Highlights April 26-May 2

KLRU Highlights

Sister Julienne questions the nature of absolute faith when she meets a Christian Science couple who refuse medicine for their newborn on Sunday’s episode of Call The Midwife at 7 pm.

On season 3, episode 5 of Mr. Selfridge at 8 pm Sunday, a new Head of Display arrives, and manages to both infuriate and delight the staff. Both Gordon and Mr. Grove adjust to personnel changes, as the young heir narrowly avoids a scandal.

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, failing to produce Henry’s longed-for male heir. Cromwell demands the nobility and church swear an oath acknowledging Anne as lawful queen, but will Thomas More agree? Find out on episode 4 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Race, class, culture – the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation. Airs Monday at 8 pm.

On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, Monday at 9 pm, examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”

At 10 pm Monday, Stateless follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States.

In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. The Day The 60s Died returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago on Tuesday evening at 7.

Last Days in Vietnam recounts the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, when North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Nature Monkeys of Shangri-La, Wednesday at 7 pm, is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind.

Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack? NOVA Manhunt: Boston Bombers searches for the answers at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

James Ellroy is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Don’t miss his appearance on Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Produced locally and created by hand, Gail Chovan’s rich, textural clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm profiles Chovan and her evocative, intriguing pieces.

Beginning at 8, Chet travels to historic Port Lavaca on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Kingsville, home of the legendary King Ranch.

On El Poeta, Friday at 9 pm, meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

Go for the bold with palms, large and small, that stand out in sun and shade on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, shade meets slopes where art and cozy patios frame serene contemplation under arching trees.

Alt.rock superstar Beck performs on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

 

 

Stories of Service

KLRU Highlights

In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, KLRU presents programing throughout the month of May celebrating veterans and their families.

Operation Appreciation - May 21 at 9 pm, May 24 at 6 pm
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday. Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war.

Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family - May 22 at 8 pm
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House – May 22 at 9 pm
President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer will offer a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our troops and the often overlooked contribution of their families back home.

We Served Too: The Story of Women’s Air Force Service Pilots – May 24 at 1:30 pm
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes…the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

Dick Winters: “Hang Tough” – May 24 at 3 pm
Hang Tough honors one of World War II’s most respected combat leaders – Major Richard D. Winters. Emmy-winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland), narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. “Hang Tough” traces Winters’ formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters’ own recollections, original members of Winters’ unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism and his legacy.

Day of Days: June 6, 1944 – May 24 at 4 pm
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over the ensuing hours and days, the men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, Mass. to share their experiences from that fateful “Day of Days.” Cameras eavesdrop on their conversations as they vividly recall details from their ordeal – from the perils of the amphibious assault to the invasion’s gruesome aftermath. Their interactions with one another yield long-buried, and often painful, memories. They recount their transformations from boys to men, reveal their uneasiness with the term “hero,” and grapple with why they survived when so many others did not.

National Memorial Day Concert – May 24 at 7 pm and 8:30 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.

Homefront – May 25 at 8 pm
View intimate portraits of America’s military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

Arts In Context: In Their Own Words – May 28 at 7:30 pm
Darden Smith had never had a real conversation with a U.S. military service member until he met Lt. Col. Fred Cale. He quickly realized that they had much in common – both were music lovers. Through this meeting, Smith realized that the divide between soldier and civilian was not what he thought it was. He saw the potential for music and songwriting to help soldiers transition back into civilian life. Songwriting With Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters. Equal parts cathartic release and creative endeavor, SongwritingWith: Soldiers offers a chance at healing to the people who need it most.

Highlights April 19-25

KLRU Highlights

Sister Winifred’s eyes are opened to Poplar’s seedy underworld when she cares for an expectant prostitute on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

On Season 3, Episode 4 of Mr. Selfridge: Divided public opinion keeps tensions high, with many pointing fingers at Selfridge’s. As the executives shield Kitty from anonymous hate mail, Connie whispers in the wrong ear. Sunday at 8 pm.

With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies on episode 3 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

At 9 pm on Monday, The Great Invisible explores the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath, and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature.

The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. National Mall: America’s Front Yard, Tuesday at 7 pm, reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

What drove a company of American soldiers –ordinary young men from around the country deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor — to dehumanize and murder more than 300 unarmed civilians? My Lai: American Experience investigates the the 1968 massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline American Terrorist investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai on Tuesday at 9 pm.

