KLRU Q Night with Lincoln – 12/30

7:00pm – Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency
To commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday back in 2009, this documentary immerses viewers in a critical, but often overlooked, time in the stateman’s life. LINCOLN: PRELUDE TO THE PRESIDENCY pieces together a critical 23-year period (1837-1860) through interviews with noted historians, researchers and experts, and re-enactments filmed at historic sites in central Illinois. Prominent scholars Doris Kearns Goodwin and Orville Vernon Burton (The Age of Lincoln) describe how Lincoln’s formative experiences as a young lawyer on Illinois’ Eighth Judicial Circuit informed his views on the issues he would eventually face as president, including several cases involving slavery.

8:00pm – Looking for Lincoln, Part I
9:00pm – Looking for Lincoln, Part II
February 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. This series, endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, features historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an exploration of how Abraham Lincoln the man was transformed into Abraham Lincoln the legend. The documentary tells Lincoln’s story as it was shaped by our nation in the years immediately following his death.

10:00pm – Heart of the Civil War
Recounting critical battles of the Civil War, The Heart of the Civil War tells stories from some of the most fought-over U.S. territory during the War Between the States. Between 1861 and 1865, Confederate and Union forces clashed again and again for control of strategic points throughout three counties in west-central Maryland – as the war marched north-to-south from the confederacy to the union, and back again. The Heart of the Civil War recounts the war’s far-reaching impact on the lives of ordinary but battle-weary Marylanders caught up in now-famous local battles, the conflicted struggles of believers in the confederate cause living on Union soil, and the turbulent, unpredictable politics of war that ultimately helped to preserve the Union.

Highlights: December 30-January 5

KLRU Highlights

Downton Abbey Revisited at 6 pm Sunday and 8:30 pm Monday savors great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties.

In the season finale of Downton Abbey, Series II at 8 pm Sunday, the family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas.

The New York Philharmonic rings in 2013 with one singularly sensational night celebrating the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch on Live From Lincoln Center at 7 pm and 9 pm Monday.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents: The Joy of Song with Katherine Jenkins at 10:30 pm Monday features the talents of the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Welsh classical and crossover artist Katherine Jenkins, a 2012 finalist on Dancing With the Stars.

Great Performances at 7 pm Tuesday continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with special host Julie Andrews and the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein in “From Vienna: The New Years Celebration 2013”.

Great Performances at 8:30 pm Tuesday presents “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” and focuses in on this central question: what exactly is it that is so “Jewish” about Broadway?

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday traces a charismatic tiger cub’s path across India in “Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey”.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday profiles the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano and attempts to understand the future consequences of much larger volcanoes dwelling within the country.

Life On Fire at 9 pm Wednesday tries to discern which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be in “Icelandic Volcanoes: Who Is Next?”

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson discusses her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

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

Mind of a Chef at 8 pm Thursday finds some deliciously “rotten” tastings in David Chang’s kitchen: katsuibushi in Japan, XO sauce, rotten bananas with Chef Christina Tosi, and kimchi.

The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday follows Chet as he travels to Dripping Springs, TX to eat at a Belgium bakery, swim in Hamilton Pool, climb Reimer’s Ranch, and polish the day off at Salt Lick.

Mr. Cao Goes To Washington at 9 pm Thuesday profiles Congressman Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican elected by surprise in an African American Democratic district in New Orleans.

Great Performances at 9 pm Friday follows Paul Simon on his return to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in making his renowned album Graceland, capturing Simon’s unique homecoming journey as he reflects on the landmark events as well as looks to the future.

Find out what’s going on with your troubled trees, what to do, and how to help them on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a makeover that turned hillside trauma into outdoor living spaces.

Jack Whites performs tracks from his debut solo album Blunderbuss on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 1/2

Nature “Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey” at 7 pm
Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India’s best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail’s incredible journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, retrace the tiger’s path and piece together the cub’s last days – and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

NOVA “Doomsday Volcanoes” at 8 pm
The eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 turned much of the northern hemisphere into an ash-strewn no-fly zone. But Eyjafjallajokull was just the start. Katla, an Icelandic volcano 10 times bigger, has begun to swell and grumble. Two more giants, Hekla and Laki, could erupt without warning. Iceland is a ticking time bomb: When it blows, the consequences will be global. Meet scientists trying to understand those consequences – for air travel and for the global food supply and Earth’s climate. Could we be plunged into years of cold and famine? What can we do to prepare for the coming disaster?

