Arts In Context Shorts introduces us to a group working to change lives. Teaching students to embrace their own cultures, Roots & Rhythms is an after-school drumming program founded in 2008 by Sevylla del Mazo. With drums created from recycled buckets, the bilingual students of Roots & Rhythms collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion. Thanks to a grant from the City of Austin’s Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, this program continues to foster ties in surrounding communities and inspires hope for local children.
The competition stiffens like whipped peaks as the contestants take on desserts on Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm.
Mary checks in to a hotel and checks out a potential mate and a secret from Violet’s past is revealed on Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey part 3 of season 5 at 8 pm Sunday and Saturday.
James Norton (Belle) stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. Chambers on part 1 of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester at 9 pm Sunday.
Venture behind closed doors to learn the harrowing story of a 21-year-old U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan on Independent Lens “The Kill Team” at 9 pm Monday. Followed by the animated short film “Confusion Through Sand,” which tells the story of a teenage military recruit alone and scared in a hostile desert.
Ripple of Hope at 10:30 pm Monday tells the story of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech on the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968.
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories in St. Louis on Genealogy Roadshow Tuesday at 7 pm.
President Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 8 pm.
Nature Dogs That Changed the World part 2 at 7 pm Wednesday examines how can we learn to cope with the hard-wired instincts of pet dogs.
Nova at 8 pm Wednesday follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers.
Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands. UK sensation Smith sings “Stay With Me” and others from his debut. Future Islands features their single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” as well as other tunes from Singles.
Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm features Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, journalist, author and op-ed columnist for The New York Times.
Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm profiles Blue Lapis Light as the group transforms urban environments into works of art with their large-scale aerial dance productions.
The Daytripper heads to Abilene and Lubbock in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.
Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent, answers questions from students, teachers and the community at large on Civic Summit at 9 pm Thursday.
Journey through the mysterious world of sleight-of-hand with multi-talented conjurer Ricky Jay on American Masters at 8 pm Friday.
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii at 9 pm Friday presents Elvis Presley at the pinnacle of his superstardom, giving one of the most outstanding concert performances of his career. Support KLRU and get tickets to see Elvis Lives at the Long Center.
Landscape architect students illustrate designs that face the future on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a multi-level design charmed anxious slopes for family living and habitat restoration.
Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to Austin City Limits Saturday at 7pm. Adams features songs from his self-titled album. Former Rilo Kiley star Lewis comes in support of her LP The Voyager.
Science Night for Jan. 21st looks at human’s changing relationship with dogs, salvages a sunken ship and examines Hitler’s SS.
Nature Dogs That Changed the World Part 2 at 7 pm
Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks they were bred for; there are still jobs today for herders, hunters and guard dogs. But as we multiply and transform the many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us. How can we learn to cope with the hard-wired instincts of our pets, and what roles can they play in a world their ancestors would hardly recognize?
NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue at 8 pm
NOVA follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship – which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull – from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, NOVA joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.
Nazi Mega Weapons The SS at 9 pm
As Hitler’s power grows within Nazi Germany, so does that of the SS. From its humble beginnings as Hitler’s personal body guard, the SS under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler becomes a terrifying cult that engineers Hitler’s vision for a new Germany. By the start of the war, the SS holds sway in politics, police and security and is responsible for the creation of the concentration camps. Its power, influence and terror spread with the creation of a military wing: the Waffen SS. By the end of the war, the SS has grown into a machine that controls of every aspect of the Third Reich and brutally disposes of any opposition to Hitler.
This week Q Night at the Movies features back-to-back On Story episodes and the classic film It Happened One Night!
On Story Rectify : Ray McKinnon on Characters & Culture at 7pm
Ray McKinnon, creator of the Sundance Channel’s breakout hit, Rectify, details how to capture the personality of a culture through establishing strong characters, tone, and atmosphere. The short film Spanola Pepper Sauce Company follows, directed by McKinnon and written by Graham Gordy, suggesting there’s more brewing in Spanola, AK than just its fine pepper sauce cooking.
On Story Philadelphia: A Look Back at 7:30 pm
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.
Feature film: It Happened One Night at 8 pm
A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon’s (Walter Connolly) runaway daughter (Claudette Colbert).
Catalina: Hollywood’s Magical Island at 9:45 pm
Through the eye of film director, Greg Reitman, we get a first hand glimpse of The Magic Isle off the coast of California, Santa Catalina Island. While exploring historical, social, and environmental changes, the film captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Catalina. Using a mix of rare 16mm, archival film and old black and white stills, inter-cut with interviews of islanders, historians and celebrities; the viewer is taken on a journey during America’s golden era.
Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants take on bread.
Rose tries to bring a wireless into the house and Violet plays cupid on episode 2 of season 5 of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theater Sunday at 8 pm.
Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns to the scene of the crime to explore what led him to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas, through interviews with family, friends and mentors on Independent Lens Evolution of a Criminal Monday at 9 pm.
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories in New Orleans on Genealogy Roadshow Tuesday at 7 pm.
