Science Night May 3

Spend this Wednesday on a journey below sea level – from following dolphins throughout the ocean to seeing how subways are built in London, you won’t want to miss it!

The camera eyes of 13 ingenious Spy Creatures, including Spy Dolphin, Spy Nautilus and Spy Turtle, capture the dolphins’ “superpod” behavior never filmed before. Infiltrate the social world of dolphins from strange gatherings to gang rivalries. Nature begins Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London, on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, which have been a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years. The reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction. See why on Plants Behaving Badly, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Highlights April 30 – May 6

KLRU Highlights

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures the hearts of Fred and Violet, while the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia causes distress among the team. Catch another episode of Call the Midwife, airing Sunday at 7:00 pm.

Steph risks losing the farm. Sarah finds herself in a dangerous situation, while Teresa has a big decision to make. Alison discovers the real reason behind the parachute accidents – but can she warn Frances before it’s too late? Find out on this episode of Home Fires Season 2 on Masterpiece, beginning Sunday at 8:00 pm.

With Anne pregnant again and away from court, Henry begins to take notice of Jane Seymour. Anne hears of this and threatens Cromwell to make terms with her before her son is born. But has she overplayed her cards? Wolf Hall on Masterpiece begins Sunday at 9:00 pm.

An intruder enters Lady Felicia’s bedroom, snapping on the light to reveal her niece Bunty. She’s gone on the run after being photographed with a married man – can she stay with her favourite aunt? Stay up to date with the drama on another episode of Father Brown, beginning at 10:05 pm on Sunday, and again on the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

National Bird is the first in-depth investigation of the U.S. drone war with unique access to two courageous women, a drone-target analyst and a retired intelligence officer, who connect with a former NSA analyst to become whistleblowers on the drone program, risking backlash, all on Independent Lens beginning Monday at 9:00 pm.

Arc of Innovation documents the making of the West 7th Street Bridge in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, which is a breakthrough from an artistic standpoint and for technology. The program takes a look at the creation of the bridge to its completion. The unique concrete arch bridge design required an equally unique construction plan. Follow the strategies and solutions on Arc of Innovation, beginning Monday at 10:30 pm.

Follow participants as they move into an 1860s tenement made up of sparse rooms, a shared water pump and outdoor privies. They seek to make a living by matchbox making, wood turning and the rag trade, work once done by their impoverished forebears. Victorian Slum House begins Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

In the 1950s and early ’60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA’s acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm. Space Men: American Experience begins Tuesday at 8:00 pm.

A fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. The film examines the impact of the order to re-evaluate thousands of juvenile murder cases and follows two of the first convicts to be released, on Frontline, beginning Tuesday at 9:00 pm.

Comedians know a thing or two about mental health and they’re not afraid to talk about it, as they prepare for the Cracking Up Comedy Competition. Part 1 of 2. Stories of the Mind begins Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

On Story will feature A Conversation With Tony Hale, beginning Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

The camera eyes of 13 ingenious Spy Creatures, including Spy Dolphin, Spy Nautilus and Spy Turtle, capture the dolphins’ “superpod” behavior never filmed before. Infiltrate the social world of dolphins from strange gatherings to gang rivalries. Nature begins Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London, on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, which have been a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years. The reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction. See why on Plants Behaving Badly, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves. Austin City Limits begins Wednesday at 10:00 pm and again on Friday at 10:00 pm.

Giancarlo Esposito is an Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Gustavo “Gus” Fring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Overheard with Evan Smith begins Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Living Springs begins Thursday at 7:30 pm, with Of Mills and Picnics, Mr. Habitat, Barking Springs, Studying the Aquifer, and Spirit Waters.

Chet explores this East Texas town’s history at the old high school and searches for a hidden waterfall at the local park. He then learns about giant balloons at a NASA facility and hunts for hogs in the dark woods. The Daytripper begins Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Chet travels to a town that’s full of fossils where he walks in the shadows of fake dinosaurs at an amusement park and stands in their real footprints at a state park. He then explores a museum about the beginning of civilization and goes wild on a safari. Another episode of The Daytripper begins Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Barnaby and DC Ben Jones attempt to unravel the deaths of a choir member and a bird watcher before more murders occur. With an art scam and another person trying to keep control, there is much to keep Barnaby and Jones busy. Midsomer Murders Part 1 begins at 9:00 pm and Part 2 begins at 9:52 pm on Thursday. Both air again Saturday at 10:37 pm and 11:30 pm.

In episode 3, Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage. In episode 4, Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage. Latin Music USA begins Friday at 8:00 pm.

