Highlights 10/17 to 10/23

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday takes a look at memorable footage and stories of Echo, the remarkable elephant matriarch and subject of a carefully studied African herd that passed away last year.

Two seemingly unconnected cases lead Swedish detective Kurt Wallander to believe he is on the trail of a serial killer bent on revenge on Masterpiece Mystery! 8p.m. Sunday.

Magic Moments – The Best of 50’s Pop at 7 p.m. Monday presents live performances and archival footage of nostalgic hits from performers such as Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, The McGuire Sisters and more.

The minds of London cab drivers are examined with regards to the impact of virtual reality in changing memories and dealing with pain on Brain Fitness Frontiers at 9 p.m. Monday.

Candidates from Texas State Board of Education answer community questions regarding Texas’ Permanent School Fund, curriculum & testing, textbooks & educational materials, and charter schools on Civic Summit: State Board of Education Candidates at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

KLRU presents a debate with the gubernatorial candidates of Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Nova presents an investigation and exploration of ancient architecture to decipher how gothic cathedrals were first constructed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 p.m. Tuesday examines the controversial execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in light of new evidence that may reveal his potential innocence.

Independent Lens presents the documented lives of a group of Virginia parking lot attendants and their diverse personas in “The Parking Lot Movie” at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael Feinstein explores and presents musical renditions from the thriving Jazz Age era of the 1920s and 1930s on Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Nathan Lane presents a vast array of hit show tunes from some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals on In Performance at the White House at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday.

Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin is joined by friends Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Mike Farris to perform popular gospel numbers as well as original songs on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

The first episode of Overheard with Evan Smith, the follow up series to Texas Monthly Talks, premiers Thursday at 7 p.m.

Discover how Austin’s music venues and bands thrive when the Live Music Capital of the World goes digital on Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin Ghost Tours’ owner Jeanine Plumer explores ghost sightings in the old Freedman’s Colony outside of Blanco, Texas on the pilot episode of Haunted Texas at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday visits Brenham, Texas, to highlight the town’s quirky popular spots.

Austin rocker Alejandro Escovedo delivers tracks from his most recent LP Street Songs of Love on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Trombone Shorty’s unique fusion of New Orleans-based jazz and funk rock.

Technical Difficulties: Secondary Audio Program

When available, KLRU offers alternative audio services via the SAP service. SAP stands for Second Audio Program and it allows broadcasters to add another channel of audio to the programs we air.  KLRU uses SAP to broadcast both DVS (descriptive video service) for people who are visually impaired and Spanish-language audio.

Only about 30 percent of programs have the SAP/DVS feature. Some have only Spanish, some have DVS and some have both. SAP is a stereo service, a right and a left audio channel, with DVS carried in one channel and Spanish in the other. Currently, if a program has only Spanish or only DVS, that program’s SAP is correct. But when both Spanish and DVS are present on a program, the SAP is playing both at the same time making it so that viewers cannot get the audio content they need.

Fixing the problem is a technically complex issue which many other television stations have addressed by simply not offering the service.  That is not KLRU’s plan.  We are working to find a solution that will allow us to serve our viewers who’s primary language is Spanish and those who need the descriptive video service.

ACL book featured at Texas Book Festival

Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs will be featured at the Texas Book Festival with an event on Saturday, October 16, from 11:15 am to noon at the Paramount Theatre at 713 Congress Avenue. Photographer Scott Newton  will talk about his experience with the show with music journalist Andy Langer. Newton will also show photos from the book and talk about the moment in which the image was created. This event is free and open to the public.

The new book Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs captures the excitement and energy of the show in photographs. The images span ACL’s first 35 years, with special emphasis on legendary artists and the most compelling contemporary performers from the past ten to fifteen years. Books will be available for sale at the Texas Book Festival or you can buy them online at austincitylimits.org

Online Electronic Field Trip

North Cascades National ParkOn October 13, 2010 television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin will host the National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park.  This broadcast will teach 4th to 8th grade students around the country about climate change.   Shows will be available via webcast. A companion website featuring downloadable lesson plans for teachers and online games for students is available now at www.northcascadeseft.org.

This will be the first Electronic Field Trip broadcast from a park in Washington State and the first focused on the planet’s changing climate.  With its northerly location and high elevation, North Cascades National Park is already experiencing melting glaciers and loss of species.  As a result of its efforts to understand and address climate change with science, management, and education, the park has a great deal to teach to students about natural areas and their own lives.

Educators and students can take advantage of the program by registering for free to watch the show premiere at https://myaccount.nationalparks.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=426.