Wild West Sunday on KLRU Q 7/24


Join us this week on KLRU Q for three back-to-back features on America.

Wild West with Ray MearsDeserts‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray Mears looks at how the landscapes of America’s five great deserts challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. As Ray travels through the cold high mountain Great Basin desert, and the hot Sonora desert of Southern Arizona, he discovers how their hostile geography and rich geology shaped the stories of fortune-hunting and lawlessness in the Wild West, and were the setting for the last wars between the US Army and the Apache warrior tribes. His journey ends with the story of Geronimo’s surrender which marked the end of the Indian Wars, and of the Old West.

Klondike Gold Rushairs at 7 pm
The Klondike Gold Rush is renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history. Hailing from 1896 to 1899 set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience airs at 8 pm
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Q Night At The Movies 7/23

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Some of your favorite actors and actresses such as Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson will be featured on this week’s Q Night At The Movies. Later, don’t miss another episode of Hollywood Idols featuring Robert Mitchum and a showing of 1954 movie Beat the Devil.

Variety Studio: Actors On ActorsEpisode #301‘ – airs at 6 pm 

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) and Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Hollywood IdolsRobert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star‘ – airs at 7 pm 

This film looks at the life and career of one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. His father was half Blackfoot Indian and was killed when Mitchum was only two. Raised by a hardworking mother, he hit the rails at twelve and learned the harsh realities of loneliness, insecurity, danger – and declares he enjoyed them. Though he went on to the success, acclaim and wealth that are the rewards of stardom, he always remained true to himself, unwilling to play the Hollywood game. The special includes interviews with family members and colleagues like Polly Bergen, Edward Dmytryk, Jane Greer, Deborah Kerr, Ali MacGraw, Sarah Miles, Chris and John Mitchum, Sydney Pollack and Jane Russell.

Corinth Films CollectionBeat the Devil‘ – airs at 8 pm

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…


Highlights July 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Tune in Sunday at 7 pm for a brand new episode of Dancing On The Edge. Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 8 pm. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Watch Tunnel at 9:30 pm, as youths are burnt alive, police suspect the hand of the Truth Terrorist once more. They finally make a key arrest. Will this be the end of the killings?

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday through Thursday at 7 pm.

On Friday, watch Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm. For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse a l’ancienne.

At 10 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

On Saturday, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 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. Watch on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

At 9 pm, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Watch at 10: 30 pm.

Full list of PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy nominations


The list of News & Documentary Emmy nominations has been released and PBS received a total of 54 nominations. We created a complete list of all these nominations with links for you to watch them. Most of the episodes are available to watch online for free with a few exceptions, which are noted.

*not available to watch online through KLRU
**only available to watch for members with KLRU Passport


18 Nominations

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine and Best Report in a New Magazine
ISIS in Afghanistan

Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story: Long Form
Inside Assad’s Syria
Secrets, Politics, and Torture

Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story: Long Form, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Research, and Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form and Outstanding Research
Rape on the Night Shift
My Brother’s Bomber
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form
Terror in Little Saigon

Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA
Being Mortal

Best Documentary
Growing Up Trans

New Approaches: Current News Coverage
Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey (360 Video)

New Approaches: Documentary
Inheritance (interactive piece)

Independent Lens

8 Nominations

Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form
The Kill Team*

Outstanding Historical Programming: Long Form

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting: Long Form
Rich Hill*
The Homestretch*

Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Born to Fly*
Through a Lens Darkly*

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
American Denial*

New Approaches: Documentary
After the Storm (interactive piece)


4 Nominations

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
The Great Math Mystery
Dawn of Humanity

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming and Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction
Inside Einstein’s Mind


4 Nominations

Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Art and Craft*

Best Documentary
Cutie and the Boxer*

New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, and Culture
StoryCorps Shorts: Traffic Stop

Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction
Point and Shoot*


8 Nominations

Outstanding Nature Programming and Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form
Animal Homes
The Nest**
Location, Location, Location**

Outstanding Nature Programming
Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La
Owl Power*
Soul of the Elephant

Outstanding Music and Sound
The Last Orangutan of Eden**
Wild France*

Outstanding Promotional Announcement
What’s coming up Next on NATURE?*

PBS NewsHour

6 Nominations

Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Will a robotic arm ever have the full functionality of a human limb?

Outstanding Hard News Report in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis Reconsidered
Under the Radar

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Broadcast
Deadly Oil Fields
Get ready for another round of foreclosures

American Experience

1 Nomination

Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
Last Days in Vietnam**


1 Nomination

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
Episode 1**
Episode 2**
Episode 3**

Life on the Reef

1 Nomination

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form
Episode 1**
Episode 2**
Episode 3**

In Defense of Food

1 Nomination

Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form
In Defense of Food**

EO. Wilson: Of Ants and Men

1 Nomination

Outstanding Music and Sound
EO. Wilson: Of Ants and Men

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the elements

1 Nomination

Outstanding Lighting, Direction, and Scenic Design
Episode 1: Out of Thin Air
Episode 2: Unruly Elements
Episode 3: Into the Atom


Upcoming Panel: So You Want to Work on a Film Set 7/23

KLRU featured event

Films, movies and documentaries have always captivated audiences for their interesting and compelling stories. However, few realize the outcome of a film is accomplished by those who stand behind the camera.

The few that acknowledge this, will be joining KLRU’s very own Michael Emery on July 23 for So You Want to Work on a Film Set. Emery along with four other panelists will be speaking on the various paths of success within the film and television industry to an at capacity event.

