Highlights: August 26- September 1

On Sunday at 6 pm Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 celebrates the 25th birthday of the legendary musical with an extraordinary one-off concert at the O2 Arena in London. The 25th Anniversary concert hosted a company of over 300 actors and musicians.

Alfie Boe: Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday at 10pm features  the star of Les Miserables showcases his mesmerizing and outstanding voice with the  a selection of uniquely inspired renditions from some of the best-loved musicals of all time.

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NewsHour‘s special coverage of the Republican Convention airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm with veteran journalists Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring live coverage of the Republican national convention in Tampa.

In Mobile, Alabama, Antiques Roadshow host Mark Walberg and appraiser David Rago visit the Mobile Museum of Art on Monday at 10pm.

What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Find out on History Detectives on Tuesday at 10pm.

Experimental modern rock rules on Austin City Limits on Wednesday at 10pm and Friday at 10:30 with Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li.

Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. Operation Appreciation at 10 pm Thursday tells these volunteers’ story.

Chet returns to Bastrop to talk with locals about the wildfires and visit the Lost Pines in recovery on The Daytripper at 10:30 pm Thursday.

On Friday at 9pm, Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace for Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2012.

Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday visit two gardens that swapped lawn for inviting living spaces and water resourceful plants. Explore the psychology of gardening and see how to create tomorrow’s gardens right now.

The Dave Matthews Band performs at 7 pm Saturday on Austin City Limits.

Highlights: August 19-25

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber presents The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production on Great Performances Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall Sunday at 1:30 pm. Followed immediately by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding follow-up Love Never Dies at 5 pm.

A celebration of 50 years of small-screen historical drama, The Story of the Costume Drama on Sunday at 8pm features a wide-ranging look at the genre, covering love and war, birth and death, the rich and the poor.

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Dr. Wayne Dyer Sunday at 9pm offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to you.

Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969 features an amazing line-up of original 60s performers singing their biggest hits on Monday at 7 pm, Friday at 9pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

On Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor at 9 pm Monday Achor reveals that happiness is a choice and we can actually reprogram our brains to become more positive – transforming not just our own lives, but having a positive ripple effect on the lives of all of those around us.

The Doo Wop Love Songs concert on Monday at 8:30pm features a moving tribute segment to the beloved Johnny Maestro, original lead singer of The Crests and The Brooklyn Bridge.

How smart are dogs, and what makes them such ideal companions? Find out on NOVA: Dogs Decoded on Tuesday at 7:00pm.

Superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli takes on one of the biggest stages of his career for a concert in New York City’s famed Central Park with the New York Philharmonic for Great Performances on Tuesday at 8:30 pm.

Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution! on Wednesday at 7 pm shows us how we can become almost totally resistant to colds, influenza, and other infections.

Michaela Strachan and Steve Leonard follow the lives of orphaned and rescued orangutans at a refuge centre in Borneo on Orangutan Diary on Wednesday at 8:30pm.

With beautiful images from space set to music inspired by the cosmos, Quest: Beyond the Stars on Wednesday at 10pm features stunning images from the Hubble telescope used as a backdrop to classical pieces and songs performed by Quest, an instrumental orchestra ensemble from Europe.

On Thursday at 8:30pm and Saturday at 9 pm, We Walk the Line! Celebrating the Music of Johnny Cash features Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, and Shelby Lynne amongst others as play tribute to the Man in Black.

On Saturday at 9 pm, Chris Isaak performs his hits as well as songs from his latest release  from the ACL Live stage in Austin, Texas on Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun.

Leonard Cohen Live in London on Saturday at 10:30pm features one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on.

Highlights: August 12-18

The Doo Wop Love Songs concert on Sunday at 6pm features a moving tribute segment to the beloved Johnny Maestro, original lead singer of The Crests and The Brooklyn Bridge.

Go behind the scenes of Downton Abbey in a one-hour Masterpiece special on Sunday at 8pm.

Just when you thought Antiques Roadshow couldn’t possibly have more great discoveries to share, comes a special edition on Monday at 7pm.

Dr. Wayne Dyer Monday at 8pm offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to you.

