Highlights: October 21-27

Nature at 6 pm Sunday takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is in “Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom”.

Call The Midwife at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Saturday witnesses the snatching of a baby girl recently delivered by Jenny, causing great anguish to her family and uniting the local community as they search for the missing child.

On Masterpiece Classic Presents: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2 at 8 pm Sunday, Blanche comes face-to-face with her former lover when a scandalous novel is published while Beryl’s decision to take a stand causes serious disruptions in the running of the house.

PBS Newshour at 8 pm Monday presents coverage of the 2012 presidential debates.

Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go To War at 7 pm Tuesday tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

Secrets of the Dead at 8 pm Tuesday follows the drama and debate that surrounded the most critical point in the Cold War in “The Man Who Saved The World.”

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the world of the snowy owl and takes an intimate look at how these majestic birds survive in one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on the planet in “Magic of the Snowy Owl.”

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday attempts to unravel more mysteries from Otzi the Iceman than ever before, revealing not only the details of the ancient mummy’s death, but an entire way of life in “Iceman Murder Mystery.”

Nova ScienceNow at 9 pm Wednesday explores the lives of people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do in “How Smart Can We Get?”

Evan talks with performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles local Austin music-makers Mother Falcon.

Meet some of the innovators who’ve helped make Austin the nation’s third largest video game production community on Capital Innovation at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet goes on the “best little day trip in Texas” to paddle the Colorado River, explore Texas Czech culture, eat at a 100 year old BBQ joint, and enjoy some kolaches from Hruska’s on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm

Add some punch with standout perennials that stand up to weather swings on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how a gardener sliced out lawn for perennials that thrive in watering restrictions.

American rock n’ roll dominates the stage with Dr. Dog followed by The Shins’ indie pop eloquence on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights: October 14-20

On Nature at 6 pm Sunday, Chris Morgan takes on his greatest challenge in tracking large predators – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests – in “Siberian Tiger Quest”.

Call The Midwife at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Saturday places Jenny on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, through which she forms a friendship with a gentle old soldier.

On Masterpiece Classic Presents: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2 at 8 pm Sunday, Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American millionaire Caspar Landry while Mrs. Thackeray makes a momentous decision that throws the running of 165 into chaos.

Standing Bear’s Footsteps at 9 pm Monday is the story of an Indian chief who went to court to prove he was a person… and in the process redefined what it means to be an American.

With a frank, behind-the-scenes approach, Race 2012 at 7 pm Tuesday navigates the high-stakes world of racial pollsters, strategists, spin doctors and candidates as they compete for voters of many ethnic and racial groups.

PBS Newshour at 8 pm Tuesday presents coverage of the 2012 presidential debates.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is in “Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom”.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday investigates how modern forensics, including the analysis of fingerprints, bite marks, ballistics, hair, and tool marks, can send innocent men and women to prison and sometimes even to death row in “Forensics on Trial”.

On NOVA ScienceNow at 9 pm Wednesday, Chris Pogue gives the third degree to scientists pushing the limits of technology — not only to solve horrific murders — but also to try to prevent crimes before they even happen in “Can Science Solve Crime?”

Diane Ravitch, one of the country’s leading thinkers about education. talks on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday highlights contemporary and performance art from Austin’s Fusebox Festival 2012.

Chet heads to the “cowboy capital of the world”, visits Dublin Bottling Works, sees some barrel racing at Lone Star Arena, and polishes it off with chicken fried steak on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

POV at 9 pm Thursday presents “Sun Kissed”, the story of Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: the consequences of the Navajos’ Long Walk — their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 –are far from over.

The Texas Debates: Race for U.S. Senate at 7 pm Friday features the Republican and Democratic nominees for U.S. Senate, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) and former state Rep. Paul Sadler (D). Because of the Texas Senate Debate, Washington Week will air at 8 pm and Moyers and Co will air at 9 pm.

Voces on PBS at 9:30 pm Friday presents “Lemon”, the story of one man’s journey to bring his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons.

Pick up creative ideas for design and plants on this preview of Austin’s Garden Conservancy tour on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents a double-header with bottleneck guitar-slinging Bonnie Raitt and soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples.

