Highlights March 13-19

KLRU Highlights

Parts one and two of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! air back-to-back starting at 8 pm Sunday. James Norton stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances.

Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine at 8pm Monday charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world. Parts one and two air back-to-back.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances on In Their Own Words at 7 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Loretta Lynn Tuesday at 8:30 pm explores the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom.

Go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time on Inside Mercy Street at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, Nature My Bionic Pets at 7 pm Wednesday shows how humans can help animals through technology.

Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world on The Brian at 8 pm Wednesday.

Coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones tracee America’s love affair with the bean and the amazing story of its origins on Coffee: The Drink That Changed America at 9:30 pm Wednesday.

President Obama talks about civic engagement on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Music for All at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Austin Soundwaves, a group offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back at 8:30 pm Thursday celebrates the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss and more.

Survey five pivotal years in David Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him on David Bowie: Five Years at 8 pm Friday.

Eric Clapton: Slowhand At 70 at 9:10 pm Friday celebrates the legendary guitarist’s 70th birthday with this concert in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Grow the tastiest, top-performing tomatoes and visit a romantic garden and Chicksville hen house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time at 7 pm Saturday celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in a truly spectacular fashion in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam.

 

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Highlights Mar. 6-12

KLRU Highlights

BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey  Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after six passionate and poignant seasons, the curtain comes down on “Downton Abbey.” How will fate resolve the stories of Edith, Mary, Thomas, Anna, Robert, Cora, Daisy, Carson, Violet, Isobel and all the other occupants of this unforgettable house on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 9?

On Inside Mercy Street, go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time. Sunday at 10 p.m., the special features interviews with the creative team, video clips and footage showcasing the compelling themes of this powerful drama.

Sunday at 11 p.m. on John Denver: Country Boy, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Monday at 8 p.m., toast the culinary legend with chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai as they prepare a celebratory feast for Pepin on Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration. During preparations, the chefs and friends share memories, anecdotes from their kitchen experiences and lots of laughs.

On This Land Is Your Land (my Music), take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., learn how Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, who last shared the screen together in 1969, also share a history of tragic deaths in their families that played major roles in shaping future generations on Finding Your Roots Maps Of Stars.

Coffee: The Drink That Changed America explores America’s love affair with the red bean and the amazing story of its origins. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones trace the drink’s path from Ethiopia to Europe to the Caribbean to today’s 21st-century coffee palaces.

Rick Steves Special European Easter brings a new light to the timeless holiday of Easter. The special highlights villagers blessing olive branches and coming together in age-old processions. Viewers will feel the emotion of this special time as Andalusians carry towering parade floats, and Greek priests toss showers of flower petals. Tuesday at 10 p.m., explore a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale.

On Nature Soul Of The Elephant, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. On In Defense Of Food, Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

my Music Presents The Carpenters: Close To You is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits. Don’t miss it Thursday at 7 p.m and Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by singer Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. Airing Friday at 8 p.m., the program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, touching briefly on his personal life, and chronicles his rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time – Live in Amsterdam 2015 celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam Friday at 9:30 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, country legends return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights Feb. 28- Mar. 5

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., two romances get complicated on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 8. Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs. Thomas takes a fateful step. Mrs. Patmore provokes a scandal. Isobel puts her foot down.

On More Manners Of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special, return to the world of manners with Alastair Bruce, “Downton Abbey’s” historical adviser at 8 p.m. on Sunday. With interviews with cast members like Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, the program navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s.

Sunday at 9 p.m., President Lincoln’s visit sets in motion a diabolical rebel plot and offers an opportunity to free James Sr. on Mercy Street The Diabolical Plot.

On Independent Lens Wilhelmina’s War, a Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south, where living with HIV is a grim reality. Don’t miss it Monday at 9 p.m.!

Monday at 10 p.m., don’t miss Texas Promise, a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy. When the state of Texas cut $5.4 billion from public schools, affecting 5 million students, Texans protested and districts sued the state and won.

