Highlights April 20 – April 26

KLRU Highlights

Arts In Context spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project in Producing Light, Sunday at 1 pm.

Peter Pan From The Milwaukee Ballet features Michael Pink’s adaption of J.M. Barrier’s most famous work performed by the Milwaukee Ballet Sunday at 2 pm.

Jenny’s patient Leah is struggling to cope with her mother’s agoraphobia in Call the Midwife, Episode #304, Sunday at 7 pm.

Thackeray spies on LeClair and Harry has a showdown at cards with Loxley on Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 4, Sunday at 8 pm.

Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own in Bletchley Circle Blood On Their Hands, Part 2, Sunday at 9 pm.

When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul, in The Blue Cross on Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Anaheim, California and travels to the Queen Mary to talk about ocean liner memorabilia, Monday at 7 pm.

John Gleen: A Life Of Service chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend, Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens‘ explores Muscle Shoals, Alabama the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music, Monday at 9 pm.

Pioneers Of Television presents Doctors And Nurses and explores television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up, Tuesday at 7.

Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement as American Masters A Fierce Green Fire, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, Frontline examines America’s use of solitary confinement with Solitary Nation, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Water Blues Green Solution tells the stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Discover how a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society in the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands as Nature presents Snow Monkeys, Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet as it presents Inside Minds: Who’s The Smartest?, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Executive Editor of The Washington Post Martin Baron visits Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday focuses on groundbreaking experimental dancer Deborah Hay, who challenges the dance world’s expectations while creating pieces that still enthrall and entertain.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories at 8 pm Thursday interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed at 8:30 Thursday features a community discussion examining Austin’s race issues, past and present.

Makarios: A Rising Tide at 9 pm Thursday examines a pre-school tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education.

Pull native plants together with designs and artwork on a preview of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center garden tour on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night 4/23

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Snow Monkeys at 7 pm
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Who’s The Smartest?
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We’ll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We’ll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to — and differences from — the human mind. What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures – including humans – seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.


Your Inner Fish Your Inner Monkey at 9 pm
Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains – but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.

KLRU examines race and civil rights

KLRU explores the topics that matters most to our community. Tune in on April 24th for an evening of local public affairs programming focused on East Austin.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories at 8 pm
Interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed at 8:30 pm
A community discussion examining Austin’s race issues, past and present. African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. Today gentrification threatens to dissolve the close-knit relationships and communities built over time. As our city grows, how can we productively discuss these issues and foster a healthy dialog.

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/19

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #601 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan at 7:30 pm
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Bad Seed at 8 pm
Odd fatal accidents lead a woman (Nancy Kelly) to realize that her 8-year-old daughter (Patty McCormack) was born to kill. Cast: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Dressed To Kill at 10:15 pm
A psychiatrist (Michael Caine), a prostitute (Nancy Allen) and the son of a slain woman (Angie Dickinson) try to track down the dead woman’s killer. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen.

 

 

 

New On Story Episodes!

On Story

KLRU Q features new episodes Austin Film Festival’s On Story as part of Q Night at the Movies each Saturday night. Q Night at the Movies starts at 7 pm and On Story airs at 7:30 pm.

On Story gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “On Story” is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

4/19
Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan
at 7:30
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

4/26
Frank Darabont: Filmmaker’s Journey
at 7:30
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story. Followed by Jeffrey DeChausse’s short film, Anniversario, trailing a woman’s visit to her two favorite hairdressers on the day of her 45th wedding anniversary for what becomes the most important makeover of their lives.

5/3
Alien: Deconstructing A Sci-Fi Classic
at 7:30
An iconic example of its genre, Alien’s tension, pacing, and craftsmanship are deconstructed by veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller. Accompanied by Jason Mann and Frieda Luk’s mystical short film, Delicacy, following a culinary connoisseur and his loyal chef as they dangerously navigate into the unknown with hopes to obtain a rare treat.

5/10
House Of Cards: A Conversation With Beau Willimon 
at 7:30
House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles. Artiz Moreno’s short film, Colera, follows with an ominous glimpse of a town that decides to take the law into their own hands, without considering the consequences.

More episodes of the 4th season of On Story coming soon.

 

New Doctor Who Episodes Air Next Summer!

