Highlights March 29 to April 4

KLRU Highlights

A new season of Call the Midwife starts this week! Nurse Barbara Gilbert arrives at Nonnatus and, after a disastrous start, earns the respect of her colleagues by helping a new mother overcome difficulties on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The third season of the popular series, which stars Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store, picks up the story in 1919 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part film, tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 pm.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural at 10:30 pm Monday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

Witness groundbreaking fetal surgery in this miniseries that takes an intimate, inside look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where rare surgeries are performed on babies inside the womb part 1 of Twice Born air at 7 pm Tuesday

Alex Gibney, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, discusses his new film Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Blue Lapis Light, a group that transforms urban environments into works of art specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments.

RX: The Quiet Revolution at 8 pm Thursday takes cameras across America to focus on the challenges and triumphs in our country’s health care delivery system.

Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter, star of the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, performs songs from his latest album, Billy’s Back on Broadway, and other favorites on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Great Performances at 9 pm Friday presents Annie Lennox performing songs from her album Nostalgia.

Get the secret to growing finicky lavender, plus tips on indoor aromatherapy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a drought defiant garden turned blank land into sensational outdoor living.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Sheeran lights up hits “Sing!” and “A-Team,” while June burns through material from her acclaimed LP Pushin’ Against a Stone.

Holocaust Remembrance programming

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance, KLRU will be airing programs throughout the month of April highlighting Jewish achievements and remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

We start the month off with a Passover special for children.
Sesame Street It’s Passover, Grover!  April 1 at 1 pm; April 2 at 6:30 am; April 4 at 8 am
It’s almost time to celebrate Passover and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved!

Online, you can watch our Austin Revealed episodes on the Jewish experience in Austin: Building Bridges, In Harmony, Something Unique, Who I Used to Be & The Ark.

Mid-April, KLRU focuses on Holocaust Remembrance programming.

Escape from A Nazi Death Camp April 14 at 8 pm
October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. The multi-layered plot unfolds like a Hollywood blockbuster — from the last-minute change to the escape plan forced by an unexpected arrival of a train load of SS soldiers, to the systematic luring of individual camp guards to separate locations and different, highly creative deaths, yet every terrible and inspiring moment of this story is absolutely true.

FRONTLINE Memory of the Camps April 14 at 9 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, the documentary shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps.  Drawing on initial editing done by famed director Alfred Hitchcock before the film was shelved 70 years ago, FRONTLINE reconstituted the forgotten reels and script and showed them in public for the first time 30 years ago.

American Jerusalem Jews and the Making of San Francisco April 14 at 10 pm
American Jerusalem tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco. Drawn to California by the Gold Rush, Jews were welcomed in San Francisco as nowhere else and would go on to build a thriving community, the second largest Jewish community in the United States after New York. With their newfound freedom, Jews played a central role in the transformation of this once-sleepy maritime village into the largest metropolis in the American West. As Jews integrated into mainstream San Francisco society, they were forced to reinvent what it meant for them to be Jewish, to create in essence a new kind of Jew – San Francisco Jew.

Arts In Context Producing Light April 16 at 7:30 pm;  April 19 at 1 pm.
Arts in Context 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. With unprecedented access to the dancers and staff on and off the stage, Producer/ Director Karen Bernstein and Cinematographer Deborah Lewis provide a unique look into production for Mills’ harrowing work on survival amidst a climate of indifference and hate.

American Masters Jascha Heifetz April 16 at 8:30 pm; April 17 at 8 pm; April 19 at 2 pm Discover the mysterious violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students, archival performances and home movies. His story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price.

Jewish Journey: America April 16 at 9:30 pm; April 19 at 3 pm
A film that tells the 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.

Tune in to KLRU-Q for even more programming:

The Story of The Jews With Simon Schama
Episode 1: The Beginning — April 9 at 10 pm, April 12 at 4 pm
The story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this “God of Words” that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way – war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation. The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following “in the footsteps” of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem.