Attendees will learn what makes a great production assistant, what kind of opportunities exist ‘below the line.’ Find out about the different ways you can contribute to the filmmaking process and what you can expect when trying to jumpstart your career.

Whether you are interested in the art department, being a grip or cinematography, you’re sure to be inspired by the esteemed filmmakers who will be sharing their experiences with us.

Saturday, July 23, 1-3 PM
Austin Public (1143 Northwestern Ave)
Must RSVP to attend. RSVP here

Presented by Austin Public and Capital City Black Film Festival.
Sponsored by Austin Area Urban League and Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce.

Castle Builders on KLRU Q 7/21

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How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications? Using CGI and dramatic reconstructions, Castle Builders is the story of the architectural vision behind the building of the great Medieval Castles of Europe, and unearths the human story of those who labored to build them.

Join KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Castle Builders on July 21st!

Castle BuildersMasters & Masons: Meet The Castle Builders‘ – airs at 8 pm 

The masons and laborers who did the hard work; the geniuses of design and structural engineering who imagined these medieval mega-structures; and the kings and barons who commissioned them. This episode outlines how the history of the Middle Ages – Wars in France and England, the Inquisition and the Reformation, required and shaped these monuments in stone, and how the castles changed the course of that history.

Castle BuildersSiege & Storm‘ – airs at 8:50 pm

This is the story of castles under attack. The Medieval journey from bows and arrows to gunpowder, with developments like trebuchet and cannon, meant engineers were always making advancements in defense construction. By the late Middle Ages, the military importance of castles was decreasing, as artillery power became unstoppable. The castle builders had created structures that were amazingly effective even in this new age of shock and awe.

Castle BuildersDreams & Decorations‘ – airs at 9:40 pm

Increasingly the role of castles changed from being military fortresses to becoming places of symbolism and fantasy. This episode visits the elegant 15th-century apartment block that is Burg Eltz, the Disney-esque chateaux of the Loire in France, and concludes with the 19th Century Gothic Revival reconstruction of Cardiff Castle.

Watch now: Munich ’72 and Beyond

As the nations prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, KLRU is taking the time to recognize the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics with a new documentary, Munich ’72 and Beyond.

Forty-three years ago on Sept. 5, terrorists took 11 Olympic athletes hostage at the Munich Olympics, also know as Germany’s “Happy Games,” which resulted in the massacre of all 11 Israeli athletes and one German policeman. The “Munich Massacre” quickly became a historical turning point for the Olympics, terrorism and an international audience tuned into the first international broadcast of the games.

Munich ’72 and Beyond covers chilling detail of the tragedy, its aftermath and its relevance. New evidence and never-before-seen photographs will be presented and the continuous struggle for public remembrance will be explained.

Before the release of the film, Munich ’72 and Beyond had caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR and individuals from around the world.




Now available: Updated PBS Video Roku channel


Missed your favorite PBS show? Don’t fuss. You can now catch PBS videos on an updated version of our Roku channel.

Along with an improved user interface, the latest Roku release includes Passport. Passport, a members-only streaming service, aims to deliver station donors with an upgraded viewing experience. The new PBS Video Roku channel contains about 1,000 PBS programs including the entire Downton Abbey series.

All Passport videos are available in lists and search when localized to supported stations. Non-Passport members are shown an upsell when attempting to play Passport videos.unnamed-2

In addition, the update includes improved navigation that allows for a fluid movement across the screen. A simplified UI is in place to make finding content and station info easier.


Five documentaries to watch before they expire


With all the great content out there, it can be hard to pick and choose what to watch. But these five documentaries set to expire soon, you have to watch them before they’re gone.

Avant | Expires 7/27/2016

From Global Voices, this documentary focuses on a forgotten national ballet company that is performing in a half-finished theater. The company is shaken into life by the arrival of Julio Bocca, a retired ballet dancer considered one of the best of all time.

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) | Expires 7/27/2010

In this documentary from POV, follow Angy Rivera who has lived in the United States since she was four with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views.

Welcome to Leith | Expires 8/01/2016

What would you do if an extreme white supremacist moved into your neighborhood and wanted to take over?  Independent Lens’ “Welcome to Leith” chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.

City of Trees | Expires 8/02/2016

From America Reframed, this is a personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation capturing the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.’s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.

Dog town Redemption | Expires 8/15/2016

This documentary from Independent Lens explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive by digging in the trash to see if they can find material to sell.

This documentary from Independent Lens explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive by digging in the trash to see if they can find material to sell.

Science Wednesday: Bumblebees buzzing is ‘the key to a lock’


Walk past a garden and you might hear a bumblebee buzzing nearby from flower to flower. This helps pollinate flowers, but did you know bumblebees are part of an exclusive club that gives them access to pollen from certain types of flowers?

Most flowers have easy access to pollen, with a sugary nectar that attracts bees. Bees get covered in pollen and transfer it to other flowers, which helps them reproduce. However, there are types of flowers that don’t offer nectar. The only way for bumblebees to get pollen from these flowers is by vibrating their wings. This shakes the bumblebees entire bodies and causes the pollen to fall out.

While this might be more work intensive for bumblebees, when they go to one of these flowers the chances of finding food are higher than with the flowers that don’t require buzz pollination because the other bees don’t know what to do.

“Buzz pollination is more like a private club. By only permitting pollinators that know the secret knock, the flower ups the chances that its pollen will end up on flowers from the same club, the same species.”

This video from PBS Digital Studios and KQED’s “Deep Look” explores the beauty of buzz pollination in bumblebees.

You can find an in-depth article on this phenomenon on the PBS Newshour website.