Highlights December 14-20

KLRU Highlights

Enjoy and entire evening watching Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey on KLRU. Episodes 3, 4 and 5 begin airing at 7 pm on Sunday.

Two hours of the Antiques Roadshow begins at 7 pm on Monday.

We’ll show you what that means for one dedicated group of students, rehearsing and performing in some of George Balanchine most celebrated works on Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Monday at 9 pm.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 7 pm goes with a group of active duty and retired U.S. military, wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other American wars, as they travel to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in southwest France in search of healing.

In a second hour of Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 8 pm, Feiler circles the island of Shikokyu in Japan, following a pilgrim trail that’s taken by hundreds of thousands of Japanese and international pilgrims every year, a Buddhist pilgrimage that welcomes pilgrims of all faiths.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014 Tuesday at 9 pm promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.

In celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert on Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts Tuesday at 10 pm.

“Born Free” – a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife, marked its 50th anniversary of the publication in 2010. Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story Wednesday at 7 pm revisits the story.

In a mini-series, Nova Wednesday at 8 pm and 9 pm, New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue takes a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation.

Famed Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performs a unique fusion of flamenco, jazz and rock on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Martin Amis, a celebrated and prolific author whose credits include London Fields, The Rachel Papers, Time’s Arrow and The Information, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Blue Lapis Light transforms urban environments into works of art on Arts and Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Thursday at 8 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Chet on Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm heads to Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season.

On Great Performances Thursday at 9 pm, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and celebrated cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings.

Catch-up on this week’s news with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday at 7 pm and Moyers and Company at 7:30 pm.

On Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Friday at 8 pm, Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the choir and orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir Friday at 9 pm was filmed in Trondheim, Norway’s magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world.

Mingle herbs for food, wildlife flowers and what ails you into your waterwise scheme on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit a gardener who removed grass for a menu that serves up art, food, and wildlife invites.

Prepare yourself for a Downton Abbey marathon! Episodes 1-4 of the fourth season with be airing Saturday at 7 pm to midnight.

Highlights December 7-13

KLRU Highlights

This season of Downton Abbey finds aristocrats coping with last season’s shocking finale. Watch episodes one and two Sunday starting at 7 pm.

Newly-assembled Rock Rewind 1965-1967 (my Music) Sunday at 10 pm and Thursday at 7 pm has archival performances of hits that still resonate nearly half a century later.

We all have financial issues and problems. Suze Orman’s latest special, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You Saturday at 8, sharply focuses on her helping individual viewers “find financial solutions for you.”

Celebrate the joys of the holiday season with Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas Tuesday at 7 pm by sharing a new tradition with your family and friends.

The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York Tuesday at 8 pm.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only Tuesday at 9:30 pm, Friday at 10 pm and Saturday at 7 pm features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Dr. Fuhrman’s End Dieting Forever Wednesday at 7 pm lecture about a lifestyle where you seek foods, recipes and menus that are nutrient rich, so that your body is supplied with its nutritional needs for optimum health, disease prevention, and maximum lifespan.

BrainChange with David Perlmutter, MD Wednesday at 8 pm 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.

Victor Borges’s Timeless Comedy! Wednesday at 10:30 pm features the legendary Victor Borge and featuring his funniest and most memorable skits – a truly timeless collection viewers will not want to miss!

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Agatha Christie’s Poirot Thursday at 8:30 pm confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Thursday at 10:30 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Don’t miss the weekly Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company beginning Friday at 7 pm.

Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming Back to Brooklyn airing Friday at 8 pm at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years.

Being Poirot Saturday at 8:30 is a fitting tribute to the end of an era in public television, and to a character millions have come to love yet know remarkably little about.

Highlights November 30-December 6

KLRU Highlights

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home – to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that is – to perform music from her career on Kristen Chenoweth – Coming Home Sunday at 6:30 pm.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Sunday at 8 pm, Thursday at 9 pm and Saturday at 8:30 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Watch the next episode of Father Brown Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm has more appraisals than ever to share from the 8 cities it visited during its newly-expanded Season 18 tour.

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary Monday at 8 pm is a documentary that celebrates the impact of the preeminent trio that brought folk music to America’s mass audiences, combining their artistry with their activism and inspiration over the last 50 years.

American Masters | Bing Crosby Rediscovered Tuesday at 7 pm reveals a man far more complex than his public persona.