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Good news Whovians! KLRU-TV has bought the newest Doctor Who series! But the bad news is these episode will not be available for us to air until Summer 2015 from the BBC.

No worries! KLRU will repeat the David Tennant Specials, the final five episodes with David Tennant as The Doctor, and repeat the Matt Smith episodes, which will air until the newest set of BBC programs. Tune in for the Doctor Who Specials, beginning on Thursday, April 24th!

April 17 at 10 pm
The Name Of The Doctor
Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future.

Doctor Who Specials

April 24 at 9:58 pm
Also on April 26 at 11 pm
The Next Doctor
When the Doctor meets another Doctor, the two must combine forces to stop the Cybermen and the colossal CyberKing.

May 1 at 10 pm
Also on May 3 at 11 pm
Planet Of The Dead
A London bus takes a detour to an alien world, but can the Doctor defeat the Swarm?

May 8 at 10 pm
Also on May 10 at 11 pm
The Water Of Mars
Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: ‘Don’t drink the water. Not one drop.’.

May 15 at 10 pm
Also on May 17 at 11 pm
End Of Time – Part 1 
It is Christmas Eve, and the Doctor is reunited with Wilf to face the return of an old enemy. Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

May 22 at 10 pm
Also on at 11 pm
End Of Time – Part 2
The Doctor faces the end of his life, as the Master’s victory unleashes the greatest terror of all. Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

Q Night At The Movies 4/12

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #513 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story War at 7:30 pm
War in film is discussed by the creative minds behind RED DAWN, BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY, and APOCALYPSE NOW. Featuring Oliver Stone and John Milius. Film: Veterans by Miguel Alvarez.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Platoon at 8 pm
Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Cast: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen.

20th Century Battlefields: Vietnam at 10 pm
Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN’s Diplomatic and Defense Correspondent from 1966 to 1979, and presented Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme, from 1980 to 1997. His son and partner, Dan Snow, won a first-class degree in history at Balliol College, Oxford, where he developed a passion for military history, specializing in the First World War. Since graduation he has written articles on military history and sailing, and together with his father, he researched, wrote and hosted the BBC series Battlefield Britain. This program takes a look at the conduct of the war in Vietnam, covering the Tet Offensive of 1968, in particular the fighting at Saigon and Khe Sanh, but the main focus is on the Battle of Hue.

Highlights April 13 – April 19

KLRU Highlights

An undisputed master of Verdi’s final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964, in Great Performances Sunday at 2 pm.

Sister Julienne and Trixie assist a pregnant prison inmate who’s worried that social services will deem her an unfit mother and take her baby on Call The Midwife Episode 3, Sunday at 7 pm.

The start of World War I spurs enlistment fever among the male staff. Ladies organize a benefit for refugees on Masterpiece’s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 3 Sunday at 8 pm.

The women reunite in order to establish the innocence of one of their own in Bletchley Circle‘s Blood On Their Hands, Part 1, Sunday at 9 pm.

The mayor drops dead during his speech at the Kembleford village fete and Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted in The Mayor And The Magician, Sunday at 10 pm.

Doc Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, Sunday at 11 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in Kansas City, Missouri and visits the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to learn about the photography of Dorethea Lange, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Minneapolis and visits the American Swedish Institute to discuss Mora clocks, beautiful tall case timekeepers cherished by many Swedish-Americans who immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Monday at 8.

Independent Lens  The Trials Of Muhammad Ali  covers Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service, Monday at 9 pm.

1910 Harris County Courthouse documents the courthouse in downton Houston, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television Standup To Sitcom reveals how America’s top standup comedians made the transition to the sitcom format, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Address showcases the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, where students grappling with an array of learning challenges use the Gettysburg Address as a tool for success, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Rebels With A Cause spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco, Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Plainspirits features the first-hand paranormal experiences of dozens of Kansans, on Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Nature  Touching The Wild displays Joe Hutto different idea of research, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Discover it would be like to go inside the mind of an animal with NOVA‘s Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses Wednesday at 8 pm.

Your Inner Fish explores the key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor stops by Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents The Art Of Playing where indie video game developers push games to news frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design, Thursday at 7:30.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents The Joy Of Song With Katherine Jenkins celebrates the centrality and universality of music in everyday life, Friday at 8 pm.

