Wild West Sunday on KLRU Q 7/24


Join us this week on KLRU Q for three back-to-back features on America.

Wild West with Ray MearsDeserts‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray Mears looks at how the landscapes of America’s five great deserts challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. As Ray travels through the cold high mountain Great Basin desert, and the hot Sonora desert of Southern Arizona, he discovers how their hostile geography and rich geology shaped the stories of fortune-hunting and lawlessness in the Wild West, and were the setting for the last wars between the US Army and the Apache warrior tribes. His journey ends with the story of Geronimo’s surrender which marked the end of the Indian Wars, and of the Old West.

Klondike Gold Rushairs at 7 pm
The Klondike Gold Rush is renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history. Hailing from 1896 to 1899 set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience airs at 8 pm
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Q Night At The Movies 7/23

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Some of your favorite actors and actresses such as Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson will be featured on this week’s Q Night At The Movies. Later, don’t miss another episode of Hollywood Idols featuring Robert Mitchum and a showing of 1954 movie Beat the Devil.

Variety Studio: Actors On ActorsEpisode #301‘ – airs at 6 pm 

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) and Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Hollywood IdolsRobert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star‘ – airs at 7 pm 

This film looks at the life and career of one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. His father was half Blackfoot Indian and was killed when Mitchum was only two. Raised by a hardworking mother, he hit the rails at twelve and learned the harsh realities of loneliness, insecurity, danger – and declares he enjoyed them. Though he went on to the success, acclaim and wealth that are the rewards of stardom, he always remained true to himself, unwilling to play the Hollywood game. The special includes interviews with family members and colleagues like Polly Bergen, Edward Dmytryk, Jane Greer, Deborah Kerr, Ali MacGraw, Sarah Miles, Chris and John Mitchum, Sydney Pollack and Jane Russell.

Corinth Films CollectionBeat the Devil‘ – airs at 8 pm

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…


Castle Builders on KLRU Q 7/21

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How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications? Using CGI and dramatic reconstructions, Castle Builders is the story of the architectural vision behind the building of the great Medieval Castles of Europe, and unearths the human story of those who labored to build them.

Join KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Castle Builders on July 21st!

Castle BuildersMasters & Masons: Meet The Castle Builders‘ – airs at 8 pm 

The masons and laborers who did the hard work; the geniuses of design and structural engineering who imagined these medieval mega-structures; and the kings and barons who commissioned them. This episode outlines how the history of the Middle Ages – Wars in France and England, the Inquisition and the Reformation, required and shaped these monuments in stone, and how the castles changed the course of that history.

Castle BuildersSiege & Storm‘ – airs at 8:50 pm

This is the story of castles under attack. The Medieval journey from bows and arrows to gunpowder, with developments like trebuchet and cannon, meant engineers were always making advancements in defense construction. By the late Middle Ages, the military importance of castles was decreasing, as artillery power became unstoppable. The castle builders had created structures that were amazingly effective even in this new age of shock and awe.

Castle BuildersDreams & Decorations‘ – airs at 9:40 pm

Increasingly the role of castles changed from being military fortresses to becoming places of symbolism and fantasy. This episode visits the elegant 15th-century apartment block that is Burg Eltz, the Disney-esque chateaux of the Loire in France, and concludes with the 19th Century Gothic Revival reconstruction of Cardiff Castle.

Watch now: Munich ’72 and Beyond

As the nations prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, KLRU is taking the time to recognize the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics with a new documentary, Munich ’72 and Beyond.

Forty-three years ago on Sept. 5, terrorists took 11 Olympic athletes hostage at the Munich Olympics, also know as Germany’s “Happy Games,” which resulted in the massacre of all 11 Israeli athletes and one German policeman. The “Munich Massacre” quickly became a historical turning point for the Olympics, terrorism and an international audience tuned into the first international broadcast of the games.

Munich ’72 and Beyond covers chilling detail of the tragedy, its aftermath and its relevance. New evidence and never-before-seen photographs will be presented and the continuous struggle for public remembrance will be explained.

Before the release of the film, Munich ’72 and Beyond had caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR and individuals from around the world.




Now available: Updated PBS Video Roku channel


Missed your favorite PBS show? Don’t fuss. You can now catch PBS videos on an updated version of our Roku channel.

Along with an improved user interface, the latest Roku release includes Passport. Passport, a members-only streaming service, aims to deliver station donors with an upgraded viewing experience. The new PBS Video Roku channel contains about 1,000 PBS programs including the entire Downton Abbey series.

