Designing Healthy Communities starts 8/31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Time Team America explores the past 8/26

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

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

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

Highlights August 17-23

KLRU Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights 8/10-8/16

KLRU Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights 8/3-8/9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights 7/27 – 8/2

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Check out what’s new this week on KLRU!

Sunday night, an all-new episode of the irresistible British comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7. This week, shocking news about Kate is revealed, and Celia reluctantly introduces Alan to her sister.

The classic series of Masterpiece Mystery!, Poirot Season 12, airs at 8 p.m. Sunday. This hour-and-a-half special features Hercule Poirot thrown into global espionage as World War II approaches, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.

Mysteries continue Sunday night with an episode of Father Brown at 9:30, followed by the drama Doc Martin at 10:20 p.m.

On Monday, travel the U.S. with Antiques Roadshow back-to-back at 7 and 8 p.m. First, the antique experts head to Des Moines, Iowa to find a 1934 Rambling MIckey Mouse toy in its original box, along with a Samuel McIntire medallion worth between $200,000 and $300,000. Then, the roadshow hits Louisville, featuring James Dean’s high school yearbook.

At 9 on Monday night, a special POV documentary, Fallen City, airs on KLRU. A small city devastated by an earthquake is impressively rebuilt in two years, but the survivors continue to suffer their losses.

Musician Sarah Brightman has always dreamed of traveling to space, which inspired her album Dreamchaser. Recently announced, her dream will tentatively come true. Watch the enchanting taping of her performance, Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser In Concert, Monday night at 10.

The first episode of the Ken Burns saga Mark Twain airs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The film takes us through Sam Clemens’ early days on the Mississippi River, until eventually transforming into the revolutionary Mark Twain, writing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Next, Frontline breaks down the complicated conflict of the war in the Middle East on the special Losing Iraq, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Frontline gathers exclusive interviews, showing how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.

Then at 10:30 Tuesday night, conflict closer to home is examined on the POV documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal. A political conflict in the charming, cultural city of New Orleans is excavated, as a city council candidate threatens the influence and power of black citizens.

Don’t miss KLRU’s Science Night on Wednesday! Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. An orphaned black rhinoceros is temporarily taken in by a veterinarian, causing his four children to create a strong bond. Years later, the children seek to find out the fate of their childhood friend.

Then at 8 Wednesday night, NOVA investigates what roamed the enchanting continent of prehistoric Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters recreates the massive, dangerous reptiles that dominated the land.

More adventures into the wild Wednesday night at 9 – Sex In The Wild‘s episode Kangaroos reveals the fascinating nature of the marsupial’s mating.

End the night of learning with some live music on Austin City Limits with the French band Phoenix at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Tune in to some local shows Thursday night on KLRU! First at 7, Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, U.S. Naval officer and one of the most influential gun violence prevention advocates in the nation.

Next at 7:30 p.m., Arts In Context zooms in on a one-of-a-kind group, The Octopus Project. Expressing their art through multimedia such as music, film and technology, producing lively party music and shows has gained their popularity since 2002.

Another episode of KLRU’s Arts In Context, Mother Falcon, airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tise indie rock band started as three cellists and are accelerating into stardom.

Watch as The Daytripper heads to H-Town at 8:30 Thursday night! Starting in Chinatown, Chet heads to the Museum District and ends up in the Montrose area.

At 9 Thursday night, the special and exclusive story Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes gives credit to the geniuses Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte that intercepted Hitler’s hotline leading to D-day, and beginning the age of computers.

Get caught up with current events and news with political discussion and interview experts on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday night at 7, followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m. on KLRU.

At 8 on Friday night, a special Great Performances episode airs on KLRU with Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. In honor of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl.

This Saturday, head out to the garden with Central Texas Gardener. The episode What’s Bugging You? visits a Texas A&M entomologist, a landscape architect that attracts wildlife to her garden, and an organic farmer that conserves water with vegetables. Watch at noon or 4 p.m. on KLRU!

