Just the BEAR necessities on KLRU Q 3/31

March 31st, join KLRU Q for a special night for one of mother nature’s fluffiest, cutest and scariest animals in the forest.

The emotionally engaging documentary BEARY TALES chronicles the gradual maturation of the bear twins as they flourish under Vaclav’s care: their first steps, early forest outings, and development from defenseless babies to cheeky, 135-pound teenagers. Using a well-balanced mix of factual information and charming scenes of the playful duo, the film deftly illustrates the specific complexities that arise when bear cubs are influenced by humans. Beary Tales airs at 8:00 pm.

Detailing the latest research, Chris Packham explores the specialised adaptations that have enabled bears to thrive, including how a polar bear’s hollow fur allows it to feed throughout the gruelling Arctic winter, whilst a state of ‘walking hibernation’ sees it through the summer months, on Wonder Of Animals, airing at 8:55 pm.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. The film has extraordinary access to the work of scientist Todd Atwood, the lead polar bear scientist for the US Geological Survey. He has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. It is an extraordinary decline, and he is determined to find out why. Watch the Great Polar Bear Feast, airing at 9:29 pm.

 

Highlights March 26 – April 1

KLRU Highlights

Over five centuries, Chatsworth Estate has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and is presently the home of the current 12th Duke of Devonshire and his family. We take a look behind the doors of the house and stroll around the vast gardens and estate, talking to the Duke and Duchess to find out the real truth behind Chatsworth, on Secrets of Chatsworth, airing at 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Learn the extraordinary story of how, against all odds, the famous literary trio had their genius for writing romantic novels recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world. To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece airs at 8:00 pm on Sunday.

When a body is discovered in a vineyard, Father Brown must search for the murderer amongst a group of suspects all seeking to reinvent themselves. This episode of Father Brown airs Sunday at 10:00 pm, and the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Ovarian Psychos features a new generation of women of color in East Los Angeles are redefining identity and building community through their bicycle crew, airing Monday at 9:00 pm.

“Amazing Grace” explores the treatment of women in the legal industry from the late 1940’s through today. Specifically, it follows the story of Missouri Attorney Grace Day who was the lone woman in her law school class in 1948 and endured torment from her professors and peers. Amazing Grace airs at 10:00 pm on Monday.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. This back-and-forth of cultural influences has always been at the heart of flamenco, and A’lante Flamenco are the latest tellers of this story. A’lante begins at 10:30 Monday night.

See how laws and mechanisms for international justice are created in the wake of war crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. General Yamashita’s conviction for crimes against civilians establishes a command responsibility doctrine. The General’s Ghost airs Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Learn how the Cold War obstructs postwar justice and how atrocities in conflicts with large civilian tolls-such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Guatemala-are concealed. Individuals make efforts to expose war crimes and identify the perpetrators. The Blind Eye airs Tuesday 8:00 pm.

See how postwar justice has been revitalized over the past two decades, but is limited in confronting the exponential rise in civilian tolls-sexual violence and genocide-occurring in the Balkans, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Sri Lanka and other countries. In Our Time airs Tuesday 9:00 pm.

On Story airs at 10:00 pm with Robert Mark Kamen. He looks back on his long-time working relationship with Luc Besson and his approach to writing description, violence, and well-developed characters in films such as The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and the Taken franchise.

Chris Cooper, the Academy Award® winning Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the comedy-drama Adaptation, discusses his acting career in both film and television. Cooper looks back on how he managed to navigate through his roles in iconic films such as Lone Star, Adaptation, American Beauty, Seabiscuit, and August: Osage County among many others on this On Story, airing at 10:30 pm.

Join scientists, experts, and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses, Yosemite National Park. Watch Nature Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared. This NOVA special airs Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Baiae… An escape for ancient Rome’s powerful elite, the Las Vegas of its day. Now, follow archaeologists who are mapping underwater ruins and piecing together what life was like in this playground for the rich, on Secrets of the Dead, airing at 9:00 pm on Wednesday.

On Austin City Limits, Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years, airing at 10:00 pm on Wednesday and at 9:30 pm on Friday.

John Doe is an actor and musician who co-founded the Los Angeles punk band X. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions including Great Balls of Fire!, Roadside Prophets, Roswell and more. His latest book, Under the Big Black Sun, explores the LA punk rock movement and its evolution. This episode of Overheard with Evan Smith begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

The actor traces the life of Jesus’ close confidant and apostle, St Peter, by looking at the New Testament’s account of him taking charge after the Messiah’s death. Watch David Suchet In The Footsteps Of St. Peter, beginning at 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom. He eats at a steakhouse inspired by the movie “Giant” and devours hot dogs from a truck that takes wienies to a whole other universe. The Daytripper begins at 8:30 pm Thursday and 10:00 pm the following Saturday.

