Highlights September 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Caribbean Mystery Sunday at 7 pm follows Miss Marple and a curmudgeonly business tycoon while they unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic” at a lavish tropical hotel.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly Sunday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 9 pm, Miss Marple unveils secrets of Greenshaw’s Folly while researching the death of the house’s loyal butler.

As Neil Barsky’s film recounts in POV Koch Monday at 9 pm, Mayor Ed Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated during his three terms in office, 1978-1989.

The miniseries Independent Lens: The Graduates Monday at 10:30 pm (in Spanish Tuesday at 10 pm) depicts an honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate and during an unforgiving global economy.

In Finding Your Roots In Search of Our Fathers Tuesday at 7 pm Stephen King, Courtney Vance and Gloria Reuben solve the mystery of their paternal ancestry and meet relatives they never knew they had.

Boomer List American Masters Tuesday at 8 pm provides insight into the boomer generation through intimate interviews that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created.

Laugh along with Carol Burnett and The Funny Ladies on Pioneers of Television Tuesday at 10 pm as they paved the way for today’s TV comediennes.

Penguins cross treacherous, frozen seas and avoid dangerous predators to reach their breeding grounds in Penguins: A Nature Special Wednesday at 7 pm.

Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers and keep our data safe.

In Secrets of the Dead Wednesday at 9 pm scientists test the bones found in 2011 of hunchbacked King Richard III, a fearsome warrior and evil king of England, to discover more information about his history.

Steve Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket all at Austin City Limits airing Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Jeffrey Tambor, a six-time Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show and George Bluth Sr. in Arrested Development, joins Evan Smith for an interview on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context | The Best Little Art House in Texas Thursday at 7:30 pm follows a group of passionate fans, who work to preserve the love of film and art house movie theaters in Austin.

Latino Americans | On the South Plains Thursday at 8 pm depicts a celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

During Daytripper | El Paso Thursday at 8:30 pm, travel to the edge of Texas to discover the Wild West history of this frontier town and learn why it is known as the “Boot Capital of the World.”

In El Taller Thursday at 9 pm Proyecto Teatro and director Luis Ordaz aim to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, for the purpose of encouraging human development, improving society and maintaining culture.

Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge are displayed on stage as Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm presents Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen takes place Saturday starting at 10 am. This national initiative features programs to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.  This full-day event is dedicated to engaging Austin around the dropout crisis and features local resources as well as documentaries on various topics.

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights September 14-20

KLRU Highlights

This week, KLRU presents Ken Burns’ newest documentary over the course of 7 nights. Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Get Action (1858-1901) Sunday at 7 pm and 9 pm explores the champion of a strenuous life, Theodore Roosevelt, as he becomes the youngest president in American history, while Franklin Delano follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination.

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency on Roosevelts: An Intimate History In The Arena (1901-1910) Monday at 7 pm and 9 pm. In the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Fire of Life (1910-1919) Tuesday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Eleanor discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Storm (1920-1933) Wednesday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) Thursday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR shatters the third-term tradition and struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) Friday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive.

Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator on Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) Saturday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world.

Highlights Sept. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Learn the stories behind these icons on Secrets of Westminster at 7 pm Sunday.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents an emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease on The Genius of Marian.

From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread.

SXSW Flashback 2014 at 10:30 pm Tuesday presents highlights from SXSW including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear.

Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar on Earthflight, a Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Nova at 8 pm Wednesday travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann talks about her career in music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles an Austin group that uses puppetry and physical theater to address the impact of climate change on traditional farming societies around the world on Tiny Puppets.

Chet heads to Orange to explore the swamps and waterways of this town on the Louisiana border on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty at 8 pm Friday examines the life and career of the man best known for the painting ”Whistler’s Mother.”

Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Great Performances at 7pm Saturday presents a star-studded celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem.

 

 

Highlights 8/31 to 9/6

KLRU Highlights

POV “After Tiller” at 9 pm Monday presents a probing portrait of four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.

Cuban Missile Crisis Tuesday at 7 pm  tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

Fidel Castro Tapes Tuesday at 8 pm uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence.

Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run on Earthflight: A Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. Soar with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday looks inside Machu Picchu, the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca.

Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday.

Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features a conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Octopus Project expresses the meaning of “multi” media by creating lively art through music, film and technology on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel Thursday at 8 pm uses great old master paintings and some modern paintings to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally familiar, but are now regularly disregarded.