On Saturday night at 7, Austin City Limits showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and the Black Angels. My Morning Jacket leader James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Angels highlight cuts from their latest LP Indigo Meadow.

On the rest of your Saturday night, dig into some mysteries with Father Brown at 8 p.m. and Masterpiece Mystery!: Poirot Season 12, The Big Four at 8:50.

Highlights 7/20-7/26

KLRU Highlights

Don’t forget to find out what we have in store for you this week on KLRU! Here are the highlights:

Sunday night, we have back-to-back all-new episodes of your favorites. Starting at 7 p.m., the reality drama Last Tango in Halifax shows the elderly newlyweds Celia and Alan holding another wedding ceremony, along with interfamilial disagreements. Then, the hit series Masterpiece Mystery! debuts the new episode Endeavour, Season 2: Neverland at 8 p.m. Watch as Morse investigates the cases of a missing boy, a dead journalist and an absconder from an open prison.

Next, watch more mystery solving on KLRU with an episode of Father Brown Sunday night at 9:30 on KLRU.

Monday night, catch back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow on KLRU! First, a revisit to Salt Lake City checks out the antiques discovered on the show in 1999, plus many more, including Napoleonic prisoner-of-war pieces. Then, the show hits the road to Milwaukee to find more valuable treasures. Watch the Roadshow starting at 7 p.m. Monday!

Monday night then features a POV original documentary, Dance For Me at 9. A story about Denmark’s professional ballroom dancing culture, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young dancers.

In case you missed it, the new SXSW Flashback of 2014 airs Monday night at 10:30. Stars of the special include Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge and more, only on KLRU!

80 years after his peak, people are still fascinated with the celebrity gangster Al Capone. The program Al Capone: Icon takes a closer look at the figure and his effect on American culture Tuesday night at 7 on KLRU.

Another mobster special premieres with the series History Detectives Special Investigations attempting to find out Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hoffa, a hero to many working Americans, played a major role in the growth and development of the trucking union – then disappeared for good in July of 1975. Many mob conspiracies were investigated, but the former Teamsters president was never found. Check out the hunt through history on KLRU!

Then, an all-new Frontline, Poor Kids, airs at 9 on Tuesday night. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, the story of three young girls is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children.

The film Room to Breathe shows more intimate portrayals of underprivileged American children. The surprising story of the transformation of struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wednesday night, KLRU features its weekly science night! First, My Wild Affair tells the story of The Ape Who Went to College at 7 p.m. Taught to speak in sign language, Chantek is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

Next at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, NOVA‘s episode Australia: Life Explodes uses fossils to reveal how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.

There’s even more monkey business on KLRU science night on Sex in the Wild: Orangutans. Our close cousins are the largest tree dwellers, mating high in the jungle canopy. Learn about the art of reproduction in the wild at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Relax after these fascinating shows with Sarah Jarosz’s and The Milk Carton Kids’ Austin City Limits performances. Both acoustic talents, multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones; then, the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

The filmmaker Richard Linklater is a special guest on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday night at 7. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. Check out the exclusive interview only on KLRU!

Another of our local programs, Arts In Context: transFIGURATION explores the very nature of authorship of art and the resultant cultural response. See how artists destroy their own portrait and recover or remake it Thursday night at 7:30.

Sarah Brightman’s new album Dreamchaser is inspired by the beauty and wonder of outer space, and her lifelong dream to travel there. She is due to become the first musician to travel to the International Space Station. The special premiere of Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert follows the beginning of her journey with her performance outside of London, airing Thursday night at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

The new episode of the series Bletchley Circle airs at 9 p.m. Thursday! On Uncustomed Goods, Part 2, Millie’s abduction into a crime ring leaves her determined to help the victims of human trafficking she met.

Finally, wrap up your Thursday night with the episode The Hungry Earth of Doctor Who Series 5 at 10 p.m. on KLRU.