On Finding Your Roots The Long Way Home, discover how actress Julianna Marguiles, author Azar Nafisi and chef Lidia Bastianich are bound together by their ancestors’ singular and deeply human desire to preserve their most cherished traditions Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Space Men: American Experience, Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

Frontline spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families’ struggles against financial ruin. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, “Poor Kids” is an is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children. Catch Tuesday at 9 p.m.

The NewsHour will provide coverage of Super Tuesday primaries Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Year In Space Wednesday at 7 p.m. follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NOVA First Man on the Moon.

On Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 p.m., singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform. Sheeran lights up hits “Sing!” and “A-Team,” while June burns through material from her acclaimed LP Pushin’ Against a Stone.

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 p.m. presents Jon Meecham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling, presidential historian.

Painted Churches Of Texas: Echoes Of The Homeland pays tribute to the Painted Churches Of Texas on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Daytripper Schulenburg, TX, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel. He also visits the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum honoring the iconic company that made model planes right in town.

Thursday at 9 p.m., go beyond the pretty faces to explore how wildflowers impact our food chain and their symbiosis to a healthy economy, wildlife, and ecological security on Wildflowers: Seeds of History.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill School on Doctor Who The Caretaker, the Doctor goes undercover. Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity on Thursday at 10 p.m and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

Watch Loretta Lynn: American Masters on Friday at 8 p.m. and explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom. From her Appalachian roots to the Oscar-winning biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later.

Friday at 10 p.m., discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter on John Denver: Country Boy. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Explore the healing power of gardens, be it cancer or other life-changing event on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits Sturgil Simpson/Asleep At The Wheel,  enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Saturday at 7 p.m.

Doc Martin — Seven Grumpy Seasons is public television’s third behind-the-scenes look at the international hit series. On Saturday at 10 p.m., this special features interviews with producers, cast members, and director Ben Gregor, this pledge special is an enjoyable sneak peek at what Martin Clunes – the Doc himself – is calling the “best” series yet.

Highlights Feb. 21-27

KLRU Highlights

A car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 7. On Sunday at 7 pm, Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson, things get serious for Edith and Robert gets a surprise gift.

On Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 8, two romances get complicated, Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs and Thomas takes a fateful step. Watch  Mrs. Patmore provoke and scandal and Isobel put her foot down on Sunday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Sunday at 9:15 pm and Thursday at 9 pm on Mercy Street Diabolical Plot, President Lincoln’s visit sparks a plan amongst the rebels and offers an opportunity to free James Sr.

On Independent Lens (t)error, a longtime counterterrorism informant invites filmmakers on what he says is his last job. Tune in on Monday at 9 pm as he befriends a suspected jihadist without telling his superiors.

On Arts In Context Masters of Ceremony, husband and wife duo, Riders Against The Storm, build a community centered around healing and the love of hip-hop. At 10:30 pm on Monday, join them as they seek to enlighten their audience.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, see how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers on Finding Your Roots The Pioneers.

Frontline Chasing Heroin follows four heroin addicts in Seattle. Tune in Tuesday at 8 to see what happens when this powerful addiction is treated as a public health crisis rather than a crime.

At 10 pm on Tuesday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed. discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

Nature Snow Chick tells the story of an Emperor penguin from the time it hatches to when it leaves its parents in adolescence. Tune in Wednesday at 7 pm to witness the chick’s journey to independence.

On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Rise Of The Robots introduces the most human-like robots around and shows how they interact outside of the lab.

Catch Human Face of Big Data  on Wednesday at 9 pm as it explores the promises and perils of the technology revolution.

On Wednesday at 10 pm and Saturday at 11 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

At 7 pm on Thursday, author of Finale: A Novel Of The Reagan Years, Thomas Mallon appears on Overheard with Evan Smith. Mallon frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic.

Texas Promise on Thursday at 7:30 pm focuses on education in Texas. This documentary is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Aired from the East Room, Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles artists pay tribute to the music of Ray Charles with their own interpretations of it on Friday at 8 pm.

On Fats Domino: American Masters, see how Fats Domino shifted rhythm and blues into rock ‘n’ roll and how that aided integration in a pre-civil rights America. Don’t miss it Friday at 9 pm!