Life On Fire “Icelandic Volcanoes” at 9 pm
The 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland provoked economic chaos by paralyzing a major air traffic network for days. This eruption, however, was mild. Much more powerful volcanoes in Iceland are ready to wake up. Through spectacular aerial footage of this country, which is an accumulation of lava and ash, a maze of craters and faults, the episode tries to discern which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be. Europe has come to realize that a colossal power sleeps beneath Iceland, while Icelanders for centuries have learned to live amongst their volcanoes.

KLRU Q Saturday Night at the Movies – 12/29

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

8:00pm – A Walk in the Clouds
A married chocolate salesman (Keanu Reeves) agrees to pose for a day as the new husband of a pregnant vineyard heiress (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) in postwar California. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Anthony Quinn.

9:45pm – Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place
In the 1960s a new breed of pioneers began arriving in Oregon’s Willamette Valley determined to grow Vitis vinifera, the fine wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done and were amply warned that western Oregon was too cold and wet for vinifera to flourish. But they came anyway with a dream of producing premium wines – in particular, Pino Noir – made from the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France. The pioneers’ risky experiment created a new industry in Oregon and changed the world of wine forever.

10:45pm – Chesapeake Wine Country
Few phrases have quite as much allure for the would-be traveler as “Wine Country”. Two words which summon up images of sunny vineyards, cavernous barrel rooms, informal yet artful hospitality, and above all select hand-crafted wines waiting to be tasted. Above all, Wine Country is a place filled with the mystique of the grape and the wonderful alchemy that changes fruit into something approaching art. For the thirsty traveler in Maryland, every point of the compass leads to Wine Country. It’s there in the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, the Central Counties and in Western Maryland. Clusters of wineries straddle wine trails, laid out so that a wine tourist can drive the entire circuit in an easy relaxing day. The wines of Maryland await discovery. And the hard working wine makers and grape growers of the Free State are eager to share with you the romance of visiting Wine Country.

KLRU-Q’s Hardly Sound New Year

30 Second Season 1 Promo from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

Ring in the New Year with great music on KLRU Q. First, we feature a documentary about one man’s quest to reunite the Kinks. Next is a mini-marathon of Hardly Sound complete with a countdown at midnight!

8:55pm – Do It Again
Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter dreading the approach of his 40th birthday, is on an unlikely quest: to reunite the surviving members of the Kinks, the long dormant British Invasion group of the 1960s who rose to the top of the rock world with hits such as “You Really Got Me,” “Lola” and “Come Dancing.” There are just two small problems: Edgars has absolutely no connection to the Kinks, aside from a passionate love for their music, and there is a long-standing feud between band members and brothers Ray and Dave Davies, who haven’t spoken to each other in years. DO IT AGAIN follows Edgers from Boston to California, and from Las Vegas to New York City. By the time he reaches London, he’s ready to confront his heroes. But are they ready for him?

9:59pm – Hardly Sound: The Bye and Bye
Follow Austin, Texas twang wave band, The Bye and Bye in their quest to understand their future through the telling of their past.

10:25pm – Hardly Sound: Bad Lovers
Dive into the world of the Austin, Texas garage rock scene with “The Bad Lovers” and all their rock ‘n’ roll cohorts as they talk about their adventurous past, hopeful future, and the sometimes tenuous friendships that they’ve formed over the years.

10:51pm – Hardly Sound: Royal Forest
Take to the skies with psychedelic rock band Royal Forest as they lead the Hardly Sound team on an epic adventure through the desert, in a submarine, and up in the air. It all culminates with the band recording a song in a tiny Cessna flying over north Austin. Royal Forest will inspire you with their spirit of adventure.

11:20pm – Hardly Sound: Emcee Eats
Join Vincent Martinez – one of the most stunningly original artists in Austin – as he lives his self-proclaimed “Jazz Life.” Then marvel at his undeniable hooks and poetic, personal lyrics as he steps into the studio as Emcee Eats.

just before Midnight —Hardly Sound producers countdown to the new year

DCI Banks joins KLRU lineup 1/6

KLRU has acquired the broadcast rights to the BBC detective series, DCI Banks.  The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to four chilling murder stories based on the InspectorBanks novels by Peter Robinson.  Stephen Tompkinson portrays detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

In the first episode titled, “Aftermath,” two police officers stumble across the lair of a serial killer.  InspectorBanks finds himself faced with a chilling murder investigation that will test him to the limit.

DCI Banks will air on Sunday nights after Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey” starting January 6th.