For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Nature’s Animal Cities at 7 pm on Wednesday takes a look at the communities animals form to keep themselves safe, or to have a predatory edge.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm Wednesday tells the remarkable story of the Hubble Telescope, a groundbreaking achievement that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.

Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line airs at 9 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith features Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Airs Thursday at 7 pm.

With the simple notion that music should be for everyone, Golden Hornet Project seeks to bring excitement and energy back to the world of classical music. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles this group’s fresh take on classical music.

Chet journeys to Orange at 8 pm Thursday on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Baytown to visit the San Jacinto Battlefield and more.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial provides the rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago, and how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

At 8 pm Friday on America’s Ballroom Challenge, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the five standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances.

Now En Español at 9 pm on Friday chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood and addresses issues of Latino identity and presentation through the lives of 5 dynamic women who dubbed “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Highlights April 12-18

KLRU Highlights

A mother’s life is turned upside down when her husband is arrested on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Surprising accomplices turn up in the search for Kitty’s assailants. Agnes and Henri call it quits, and Harry and Nancy reach an understanding on season 3, episode 3 of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

Cardinal Wolsey has been forced to move to York, and Cromwell remains in London, seeking to return the cardinal to the king’s favor on episode 2 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Follow three smart and ambitious Chicago teens who brave frigid winters, high school pressures and homelessness as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future on The Homestretch, Monday at 9 pm.

On Twice Born, Tuesday at 7 pm, see Lilly’s plastic surgery procedure and Bobby and Shelly’s delivery of their baby girl, Luelle. Geneva and Reggie visit CHOP to seek help for their unborn child, who has developed a lower urinary tract obstruction.

Escape From a Nazi Death Camp uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story of 300 prisoners at the Nazi death camp of Sobibor in Poland. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

A landmark historical film discovered by Frontline in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by the series in 1985, Memory Of The Camps shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps on Tuesday at 9 pm.

American Jerusalem, Tuesday at 10 pm, tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco.

Find out how animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation on Animal Homes, Wednesday at 7 pm.

The Great Math Mystery leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour — a provocative exploration of math’s astonishing power across the centuries at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Kamikaze, Wednesday at 9 pm, experts uncover the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Wednesday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project.

Jascha Heifetz’s story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price. Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler airs Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday at 8 pm.

Thursday at 9:30, Jewish Journey: America tells a three part story of Jewish life in the old country, the reasons behind leaving their respective homes and journeying to the US and both the establishment of communities and the great accomplishments made in the US.

60 years after Hollywood descended on Marfa, Texas to film Giant, Children of Giant explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. Airs Friday at 9 pm.

Author, creativity expert and ecologist Fran Sorin explores how to unleash creativity in our gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, meet the next creative generation at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015

KLRU celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Asian American experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. Here is a complete list of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programming on KLRU and KLRUQ. more

Cinco de Mayo on KLRU

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with back-to-back documentaries and music on May 3rd!

Arts In Context El Taller Sunday, May 3 at 1:30 pm &  Tuesday, May 5 at 10 pm
Proyecto Teatro aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences in society.  For actor and director Alejandro Pedemonte creating a space that leads to human developement through the arts was his main goal when he created Talleres Infantiles, a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students.  We follow a group of students and volunteers for a year as they work together to improve their community while maintaining their culture. more

Last Days In Vietnam on KLRU

KLRU presents the Oscar-nominated film Last Days In Vietnam: American Experience on April 28th. There will also be a preview screening on April 25th.

VACAT-LOGO-v2The Vietnamese American Community of Austin, Texas (VACAT) and KLRU invite you to a preview screening of Last Days of Vietnam on Saturday, April 25, at 3:30 pm at The Summit Elementary School in Austin (12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin, TX 78727). This event is free and open to the public.

We’ll also feature several other related programs in conjunction with this broadcast. Here’s the complete list:

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Highlights April 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Two things become clear: new nurse Phyllis Crane is not going to fit in easily and Sister Julienne and a prospective benefactor knew each other many years ago on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

On Mr. Selfridge, Harry attends a fateful auction, Henri has a flashback, and Edwards’ new book instigates a crisis for Kitty Sunday at 8 pm on Masterpiece Theater.