PBS’ acclaimed political discussion programs, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers & Company, air at 7 and 7:30 respectively on Friday evening. Get caught up with the latest news from these broadcast journalism veterans and experts as they interview key figures and discuss controversial topics.

Watch as an all-star cast pays tribute to Tina Fey, the contemporary comedic icon. Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize dedicates a feature to the winner of the 13th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss the hilarious special at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Saturday, Central Texas Gardener brings bromeliads to the garden to keep it drought-resistant. Also, a family picks intrigue over lawn on this week’s episode Structure Up With Bromeliads, airing at noon and 4 p.m. on KLRU.

Phoenix takes the stage on Austin City Limits Saturday night at 7. Watch as the French band performs their greatest hits!

The rest of KLRU’s Saturday night is filled with PBS’ hit mystery dramas. An episode of Father Brown airs at 8 p.m., followed by an episode of Masterpiece Mystery! at 8:50.

Don’t miss what’s new this week on KLRU!

Highlights 7/13-7/19

KLRU Highlights

Here’s what you can’t miss this week on KLRU!

Last Tango in Halifax, a series about a couple reunited after 60 years, continues season two on Sunday at 7 p.m. Watch the family dynamics of their grown children colliding and the revealing of a secret Celia has kept since she was 15 years old.

The brand new episode of Masterpiece Mystery!, Sway, airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Constable Endeavour Morse finds the third strangling victim of the month, putting the Oxford police in panic as he and Thursday work to narrow down suspects.

After the new Endeavour episode, our classic mystery dramas continue on Sunday night with Father Brown at 9:30 and Doc Martin at 10:15 p.m.

Monday, hit the road with Antiques Roadshow to see what hidden treasures are in Baltimore and Los Angeles. The back-to-back episodes feature an Edgar Allan Poe-inscribed book, a Titanic collection, and Disney animation art, starting at 7 p.m.

A very special POV documentary premieres Monday night at 9: Getting Back to Abnormal, co-directed by Austinite Paul Stekler, beautifully examines the nature of New Orleans’ politics and culture, centered around the complicated and ever-present issue of race. Over five years after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, the fascinating rebuilt city struggles over the election of a city council member.

Following the POV premiere, Makarios: A Rising Tide  at 10:30 p.m. on Monday documents a preschool tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education.

Time Scanners zooms in on the ancient desert city of Petra Tuesday at 7 p.m. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, Steve Burrows seeks to uncover the architectural secrets of the lost wonderland.

In 1885, eight women – two white and six black servants – were brutally murdered with an ax in Austin, Texas. Police rounded up suspects, then took to trial a white man who was eventually acquitted. The murders were forgotten, but not by our History Detectives Special Investigations team who attempts to solve the murder using special investigative techniques. Watch Texas Servant Girl Murders on KLRU at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

PBS airs a new Frontline at 9 p.m. on Tuesday: Separate and Unequal tells the story of a white community in Baton Rouge, La. that attempts to create a new city and school district to avoid majority black schools. Also, this special updates the story of Omarina Cabrera, a student featured in the 2012 film Middle School Moment about a struggling student in the Bronx.

From a neglected individual with disabilities to a national hero, Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story follows the man that changed America’s perception of people with disabilities forever. Watch the documentary at 10 on Tuesday night.

Get ready for a KLRU science night! Starting in the wild, My Wild Affair tells the story of an abandoned elephant taken in by Daphne Sheldrick, and the bond that eventually reaches a crisis. Watch The Elephant who Found a Mom on KLRU at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

NOVA goes deep into the Earth’s isolated continent to show how Australia’s ancient landscape holds clues to the world’s early history and the beginning of life. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years airs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Back to elephants: Sex in the Wild shows us just how the largest animal on land reproduces. The longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom and the birth of a 220-pound calf make elephants quite unique in the world of procreation. Watch the special on KLRU Wednesday night at 9.