KLRU Q’s Legends & Myths Night – 12/25

Secrets of the Dead “Blackbeard’s Lost Ship” at 8 pm
Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard, was the most notorious pirate of his day. At the height of his rein, he commanded a fleet of four ships and a crew of 400 men. They were ruthless seafaring raiders who terrorizing vessels in American waters. In 1717, Blackbeard even blockaded the city of Charleston, crippling its economy. Eventually he was caught and beheaded by a posse from the Royal Navy. Now, 300 years later, a marine archaeology team believes they have found his sunken flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the North Carolina coast. The remains of the shipwreck are helping solve the most enduring mystery surrounding the infamous pirate captain – did he accidentally run his ship aground, or was it a deliberate plot to betray his crew and cheat them out of their share of the plunder?

In Search of Myths and Heroes “Jason & the Golden Fleece” at 9 pm
The Greeks have given the world its greatest body of myths, including the myth of Jason, an epic tale of the hero’s quest and the ancestor of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Jason is presented with a “mission impossible”: to sail into the unknown to find the Golden Fleece. He is saved by the priestess Medea and her magical arts, but her love comes at a high price. A fairy tale? Or was there a real voyage? Wood heads from Greece to the wild mountains of the Caucasus to find the truth behind the Jason legend.

In Search of Myths and Heroes “Arthur: The Once & Future King” at 9 pm
In the second segment, Wood explores the greatest British myth: the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Traveling around the Celtic world from Cornwall to Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland, Wood uncovers the extraordinary story of how a shadowy Welsh freedom fighter – a Dark Age Che Guevara – became a medieval superman and, finally, the model of a Christian hero. On the way, viewers discover the real stories behind the Round Table, Excalibur and the Holy Grail itself: the unattainable, mystical cup of Christ, which has inspired poets, novelists and filmmakers from the Middle Ages right down to Indiana Jones, Monty Python and The Da Vinci Code. In an intriguing piece of historical detective work, Wood offers a tantalizing glimpse of a historical Arthur – but in the unlikeliest of places.

KLRU acquires BBC comedy series, The Café

The Café will join KLRU’s British Comedy lineup starting Jan. 13th. It will air on Sunday nights at 10:30 pm. Watch an interview with co-writer and star Ralf Little.

Set in a small seaside town, The Café is homely, comfortable and welcoming. Middle-aged divorcee Carol owns the place. Mary, in her seventies is Carol’s mum. She is very broad minded and a real character. Completing the trio is daughter Sarah. Having lost her job and been dumped by her boyfriend, she’s had to move back home from London, where a host of old school friends await. Until she gets her life back on track she’s helping out in the welcoming café that’s a bit like Friends’ Central Perk – but not quite as trendy!

Each heart-warming episode sees all sorts of colourful characters pop in and out of the cafe, including old school friends like Richard, who secretly fancies Sarah, and best friends Chloe and Keiran. John, another former school-friend and former ‘fat kid’, is also back in town but is now a successful businessman, driving a Porsche and looking good. There is a definite spark between John and Sarah, making Richard wildly jealous of the obvious attraction.
Warm, funny and engaging and with a pedigree of hot comedy talent on and off-screen, The Cafe is the hub for all walks of life, and a lot of very funny comedy.

Program Review: Hardly Sound

30 Second Season 1 Promo from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

Hardly Sound
Airs at 10:30 pm Tuesdays on KLRU starting Jan 1, 2013;
Airs first Monday of the month on KLRU Q music block at 11 pm
or watch online anytime at klru.org

Here in Austin, music is everywhere: in our airport, in our restaurants, behind grocery stores, and even on the 6th floor of office buildings. Given the sheer supply of choices, one would imagine it to be a daunting task to really penetrate the local musical territory and make it big. However the thriving bond between creativity and music keeps people going at it here, which in itself is the essence of why Austin continually rules.

When local filmmakers Chris Kim and Randy Reynolds set out to find bands whose passion and creativity distinguish them within the overarching Texas music scene, their task evolved into an all-out adventure revealing some great insights behind this creative community. They’ve condensed their journeys into half-hour long segments for a new documentary series called Hardly Sound.

The show profiles one artist per episode and conveys their respective stories through conversation and performance, detailed in footage spanning the full month they spent with each artist. What I enjoy most about this program is that rather than simply offering a dry profile of the band, the filmmakers establish an emotional connection between the audience and their subject through the intimate dialogue about their creative process. This stands closely to the filmmakers’ mission to create “a creative series about creative people for creative people”.