Klansville U.S.A. on American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm investigates the reasons North Carolina became home to the largest Klan organization in the country during the 1960s.
Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia.
Nature Dogs That Changed the World part 1 on Wednesday at 7 pm chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society.
NOVA Big Bang Machine on Wednesday at 8 pm explores the deepest mysteries of the early universe and the quest to find the Higgs Boson.
Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks about her critically-acclaimed career on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.
Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers. Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists and sheds light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career.
Chet travels to Lufkin and Marble Falls on The Daytripper at 8 and 8:30 pm Thursday.
The Best Of 50s Pop Friday at 8 pm presents the top pop hits of the Fifties, full of smooth harmonies, joyful melodies and warm vocals by singers and groups who brought songs of love and optimism to listeners tuned to their AM radios.
Rain’s a good thing unless its overflow heads for your house instead of the garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. See how to wrangle its direction to nurture native plants and homegrown food.
Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands. UK sensation Smith sings “Stay With Me” and others from his debut. Future Islands features their single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” as well as other tunes from Singles.
Science Night for January 14th explores the world of dogs, looks at subatomic particles and goes inside Hitler’s command complex.
Nature Dogs That Changed The World, Pt. 1 at 7 pm
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. Using DNA analysis and other research, scientists have now pieced together the puzzle of canine evolution, creating a fascinating picture of some of the essential dogs vital to the canine population. Part one chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society. Part 2 will air on Jan. 21st.
Nova Big Bang Machine at 8 pm
On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: if they can find it, it will validate the “standard model” that underlies all of modern physics. CERN’s scientists are still scrutinizing the results from July to see how well they fit the Higgs prediction. If the data conceals surprises, they could upend much of what we thought we knew about the particles and forces that make up our universe.
Nazi Mega Weapons The Wolf’s Lair at 9 pm
As European countries fall like dominoes to the all-conquering German armies, Hitler becomes convinced of his own military genius. He plans to invade Russia and orders the construction of a huge, heavily protected command complex of bunkers and buildings named the Wolf’s Lair. But as he isolates himself in his concrete city, the war begins to slip from his grasp and a conspiracy is hatched to make the secret base his tomb.
Join KLRU on January 13, 2015 for a townhall with Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent.
Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is set to become the permanent superintendent of our region’s largest school district. Before the school board votes to confirm him, Civic Summit invites students, teachers, and you to ask him questions in a discussion moderated by Judy Maggio and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star Kennedy Huff.
This production is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate Station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: www.klru.org/americangraduate.
On the Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants try to make the best biscuits in order to continue in the competition.
Season 5 of Downton Abbey begins Sunday at 8 pm as the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties.
Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money on Manners of Downton Abbey at 9:15 pm Sunday.
Our Time Is Now at 9 pm Monday follows six New Mexico teenagers as they strive to finish high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams. This program is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative.
Follow three boys as they navigate the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence in an economically depressed Missouri town on Independent Lens Rich Hill Monday at 10 pm. Despite the isolation and deprivation, they long for the American Dream.
Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the Alaska gold rush of the 1890s on Klondike Gold Rush Tuesday at 7 pm.
Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Ripley Believe It Or Not on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the eccentric, globetrotting playboy who became an unlikely national celebrity.
With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Frontline Gunned Down Tuesday at 9 pm examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn’t acted.
Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests on Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday.
Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes on Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday.
Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.
Novelist James Ellroy talks about his career writing noir-style crime fiction on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.
Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Les Rav, the classically-influenced experimental folk band, born from the intense personal hardship of songwriter Lauren Bruno.
Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, Great Performances American Voices Friday at 8 pm is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia.
Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm Friday tells the story behind Austin’s iconic mural.
America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.
Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.
Science Night for January 7th features a trip to France, a look at drones and a look at one of Hitler’s most dangerous weapons.
Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday
For most, a trip to France includes fine food, local wines, beautiful cities and celebrated culture of all kinds. This is a trip of a different sort altogether, featuring the unexpected flora and fauna of the country, both great and small. Journeying from the Pyrenees to the Alps, all around the mainland and farther on to Corsica, it is the story of the wild side of France. Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests.
Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday
Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.
Nazi Mega Weapons V1: Hitler’s Vengeance Missile at 8 pm Wednesday
In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a groundbreaking weapon. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich: Hitler’s Vengeance weapon, the V1. Though it was ready too late to make a difference to the outcome of the war, its legacy is the cruise missile – a weapon that changed the face of war forever.
It’s a night of comedy and news on Q Night at the Movies January 3rd with the featured film Network!
On Story The Evolution of Funny at 7:30 pm
Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger’s LOVE, EMILY, and Andrea Gomez’s 036.
Feature film Network at 8 pm
A TV executive (Faye Dunaway) boosts her ratings with a mad anchorman (Peter Finch) who thinks he speaks for God.
Further explore the topics brought up in Network with the documentary Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV immediately after the movie. Journalism is losing experienced reporters at a record rate. This means less in-depth and investigative reporting that help keep you informed. This documentary introduces you to some seasoned reporters who were at the top of their game. They share their frustrations and challenges as they move on with their lives.
KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.