On Episode 1 of Wolf Hall on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm, Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his powers after failing to secure the annulment of the King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon. His hopes of returning to the king’s favor lie with the ever-loyal Thomas Cromwell.

In 2010, 10 churches were burned down in one month, igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. Independent Lens Little Hope Was Arson airs Monday at 9 pm.

Arts In Context, Monday at 10:30, features Trouble Puppet Theater: a small arts organization in East Austin that has been able to achieve critical success and growth, while taking their cutting edge puppetry to levels never seen before in Texas.

As Shelly and the baby undergo a procedure to repair the fetus’s spine, get a close-up look at this surgery on a baby in the womb – the first time ever in a major television broadcast – on Twice Born, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Part Renaissance prince, part medieval tyrant, Henry VIII is the most famous of English kings. Venture beyond the facade of his glamorous court to understand the danger and intrigue that routinely cost courtiers their heads on Inside the Court of Henry VIII, Tuesday at 8 pm.

With cutting-edge CGI animation techniques, From Billions to None will recreate the glory of passenger pigeons in flight as well as the ways in which our 19th century ancestors destroyed them all, on Tuesday at 10 pm.

On Nature Animal Homes: The Nest, Wednesday at 7 pm, learn how birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China’s first emperor on NOVA Emperor’s Ghost Army, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Hitler sees the battleship as the ultimate status symbol for his new Third Reich, but the British will stop at nothing until Hitler’s new mega weapons are at the bottom of the sea. Hitler’s Megaships airs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 pm and again on Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard With Evan Smith features Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.

On back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday, Chet visits Lufkin and Athens.

Grammy-winning performer/composer Brian Wilson teamed up with an eclectic group of acclaimed musicians to perform beloved hits from his illustrious career for Brian Wilson and Friends, Thursday at 9 pm.

Stage and screen star Norm Lewis presents a show that crosses stylistic boundaries, from opera to cabaret to gospel and everything in between on Norm Lewis: Who Am I? Friday at 8 pm.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Saturday at 7 pm.

Happy Easter from KLRU & KLRU Q

KLRU Highlights

For Easter Sunday, KLRU and KLRU-Q will feature specials on the origins and mysteries of the Christian church and more.

On KLRU:

Celebration of Peace Through Music – April 5 at 1 pm
Recorded live at Georgetown University’s DAR Constitution Hall, Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the 2014 canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII by Pope Francis. Concert conductor Sir Gilbert Levine, dubbed “The Pope’s Maestro” for creating and conducting concerts for Pope John Paul II for 17 years, leads soloists and world-class orchestral and vocal ensembles in a moving musical tribute to these three spiritual leaders. Selections include Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” “Ancient Polish Marian Hymn,” Verdi’s “Messa Da Requiem” and others. Each work reflects the popes’ shared commitment to promoting interfaith understanding and peace around the world.

Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution
Part 1: The Rock and the River  – April 5 at 3 pm
With their Messiah executed, their dreams crushed and their cause deemed subversive by the strongest empire the world had ever seen, Jesus’s followers faced a bleak future. Their movement seemed destined for extinction. Incredibly, though, Jesus’s survivors turned defeat to victory; devastation to jubilation. By one account, it happened on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Simon Peter and others envisioned the risen Jesus. Re-infused with hope and determination, Peter became an indomitable figure who would unite his group into a tight community of ardent believers. Dark days were coming however — days of persecution, imprisonment and dispersal. And when they arrived, Peter found support from an unexpected source. His name was Paul. Paul had a startling revelation that led him to embrace Peter’s faith as his own. It was a turning point in history. For once inspired, Paul turned his formidable talents to the task of spreading his new cause around the Roman Empire. Paul was educated, passionate and determined. But he was also dogmatic. And soon, he would be at the center of the most divisive conflict yet to face the young Jesus movement.

