Highlights: April 1-7

Widely considered one of Charles Dickens’ greatest novels, Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday presents part one of “Great Expectations.” The story tells of Pip the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith’s apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor, who assures him of “great expectations.” Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Ray Winstone.

She was the pride of the British Empire. A leading example of state-of-the-art engineering in a time of groundbreaking scientific and technological innovations on a global scale: the Titanic. Yet she sank in less than three hours after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Seeking to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision, “Saving The Titanic” at 9 pm Sunday tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embark the Titanic at Southampton and the eventual sinking of the ship.

American Masters: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at 8 pm Monday examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.

American Masters: Harper Lee: Hey Boo at 9 pm Monday explores the author’s life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how “Mockingbird” shaped their lives.

Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project’s legacy.

Panama Canal: American Experience at 8:30 pm Tuesday unravels the story of one of the world’s most significant technological achievements with an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage.

“On Story” at 10 pm Tuesday focuses on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process.

On Nature at 7 pm Wednesday, “Deep Thinkers” finds out how clever – and how much like us – whales and dolphins might be.

David Pogue spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements on “NOVA: Hunting The Elements” at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday presents the evolution of electric guitar music with Sonic Youth and the Black Keys.

East Austin’s Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context on a journey into the art of puppetry at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Independent Lens at 8 pm Thursday presents “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” the story of a teenager whose dreams came true as he joined the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street.

The Daytripper at 9:30 pm Thursday heads to Brenham Texas, the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream and the home of a 100 dollar hamburger. After filling his stomach, Chet takes a bike ride around Lake Sommerville, then heads to Washington-on-the-Brazos, the birthplace of Texas.

R&B grooves the stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 4/4

Nature “Ocean Giants: Deep Thinkers” at 7 pm
In some respects, the brains of whales and dolphins are more complex than ours. Whales and dolphins work cooperatively, show empathy and are self-aware. “Deep Thinkers” finds out how clever – and how much like us – whales and dolphins might be.

Nova “Hunting The Elements” at 8 pm
What are things made of? It’s a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world — from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body. David Pogue, lively host of NOVA’s popular “Making Stuff” series and personal technology correspondent for “The New York Times,” spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, Pogue takes NOVA on a roller coaster ride through nature’s hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.

In the Studio: Richard Linklater tapes Overheard 4/3

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Richard Linklater
DATE: April 3
TIME: noon (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Director Richard Linklater’s newest feature, Bernie, stars Shirley MacLaine, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey in a dark comedy about a small-town mortician and a shocking crime. It’s based on a true story, and opens in late April. But you’ll get to hear about it long before then in our interview.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Watch episodes of Overheard plus internet only features like audience Q&As at klru.org/overheard.

Titanic Tuesday on April 10th

Explore the wreckage of the Titanic with back-to-back specials on April 10

Titanic with Len Goodman at 7 pm
In this program, Len Goodman, a judge on “Dancing with the Stars,” discovers how the impact of the Titanic disaster is still felt a century after the ship sank. Goodman has his own connection to the ship. Before he was a dancer, he was a welder for Harland and Woolf. This was company that, from 1909 to 1912, built the Titanic in Belfast. Goodman worked for the same company 50 years later, at their yard in East London. To mark the centenary of the Titanic tragedy in 2012, Goodman explores the ship’s 100-year legacy. He learns how for victims’ families and for the survivors themselves, the sinking was just the beginning of the story. Generations later, those stories are still unfolding as Goodman meets the modern-day descendants to learn how, 100 years after it sank, the Titanic’s legacy lives on.

Saving the Titanic at 8 pm
She was the pride of the British Empire. A leading example of state-of-the-art engineering in a time of groundbreaking scientific and technological innovations on a global scale: the Titanic. Yet she sank in less than three hours after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912. We all know about the many deaths in the icy waters, the fates of the rich and famous on the ship’s maiden voyage and the dramas that played out in the Titanic’s last hours. What is less known however is how a team of shipbuilders and engineers attempted to save the stricken vessel. Seeking to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision, this program tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embark the Titanic at Southampton and the eventual sinking of the ship. Based upon eyewitness accounts, this is the story of nine central characters from the engineering crew as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces heating the boilers and massive dynamos whirring to satisfy the ship’s demand for electricity. Their personal stories of bravery are recounted as the men fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. Most of these men died but their actions saved many lives.

An Evening with the Writers on April 2nd

KLRU features an evening with three writers on Monday, April 2.