David Suchet In the Footsteps of St. Paul part 1 at 9 pm Thursday begins on the path of St. Paul traveled throughout the Middle East/Asia Minor from Jerusalem to Turkey.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace at 8 pm Friday offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.

American Masters “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” at 9 pm Friday tells the life story of the flamboyant African-American gospel superstar.

Since it’s the season to plant, fall into perennials with Nathan Uncleback from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how dump claustrophic exotic shrubs for an updated native look. Out in the vegetable garden, John Dromgoole plants garlic.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

 

Highlights August 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Make sure you don’t miss your favorite show. Here are the highlights for this week on KLRU!

Sunday night at 7, hear the story of the unconventionally orthodox group of singers, The Benedictines of Mary. Watch Lent At Ephesus follow the lives of the Sisters who live joyfully isolated and don’t step foot off their their Midwest farmland property.

Relive your favorite moments of the award-winning drama on Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday at 8 p.m. Structured around three themes, explore “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”

An emotional 120-minute event celebrating the popular Agatha Christie Poirot public television series airs at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Being Poirot attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of detective Hercule Poirot, and follows him through the filming of his last episodes after 25 years.

Monday night features back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow! Starting at 7, a collection of Season 16′s hidden treasures from all over the nation shows off the year’s best appraisals on the episode Junk in the Trunk 2. Then, another special collection of the Roadshow’s moments, Forever Young, airs at 8 p.m. See the most nostalgic and fascinating antiques for the young, including original art for a Dr. Seuss lunchbox and a child’s shoe autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

9 p.m. Monday, the groundbreaking POV documentary Big Men reveals the real effects of foreign commercial oil endeavors. Directed by Rachel Boynton and executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men was filmed over the course of five years in Ghana as a Dallas-based company began to drill for oil, and the Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of their land’s resources. Watch the revealing documentary Monday night on KLRU.

Houston, Texas holds one of the top 10 tallest skylines in the world. The Art of Architecture: Houston goes beneath the buildings to discover the founding of what makes the skyscrapers beautiful at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

What was life like in a Civil War prison? Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presentation investigates a spillover prison from the chock-full Andersonville that housed over 10,000 prisoners. See what the team finds amongst the ruins on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Another investigation by the Time Team uses 3D airborne mapping and underground radar to track the history of a village that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presentation explores what could have been the first community to farm and more, airing at 8 on Tuesday night.

PBS’ Frontline follows the mysterious tale of Michelle O’Connor on A Death in St. Augustine. The night she and her police officer boyfriend broke up she was found with a gunshot to the mouth, and it was ruled a suicide. His gun was next to her. Watch the investigation unfold on Tuesday night at 9 on KLRU.

On a special POV documentary A World Not Ours, a filmmaker, now a Danish resident, revisits his childhood home of a refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Surprisingly warm and humorous, the tale also conveys the growing desperation of the refugees. Watch the documentary at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us Wednesday for KLRU’s Science Night! Starting at 7, learn of the wonders that fly above us on Earthflight, a Special Nature Presentation: North America. Watch as snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge.

At 8 Wednesday night, explore more natural science on NOVA: Why Sharks Attack. Can learning about sharks’ hunting techniques reduce deadly attacks?

Next up, more sharks! Veterinarian Mark Evans hosts Operation Maneater for a special on Great White Sharks from an area in Australia where there have been seven deaths in the past three years. Watch as he attempts to make safety measures more humane using tracking tags, multispectral cameras and more at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Rest your mind from science at 10 Wednesday night with an Austin City Limits performance by Jason Isbell and Neko Case, playing soothing modern roots rock.

A local show lineup is in store this week on Thursday. Starting at 7 p.m. with our program Overheard with Evan Smith, guest Joel Klein discusses his work in public education. He is named one of the most influential people in modern public education, working with New York City schools for eight years and now CEO of Amplify, the educational division of News Corp.

KLRU’s own Arts In Context tells the story of Once There Were Six Seasons, which uses puppetry and physical theatre to addresses the impact of climate change. Tiny Puppets creates a playful microcosm of a serious global issue. Watch the episode at 7:30 Thursday night!

Get an inside look at the Austin government before elections this year on Civic Summit‘s Mayoral Candidate Forum at 8 p.m. Thursday. The episode features a discussion with Austin mayoral candidates around the topics of transportation and governance, as KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes.

Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot on Great Performances celebrates the violinist’s famed classical technique paired with Helfgot’s magnificent voice at 9 Thursday night on KLRU.

This week’s update from Washington and inside the political realm begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. After this highly reputed roundtable discussion, Moyers & Company invites special guests and insiders of our government at 7:30 p.m. to discuss with the legendary broadcast journalist, Bill Moyers.

American Masters puts the spotlight on one of our nation’s icons, Great Depression photographer Dorothea Lange. Most famous for her photo Migrant Mother, she continued to hold presence and capture American life through six decades of the 20th century. Watch Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning Friday night at 8 on KLRU.

Curvaceous bromeliads—can we grow them? Take a look into the species on Central Texas Gardener‘s episode Cold-hardy Bromeliads, featuring horticulturists and neighbors that united their neighborhood by turning out lawns. Watch at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday!

Listen to some classic Texas country on Austin City Limits with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson Saturday night at 7. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Snuggle up on Saturday night with your favorite mystery dramas, starting with Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 followed by Father Brown at 9:30. The Masterpiece episode Breathless, Part 1 is set in 1960s London and tells the dramatic stories of a surgeon treated as a god and acting the part. The show is chock-full of stars, including Zoe Boyle and Iain Glen from Downton Abbey.

Mark your calendars this week for your favorite programs on KLRU!

Designing Healthy Communities starts 8/31

Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part documentary that explores how current urban design is making thousands of people sick by contributing to high rates of asthma, childhood obesity and chronic illness. It shows examples of healthy community design and looks at cities that are finding creative solutions to these complicated problems. The show will air Sundays, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, at 1 pm

Retrofitting Suburbia  Aug. 31 at 1 pm
Physician and public health expert Richard Jackson uncovers an unexpected cause for our nation’s epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Jackson demonstrates our nation is suffering from a “common source epidemic”: a widespread public health problem caused by a single environmental factor. We see how an auto-focused environment discourages walking and biking and leads us to spend more sedentary time in our cars. But communities around the country are learning to fight disease through better urban planning.

Rebuilding Places of the Heart Sept. 7 at 1 pm
Meet children and families suffering from asthma and other consequences of unhealthy communities. Host Richard Jackson leads us on a tour of three mid-size communities working to rebuild “places of the heart”: towns and cities where families, history and community interconnect.

Social Policy in Concrete Sept. 14 at 1 pm
Host Richard Jackson shows “where you live is a big predictor of how long you’re going to live.”  We examine a number of creative solutions, including clean diesel, urban farming and farmers markets.

Searching for Shangri-La Sept. 28 at 1 pm
Richard Jackson searches for America’s best communities – past and present. These healthy, sustainable communities range in size and type, but each is a model for healthy design. The episode also examines best practices for community design from leading thinkers.

Funding is provided by The Kresge Foundation, working to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit.

Kresge

Time Team America explores the past 8/26

Through a unique collaboration between media producers, archaeologists, and educators Time Team America tells significant stories from our past in compelling formats that showcase authentic and ethical archaeological practices. On August 26th, KLRU features two back-to-back episodes of this PBS series.

Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presents at 7pm
Near the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers quickly erected a prison to take the over-flow from Andersonville, an effort to fix design problems and over-crowding. The new stockade housed 10,000 prisoners. Yet one Union prisoner described Camp Lawton as “Andersonville all over again.” When General Sherman’s forces approached, prisoners and guards fled quickly and left bits and pieces of their lives behind. What will the relics Time Team America  finds tell us about life in a Civil War prison?

Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presents at 8 pm
Time Team America uses airborne 3D mapping and ground- penetrating radar to explore the extent of a Basket Maker III community that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. What more can we learn from these people that forged significant technological breakthroughs like farming, pottery and the bow and arrow? Was this one of the first villages in this region that marked a transition from hunting and gathering to farming? Was this one of the sites that gave birth to the Pueblo culture?

Highlights August 17-23

KLRU Highlights

Woody’s Children 45th Anniversary Concert Sunday at 7 pm celebrates the 45th anniversary of the radio show, Woody’s Children, with host Bob Sherman. The concert features musicians such as Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin and many more.

