Review: Masterpiece "Endgame"

Program: Masterpiece Classic “Endgame”
When: Sunday, October 25, at 8 p.m. (repeats on KLRU-Q Monday, October 26, at 8 p.m.)

Endgame is the true story of the covert discussions that led to the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, and the eventual first democratic election of 1994.

Michael Young, played by Jonny Lee Miller, is a UK businessman who brings together the Afrikaners and members of the African National Congress (ANC). Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Thabo Mbeki, the man who would eventually succeed Mandela as President. Ejiofor does an excellent job of capturing the internal conflict of Mbeki, mirrored by the conflict within the ANC at the time. Professor Will Esterhuyse, representing the Afrikaners, is portrayed by William Hurt. As always, Hurt delivers. The man has never given anything but an outstanding performance and this film is no different. The scenes between Mbeki and Esterhuyse, documenting the evolution of their relationship, are captivating, particularly the scene in which they discuss the origins of fear.

Also notable is Mark Strong who is sufficiently evil as Dr. Neil Barnard, one of the many men who greatly underestimated Mandela.

Finally, Clarke Peters’s quiet performance as Mandela is inspiring. I remember watching the release of Mandela in 1990 as an elementary school student. Almost 20 years later, the recreated scene of his walk with Winnie had me in tears. Knowing how it all ends does not lessen the impact of this moment in human history.

— Malaika Naulls

About the reviewer: Malaika Naulls is an intern with KLRU and in her fourth year of the JD/MBA graduate program at the University of Texas. When she’s not being an academic masochist, you can find her…sleeping.

ACL day in Austin October 17

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first taping of the award winning PBS series AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, Mayor Lee Leffingwell has declared October 17 “Austin City Limits Day.” The date recognizes the show’s very first taping, which took place on October 17, 1974 and featured the iconic Willie Nelson. To mark the honor KLRU and ACL will stream the original episode in its entirety for one month. For more information visit the newly launched And, on November 15, ACL will again present a very special episode with Willie Nelson, in a joint performance with Austin legends Asleep at the Wheel.

Watch the proclamation ceremony:

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: “Great Music. No Limits.” Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest award for artistic excellence. Still to come in this exciting anniversary season are shows with Kenny Chesney, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Mos Def and more.

Highlight 10/18 to 10/24

One of Earth’s most abundant mammals is now on the brink of extinction. Sunday at 7 p.m., follow a team of experts who are working to protect rhinos from poachers and nurse this species back to a healthy existence on Nature.

Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday investigates the murder of a small-time criminal that leads Lewis and Hathaway to a prominent Oxford don-turned-celebrity atheist, who years earlier had been the intended target of a botched murder attempt.

Latin Music USA is a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Learn all about the Chicano wave Monday at 8 p.m. Chicanos–Americans of Mexican descent–have always been part of the United States, and their music tells a uniquely American story. The final episode of the series, at 9 p.m., focuses on Latin pop. With an all-American appeal, Latin Pop conquered the music world, while Reggaetón went from an underground Puerto Rican sound to the top of the dance charts.

Hear Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera, and other family, friends and colleagues pay homage to the late mambo and Latin jazz legend Tito Puente on Voces, Monday at 10 p.m.

Monitor lizards, the largest lizards to walk the planet, are blurring the lines between reptiles and mammals. NOVA follows expert lizard hunter Dr. Eric Pianka as he tracks the elusive creatures through Australia’s heartland with cutting-edge “lizard cam” 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline producer/director Michael Kirk discovers early warnings of the economic crash 8 p.m. Tuesday, revealing an intense battle among high-ranking members of the Clinton administration and uncovering a concerted effort not to regulate the derivatives markets, which would become the ticking time bomb within the American economy.

Immigrants from around the world flocked to work in the mines in Butte, Montana—but what they blasted out of the 10,000 miles of tunnels was more than just copper. It was the rise of unions and multinational corporations, and the seeds of the current debate over the environment 9 p.m. Tuesday on Independent Lens.

