Highlights: April 15-21

An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens’ last novel left unfinished at the halfway mark at his death, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday is a psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster’s obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud, and the lengths he will go to to attain her. The cast includes Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) and Julia MacKenzie (Miss Marple).

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled at 8 pm Monday offers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them.

In the continuing tradition of celebrating culture through food, the second Lidia Celebrates America special focuses on the traditions surrounding weddings on “Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New” at 7 pm Tuesday.

Hoover Dam: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday explores the colossus of concrete that was called one of the greatest engineering works in history, rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River.

Frontline “The Real CSI” at 9 pm Tuesday finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores Central Idaho’s Frank Church, the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 States defined by endless rugged mountains, wild rivers, forests, and deep canyons.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond, and the Oceanos.

America is a nation of vast distances and dense urban clusters, woven together by 200,000 miles of railroads, 5,000 airports and four million miles of roads. These massive, complex transportation systems combine to make Americans the most mobile people on earth. Accompany host Yul Kwon as he journeys across the continent by air, road and rail, venturing behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go on “America Revealed: Nation On The Move” at 9 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday presents the best of contemporary R&B with John Legend and the Roots. The innovative hip-hop collective backs the Grammy-winning soul singer on a set of 70s soul covers and originals.

Thursday KLRU presents a night of programming related to the citywide Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm. Arts In Context presents “Producing Light” at 7:30 pm Thursday, which follows Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company as they produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/ Holocaust and Humanity Project. Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein talks about her life experience on Spark at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Rock and funk collide with Alejandro Escovedo and Trombone Shorty on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Dame Judi Dench returns in the sequel to the Emmy-nominated “Cranford” mini-series, based on the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell, as Masterpiece Classic presents part two of “Return to Cranford” at 8 pm Saturday.

Science Night 4/18

Nature “River of No Return” at 7 pm
Central Idaho’s Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 States. Endless rugged mountains, wild rivers, forests, and deep canyons define this land – a home to numerous species of wildlife including wolves, who have just returned after 50 years of near absence – and a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, who chose this wilderness for their year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something much greater for the couple – and a tale of hope and celebration for every life trying to make it in the unforgiving heart of the wilderness.

Nova “Why Ships Sink” at 8 pm
Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe “floating cities” that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last ten years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond, and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea-or are we on the brink of a 21st century Titanic?

America Revealed “Nation On The Move” at 9 pm
Meet America Revealed host Yul Kwon at a KLRU event on 4/23. Details and RSVP

America is a nation of vast distances and dense urban clusters, woven together by 200,000 miles of railroads, 5,000 airports and four million miles of roads. These massive, complex transportation systems combine to make Americans the most mobile people on earth. Accompany host Yul Kwon as he journeys across the continent by air, road and rail, venturing behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go. At the Federal Aviation Administration command center, listen in on a call with NASA, the secret service, the military and every major airline to learn how our national flight plan works today. Go along as he meets innovators creating ways to propel us farther and faster in years to come; in Las Vegas, he heads out into the wild night to see how transportation analysts are keeping traffic at bay by revolutionizing the use of one basic tool: the traffic light. Uncover the minor miracles and uphill battles involved in moving more than 300 million Americans every day on infrastructure built in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Curious George "Explore Your World Week"

Curious George with puppetsHelp celebrate Earth Day with these CURIOUS GEORGE environmentally themed programs for the week of April 16-20.

DJ GEORGE/CURIOUS GEORGE PAINTS THE DESERT
Episode #608: Monday, April 16, 8 a.m.

FOLLOW THAT BOAT/WINDMILL MONKEY
Episode #509:  Tuesday, April 17, 8 a.m.

NO KNOWING GNOCCHI/HERE COMES THE TIDE
Episode #610: Wednesday, April 18, 8 a.m.
(repeats: Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. & Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.)

GEORGE’S HOME RUN/MONKEY ON ICE
Episode #506: Thursday, April 19, 8 a.m.
(repeats: Sunday, April 22, 8 a.m.)