Hands-on gardeners reveal distinctive personalities as Central Texas Gardener presents Master Garden Tour, Saturday at noon & 4 pm.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers, Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Science Night 4/16

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Touching The Wild at 7 pm
Joe Hutto’s idea of research is anything but normal, dedicating seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. The herd would ordinarily run from any human but, incredibly, these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. Accepted by the matriarch, he walks among them, is even groomed by them, and can lie with a pregnant doe talking to its unborn fawns. As he crosses the species divide, Joe is tapping into a new understanding about these elusive animals, literally entering a deer society. The captivating joy he feels for his new family is nothing short of infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey — and it’s an experience that will ultimately rock him to his very core; sharing their world so personally finally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.


NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses at 8 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We’ll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We’ll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to — and differences from — the human mind. What is it like to be a dog, a shark or a bird? This question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch and sound; other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few have extra senses we don’t have at all. From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can “see” with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it’s not just the senses that are remarkable – it’s the brains that process them. NOVA goes into the minds of animals to “see” the world in an entirely new way.


Your Inner Fish Your Inner Reptile at 9 pm
A key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, when the ferocious reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth were in the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. But our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.

Ancient Knowledge Night on KLRU Q

KLRU Q explores the forgotten knowledge of our ancient past during April 10th, 17th, and 24th with the six-part series Alexander’s Lost World and the three-part series Divine Women. Tune In to KLRU-Q!

April 10
Alexander’s Lost World
 
Explorations On An Ancient Sea at 8:00 pm
In search of the Alexander’s Lost World, Adams follows in the footsteps of the earliest Greek explorers, putting a new theory on Jason and the Argonauts to the test.

Alexander’s Lost World The Mother of All Cities at 8:45 pm
Crossing into Afghanistan in search of the lost city of Bactra, Adams uses the Ancient Greek accounts as a guide to try and locate Alexander’s fabled Central Asian Capital.

Divine Women When God Was A Girl at 9:35 pm
Historian Bettany Hughes goes back to the beginning of time and visits the world’s oldest religious site to find startling evidence that women were part of the very birth of organised religion. She visits a world where goddesses ruled the heavens and earth, and reveals why our ancestors thought of the divine as female. Travelling across the Mediterranean and the Near East, Bettany goes to remote places, where she encounters fearsome goddesses who controlled life and death, including the formidable goddesses Kybele and Gaia. And she ends up in modern-day India, where  the goddess is still a powerful force for thousands of Hindus.

April 17
Alexander’s Lost World Alexandria On The Oxus at 7:59 pm
Did Alexander really build sixteen cities in Afghanistan and Central Asia or was he the destroyer of a far more ancient civilization?

Alexander’s Lost World City Of Moon Lady at 8:46 pm
Lost in a sand storm in the desert, Adams and cameraman Greg finally reach a remote police outpost in the Taliban held Kunduz delta.

Divine Women Handmaids Of The Gods at 9:35 pm
In episode two Bettany Hughes uncovers the lost era of the priestess and visits Lesbos, home of the poet Sappho and, perhaps, the spiritual home of lesbianism. Bettany Hughes In this episode, Bettany travels to the island of Lesbos to discover the truth behind the much sensationalized poet Sappho. Best known today for giving us the words sapphic and lesbian, in her own time Sappho fulfilled the important role of a priestess, channeling the power of Aphrodite the goddess of sex.

April 24
Alexander’s Lost World  The Land Of The Golden Fleece at 7:59 pm
In the waters of the Oxus River Adams discovers a surprising connection to Jason and the Argonauts – could they have possibly travelled this far from Greece?

Alexander’s Lost World  Source Of Civilisation at 8:46 pm
To discover the origins of these people and their civilization that flowered long before Alexander’s arrival David enters one of the least visited places on earth.

Divine Women War Of The Words at 9:35 pm
In the last episode of Divine Women, Bettany Hughs looks at Theodora, the prostitute who became an empress and allied herself with Mary the Mother of God to rule over a great Christian empire. She also looks at the legacy of the wives of the prophet Mohammad: Khadija, the first convert to Islam and Aisha, whose words are still read by over two billion men and women today.