Episode 2: Among Believers — April 16 at 10 pm, April 19 at 4 pm
Schama’s epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity – and sometimes their lives – under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labeled “Christ-killers” by the Christians or “dhimmi” (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence. Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the heart-rending story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Episode 3: A Leap of Faith — April 23 at 10 pm, April 26 at 4pm
Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down – allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music, and the stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice, decked out in the new clothes of romantic nationalism and the pseudo-science of anti-semitism. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution

Episode 4: Over The Rainbow – April 30 at 10 pm, May 3 at 4 pm
Schama plunges viewers into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, where Schama’s own family logged wood and fought wolves, to the boulevards of Odessa, where shtetl kids argued the merits of revolutionary socialism over Zionism. From the Ukrainian city of Uman,where today thousands of the Hasidim chant and sing over the tomb of the wonder-working Rabbi Nachman, to the streets of Manhattan’s lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. The program returns, with grim inevitability, to Eastern Europe in 1940, where the genocidal mechanisms of the “final solution” were beginning to grind the shtetl world into dust and ash.

Episode 5: Return — May 7 at 10, May 10 at 4 pm
Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality – and the consequences for the world. With contributions from writer David Grossman, photographer Micha Bar-Am, kibbutz founder Freddie Kahan, West Bank settler Zvi Cooper and Palestinian villager Yacoub Odeh, the film explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

Fire in the Forest: The Life and Legacy of the Ba’al Shem Tov — April 12 at 5 pm
Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698-1760), known as the Ba’al Shem Tov (“Master of the Good Name”), is one of the most beloved and celebrated, yet elusive, figures in Jewish history. Today, Jews worldwide – and even non-Jews – revere him as the founder of the Hasidic movement, a 18th-century offshoot of Judaism that promotes a mystical interpretation of the Bible, and as a model of piety and spirituality. This documentary explores the life and legacy of the Ba’al Shem Tov through interviews with religious leaders and scholars, and on-location footage. The title derives from a tale about rabbis finding a hidden fire in the forest where they could appeal to God for help and have their prayers answered.

Wing and a Prayer — April 26 at 5 pm
This documentary tells the remarkable, if little-known, story of an improbable group of World War II veterans who risked their lives and American citizenships to give the newborn state of Israel a chance to survive. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition British-controlled Palestine between the Arabs and Jews. The Jews agreed to the two-state deal, but the Palestinian Arabs (two-thirds of Palestine’s population) rejected the plan. In response, the five-nation Arab League vowed to conquer all of Palestine, and the United States also joined the worldwide embargo against Israel, barring its citizens from supplying military aid to the Jewish state. Moved by the plight of Holocaust survivors and Jews trapped in Palestine, former U.S. Air Transport Command flight engineer Adolph Schwimmer masterminded a plan to arm the besieged Palestinian Jews. Schwimmer and his crew of pilots smuggled 12 million dollars’ worth of World War II surplus rifles, machine guns, bullets and planes into ill-equipped Israel just as the 1948 Arab-Israeli War broke out. Schwimmer’s group – made up of Jews and non-Jews – eluded the FBI, outsmarted the U.S. State Department and created fictitious airlines to help the Israeli army ward off attacks from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Produced to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and narrated by William Baldwin, this program features interviews with more than 20 of the operation’s key aviators,their family members and historians.

The History Project Aspirin — April 28, 8:05 pm
Launched over 100 years ago in the Bayer laboratories, Germany, Aspirin is still the biggest selling drug in history. According to historical records, a German chemist synthesized aspirin in its pure form in 1897, but new evidence has been uncovered which strongly suggests that it was a German Jew who discovered the new wonder drug.

Highlights March 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 on Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Sunday.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents  she unlocks a powerful family secret about her biological parents on Independent Lens Little White Lie at 9 pm Monday.

American Masters Harper Lee at 10 pm Monday explores the life of Nelle Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries .

Narrated by Tom Brokaw, James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of James A. Baker, III, a remarkable politician and statesman.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores the controversy behind vaccines.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday shows the wildlife of The Shannon, Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river.

Nova “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” at 8 pm Wednesday breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the Austin City Limits sage Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm with his greatest hits and new material.

David Axelrod, political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Golden Hornet Project brings excitement and energy back to the world of classical music making it accessible to everyone on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

All ATX:  A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 8 pm Friday celebrates the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX British Invasion at 10 pm Friday.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Voces returns to KLRU 4/17

Voces returns to PBS this April featuring a film by Austin filmmaker Hector Galán. Voces is PBS’ signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.

Kicking off the series on April 17 at 9 pm on KLRU is Galán’s Children of Giant. Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classic Giant, this new documentary returns to Marfa, Texas to explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s Anglo and Mexican-American residents. KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting will host a preview screening with the director in attendance on April 2nd at 8 pm. Get more details and RSVP now.

Now en Español on April 24 at 9 pm explores the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences — and whose real lives are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts.

El Poeta on May 1 at 9 pm is a powerful and poignant profile of the renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.

A fourth film, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, will premiere this fall as a special co-presentation of Voces and American Masters. Keep watching KLRU for more details on airdates for this film.

Here are more details about each film in this year’s Voces series:

Children of Giant April 17 at 9 pm
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.

Now en Español April 24 at 9 pm 
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, “Now en Español”follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women featured struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent — and on-screen roles.

El Poeta May 1 at 9 pm
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows the journey of Sicilia and his movement as they make their way from Mexico’s most embattled cities – Juarez, Chihuahua,  Durango and others – to the U.S., urging American citizens and lawmakers to share in the responsibility for the violence. “El Poeta”transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder, and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of righteous protest.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey Fall 2015
Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America’s most famous artists:   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. This film chronicles Guerrero’s art and relationship with other artists.

Highlights March 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Go behind the scenes with upcoming guest star John Mahoney (Frasier) to learn the secrets of Foyle’s War in Foyle’s War Revisited, Sunday at 7 pm.

Don’t miss the Season 5 Finale of Masterpiece Downton Abbey, Sunday at 8:30. The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for a joyful Christmas holiday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration is an behind-the-scenes look at the first two seasons of Mr. Selfridge and offers viewers a sneak peek at Season 3. Airs Sunday at 10:30 pm.

American Masters Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work. Monday at 9 pm.

From the birth of the comic book superheroine Wonder Woman in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Independent Lens Wonder Women on Monday at 10 pm, looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

The documentary series 180 Days travels to Hartsville in rural South Carolina, where an entire town is trying to make an exceptional use of their elementary school system. The first and second episodes of the Hartsville series air back-to-back Tuesday at 7 and 8 pm.

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

We Served Too, Tuesday at 10 pm, tells the story of Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes.

In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part Nature miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Watch Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Relive the excitement of the groundbreaking Rosetta comet landing mission on To Catch A Comet, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known Egyptian subject state, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’. Watch Rise Of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with author and journalist S.C. Gwynne Thursday at 7 pm.

Few things form the expectations for a work of art like its branding. Arts In Context profiles influential graphic designers Chris Bilheimer and Michael Sieben Thursday at 7:30 pm.

On back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper, Chet travels to Marble Falls at 8 pm to experience wild outdoor adventures like hang gliding. Then at 8:30, explore Houston’s neighborhoods, including Chinatown and hip Montrose.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial at 9 pm Thursday 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.

With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself tells the actress’ story in her own words Friday at 8 pm.

Chomp into the sweetest tomatoes around with secrets for success on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how aquaponics combines fish and food for resourceful growing.

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 on a mini Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Saturday.



Highlights March 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Relive the most magical moments from The Emerald Isle with the amazing artists of Celtic Woman who have touched your heart and lifted your spirit for the last ten years, on Celtic Woman Fan Favorites, Sunday at 7 pm, and again on Wednesday at 7 pm.