Science Night 10/17

Nature “Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom” at 7 pm
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untameable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure en environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.

NOVA “Forensics on Trial” at 8 pm
There is a startling gap between the glamorous television world of “CSI” and the gritty reality of the forensic crime lab. With few established scientific standards, no central oversight and poor regulation of examiners, forensics in the U.S. is in a state of crisis. In “Forensics on Trial,” NOVA investigates how modern forensics, including the analysis of fingerprints, bite marks, ballistics, hair, and tool marks, can send innocent men and women to prison — and sometimes even to death row. Shockingly, of more than 250 inmates exonerated by DNA testing over the last decade, more than 50% of the wrongful convictions stemmed from invalid or improperly handled forensic science. With the help of vivid recreations of actual trials and cases, NOVA investigated today’s shaky state of crime science as well as cutting-edge solutions that could help investigators put the real criminals behind bars.

NOVA ScienceNow “Can Science Stop Crime?” at 9 pm
Pogue gives the third degree to scientists pushing the limits of technology — not only to solve horrific murders — but also to try to prevent crimes before they even happen. He learns the latest techniques, from unraveling the clues embedded in a decomposing corpse, to detecting lies by peering directly into a suspect’s brain, to tracking the creation of a criminal mind. And we meet a genius crime-stopper who’s made some terrifying discoveries, including how easy it is for a bad guy to highjack — not just your laptop — but your kids’ toys, medical devices and even your car.

Next Avenue Growing Bolder: October episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives.  Our newest effort is a national collaboration called Next Avenue that features resources and an online discussion of issues facing those 50+. As part of that project we are also airing, Growing Bolder Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU. Growing Bolder delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.

Upcoming episodes:

10/7: “Fun and Funky”
A Mom Who Walks On Water – As a teen, Karen Putz lost her hearing while barefoot water skiing. More than 25 years passed, but her desire to get back on her feet kept burning within. Some family members told her she was too old. But Karen had rediscovered her passion. Keep on Rocking – Meet the Bats, a popular Kentucky group that regularly sells out its gigs and always leaves the audience laughing. See why they’re inspired to keep on rocking the stage, even if they still have day jobs. This WASP Still Stings – Betty Wall Strohfus was one of a handful of female pilots in World War II. After the war, she thought that part of her life was over. She was in her 70s when she felt compelled to honor her fellow WASPs by telling her story. Now at 91, she’s more proud and passionate than ever, and she’s one of the feistiest people you’ll ever meet!

10/14: “Better Together”
One Lap at a Time – Susan Helmrich is one of the best swimmers in the world in her age group. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and a victim of one of the greatest drug tragedies in history. With luck, determination, great medical care, the support of family and friends and the benefits of the sport of swimming, Susan has fought to escape the deadly legacy of a supposed wonder drug turned nightmare. Meet the Hornman! – Bill Nemoyten was a music educator for most of his life. So why would that change when he retired? Instead, he bought an RV, packed up his wife and his collection of 16 different types of horns and set out from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area on a never-ending mission to share his passion for horns with anyone who will listen. Now, he is known far and wide as… The Hornman! The Couple That Sweats Together Stays Together – Triathlons are hard enough, but imagine competing against your spouse! Carol and Joe Neal recently celebrated their 40th anniversary, and their relationship is as strong as their bodies.

10/21: “Still Having Fun”
Orleans: They’re Still Having Fun – Think you know music? Who sang “Still the One,” “Dance With Me” and “Love Takes Time?” Orleans was the band, but who was the singer? Leave it to Growing Bolder to introduce you to one of the most recognized voices but least-known names in music. In for the Long Haul – Siphiwe Baleka is a one-of-a-kind Yale graduating, globetrotting, God-fearing, truck-driving, fast-swimming family man. And he’s got a new mission — to help long-haul truckers everywhere improve their health, fitness and quality of life. Conversations of a Lifetime – We all have a tale to tell, and that’s the premise of NPR’s Story Corps. We take you inside an amped up Airstream that’s a one-of-a-kind time capsule and it’s helping people across the U.S. leave a priceless legacy for future generations.