Gail “Hal” Halvorsen and his Air force buddies dropped 20 tons of treats on handkerchief parachutes and delivered 6,500 pounds of chocolate bars to the 1948 West Berlin children’s Christmas parties on the ground on Candy Bomber Tuesday at 9 pm.

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Tuesday at 10 pm is a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas.

Celebrate the natural world with Nature’s Best of Birds Wednesday at 7 pm, a catalogue pledge special featuring some of the most memorable bird scenes from Nature’s award-winning library.

Nova | First Man on the Moon Wednesday at 8 pm presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews with Neil Armstrong’s family and friends.

Historian and archetypal Englishman Julian Davidson travels from the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, sampling the delights of some of the most dramatic and fascinating Great Railway Journeys of Europe Wednesday at 9:30 pm.

Don’t miss the Arts In Context Special on KLRU Thursday at 7 pm.

The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York Thursday at 8 pm.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company begins Friday at 7 pm.

Recorded at the 2013 MusiCare’s Man of the Year Bruce Springsteen benefit, Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Friday at 8 pm features the industry’s biggest names performing The Boss’ biggest hits.

On Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! Saturday at 7 pm, the duo performs swinging selections from their latest collaboration.

 

Highlights November 23-29

KLRU Highlights

The special, Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize Sunday at 7, celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Richard Pryor: Icon Sunday at 9 pm surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.

Father Brown Sunday at 10 pm and the following Saturday at 8:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

In a new special, Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident. Following, Roadshow travels to Madison, Wisconsin.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm.

On Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races.

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts Of Christmas Eve Tuesday at 8 pm and Thursday at 9:30 pm takes on a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas.

Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special on 60s Pop, Rock and Soul Tuesday at 9 pm.

After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed on Nature | My Life as a Turkey Wednesday at 7 pm.

Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds on Nature: An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday at 8 pm.

Working with scientists, special camera equipment, and deer experts and devotees of every kind, Nature Wednesday at 9 pm reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light.

Husband and wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley who formed the band Yo La Tengo join Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers on Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Home For Christmas Thursday at 8 pm reveals for Celtic Woman what will be their newest chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company starting at 7 pm on Friday.

On Kristin Chenoweth – Coming Home Friday at 8 pm, Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home – to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that is – to perform music from her career.

Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour Friday at 9 pm being presented by PBS is an entire concert from the extraordinary 2007 Troubadour Reunion that brought them all together again.

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, explores how nature-deficit disorder impacts our children on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Agatha Christie’s – Poirot Sunday at 9:30 pm confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders.

KLRU Kids Holiday Programming 2014

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Here’s the complete list of KLRU Kids holiday programming. Select clips and full episodes will also be available on pbskids.org, the PBS Kids Video App and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. To learn more about holiday specials for the entire family, see this family-friendly list. 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas 
November 26 at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm; November 27 at 2:00 pm; November 28 at 2:00 pm December 17 at 2:00 pm and December 25 at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for the Man who has everything. Maybe you can help!

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodDaniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
December 17 at 9 am

“Daniel’s Winter Adventure” – Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. Later, Daniel ice-skates for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard.

“Neighborhood Nutcracker” – Daniel is going to see a show called The Nutcracker Ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first, but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on! Strategy: If something seems hard to do, try it a little bit at a time.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
Tuesday, December 23 at 7:00 am; Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 am; Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 am and Friday, December 26 at 7:00 am.

There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale.  Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby, and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley,Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends will learn to believe in Christmas miracles. Featuring: “Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!” Today Elmo is thinking about… Christmas! Join Elmo as he visits Santa and learns all about the Christmas spirit and celebrating with family and friends. Educational

 Odd Squad Reindeer Games
premieres December 1 at 3:30 pm.

In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa’s naughty list.

Peg + Cat “Peg + Cat + Holidays” one-hour special
premieres December 17 at 11:00 am and Friday, December 19 at 11:00 am.

“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”

Thomas & Friends “Christmas Cheer
premieres December 17 at 12:30 pm.

“Duncan The Humbug” – Everyone is happy at Christmastime except Duncan, the Scottish narrow gauge engine, who seems to be grumbling even more than usual. Victor offers Duncan a new coat of paint if he can refrain from grumbling for one whole day. Duncan rises to the challenge, but it is not so easy for an engine who likes to grumble to give up a lifetime habit.

