Q Night At The Movies 4/5

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

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 #512 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 Westerns at 7:30 pm
Creating westerns with resonance is discussed by the creative minds behind UNFORGIVEN, A PERFECT WORLD, and 3:10 TO YUMA. Featuring John Lee Hancock, David Peoples, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas. Film: Western by Lucas Millard.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Big Country at 8 pm
Burl Ives earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a family patriarch involved in a bitter land feud in this explosive western drama. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives.

Walter Piehl: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo at 10:50 pm
Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo documents how this North Dakota visual artist and Minot State University art professor combines an expressionistic style with literal and interpretive investigations of many facets of Western American life. Piehl’s acrylic on canvas work is often large in scale and is appreciated across North America as well as in his native state. Among his many honors and awards is a 2008 Enduring Vision Award for his creativity, connection to community, and impressive body of work presented by the Bush Foundation, a private foundation serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

 

Highlights April 6 – April 12

KLRU Highlights

Cleveland Orchestra In Performance: Bruckner Symphony performs Anton Bruckner’s Fourth “Romantic” Symphony Sunday at 2 pm.

A patient who’s carrying a baby who wasn’t fathered by her husband accepts that the only solution is adoption in Call the Midwife Episode #302 Sunday at 7 pm.

All await Churchill’s appearance at the store in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 2 at 8.

Secrets of Selfridges reveals the grandiose store’s hidden stories and delves deep into the mind of its incredibly ambitious creator Sunday at 9 pm.

Susan tells the other women that she came face to face with a killer in the Bletchley Circle, Episode #103 Sunday at 10 pm.

Portwenn is buzzing with arrangement for the wedding of the Doc Martin and Louisa in Sickness And Health, Sunday at 11pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Kansas City, Missouri and visits the Toy and Miniature Museum to discuss dolls houses and miniature models Monday at 7 pm.

In Performance At The White House presents Women Of Soul, with special performances by Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens presents Brothers Hypnotic and explores the brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Monday at 9 pm.

Black Kungfu Experience introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art, Monday at 10 pm.

Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over features newly filmed interviews with people such as Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, and Whoopi Goldberg, as they share their memories of how the music of the 1960′s and the Cultural Revolution changed their lives forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Frontline shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence, in Secret State of North Korea Tuesday at 9 pm.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era in Ocean Stewardship introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature presents My Bionic Pet and explores the amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what animals with disabilities need, at Wednesday at 7.

NOVA‘s Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius uncovers the remarkable problem-solving abilities and explores the complexity of their powers of communication Wednesday at 8 pm.

Discover the genetic legacy of the fish can be seen today in our own DNA in Your Inner Fish, Wednesday at 9 pm.

CNN’S Senior Media Correspondent and host of Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter, joins Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Meet Shakey Graves, an artists that has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight, on Arts In Context Not Alone, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Live From Lincoln Center presents Jason Isbell: Moving Forward Friday at 8 pm.

Explore what it takes to spend your life with someone as Hardly Sound presents Rtb2 Friday at 10 pm.

See how to swap invasive plants for prettier native species that restore wildlife diversity as Central Texas Gardener presents Natives Not Invasives onSaturday at 12 & 4 pm.

Sail a small boat off the coast of Louisiana and harvest local shrimp and fish with Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast, Saturday at 4:30 pm.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes, Saturday at 7 pm.

After a murder at a charity treasure hunt, general suspicion falls upon a bereaved man, can Father Brown prove the man’s innocence? Find out in The Face Of Death, Saturday at 8 pm.

 

Arts In Context Shorts: ATX Free Art Friday

Arts In Context Shorts presents an all new episode with ATX Free Art Friday.

ATX Free Art Friday

Every Friday in Austin, Texas anyone can join in an Instagram art treasure hunt as part of #ATXFreeArtFriday. “Finders Keepers” is the way it works, but you must share a photo of your art find back on Instagram. Started by members of SprATX, a local street art collective, #ATXFreeArtFriday has grown exponentially with artists joining from all over Austin to hide free art for the community to take home. It’s like artwork hunger games out there, so follow @SprATX on Instagram if you want to join the hunt.