After 25 years of playing one of television’s greatest icons comes to an end, David Suchet attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot on Being Poirot Sunday at 8 pm. Hosted by award-winning actor Stanley Tucci.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10 pm shines the spotlight on the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s rock and pop scene with all archival footage of the hit makers in their prime.

Suze Orman’s latest special sharply focuses on her helping individuals find financial solutions on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You Monday at 9 pm and Friday at 9 pm.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing Tuesday at 7 pm celebrates the musical genius that composed songs for many of Hollywood’s classic films, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Bee Gees: One Night Only Tuesday at 8:30 pm features one of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed. The music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

My Wild Affair Wednesday at 7 pm  tells the stories of the incredible bonds between humans and their wild animal companions.

Dr. Wayne Dyer presents personal stories as well as various philosophical and poetic illustrations  on Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Carole King – James Taylor Live At The Troubadour at 8:30 pm Thursday features the two folk performers in concert.

One Square Mile: Texas Thursday at 10 pm portrays Texas culture from the perspective of distinct square miles across the Lone Star state.

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles: The Definitive Performances Friday at 8 pm presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time.

Meet beautiful drought buster perennials with Janet Rademacher from Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in Arizona on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple pulled up the grass for wildlife wonder for their kids. Daphne Richards explains how to propagate rosemary and Trisha Shirey puckers up with homegrown calamondin and kumquats.

Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season on Return To Downton Abbey at 8:30 pm Saturday.

Highlights 8/10-8/16

KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for your favorite programs on PBS this week!

Sunday night, Classical Rewind (my Music Presents) explores the origins of the music, stories and anecdotes about the composers and their works, and how so many of the classics have become part of our common culture. Watch the walk through musical history at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Then, savor fond memories and preview the new season of the international favorite drama on Return to Downton Abbey. The premiere of this special airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, and recaps the last four seasons in preparation of the upcoming fifth.

Learn how to travel from the best on Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 p.m. Sunday. The two-hour special revisits the most amazing European places he’s been, and how he gets around.

In his newest PBS special, Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them. Watch the premiere of the philosophical epic Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 7 p.m. Monday.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Definitive Performances collects three decades worth of the most influential television appearances of the classic rhythm and blues group. Watch the special compilation Monday night at 10 on KLRU.

Tuesday night, the nostalgic special Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. The concert features a mix of new performances and short archival footage of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 50s decade. Don’t miss it – especially if you’re an oldies fan!

“The goal of money is to make you feel secure,” Suze Orman says on her special, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You. Find out how to balance your budget based on your personality at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, KLRU Science Night features the favorite series Nature on Snow Monkeys at 7 p.m. Follow a society of monkeys in the valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands and watch how a leader reaches out to a little, lowly monkey, forming a life-changing bond between them.

Watch the legends celebrate with special performances on 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 8:30 Wednesday night. Then, follow the travel guru on Rick Steves’ Festive Europe as he celebrates Bastille Day and more at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Are you busy this Sunday night? In case you miss the premiere of Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday, get the recap and preview of season five at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Then, Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills re-airs at 8:30 p.m.

Friday evening get caught up on this week’s hot-button issues on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These experts of political news gather important perspectives and facts to inform you of what’s happening in our country and abroad.

Experience the amazing performance of Bee Gees: One Night Only, a special concert in Las Vegas that is one of the only Bee Gees’ performances taped. The disco and pop hits begin at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Brainchange with David Perlmutter, MD reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. Watch the neurologist’s shocking presentation of studies at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Don’t miss Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday! See how to keep your succulents deer-proof, and tips from guests Ally and Richard Stresing on how to grow citrus and more.

Celebrate the musical genius, composer, fearless adventurer, actor, and fun-loving bachelor on Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing at 7 p.m. Saturday. He composed music for many Hollywood classics, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Join the mystery-solving priest Father Brown with the episode The Prize of Colonel Gerard at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Find your favorite program and join us this week on KLRU!

Highlights 8/3-8/9

KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for this week’s highlights on KLRU!

Sunday night, a new episode of the charming series Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7 p.m. The elderly newlywed couple and their families continue to face daily surprises with family secrets and underhanded gestures.

The premiere of Masterpiece Mystery!‘s Poirot Season 12, Dead Man’s Folly begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. David Suchet returns as the suave Belgian super sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Poirot helps police solve mysteries whether they ask him to or not.