The mother of a deceased one-time carnival queen is found dead in a stream. Once again, Barnaby must dig up the past to solve the case. Dead Letters, Parts 1 & 2 from Midsomer Murders begin at 9:00 pm and 9:52 pm on Thursday.

Above the Sea (Columbia University) – In the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai, Fei, a young lady of the evening, must decide how far she is willing to go to exact vengeance. Directed by Keola Racela. Un Mundo para Raul (Columbia University) – When thirteen-year-old Raul is asked to entertain the local landowner’s son, a treacherous game of power and pride unfolds between the boys. Directed by Mauro Mueller. The Film School Shorts begins at 10:38 pm on Thursday.

Sway to LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl as he leads the orchestra in an evening of Latin music, including works by Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla and Lalo Schifrin, on this episode of Great Performances, airing at 8:00 pm on Friday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations, which airs at 10:30 pm on Friday.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform. Sheeran lights up hits “Sing!” and “A-Team,” while June burns through material from her acclaimed LP Pushin’ Against a Stone, on Austin City Limits, airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Many years have passed since Dr. Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. Amid the upheaval, the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother’s mysterious death. Doctor Blake Mysteries begins at 8:50 pm on Saturday.

The Prodigal Daughter on Place To Call Home is a 3-part series that will help guide viewers through the realities of the home-buying process. Follows three families as they search for a home. Along the way they learn about credit history, appraisals and inspections, qualifying for a loan, closing costs and more. Watch the first episode beginning at 9:50 pm on Saturday.

Science Night Mar. 29

This week on science night, get a closer look at the beauty of Yosemite National Park, learn about the history of Viking’s weapons, and end with the archaeological dig into the underwater ruins of Rome.

Join scientists, experts, and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses, Yosemite National Park. Watch Nature at 7:00 pm.

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared. This NOVA special airs at 8:00 pm.

Baiae… An escape for ancient Rome’s powerful elite, the Las Vegas of its day. Now, follow archaeologists who are mapping underwater ruins and piecing together what life was like in this playground for the rich, on Secrets of the Dead, airing at 9:00 pm.

It’s no joke! KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 starts April 1st

We have heard from the community that families want our fun, educational programming in the evening hours and at different times, such as when kids are sick or when mom and dad are making dinner. In response to this community need, on April 1st at 6 am we’ll launch a brand new channel featuring your favorite PBS Kids shows 24 hours a day.

Research consistently shows that PBS Kids resources help prepare children of all backgrounds for school and that exposure to our programs builds literacy skills, boosts math learning and fosters social-emotional growth.

We are thrilled that we can provide this new tool for all families in our 18 county viewing area – whether you’re at home, away from home, or on the go.

Watch on TV channel 18.4
Download the free PBS Kids Video App

KLRU Next Night 4/6: Central Texas Gardener!

You’re invited to our first NEXT Night of 2017!

On Thursday, April 6th, we’ll be at Springdale Farm (755 Springdale Road) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to celebrate beloved KLRU program Central Texas Gardener! Tickets are $15. Buy yours today

CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta will be on hand to answer your garden questions. Come build your own terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria, grab a drink from Live Oak Brewing Co. and Z Tequila and enjoy bites from Eden East. Baylor Scott & White Health will be on site giving healthy cooking and medicinal herb demos!

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Thank you to our sponsor for the evening, Baylor Scott & White Health!

Call for applications: KLRU’s Community Advisory Board

KLRU is looking for six new Community Advisory Board members. You can find the application at the link below.

APPLY HERE

About the KLRU Community Advisory Board
The KLRU Community Advisory Board (CAB) is one of two boards that guide the work of KLRU. The CAB is composed of up to 30 individuals who reflect the diverse interests, concerns, organizations, issues and populations of the Central Texas community. Membership in the CAB is open to anyone who lives in the designated market area for KLRU and who has demonstrated an interest in KLRU. Members are selected by the existing CAB after being nominated by the staff, or the CAB, or they may nominate themselves. The role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff of KLRU. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term. The CAB meets on the third Wednesday, every third month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at KLRU’s Studio 6A.

For a list of current members go to the KLRU Community Advisory Board page.

The duties of the CAB are:

  • Act as a liaison between KLRU and the community.
  • Raise community awareness about KLRU, its programming and its services.
  • Advise KLRU on issues of importance in the community where KLRU may have an impact.
  • Encourage community involvement in KLRU projects, activities.
  • Ensure that the content of the programming reflects the community.