Science Night 4/9

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.


NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius 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. Today, researchers are discovering that some creatures have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Many are bird brains. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. Are these skills really evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

Your Inner Fish at 9 pm
Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build our hands and limbs.

Special programs in honor of Earth Day this April

Join KLRU and KLRU Q in celebrating our planet with environmental related programs honoring Earth Day! PBS also offers even more programs online only on pbs.org

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Tuesday, April 8 at 10 pm on KLRU
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN
FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels With A Cause
Tuesday April 15 at 9:30 pm on KLRU
Narrated by
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America’s system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. REBELS WITH A CAUSE documents a fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans – our public lands.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire 
Tuesday, April 22 at 8 pm on KLRU
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future — and succeeding against all odds. The film is directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties,and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solutions 
Tuesday, April 22 at 10 pm on KLRU
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods.  Drought.  Overloaded sewers.  Acres of pavement.  Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

On KLRU-Q:
Ecosense for Living Take Back the Farm
Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
There’s a “growing” awareness in the U.S. about our food…where it comes from, how it’s grown, and what exactly it takes to feed all of us nutritious, earth-conscious meals. In this episode, we explore farmers of all types in all kinds of situations. From Ron Finley, a renegade gardener in south central Los Angeles to south Georgia farmer, Will Harris, we’ll meet people who are changing the way we think about and consume food. Lawn and garden expert Paul Tukey gives us some surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. We’ll get the story from a suburban man who became a local outlaw for “growing too many vegetables.” We wrap with a quick trip to Chipotle, a national chain that’s taking a local approach to their food supply.

Ecosense for Living Food Fight 
Saturday, April 5 at 6:30 pm on KLRU Q
The quality and accessibility of food has been a hot button issue throughout the ages. Lack of secure food has been the source of revolutions and toppled governments. In “Food Fight,” we look at the tug of war over America’s diet. From questions plaguing genetically-modified ingredients to wheat-free/gluten-free concerns to the rapid decline of bees, we explore pressures on the safety and security of our food supply. Rich Food, Poor Food authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, guide us through a grocery store and reveal how to make smart choices and avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, tells us his surprising results after removing wheat from his patients’ diets. Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Siefert tells his journey trying to understand the impact of genetically-modified food on his children’s health. Bee experts sound the alarm about the decline of our most valuable pollinators and what we can do to make sure they continue supplying us with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Sunday, April 6 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
From the filmmakers of the beloved THE GREATEST GOOD comes the 2012 Emmy-Award winner Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, the first high definition documentary made about the famed father of conservationism, Aldo Leopold. Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, premiere screenings in select cities will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that lead to the creation of many of our eastern national forests, and sparked the long-term effort to replant and restore forests that still continues today.

Saving the Bay Marvel Of Nature (Prehistory-1848)
Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
In the first episode, photo-realistic animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. This hour introduces the first inhabitants along the Bay’s shores, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region.

Saving the Bay Harbor of Harbors (1849-1906)
Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
The second hour follows San Francisco’s “rapid monstrous maturity” into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush (1849-1906) . Establishing the infrastructure to support the instant city meant radical change for San Francisco Bay. By the century’s end, San Francisco Bay was the center of a broad economic empire on the Pacific.

Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter
Friday, April 11 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this program follows the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Idaho, and explores why the wolf remains a controversial animal.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Friday April 12 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels with a Cause
Sunday, April 13 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, 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. Beginning in the 1950s, ordinary citizens from all walks of life, concerned by the intentions of residential land developers and the environmental cost of “progress,” began banding together to save a vast stretch of Northern California coastline. Their passionate activism at both the local and federal level helped create Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These precedent-setting efforts also raised Californians’ awareness of their power to promote change, fostered a national movement to preserve open spaces, and shaped the environmental movement of today.