From the late 1940s through early 1950s, The Ed Sullivan Show presented special performances with original cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age. Experience rare performances from The Ed Sullivan Show on Great Broadway Musical Moments, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

On John Denver: Country Boy, Sunday at 10 pm, Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 7 pm, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter.

Howdy, Texans! Learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents on Antiques Roadshow Austin Hour 2 Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10:30 pm.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman provides advice on how to make sound financial decisions while keeping “the goal of money” in mind on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You, Monday at 8:30 pm.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Remote, Sacred, Wild celebrates the wonder of the great outdoors and religious sites in Europe and beyond, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Learn how to seek foods, recipes and menus that optimize health on Dr. Fuhrman’s End Dieting Forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

In BrainChange with David Perlmutter, MD, neurologist Perlmutter gives his tips for eliminating carbs from your diet to improve brain function on Tuesday at 9 pm.

Laugh along with legendary comedian Victor Borge’s greatest moments on Victor Borge’s Timeless Comedy, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

In Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, powerhouse duo and rock ‘n’ roll legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo showcase their undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound to the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island. Airs at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys perform hits of the Sixties in their first public television special, The Midtown Men Live in Concert, Thursday at 7 pm.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only, airing Thursday at 8:30 pm, features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and includes hits “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Massachusetts,” “To Love Somebody” and more.

Experience the natural beauty of the Lone Star State on Texas: Above and Below, Thursday night at 10. This special features aerial footage of the state’s wilderness shot by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Self-help author Wayne Dyer gives viewers his take on how to “manifest that which is most important to them” on Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 8 pm on Friday.

Fend off disaster with Trisha Shirey’s top tips from her book, Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders on Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, Saturday at 8:30 pm.


Highlights March 1-7

KLRU Highlights

Just three challenges lie between the three finalists and the trophy on the finale of the Great British Baking Show at 6:30 pm Sunday.

The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton Abbey for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey season 5 finale at 8 pm Sunday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration at 10 pm Sunday recaps  the first two Seasons of Mr. Selfridge and presents a sneak peek at Season 3, which starts later this month.

Find out what treasures the Antiques Roadshow crew found in Austin last summer Monday at 7 pm.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Find out more on Independent Lens Monday at 8:30 pm.

Told by female business leaders, Makers Women in Business at 7 pm Tuesday takes a candid look at what it takes to make it and a celebrates the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

Nature Earthflight at 7 pm Wednesday goes behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova at 8:30 pm Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Back-to-back Overheard with Evan Smith episodes feature two of Austin’s most creative citizens. First at 7 pm, Richard Linklater talks about Boyhood. Next, Lawrence Wright talks about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

Discover the man behind the music on John Denver Country Boy at 8 pm Friday. This intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter features friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Grow up with vines to screen, shade, and attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bountiful front yard captivates neighbors and wildlife, where in back serenity rules in part shade.

Father Brown: Saving Souls, Solving Crimes at 7 pm Saturday  features clips from the season and interviews with the cast including: Mark Williams (Father Brown), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy), Nancy Carrol (Lady Felicia), Alex Price (Sid Carter), and Tom Chambers (Inspector Sullivan).

Rescheduled programming for 2/24

KLRU Highlights

KLRU experienced equipment failure that cause program changes on Feb. 17 on KLRU and KLRU Q. We are redoing our schedule for next Tuesday in order to present several of the programs that were missed. Here’s the new lineup:

KLRU Feb. 24
7 pm: Italian Americans episode one (originally scheduled for Feb. 17)
9 pm: Italian Americans episode two

Italian Americans & Genealogy Roadshow can also be watched online anytime.

KLRU Q Feb. 24
8 pm: Life on Fire Ash Runner
9 pm: Life on Fire Pioneers of the Deep
10 pm: Mineral Explorers Brazil
10:29 pm: Mineral Explorers Mexico
10:50 pm: Beyond Geek WW2 Re-enactors
11:28 pm: Beyond Geek Real Superheroes
11:58 pm: Doctor Who A Town Called Mercy
12:45 am: Doctor Who The Power of Three

Highlights February 22 – 28

KLRU Highlights

It’s semi-finals time and the tension is palpable as the bakers take on patisseries on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm.