Then, another mystery drama airs with the episode The Mysteries of the Rosary of the hit series, Father Brown. Tune in Sunday night at 9:30 for addicting mystery solving!

Rochester, New York gets a visit from Antiques Roadshow airing at 7 p.m. on Monday. In comparison to the previous visit in 1998, one of these items increased over five times in value, and another has dropped by more than $1,000. Then the roadshow moves to Hartford, Conn. at 8 p.m. Monday to find an Emancipation Announcement and more.

Going deep into the ethical question of child prisoners, an all-new POV documentary, 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story, premiers at 9 p.m. Monday with a heartbreaking story of 15-year-old Kenneth Young. Uniquely routine to the American justice system, the juvenile received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free.

A special documentary on the fight against childhood obesity is on KLRU at 10 Monday night. Cafeteria Man follows chef Tony Geraci for several years as he works to revamp school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis.

Legendary documentarian Ken Burns dives into the life of the American icon Mark Twain for Part Two of the biographical special on Tuesday night at 7. In this part, Burns focuses on the side of Twain (Clemens) many don’t know, which was his life of tragedy and bad financial decisions that falls hard with failure.

Ever worry about the fate of teenagers that are constantly drowning in social media? Frontline‘s new special Generation Like explores the shift of the teenage identity quest to the virtual world, and how marketing plays a role in this generation’s lives. Watch the premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

The geniuses behind the hacking of Hitler’s personal communications network and pioneers of the age of computers are put in the spotlight on Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Heroes at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us on KLRU for Science Night on Wednesday. Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of Andre the seal who was rescued at two days old in Rockport, Maine. The bond formed between Andre and his rescuer, an arborist, defeats all odds and lasts over 25 years.

The next portion of NOVA‘s series Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures takes us back in time to see what was on our planet in one of the most wild and beautiful lands. At 8 on Wednesday night, see how after a massive extinction, diverse marsupials came to dominate this isolated continent.

Then, discover intimate details of beautiful marine mammals on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins at 9 p.m. Wednesday. See how these mammals evolved to breathe air while reproducing, giving birth and raising young underwater, and witness a dolphin’s birth for the ultimate KLRU Science Night experience.

Our local discussion program Overheard with Evan Smith hosts special guest Jason Schwartzman, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Watch the exclusive interview with the actor and musician with famed roles from Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees, and the newly-released The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Then, our local program Arts in Context explores the world of videogaming on The Art of Playing on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Texas has the second largest concentration of game companies in America; along with EA and Blizzard, there is a small but committed group of independent developers and artists working diligently on home computers.

Hang out with Chet on The Daytripper back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday! Starting out in Arlington, with visits to all the major sport venues, Chet then heads to Abilene at 8:30 to visit Fort Phantom Hill and go scuba diving.

Stephen Hawking: one of the most recognizable names on the planet. Who is behind the name? Find out with a deep look into the human behind the ingenuity on the special program Hawking on KLRU Thursday night at 9.

Friday night, the week of politics is in review on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These journalistic legends discuss and interview key roles in the latest news and provide holistic insight into the issues that face our nation and world today.

Secrets of the Dead: TBA takes a special look into the Watergate scandal from a peculiar lens: a television show. The Dick Cavett Show was at the forefront of national TV Watergate coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. Watch the walkthrough of the scandal from the beginning to Nixon’s resignation at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

International superstar Andrea Bocelli appears on Great Performances Friday night at 9. From the coastal view of Portofino, Italy, Andrea and fellow musicians join to play select collection of the world’s most famous love songs.

On Saturday, catch Central Texas Gardener‘s episode The Drunken Botanist at noon to find out what’s in your favorite cocktail. Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, blends facts and fun behind the world’s great drinks.

A night of music ensues on Saturday on KLRU, starting at 7 with Statler Brothers Farewell Concert. Ending a career of over 40 years in country music, with 32 albums selling over 100 million copies, the Statler Brothers came together to say goodbye in 2002 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. Watch the amazing act’s last hoorah on KLRU.

Another exclusive performance caught on tape airs at 8:30 Saturday night, with Bee Gees: One Night Only. One of very few performances ever recorded of the Bee Gees, this 1997 concert features many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

More music follows Saturday night at 10 with 60s Pop, Rock & Soul. Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special. Co-hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones sing their biggest hits focusing on the years 1965-1969.

What’s new to watch this week? You heard it first from KLRU!