The Power of the Poor 10 p.m. Tuesday tells the story of how a small group of economists helped defeat Peru’s Shining Path terrorists, pressured the government into making legal reforms on poverty and, in the process, became repeated targets for bombing and assassinations.

Bursting on to the international scene in 1999 as the 18 year-old wunderkind conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel has taken the classical music world by storm and will become the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in fall 2009. Join the opening night festivities on Great Performances 7 p.m. Wednesday.

See how art adapts and changes over time on Art in the Twenty-First Century at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Go into the world of art transformation with filmmaker Paul McCarthy; photographer, filmmaker Cindy Sherman; and painter, sculptor, photographer, and batiker Yinka Shonibare.

Knoxville native Kenny Chesney has parlayed his average-guy/beach bum persona into a long line of hit singles, multi-platinum albums, sell-out arena tours and a staggering number of ACM and CMA awards. See a classic Chesney performance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.

Artist Julie Speed talks with Evan Smith on Texas Monthly Talks Thursday at 7 p.m. about the stories behind her art, her life in Austin and a book about her work.

Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday follow a group of Austinites as they enjoy downtown Austin on less than $25 a day and journey to the bowels of the Austin History Center and meet the keepers of the past.

Test the best ways to keep your brain in peak condition on Life (Part 2) at 8 p.m. and discover mechanics of aging as you step into “empathy suits” designed to simulate how it feels to be older at 8:30 p.m.

Catch the third episode of Winemakers Thursday at 9 p.m. and see what happens when a diverse group of twelve men and women head into one of the most uniquely challenging and rewarding professions in the world: the business of making wine.

From the well-known landmarks to the completely obscure dives and hideaways, join host Chet Garner on Austin Daytripper at 9:30 p.m. Thursday as he takes you on an adventure throughout Central Texas and then gets you back home before dark.

Evolving at a furious rate, Bird blends rock, pop and electronica in his polyglot stew. His latest album Noble Beast, Bird brings his knockout stage presence to Austin City Limits for his debut performance Saturday at 7 p.m.

In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina

In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina airing tonight (10/15) at 7 p.m. on KRLU is a concert hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama on the South Lawn of the White House that celebrates Hispanic musical heritage. The program includes Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito “El Bambino”, the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band.

Spirituality and Happiness focus of this week's 2nd Half of Life

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This fall, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life, a six-part series airing weekly on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. beginning October 8 and running til November 12. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. Additional resources at KLRU’s 2nd Half of Life Web site at 2nd Half of Life is made possible thanks to our sponsor Seton Family of Hospitals and in cooperation with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

This week:
Back-to-back episodes of Life (Part 2) at 8 p.m.
Up first, are Americans truly becoming more spiritual as they age – and are they sincere, or just hedging their bets? Then, people of all ages discuss what makes them happy.

Madeleine Albright & Gail Collins TMT tapings

Join KLRU in the studio for two Texas Monthly Talks tapings on Friday, October 30.

First, Evan Smith talks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. This taping starts at 9:45 a.m.; doors will open at 9 a.m. RSVP for the Madeleine Albright taping here.

Nest, Smith sits down with New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins. This taping starts at 11:45 a.m.; doors will open at 11 a.m. RSVP for the Gail Collins taping here.

Meet Evan Smith, Tom Spencer and more

KLRU Community Screenings presents a night with the producers on Tuesday, October 20. Producers and hosts from KLRU’s award-winning local productions Texas Monthly Talks and Central Texas Gardener will preview the new seasons of their shows, answer questions about what it takes to make each show and talk about their favorite moments. KLRU will also present clips from a new local show called Austin Daytripper and let attendees tour the Central Texas Gardener set. The free screening starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and Q&A will immediately follow the screening.

Please RSVP here by noon October 20.

KLRU Community Screenings made possible with support from Austin Community College.