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.

 

Highlights March 23 – March 29

KLRU Highlights

Dr. Leonard Moore discusses the surprising intellectual aspects of elite football; Baritone Sax musician Fred Ho performs and talks about jazz as black vanguard music in Blackademics TV, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Great Performances At The Met presents Tosca with Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze as the villainous Scarpia, Sunday at 2 pm.

Unlock the doors to rooms you didn’t know existed, talk to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveal some surprising facts about one of England’s most famous icons in Secrets Of The Tower Of London, Sunday at 7 pm.

Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton comes to the store as Masterpiece presents Mr. Selfridge, Part 8 Sunday at 8 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in the Red Stick city and head to Port Hudson to discuss a rare Civil War hand grenade in Baton Rouge, Monday at 7 pm.

Independent Lens premieres All Of Me: A Story Of Love, Loss, And Last Resorts, Monday at 8 pm.

Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss And Body Acceptance is a conversation about the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss, Monday at 9 pm.

Set For Life follows three Baby Boomers – a third-generation steelworker from West Virginia, a community college staffer from South Carolina and an IT project manager from California – struggling to recover from the Great Recession, premiering Monday at 10 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents The Beginning and tells the story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity under the rule of Christianity and Islam in Among Believers, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline tells the heart-wrenching stories behind the spread of a deadly infection threatening people around the world in TB Silent Killer, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Natures‘ What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought, airing Wednesday at 7 pm.

Can modern forensic science uncover fresh clues about the assassination of JFK? Find out in NOVA‘s Cold Case JFK, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Secrets of the Dead‘s The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone celebrate’s the 200th anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone’s birth, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Former Chancellor, Joel Klein, visits Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover how Indie video game developers push games to new frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design in The Art Of Playing, on Arts In Contexts Thursday at 7:30.

One Square Mile Texas: Dallas explores the condo scene of modern urban Texas and the cultural side of the city, Thursday at 8 pm.

Women In Chemistry: Life Lessons From The Laboratory profiles eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry, Thursday at 9 pm.

Patina Miller presents her first concert special with music ranging from classic R&B to Broadway’s best in Live from Lincoln Center, Friday at 8 pm.

Whether escaping small town life or overcoming intense anxiety, The Villettes are finding new hope every day, see them perform in Hardly Sound, Friday at 10 pm.

 

Q Night At The Movies 3/22

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 #510 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 Re-Imagining The Classics at 7:30 pm
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as GHOST, CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, TWINS and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film JACK & JILL, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a WWII soldier stationed in New Guinea.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Ten Little Indians at 8 pm
Unwary houseguests meet their deaths when they are invited by an unknown host to a secluded mountain mansion in this Agatha Christie thriller. Cast: Hugh O’Brian, Shirley Eaton.

Poisoner’s Handbook: American Experience at 9:30 pm
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest. There was radioactive radium in health tonics, thallium in depilatory creams, morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer’s trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased, the scientific knowledge (and the political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged behind. All this changed in 1918, when New York City hired its first scientifically- trained medical examiner Charles Norris. Over the course of a decade and a half, Norris and his extraordinarily driven and talented chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, would turn forensic chemistry into a formidable science, sending many a murder to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt.

 

Highlights March 16 – March 22

KLRU Highlights

Doc Martin reluctantly agrees to help Louisa hand out awards at her school’s sports day and Ruth & Margaret have a showdown in Listen With Mother, Sunday at 11 pm.

Explore how the innovative “Mississippi” rifle dramatically changed the odds in the Mexican-American War as Antiques Roadshow visits El Paso, Texas, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow continues its visit in El Paso, Texas and discusses the styles and construction that distinguish Texas spurs and what collectors of vintage spurs are willing to pay for them, Monday at 8 pm.

Makers: Women Who Make America all three episodes back-to-back starting at 9 pm Monday. Episode #101 tells the compelling story of women’s advancement in America over the past 50 years, Monday at 9 pm. Episode #102 features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake, Monday at 10 pm. Episode #103 presents the compelling story of women’s advancement in America over the past 50 years, Monday at 11 pm.

Follow some of the most prominent figures of the time in 1964: American Experience Tuesday at 7 pm.