Topics of past experiences, personal triumphs, emotional hardships and overcoming adversity make you feel what the musicians feel and give a true sense of what shaped their path towards adopting their creative lifestyles. Bands like twang-wave act The Bye and Bye detail important life lessons like “expect the unexpected”, “don’t wear shorts”, and “bask in the unlikelihood of life” while taking the filmmakers on a “birding” trip. Meanwhile, garage rockers The Bad Lovers express their sentiments for the community of outcasts who welcomed their eagerness to play rock n’ roll in sweaty basements and damp clubs. Through their POVs, these musicians come off as hopeful, devoted and relatable, as their rehearsals and reflections become transparent windows into their souls.

For anybody who’d enjoy an intimate look at bands trying to “carve out their own space in the crowded scene” (and we all know, its CROWDED), this is that plus more.

About the Reviewer: Kaitlyn Roche is a fourth-year student at the University of Texas at Austin and currently works in the Marketing department of KLRU. She has contributed to online and print publications such as A.V. Club, San Antonio Express-News and Verbicide Magazine.

KLRU Q Americana Night – 12/23

KLRU Q presents a night of some of America’s favorite things!

6:05pm – 1955 World Series: Seven Days of Fall

This program about the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger/New York Yankee World Series is based upon the poem, entitled “1955”, by James T. Crawford. In unprecedented style, the presentation uniquely blends the normal documentary elements of archival film footage, still images, narration, player and fan interviews, period music, and recital of the poem to recount this timeless story 50 years later. It’s a program about dedication, teamwork, belief in one self and commitment to achievement against all odds; the story of the Brooklyn Dodger’s only World Championship after 65 years of futility, and of the team’s unique connection with the community that so closely identified with it. ‘1955’ is more then a sports story, but a time capsule of a period in American history like no other. Or as, the documentary’s epilogue states: To believe was to achieve … back in 1955″.

7:00pm – Tupperware! American Experience
In the 1950s, American women discovered they could earn thousands — even millions — of dollars from bowls that burped. “Tupperware ladies” fanned out across the nation’s living rooms, selling efficiency and convenience to their friends and neighbors through home parties. Bowl by bowl, they built an empire that now spans the globe. This documentary, narrated by Kathy Bates, reveals the secret behind Tupperware’s success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. “Tupperware!” charts the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon.

8:00pm – Greetings from Forgotten Florida
This light-hearted one-hour documentary tells of Florida’s golden age of tourism in a wonderful, wacky, fun-loving way. It takes viewers to destinations in Florida where thousands of families from all over the United States traveled including Goofy Golf, Jungle Jane, Parrot Jungle, Florida’s oldest theme park, Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven and Marineland – the world’s first oceanarium. Before the arrival of mammoth theme parks like Disney World, Florida was a more whimsical place-with a different, perhaps quirky sense of make-believe that drew tourists back year after year. From the turn of the century through the 1970s, American families flocked by the thousands making the long journey south to visit Florida. Greetings from Forgotten Florida tells the wonderful (and sometimes strange) stories of the and entrepreneurs who created Florida’s classic destinations. Through remarkable archival footage and home movies, the film reveals that even though some of Florida’s tourist treasures are gone, they are definitely not forgotten. Drawing on the recollections of people who were part of Florida’s golden age of tourism we meet a Weeki Watchee mermaid from the 1950s; the original dolphin trainers from Marineland; and families who would leave the cold of a New England morning and drive through the night–to wake up to the smell of warm sea air and the taste of fresh orange juice squeezed from a roadside grove. Journey back to a time when tourists envisioned beautiful mermaids, dancing dolphins, glass-bottomed boats and coral castles in Greetings from Forgotten Florida. It’s a nostalgic excursion to a magical time and place for the whole family.

9:00pm – Leisurama
This program tells the story behind the sophisticated and creatively marketed housing communities built during the late 1950s and early ’60s in Montauk, NY and Lauderhill, Fla. Dubbed “Leisurama,” these new homes sold for as little as $12,995 and arrived completely furnished and stocked with every imaginable modern amenity. Macy’s exhibited a full-scale model of the house on the ninth floor of its flagship New York City store. Throughout this colorful documentary, architects, homeowners and historians explain the significance of the Leisurama homes. In recent years, a renewed interest in mid-century moderism and Cold War-era ephemera rekindled interest in the Leisurama house.

9:55pm – Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff
Rick Sebak brings his trademark flair to a road trip in search of America’s most interesting, wacky and goofy buildings, celebrating places such as the Big Duck on Long Island, the National Fresh Water Fishing National Hall of Fame (in the shape of a giant fish) in Heyward, Wisconsin, and the world’s largest catsup bottle, built as a water tower in Collinsville, Illinois.