Building a Mystery” remain staples of adult album alternative radio. In addition to creating her own music, she’s recorded numerous songs for soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2, curated the Lilith Fair music festival, launched a children’s choir and percussion ensemble as part of a Vancouver-based outreach program and supported or established various charities around the world. Now, in support of her recently-released greatest hits album Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan and its single “U Want Me 2,” she comes to studio 6A for her long-awaited debut episode of Austin City Limits.