Hosted by Ed Sullivan and Jay Thomas, Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics and features an amazing line-up of original 60s performers singing their biggest hits from 1966 – 1969 on Tuesday at 7pm and Thursday 9pm.

On Tuesday at 9pm, Tony Bennett: Duets II teams Bennett with a diverse roster of contemporary stars including Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Buble.

Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!, retrospective that includes some of the most memorable episodes from Child’s classic cooking series, is on Wednesday at 7pm.

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On Wednesday at 9pm, Big Band Vocalists showcases the greatest “crooners” and “canaries” of the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands.

My Music travels on location to London and around the UK to the place where the British Beat was born on Sunday at 9pm and Thursday at 7pm.

Suze Orman’s Money Class on Friday at 9pm reveals Suze’s expert take on what actions people need to take in light of the new economy.

Known for her amazing voice and skilled piano playing, Norah Jones plays her most beloved songs on Austin City Limits on Saturday at 7pm.

Soul Diva Patti LaBelle hosts Superstars of the Seventies on Saturday at 10:30pm, a special gathering of the legends of 1970′s Motown, R&B, Soul and Disco artists.

Summer Arts Festival presents Great Performances: Tanglewood 8/10

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Great Performances: Tanglewood as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world’s most beloved music festivals. The performance will feature appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra — led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Andris Nelsons — and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor. The wide-ranging program, which will be taped on July 14, will include Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; selections from the Great American Songbook; Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D, 2nd and 3rd movements; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile for cello and strings; Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, for violin and orchestra; Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse”; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

The Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

Growing Bolder, August Episodes


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

8/05: Mind Over Matter
Jennifer Field was 17 when a car accident left her comatose with a severe brain injury. Few expected her to survive. But she did. Fewer expected any kind of recovery. And it HAS been a battle, step by agonizing step, for nearly 20 years. Now, she travels the country, performing a one-woman show, re-living her story so that others who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries never lose hope.

8/12: Quite Confidence
The expression “less is more” has never been more true. Women are taking it off, to turn it back on! Boudoir photography is hot, in more ways that one! And it’s not just those young, skinny 20-somethings, it’s women in mid-life and beyond who are giving their all, well, just about, to prove that age is irrelevant!

8/19: No Limits
Triathlete Tony Handler Tony Handler isn’t supposed to be here. Twenty-five years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and given two years to live. That same year, he completed his first triathlon. After that, the cancer attacked his liver, prostate and thyroid glands but he’s beat them all back. His story will inspire you to keep on fighting, no matter what life throws your way.

8/26: Big Impact
It may be music to your ears but it’s actually fuel for your brain. Many studies concur — one of the best ways to exercise your brain is by learning to play a musical instrument. As you’ll see, you don’t have to be Mozart to be the maestro of your mind!

Highlights: August 5-11

On Sunday at 7pm on Queen & Country the Commonwealth countries are being asked to change the rules of succession so that a first-born girl may inherit the crown. If it’s approved, it will be the single biggest change to the monarchy for centuries.

Ken Burns’ The War, a seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted American towns and families, concludes this week with episodes on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm.

Market Warriors on Monday at 7pm has pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin heading to the Brimfield, Massachusetts, home of the largest outdoor market in the world.

America Revealed: Made in the USA investigates the emerging notion that manufacturing itself is changing from a system based on the movement and assembly of raw materials to a system in of ideas on Monday at 10:3pm.

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History Detectives on Tuesday at 7pm returns to explore the stories behind historic sites, artifacts and tall tales told in cities across the country.

Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Nature: the Thin Green Line at 7pm explores the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs.

Fresh and seasoned indie rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with the Head and the Heart and Gomez on Wednesday at 10:30.

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 on Thursday at 7:30pm.

Chet returns to Bastrop to talk with locals about the wildfires and visit the Lost Pines in recovery on The Daytripper on Thursday at 8:30pm.

Yanni: Live at El Morro features Yanni, music’s true world citizen and most popular contemporary composer, performing at the beautiful 16th-century Castillo San Felipe Del Morro on Thursday at 9pm.

