Science Night 9/3

Join us this Wednesday for KLRU’s Science Night!

Soaring with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures, Earthflight, A Nature Special PresentationAfrica shows us the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes. Fly with the most amazing winged creatures at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Next at 8, NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, Machu Picchu. The team unearths burials of the 15th-century Incans and discovers land untouched since their time on Ghosts of Machu Picchu. Don’t miss the exploration on KLRU!

On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He joins the Polar Bear Alert team as they transport a captured bear by helicopter to a release site and more on Polar Bear, airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Check out the wonders of the world around us this week on KLRU!

Q Night at the Movies! 8/23

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KLRU Q is hosting its weekly movie night this Saturday with reviews, behind-the-scenes features, and a Hollywood film!

Starting at 7 p.m., the movie review show Just Seen It gives us the inside scoop on what’s fresh in theaters. On this episode, get reviews of The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, and the new zombie rom-com, Life After Beth. Then we head Into the Storm, and finally wrap things up with a rundown of our favorite films this year so far.

Then at 7:30, Austin Film Festival’s own series On Story shows The Humor and Heart of Animation by discussing with the writers of King of the Hill, Kung Fu Panda and The Iron Giant. Discover the comedy, action, and emotion that go into creating the worlds and characters with Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Tim McCanlies only on KLRU Q!

And finally, the feature film Monkey Business airs at 8 p.m.! This Hollywood Stars Film Package is about a peculiar elixir that makes a professor and his wife act teenaged and worse. Starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe, don’t miss the movie airing only on KLRU Q!

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

Highlights August 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Make sure you don’t miss your favorite show. Here are the highlights for this week on KLRU!

Sunday night at 7, hear the story of the unconventionally orthodox group of singers, The Benedictines of Mary. Watch Lent At Ephesus follow the lives of the Sisters who live joyfully isolated and don’t step foot off their their Midwest farmland property.

Relive your favorite moments of the award-winning drama on Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday at 8 p.m. Structured around three themes, explore “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”

An emotional 120-minute event celebrating the popular Agatha Christie Poirot public television series airs at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Being Poirot attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of detective Hercule Poirot, and follows him through the filming of his last episodes after 25 years.

Monday night features back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow! Starting at 7, a collection of Season 16′s hidden treasures from all over the nation shows off the year’s best appraisals on the episode Junk in the Trunk 2. Then, another special collection of the Roadshow’s moments, Forever Young, airs at 8 p.m. See the most nostalgic and fascinating antiques for the young, including original art for a Dr. Seuss lunchbox and a child’s shoe autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

9 p.m. Monday, the groundbreaking POV documentary Big Men reveals the real effects of foreign commercial oil endeavors. Directed by Rachel Boynton and executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men was filmed over the course of five years in Ghana as a Dallas-based company began to drill for oil, and the Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of their land’s resources. Watch the revealing documentary Monday night on KLRU.

Houston, Texas holds one of the top 10 tallest skylines in the world. The Art of Architecture: Houston goes beneath the buildings to discover the founding of what makes the skyscrapers beautiful at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

What was life like in a Civil War prison? Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presentation investigates a spillover prison from the chock-full Andersonville that housed over 10,000 prisoners. See what the team finds amongst the ruins on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Another investigation by the Time Team uses 3D airborne mapping and underground radar to track the history of a village that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presentation explores what could have been the first community to farm and more, airing at 8 on Tuesday night.

PBS’ Frontline follows the mysterious tale of Michelle O’Connor on A Death in St. Augustine. The night she and her police officer boyfriend broke up she was found with a gunshot to the mouth, and it was ruled a suicide. His gun was next to her. Watch the investigation unfold on Tuesday night at 9 on KLRU.

On a special POV documentary A World Not Ours, a filmmaker, now a Danish resident, revisits his childhood home of a refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Surprisingly warm and humorous, the tale also conveys the growing desperation of the refugees. Watch the documentary at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us Wednesday for KLRU’s Science Night! Starting at 7, learn of the wonders that fly above us on Earthflight, a Special Nature Presentation: North America. Watch as snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge.

At 8 Wednesday night, explore more natural science on NOVA: Why Sharks Attack. Can learning about sharks’ hunting techniques reduce deadly attacks?

