Biscuit Brothers Homestyle Holiday Hoedown

Old MacDonald has decked out the farm’s town square for the holidays! Come enjoy holiday snacks, special craft sessions, and activities while musicians fill the air with holiday cheer at the first ever Biscuit Brothers Homestyle Holiday Hoedown. This handcrafted holiday event is a fundraiser for the Biscuit Brothers Children’s Television Project.

More information at BiscuitBrothers.com

Highlights 11/21 to 11/27

Go behind the scenes of arguably the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory and explore important clues in the landscape surrounding the unexplained circle of stones in southern England’s Salisbury Plain on Nova: Secrets of Stonehenge at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “Revealing the Leopard”, an accumulation of evidence that puts together a psychological profile of the extraordinarily cunning cat that stands as the most widespread predator of their size on land.

Christopher Eccleston portrays the legendary icon in the drama “Lennon Naked,” focusing on the turbulent period of change in John Lennon’s professional and personal life, following the unexpected death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

30 years after his death, musical legend John Lennon still speaks to millions of people as an American artist through the story of his search of freedom in 1971 New York City with Yoko Ono and their commitment to peace and political activism as American Masters Presents: Lennon NYC at 8 p.m. Monday.

Leslie Woodhead ventures to Russia to meet the Soviet Beatles generation and to discover how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system in How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin at 10 p.m. Monday.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Quest for Solomon’s Mines”, an investigation of the illuminated legend King Solomon that reveals the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty Biblical kingdoms.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday gains access to the ICU of one of New York’s biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today’s modern, medicalized death and offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coalmine on Independent Lens Presents: Deep Down at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens at 10 p.m. Tuesday presents Power Paths, a documentary that follows a grassroots coalition determined to transform their reservation’s economy to green energy, preserving their land for future generations.

National Geographic follows President Obama’s chief White House photographer Pete Souza behind-the-scenes for a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world on President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside The Oval Office at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Experience the New York Philharmonic’s gala all-star salute to a true Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim on his 80th birthday on Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Grammy-winning soul singer John Legend performs a set of 70s soul covers and originals backed by innovative hip-hop collective The Roots on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Food writer Amanda Hesser discusses her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

In back-to-back episodes of Daytripper starting at 7:30 p.m., Chet travels to Brenham, Natural Bridges, Canyon Lake, Beaumont and Lockhart.

The 13th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor goes to… Tina Fey! The comedian/ writer is toasted and roasted by an A-list class of comedic talent on Tina Fey: The Mark twain Prize at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Classics were recreated and relived as iconic singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor reunited in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Los Angeles club The Troubador on Friday at 9 p.m.

Loreena McKennitt journeys to the sources of her musical and spiritual roots in Canada, Ireland, Morocco, and Spain to perform tracks off her albums on Loreena McKennitt: No Journey’s End at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

David Foster joins superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics as they share the stage to present an elegant collection of seasonal favorites on Great Performances at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Hosted by Penelope Keith, More Funny Ladies of British Comedy at 9 p.m. Saturday celebrates many of the great women of British comedy by showcasing clips of their funniest moments.

Award winning psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen gives viewers 10 steps to have a better brain and a better body on Change Your Brain, Change Your Body at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Review: Masterpiece Contemporary Lennon Naked

Masterpiece Contemporary Lennon Naked airs on Sunday, November 22, at 8 pm

“What do I want?” That’s the primal question at the heart of Lennon Naked, Masterpiece Contemporary’s biopic of John Lennon in the 60s. Forced at six years old to make a choice no child should ever be asked to make, Lennon spends the years depicted in the film (roughly 1964-1971) searching for the answer, aware that the consequences of any choice he makes will haunt him, no matter what the outcome.

As a result, Lennon spends most of the film on a quest to leave the past behind – not just breaking with it, but scorching the earth and burning any bridge that leads to it. Whether it’s for his own sanity or because he’s a selfish git, Lennon either abandons the people in his pre-Yoko Ono life – his first wife Cynthia, his son Julian, the Beatles – or forces them to abandon him, as with his childhood friend/right-hand-man Pete. It’s a cycle, of course – his father leaving the family when Lennon was six (a pattern repeated by the son) and the unexpected death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, the father figure Lennon didn’t have as a child, left deep wounds which clearly never fully healed. Only his time with Yoko Ono (who, except for one offhand comment from Paul McCartney, is never portrayed as “the woman who broke up the Beatles”) seems to bring him any peace or happiness, though his own inner anguish still vibrates just below the surface of his man-in-love smile.
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KLRU features videos from E.A.S.T. on new web project

East Austin Studio Tour is a self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s creative culture. The tour allows members of the community to explore the work of more than 300 artists at 150 studios, 28 exhibition spaces and a number of art events. Each year the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at working artists’ spaces and processes where people can learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch demonstrations and talk directly to artists. For the 9th annual tour, November 13-14 and 20-21, KLRU attempts to capture the spirit and creativity of the artists and participants with a series of short videos. Watch videos now

This is the first part of an exciting new web project, called KLRU Collective, to coincide with PBS’ focus on the arts.

From the beloved classics to the edgy-cool things that are beyond description, KLRU Collective is all about the arts. Our goal is to present some of the unique, interesting and creative things taking place in Austin. We will never be able to showcase all of them as this is one of the most creativity rich communities in the world. But we will give you a glimpse – a quick peek – at what is being envisioned here. We’ll also throw in a few episodes of Masterpiece Theater and Great Performances because, well, we’re PBS. Visit the site at klru.org/collective

Tickets for Opening Night available now

KLRU invites Austin to a world-class celebration for the grand opening of the Moody Theater’s Austin City Limits Stage. Opening Night celebrates Austin City Limits’ move to a new studio located in downtown Austin. The new Austin City Limits studio, developed by Stratus Properties as part of the Block 21 development project, will enable more fans to watch future live tapings and provide an enhanced experience while maintaining the intimacy, character and integrity that have been the hallmark of Austin City Limits for more than three decades.