JUNKY MONKEY/JUMPY WARMS UP
Episode #609: Friday, April 20, 8 a.m.
(repeats: Sunday, April 22, 6 a.m.)

KLRU Create Marathons for April

Starting at 10 am each Saturday, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

April 7 – Spring Fling
What says Spring more than preparing the garden, early spring flowers and recipes for Passover and Easter celebrations with family and friends? Join P. Allen Smith, Jeff Nathan, Burt Wolf, Katie Brown and others for the Spring Fling marathon on Create!

April 14 – Birds of a Feather
Hubert Kelly, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pepin and Julia Child are among the Create chefs who stick together to offer a wide range of tasty recipes from Chicken Cordon Bleu to roasted duck to foie gras, along with the holiday favorite Turducken, They certainly aren’t just “winging” it!

April 21 – It’s Not Easy Being Green
In recognition of Earth Day, learn how to “Go Green” and be organic with host Michele Beschen as she presents a ‘back to basics’ lifestyle that embraces nature, simplicity and an eco-friendly approach to doing it yourself. Get some fresh ideas for your garden, home, office and overall health and well-being of your family and pets on Create.

April 28 – Fix Up Your Home
Spring is the perfect time to begin “Do It Yourself” projects to spruce up your home! Vicki Payne will show you how to update and increase the value of your home while also teaching you how to beautify a backyard for the ultimate outdoor living experience. Design duo Matt and Shari demonstrate how to re-purpose and update spaces for the whole family to enjoy, adding special touches to every room, including the garage!

Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project work continues

As a lead partner in Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, KLRU is honored to work alongside Ballet Austin and Anti-Defamation League-Austin in convening our community partners and thousands across this city in a public dialogue.

On April 12th, KLRU presents Civic Summit: Creating A Community of Respect, a live television event at 7:30 pm. Moderator Tom Spencer, CEO of Interfaith Action of Central Texas, will host a discussion with Art Acevedo, Chief of Police Austin Police Department; Muna Hussaini, Community Activist; and Karen Gross, Austin Community Director Anti-Defamation League. RSVPs are still open for our live studio audience.

Later this month, KLRU will present an evening of special programming in honor of Yom HaShoah, The Day of Remembrance for the Holocaust. Thursday, April 19, at 7 pm, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel talks with Evan Smith on Overheard. At 7:30 pm, award-winning documentarian Karen Bernstein and the KLRU crew brings viewers Arts In Context Producing Light. This documentary focuses on Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills as he produces the story of Naomi Warren, a Holocaust survivor in Houston, and how performing in this ballet has impacted the dancers. At 8:30 pm, Oscar-award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gerda Weissmann Klein tells her inspiring story.
Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video of Arts In Context.

This project is a perfect fit for KLRU’s vision, which states, “Through the creative use of content, KLRU will be a leader in making the greater Austin area the most vibrant, informed, and engaged community in the country.” In addition to the activities coming up in April, KLRU presented a month of related programming in February, Community Cinema screenings, presented Gerda Weissmann Klein as part of our Spark speaker series and produced a KLRU Collective on the Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit.

KLRU Collective: Americans Who Tell The Truth from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

Highlights: April 8-14

Widely considered one of Charles Dickens’ greatest novels, Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday presents part two of “Great Expectations”. Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Ray Winstone.

Independent Lens at 8 pm Monday 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.

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context at 9:30 pm Monday on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins.

Discover the facts and legends behind the wildflowers that captivate us every spring on Wildflowers: Seeds of History at 10 pm Monday.

Generations after the ship’s sink, stories of the Titanic are still unfolding as host Len Goodman meets the modern-day descendants to learn how, 100 years after it sank, the Titanic’s legacy lives on “Titanic with Len Goodman” at 7 pm Tuesday.

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 8 pm Tuesday 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.

On Nature at 7 pm Wednesday, “Voices of the Sea” reveals a surprising underwater world where sound takes the place of sight.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday looks at the science behind the April 2011 tornado outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists trying to predict tornadoes and understand whether this outbreak relates to global climate change.

