Highlights January 2 to 8

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “American Eagle”, an intimate portrait of America’s most recognizable aerial predator as photographed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents “My Boy Jack”, the story of British literary figure Ruyard Kipling’s son who triggers family conflict after joining the Irish Guard in the midst of World War I.

Robert E. Lee: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.

Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes at 10:30 p.m. Monday presents the personal ties and importance of the two national parks to the remainder of America’s endangered indigenous cultures who view them as momentous and sacred sites.

Join an exclusive dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona on Nova: Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday examines the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted and executed for the arson deaths of his three young children.

Independent Lens presents the story of group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden’s all-male synchronized swimming team in “Men Who Swim” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Territory, back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m., showcases new directions in film and video. These films offer a provocative mix of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated shorts that allows the audience to take TV trips around the world and to major U.S. media festivals.

Follow two teams of researchers as they race to discover how global warming is affecting the largest expanse of frozen water on the planet on Masters of the Arctic Ice at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Anna Netrebko revives her turn in the sophisticated bel canto comedy “Don Pasquale” on Great Performances at The Met at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Rock icons Cheap Trick take the Austin City Limits stage and perform tracks from their latest album “The Latest” along with familiar favorites on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Learn how to avoid foreclosure rescue scams on Mortgage Crisis: Stopping Scams at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a special program that includes detailed information on how to identify and avoid common foreclosure scams and encourages borrowers to report scams they encounter.

Using archival photos, maps, interviews with lodge owners/managers and current lodge views, Historic Railway Lodges of the West at 8 p.m. Thursday describes the history and accommodations of four historic railway lodges, as well as their past and present relationship to passenger trains.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Brenham, Texas, to experience the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, a 100 dollar hamburger, and a bike ride around Lake Sommerville on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Indie rock supergroup Monsters of Folk perform songs from their self-titled debut album on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Special night of programs focus on Haiti earthquake

In 2010, epic earthquakes all over the planet delivered one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Nova, Frontline and Independent Lens each feature stories from Haiti as they recover from this disaster. Find out more about these shows.

Nova at 7 pm:
In exclusive coverage, a Nova camera crew follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. It is a race against time as they hunt for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake. Barely a month after the Haiti quake, Chile was struck by a quake unleashing a tsunami that put the entire Pacific coast on high alert. In a coastal town devastated by the rushing wave, Nova follows a team of geologists as they battle aftershocks to measure the displacement caused by the earthquake.

Frontline at 8 pm
In the chaos of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, thousands of the country’s worst criminals seized the opportunity to stage a mass escape from the National Penitentiary. One year later, the gang leaders are re-asserting control in the capital, threatening the country’s stability. With unique access to the police units trying to hunt down the gangsters — and revealing encounters with the gangsters themselves — Frontline examines the uphill fight to rebuild Haiti in the face of deep-rooted corruption and intimidation.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m.
In the midst of Haiti’s lush mountains and historical relics is an epidemic of over 500,000 orphan children who wander the streets day and night. Known as the “soulless” and forgotten by their own people, they do what they must to survive each day. “Children of Haiti” follows three teenage boys — Denick, a prolific and charming 14 year-old; Nickenson, a tough but sensitive 16 year-old; and Antoine, an energetic paint-thinner abuser — who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance.

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder

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 year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. 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. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder.

Growing Bolder targets people who believe, “it’s not about age, it’s about attitude. “The new lifestyle series finds and celebrates the men and women who smash stereotypes, promote lifelong learning and act as role models for active lifestyle and healthy aging. The co-hosts, veteran journalists Marc Middleton and Bill Shafer, bring a wealth of broadcast experience to Growing Bolder. In each episode, they introduce inspirational, optimistic and life-affirming segments about athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, actors, politicians, health experts, as well as ordinary people – all of whom share a common goal of growing bolder, not older.

This month’s episodes:

New Year's Eve on KLRU Q

Ring in the New Year from one of the most famous musical streets in the world, Beale Street in Memphis, TN, the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock & roll.

KLRU-Q will present LIVE! Beale Street on New Year’s Eve, from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This special live event will provide a unique look at the rich history of Beale Street through video segments, live interviews and, of course, the live view from Beale Street itself.

The broadcast includes a traditional countdown to midnight with fireworks and the dropping of the Giant Guitar. Revelers will also be invited to “come bury your blues” by dropping mementos and notes into a symbolic coffin. (Viewers at home will be able to bury their blues by emailing buryyourblues@bealestreet.com). The celebration continues after midnight.

