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.

 

 

 

Highlights 6/22-6/28

KLRU Highlights

Check out what you need to watch this week on KLRU!

The past and present wonders of the “tube” in London is explored on Secrets of Underground London, showing at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A brilliant defense lawyer, nicknamed the Escape Artist, gets caught in a bind with a case that changes his life forever. Watch Masterpiece Mystery!’s The Escape Artist, Part Two at 8 on Sunday night.

Solve more mysteries with the kind cleric Father Brown with an episode at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Starting in Tampa and ending up in Atlanta, Antiques Roadshow compares their trips to these cities 15 years ago to now. A fork from the Hindenburg disaster and a letter from Abraham Lincoln are included on these back-to-back episodes starting at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The young, rising independent filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 25, leading him to make the inspiring film When I Walk. Watch the young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life at 9 p.m. on Monday.

Between 1914 and 1924, the iconic men Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs and later Harvey Firestone decided to go on an adventure to escape their everyday lives, trekking through Florida’s Everglades. Learn of their adventure on Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

In 1963, the nation changed forever when thousands of Americans marched on Washington to demand their civil rights. See how it formed and almost didn’t happen on the documentary March at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Continue going behind the scenes of vital events from the Civil Rights Movement with Freedom Summer: American Experience. The documentary investigates the murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

More reflection on the development of American civil rights from Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories focuses on our city while history was in the making, Tuesday night at 10.

Hopping back to the present, Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American looks at the current celebration of African American culture in our state at 10:30 on Tuesday night.

Nature shows us the fascinating features of Fabulous Frogs at 7 on Wednesday night.

NOVA examines the horrific, deadly earthquakes of 2010 that produced one of the highest annual death tolls ever recorded. Watch Deadliest Earthquakes at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on KLRU.

Continue going in depth into the natural tragedies that have plagued the Earth with Surviving the Tsunami: A Special NOVA Presentation. The special features true stories of survivors from the 2011 earthquake, the worst to ever hit Japan, starting at 9 on Wednesday night.

R&B grooves the ACL stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Discuss breaking issues with prominent figures on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

KLRU’s original program Arts in Context explores well-known artists’ behavior with their own portraits on the special Transfiguration. Watch them purposely destroy their own photographic portrait and then recover or remake it anew starting at 7:30 on Thursday night.

Over three years of filming produced a look into the life of a painter who can’t stop painting on the documentary Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable airing at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Daytripper heads to Lufkin, Texas to paddle the Neches and hike in one of the state’s four National Forests at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Bletchley Circle‘s episode three premiers on KLRU at 9 Thursday night as the mystery killer becomes obsessed with Susan and starts to follow her.

Doctor Who Series 5 continues with the episode The Time of Angels at 10 on Thursday night, with the Doctor and Amy being summoned to destroy the last Weeping Angel.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers & Company keep us up-to-date on what’s happening in our country starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.

With too many bands to list, All ATX: A Celebration of Austin Musicians shows a performance of all of Austin’s best in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Delve into the Unforgettable Hampton Family on the documentary that shows how Deacon Clark Hampton, a son of slaves, lifted his twelve children out of poverty by making them into successful musicians, airing Friday night at 10.

Find out what’s up with vertical planters for indoor gardening and small spaces outdoors on Central Texas Gardener, Saturday at noon and 4 p.m.

Watch on Saturday night at 7 as Austin City Limits hosts Wilco in a performance promoting their new LP, The Whole Love.

Inspector Morse must choose between the responsibilities of his job and loyalty to his mentor on Endeavour, Series I: Home at 8:45 on Saturday night, followed by the drama Doc Martin at 10:15.

Highlights 6/15-6/21

KLRU Highlights

What to watch this week? Check out our highlights and mark your calendars for your favorite programs on KLRU.

What does it take to become a modern-day Sherlock Holmes? Secrets of Scotland Yard goes in-depth into the legendary police force on Sunday at 7 pm.

The legal thriller The Escape Artist, Part One of Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 8 pm tells the story of a lawyer nicknamed “The Escape Artist” for his ability to beat cases against the obviously guilty. Watch his struggle with an unnerving defendant and courtroom enemies.

