Highlights 8/30 to 9/5

Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis for a second season. The much loved Oxford policeman is once again joined by Laurence Fox (A Room with a View) as Lewis’ young partner DS Hathaway. And as the relationship between Inspector and Sergeant grows and develops we see new sides to the inimitable duo on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Uncovers a stoic act of defiance and dignity behind the Stalag 17’s barbed wire on History Detectives 8 p.m. Monday.

In his illustrious career, Herbert von Karajan led the legendary Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years; he was also closely associated with the Vienna Philharmonic and served as artistic director of the Vienna State Opera on Great Performances at 9 p.m. Monday.

Reading Rainbow says goodbye

Reading Rainbow will no longer be provided by PBS to stations for broadcast starting on Aug. 28. No new episodes of the children’s program have been produced for several years and PBS removed the series from its daily lineup last fall to make room for new programs with reading and science/math content. After nearly a after a quarter century on public television, the series will no long be broadcast over the air. Producers of the series are working to continue the show online and DVDs of episodes will be available through Shop PBS.

Editor’s Note: Reading Rainbow has been an influential part of the learning expereince for many children.  Please share your story about the show’s impact by leaving a comment below.

Highlights 8/23 to 8/29

Kevin Whately returns as Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis in the spin-off to the popular Inspector Morse series on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday travel to Austin to discover if a balloon fragment is a piece of Japanese balloon that floated across the Pacific Ocean in 1945 as a balloon bomb.

Why we love cats and dogs

Program: Nature “Why We Love Cats and Dogs”
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Sunday, August 16

Ask anyone and they immediately know — they’re either a dog person or a cat person. What is this all about? Follow an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers and devoted owners all weigh in. Dogs, we discover, are geniuses at reading what we want and the complex cat-human bond can be as fickle or as deep as a marriage. Funny, touching and provocative, we ask how well we really know our best friends and why we love them so much.

Be part of the equation: Support KLRU this weekend

Tonight we enter the final weekend of KLRU’s summer pledge drive.  Over the last 14 days we’ve raised more than $186,000 towards purchasing the quality programs you value and count on.  To reach our goal, KLRU must raise $54,000 in the next 3 days.  Put another way – KLRU needs YOU and 539 other special people to step forward and give a gift of $100. Make your donation now at klru.org/support

KLRU spends $75 for each hour of the more than 20,000 hours of programming we air each year.  Ask yourself, how many hours of PBS programs have you enjoyed on KLRU in the past year?  How many hours will you watch in the year to come?  Make your special commitment to public television in your community with your gift now.

Thank you for watching and supporting KLRU!
Bill Stotesbery
KLRU President & CEO

Highlights 8/17 to 8/22

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Follow an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets on Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday.

My Music at 8:30 p.m. Sunday presents its first Big Band music retrospective featuring the biggest songs that got us through World War II and kick-started the baby boom with brassy legends that will take viewers on a “Sentimental Journey”.

Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and more celebrate Roy Orbison at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Thanks to our volunteers

One of my favorite parts of my job is working with phone volunteers from the community during our on-air fundraising drives. I meet people from all over Austin and the surrounding area who each bring something unique to the studio. I’ve gotten to know several of the regulars who volunteer during each drive and look forward to seeing them again when we go on-air to speak directly to the community about KLRU.

Another fun part of working with the phone volunteers is welcoming the new people who come in for the first time. It is a treat to work with them while they enjoy meeting new people and see what goes on behind-the-scenes to make live television happen. Thank you to all our volunteers who help make our fundraising drives a success. If you would like to volunteer to answer phones during a live fundraising night at KLRU, sign up now to receive volunteering updates at klru.org

Watch on Sunday (8/16) night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to see more of our community volunteers in action.

— Sara Childress

About the Author: Sara Childress is the Membership Manager for KLRU. When she’s not coordinating fundraising campaigns, she earnestly contemplates the meaning of life; this is possibly due to the influence of watching too much Monty Python during her formative years.