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums. Austin City Limits begins Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Another episode of Doctor Blake Mysteries begins Saturday at 8:50 pm.

Anna and Gino’s romance continues to blossom as they sneak off to spend time together, although it’s clear that something about their secret trysts is resting heavy on Gino’s mind. At Ash Park, Olivia and James’s relationship is at breaking point as Olivia struggles with the identity of James’ lover. Place To Call Home airs Saturday at 9:50 pm.

Meet Robert Costa, new Washington Week moderator

From Washington Week ….

Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa has been named the new moderator of Washington Week. Robert has been a frequent guest on Washington Week since 2014 and has been a guest moderator in recent weeks. Learn more about Robert’s life and reporting.

Plus, read the letter Robert Costa wrote to introduce himself to long-time Washington Week viewers.

Celebrate Memorial Day with KLRU on 5/28

Join KLRU on Sunday, May 28th, as we celebrate our national heroes and veterans in honor of Memorial Day.

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. National Memorial Day Concert airs at 7 pm and encores at 9 pm and 11:30 pm.

This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall’s most anticipated film. PBS Previews: The Vietnam War begins at 8:30 pm.

Canine Soldiers explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols. In wars where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, these highly trained dogs are saving soldiers’ lives and giving them comfort, hope and protection. Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love begins at 10:30 pm.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Preview Screening of Real Boy 6/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Real Boy by Shaleece Haas. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Real Boy premieres on KLRU Monday, June 19, at 9 pm.

“All I want is to be loved by my family, but for my family, it’s not as simple as that,” says Bennett. “It’s complicated for them.” Through interviews with Suzy and old home movies, we meet Bennett as a joyful, happy child, but that changed as he grew older. Adolescence brought anger, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. When Bennett began to share his true identity as male, he felt happier inside but faced resistance from his family. Finding solace online with other teens facing the same issues, the aspiring musician is also taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, Real Boy offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Asteroids to spy movies to the evolution of rock music on Q Night at the Movies 4/29

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies brings you a plethora of entertainment; from asteroids to spy movies to the evolution of rock music – there is something for everyone!

Can science prevent another asteroid from hitting the Earth? Neil deGrasse Tyson stops by to explain some of the real possibilities and the many international considerations protecting our planet. Science Goes To The Movies begins at 7:00 pm.

Tony Hale discusses season 6 of VEEP on On Story, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Set against the economic troubles facing Britain in the 1970s, the civil unrest, the coal miners’ strikes and the resulting power cuts, Legacy is a fast paced spy story with a personal twist. Legacy airs at 8:00 pm.

Ten years in the making, FREE TO ROCK explores how American rock and roll contributed to the end of the Cold War. Watch FREE TO ROCK at 9:30 pm.

This is the unknown story of how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system. Featuring a bizarre collection of Beatles tribute bands, the film tracks down the stories of how the Cold War was won with music as much as with nuclear missiles. Catch How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin beginning at 10:30 pm.

Leti Garza combines her natural gift of musical talent and personal life experiences

Leti Garza combines her natural gift of musical talent and personal life experiences to weave together a recurring theme of authenticity in her music. She has the ability to draw from a vast resource of cultures and transform the music into her own while paying homage to the roots from which they were born.

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 5/3-5/7

KLRU is proud to be a media sponsor of the 20th Cine Las Americas Film Festival (CLAIFF)!  This year’s fest takes place May 3rd – 7th with featured films from across the world. 17 countries will be represented, each with unique films and twists on traditional cinema. Opening night will feature Me estás matando Susana (You’re Killing Me Susana), from Mexican director Roberto Sneider and featuring Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Echegui. A complete list of all the films can be found here.

To attend the Cine Las Americas Film Festival, head over to the website where you can secure your badge. Locations of screenings include The Blanton Museum, The Santa Cruz Theatre and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. All free shows will be screened and open to the public at the MACC. To find out which location is offering each screening, click here!

Austin is internationally known as a film town. In addition to this, the unique character of the City, along with its geographic location contribute to a rich cultural atmosphere. In a town with many cultural and entertainment options, Cine Las Americas programs offer a truly international character by representing the fastest growing demographic in the United States, while integrating these cultures to the wider multicultural landscape of Austin. Cine Las Americas audiences not only have the opportunity to watch films that otherwise would not be available for public exhibition, on the big screen and with English subtitles, but they are also privy to learning the importance and relevance of these works through the unique experience that only these specially curated Latino and indigenous film exhibition programs can offer.

Cine Las Americas works directly with filmmakers, distributors, industry representatives, and government agencies in order to acquire temporary rights for the exhibition of the films it offers to the public, whether these screenings are offered for a ticket price or free of charge. By doing this, Cine Las Americas functions as a cultural agency representing Latino and indigenous cultures, and also as an international film institution that engages artists and industry professionals in business and supports the production and exhibition of quality cinema.

 

 

 

 

Science Night April 26

This Science night, don’t miss out on joining us on a journey through the largest area of wilderness in the Austrian Alps. Then follow us through the construction of the Chernobyl dome. End the night mixing elements and find out what we can do with weather.

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. The documentary, filmed in 4K, travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Take a look at the dramatic cycle of the landscape on Nature, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, on NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful, on Wild Weather, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Highlights April 23-29

KLRU Highlights

An expectant mother buckles under the strains of pregnancy on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case has touched him more than most.

Teresa is asked on a date, Alison worries that her involvement with the Lyons could be dangerous, and The Brindsleys make a disturbing discovery. Find out what happens on Home Fires Season 2 On Masterpiece, beginning Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, failing to produce Henry’s longed-for male heir. Cromwell demands the nobility and church swear an oath acknowledging Anne as lawful queen, but will Thomas More agree? Find out on Wolf Hall on Masterpiece, starting at 9:00 pm on Sunday.

Canon Fox pays a visit to inform Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy that the Duke of Frome, John Langton, will be attending Christmas Mass at St Mary’s. This year the Bishop wants everything done by the book and Canon Fox will be there to make sure it all goes to plan. Find out if it goes to plan on Father Brown, beginning at 10:00 pm on Sunday, and again the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Hear Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic – including the Holocaust – should be off-limits in comedy. The Last Laugh airs Monday at 9:00 pm.

Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show. This episode of On Story begins Monday at 10:00 pm.

COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Command and Control: American Experience begins Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Journalist and author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish; American Catch) spends a year eating only fish. From farmed fish in Norway to the biggest wild fishery in the world off Peru, he travels to investigate the health of the ocean – as well as his own. Watch The Fish On My Plate from Frontline, beginning at 9:00 pm on Tuesday.

The Jungle Book: Justin Marks On Updating A Classic from On Story airs Tuesday 10:30.

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. The documentary, filmed in 4K, travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Take a look at the dramatic cycle of the landscape on Nature, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, on NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful, on Wild Weather, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day, on Austin City Limits, beginning at 10:00 pm Wednesday, and again on Friday at 10:00 pm.

Chuck Todd is the moderator of NBC’s Meet The Press. He is also an on-air political analyst for Nightly News with Lester Holt and TODAY, and serves as MSNBC’s go-to for all aspects of the network’s political coverage. Find out more about Chuck Todd’s achievements on Overheard with Evan Smith, airing Thursday night at 7:00 pm.

Arc of Innovation documents the making of the West 7th Street Bridge in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, which is a breakthrough from an artistic standpoint and for technology. The program takes a look at the creation of the bridge to its completion. The unique concrete arch bridge design required an equally unique construction plan. Follow the strategies and solutions on Arc of Innovation, beginning Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet visits this town in South Texas to “remember the Alamo” and pay his respects to the Texas heroes’ hidden grave. He explores the largest Mexican market and a museum of curiosities, floats along the Riverwalk and dines on iconic Tex-Mex, all on The Daytripper, airing Thursday night at 8:00 pm.

Chet explores this East Texas town’s history at the old high school and searches for a hidden waterfall at the local park. He then learns about giant balloons at a NASA facility and hunts for hogs in the dark woods, on another episode of The Daytripper, airing Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Campaigns against the building of a supermarket in Elverton-come-Laterly come to a head when environmental supervisor Frank Hopkirk is stabbed to death. His body is found at a long-forgotten timberyard. Midsomer Murders Part 1 begins at 9:00 pm and Part 2 begins at 9:48 pm on Thursday. The episodes air again Saturday night at 10:40 pm and 11:30 pm.

Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world. Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula begins Thursday night at 10:35 pm.

The episode traces the rise of Latin Jazz and the explosion of the Mambo and the Cha Cha Chá as they sweep the US from East to West. Latin Music infiltrates R&B and Rock and Roll through the 1960s. Latin Music USA begins Friday night at 8:00 pm.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves, on Austin City Limits, beginning Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

Another episode of Dr. Blake Mysteries begins at 8:56 on Saturday night.

With a religious occasion approaching, Sarah performs a spiritual cleansing in the local creek that’s unfortunately witnessed by Doris Collins. But while Sarah finds it hard to deal with Doris’s reaction to her nudity, it is Sarah’s own, personal demons with which she most struggles. A Place To Call Home airs Saturday night at 9:55 pm.