On Friday at 10 pm, Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears tells the story about Johnny Cash’s little known Native-American concept album.

Find out how to grow olive trees and visit a low-lawn updated design and backyard kids’ zipline on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits, Ed Sheehan and Valerie June perform their hits. Catch these dynamic performances Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights Feb. 14-20

KLRU Highlights

The hospital war reaches a climax and Violet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 7 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

At 8 pm on Sunday, a car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 7. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

This week on Mercy Street, the unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray on Sunday and Thursday at 9 pm. Meanwhile, Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

On Independent Lens, the documentary Watch The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil highlights the journey of a civil rights leader who was both celebrated and controversial at 9 pm on Monday.

At 10 pm on Monday, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of a now-91 year-old woman and how she challenged the status quo in her lifetime as an African-American woman.

Sean Combs and LL Cool J, two hip hop legends, discover their family roots via DNA technology on Family Reunion Finding Your Roots at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will take you back to the 60s when the Black Panther Movement made a monumental splash in the realm of identity politics.

In 1973, Tom Bradley broke racial boundaries as the first African-American mayor in a majority white, major U.S. city. On Tuesday at 10 pm, Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley And The Politics, will discuss his successes and failures during his time as mayor of Los Angeles.

Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Wednesday at 7 pm, Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant will walk you through what this and other discoveries about this species means, and by the end reveal what the giant looked like.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Iceman Reborn will shed light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm, Austin City Limits presents the Grammy Award-winning group, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians, the band will showcase their latest record, Let Me Get By.

On Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard with Evan Smith will feature award-winning author, Margaret Atwood. She’s best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed.  discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx explores the history of this west Texas town as well as its present day attractions on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet visits a brothel museum and Fort Concho, mountain bikes and searches for fresh water pearls. He fuels up by trying stuffed avocados and donut sandwiches.

On Friday at 8 pm, Carole King: American Masters delves into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.

This Bluegrass Underground Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Johnnyswim, Lee Ann Womack, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Davina & The Vagabonds and more at 10 pm on Friday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

Highlights Feb. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 7 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

The hospital war reaches a climax andViolet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 8 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help him escape on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater on Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale” at 9 pm Monday.

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Re-examine the shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it on Perfect Crime: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Get the results of the New Hampshire Primary on a PBS Newshour Special Report at  10 pm Tuesday.

Celebrate the anniversary of Arlo Guthrie’s iconic song on Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert at 9 pm Wednesday.

Robert Reich, a leading expert on work and the economy, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas on his trip to Sulphur Springs on The Daytripper at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PBS Newshour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the DNC-sanctioned debate on Thursday at 8 pm.

Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career at 8 pm Thursday through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

See how to make lots of hummingbird friends and visit a tiny garden that wildlife call home on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By, on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 8 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

Dr. Foster confronts his family’s divided loyalties when his mother and wounded Confederate brother arrive on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

No More Babies investigates the history of Mexican-American women who were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

A wrap-up of the first state to cast votes in the 2016 presidential primary season on PBS Newshour at 10 pm Monday.

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath on American Experience Death of a President at 8 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Mike Nichols at 9 pm Tuesday showcases one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) with new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday takes a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, a comedian and actress, talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX British Invasion at 7:30 pm Thursday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, and more.

Chet heads to the desert of Balmorhea to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Andrea Bocelli joins Renee Fleming, 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winner Jamie Barton and a formidable array of opera superstars for this perennial high point of the opera season on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Grow gorgeous gardens with a lot less water and visit an urban contemporary makeover on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights January 24 to January 30

KLRU Highlights

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3, Sunday at 7 p.m., a wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

Sunday at 8 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Confederate belle Emma nurses her wounded friend on Mercy Street The Haversack, Sunday at 9 p.m. Dr. Foster wrestles with his marriage and career as Mary tries to improve her patients’ lives with Samuel’s help. Aurelia submits to Silas’ advances in exchange for his help.