Selection of KLRU Community Advisory Board Members
Applications should be submitted by April 7, 2017 and will be reviewed by the CAB Nominating Committee. The election of new members will occur at the regularly scheduled August CAB meeting.

Applications should be accompanied by a resume.
After completing this form, please email your resume to:
Maury Sullivan
msullivan@klru.org

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice starts 3/28 on KLRU

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice is a series which reveals how the model of justice conceived by the Allies in the wake of World War II has evolved into a standard by which all conflicts are judged. The series explores the origins of the Allied response to these unique situations, along with transformative conflicts and atrocities that have, for 70 years, shaped conceptions of war and peace.

See how laws and mechanisms for international justice are created in the wake of war crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. General Yamashita’s conviction for crimes against civilians establishes a command responsibility doctrine. The General’s Ghost airs Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM.

Learn how the Cold War obstructs postwar justice and how atrocities in conflicts with large civilian tolls-such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Guatemala-are concealed. Individuals make efforts to expose war crimes and identify the perpetrators. The Blind Eye airs Tuesday, March 28th at 8:00 PM.

See how postwar justice has been revitalized over the past two decades, but is limited in confronting the exponential rise in civilian tolls-sexual violence and genocide-occurring in the Balkans, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Sri Lanka and other countries. In Our Time airs Tuesday, March 28th at 9:00 PM.

KLRU’s Austin City Limits at Stony Point High School Rock History class

KLRU-TV and Austin City Limits paid a visit to the Junior Historians Chapter #900 at Stony Point High School, Round Rock, on March 9 to consult with the students on their competition project for the Texas State Historical Association’s Annual Meeting and History Fair covering the history of the Austin music scene.

ACL assistant producer and archivist Michael Toland discussed the rise of Austin as a music hub, starting in the sixties with the 13th Floor Elevators, before covering the various scenes and genres (progressive country, blues, New Sincerity, etc.) that made a mid-market college town into a hotbed for musicians and fans. Special attention went to Austin City Limits for its role in spotlighting Austin music on a national level and on how that helped Austin evolve into the musical powerhouse it is today. Guided by teacher and sponsor Mrs. Cheri Christian-Winne, the students were bright, inquisitive and insightful.

Your support is more important than ever!

You have the power to keep public television in Central Texas thriving for years to come. So, we couldn’t be more thankful that YOU answered our call for support by making a gift during our Spring Fund Drive!

Because of YOU… KLRU raised over $243,000 for the programs you love to watch and the vital community services we provide to Central Texans. Not only that, you helped us meet the generous $10,000 challenge match from Lonnie & Polly Cooper in less than 24 hours, allowing us to end our fund drive one day early! All in all, more than 1,400 donors stepped forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

What’s more, we loved hearing why supporting KLRU and PBS is essential to YOU! Here’s what first time donor Jeni Williams shared with us when she made her gift:

“I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. This email was the perfect encouragement to do so, especially in the current political climate. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends, and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Now it’s your turn! Would you be willing to share why supporting public television is important to you or how KLRU/PBS has impacted your life? We’re collecting stories to be featured on-air and online. Tell us… What’s #YourKLRU?

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Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to public broadcasting. You’re truly the reason we’re able to be here to provide Central Texas with high quality, educational programming every day.

KLRU Q Night of mysterious royal deaths on 3/26

On March 26th, KLRU Q brings you mystery as each episode explores the ways of death of royalty and prominent English famlies, all by Hidden Killers.

While the Tudor era was a period of change and discovery, the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world still mired in the grime and filth of the medieval period. In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE TUDOR HOME, historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb identifies some of the most common Tudor killers: increased sugar consumption; new, unregulated building techniques and materials; and a lack of proper medical knowledge. The Tudor Home episode airs at 5:59 pm.

In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE VICTORIAN HOME, a genuine horror story, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. What new innovation killed thousands of babies? And what turned the domestic haven into a ticking bomb? Find out on the Victorian Home episode airing at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But, from the food they ate, to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorian’s were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? Find out on the a new episode continuation of the Victorian Home, airing at 8:01 pm.

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way people lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But, a lack of understanding the potential hazards meant these “advances” frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death. The new episode of The Edwardian Home airs at 9:02 pm.

This is the latest episode of Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb’s hugely popular Hidden Killers strand. Suzannah explores the time when the British embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a “modern” world of molded plywood furniture, fiberglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies, but, as Suzannah will discover, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home. The Post-War Home airs at 10:03 pm.