Part 2: The Empire and the Kingdom — April 5 at 4 pm
Spread outside Judea by missionaries likePeter and Paul, the Jesus movement caught on quickly among Jews and non-Jews around the Roman Empire. With success, however, came challenges: challenges from hostile locals, imperial forces and from conflicting ideas within the movement itself. Paul — adamant that there was no time for conversions — fell into open and angry confrontation with some of the oldest Jesus followers. Peter, it seems, tried to mediate the conflict. “The Rock” became a stepping stone between the camps and, for a crucial period, helped keep the movement together. But the center could not hold. Paul struck out on his own, planting churches in his image around the Mediterranean and writing letters that would become central to all later Christian theology. Finally, in 70 AD, disaster struck the headquarters of the Jesus followers. After decades of rising tension, Judea erupted in revolt against Rome. War had been raging for four years. And when Rome finally established control, it destroyed much of Jerusalem; it torched the sacred Temple and enslaved the population. The scorched ground of Judea could no longer nurture a Jewish Jesus movement. And in the end, it was Paul’s communities that would grow and change into the churches we know today.

Painted Churches of Texas — April 5 at 5 pm
From the outside, they look like many American country churches built around the turn of the last century — arched Gothic Revival windows, facades clad in white frame siding or in stone, lone steeples rising up into the Texas sky. Cross the threshold of these particular Texas churches and you’ll encounter not a simple wooden interior but an unexpected profusion of color. Nearly every surface is covered with bright painting: exuberant murals radiate from the apse, elaborate foliage trails the walls, wooden columns and baseboards shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. These are the Painted Churches of Texas. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life.

 

On KLRU-Q:

Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve: Canterbury – 3:55 pm
Simon Reeve tries medieval food and and visits the Lincoln Cathedral on a 400-mile journey to Canterbury.

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Europe – 4:55 pm
Simon Reeve travels from northern France to northern Spain and then crosses Western Europe to Rome.

Time Scanners Petra — 5:55 pm
Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Jordan to scan the ancient desert city of Petra. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, he wants to uncover its construction secrets and shed new light on this architectural wonderland lost to the West for more than 1,000 years.

Mystery of Mary Magdalene –6:55 pm
Melvyn Bragg sets out to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible’s most enigmatic and controversial figures. In the gospel accounts Mary Magdalene plays a central role in the Easter story. She is there at the cross when Jesus is crucified and she is the key witness to the resurrection. So why do so many people believe that Mary Magdalene was the seductive prostitute redeemed by Christ despite there being no reference to it in the Bible? This compelling documentary uncovers the real story behind Mary Magdalene’s legendary status, from her vital role in the first centuries of Christianity to her portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Da Vinci Code.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter part 1 — 8:00 pm
The actor traces the life of St Peter, from lowly fisherman on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to Jesus’ closest confidant who would betray his trust as an apostle in the fabled denial, and finally to the the figure regarded by the Roman Catholic Church as the first pope and bishop of Rome. In the first of two programmes, David seeks out the man behind the biblical stories, looking at how he carved an identity as both leader and flawed believer during the earliest days of Christianity.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter part 2 — 9:00 pm
The actor traces the life of Jesus’ close confidant and apostle, St Peter, by looking at the New Testament’s account of him taking charge after the Messiah’s death. In the second part of his exploration, David wonders how a man who had previously been painted as an impetuous and confused character could have filled the shoes of such a charismatic leader. He also assesses the evidence that suggests Peter was eventually martyred as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Jerusalem — 10:00 pm
Simon Reeve follows in the footsteps of travelers who made long, dangerous journeys to Jerusalem.

KLRU Celebrates Earth Day

Love your Mother — Mother Earth, that is — during the month of April with KLRU’s Earth Day programming. KLRU and KLRU-Q will be celebrating Earth Day, April 22, with specials that shine a light on the remarkable Pale Blue Dot we call home. Learn about our planet’s vast biodiversity, the problems our environment faces, and innovative solutions for a healthier Earth with programs for the whole family.

On KLRU:

Located 110 miles off the Louisiana-Texas coast, the corals of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary rank among the healthiest in the world, even though they lie in the middle of one of the most active oil and gas production areas on earth. Narrated by Penny Hammer, a Gulf Coast resident, Window In The Waves tells the intriguing story of the reefs’ formation, their essential function as a haven for marine animals, their designation as a national sanctuary in 1992 and their critical importance to the global environment. Formed millions of years ago and protected by remoteness, the three reefs collectively cover 56 square nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico- and teem with biodiversity. Stunning underwater footage gathered over the course of hundreds of dives reveals the diverse inhabitants, including hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates.
And for the kids:
Dinosaur Train and Wild Kratts join forces for an Explore the Outdoors Week, April 20-24.The Brothers Kratt and the Pteranodon family celebrate Earth Day with an eco-themed week including the premieres of new episodes.
Tiny can’t believe it when he finds out that his friend Cindy Cimolestes doesn’t like fish, but she explains that she’s a mammal and many mammals don’t eat fish. Determined, Tiny sets out to find a mammal in the Mesozoic who likes fish. She, Buddy, Cindy and Dad set out on a fishing trip, where they run into Cassie Castrocauda, a Jurassic mammal that looks like a cross between a beaver, an otter and a platypus, who also happens to love fish!
Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don are excited that Keira Chirostenotes gets to babysit them for the night while Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon go out for a dinner on the Dinosaur Night Train. Keira shows the kids how a dead log’s decomposition provides food and shelter for many living creatures. Then, Grandma and Grandpa are excited to have a whole day with their grandkids and doubly-excited to do a special project with them. Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don get to plant their own sycamore saplings and vow to visit their trees frequently to track their growth over the years.
Aviva is working on a special ring chip that will super power her “inventuring”, but it’s stolen by a mysterious lemur. Martin and Chris are off to the rescue and along the way, they learn about the amazing world of chameleons.
Wild Kratts Lemur Stink Fight — April 21 at 4 pm
While in Madagascar, the Wild Kratts hear signs of a dispute between two troops of ringtailed lemurs. So they set out to figure out just what these two lemur groups are arguing about…
Wild Kratts Capture The Fishmobile — April 22 at 4 pm
When Aviva unveils her new Fishmobile invention, designed to keep up with the rapid, precise movements of schooling fish, Chris and Martin challenge the gang to a brand new creature game.
Plus, a new nature-themed episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel Explores Nature, premieres April 20 at 9 am.

 

On KLRU-Q: 

Zero Energy America
Part 1: April 7 at 9 pm Part 2: April 14 at 9 pm
Zero Energy America is two one-hour documentaries that explore the quest for the zero-energy home. This look inside alternative technology and solutions for the energy crisis in America and abroad finds solutions around the world that show promise and hope for a new tomorrow in which a home of any size can be built that not only lowers overall energy consumption, but actually finds ways to create excess power. Zero Energy America shows the way to get there, demonstrate the solutions by visiting real world working examples and addresses the problems head on. The zero energy home is attainable today… and this documentary proves that a Zero Energy America can be our tomorrow.

We’ve Got The Power — April 21 at 9 pm
The follow-up documentary to the Emmy® Award-winning program The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green, We’ve Got the Power shows viewers how the United States can replace fossil fuels with clean energy in a way that is economically beneficial to consumers and businesses alike, and ensures a safer environment for future generations. By driving electric vehicles, installing solar on our roofs, or doing something as simple as getting a home energy audit, we all have the power to improve energy efficiency, save money, and phase out fossil fuels. We’ve Got the Power also looks at the importance of the role of government in different stages of clean energy production including research, regulations, policy making, and protecting the public and the environment from disasters like the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

Champion Trees — April 22 at 8 pm
Escaping the ravages of nature and man, the champion trees are the largest of their species in any state. With lives spanning hundreds of years, these silent sentinels have watched history unfold around them. Champion Trees is a one-hour AETN original documentary that explores these natural wonders and how they influence and inspire the people around them.

Ocean Frontiers: Dawn Of A New Era in Ocean Stewardship – April 22 at 9 pm
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, Ocean Frontiers introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. This documentary travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management — from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, Ocean Frontiers captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

So Right So Smart — April 22 at 10 pm
This program profiles companies on the cutting edge of more sustainable business practices who are proving that being environmentally friendly is both good for the earth and good for business. Their inspiring stories of leadership and innovative change provide hopeful models for the larger business community and other institutions. The primary focus of the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of Interface Inc., a global carpet manufacturer led by Ray Anderson, one of the early pioneers of green business practices. Anderson has spearheaded an often-challenging effort to transform Interface to a “restorative enterprise”; and has become an inspiration to other businesses. So Right So Smart also includes short profiles of companies who started with a commitment to green business practices, including Stonyfield Farms, Patagonia, Herman Miller, Seventh Generation and New Belgium Brewery.