Solve even more mysteries with the classic Father Brown on the episode The Prize of Colonel Gerard on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow has a flashback to their first trip to Providence, Rhode Island 15 years ago, and again a flashback to the first trip to Houston, Texas in 1998. Find out what’s still valuable and what’s not starting at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The special American Pharaoh shows American Bob Bradley coaches the Egyptian national soccer team as it attempts to qualify for the World Cup at 9 p.m. Monday.

The first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson is viewed in historical and theological context on Independent Lens: Love Free or Die at 10 p.m. Monday.

Get the inside take on Ken Burns’ upcoming film The Roosevelts on PBS Previews at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to see what it takes to make a Ken Burns epic, and what’s special about this one.

Watch interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Depriving transportation was a key way to hinder African-Americans during the civil rights movement, but this group of oppressed Americans decided to stand their ground. The moving documentary Freedom Riders: American Experience airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

More insight into the African-American culture follows with The New Black, a documentary airing at 10 p.m. on Tuesday that focuses on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland among the black community.

Nature zooms in on animals’ family lives in the surreal landscape of Africa, detailing the delicate processes of parenthood and young life starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space? Watch NOVA‘s At the Edge of Space at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Who really is the man behind the iconic image of Stephen Hawking? The film Hawking gives insight into the personal life of one of the most remarkable minds of the modern age, starting at 9 on Wednesday night.

Watch performances by some of the best Americana bands, The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope on the ACL stage on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Watch a Q&A with the power couple of musicians that started Yo La Tengo, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 p.m.

Observing the Juneteenth celebration in Bell County in Texas, Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday takes a look into the past to see how far we’ve come as a state with the African-American community.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories at 8 p.m. Thursday features interviews with Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

The Daytripper heads to Abilene, Texas Thursday at 8:30 p.m. to examine the wild frontier, only to end up scuba diving in a 1960s nuclear missile silo.

The ladies of Bletchley Circle have to skirt their way around the Scotland Yard’s orders to stop a killer Thursday night at 9.

Doctor Who Series 5 continues with the episode Victory of the Daleks, Thursday night at 10.

Friday night, it’s time to catch up with the week’s events and current issues with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m. followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Doc Watson & David Holt at 8 p.m. Friday spotlights the signature sound and indomitable spirit of the blind five-time Grammy winner Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson.

Art and tranquility resound in a stair-stepped garden once home to grass on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Plus, see how to whittle lawn for comfort zones in drought.

Groove to R&B with R&B on the ACL stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Austin City Limits showcases these greats at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The young detective Endeavour Morse was ready to turn in his resignation, until a murder came about that only he could solve. Watch Endeavour, Series 1: Rocket at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The drama Doc Martin set in Cornwall in the United Kingdom is centered around the Doc’s life at work and at home. Watch the episode Better the Devil at 10:15 on Saturday night.

Highlights – 6/8-6/14

KLRU Highlights

Check out what’s coming up this week on KLRU!

Sunday night, Lent At Ephesus explores life in a monastery with highly musical nuns performing full-length beautiful and traditional chants. Check out their routine of eight songs a day at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Masterpiece Mystery! follows Inspector Morse through crimes that put his position in the workforce in jeopardy on Endeavour, Series I: Girl on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 p.m. on Monday is in San Francisco to discover the treasures unsurfaced after the record-breaking 1998 rainfall.

Michael Palin meets native tribes, vaqueros, and eats Amazonian food as he traces history and culture on Brazil with Michael Palin. Watch back-to-back episodes Out of Africa and Into Amazonia starting at 8 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, explore the remote areas and the massive capital city on back-to-back episodes with The Road to Rio at 8 and The Deep South at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Independent Lens reflects on the AIDS epidemic that set fire in San Francisco in the 1980s, and how it affected the community both positively and negatively on the special We Were Here starting at 10 p.m. on Monday.

What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went looking for a city of gold – the Lost City of “Z” – in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever? Lost in the Amazon from the Secrets of the Dead investigates the ancient cities buried in the jungle that Fawcett may have found at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The gay rights movement suffered a huge blow in the late 1970s when Miami-Dade County lawmakers debated an ordinance for anti-discrimination for any ”affectional or sexual preference.” Day it Snowed in Miami retraces the process of approval and then successful repeal of the progressive law on Tuesday at 10 pm.

Part of the massive Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world on Nature: Fortress of the Bears Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday meets NASA on Earth from Space to produce dazzling visual sequences from satellite data. Hurricanes, dust fertilizing the Amazon, a waterfall that helps drive the world’s ocean currents and more.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the ACL stage with his greatest hits and new material on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith features author and Chief National Correspondent of The New York Times magazine, Mark Leibovich, to discuss the stir in Washington his latest book created at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Part documentary, part performance, the episode Bill Carter & The Blame of Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday features Texas music legend Bill Carter, a songwriter that produced a massive amount of material including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Cowboys stadium, a Texas Rangers game, and the International Bowling Hall of Fame are all on Chet’s checklist in the epicenter of Dallas-Fort Worth event venues. Arlington, Texas is featured on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on The Daytripper.

A string of London murders in 1952 bring together women from the same town on the drama Bletchley Circle. Watch episode 1 to dive into the show on Thursday at 9 p.m.

Doctor Who Series 5 airs at 10 on Thursday night with the episode The Beast Below, with the Eleventh Doctor waking to a young girl he promises to take to the stars.

Catch up with what’s going on in Washington and beyond with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill on Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m.

Nashville 2.0 features the center of America’s music melting pot on Friday at 8 p.m. with styles like country, R&B, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, and more.

What’s that plant in your favorite cocktail? Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, blends facts and fun behind the world’s great drinks on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.. On tour, toast author Lucinda Hutson’s Tequila Cantina and vibrant garden that’s always in party mode.

Saturday night, the best of Americana hits the ACL stage on Austin City Limits with performances by The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope. Tune in at 7 to jam only on KLRU!

Our favorite crime-solving priest, Father Brown, airs on Friday night at 8 with its episode The Three Tools of Death.

Highlights – 6/1-6/7

Here are the highlights on KLRU to start off June!

On Sunday at 9 p.m., travel guru Rick Steves gives tips on the best places in Italy Rick Steves’ Italy: Cities of Dreams.

Monday at 7 p.m., watch Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden for some of the best from the young jazz talent.

Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You at 8:30 p.m. Monday focuses on both data and understanding of ourselves and personal needs to correct bad financial behavior.

America’s Test Kitchen demonstrates how to cook the most basic meat and potatoes in the most delicious way at 10:30 on Monday night.

Turning the radio back in time, the program Big Band Years at 7 p.m. on Tuesday remembers the songs that got America through World War II. Host Peter Marshall also shows us rare, live, and unreleased footage from the Big Band days.

Join Davy Jones and Peter Noone for 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 9 p.m. Tuesday night. From frat rock to surf pop, British bands to Motown, these hits will soothe your soul.

Earthflight Wednesday at 7 p.m. looks at how the film crew got all of the amazing footage of natural flying creatures. Another feature of this Nature Special is showing the close relationships developed between the birds and the crew.

The creator of the #1 dance of all time, Chubby Checker, comes to the My Music stage and performs “The Twist” for a special look into the 50s and 60s Party Songs at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Zoom in on Texas culture on One Square Mile: Texas at 7 p.m. on Thursday night to find out the diversity present in close quarters.

Dr. Wayne Dyer: I Can See Clearly Now presents personal stories and philosophical illustrations to show on Thursday  at 8 p.m.

Get to the root of your plants’ problems with Central Texas Gardener: What’s Eating My Plants? on Saturday at noon.

Reminisce with legendary performances from the Ed Sullivan Show on Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics at 7 p.m. Saturday including clips of The Beatles’ first American television appearance, The Doors’ one and only performance and more.

Continue to relive performances from iconic music groups with Bee Gees: One Night Only at 9 p.m. on Saturday. One of the few concerts ever recorded of the Bee Gees, they perform hits like “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” and more.

Relax with us on the warm June evenings with these highlights on KLRU!

Highlights May 25 – 31

KLRU Highlights

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 10 pm featuring a variety of performances on the U.S. Capitol lawn to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed services.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 p.m. Monday features host Mark L. Walberg in Richmond, Virginia looking at a 1935 Bride of Frankenstein pressbook and more.

The bloodiest war in American history changed the country’s culture forever, in part by the unprecedented scale of casualties it produced. The documentary Death and Civil War: The American Experience directed by Ric Burns describes the effects of the war at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Coming Back With Wes Moore at 7 p.m. on Tuesday features American veterans who have come home and are finding their place as a non-serving citizen. The episode “Moving Forward” documents several personal accounts of veterans’ goals in the new chapter of their lives, some facing hardships and others success.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the film D-day 360 re-creates the legendary World War II battlefield with software that reproduces both the macro and micro scale of the scene.

Frontline‘s premier Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria goes on the ground at 9 p.m. Tuesday with right-wing Ukrainians telling their story of hatred with their Russian counterparts. Then in Syria, Frontline finds rebel fighters that claim they are armed and trained secretly by American forces.

Tattooed Under Fire at 10 p.m. on Tuesday reveals personal accounts of Iraq-bound or returning soldiers while they’re under the needle: whether the tattoos signify pain, excitement, patriotism, or death, these tattoos send a message from the hearts of our war heroes.

Nature zooms in on our country’s trademark, the American Bald Eagle, and its endangerment on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

NOVA goes underwater to explore “D-day’s Sunken Secrets” on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Diving into the Normandy beaches, specialists find evidence of the key components of the Allies’ successful technology used to defeat Nazi Germany.

Austin City Limits features contemporary folk rock bands Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly, performing their best hits and new material at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Overheard with Evan Smith talks with Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist often featured on MSNBC’s Meet the Press and other programs.

Arts in Context explores the history of tattoo artistry on its episode “A Moving Canvas” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday The Daytripper travels to Orange, Texas to visit restaurants, museums, and looks at alligators from an airboat.

A low-income high school band is documented on Arts in Context at 8:30 p.m., revealing the strain school budgets puts on arts programs and the impact on the community.

An Austin edition of Arts in Context at 9 p.m. Thursday features summer campers of Austin Lyric Opera’s “Opera Odyssey” camp that produce and perform their own show “Quarantine.”

The Doctor’s time-traveling spaceship TARDIS comes to a crash in The Eleventh Hour of Doctor Who at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

This week’s Central Texas Gardener focuses on how to “Make A Splash!” with creative water sources for your garden. The program will air at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

60s Pop, Rock & Soul features artists Davy Jones, Peter Noone, and many more on the “My Music” stage on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The first English group to tour America and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Dave Clark Five are put in the spotlight at 9 p.m. on Saturday with interviews from legends Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and many more celebrities.

The legendary performance Grateful Dead – Dead Ahead from Halloween 1980 at the Radio City Music Hall, or the “Showplace of the Nation,” comes on KLRU at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Highlights May 18 – 24

KLRU Highlights

As preparations are made for Chummy to nurse her dying mother at home, Jenny feels drawn to help on Call the Midwife Sunday at 7 pm. While Shelagh and Dr. Turner await news from the Adoption Society, Shelagh pulls out all the stops when she enters her choir into a competition.

Justice is served, and so is romance on the finale of Masterpiece Mr Selfridge on Sunday at 8 pm as soldiers return, others leave for the front and all at Selfridges remain calm and carry on.

On Independent Lens “Seeking Asian Female” Monday at 8 pm two strangers — an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman — pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.

Independent Lens “God Loves Uganda” Monday at 9 pm explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

Part two of Coming Back Home with Wes Moore at 7 pm Tuesday reflects on the idea of fitting in when you and the home you are returning to is fundamentally changed by war.

Escape from Nazi Death Camp at 8 pm Tuesday uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story.

In the second part of “United States of Secrets,” Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores the role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency’s dragnet.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday recreates the extreme engineering challenges faced by British engineers as they fought the German war machine.

Presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about politics on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Groundbreaking experimental dancer Deborah Hay challenges perception of dance and space on Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Operation Appreciation Thursday at 8 pm follows volunteers from Georgetown, as they give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat.

Chet heads to Mason, the “Gem of the Hill Country,” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Tattooed Under Fire Thursday at 9 pm gives a unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears.

Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by generations of those remarkable women of soul that overcame adversity through the power and passion of their music on In Performance at the White House Women of Soul Friday at 8 pm.

In Performance at the White House Memphis Soul Friday at 9 pm honors the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records.

What’s that insect in your garden? Meet the look-alikes to see who’s naughty and who’s nice on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, Natural Bridge Caverns plants on top for what’s going on below.