London brings the Crawleys and their servants scandal, sabotage, and a Scotland Yard stunner. Mrs. Patmore gets a surprise, and Robert has a revelation on season 5, episode 8 of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

Don’t miss the season finale of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 9 pm.

Independent Lens American Denial uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today. Airs Monday at 9 pm.

In Newark, New Jersey, where the average high school graduation rate is abysmal, St. Benedict’s Prep is the exception – with a near 100 percent college acceptance rate. The Rule, on Monday at 10 pm, investigates how the Benedictine Monks of Newark Abbey achieve success among a vulnerable population of inner-city African-American and Latino teenage boys.

Italian Americans, on Tuesday at 7 pm, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today. This series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American. Italian Americans at 9 pm Tuesday looks at Italian Americans’ contributions to society from 1945 to present.

Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation on Nature at 7 pm on Wednesday.

For eight hundred years, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was the largest enclosed building in the world; the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its dome with room to spare. How has it survived its location on one of the world’s most active seismic faults? NOVA explores the mysteries of this great structure at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Earth A New Wild explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource, water, at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes on Wednesday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith features Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times. Airs Thursday at 7 pm.

Few things form the expectations for a work of art like its branding. Arts In Context profiles influential graphic designers Chris Bilheimer and Michael Sieben Thursday at 7:30 pm.

The Statler Brothers Farewell Concert documents the band’s final show in 2002 and celebrates one of country music’s most honored acts. Airs Thursday at 8 pm.

Multi-Grammy-nominated Dailey & Vincent, backed by their 10-piece band and a full orchestra, perform a dynamic selection of their original songs, Statler Brothers hits and patriotic tunes on Dailey & Vincent – Alive! at 9:30 pm on Thursday.

Great Performances on Friday at 8 pm features classic selections from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, the music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, on Friday at 9:30 pm.

Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday shares top tomato tips – chomp into the sweetest tomatoes around with secrets for success.

Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special features highlights from the inaugural ACL Hall of Fame presentation, including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble on Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights February 15-21

KLRU Highlights

It’s the quarter-finals of the Great British Baking Show and only five bakers remain. Mary and Paul up the ante to see which bakers will rise to the challenge of creating 36 showstopping doughnuts and more on Sunday at 7 p.m.

On season 5, episode 7 of Downton Abbey, Bates’ train ticket returns to the spotlight. Isobel encounters a surprising obstacle to happiness. An arrival brings new hope, while departures bring both relief and sorrow on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

Episode 5 of Grantchester finds Sidney and Geordie on holiday in London where they happen upon a murder, allowing them to show Scotland Yard a thing or two. Masterpiece Mystery! airs Sunday at 9 pm.

Independent Lens feature Through A Lens Darkly tells the story of the pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. Through A Lens Darkly airs Monday at 9 pm.

Explore Thurgood Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in the compelling biography Mr: Civil RIghts: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP on Monday at 10 pm.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Genealogy Roadshow Philadelphia, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Italian Americans, on Tuesday at 8 pm, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today. This series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural takes us on a journey from inception through dedication of the 1,200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy Pool. Get a peek behind the curtain to understand what it takes to create of a truly monumental work on Tuesday at 10 pm.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Find out on Nature Owl Power Wednesday at 7 pm.

In a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone on NOVA Petra – Lost City of Stone at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Earth A New Wild Oceans, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. Airs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Highlights from the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater on Thursday at 7 pm.

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.

Chet heads to Athens and Kingsville on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX – The British Invasion, Thursday at 9 pm.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters – August Wilson captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Airs Friday at 8 pm.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, on at 9:30 pm on Friday, features 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.

Pull together spots for sun or shade with companions that grow together on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes on Saturday at 7 pm.