Over the past century, an American industrial revolution has given rise to the biggest, most productive food machine the world has ever known. Join host Yul Kwon to learn how this machine feeds nearly 300 million Americans every day on “America Revealed: Food Machine” at 9 pm Wednesday.

R&B grooves the stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday.

Howard Fineman, Editorial Director of Huffington Post, talks about the 2012 election, the evolution of media and the latest political news on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm.

KLRU Civic Summit: Creating Communities of Respect at 7:30 pm talks with community leaders and activists to show how Central Texans are working to create an atmosphere of respect in the face of bigotry and hate through prevention, response and healing.

The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday heads to Natural Bridge for a stop at the Wildlife Ranch and a plunge into the Caverns. Chet then heads to Canyon Lake for a dip, a stroll through a gorge, and for some delicious Tex Mex.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “When The Drum Beats”. The film spotlights Haiti’s most popular band, Septentrional, who has seen corrupt governments, revolutions, natural disasters, extreme poverty and national tragedy over the past 60 years.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents the best of contemporary R&B with John Legend and the Roots. The innovative hip-hop collective backs the Grammy-winning soul singer on a set of 70s soul covers and originals.

Dame Judi Dench returns in the sequel to the Emmy-nominated “Cranford” mini-series, based on the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell, as Masterpiece Classic presents part one of “Return to Cranford” at 8 pm Saturday. Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis and Julia McKenzie rejoin the cast in the acclaimed story of everyday life in a small Cheshire market town.

Q Night at the Movies for April

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month’s feature films will be:

4/7 – Bus Stop
A brash young cowboy (Don Murray) gets off the bus in Phoenix where he courts a cafe singer (Marilyn Monroe).

4/14 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
The relationship of two actors (Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons) in a movie production parallels that of the Victorian characters they are portraying.

4/21 – The Great Train Robbery
Michael Crichton directed this adaptation of his novel chronicling the first robbery of a moving train in 1855.

4/28 – Bullitt
A San Francisco police detective (Steve McQueen) gets hold of a mob-witness/corruption case and won’t let go.

Science Night 4/11

Nature “Ocean Giants: Voices of the Sea” at 7 pm
Humpback whales’ songs carry thousands of miles, while a sperm whale scans the ocean depths with a sonar laser beam louder than a thunderclap. “Voices of the Sea” reveals a surprising underwater world where sound takes the place of sight.

Nova “Deadliest Tornadoes” at 8 pm
In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 340 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks form? With modern warning systems why did so many die? Is our weather getting more extreme — and if so how bad will it get? This episode of NOVA looks at the science behind the April outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists trying to predict tornadoes and understand whether this outbreak relates to global climate change.

America Revealed “Food Machine” at 9 pm
Meet America Revealed host Yul Kwon at a KLRU event on 4/23. Details and RSVP

Over the past century, an American industrial revolution has given rise to the biggest, most productive food machine the world has ever known. Join host Yul Kwon to learn how this machine feeds nearly 300 million Americans every day. Discover engineering marvels created by putting nature to work, and consider the toll our insatiable appetites take on our health and environment. Embark with Kwon on a trip that begins with a pizza delivery route in New York City, then goes across the country to California’s Central Valley, where nearly 50 percent of America’s fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown, and into the heartland for an aerial look at our farmlands. Meet the men and women who keep us fed – everyone from industrial to urban farmers, crop-dusting pilots to long-distance bee truckers, modern-day cowboys to the pizza deliveryman.

In the Studio: Mark Updegrove tapes Overheard 4/9

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mark Updegrove
DATE: April 9
TIME: 5:45 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Mark Updegrove serves as Director of the LBJ Library and Museum. He has a long history working for major media organizations, and has won praise for his work as a historian. He’s written three books about the American presidency, including the recently-published Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency. He’ll join us to talk about Johnson, the 2012 elections and the media.

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 ask your own question after the interview. Watch past Overheard interviews and audience Q&As at klru.org/overheard