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.

Highlights November 2-8

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday at 7 pm and 8 pm, KLRU brings you episodes from two television series: Masterpiece’s Paradise, Season 2-Part 6 and Masterpiece Mystery’s Death Comes to Pemberley, Part 2 (also airing Saturday at 8 pm).

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30, the Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson.

Two hours of the Antiques Roadshow in Miami Beach, Florida and Atlantic City, New Jersey begins at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, in Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor and combats the first female chief of the electricity utility company.

In Tuesday’s episode of Finding Your Roots at 7 pm, we learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage, but a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition.

Makers Tuesday at 8 pm, highlights women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields.

PBS’ premier public affairs series, Frontline begins at 9 pm on Tuesday.

On Nature Wednesday at 7 pm, watch the story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.

On NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm, learn more about Spinosaurus, a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator to ever walk the Earth.

From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way on How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Ross Douthat, a conservative Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create the successful music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The Daytripper travels to San Marcos and Marble Falls, Texas Thursday at 8 and 8:30 pm, respectively.

An aging spy stumbles on an international scandal that could bring down the British government on Page Eight Thursday at 9 pm.

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

Watch Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House Friday at 8 pm.

Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Wolfgang Laib use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain on Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm.

It’s time to plant trees, so let’s get to it with some of our best picks on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm, explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

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

 

KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween

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KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween with several special programs!

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Monday, Oct. 27, at 8 am and 2 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 am and 2 pm
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin — a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George’s quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth? Only the curious will find out!

Thomas & Friends Tricks and Trails
Monday, Oct. 27, at 12:30 pm
When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That Trick or Treat
Monday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 pm
Nick and Sally are making Halloween masks, but they want to make them really scary.

SuperWhy! The Ghost Who Was Afraid Of Halloween
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 am
It’s Halloween in Storybrook Village and Pig is so frightened, he won’t go Trick or Treating with his friends!

Thomas & Friends Spooky Charms
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 pm
James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there’s a ghost at Ulfstead Castle.

Dinosaur Train “Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 am
Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween.

Arthur “D.W.’s Stray Netkitin / Bats In The Belfry”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3 pm
D.W. is panicked when a “Scary Clown” virus ruins the Read family computer. Who will take care of her virtual Netkitin pet? Arthur and D.W. are thrilled when Grandma Thora lets them turn her attic into a clubhouse.

Martha Speaks Giant Pumpkin
Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 pm
Carolina finds a story that’s stranger than she bargained for.

Word Girl Tobey’s Tricks and Treats
Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 am
After losing the costume contest at school, Tobey sets his Robots on a candy-stealing spree and vows to ruin Halloween.

 

Highlights October 26-November 1

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece brings us two of its television series, The Paradise and Death Comes to Pemberley, Sunday evening beginning at 7 pm.

When a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled, DCI Banks Sunday at 9 pm and his team quickly identify their prime suspect.

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

Have the national virtues of punctuality and loyalty to protocol become societal impediments and even dangers to the people of Japan? Independent Lens Brakeless investigates Monday at 9 pm.

Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm traces three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation’s sense of itself.

On Makers Tuesday at 8 pm, hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS.

A troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm uncovers the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines.

On How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm, Johnson relates the story of people who take us out of the dark and into the light.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm on Austin City Limits.

Bob Woodward, who worked with Carl Bernstein to investigate and report the Watergate scandal, which lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

On Arts in Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, born out of intense personal hardship, Les Rav – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter.

Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm explores the Spooky locations of Texas and then goes to Grapevine.

KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute present an Austin mayoral debate Thursday at 9 pm.

Your weekly Washington Week and Moyers and Company begins at 7 pm on Friday.

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines an all-star evening At The Rainbow Room Friday at 8 pm.

Elliott Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work on Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm.

Mingle herbs for food, wildlife flowers and what ails you into your waterwise scheme on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Saturday at 7 pm.

The televisions series Death Comes to Pemberley and Father Brown begin at 8 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively.

Native American Heritage Month programs

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Native American culture.

Our celebration begins with a screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 on November 5th. Find out more here

Warriors Return
Sunday, November 9 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.

Across The Creek
Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 pm
This program is a half-hour conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse, and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future. Across the Creek was produced by independent filmmaker John Cournoyer.

LaDonna Harris:  Indian 101
Monday, November 17 at 10 pm
Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm
This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism. Her national work began when President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course was called “Indian 101″ and was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation, such as land return claims to the Taos Pueblo Tribe and Native tribes of Alaska, as well as returning federal recognition for the Menominee Tribe. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 was produced by independent filmmaker Julieanna Brannum.

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
Sunday, November 23 at 1 pm
This compelling documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the United States Midwest.  It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make great contributions to society.


POV “Up Heartbreak Hill”
Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

Spirit in the Glass:  Plateau Native Beadwork
Sunday, November 23 at 4 pm
Celebrate the spectacular beadwork and culture of the Columbia River Plateau People through the eyes and hearts of the artists. Together, they share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together.