All Passport videos are available in lists and search when localized to supported stations. Non-Passport members are shown an upsell when attempting to play Passport videos.unnamed-2

In addition, the update includes improved navigation that allows for a fluid movement across the screen. A simplified UI is in place to make finding content and station info easier.


Five documentaries to watch before they expire


With all the great content out there, it can be hard to pick and choose what to watch. But these five documentaries set to expire soon, you have to watch them before they’re gone.

Avant | Expires 7/27/2016

From Global Voices, this documentary focuses on a forgotten national ballet company that is performing in a half-finished theater. The company is shaken into life by the arrival of Julio Bocca, a retired ballet dancer considered one of the best of all time.

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) | Expires 7/27/2010

In this documentary from POV, follow Angy Rivera who has lived in the United States since she was four with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views.

Welcome to Leith | Expires 8/01/2016

What would you do if an extreme white supremacist moved into your neighborhood and wanted to take over?  Independent Lens’ “Welcome to Leith” chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.

City of Trees | Expires 8/02/2016

From America Reframed, this is a personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation capturing the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.’s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.

Dog town Redemption | Expires 8/15/2016

This documentary from Independent Lens explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive by digging in the trash to see if they can find material to sell.

This documentary from Independent Lens explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive by digging in the trash to see if they can find material to sell.

Arts In Context Shorts Puro Chingón

AICS PURO CHINGON GROUP-2Three Austin, Latino artists: Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar and Claudia Zapata are changing the tradition of art through experience and happenings, not just art.

In 2012, The Puro Chingón Collective was born, which set off to break the traditional art space and aimed it towards the exterior of the art space, resulting in connectivity among the art and bystanders. The collective is a Latino art trifecta specializing in happenings, the activation of nontraditional spaces, designer toys and art zines. Ultimately, the art work goes untouched from the artist to the public and illustrates that people are not alone in their thoughts.




The Great British Baking Show Recipes


Not everyone is an expert baker, but to soften the craving for the next episode of The Great British Baking Show we compiled a list of the technical recipes featured in this season for you to try and recreate while you wait.

Frosted Walnut Layer Cake
marys_frosted_walnut_15679_16x9This walnut cake recipe from judge Mary Berry was the technical challenge for the first episode of this season. As Mary says, “follow the directions and it’ll be fine.” And it’s great for special occasions, like sitting down and watching The Great British Baking Show.

arlettes_17164_16x9For the biscuits episode of The Great British Baking Show, judge Paul Hollywood created this technical recipe for these delicious puff pastries, or “high-end light delicate cinnamon-flavoured biscuits.” Perfect to eat with a nice cup of tea.

paul_hollywoods_55351_16x9Baguettes are a staple to every French meal. While you can buy this French classic at the grocery store, it won’t compare to this technical recipe from Paul Hollywood you can make at home. This recipe was featured on Bread week of The Great British Baking Show.

Spanish Windtorte
spanische_windtorte_64745_16x9This Spanish Windtorte recipe from judge Mary Berry, is the one that requires the most time. It was featured in the “Desserts” episode of The Great British Baking Show and takes approximately four hours (preparation & baking time), but is sure to impress all those who taste.

You can find more recipes from The Great British Baking Show on the PBS website.

The next episode of The Great British Episode “Alternative Ingredients” premieres on July 22 at 8:00 p.m. followed by another episode “Pastry” at 9:00 p.m.

The Great British Baking Show: Desserts 7/15


After eating the bread, it’s time for dessert. With nine bakers left, it’s time to tackle the final piece to a perfect meal. In this episode of The Great British Baking Show, contestants must make 12 crème brûlées in two and a half hours. They are instructed that the custard must be set and are not allowed to use a blowtorch to caramelize the top. Next, they have four hours to make a Spanische Windorte as part of the technical challenge. And finally, as the showstopper, contestants must create a three-tiered cheesecake. Who will be eliminated?

This episode premieres Friday, July 15 at 10:00 p.m.

KLRU-Q welcomes new show ‘Dragons Alive’ 7/15


Following Wildest Islands, stay tuned for a brand new KLRU-Q show, Dragons Alive. This three-part series investigates how today’s reptiles are adapting to live alongside man.

Ruling Reptilesairs July 15 at 8:55 pm
This first episode looks at the various groups of reptiles that inherited the earth from the dinosaurs

Smart Reptilesairs July 22 at 8:55 pm
This second episode looks at the incredible diversity of skills that reptiles possess.

Dragons Aliveairs July 29 at 8:55 pm
This last episode looks at the future of reptiles in the modern world.