Highlights May 4 – May 10

KLRU Highlights

Pennsylvania Ballet At 50 Sunday at 2 pm showcases one of Philadelphia’s cultural treasures, Pennsylvania Ballet, and honors the company’s golden anniversary.

Shelagh decides to talk to Dr. Turner about adopting a baby as Patsy struggles to adapt to the unpredictable and chaotic working life that midwifery brings, in Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Members of the staff are dying at the front while LeClair and Harry’s troubles deepen in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 6, Sunday at 8 pm.

When an ex-serviceman drops dead in the street, Father Brown investigates the facility where he was a patient. Could something sinister lie beneath the surface at Danvers Retreat? Find out in The Maddest Of All, Sunday at 10 pm.

Mrs. Tishell returns to the village as Doc Martin has to work out what is wrong with beachcomber Lorna, in The Practice Around The Corner, Sunday at 11 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in Anaheim, California and heads to Joseff Jewelry to discuss Hollywood costume jewelry, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Minneapolis to The Wabasha Street Caves provide the perfect noir background to discuss the history and collecting of flashlights, Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens  tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, a promising young African-American reporter for The New York Times caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters, on  A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, And Jayson Blair Monday at 9 pm.

Light Of The Valley: The 15th Renovation Of Swayambhu presents the inspiring story about one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist world, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television‘s Acting Funny peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Secrets Of The Dead examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical in The Lost Gardens Of Babylon, Tuesday at 8.

Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? Find the answer as Frontline investigates in Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, Tuesday at 9.

Japanese American Lives brings to life the inspiring story of a remarkable woman and judo master, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature takes the dive of a lifetime, to a tiny outpost 300 miles off the coast of Central American – Shark Mountain, Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA  teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts in Why Sharks Attack, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Nazi Mega Weapons explores the most technologically advanced plane of World War II in Jet Fighter Me262, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Saturday Night Live Cast Member Noel Wells visits Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover how Shakey Graves turned his one-man band into a do-it-yourself success story as Arts In Context presents Not Alone, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges of Understanding explores how  famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District, Thursday at 8 pm.

The Daytripper visits Abilene, Texas and explores the history of the wild Texas frontier Thursday at 8 pm.

Russia’s Open Book: Writing In The Age Of Putin tells  the story of America and Europe’s love of Russian literature and introduces audiences to a new generation of Russian writers, Thursday at 9 pm.

Silk Road Ensemble With Yo-yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes journey with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, intercut with performances from his latest tour, Friday at 8 pm.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Friday 9 pm.

A local flower farmer makes fresh cuts all year long in Central Texas Gardener‘s Summertime Flower Power, Saturday at noon.

Brittany transforms into a Spanish Gypsy as she has a foot-stomping good time learning Flamenco in Rhythm Abroad‘s Spain, Saturday at 5 pm.

White Stripes leader Jack White performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss on Austin City Limits, Saturday at 7 pm.

Science Night 5/7

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Shark Mountain at 7 pm
Underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall have spent 25 years diving and documenting the most remote and beautiful underwater locations, always learning something new about the fantastic creatures that live there. Yet even these remote places and creatures are at risk in today’s world, and being able to share their experiences with the rest of us is increasingly important to the Halls, and to us. They take us along on the dive of a lifetime, to a tiny outpost 300 miles off the coast of Central American – Shark Mountain.

NOVA Why Sharks Attack at 8 pm
In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they’ve rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? Can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people — and sharks.

Nazi Mega Weapons Jet Fighter Me262 at 9 pm
Explore the most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, a fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare. Learn the remarkable story of an awe-inspiring aircraft, the subterranean bat-cave where it was built and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war.

Q Night at the Movies 5/3

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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 at 7 pm
On this episode of Just Seen It, we review LOCKE, the new thriller starring Tom Hardy, and BELLE, the historical drama about a mixed race woman living in 18th century England. Next we check out JOE, Nicolas Cage’s latest project, which finds him teaming up with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green. Finally we round things out with the return of Jack Bauer in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY.

On Story Alien: Deconstructing A Sci-Fi Classic at 7:30 pm
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.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Cabaret at 8 pm
Multiple Oscars went to this tale about an American chanteuse in Berlin caught in the rising tide of Nazism. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York.

Hindenburg And Hitler – The Making Of A Fuehrer at 10:05 pm
HINDENBURG AND HITLER – THE MAKING OF A FUHRER chronicles the political career of World War I hero Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s chancellor from 1925 to 1934. The documentary also explores Hindenburg’s instrumental role in the political ascent of his one-time political foe, Adolf Hitler.

Richard Glazier In Concert: From Ragtime To Reel TIME  at 11 pm
Award-winning pianist and master storyteller Richard Glazier takes viewers on a musical journey through the early 20th century in RICHARD GLAZIER IN CONCERT: FROM RAGTIME TO REEL TIME. A brilliant musical interpreter of standards, Glazier brings new life to classics by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern and other Golden Era composers, including “The Man I Love,” “Rialto Ripples” (the theme song to the Ernie Kovaks Show) and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Between piano performances, Glazier shares anecdotes about George and Ira Gershwin, concert pianist Oscar Levant and Hollywood movie-studio moguls. In one nostalgic segment, screen legend Mickey Rooney joins Glazier on the site of the former MGM Recording Stage to perform “You Made Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It),” a song popularized by Rooney’s frequent co-star, Judy Garland.

Highlights April 27 – May 3

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Marroquin explores the relation between the choreographer and the dancer as Arts In Context presents Hold My Hand, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Great Performances presents Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Sunday at 2 pm

The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Victor and Agnes make plans and Harry joins the war effort in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 5, Sunday at 8 pm.