Individuals can enjoy this once in a lifetime evening by purchasing tickets to KLRU’s Opening Night at klru.org/openingnight

British Comedy update

Thank you to the viewers who have contacted KLRU-TV about the absence of “As Time Goes By” and “Keeping up Appearances.” Our current contracts for these two series have expired.  So our station is taking a break from these series for the time being.

Of course, we understand that many of our viewers of KLRU-TV want to continue to watch our classic British comedies, while we also have viewers that want some new comedies to watch as well.  So for now, our station will take a short break from these classics.  But, they will surely return to the KLRU-TV schedule in the future.

In the coming weeks, our station will present some additional new British programming for you to look watch.
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KLRU joins Wooten Elementary at Appreciation Luncheon

Wooten Elementary School recently honored the efforts of community sponsors and volunteers at its annual appreciation luncheon. L-R: Russell Bridges, 3M Foundation’s Government & Community Affairs Manager; Nancy Pearsall, KLRU’s Grant Writer; Mary Alice Appleman, KLRU’s Assistant Director of Educational Services; Bernardo Martinez, Wooten Elementary’s Parent Support Specialist.

An Evening With Michael Pollan 12/10

Texas Performing Arts and KLRU invite you to spend a fascinating evening with bestselling author, journalist, and food activist Michael Pollan on December 10 at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale now at texasperformingarts.org

For the past twenty years Pollan has written about the places the human and natural worlds intersect, challenging the way Americans think about eating. His documentary The Botany of Desire will air on Tuesday, November 30, at 7 pm

Central Texans are increasingly moving toward healthful, locally produced, and sustainable food options, and Pollan has been at the front of the movement. In books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan demonstrates how difficult it is to navigate today’s complex world of food production. The 2009 PBS two-hour documentary based on his book, The Botany of Desire, as well as his latest book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, has prompted a generation to consider rules for eating to live healthier and happier lives.

Highlights 11/14 to 11/20

Take a peek into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family as Nature at 7 p.m. explores the savage and enduring life of the wolverine as one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.

The 13th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor goes to  Tina Fey. The comedian and writer is toasted and roasted by an A-list class of comedic talent on Tina Fey: The Mark twain Prize at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The second half of the two-part series The Tenth Inning at 8 p.m. Monday explores the ongoing popularity and relevance of baseball within the past ten years through the examination of frenzied rivalries, restored comfort in the wake of 9/11, and the darker implications of the steroid era.

A Gathering of Heroes at 10:30 p.m. Monday recounts the touching and inspirational story of World War II veterans from Indiana who embarked on a cross-country trek to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial which honors their sacrifice.

Go behind the scenes of arguably the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory and explore important clues in the landscape surrounding the unexplained circle of stones in southern England’s Salisbury Plain on Nova: Secrets of Stonehenge at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Days before the fifth anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history, Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the performance and struggles of the New Orleans Police Department subsequent to the collapsing rules of civilized society in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Independent Lens presents the story of the sudden and mysterious deaths of two runaway Crow Indian brothers that sent shockwaves through a tiny upstate New York community in “Lost Sparrow” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Experience the epic journey and frontier adventures of George Catlin, the 1830s visionary, explorer and an entrepreneur who risked everything for his art to travel beyond the Mississippi and live with American Indians on Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains I at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Secrets of the Dead: Lost Ships of Rome at 7 p.m. Wednesday follows a team of marine archaeologists as they explore wreck sites of five ancient Roman ships in a detailed attempt to salvage artifacts and piece together the history of the ships and why they were lost at Ventotene 2,000 years ago.

Go behind the scenes and meet the fascinating, wildly diverse Big Apple Circus family as the circus founder embarks on his annual trip to scout new talent at one of the glitziest social events of the year, the renowned Monte Carlo circus festival on Circus at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Part 5 and 6 of 6.

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash presents a collection of favorites from her Country tribute album The List on Austin City Limits at 10  p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday, followed by Brandi Carlile’s genre-spanning tunes from her album Give Up the Ghost.

Howard Dean on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Find out why Austin’s most iconic independent businesses make downtown a prominent shopping destination on this week’s episode of Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

In “Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS,” host David Brancaccio visits communities across America using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity at 8 p.m. Thursday. Join us at a special event in the KLRU studio with David Brancaccio and director Ellen Spiro plus several people featured in this film. Get details and reserve your seat here

Leslie Woodhead ventures to Russia to meet the Soviet Beatles generation and to discover how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system in How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Grammy-winning soul singer John Legend performs a set of 70s soul covers and originals backed by innovative hip-hop collective The Roots on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Howard Dean tapes Overheard 11/12

Join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for a conversation with Howard Dean on Friday, November 12, at 4 pm in KLRU Studio 6A (map ). Doors open at 3:30 pm. Please RSVP HERE to ensure admittance. This program will air on November 18 at 7 pm on KLRU.

Dean was just launching his medical career when he ran for the Vermont Legislature, spending time as a state representative before becoming lieutenant governor.  That job led to six terms as Governor of Vermont, followed by a run for the Democractic presidential nomination in 2004 and four years as head of the DNC.  Dean’s use of the Internet in 2004 paved the way for other campaigns that have followed.  And he’s found success as the head of a million-member PAC.  With the midterms behind us and big changes ahead, Dean shares his take on recent events and his strategy for the future.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of KLRU’s award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show will bring you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and will be offered to PBS stations nationwide.