10/28: “A Beautiful View”
Finding His Purpose Late in Life – Artist Robert Sutz is a messenger for beautiful people filled with horrific memories. Sutz, 82, is creating what he calls irrefutable evidence of one of the darkest chapters in human history — the Holocaust. He calls it proof for those who don’t believe and a painful reminder to those who might forget. Life From the View of a Canoe – Rod Price was a successful businessman, but he wasn’t happy. Then he discovered his passion in the grueling endurance sport of Adventure Canoeing. Now, more than 200 wins later, he has rediscovered his zest for life, and at 51, he has never been happier. King of the Road – An unlikely corporate icon, Bruce Rossmeyer parlayed street smarts and a willingness to gamble into a major business empire. In a GB exclusive, we visited Rossmeyer shortly before his tragic death and found a man motivated not by money, but by fun.

Q Night at the Movies for October

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month’s feature films will be:

10/6 - Dark Victory
An heiress (Bette Davis) with only months to live embarks on a social whirl, then marries her doctor (George Brent).

10/13 – The Searchers
A Confederate veteran (John Wayne) and his part-Cherokee partner (Jeffrey Hunter) search five years for a kidnapped girl (Natalie Wood).

10/20 – The Unforgiven
A Texas woman (Lillian Gish) and her eldest son (Burt Lancaster) fight Kiowas over an adopted daughter (Audrey Hepburn).

10/27 – Rainman
A wheeler-dealer (Tom Cruise) meets his brother (Dustin Hoffman), an institutionalized autistic-savant and heir to $3 million.

Highlights: October 7-13

Nature at 6 pm Sunday visits Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island, the world’s most active volcano that began erupting in 1983 and hasn’t stopped since.

Call The Midwife at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Saturday anticipates a new arrival at Nonnatus House as Jenny Lee settles into her role as midwife.

Masterpiece Classic Presents: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2 at 8 pm Sunday sees two new arrivals make their mark as 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors, while Lady Agnes’ concern for her children reveals a dark secret about Mr. Pritchard.

History Detectives at 7 pm Tuesday attempts to unravel the details behind the heroic acts pictured in a poster about two African-American soldiers in World War I as well as a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that George Washington may have used during the American Revolution.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday takes the long view of the upcoming presidential election, through sweeping panoramas of the candidates’ biographies and explorations of the national landscape that shapes the campaigns, voters’ attitudes and the winner’s prospects for governing.

On Nature at 7 pm Wednesday, Chris Morgan takes on his greatest challenge in tracking large predators – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests – in “Siberian Tiger Quest”.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the ultimate weapon of the Viking era – the Ulfberht sword – and finally unravel its mystery in “Secrets of the Viking Sword”.

NOVA ScienceNow at 9 pm Wednesday explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours – language, tool-making, even laughter – to uncover their evolutionary roots in “What Makes Us Human?”

Iconic British band Radiohead give a rare, full-hour performance of fan favorites as well as brand new tracks on the season premiere of Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday.

Writer and historian Joe Nick Patoski discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Bay Area Houston to visit NASA, eat a hoagie and fried shrimp, go birding on Armand Bayou, and visit the Kemah Boardwalk on The Daytripper at 7:30 pm Thursday.

PBS Newshour at 8 pm Thursday presents live coverage and analysis of the vice presidential candidates’ debate.

Voces on PBS at 9 pm Friday presents “Unfinished Spaces”, the story of the Cuban National Arts Schools and its construction through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba.

See how to combine edibles and ornamentals on this preview of the Master Garden tour on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Grammy award-winning artist Bon Iver debuts his brand of atmospheric indie pop to the stage of Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 10/10

Nature “Siberian Tiger Quest” at 7 pm
Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world’s biggest cat. Park’s tracking technique was very unconventional. He dug himself into an underground pit and, incredibly, waited there for weeks at a time, hoping for a glimpse of a wild tiger. Morgan adopts the same method while he shares with us firsthand the difficulty of seeing the rare Siberian tiger.

NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword” at 8 pm
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the “Mystery of the Viking Sword.”