Sunday at 10 p.m., a famous rock ‘n’ roll singer comes to Ballarat to perform, and the town goes wild for him on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Food Of Love. But when the star dies in an alleyway outside the venue, it falls to Dr. Blake to investigate the mystifying circumstances, see past the murky intrigue of the singer’s life and find the truth. (via BBC One)

Travel to Antiques Roadshow Little Rock, Hour One and discover finds like an Olin Travis Ozark hilltop painting, a 1936 Lou Gehrig autograph and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand, ca. 1730. Which one is appraised for $80,000 to $ 120,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

In Antiques Roadshow El Paso, Tx – Hour Two, Monday at 8 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Chris Mitchell explore how the innovative “Mississippi” rifle dramatically changed the odds in the Mexican-American War, as well as the current market for this weapon.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life on Finding Your Roots Tragedy + Time = Comedy, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century on Mine Wars: American Experience. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

The final episode of the three-part Nature: Natural Born Hustlers: Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks concludes Wednesday at 7 p.m. which explores sneaky mating techniques. It’s a tough world out there, so it’s not surprising that crafty animals turn to disguise, illusion, duplicity and mimicry to beat the odds and live another day. (via Thirteen)

Join scientists on NOVA Nepal Earthquake, Wednesday at 8 p.m., as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

Revel in the high-energy performance of the African singer/songwriter on Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo, Wednesday at 10 p.m. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Overheard with Evan Smith Kim Gordon airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on The Daytripper Rockport-Fulton.

Mercy Street The Haversack airs again Thursday at 9 p.m.

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London on Doctor Who Deep Breath, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combusions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? Thursday at 10 p.m.

Meet one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) Friday at 8 p.m. on Mike Nichols: American Masters. Nichols discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, from comedy duo Nichols and May to Charlie Wilson’s War. See new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

On Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, Friday at 9 p.m., view dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

Relish the best in smart indie rock on Austin City Limits Sleater-Kinney/Heartless Bastards, Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love. Austin rockers Heartless Bastards showcase their latest LP, Restless Ones.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

On Father Brown The Judgement Of Man, Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary Flambeau, who intends to use the priest and his friends to help him settle an old score. Saturday at 9 p.m.

Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting that they would be given homework on Doc Martin Education, Education, Education, Saturday at 10 p.m. Peter Cronk, now 15, approaches Louisa to ask if Martin will allow him to do work experience at the Surgery.

KLRU Celebrates Black History Month 2016

KLRU celebrates black history month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a lineup of programs and host events honoring and exploring African American culture.

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch. Get more details

KLRU will be taping another series of Blackademics on February 9th & 10th. Find out how to attend the tapings now.

KLRU will also have preview screenings of Ken Burns’ new documentary on Jackie Robinson in February and early March. More details coming soon. Learn more about the film

 

Here’s what’s on KLRU
Independent Lens A Ballerina’s Tale
Monday, February 8 at 9 pm
Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater from studio company to principal dancer, becoming arguably the biggest star in dance today.

The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Monday, February 8 at 10 pm
In 1933, Florence B. Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World’s Fair. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman’s triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.

American Masters B.B. King
Friday, February 12 at 8 pm
American Masters premieres a biography about blues legend, the late B. B King.premieres a biography about blues legend, the late B. B King.

Independent Lens The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights  
Monday, February 15 at 9 pm.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated—and controversial—leaders of the civil rights era. This film follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government including three presidents.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
Monday, February 15 at 10 pm
Discover how Vel Phillips, Milwaukee’s first African American and first female alderman, rose to prominence as one of Wisconsin’s great civil rights activists boasting a list of “firsts” as part of her legacy. These include the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman in the nation to hold executive office in state government.

Finding Your Roots Family Reunions
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 pm
The new season continues with the premiere of episode seven. Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Independent Lens
Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm
Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
Tuesday, February 16 at 10 pm
Thirty-five years before the election of President Barack Obama, the question of race and the possibility of bridging racial barriers were put to the test in an overlooked story in American politics: Tom Bradley’s 1973 election as Mayor of Los Angeles: the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white majority. This documentary tells the story of how Bradley’s coalition of African Americans, Jews, white liberals, Latinos and Asian Americans united a divided city, brought inclusion and access, and set the foundation for inter-racial coalitions that encouraged the elections of minority candidates nationwide.

Smitsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
Friday, February 26 at 8 pm
Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned as well as up-and-coming artists. The performance, a White House partnership with the Smithsonian, airs from the East Room.

Fats Domino: American Masters
Friday, February 26 at 9 pm
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music.

Independent Lens Wilhemina’s War
Monday, February 29 at 9 pm
A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through a life marked by HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is a grim reality and a leading cause of death for black women in the rural south. 

 

Here’s what’s on KLRUQ

Evening with Sheila Johnson
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 pm
In an interview with PBS NewsHour journalist, Gwen Ifill, Sheila Johnson discusses her journey from a music student to the co-founder of BET as well as her other successes as a businesswoman.

Black Kung Fu Experience
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:05 pm & Sunday Feb.7 , 5:55 pm
The African-American pioneers of kungfu and their role in film resonated with African-American communities. Because of these four men, kungfu played an important role in the black experience.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Definitive Performances
Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:05 pm
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Definitive Performances presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time. It features interviews and Robinson and the original Miracles who give insight on their songs, Motown and the group’s history.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:55 pm
As the son of former slaves, Jack Johnson created a better life for himself as a heavyweight boxer in a Jim Crow America.

One Night In March
Sunday, Feb. 7, 10:34 pm
This award winning documentary tells the story of the integrated Mississippi State basketball team at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite their success on the court, they could not compete in the NCAA National Championship because of the unwritten rule in Mississippi that integrated teams could not play all-white teams.

Queen of Swing
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 pm
Norma Miller was a Harlem-born actress, dancer, choreographer and stand-up comedian. Her biography examines Miller’s influence in the globalization of America’s jazz culture and her role in breaking down racial barriers across the United States and around the world.

Nickles from Heaven
Sunday, Feb. 14, 5:00 pm
The 17 members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the “Triple Nickles,” were among America’s least recognized military pioneers during World War II. This Emmy award winning documentary recounts the experiences of the first African-American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers and celebrates their long-overlooked contributions to the war effort.

Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 pm
Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), an innovative and prolific jazz pianist, composer and arranger, created some of the most sophisticated big-band hits of the 1930s. She defied expectations as a woman in a “man’s world,” as a black person in a whites-only society, and as a non-conforming creative genius in an image-driven industry.

Marines of Montford Point
Sunday, Feb. 21, 5:02 pm
Hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., this film, profiles the first African Americans recruits in the United States Marine Corps, beginning with their experiences at Montford Point Base, a segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South.

Jimi Hendrix: American Masters
Sunday, Feb. 21, 9:30 pm
Directed by two-time Grammy-winner Bob Seaton, this documentary follows the life of Jimmy Hendrix and his artistry. Includes commentary from Paul McCartney, Noel Redding,Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, and Steve Winwood.

Caged Bird; The: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Saturday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 pm|
In 1933 Florence B Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World’s Fair. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman’s triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.

Glory
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8:00 pm
Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains and leads an all-black regiment of the U.S. Civil War.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:05 pm
The Civil War began as a means of preserving the Union. However, to nearly four million African Americans, it held a much more personal promise. This informative documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war.

Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater: Song in a Strange Land
Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:02 pm
An 85-member African-American Soulful Symphony ensemble performs “Song in a Strange Land,” an anthem that pays tribute to the African-American spirit. The program is led by Darin Atwater, whose work aims to reach a broader audience.

Colored Frames
Sunday, Feb. 28, 5:00 pm
Starting at the height of the Civil Rights Movement up to present day, this program highlights the voices of black artists often overlooked by the mainstream. In these artists’ struggle for visibility, they also face the challenge of defining “blackness” within their own community.

Hines Farm Blues Club
Sunday, Feb. 28, 6:00 pm
In a rural community outside of Toledo, Ohio, Hines Farm held the one of the most premier blues clubs in the country in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. This documentary tells the story of the relationship between Hines Farm and Toledo, and how they developed into a hub for blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues.