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KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for this week’s highlights on KLRU!

Sunday night, a new episode of the charming series Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7 p.m. The elderly newlywed couple and their families continue to face daily surprises with family secrets and underhanded gestures.

The premiere of Masterpiece Mystery!‘s Poirot Season 12, Dead Man’s Folly begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. David Suchet returns as the suave Belgian super sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Poirot helps police solve mysteries whether they ask him to or not.

Then, another mystery drama airs with the episode The Mysteries of the Rosary of the hit series, Father Brown. Tune in Sunday night at 9:30 for addicting mystery solving!

Rochester, New York gets a visit from Antiques Roadshow airing at 7 p.m. on Monday. In comparison to the previous visit in 1998, one of these items increased over five times in value, and another has dropped by more than $1,000. Then the roadshow moves to Hartford, Conn. at 8 p.m. Monday to find an Emancipation Announcement and more.

Going deep into the ethical question of child prisoners, an all-new POV documentary, 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story, premiers at 9 p.m. Monday with a heartbreaking story of 15-year-old Kenneth Young. Uniquely routine to the American justice system, the juvenile received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free.

A special documentary on the fight against childhood obesity is on KLRU at 10 Monday night. Cafeteria Man follows chef Tony Geraci for several years as he works to revamp school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis.

Legendary documentarian Ken Burns dives into the life of the American icon Mark Twain for Part Two of the biographical special on Tuesday night at 7. In this part, Burns focuses on the side of Twain (Clemens) many don’t know, which was his life of tragedy and bad financial decisions that falls hard with failure.

Ever worry about the fate of teenagers that are constantly drowning in social media? Frontline‘s new special Generation Like explores the shift of the teenage identity quest to the virtual world, and how marketing plays a role in this generation’s lives. Watch the premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

The geniuses behind the hacking of Hitler’s personal communications network and pioneers of the age of computers are put in the spotlight on Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Heroes at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us on KLRU for Science Night on Wednesday. Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of Andre the seal who was rescued at two days old in Rockport, Maine. The bond formed between Andre and his rescuer, an arborist, defeats all odds and lasts over 25 years.

The next portion of NOVA‘s series Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures takes us back in time to see what was on our planet in one of the most wild and beautiful lands. At 8 on Wednesday night, see how after a massive extinction, diverse marsupials came to dominate this isolated continent.

Then, discover intimate details of beautiful marine mammals on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins at 9 p.m. Wednesday. See how these mammals evolved to breathe air while reproducing, giving birth and raising young underwater, and witness a dolphin’s birth for the ultimate KLRU Science Night experience.

Our local discussion program Overheard with Evan Smith hosts special guest Jason Schwartzman, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Watch the exclusive interview with the actor and musician with famed roles from Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees, and the newly-released The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Then, our local program Arts in Context explores the world of videogaming on The Art of Playing on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Texas has the second largest concentration of game companies in America; along with EA and Blizzard, there is a small but committed group of independent developers and artists working diligently on home computers.

Hang out with Chet on The Daytripper back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday! Starting out in Arlington, with visits to all the major sport venues, Chet then heads to Abilene at 8:30 to visit Fort Phantom Hill and go scuba diving.

Stephen Hawking: one of the most recognizable names on the planet. Who is behind the name? Find out with a deep look into the human behind the ingenuity on the special program Hawking on KLRU Thursday night at 9.

Friday night, the week of politics is in review on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These journalistic legends discuss and interview key roles in the latest news and provide holistic insight into the issues that face our nation and world today.

Secrets of the Dead: TBA takes a special look into the Watergate scandal from a peculiar lens: a television show. The Dick Cavett Show was at the forefront of national TV Watergate coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. Watch the walkthrough of the scandal from the beginning to Nixon’s resignation at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

International superstar Andrea Bocelli appears on Great Performances Friday night at 9. From the coastal view of Portofino, Italy, Andrea and fellow musicians join to play select collection of the world’s most famous love songs.

On Saturday, catch Central Texas Gardener‘s episode The Drunken Botanist at noon to find out what’s in your favorite cocktail. Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, blends facts and fun behind the world’s great drinks.

A night of music ensues on Saturday on KLRU, starting at 7 with Statler Brothers Farewell Concert. Ending a career of over 40 years in country music, with 32 albums selling over 100 million copies, the Statler Brothers came together to say goodbye in 2002 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. Watch the amazing act’s last hoorah on KLRU.

Another exclusive performance caught on tape airs at 8:30 Saturday night, with Bee Gees: One Night Only. One of very few performances ever recorded of the Bee Gees, this 1997 concert features many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

More music follows Saturday night at 10 with 60s Pop, Rock & Soul. Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special. Co-hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones sing their biggest hits focusing on the years 1965-1969.