Frontline tells the story of the hidden price many migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants pay to stay employed and provide for their families in Rape in the Fields, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Discover the children in the slums of Calcutta that are starting a revolution as Independent Lens presents The Revolutionary Optimists Tuesday at 10 pm.

Discover why  are vanishing off the face of the Earth in Nature‘s Frogs: The Thin Green Line, Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die in Venom: Nature’s Killer, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Skeletons of The Sahara tells the story of scientist Paul Sereno’s amazing discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of one of the world’s most forbidding desert, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Comedian Kevin Nealon visits Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover how Alenjandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight as Arts In Context presents Not Alone, Thursday at 7:30.

One Square Mile: Texas visits Houston, a city that is known for being diverse, Thursday at 8 pm.

Through the use of theatre, Conspire seeks to provide women prisoners a revolutionary and creative approach to healing from trauma, increasing self-esteem, becoming better parents, and improving literacy in Performing Possibilities Thursday at 9 pm.

American Masters‘ Lennon NYC tells John Lennon’s story as it has never been told before — and as it will never be told again, Friday at 8 pm.

Chris and Bill Reid pick a few plants to get your garden humming in Central Texas Gardener‘s Bee Happy, Saturday at noon & 4 pm.

Chef Daniel Klein is off to Arkansas to learn about shiitake mushrooms grown in a purely sustainable way in Victory Garden‘s Ediblefeast, Saturday at 4:30 pm.

Austin City Limits presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society, Saturday at 7 pm.

When two nuns die in mysterious circumstances at St. Agnes convent, Father Brown investigates with the aid of Sister Boniface, an eager young fan of detective novels in The Bride Of Christ, Saturday at 8 pm.

 

 

Q Night At The Movies 3/15

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 #509 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 Based on a True Story at 7:30 pm
The challenges of making true life stories compelling on the screen are discussed by THE FIGHTER’s Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver, Academy Award-nominated scribe Nicholas Kazan (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, AT CLOSE RANGE), Pamela Gray (CONVICTION), Academy Award-winner Ron Howard and the team behind APOLLO 13. Followed by OVERNIGHT STAY, directed by Daniela Sherer.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Gypsy at 8 pm
Based on the 1957 memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the story focuses on her mother, Rose (Rosalind Russell), whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate stage mother.” Cast: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden.

Life Is A Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story at 10:25
The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood’s Golden Era and was paired with many of the luminaries of that time, including Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, and Kirk Douglas. Long an advocate for those with disabilities, late in life this unique and pioneering talent was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which derailed her career. Thereafter, Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease. Whether considered for her sophisticated comedy roles or dignity under duress, her humanity shines through. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this insightful and warm profile comes on the occasion of the approach of the 75th anniversary of her breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939) and the 55th anniversary of her most famous role as Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958).

 

 

Science Night 3/19

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Frogs: The Thin Green Line at 7 pm
It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal. Large-scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those they can.


NOVA Venom: Nature’s Killer at 8 pm
Venom scientists are in a race against time. Inside the bodies of many creatures, evolution has produced extreme toxic cocktails, all designed for one reason: to kill. It took millions of years to perfect these ultimate brews of proteins and peptides and we have only just begun to discover their potential. Now, the race is on to collect and study them before the animals that produce them disappear. But how does venom do its deadly work? NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. But nature’s most destructive and extreme poisons could contain the building blocks for a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. VENOM follows scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures, risking life and limb just to tease out milligrams of venom and get it back to the lab. Find out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.


Skeletons Of The Sahara at 9 pm
This film tells the story of scientist Paul Sereno’s amazing discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of one of the world’s most forbidding desert. Like many great scientific discoveries, this one happens by accident. Sereno, one of the world’s leading experts in finding fossils of dinosaurs and ancient crocodiles, is on an expedition to Niger, in Saharan Africa. Six weeks into a three-month journey, Sereno’s team makes an unexpected discovery. They find bones all right, but these bones don’t belong to prehistoric beasts — they are human bones, the last remnants of a people who lived from 10,000 to 5,000 years ago when this now forbidding landscape was a thriving culture on the edge of a vast lake. Sereno’s team counts the remains of dozens within a few minutes. “Skeletons of the Sahara” tells the story of this find and what it reveals to us about two civilizations that once thrived in what is now the world’s largest desert.