In Bletchley Circle Uncustomed Goods, Part 1, Millie’ s, on Sunday at 9 pm, Millie’s import/export sideline leads to her abduction by a crime ring involved in trading perfume, cigarettes and stockings – and in human trafficking.

Father Brown is skeptical when a parishioner believes she’s being haunted by her sister who went missing years ago in Father Brown‘s The Ghost In The Machine Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Anaheim, California to the Rickenbacker International Corporation to discuss vintage electric guitars Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Minneapolis and discusses animation propaganda produced by Disney Studios during World War II, Monday at 8 pm.

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars in Independent Lens‘  Revenge Of The Electric Car, Monday at 9 pm.

Makarios: A Rising Tide 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, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television Breaking Barriers traces the story of people of color on American television, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle – A Voces Special provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century, on Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline investigates the impact of mass incarceration in America in Prison State, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Get an all-access tour of Israel, guided by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel: The Royal Tour, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Take a look at the love life of animals as Nature presents Love In The Animal Kingdom Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way in The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Discover some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history with Nazi Mega Weapons Super Tanks, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create a successful music festival as Arts In Context presents There Will Be Fun,  Thursday at 7:30 pm.

The Daytripper Episode #506 travels to Arlington Texas and explores the city’s legacy of big thrills, Thursday at 8:30.

Making Of War Horse premieres Thursday at 9 pm.

Express your personality and creativity with functional, fun garden accents crafted from recycled objects with Central Texas Gardener‘s Express Yourself, Saturday at noon & 4 pm.

Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast Episode #3507 visits Vermont to meet people involved with sustainable farming and see the foods they produce, Saturday at 4:30 pm.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Saturday at 7 pm.

Science Night 4/30

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Love In The Animal Kingdom at 7 pm
Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. But can we call these bonds love? In this look at the love life of animals, we see the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons, and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner. These are love stories all right, as various and intriguing as the lovers themselves.

NOVA The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies at 8 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

Nazi Mega Weapons Super Tanks at 9 pm
In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. With brilliant, dark minds and a legion of slave labor at their disposal, the Nazis believed the path to ultimate victory was to out-build and out-engineer their enemies. To them, bigger definitely meant better, and better meant more lethal. As Hitler’s grip on Europe tightened, he ordered men like Wernher von Braun, Ferdinand Porsche and Alfried Krupp to build increasingly outlandish machines and structures to realize his master plan. Creating huge terror machines, hi-tech superguns and some of the original weapons of mass destruction to control a nation, conquer a continent and win the war. This is World War II told from a new perspective. The series uncovers the engineering secrets of six iconic mega-structures, tells the stories of the evil geniuses that designed them and reveals how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

Makarios: A Rising Tide

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Documentary_MakariosKLRU presents a new documentary by an Austin filmmaker focusing on an Austin humanitarian effort. Makarios: A Rising Tide is a documentary that 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. The school’s founder, Sharla Megilligan and Dr. Pam Schiller describe their efforts to develop young children for lifelong learning and for problem solving. Makarios: A Rising Tide is a story of gritty humanitarianism that grips the heart. Premiering April 24 at 9:30 pm, and again on April 28 at 10:30 pm.

Winner of the Chairman’s Special Award for Social Consciousness in Filmmaking at the Macau China International Digital Cinema Festival, Makarios: A Rising Tide allows viewers an inside look at this remarkable school and the ways in which it’s fostering harmony and raising the next generation out of the grips of hunger and disease. It also explores a coffee shop called Dominican Joe in Austin, Texas that helps fund the effort and allows a city to show its support.

The documentary provides candid insight from the school’s founder, Sharla Megilligan about the triumphs and trials associated with the school and Child Development Specialist, Dr. Pam Schiller describes in detail how education literally wires a developing brain for lifelong learning and problem solving. The teachers who have given up the luxury of life in the USA to live among bitterly impoverished villagers are truly inspirational and viewers will be hard pressed not to fall in love with the students. Makarios: A Rising Tide is a story of gritty humanitarianism that grips the heart.

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/26

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 #602 at 7 pm
On this episode of Just Seen It, we review the revenge thriller straight from Sundance, BLUE RUIN, and the new ABC medical drama, BLACK BOX. Next, we salute the late Mickey Rooney and check out the unnerving Argentinean drama, THE GERMAN DOCTOR. Finally, we weigh in on Johnny Depp’s latest foray into sci-fi with TRANSCENDENCE.

On Story Frank Darabont: Filmmaker’s Journey at 7:30 pm
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.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Picture Of Dorian Gray at 8 pm
A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Drive-In Movie Memories at 9:55 pm
DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES is a film celebration of drive in movie theaters, one of America’s greatest symbols of youth, freedom and the automobile. What started as the business venture an auto parts dealer to make some easy money accidentally became a magical place where romance, fun and a sense of community flourished. The centerpiece of DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES is a vast collection of historical photos and footage from the mid ’30s until today, including clips from classic drive-in movies of all genres: westerns, romance, horror, and the teenage beach party movies of the ’60s. Interviews with film critic Leonard Maltin and other film historians add context while stories from B-movie actors, including Beverly Garland, the “queen” of B-movies, provide entertaining “insider” views of the era in its heyday.

Elvis: Return To Tupelo at 10:55 pm
In the 1950s and ’60s, Elvis Presley became an icon of rock n’ roll around the world. But understanding the Elvis story requires going back to his origins in rural Tupelo, Miss. ELVIS: RETURN TO TUPELO documents the period from his birth in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, to his breakout year 1956, when Elvis made a triumphant return to his hometown.

 

 

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 Glenn: 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.