Saving the Bay Miracle Workers (1906 – 1956)
Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
The third hour begins with the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the rise of California’s water re-distribution projects and the Bay’s transformation into the world’s greatest shipbuilding center by the close of World War II.

Saving the Bay Bay in the Balance (1906 – Present)
Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
In the final episode, the very survival of the Bay is threatened by the postwar boom and the issue becomes how best to balance the competing demands of a major urban center set amidst an environmentally significant landscape.

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators
Friday, April 18 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs – could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back — from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. LORDS OF NATURE: Life in a Land of Great Predators tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished.

Water Pressures
Saturday, April 19 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Water is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide – 1.2 billion – lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis. Hosted by actor-producer Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), WATER PRESSURES sheds light on this critical, complex issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. Students in a Northwestern environmental policy class see a model of conservation and community cooperation firsthand on a 10-day trip to India, where a leading nonprofit organizations illustrates the power of pairing traditional wisdom with simple teamwork to solve the water crisis in the Thar Desert. They also meet with political leaders, corporate executives and water experts to create their own local partnerships and try to make a difference in their own communities.

Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Friday, April 25 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world.

Sky Island
Friday, April 25 at 9:30 pm on KLRU Q
In Northern New Mexico a range of mountains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. In “Sky Island,” filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems. The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solution
Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods. Drought. Overloaded sewers. Acres of pavement. Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

Turning The Tide
Sunday, April 27 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Louisiana’s coastal marshes and wetlands cover 9,000 square miles, stretching 300 miles from east to west, and reaching 30 miles inland. Each year, hurricanes and other natural and manmade forces claim between 20 to 25 square miles of vulnerable coastline. Many believe these numbers constitute a national emergency, one which requires immediate scientific and public consensus to “turn the tide” on the problem. In the balance lay crucial ecosystems, Gulf seafood and fisheries, North American migratory bird and waterfowl populations, the nation’s energy infrastructure and national security, interior navigation and water transport for American produce and goods, and a unique American culture. The powerful documentary TURNING THE TIDE examines of viable strategies and innovative engineering techniques to help address Louisiana’s coastal erosion crisis. The world’s foremost authorities on the subject demystify the complex challenges facing Louisiana’s coast and reveal new (and sometimes unconventional) discoveries with the potential to change the course of the coast’s future.

California Forever The History of California State Parks
Sunday, April 27 at 7pm on KLRU Q
This program recalls the dramatic history and scenic beauty of California state parks — the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation.

California Forever Parks for the Future
Sunday, April 27 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
This program places the future of the parks within the context of trends that will soon threaten parks everywhere. Population growth, decline of native plants and animals, loss of open space and climate change all pose serious challenges to the integrity of parks, now and in the future.

 

 

KLRU Q Islands On The Edge starts April 4th

Islands On The Edge is a striking nature series narrated by Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!, Trainspotting) and produced by the award-winning Maramedia. Each of the four episodes offers a fascinating look at one of the world’s most remote locations —  the Hebrides Islands. Tune in to KLRU Q Friday’s at 8 pm starting April 4th!

April 4th: Episode #101 
In this first episode, autumn arrives with a vengeance. Young swallows, otters and grey seals face up to the biggest storms and highest tides of the year as they move towards independence. Tens of thousands of geese and swans arrive for the winter only to find predatory white-tailed eagles hungry and ready to hunt them. And on the Isle of Rum, a mighty stag faces the ultimate challenge in a battle to decide the true Monarch of the Glen.

April 11th: Episode #102
In most years winter is the hardest time in the Hebrides but once in a generation the spring turns out to be harder still. In the second program of this landmark series, the ISLANDS ON THE EDGE are hit by the biggest storm in living memory. As the drama unfolds we follow the lives of white-tailed eagles, harbor seals, hares, pine martens and short-eared owls as they struggle to raise their families. When the wild weather finally passes and the seas warm, the story moves beneath the waves to reveal the arrival of Scotlandís Ocean juggernauts – basking sharks!

