Arts in Context: The Light and The Land airs 7/28

Committed to presenting the arts to Austin, KLRU continues to showcase its dedication to innovative artistry and creative communities with a new episode of Arts In Context featuring Marfa, Texas, called The Light and The Land.

This episode explores the remote Texas city of Marfa, which attracts visitors including, those interested in literary pursuits, fine arts and the metaphysical. Known for its mysterious lights, colorful characters, ranching roots and tourism, Marfa is fast becoming a thriving and eclectic creative community. Arts in Context looks at what made the Trans-Pecos town nestled near Big Bend National Park the destination it is today.

The show airs on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 31, at 4 p.m. on KLRU.

Science Night: Underwater exploration 7/13

Wednesday Science Night takes on the theme of underwater exploration looking at the many bizarre and incredible creatures that inhabit the ocean from cuttlefish to beluga whales.

Nature Oceans in Glass 7pm
Because of its realistic presentations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world. Instead of exhibiting collections of animals, the aquarium presents entire habitats, virtual slices of ocean that include 30,000 animals and plants. But how does an aquarium work? What’s the science behind the magic?

NOVA Kings of Camouflage 8pm
Cuttlefish are one of the strangest animals on our planet. These shape-shifting creatures can hypnotize their prey, impersonate the opposite sex and even kill with lightening fast speed. More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon, they have an incredible ability to morph their skin color — even their shape — to blend into most any background. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all the invertebrates. But are they capable of learning and remembering complex tasks? With beautiful underwater footage and in-depth expert interviews, NOVA gets up close and personal with these bizarre and amazing animals.

Jean Michel- Cousteau: Ocean Adventures Sea Ghosts 9pm
There are places on this planet where its a marvel that anything survives. In the cold Arctic waters of the far north, the sea is alive with sound. The canaries of the sea are singing. They’re beluga whales, named from the Russian word for “white ones.” They’re an evolutionary surprise – a warm-blooded mammal in a numbingly cold sea. In this episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels with his son and daughter, Fabien and Celine, and team to the high Arctic to discover why some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing. The revelation is the clear connection between human activity and the belugas’ future. The surprise is that what is occurring with belugas may foreshadow similar health concerns for people.

Kodosky Foundation Supports Arts In Context

KLRU is pleased to announce that the Kodosky Foundation has renewed its support of Arts In Context, our local arts series, with a $5,000 grant.

Arts In Context celebrates Austin’s vibrant diversity while promoting cross-organizational collaboration, innovation, arts accessibility and cultural tourism. The series helps KLRU achieve its vision to present quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning, resulting in a more vibrant community and higher quality of life.

Arts In Context is a “win” four times over:  it brings the magic of local arts productions to viewers; Austin-based arts organizations that partner with us gain exposure and build name-recognition; Austin’s reputation for thriving, creative culture is strengthened; and affiliate PBS stations gain access to new content.  

We are thrilled to continue a partnership with the Kodosky Foundation in support of these goals.  Thank you!

Highlights 7/17 to 7/23

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bob Landis shares a spectacularly dramatic and intimate record of the lives of the Druids, the most celebrated wolf pack in North America, in Yellowstone’s beautiful Lamar Valley on Nature: In the Valley of the Wolves at 7 p.m. Sunday.

What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The History Detectives investigate a propeller from a World War II drone, a wooden club that could be Teddy Roosevelt’s, and a letter that Clara Barton could have written concerning a soldier’s life at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday goes inside the U.S. military’s “kill/capture” operations to discover new evidence of the program’s impact — and its costs.

POV: Biblioburro, The Donkey Library at 9 p.m. Tuesday follows the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. Colombian teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of a poor.

The creative minds behind the shows Mad Men, The Wire, and Treme discuss historical and modern day relevance in television dramas during On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10 p.m. Tuesday. At 10:30 p.m. On Story features the people behind the films Red Dawn, Born on the 4th of July and Apocalypse Now discussing war in film.

Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon at 7 p.m. Wednesday unravels the truth of what really happened to Colonel Percy Fawcett, an explorer who went looking for a city of gold in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever.

In 1532 a tiny band of Spanish soldiers crushed the mighty Inca Empire, then the most powerful civilization in the Americas, Nova reveals the untold final chapter of the conquest on The Great Inca Rebellion at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Secrets of the Dead: Aztec Massacre at 9 p.m. Wednesday paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors and rewrites much of what we thought we knew about the Aztec civilization.

Hard-rocking roots music storytellers Drive-By Truckers hit the Austin City Limits stage in support of their album Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, and dusty Texas troubadour Ryan Bingham follows with tunes from his latest record, Mescalito at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Join Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday as he talks to Chely Wright about coming out as the first openly gay country music star and her new memoir Like Me.