Next up, more sharks! Veterinarian Mark Evans hosts Operation Maneater for a special on Great White Sharks from an area in Australia where there have been seven deaths in the past three years. Watch as he attempts to make safety measures more humane using tracking tags, multispectral cameras and more at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Rest your mind from science at 10 Wednesday night with an Austin City Limits performance by Jason Isbell and Neko Case, playing soothing modern roots rock.

A local show lineup is in store this week on Thursday. Starting at 7 p.m. with our program Overheard with Evan Smith, guest Joel Klein discusses his work in public education. He is named one of the most influential people in modern public education, working with New York City schools for eight years and now CEO of Amplify, the educational division of News Corp.

KLRU’s own Arts In Context tells the story of Once There Were Six Seasons, which uses puppetry and physical theatre to addresses the impact of climate change. Tiny Puppets creates a playful microcosm of a serious global issue. Watch the episode at 7:30 Thursday night!

Get an inside look at the Austin government before elections this year on Civic Summit‘s Mayoral Candidate Forum at 8 p.m. Thursday. The episode features a discussion with Austin mayoral candidates around the topics of transportation and governance, as KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes.

Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot on Great Performances celebrates the violinist’s famed classical technique paired with Helfgot’s magnificent voice at 9 Thursday night on KLRU.

This week’s update from Washington and inside the political realm begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. After this highly reputed roundtable discussion, Moyers & Company invites special guests and insiders of our government at 7:30 p.m. to discuss with the legendary broadcast journalist, Bill Moyers.

American Masters puts the spotlight on one of our nation’s icons, Great Depression photographer Dorothea Lange. Most famous for her photo Migrant Mother, she continued to hold presence and capture American life through six decades of the 20th century. Watch Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning Friday night at 8 on KLRU.

Curvaceous bromeliads—can we grow them? Take a look into the species on Central Texas Gardener‘s episode Cold-hardy Bromeliads, featuring horticulturists and neighbors that united their neighborhood by turning out lawns. Watch at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday!

Listen to some classic Texas country on Austin City Limits with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson Saturday night at 7. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Snuggle up on Saturday night with your favorite mystery dramas, starting with Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 followed by Father Brown at 9:30. The Masterpiece episode Breathless, Part 1 is set in 1960s London and tells the dramatic stories of a surgeon treated as a god and acting the part. The show is chock-full of stars, including Zoe Boyle and Iain Glen from Downton Abbey.

Mark your calendars this week for your favorite programs on KLRU!

Science Night 8/27

This Wednesday, KLRU’s Science Night explores species from in the clouds to underwater.

Starting at 7 p.m., Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation focuses on the most amazing birds of North America. Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish.

Next we go underwater on NOVA‘s Why Sharks Attack. Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks? Find out at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Speaking of shark attacks, there have been seven deadly attacks in the past three years in Western Australia, causing authorities to kill sharks they deem a threat. On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans visits the area and employs different techniques to safely track sharks. Watch Great White Shark at 9 Wednesday night on KLRU!

Q Night at the Movies! 8/16

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This Saturday, KLRU Q hosts its Q Night at the Movies with behind-the-scenes programming and more!

First at 7 p.m., the TV and movie review show Just Seen It reviews  the adaptation of the beloved novel, The Giver, and interview Tate Taylor, the director of Get On Up. Then we go back in time with the fantasy romance, Outlander, and wrap things up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Next, Austin Film Festival’s On Story airs at 7:30. Writing the Fantastical: A Conversation with David Magee gives us the amazing director’s perspective of making Finding Neverland and Life of Pi. Then, the program shows us The Return, Jeremy Mackie’s short film about a college graduate who’s literally scared off the scene of his first job.

Don’t miss our movie night only on KLRU Q!

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

Highlights 8/10-8/16

KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for your favorite programs on PBS this week!

Sunday night, Classical Rewind (my Music Presents) explores the origins of the music, stories and anecdotes about the composers and their works, and how so many of the classics have become part of our common culture. Watch the walk through musical history at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Then, savor fond memories and preview the new season of the international favorite drama on Return to Downton Abbey. The premiere of this special airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, and recaps the last four seasons in preparation of the upcoming fifth.

Learn how to travel from the best on Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 p.m. Sunday. The two-hour special revisits the most amazing European places he’s been, and how he gets around.

In his newest PBS special, Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them. Watch the premiere of the philosophical epic Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 7 p.m. Monday.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Definitive Performances collects three decades worth of the most influential television appearances of the classic rhythm and blues group. Watch the special compilation Monday night at 10 on KLRU.

Tuesday night, the nostalgic special Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. The concert features a mix of new performances and short archival footage of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 50s decade. Don’t miss it – especially if you’re an oldies fan!

“The goal of money is to make you feel secure,” Suze Orman says on her special, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You. Find out how to balance your budget based on your personality at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, KLRU Science Night features the favorite series Nature on Snow Monkeys at 7 p.m. Follow a society of monkeys in the valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands and watch how a leader reaches out to a little, lowly monkey, forming a life-changing bond between them.

Watch the legends celebrate with special performances on 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 8:30 Wednesday night. Then, follow the travel guru on Rick Steves’ Festive Europe as he celebrates Bastille Day and more at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Are you busy this Sunday night? In case you miss the premiere of Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday, get the recap and preview of season five at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Then, Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills re-airs at 8:30 p.m.

Friday evening get caught up on this week’s hot-button issues on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These experts of political news gather important perspectives and facts to inform you of what’s happening in our country and abroad.

Experience the amazing performance of Bee Gees: One Night Only, a special concert in Las Vegas that is one of the only Bee Gees’ performances taped. The disco and pop hits begin at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Brainchange with David Perlmutter, MD reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. Watch the neurologist’s shocking presentation of studies at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Don’t miss Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday! See how to keep your succulents deer-proof, and tips from guests Ally and Richard Stresing on how to grow citrus and more.

Celebrate the musical genius, composer, fearless adventurer, actor, and fun-loving bachelor on Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing at 7 p.m. Saturday. He composed music for many Hollywood classics, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Join the mystery-solving priest Father Brown with the episode The Prize of Colonel Gerard at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Find your favorite program and join us this week on KLRU!

Science Night 8/13

Get ready for another science night on KLRU!

This Wednesday, Nature‘s special Snow Monkeys airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. A very structured, furry troop of monkeys has a new, grouchy leader that forms an unlikely, heartwarming bond with a little monkey low on the ranks. Changing seasons tests the troop, family squabbles rise over tragedy, and the females struggle over mating competition.

Watch the preview above and follow this fascinating community on this week’s Science Night!

Q Night at the Movies! 8/2

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Join our Saturday movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the exclusive film review program Just Seen It at 7 p.m. This week’s episode reviews the new romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, What If, and the emotional documentary about using music to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Alive Inside. Finally, we take a look at one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last films, A Most Wanted Man.

Then, Austin Film Festival program On Story is next at 7:30 with the episode Creating Complex Characters. Writer and director Rodrigo Garcia discusses the nuanced characters in the Godfather, Capote, and his own film Mother and Child and In Treatment. Following is the tragic Spanish short film, Who Lasts Longer.

At 8 p.m., the Hollywood Stars Film Package airs the feature film A Streetcar Named Desire. The 1951 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is very highly critically acclaimed, and was the fifth highest grossing film of the year.

Followed by American Masters documentary on Gone With the Wind author  Margaret Mitchell at 10:10 pm.

Skip the theater and join us at Q Night at the Movies! KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

KLRU Science Night! 8/6

Learn about what makes our world fascinating on KLRU’s Science Night this Wednesday!

First, My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of a seal pup rescued by an arborist in Rockport, who formed a 25-year bond with his rescuer. After being released into the wild, Andre the seal still knew how to swim 200 miles back home to his friend. Watch the heartwarming episode at 7 p.m. Wednesday!

The quirky animals of Australia are explained on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures. See what followed a massive extinction and observe the history of diverse marsupials at 8 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Witness a dolphin birth, explore the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater and learn how dolphin and whale young avoid predatory killer whales on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins. The uncensored details of marine mammal mating are exposed at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Learn all about our fellow species this week on KLRU!

Highlights 8/3-8/9

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!