What’s new to watch this week? You heard it first from KLRU!

August 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In August 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, August 6, 7pm: The My Wild Affair series continues in August with “The Seal Who Came Home.” The true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness. The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter, but staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to make the 200-mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge, including, at the end, Andre’s blindness.

Wednesday, August 13, 7pm: NATURE’s Snow Monkeys. We are bringing this very popular episode back in the heat of summer to give us all a break and remind us that the cold weather brings challenges, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 7pm: My Wild Affair wraps up with an overview of the extraordinary stories and connections between undomesticated animals and human beings.

Arts In Context Shorts: Combating Latent Inequality Together Fest

Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.

KLRU NewsBriefs: E3 Alliance Central Texas Education Profile

Profile Explainer

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we talk to the E3 Alliance about their 2014 Central Texas Education Profile, an in-depth report of educational data covering trends and outcomes for the entire Central Texas region.

On Saturday, we talk to Susan Dawson, Executive Director of E3.

“We use [the data] to inform the community and inform better decision making around education, whether it’s for superintendents and school districts, business and community leaders, for nonprofits who work in the education space, policy makers, all of us throughout the region have different pieces of impact on the education space and it’s to inform that impact through objective data,” Dawson said.

Dawson told us Central Texas is unique because of the area’s rapid growth. Texas has the fastest growing student population of all 50 states in the country and Central Texas’ student population is growing at twice the state’s rate, and of that growth, low income students and English Language Learners are growing at twice that rate.

“So the students who we’re working hardest to help succeed are growing at twice the rate of the region which is already twice the rate of the fastest growing state in the entire country,” Dawson emphasized.

On Sunday, we talk to E3′s Director of Policy and Research, Shawn Thomas. Thomas explained some of this year’s findings regarding our region’s dropout rate.

“For the last decade, we’ve seen that our graduation rates for low income students were lower than graduation rates for low income students in the other urban areas across the state including Houston, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. But, this year we saw that change for the first time with our 2012 graduation rates,” Thomas said. “We do know that there’s a very strong relationship between attendance and graduation rates and we know that attendance patterns in our region have changed over the past few years as well.”

You can see the entire E3 Alliance Central Texas Education Profile on the organization’s website.

KLRU News Briefs air locally on Saturday and Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend starting at 6:30pm. 

KLRU Mayoral Forum August 27 – Presented with the Austin Urban Land Institute

Civic Summit

By now you’ve probably heard the news: Austin voters will elect 10 council members in November from 10 new geographic districts. They’ll also elect a new mayor, the only person on the dais tasked with governing the city as a whole. KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute are excited to announce we will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes, moderated by Jennifer Stayton of KUT News.

During Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum we’ll hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward and find out how each will navigate a new council structure with 10 distinct points of view.

To participate in the forum candidates must have officially filed all of the necessary paperwork required to appear on the ballot. Each candidate must also show evidence of a campaign. That includes, but is not limited to, distribution of volunteers and contributors, presence of a headquarters, campaign staff, and campaign appearances. Candidacy must also be significant, meaning the candidate can demonstrate voter interest and support either in the form of independent and reliable polling or media coverage.

The forum will take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A on August 27 starting at 7pm and will be open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. An RSVP link will be coming soon. The forum will be broadcast on KLRU the following evening, Thursday, August 28 at 8pm.

Q Night at the Movies! 7/26

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Saturday, KLRU Q hosts its weekly movie night – see what new reviews and feature film we have in store for you this week!

First, the film review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU Q. On this episode of Just Seen It reviews Woody Allen’s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight,and the indie comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Happy Christmas. Then, an interview with Lance Bass about the new documentary he has produced, Kidnapped for Christ.

Then, Austin Film Festival’s program On Story airs its episode James Franco: A Look Inside 127 Hours at 7:30 p.m. Franco reveals the unique experience of the making of the film, followed by the allegorical short film Voice Over about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.

Alas, the Hollywood Stars Film Package begins at 8 p.m. with the 1967 classic, Cool Hand Luke. Paul Newman plays a likable Southern loner on a chain gang that transforms the other gang members as he resists the captain and keeps trying to escape.

Following the feature film is the biographical series, Janson Movie Star Package, at 10:10 p.m. with the episode Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach. From street-wise tough to art-collector liberal-activist, from circus-acrobat hunk to Academy Award winner, this movie star’s story has never a dull moment.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Science Night 7/30

Get some refreshing scientific knowledge this Wednesday night on KLRU!

Starting at 7 p.m., the series My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. After being saved from a flood in the Zambezi River, Rupert the rhino grew up in the suburban home of a wildlife vet. Even after his release back into the wild, the vet’s four children remember their friend and seek to find his fate after fifty years.