Great Performances presents Tangelwood’s 75th Anniversary concert, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus on Friday at 9pm.

Celebrating the Music of Johnny Cash at 7 pm Saturday features Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, and Shelby Lynne amongst others as play tribute to the Man in Black.

Based on the latest scientific research, Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution on Saturday at 8:30 pm shows us how we can become almost totally resistant to colds, influenza, and other infections.

Q Night at the Movies, August

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

8/4: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot As much an eccentric character study as a road movie, Michael Cimino‘s directorial debut follows the adventures of a quartet of misfits in their life of crime. Retired thief Thunderbolt (Clint Eastwood) and sweet drifter Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges) meet cute when Thunderbolt jumps into Lightfoot’s stolen car to escape a gunman.

8/11: GaslightA Scotland Yard detective (Joseph Cotten) figures out why a schizoid Victorian (Charles Boyer) is trying to drive his wife (Ingrid Bergman) mad.

8/25: Dial M for MurderMaster filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock mixes suspense and mystery with dangerous romance in the story of a three-cornered love affair that leads to murder. Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings.

Science Night: 8/8

Nature: Frogs: The Thin Green Line, 7pm
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.

Summer Arts Festival presents Barnes Collection 8/3

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KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Barnes Collection follows Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history’s most famous artists — Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others. The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting, offering a rare look at the priceless collection and the new Philadelphia museum that houses it.

Barnes Collection is part of the PSB Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Barnes Collection for a look at Ben Rubin’s installation And That’s the Way It Is. The installation projects an interwoven grid of text from televised news broadcasts, translating the spoken language of televised evening news into written fragments.

The PBS Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

Highlights: July 29 – August 4

On Queen and Country at 7 pm on Sunday, the queen visits some of the 16 realms that make up the Commonwealth.

When babysitter Jessica Lake is discovered dead, Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into diverse new worlds beyond the usual Oxford colleges — squats and swinging suburbia, monkey labs and fetish photography on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 pm Sunday.

When controversial American academic, Paul Yelland, is invited to speak at Oxford’s Department of Criminology, it stirs up a lot of deep-seated emotions. And when he is found strangled in his room later that night, Lewis and Hathaway have several suspects who fall into the frame on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9:30 pm Sunday.

At 7 pm Monday, host Mark L. Walberg wraps up Antiques Roadshow visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a stop at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he’s joined by appraiser Alasdair Nichol.

On Market Warriors at 8 pm on Monday pickers encounter some southern hospitality at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market just outside Atlanta to find vintage advertising.

At 9 pm Monday, host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Kathleen Bailey at Denver’s Kirkland Art Museum to view its collection of wild-looking Art Deco glassware known as Ruba Rombic Antiques Roadshow.

Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year on America Revealed at 10 pm Monday.

History Detectives explores the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects at 7 pm at Tuesday.

Ken Burns’ The War, a seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted American towns and families, continues this week with episodes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 pm.

On Story takes a look at the creative process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors and producers at Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

On Wednesday at 7 pm Nature looks into the precarious fortunes of the wolves, falcons, snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, and Arctic foxes.

M. Ward graduates from guest spots to his own headline Austin City Limits performance and Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River follows on Wednesday and Friday at 10pm.

World-renowned classical guitarist Jorge Caballero performs the classic work Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky on Arts In Context at 7 pm Thursday. Additional performances by Miro Quartet and Classical Guitar Orchestra.

The Barnes Collection offers an exclusive look  at thousands of magnificent works of art by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir and Matisse on Friday at 9pm.

Get fire-wise tips for plants around your house on Central Texas Gardener Saturday at noon. Visit a native plant garden that restored wildlife in a wildfire-sensitive design.

Fresh and seasoned indie rock hits the Austin City Limits stage on Saturday at 7pm with the Seattle’s the Head and the Heart and British veterans Gomez.

Julia McKenzie is back as Agatha Christie’s detective with a gentle smile and probing mind in Masterpiece Mystery: The Pale Horse on Saturday at 8pm.