KLRU receives generous grant for Central Texas Gardener

KLRU has just received a generous $3,000 grant from the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.  Funds will be used to support production of our environmentally-based, educational horticulture series:  Central Texas Gardener.  We are thrilled that they have decided to partner with us!  Together, we are engaging Hill Country viewers to create gardens that are fun, beautiful, manageable and kind to our environment and wildlife.

Highlights 12/26 to 1/1

On Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday, filmmaker Ginger Kathrens chronicles the lives of horses living wild and free in the mountains of Montana in the sequel to “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies”.

A reserved curator responsible for the safe and secret storage of priceless paintings in London’s National Gallery soon finds it difficult to keep his low profile, as well as his secret, from the local villagers in ”Framed” on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

In Richard Bangs’ Adventures With Purpose “Hong Kong” at 11 p.m. Sunday, the traveler ventures into the heart of Hong Kong to uncover what forces drive a city in which the spiritual concept of chi and the worldly concept of wealth coexist.

The mysteriously clandestine life of iconic Baroque musician Glenn Gould is revealed and newly revered with benefit of his remarkable recordings and through interviews with those who knew him best on American Masters at 8 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

William Kentridge: Anything is Possible at 10 p.m. Monday follows the distinguished artist on a behind-the-scenes international journey as he works on staging his production of Shostakovich’s opera “The Nose” for The Metropolitan Opera.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Secrets Beneath The Ice”, an exclusive journey to Antarctica following a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as Andrill in attempt to uncover the evidence behind the alarming implications that we may be heading toward an ice-free Antarctica.

One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures.

Summer of Birds at 9 p.m. Tuesday details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of renowned naturalist painter, ornithologist and literary figure John James Audubon.

On Tavis Smiley Reports: “Dudamel: Conducting a Life” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Smiley gives viewers an extraordinary look into the life and artistry of the L.A. Philharmonic’s charismatic conductor and youngest conductor of any major orchestra in the world.

Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday presents a festive program of bel canto overtures and arias, as well as popular Latin American songs and orchestral dances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel.

Ben Harper debuts his new band, Relentless7, with a rocking set drawn from his album White Lies for Dark Times on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Opera diva Frederica von Stade narrates The Singing Life at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a moving look at the phenomenon of singing through the eyes and voices of Chanticleer, the internationally known male choral ensemble, and teenagers in a small town high school choir.

Live From Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday rings in the new year with the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring pianist Lang Lang.

3, 2, 1 Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Friday takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington D.C. July 4th celebration, featuring one of the largest and most colorful fireworks displays in the world, and captures every step of the renowned fireworks production.

Rock icons Cheap Trick take the Austin City Limits stage and perform tracks from their latest album “The Latest” along with familiar favorites on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Continuing its longstanding holiday tradition, Great Performances at 8 p.m. Saturday presents festive selections from the 27th annual New Year’s Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna’s Musikverein.n

Speakers announced for 1/4 Community Cinema Screening

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,).

The next screening will be For Once In My Life on January 4th at 7 p.m. For Once In My Life follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.

Our special guest for the post screening discussion will be:
Dolores Gonzalez, City of Austin ADA/504 Coordinator
Celia Hughes, Executive Director VSA Arts of Texas
Kathy Keller, Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

In the Studio: Wiretree tapes Satellite Sets 1/27

Austin’s own Wiretree will tape ACL Presents: Satellite Sets on Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors will open at 7 and the taping will take about an hour. The taping is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Singer-songwriter Kevin Peroni began composing heartfelt indie melodies reminiscent of The Shins meets early Posies under the band’s moniker in 2005. Since then, Peroni has inducted three additional members to help Wiretree excel in lacing tracks with infectious hooks and choruses reminding us of an orchestrated Tom Petty-esque pomp and circumstance. The collective’s latest LP, Luck, has been included on various year-end lists and incorporates a variety of classic influences to produce an endearing yet simplistic indie pop masterpiece. Powerpop Station describes Luck as “a collection of pop gems of rare beauty, a panel revealing an inspired artist, a pill filled with good feelings” while Blurt Magazine praises its “underground-tinted ’80s stylings and latterday indie rock with a distinctive anthemic edge.” With the assured grace of Elliott Smith-like vocals and Peroni’s acoustic innocence, the album assures to provoke a bright and enjoyable musical experience.