Grammy award-winning Lucinda Williams is a special guest on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday night at 7. Watch as they discuss her self-titled album’s re-release after 25 years along with a Q&A for the singer and more.

Arts in Context examines the just recently respected art of tattoos. Over the past three decades, the art has undergone drastic changes – check out A Moving Canvas Thursday at 7:30 p.m. only on KLRU.

Austin’s favorite South by Southwest is put in the spotlight by KLRU on SXSW Flashback 2014 Thursday night at 8. See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

Follow Chet to Johnson City on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The birthplace and hometown of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chet visits his boyhood home and the National Historical Park, the “Texas White House.”

Don’t miss the new episode of Bletchley Circle on Thursday night at 9! In the episode Uncustomed Goods, Part 1, Millie escapes from her human trafficking abduction and decides to tip off Customs to intercept a shipment of contraband.

Doctor Who Season 5 airs its episode Amy’s Choice Thursday night at 10. Tune in to follow Doctor Who’s amazing adventures with Amy, whom he promised to take to the stars.

Get caught up on White House news on Friday night, starting with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 followed by Moyers & Company at 8. These broadcast journalism legends showcase their expertise with special interviews and insight to present, pressing political issues.

Everyone adores Ellen, proven by Degeneres’ award of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Celebrate her hilarious success on the special Ellen Degeneres: The Mark Twain Prize on Friday at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Austin City Limits features Randy Newman, the comical and influential singer songwriter. Watch the special performance with the multitalented artist on Friday night at 9:30 on KLRU.

Get answers to your top questions on summertime pond care on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a backyard stream inspired by a garage sale find.

Austin City Limits showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids Saturday night at 7.

The rest of our Saturday night is full of addicting dramas: first with crime-solving Father Brown and Masterpiece Mystery!, then with the chaotic world of Doc Martin. The priest solves his community’s mysteries with an episode at 8 p.m., followed by this week’s new episode of Endeavour, Season 2 on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 p.m. Following, Doc Martin‘s episode Midwife Crisis airs at 10 p.m.

Highlights 7/6 to 7/12

KLRU Highlights

Last Tango in Halifax season 2 continues Sunday at 7 pm as Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension.

Masterpiece Mystery Endeavour season 2 continues Sunday at 8 pm as an elderly man is murdered with a ceremonial dagger and Morse’s investigation leads him to an isolated and dreary school for girls.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm looks back at some of the items appraised in Toronto, Canada, in 1999 and how their values have fared in today’s market.

POV Monday at 9 pm focuses on the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, as covered by Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker.

Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. Learn more about her on Independent Lens Strong Monday at 10 pm.

Laser-scanning experts go to St Paul’s Cathedral to get new insight into this iconic architectural masterpiece on Time Scanners at 7 pm Tuesday.

History Detectives at 8 pm Tuesday investigate the disappearance of legendary entertainer Glenn Miller.

In Secrets of the Vatican, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday meets a new breed of experts who are approaching cold case art mysteries determined to discover who committed the art.

Using sophisticated scientific analysis Secrets of the Dead at 9 pm Wednesday attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in art history: is the Mona Lisa the world knows so well the original version?

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its Like Clockwork LP on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon talks about his career on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, Bee Gees One Night Only Thursday at 7:30 pm showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits.

An all-star cast including Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph honor comedy icon Carol Burnett on the Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday.

Curbside recycling takes on a new spin with bicyclists who turn leftovers into compost on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Plus, find out where your organic garden really starts.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm with a selection of his greatest tunes.

 

 

 

Highlights 6/29-7/5

KLRU Highlights

Find out what’s worth watching this week on KLRU!

Sunday, June 29th is a special day on KLRU as we host two season premieres! Starting with the premiere of Last Tango in Halifax Season Two, childhood sweethearts, now widowed in their 70s, reunite over the Internet and rekindle their love. The couple, while a testament to timeless love, faces complications with their grown daughters.