April 18: Episode #103
Of all the ISLANDS ON THE EDGE, the Outer Hebrides are the most exposed to the full power of the Atlantic. Despite this, the wildlife here is the most spectacular in Europe. On the outlying islands, seabirds rush to feed their chicks while avoiding the murderous intentions of “bonxies” – predatory skuas with a taste for young puffins. On the low-lying Uists, acres of beautiful meadows burst into flower as summer finally arrives. But this is a year of drought and Atlantic salmon find themselves trapped in the sea pools and unable to move into the river systems. Yet again, the creatures of the Hebrides must find ways to survive the extremes of their unforgiving habitat.

April 25: Episode #104
In the final program of the series, we meet the people of the Hebrides and discover how they’re learning to live side-by-side with their wild neighbors. Ferryman Donnie McDonald from Skye has discovered that business can prosper if your passengers can be treated to some on-board entertainment in the form of white-tailed eagles hunting alongside the boat. We also meet Andrew Abrahams, who’s attempting to turn the Island of Colonsay into a nature reserve for bees, Alice Starmore, an artist inspired by the peatlands of Lewis, and Innes Henderson, the Coll fisherman who regularly has to steer his boat through a 100 strong group of basking sharks!

Q Night At The Movies 3/29

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

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 #511 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 The Humor and Heart of Animation at 7:30 pm
The writers behind the beloved animated classics KUNG FU PANDA 1 & 2, “King of the Hill,” and THE IRON GIANT, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Tim McCanlies discuss the comedy, action, and emotion that go into creating the worlds and characters of the beloved and popular films that appeal to audiences of all ages. And then the short film Dreamgiver by director/producer Tyler Carter.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Easter Parade at 8 pm
A New York dancer (Fred Astaire) grooms a chorus girl (Judy Garland) to be his new partner, falling in love along the way. Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford.

Annie: It’s The Hard-Knock Life, From Script To Stage at 9:45 pm
This documentary is a behind the scenes look into the development of the Broadway musical, Annie. It follows the process of designing, casting, rehearsing and mounting the production.

Hugh Laurie – Live on the Queen Mary at 10:45 pm
On the 26th of March this year a dream came true for Hugh Laurie. It was a dream born from a moment in his youth when he first heard Professor Longhair’s album Live On The Queen Mary. Recorded in 1975, it was to change Longhair’s life, catapulting him back into the limelight once again after years in the blues wilderness. And as Hugh says “Ever since I heard a recording of that show – my life changed too.”  And now Hugh Laurie will mark the climax of his personal musical odyssey with a tribute to the man who is his greatest inspiration. He is joined by the legendary Copper Bottom Band in the exact same room, on the exact same stage where Longhair delivered his master class to put on a unique, once in a life time, unforgettable performance. Surrounded by the art deco grandeur of this extraordinary ship and featuring classic Longhair favourites “Tipitina” and “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” and Hugh’s own renditions of blues classics such as “Staggerlee,” “Junco Partner,” “Kiss Of Fire” and “Wild Honey,” this a show like no other.

Science Night 4/2

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature White Falcon, White Wolf at 7 pm
On Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island, where June is spring, July is summer and August is already autumn, the race is on for two remarkable species to raise their families. The white gyr falcon is enormous, the largest and most powerful falcon in the world. Yet last summer, the nesting falcon pair here failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keeps them alive. Last year was good to them, and they raised three cubs. But for the wolves and the falcons, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious.


NOVA Wild Predator Invasion at 8 pm
Over the last few centuries we have shot, trapped and skinned the predators that formerly thrived at the top of the food chain in the wild. Wild bears, wolves and big cats are all in retreat, and a growing number of scientists are discovering that by eliminating predators, we have changed the environment. Removing predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. In “Wild Predator Invasion,” NOVA follows scientists who are trying out a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators –like wolves, bears, and panthers — to their natural environments. Can these newly reintroduced predators restore the natural balance of their ecosystems without threatening the humans who live among them?