“The Perfect Gift” – The whole island is celebrating Christmas and there are decorations everywhere. But it doesn’t look very Christmas-y at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up. But Reg only seems happy about scrap. Percy discovers that Reg is celebrating Christmas in his own way and has been making decorations from the scrap.

Coming Home for Christmas
premieres December 18 at 12:30 pm

“Last Train for Christmas” – It’s Christmas Eve and a lot of passengers are coming home to Sodor for the holiday. Connor can’t carry all the passengers who are trying to get on his train. He promises to come back and pick them up, but the snow keeps falling and the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. It becomes a race against time, and the engines have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas.

“Long Lost Friend” – Gator returns to the Island of Sodor after being away for a long time. He is looking forward to seeing his old friend Percy. When Percy hears that Gator is back, he is very excited and immediately heads off to see him. But the two engines keep missing each other. They both have doubts they’ll see each other, but finally they connect and have a wonderful reunion.

Holiday Programming 2014

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Enjoy the holidays with KLRU. We’ll be providing festive programming for the entire family. Get the complete list of KLRU Kids holiday specials. Here’s the list for musical and other specials for the entire family:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Tuesday, November 25 at 8 pm and Thursday, November 27 at 9:30 pm.
It also repeats on Tuesday, December 2 at 10 pm. Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, this a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. A runaway little girl decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker (Davis), who guides her on her journey. The caretaker brings the theater to life through musical performances by singers Jewel, Michael Crawford and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Celtic Woman:  Home for Christmas
Thursday, November 27 at 8:00 pm and repeats Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Home For Christmas reveals for Celtic Woman what will be their newest chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. Home For Christmas stars vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, performing timeless holiday favorites (“Silent Night,” I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” “Joy To The World”) with their signature Celtic twist under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.

Renee Fleming – Christmas in New York
Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 pm and repeats Tuesday, December 9 at 8:30 pm.
The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York. For this holiday special, American soprano Renee Fleming and special guests bring the iconic Christmas season in New York to homes across America. Live musical performances, interviews and scenes filmed around the city during the holidays make this an unforgettable musical experience.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
Tuesday, December 16 at 9:00 pm.
This special promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family. Tuesday, December

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 pm
In celebration of the release of his album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.  JOSHUA BELL PRESENTS MUSICAL GIFTS recreates Bell’s personal tradition of hosting friends and family at his home during the holidays. The salon-style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season. The 10-song set list features holiday standards, including “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with pianist and vocalist Frankie Moreno, Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn’s “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, “Let it Snow” with guitarist/violinist Rob Moose, and a heartwarming rendition of “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York. Bell also performs two classical pieces – “Devil’s Trill Sonata” and “Polonaise Brillante” – alongside pianist Frederic Chlu.

Great Performances  “Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 pm
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and celebrated cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings. The music of Rejoice showcases the confluences between the violinist’s famed classical technique and Helfgot’s magnificent voice.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys
Friday, December 19 at 8:00 pm and Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
Friday, December 19 at 9:00 pm
This Christmas special was filmed in Trondheim, Norway’s magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Featured performers include the renowned voices of the St. Olaf Choir, the premier mixed voice choral ensemble from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, conducted by Anton Armstrong and Jentekor, the girl choir of Nidaros conducted by Anita Brevik.

Christmas in Alsace with Chef Hubert Keller
Saturday, December 20 at 4:30 pm
It’s a Christmas celebration with star chef Hubert Keller who is taking viewers on a special culinary journey to his homeland of Alsace. Visit the area’s famed Christmas markets and its top culinary hotspots. Highlights include: A tour through the beautiful village where Chef Keller grew up and its medieval Christmas market; stops at Chef Keller’s favorite cheese store and restaurant, plus an Alsatian winery; A finale at a spectacular Christmas dinner attended by Chef Keller’s family and friends.

Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Saturday, December 20 at 5:30 pm
Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It’s the stuff of holiday memories… with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season’s celebrations in this one-hour special – exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. A Chef’s Life Holiday Special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. “Deck the Halls Ya’all!”