See how to extend summer vegetables and get ready for fall crops on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit East Side Cafe, where organic gardens inspire daily recipes.

Steve Earle pays tribute to his mentor, legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson follows with tunes from his latest album on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights 7/10 to 7/16

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world. Go behind the scenes on Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Miss Marple’s old friend is found murdered and, when she receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death, Miss Marple seeks justice on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives investigate a Civil War soldier’s letter, fabric from an aircraft that could be linked to Charles Lindbergh and Igor Sikorsky, and a 1950s comic book Negro Romance at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s, yet the “killing fields” of Cambodia have remained largely unexplained. POV: Enemies of the People at 9 p.m. Tuesday, features shocking testimony, never before seen or heard, from the foot soldiers and from Pol Pot’s right-hand man.

The creative minds behind Unforgiven, A Perfect World, and 3:10 to Yuma discuss creating westerns with resonance during On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday

More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon, Cuttlefish have an incredible ability to morph their skin color — even their shape — to blend into most any background. Nova gets up close and personal with these bizarre and amazing animals on Kings of Camouflage at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Jean-Michel Cousteau travels to the high Arctic to discover why some beluga whale groups are thriving and others are disappearing on this episode of Ocean Adventures: Sea Ghosts at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Great voices and songs combine with Rosanne Cash and Brandi Carlile on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Cash presents tunes from her C&W tribute album The List, and Brandi Carlile follows with genre-spanning tunes from Give Up the Ghost.

Join Evan Smith as he chats with Federal judge Diane Wood on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

In Sky Island at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, filmmaker John Grabowska profiles the enchanting landscape of Northern New Mexico and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems.

Great Performances “Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me” Thursday at 8 p.m. features the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice.

Meet Central Texas Gardener author Cheryl Hazeltine for lessons she’s learned on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a garden makeover designed with innovation on a budget.

Hard-rocking roots music storytellers Drive-By Truckers hit the Austin City Limits stage in support of their album Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, and dusty Texas troubadour Ryan Bingham follows with tunes from his latest record, Mescalito at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Summer of new Mystery!s

Masterpiece Mystery! Airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on KLRU. This summer features new episodes from favorite detectives as well as a new detective series.

Miss Marple
With a gentle smile and a probing mind, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple often finds herself at the center of trouble — a witness to betrayals, poisonings and all manner of mayhem. Knitting needles in hand and a cup of tea always at the ready, Marple quietly earns confidence while uncovering secrets and exposing killers. In The Pale Horse airing July 10 at 8 p.m., Miss Marple seeks justice, armed with little more than a mysterious list of names sent by an old friend only moments before he was murdered.

Zen
What does an honest cop do when corruption rules on both sides of the law? Detective Aurelio Zen works to bring justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. Rufus Sewell (Middlemarch) stars as Zen, a Roman police detective hailing from Venice, where “Zen” is a local shortening of the name Zeno. Separated from his wife and living with his mother, he is too frazzled by his job to think about romance. That is, until he meets Tania Moretti (Caterina Murino), his chief’s new secretary. Zen features a trio of spellbinding cases based on the bestselling novels by British crime writer Michael Dibdin. Zen airs July 17, 24 and 31 at 8 p.m.
 
 

 

Word Girl this Summer!

Word Girl Summer Reading
Our vocabulary superhero tackles sequel stealing robots, library late fines, and book club cons in WordGirl’s Ludicrously Literate Library Week – five book-tastic programs airing July 11-15 as part of PBS KIDS’ Summer Reading Initiative.
Episodes
Monday, July 11 – #114 “Princess Triana and The Ogre of Castlebum”
WordGirl does battle with Tobey, who is determined to steal a copy of the newest sequel to everyone’s favorite book series so he can read it before everyone else.
Tuesday, July 12 – #211 “The Stew, the Proud…”
Time is running out for Becky to return her library books and maintain her perfect record when Raul Demiglasse and the Butcher go head-to-head in a culinary showdown.
Wednesday, July 13 – #106 “Book Ends”
When WordGirl accuses Tobey of being too predictable with his crimes, he responds by using his robots to hold WordGirl’s beloved town library hostage, unless she plays them in a game of winner-take-all dodge ball.
Thursday, July 14 – #222 “Granny’s Book Club”
The Association of Villains is ready to retire Granny May unless she’s able to capture WordGirl. She successfully lures WordGirl into a trap by starting a book club. Will WordGirl be able to read between the lines and escape the clutches of Granny May?
Friday, July 15 – #305 “That’s Entertainment”
The Energy Monster’s latest prison break interrupts the Botsford family’s television time. While Tim, Sally, and TJ brainstorm new forms of entertainment, like READING, WordGirl hunts down the Energy Monster and returns him to his prison cell.
Worrrd Up!