Contemporary folk rock takes the stage with Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Highlights May 11 – May 17

KLRU Highlights

Light of the Valley Sunday at 1:30 pm tells the inspiring story of the 15th renovation of the Swayambu Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, recognized as one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist world.

Concert footage, interviews and magical offstage moments are interwoven into this documentary about Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble’s 15th anniversary performance on  Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Sunday at 2 pm.

Asia Society Texas Center at 3 pm Sunday explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District.

Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in grave danger and Jenny returns from the Mother House on Call the Midwife Sunday at 7 pm.

Harry’s secret service contact does him a favor on Masterpiece Mr. Selfridge Season 2, Part 7. Mae and Loxley cross swords. LeClair gets good news – and bad.

In Richmond, Virginia, Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Reid Dunavant travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to talk about silver coffee and teapots, Monday at 7 pm.

Whether it’s a ceramic dog or a painted cat, Antiques Roadshow at 8 pm Monday is chock full of appraisals featuring felines and canines – in sculpture, on canvas and in many other forms.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents The World Before Her. This documentary is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.

Independent Lens “Let the Fire Burn” at 10 pm Monday brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

Wes Moore explores the questions surrounding the difficulty with the process of coming back from war on episode one of Coming Back with Wes Moore at 7 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today.

Mulberry Child at 10 pm Tuesday tells the moving story of author Jian Ping and her family’s struggle to survive China’s Cultural Revolution of 1966-1979.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday talks to scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists that regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

Amy Tan, the author of three best-selling novels including The Joy Luck Club and her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Meet Austin’s indie video game developers who push games to new frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Film School Shorts at 8 pm Thursday features University of Texas student Hammad Rizvi’s film Road to Peshawar. During the Soviet-Afghan War, a father leads his injured daughter through the treacherous Peshawar Pass. In a literal minefield, her fate becomes linked to that of a Soviet sniper.

Chet heads to Lufkin to explore the Texas Piney Woods and one of Texas’s four National Forests on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 9 pm Thursday explores the remote Texas city of Marfa, which attracts visitors including those interested in literary pursuits, fine arts and the metaphysical.

American Masters at 8 pm Friday showcases the remarkable life of famed participatory journalist George Plimpton: writer, editor, amateur sportsman and actor. Using Plimpton’s own narration, interviews with friends, family and contemporaries, and previously unseen archival material, the film creates a compelling portrait of a one-of-a-kind person.

Find out what’s going on underground to keep your plants at top performance on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday. On tour, visit the Texas Quilt Museum and its heritage plant garden patterned like a quilt.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents indie rock with Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear.

Stories of Service begin this month

In recognition of Memorial Day on May 26th, KLRU and KLRU Q are offering several programs this month on veterans issues. These programs are part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation’s veterans transition to civilian life.

Coming Back with Wes Moore
Tuesdays, May 13, 20 & 27 at 7 pm
This series, produced by best-selling author and US Army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing vets returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and — for many — find a new mission.

Operation Appreciation
Thursday, May 22, at 8 pm; Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
This documentary follows the efforts of volunteers from Sun City Texas that come together on a mission to show appreciation to the soldiers at Fort Hood.

Tattooed Under Fire
Thursday, May 22, at 9 pm; Tuesday, May 27, at 10 pm
A unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25, at 7 pm and 8:30 pm; Monday, May 26, at 10 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast, a 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.

Death and The Civil War: American Experience
Monday, May 26, at 8 pm
From filmmaker Ric Burns, “Death and the Civil War” explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. With the coming of the Civil War and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before — permanently altering the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people.

D-Day 360
Tuesday, May 27, at 8 pm
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 soldiers onto the beaches.

Nova D-Day’s Sunken Secrets
Wednesday, May 28, at 8 pm
A vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

The 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) called Veterans Coming Home. 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 as part of Veterans Coming Home.  More programming is planned for later this year including Makers “Women & War” (September 2014) and Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

 

KLRU Q presents a Memorial Day marathon of programs on Sunday, May 25th

1:05pm  We Served Too: The Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots - A look at how the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots broke through barriers during World War II.
 
2:00pm  Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen - The triumphant story of the African-American airmen who served their country during World War II.
 
3:00pm  Nickels From Heaven - Recounts the experiences of the “Triple Nickles,” the first African- American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers.
 