First Silent Night
Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 pm
“The First Silent Night tells viewers a tale that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances and ends with the creation of the world’s most popular carol.” For close to two hundred years, one carol has occupied the heart of Christmas celebrations across the world. It has been translated into over 300 languages, performed by Symphony orchestras and celebrated international artists and soloists. Almost every Christmas music release annually includes a new recording of Silent Night. This holiday melody has echoed through the world’s shopping centres, exciting the minds of children. Its lullaby strains have drifted across battlefields, calming the hearts of warring nations. No composition, in the history of carols, can be said to have united so many people in the joys and meaning of Christmas. Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of Silent Night. Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favourite carol had its origins.

Christmas Carol: The Concert
Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 pm
“A Christmas Carol: The Concert” is a unique musical and television event — the first time Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. The stirring score recalls Broadway classics, and is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs. The story, quite faithfully and skillfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is dazzlingly performed by leading lights from the Chicago and New York theater world, including Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. Directed for the stage by Tony-Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company’s David Kersnar, lit and designed by 4-time Emmy Award-winner Todd L. Clark, and produced for television by the 17- time Emmy Award-winning creative team at HMS Media, “A Christmas Carol: The Concert” is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Thursday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert are underway, creating inconvenience for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Two unmarried patients are dispatched to York Lodge, a badly managed home for pregnant women. Chummy takes over running the facility after an outbreak of chicken pox there. Dr. Turner treats a destitute older couple, former residents of a mental hospital closed under the mental health reforms. As residents of Nonnatus welcome the New Year, the question on everyone’s mind is, what will 1960 bring?

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys
Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Highlights November 16-22

KLRU Highlights

Your favorites The Paradise, Season 2-Part 8, Worricker and DCI Banks air Sunday starting at 7 pm.

Two episodes of the Antiques Roadshow begin at 7 pm on Monday. They head to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm travels to Laya to visit Pyanki, a nine-year-old monk. They document Pyanki’s experiences when he receives electricity and television for the first time.

LaDonna Harries: Indian 101 Monday at 10 pm profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Finding Your Roots “Ancient Roots” Tuesday at 7 pm traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life.

Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history – the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on Cold War Roadshow: American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.

In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. Nature  Invasion of the Killer Whales investigates Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA  Killer Landslides Wednesday at 8 pm, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr on To Catch a Comet Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, runoff candidates for Austin City Council District 6, 7, 8 and 10 sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit.

Don’t miss this week’s news conversation on Washington Week and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Runoff candidates for Austin Mayor sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit Friday at 8 pm.

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters, Cats, returns to Great Performances Friday at 9 pm for an encore presentation.

ACL Presents Saturday at 7 pm shows highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded in Nashville.

Agatha Christie’s-Poirot and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

Highlights November 9-15

KLRU Highlights

Paradise, Season 2-Part 7 airs Sunday evening at 7!

On Worricker Sunday at 8 pm, Johnny Worricker escapes to the distant islands of Turks & Caicos, where an order from the CIA unexpectedly puts him back to work.

The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson on DCI Banks Monday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow takes us to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin Monday at 7 pm for two hours.

Watch a portrait of the U.S. sled hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Ice Warriors – USA Sled Hockey Monday at 9 pm.

On this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, they research the descendants and ancestors of the English who invaded America.

Navy Seals-Their Untold Story Tuesday at 8 pm recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts – including that of a D-Day demolition team member – and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes.

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA: Emperor’s Ghost Army Wednesday at 8 pm, in central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife.

Steve Johnson discovers the unsung heroes of sound Wednesday at 9 pm on How We Got to Now.

Explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Katha Pollitt, an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation, sits down with Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

The Daytripper travels to El Paso and Lubbock Thursday starting at 8 pm.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Hitmakers Friday at 8 pm is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers.

What makes a compelling story? Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm discerns not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.

What story does your garden tell you? Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday takes a soulful look at your garden. Visit a garden where a family’s muse led to front yard food and backyard playground for them and the wildlife.

Watch country superstar Eric Church perform tunes from his hit album The Outsiders on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

On Agatha Christie’s – Poirot Saturday at 8 pm, while Poirot investigates a famed psychiatrist’s murder, crime novelist Ariadne Oliver looks into a couple’s mysterious death.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Stories of Service November 9

KLRU joins Stories of Service once again to honor our men and women of war. On Sunday, November 9, from 1 pm to 4 pm, two programs will highlight the heroes of America. It’s part of the national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Craft in America: Service at 1 pm:
From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, Service documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

Warriors Return at 4 pm:
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

These PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.