American Masters “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” at 8 pm
No ordinary writer and no ordinary woman — “Gone with the Wind” created two of the world’s greatest lovers, Scarlett and Rhett, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and has sold more than 30 million copies. Born into Atlanta’s upper crust in 1900, Margaret Mitchell challenged stifling social restrictions at every turn. A charismatic force to be reckoned with, she had a great sense of humor, was one of Georgia’s first newspaper women and was extremely generous with the money she made from “Gone with the Wind.” She struggled with the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans but also suffered from lifelong bouts of depression, until a tragic accident lead to her death in 1949. This film examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.

American Masters “Harper Lee: Hey Boo!” at 9 pm
Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been a national pastime for five decades — it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel’s message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama’s Jane Austen. This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how “Mockingbird” shaped their lives.

Storied Life of Mildred Wirt Benson at 10:30 pm
Storied Life of Mildred Wirt Benson recounts the inspiring life story of author, reporter and adventurer Mildred Wirt Benson. Benson, who died in 2002 at the age of 96, is better known as Carolyn Keene, the ghostwriter of the first 23 Nancy Drew mysteries who was responsible for the developing the famous young character as an independent, bold and risk-taking female sleuth. Storied Life of Mildred Wirt Benson is an inspirational story for viewers of all ages, particularly for avid Nancy Drew fans. The program features contemporary video, archival films and photographs, interviews, and commentary by literary experts and family members who knew her best. The program provides an “insider’s view” on how serial children’s books of the 1920s through the 1950s were conceived, created and marketed.

In the Studio: Fineman tapes Overheard 3/28

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Howard Fineman on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:15.)

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: CMB 4.104 (the same building as KLRU’s Studio 6A, but on the fourth floor, a studio at the far south end of the hallway (map).

The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form to the left to RSVP. Seats are very limited, and will only be available for the first 30 people to RSVP. RSVP by commenting on this blog post

Fineman is a longtime political writer and commentator. He currently works as editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Join us to hear his thoughts on the 2012 election, the evolution of media and the latest political news.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the
interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover!

In It’s Passover, Grover!, all is well until Anneliese, Grover, and Avigail realize there is no horseradish to be found—just as Passover is about to begin! Can Annelise and her furry friends find the missing horseradish in time or will a tricky Oofnik get in their way?

Designed to help bring the vitality of Jewish culture and tradition as well as the diversity of Israeli life to all American children and their families, It’s Passover, Grover! will engage and entertain while highlighting Jewish cultural traditions and values.

Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30 a.m. & 12:30 pm
Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 5th at 12 noon

Art 21 preview screening at UT

On March 28 from 4-5pm in Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA map) room 2.204, the Fine Arts Library will host a preview screening of Art 21 Season 6. The event will feature a screening of the episode called Change focusing on artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie. Art 21′s new season begins airing soon on KLRU.

Watch Trailer: Season 6, Art in the Twenty-First Century on PBS. See more from ART:21.

SID's new Rock & Roll Easter!

In “Rock & Roll Easter,” Sid and his friends explore many different types of rocks in this fun adventure and investigation for the award-winning, curriculum-based series from The Jim Henson Company.

SID THE SCIENCE KID
ROCK & ROLL EASTER!

Episode #215: Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
(repeats: Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9 at 10 a.m.)

It’s springtime and that means it’s time to hunt for Easter eggs in the backyard. Explorer Sid searches under every bush and behind every tree, and he finds all the eggs Mom and Dad have hidden. But wait, he also found…a big shiny rock! Could it be…a treasure? Sid brings the rock to school and the kids try to identify the mystery rock. This leads to a special Easter themed investigation where the kids don bunny ears to find and sort different kinds of rocks on an Easter Rock Hunt!

Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Week

DINOSAUR TRAIN “Nature Trackers” episodes have a special focus on inspiring viewers to get into nature and make new discoveries. The four-episode run begins with Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don building a beach-side clubhouse, and the “Nature Trackers Club” is born. The “Nature Trackers Club” will be featured throughout season two of DINOSAUR TRAIN, and highlights activities such as respecting nature, observing creatures and plants, and collecting natural objects.

STARGAZING ON THE NIGHT TRAIN/GET INTO NATURE!
Episode #203: Monday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m.

SHINY AND SNAKES/TINY LOVES FLOWERS
Episode #204: Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m.

BUDDY EXPLORES THE TYRANNOSAURS/RAINY DAY FIGHT
Episode #205: Wednesday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m.

THAT’S NOT A DINOSAUR/TINY’S GARDEN
Episode #206: Thursday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m.