Then, NOVA travels back in time in the fascinating land of Australia on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters. Starting at 8 p.m., see some of the largest, most dangerous reptiles that ruled this land.

Take a deeper look into the cute, bouncy and wildly unique world of marsupials on Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos. Beyond the Outback of Australia where kangaroos thrive, hosts Joy and Mark take us to Queensland to see how tree-living koalas defy gravity to reproduce. Don’t miss the special Wednesday at 9 p.m. on KLRU!

Highlights 7/27 – 8/2

KLRU Highlights

Check out what’s new this week on KLRU!

Sunday night, an all-new episode of the irresistible British comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7. This week, shocking news about Kate is revealed, and Celia reluctantly introduces Alan to her sister.

The classic series of Masterpiece Mystery!, Poirot Season 12, airs at 8 p.m. Sunday. This hour-and-a-half special features Hercule Poirot thrown into global espionage as World War II approaches, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.

Mysteries continue Sunday night with an episode of Father Brown at 9:30, followed by the drama Doc Martin at 10:20 p.m.

On Monday, travel the U.S. with Antiques Roadshow back-to-back at 7 and 8 p.m. First, the antique experts head to Des Moines, Iowa to find a 1934 Rambling MIckey Mouse toy in its original box, along with a Samuel McIntire medallion worth between $200,000 and $300,000. Then, the roadshow hits Louisville, featuring James Dean’s high school yearbook.

At 9 on Monday night, a special POV documentary, Fallen City, airs on KLRU. A small city devastated by an earthquake is impressively rebuilt in two years, but the survivors continue to suffer their losses.

Musician Sarah Brightman has always dreamed of traveling to space, which inspired her album Dreamchaser. Recently announced, her dream will tentatively come true. Watch the enchanting taping of her performance, Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser In Concert, Monday night at 10.

The first episode of the Ken Burns saga Mark Twain airs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The film takes us through Sam Clemens’ early days on the Mississippi River, until eventually transforming into the revolutionary Mark Twain, writing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Next, Frontline breaks down the complicated conflict of the war in the Middle East on the special Losing Iraq, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Frontline gathers exclusive interviews, showing how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.

Then at 10:30 Tuesday night, conflict closer to home is examined on the POV documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal. A political conflict in the charming, cultural city of New Orleans is excavated, as a city council candidate threatens the influence and power of black citizens.

Don’t miss KLRU’s Science Night on Wednesday! Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. An orphaned black rhinoceros is temporarily taken in by a veterinarian, causing his four children to create a strong bond. Years later, the children seek to find out the fate of their childhood friend.

Then at 8 Wednesday night, NOVA investigates what roamed the enchanting continent of prehistoric Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters recreates the massive, dangerous reptiles that dominated the land.

More adventures into the wild Wednesday night at 9 – Sex In The Wild‘s episode Kangaroos reveals the fascinating nature of the marsupial’s mating.

End the night of learning with some live music on Austin City Limits with the French band Phoenix at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Tune in to some local shows Thursday night on KLRU! First at 7, Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, U.S. Naval officer and one of the most influential gun violence prevention advocates in the nation.

Next at 7:30 p.m., Arts In Context zooms in on a one-of-a-kind group, The Octopus Project. Expressing their art through multimedia such as music, film and technology, producing lively party music and shows has gained their popularity since 2002.

Another episode of KLRU’s Arts In Context, Mother Falcon, airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tise indie rock band started as three cellists and are accelerating into stardom.

Watch as The Daytripper heads to H-Town at 8:30 Thursday night! Starting in Chinatown, Chet heads to the Museum District and ends up in the Montrose area.

At 9 Thursday night, the special and exclusive story Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes gives credit to the geniuses Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte that intercepted Hitler’s hotline leading to D-day, and beginning the age of computers.

Get caught up with current events and news with political discussion and interview experts on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday night at 7, followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m. on KLRU.

At 8 on Friday night, a special Great Performances episode airs on KLRU with Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. In honor of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl.

This Saturday, head out to the garden with Central Texas Gardener. The episode What’s Bugging You? visits a Texas A&M entomologist, a landscape architect that attracts wildlife to her garden, and an organic farmer that conserves water with vegetables. Watch at noon or 4 p.m. on KLRU!

On Saturday night at 7, Austin City Limits showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and the Black Angels. My Morning Jacket leader James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Angels highlight cuts from their latest LP Indigo Meadow.

On the rest of your Saturday night, dig into some mysteries with Father Brown at 8 p.m. and Masterpiece Mystery!: Poirot Season 12, The Big Four at 8:50.