Highlights: September 16-22

Nature at 6 pm Sunday tells the present-day story of the lions and individuals depicted in “Born Free”, a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife over 50 years ago.

At 7 pm Sunday, Broadway or Bust takes viewers into the intense rehearsals, coaching and coaxing sessions that take place during one week of preparation for the auditions and the awards ceremony, popularly known as “The Jimmy Awards”.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Wallander, Series III at 8 pm Sunday, Wallander become embroiled in a case of high-level corruption that threatens his entire investigation – and perhaps even his life.

New Glass at Wheaton at 9:30 pm Sunday explores the world of three young residents at New Jersey’s Creative Glass Center of America, where they pursue their creative visions of manipulating glass in new and unexpected ways.

In his newest PBS special, Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them in Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 8 pm Monday.

From filmmaker Ric Burns, Death and the Civil War: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history.

As fighting rages in the streets of Syria’s largest city, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday journeys to the heart of the insurgency, inside the rebel groups that are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

Hosted by Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Oscar Hammerstein II – Out of My Dreams at 7 pm Wednesday celebrates one of the most acclaimed lyricists and librettists of the 20th century.

Featuring performances from various legendary clubs and hot performance spots, My Music travels on location to London and around the UK to the place where the British Rock Era was born in British Beat: My Music at 8:30 pm Wednesday.

Criminal Justice reform advocate Michael Morton discusses his life and story on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday provides a unique look into Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ harrowing work on survival amidst a climate of indifference and hate in Ballet Austin’s production of “Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.”

Chet travels to Spicewood to sip some coffee, swim in Krause Springs, go ziplining through the trees, and eat some delicious BBQ on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Mariachi High at 9 pm Thursday and Friday presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas.

Modern-rock giants Coldplay perform hits and selections from their newest album, Mylo Xyloto, on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

In the Studio: Laurie Anderson 9/21

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Laurie Anderson
DATE: September 21
TIME: 1:30 p.m. (Doors open at 1 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

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Laurie Anderson is often described as a performance artist. But that captures only a small slice of her life’s work. Anderson has made paintings, created films, recorded a song that became a pop hit, written poetry invented instruments and served as a NASA artist in residence. She has also described herself as an anthropologist, studying the reactions her work generates. Above all, she is unpredictable and uncategorizable. And that means this should be a fascinating conversation.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a third 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.

In the Studio: Joe Nick Patoski 9/19

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith  for an interview with Joe Nick Patoski
DATE: September 19
TIME: 4:15 pm (Doors open at 3:45 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
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Joe Nick Patoski has described himself as “Writer, historian, Texan,” three words that capture much of what he loves, and much of what readers love about his work. He’s also a grand storyteller and a sharp observer with a gift for drawing you into almost any subject he picks. You might think the title of Patoski’s new book says it all: The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. But this is also a history of us and of an era – the 1960s and 1970s, when the Cowboys became America’s Team.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a third 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.

KLRU joins Dell in Powering the Possible!

KLRU Educational Services is thrilled to join the launch of Dell’s Powering the Possible initiative in 2012! Thanks to the generosity of Dell, we have acquired 20 brand-new, sleek Dell XPS 13 Ultrabooks for use in two pilot projects close to the Dell campus, at Walnut Creek and Graham Elementary Schools. We will work with Extend-A-Care staff and their kids to bring the best of our digital media resources to enhance after-school learning opportunities in order to strengthen academic skills through high-quality, trustworthy shows, games, and other activities. Apart from the Dell laptops, another brand-new resource for this project is PBS Learning Media, the user-friendly portal to PBS’ treasure trove of educational content.

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Highlights 9/9 to 9/15

Broadway or Bust at 7 pm Sunday tracks the real-life stories of America’s top high school musical performers, vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation’s best young rising stars.

With Wallander’s work now getting too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that become increasingly entangled on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Sunday.

The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world’s greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring Cycle on Great Performances at the Met on Monday at 8 pm. This documentary is followed by the complete Ring Cycle performance on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm.

Nova “Engineering Ground Zero” at 7 pm Tuesday captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers with the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient, “green” architecture and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife, Nature at 7 pm Wednesday returns to tell the story of the lions profiled. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film?

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday 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.

See how to grow olive trees for silvery leaves and maybe a few olives on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a lawn-reduction makeover with drought tough plants.

Modern rock band Wilco returns to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday with tunes from its LP The Whole Love.

Science Night 9/12

Nature “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” at 7 pm
2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has “Born Free” taught us?