Next at 8 p.m., the 90-minute season two premiere of Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour takes us another step in the shoes of Inspector Morse as he digs deeper into the murder mystery.

More dramas follow the season premieres, with an episode of the classic Father Brown at 9:30 p.m. followed by the episode “Perish Together as Fools” of Doc Martin at 10:20 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow in Columbus and then Pittsburgh starting at 7 p.m. Monday. Highlights from the antiques include a letter from Thomas Jefferson valued around $350,000, a Marx “Roy Rogers” play set, and a gold, silver and ruby bracelet worth around $10,000.

Grace Lee Boggs of Detroit is a 98-year-old Chinese American philosopher, activist, writer, and more. She brings a wise perspective on American revolutions from her experience in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements. Watch a special feature on this amazing woman, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee on Monday night at 9 on KLRU.

Ken Burns is pairing with PBS for a 7-part epic titled The Roosevelts. Before the series begins this fall, watch a special preview with behind-the-scenes details on the renown documentarian’s filmmaking process on PBS Previews: The Roosevelts. Tune in at 10:30 p.m. on Monday on KLRU.

The investigative team, the Time Scanners, travels to Egypt to scan the amazing pyramids and find out how they evolved into some of the most amazing structures of the ancient world. Watch Egyptian Pyramids on Tuesday night at 7 on KLRU!

On April 27, 1865, the Mississippi steamboat USS Sultana was packed with Union soldiers, and its explosion led to the worst maritime naval disasters in U.S. history. Find out the details on History Detectives Special Investigations: Civil War Sabotage? at 8 p.m. Tuesday and find out if the death toll was reported slimmer than reality, and if the ship sank due to the Confederacy or not.

PBS’ Frontline investigates the crackdown on insider trading with FBI wiretaps, exclusive footage and more on the special To Catch a Trader at 9 on Tuesday night.

Employee-owned businesses are more than underrated, as award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin present in their documentary Shift Change. Learn about the business behind co-operative businesses at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The driving demand for salmon has led to biologists and engineers engaging in audacious experiments to shore up their numbers. Wednesday night at 7, watch Salmon: Running the Gauntlet on Nature that shows us what these processes are doing to the species and how one might be able to change it.

KLRU continues Wednesday’s science night at 8 p.m. with a supernatural episode of NOVA! Ghosts of Murdered Kings tells the story of the hunt through Ireland’s County Tipperary to investigate the violent, mysterious deaths of bog bodies.

When colonial estate manager Willie Peppe set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they’d find. Secrets of the Dead: Bones of the Buddha tells the story of the amazing discovery of ancient gems and jewels on Wednesday night at 9.

Unwind with an Austin City Limits performance by modern rock band Wilco at 10 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

The best-selling book Game Change spawned an Emmy Award-winning film. Meet the authors and political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Travel around Texas with Chet from The Daytripper! At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, he visits the International Bowling Hall of Fame and takes a private bowling lesson from a Team USA coach in Arlington. Then at 8 p.m. Chet travels to Abilene to try some artisan peanut brittle and learn about the Texas Frontier. Summing up this Thursday’s tour, Chet explores Orange, Texas to go alligator watching in an airboat at 8:30 p.m.

The seductive, thrilling drama Bletchley Circle is on Thursday night at 9 with the episode Blood on Their Hands, Pt. 1. Another striking PBS drama, Doctor Who, airs at 10 p.m. with Flesh and Stone, the Series 5 opening. Doctor Who and his newfound friend Amy become embroiled in an alien plot that could destroy the Earth!

Tom Bergeron hosts the 34th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth at 7 pm and 8:30 pm Friday. The country’s national Independence Day celebration features celebrity and a fireworks display.

See how to grow and design enchanting succulent gardens that stand up to drought and heat on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a cactus and succulent game changer who’s helped bring succulents into home gardens.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.