NOVA ScienceNow “What Makes Us Human?” at 9 pm
Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours – language, tool-making, even laughter – to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants – and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Science Night 10/3

Nature “Kilauea: Mountain of Fire” at 7 pm
Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island is the world’s most active volcano. Its latest eruption began in 1983 and it hasn’t stopped since. Since that time it has created 544 acres of new land and has consumed 200 homes. But as we watch nature’s own fireworks display and witness the devastation wrought by flowing lava, we’ve also been able to observe a process that’s central to life on these islands. The most spectacular moment of creation is when lava pours into the ocean creating new land and it is here that filmmaker Paul Atkins finds himself getting a shot few have ever filmed – the cataclysmic meeting of 2000 degree lava and 75 degree ocean water – a sight to behold.

Highlights: September 30-October 6

Nature at 6 pm Sunday provides a global look at the “homelife of wildlife” from a small depression in the sand to elaborate, multi-chambered tunnels.

Call The Midwife at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Saturday shares the sorrows and joys that come with being a midwife as Jenny Lee arrives in the East End of London to begin her career.

The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place with new characters upstairs and down in a three-part sequel to the much-loved series from the 1970s on Masterpiece Classic Presents: Upstairs Downstairs at 8 pm Sunday.

History Detectives at 7 pm Tuesday attempts to return the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to his family, whose recipes for large volumes of liquor makes an Indiana man wonder if his rich uncle earned money bootlegging during Prohibition.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday visits Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island, the world’s most active volcano that began erupting in 1983 and hasn’t stopped since.

At 8 pm Wednesday, PBS Newshour presents live coverage and analysis of the 2012 presidential candidates’ debates.

Author and activist Gloria Steinem discusses her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Texas music legend Bill Carter.

POV at 9 pm Thursday presents “Biblioburro, The Donkey Library”, the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other.

Voces on PBS at 9 pm Friday presents “Escaramuza: Riding From The Heart”, the story of first-generation Mexican American girls who construct their identities through a romanticized equestrian tradition, while facing challenges at home, and escalating violence in Mexico.

Iconic British band Radiohead give a rare, full-hour performance of fan favorites as well as brand new tracks on the season premiere of Austin City Limits at 7 pm.

Science Night 9/26

Nature “The Animal House” at 7 pm
Animals build homes for reasons very similar to our own, but they’ve been doing it for much longer. From a small depression in the sand to an elaborate, multi-chambered tunnel – animal structures can be simple or architectural marvels. In each case, the goal is the same – protection from predators and a nearby source of food. These structures, whether a nest, a burrow or a mound, are also the site of great dramas and extraordinary behaviors. From master builders like termites and beavers, to master decorators like the bowerbird, which places colorful flowers at the entrance to its nest, “The Animal House” will be a global look at the “homelife of wildlife.”

NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner” at 8 pm
From carbon nanotubes to artificial skin, our world is poised at the frontier of a revolution in materials science as far-reaching as the biotech breakthroughs of the last two decades. This series explores how materials changed history and are shaping the future, ranging from cost-effective fuel cells and solar panels to quantum computers and ultra-light automobiles. The New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff.” Each episode explores the talent, luck and determination that can turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthrough. Making Stuff Cleaner – Host David Pogue is on a quest to clean up, using new green materials to build and power the devices of the future. Batteries grown from viruses, plastics made of sugar and solar cells that cook up hydrogen are just the beginning of a new generation of clean materials.

NOVA “Making Stuff Smarter” at 9 pm
From carbon nanotubes to artificial skin, our world is poised at the frontier of a revolution in materials science as far-reaching as the biotech breakthroughs of the last two decades. This series explores how materials changed history and are shaping the future, ranging from cost-effective fuel cells and solar panels to quantum computers and ultra-light automobiles. The New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff.” Each episode explores the talent, luck and determination that can turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthrough. Making Stuff Smarter – An army tanker truck that heals its own bullet wounds. An airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Clothing that can monitor its wearer’s heart rate, health and mood. Host David Pogue looks into the growing number of smart materials that can respond, change and even learn.