Secrets of the Dead Carthage’s Lost Warriors at 9 pm
Carthage, the proud capital of the vast Carthaginian Empire, is ablaze. Marauding Romans are mercilessly slaughtering and pillaging. Any survivors face a terrifying fate as slaves on Roman galleys or in their quarries. Escaping the bloody carnage is impossible… or is it? Could some of the once-mighty Carthaginians have got away? And even more incredibly — could they have turned west on an epic journey across the vast Atlantic Ocean to new shores? Did they set foot in South America, long before Columbus ever walked the face of the Earth?

Highlights March 30 – April 5

KLRU Highlights

Tune into Blackademics TV for discussions on how race is avoided in classrooms and texbooks and the challenges parents face in choosing schools for their kids in Browns / Foster, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

A superstar roster of award-winning jazz and classical musicians and ensembles come together for an unprecedented concert at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida in Jazz And The Philharmonic, Sunday at 3 pm.

Becoming An Artist follows  young artists from diverse backgrounds and distant regions as they apply to the Young Arts program, come together to share their work, create new pieces, and consider what a life in the arts might entail, Sunday at 4:30 pm.

The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premise on episode one of the new season of Call the Midwife Sunday at 7 pm.

Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary. Agnes returns from training in Paris. Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 1, Sunday at 8 pm.

Can Susan and her old friends catch the killer behind a string of murders? Find out in Bletchley Circle Episode #101, Sunday at 10 pm.

When Scotland Yard dismisses the women’s theories they realize it’s up to them to stop the killer  before he takes his next victim in Bletchley Circle Episode #102, Sunday at 10:58.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Kansas City and visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to explore a one-of-a-kind, signed baseball, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow  visits Atlanta, Georgia and heads to the Coca-Cola archives with Leila Dunbar to explore the mystery surrounding the disappearance of three Norman Rockwell paintings, Monday at 8 pm.

Meet a community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population as Independent Lens presents Medora Monday at 9 pm.

Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world, in Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down  -  allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe as Story Of The Jews presents  A Leap Of Faith, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents Over The Rainbow Tuesday at 8 pm. Plunge into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents Return Tuesday at 9 pm. Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.

American Jerusalem: Jews And The Making of San Francisco tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco Tuesday at 10 pm.

Explore an art installation takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action as Arts In Context presents Thirst Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Western Perspectives: Arts & Creativity In Western Perspective Episode #103 Thursday at 8 pm introduces viewers to the artists that shape the vast exhibition space of far West Texas.

Live from Lincoln Center presents James Naughton: The Songs Of Randy Newman Friday at 8 pm. A Tony winner for his performances in “City of Angels” and “Chicago,” James Naughton takes on the repertoire of Randy Newman, Friday at 8 pm.

Narrator Christopher Kim and dreamy post-surf band Yum explore what it means to grow up Asian-American in Hardly Sound‘s Yum, Friday at 10 pm.

Learn how to spare the water but not the beauty with plants that laugh at drought as Central Texas Gardener presents Drought Busters at  noon and 4 pm.

See an entirely different approach to dairy farming – the cows are raised naturally and humanely, producing exceptionally delicious milk in Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast Episode #3503, Saturday at 4:30.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight. But just who is responsible for her disappearance? Find out in The Devil’s Dust, Saturday at 8 pm.

Science Night 3/26

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU! This week we have Nature, Nova and Secrets of the Dead. Here’s more about each show:

Nature What Plants Talk About at 7 pm
When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

NOVA Cold Case JFK at 8 pm
Can modern forensic science uncover fresh clues about the assassination of JFK?

Secrets of the Dead The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone at 9 pm
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone’s birth, new forensic techniques are being used to study the famed explorer’s lost diary. It reveals he was witness to the brutal massacre of slaves at the hands of their traders. And the writings in this diary suggest he was a far different man than the legend that surrounds him.