 
4:00pm  Gathering of Heroes World War II veterans from Indiana embark on trek to visit the memorial that honors their sacrifice.
 
4:30pm  Charles Murray, Defining A Hero The heroic World War II experience of Congressional Medal of Honor Charles Murray are detailed.
 
5:00pm  Maggie’s War: A True Story of Courage, Leadership and Valor in World War II - James Megellas, a fearless World War II platoon leader, returns to Europe to visit battlefields.
 
6:00pm  T. Moffatt Burris and the Crossing - Moffatt Burriss’ heroic actions in Operation Market Garden during World War II are detailed. (Portrayed by Robert Redford in 1977 Richard Attenborough film “A Bridge Too Far.”)
 
6:30pm  Ted Bell and the Ridge - Col. Ted Bell became The Citadel’s most decorated World War II veteran for his valor in Okinawa.
 
7:00pm  Last Ridge - National Public Radio’s Scott Simon narrates the remarkable story of the 10th Mountain Division.
 
8:00pm  Unforgettable: The Korean War - A diverse group of Korean War veterans recall their memories and emotions of the war.
 
9:00pm  Vietnam War Stories Personal memories of service and sacrifice are shared, giving an insight into the experience of war.
 
10:00pm  As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos Examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on artists from south Texas.

Highlights May 4 – May 10

KLRU Highlights

Pennsylvania Ballet At 50 Sunday at 2 pm showcases one of Philadelphia’s cultural treasures, Pennsylvania Ballet, and honors the company’s golden anniversary.

Shelagh decides to talk to Dr. Turner about adopting a baby as Patsy struggles to adapt to the unpredictable and chaotic working life that midwifery brings, in Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Members of the staff are dying at the front while LeClair and Harry’s troubles deepen in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 6, Sunday at 8 pm.

When an ex-serviceman drops dead in the street, Father Brown investigates the facility where he was a patient. Could something sinister lie beneath the surface at Danvers Retreat? Find out in The Maddest Of All, Sunday at 10 pm.

Mrs. Tishell returns to the village as Doc Martin has to work out what is wrong with beachcomber Lorna, in The Practice Around The Corner, Sunday at 11 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in Anaheim, California and heads to Joseff Jewelry to discuss Hollywood costume jewelry, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Minneapolis to The Wabasha Street Caves provide the perfect noir background to discuss the history and collecting of flashlights, Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens  tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, a promising young African-American reporter for The New York Times caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters, on  A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, And Jayson Blair Monday at 9 pm.

Light Of The Valley: The 15th Renovation Of Swayambhu presents the inspiring story about one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist world, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television‘s Acting Funny peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Secrets Of The Dead examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical in The Lost Gardens Of Babylon, Tuesday at 8.

Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? Find the answer as Frontline investigates in Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, Tuesday at 9.

Japanese American Lives brings to life the inspiring story of a remarkable woman and judo master, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature takes the dive of a lifetime, to a tiny outpost 300 miles off the coast of Central American – Shark Mountain, Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA  teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts in Why Sharks Attack, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Nazi Mega Weapons explores the most technologically advanced plane of World War II in Jet Fighter Me262, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Saturday Night Live Cast Member Noel Wells visits Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover how Shakey Graves turned his one-man band into a do-it-yourself success story as Arts In Context presents Not Alone, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges of Understanding explores how  famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District, Thursday at 8 pm.

The Daytripper visits Abilene, Texas and explores the history of the wild Texas frontier Thursday at 8 pm.

Russia’s Open Book: Writing In The Age Of Putin tells  the story of America and Europe’s love of Russian literature and introduces audiences to a new generation of Russian writers, Thursday at 9 pm.

Silk Road Ensemble With Yo-yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes journey with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, intercut with performances from his latest tour, Friday at 8 pm.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Friday 9 pm.

A local flower farmer makes fresh cuts all year long in Central Texas Gardener‘s Summertime Flower Power, Saturday at noon.

Brittany transforms into a Spanish Gypsy as she has a foot-stomping good time learning Flamenco in Rhythm Abroad‘s Spain, Saturday at 5 pm.

White Stripes leader Jack White performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss on Austin City Limits, Saturday at 7 pm.