High school sports is the focus this week on Q Night at the Movies 8/27

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Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks and Tom Cruise make an appearance on this week’s Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesBallers and Everest‘ – airs at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

All-star Film CollectionAll The Right Moves‘ – airs at 8 pm
A Pennsylvania steel-town high-school coach (Craig T. Nelson) tries to spoil a football hero’s (Tom Cruise) scholarship dream.

Independent LensIn Football We Trust‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah. As they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports, they still struggle with gang violence and poverty.

Funny Ladies on Q Night at the Movies 8/20

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Tune in this week for another amazing lineup of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesStar Trek, Star Wars, and Fantastic Four‘ – airs at 7 pm
Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek, and Fantastic Four.

On StoryCarl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches airs at 8 pm
Join Carol Burnett for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades.

Pioneers of TelevisionFunny Ladies‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration – airs at 10:30 pm
View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

 

It’s time for the Season 3 finale of The Great British Baking Show 8/12

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Tensions are running high as The Great British Baking Show is about to crown a winner for Season 3. With only three contestants remaining, it’s finals time.

For the final signature challenge, bakers must make 16 iced buns, in two varieties in just three hours.

As part of the technical challenge, bakers are going to be facing Paul Hollywood’s raspberry-flavored mille-feuille to test their skills in pastry making, something they have all struggled with. Paul Hollywood explains:

For the final Showstopper, the bakers will have four hours to make classic British cakes in a multi-layered presentation.

Who do you think will be honored as this season’s winner?

Watch the preview:

The Final airs Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Here are some of our online favorites from Mercy Street, Season 2

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Mercy Street has started to tease us with new content from the upcoming season, that will grace our screens in 2017. We’ve gathered a few of our online favorites from Mercy Street for you to check out.

First Look

In case you missed it, Mercy Street released this first look of Season 2 and it contains a lot of great details from your favorite cast members. Watch it:

Make Your Own Civil War Era Tintype Portrait

This awesome online app has been around since the first season, but it’s still as fun to do by yourself or with friends. It’s a good way to prepare for the new season and it makes for a great profile picture.

Secrets From The Mercy Street Set

If you didn’t know, Mercy Street has a blog called Mercy Street Revealed. They post great behind-the-scenes content so you can learn more about the production process.

Here are some posts they’ve uploaded on Season 2.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Season 2
Season 2′ Last Day of Filming
Prepping for Season 2: A Production Designer’s Notes From the Field

Tweets from TCA16

PBS was at this year’s Television Critics Press Tour to talk about the upcoming season of Mercy Street. Here are some of the highlights from Twitter on what you can expect:

It was also Josh Radnor’s birthday that day!


Photos from Behind-the-Scenes

We’ll leave you with some behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Mercy Street.

Learn about Everyday Miracles on KLRUQ 8/9 & 8/16

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Demonstrating that the everyday and mundane are often anything but, the engrossing documentary Everyday Miracles reveals how raw materials are transformed into the objects that make modern life more comfortable.

Over the course of this two-part program, host Mark Miodownik reveals the scientific discoveries and fascinating industrial processes behind everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the furniture we sit on.

Homeairs Aug. 9 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about “stuff.” So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

Awayairs Aug. 16 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.

 

Swindles & Schemes on Q Night at the Movies 8/6

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Don’t miss a night of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesForce Majeure And Rosewater‘ – airs at 7 pm
Science Goes to the Movies looks at the Swedish film, Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion on visceral fear. What does fear do to the brain, to the body and how does fear affect decision making? With guest journalist Ira Flatow, we consider the effects of fear on our political process.

On StoryBetter Call Saul: A Conversation with Peter Gould‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Peter Gould, writer, producer, and director of Breaking Bad and co-creator of its spinoff Better Call Saul discusses shifting gears, schemes, and swindles within the world of Saul Goodman pre-Walter White.

Corinth Films CollectionKansas City Confidential‘ – airs at 8 pm
A down-on-his-luck ex-GI (John Payne) finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he’s finally released for lack of evidence–after having been beaten up by the police–he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.

Corinth Films CollectionScarlet Street‘ – airs at 9:45 pm
When a man in mid-life crisis (Edward G. Robinson) befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.

Crime doesn’t pay on KLRUQ 8/7

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From the secrets of the dead to the ruthless murderer of Al Capone, we have a lineup of programs you don’t want to miss.

Al Capone: Iconairs at 6 pm
The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, this program explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

History ProjectBeneath Alcatraz‘ – airs at 7 pm
June 11, 1962, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, three prisoners – Frank Lee Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin – did the impossible. Desperate and dangerous, they escaped from Alcatraz prison. This has been an enduring historical mystery and we still don’t have the entire answer.

Secrets of the DeadAlcatraz Escape‘ – airs at 8 pm
The three convicts who escaped Alcatraz in rafts in 1962 were swept out to sea and drowned, according to conventional wisdom. Now, a team of scientists believes the escapees could have made it to dry land-but only if they left at a specific time.

Secrets of Underground Londonairs at 9 pm
This program takes a chronological look at the natural and man-made wonders beneath London. It features a large section on the London Underground, how it was built, its use during World War II, the ghost stations and stories and the museum. The film also highlights the lost river fleet, the sewer system, the Brunel Tunnel and the Churchill War Rooms, to name a few.

Explore on KLRUQ Highlights for 8/5

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Join KLRUQ as we explore the Indian Ocean and two of the world’s most mysterious creatures.

Wildest IslandSri Lanka: Monsoon Island‘ – airs at 8 pm
Lying like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island that defies convention. Poised just six degrees above the equator, it’s less than 75,000 km sq in size. But it has enough wildlife to rival a continent, and it’s all down to its complicated climate and geography.

Wonder of Animals Elephants‘ – airs at 9 pm
Chris Packham explores the anatomy and physiology of the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant. Their size seems ill-suited to surviving the most arid regions of Africa, but their inner workings allow them to defy the extreme heat of the desea and find food and water in seemingly barren landscapes, while their extraordinary memory enables them to repel predators.

Wonder of AnimalsBats‘- airs at 9:30 pm
Bats have colonised remote corners of the planet to become one of most widespread mammals on earth. Chris Packham explores their incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

Volcano Odysseyairs at 10 pm
Animation is used to trace 65 million years of evolution at a volcanic hotspot in the Indian Ocean.

Space Sunday on KLRU Q 7/31

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From the very beginning, the planets, stars and galaxies have always fascinated us. Which is why we are dedicating an entire evening featuring three programs on to topic of space.

Space Men: American Experienceairs at 7 pm
M
eet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

History ProjectMoonbug: The Apollo Project‘ – airs at 8 pm
These are the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time. From living rooms and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve Pyke captures the men in frank, revealing portraits, while unravelling their very personal and divergent memories.

Cosmonauts airs at 8: 55 pm
When, in July 1969, Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. But the real space pioneers of the 20th century were the Soviets. Between 1961 and 1966, they realised a number of spectacular historical achievements including the first man and woman in space, the first spacewalk and the first unmanned lunar landing. This series uses unseen archive footage and compelling interviews to reveal the story of the space race from the other side of the iron curtain.