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.

Highlights April 27 – May 3

KLRU Highlights

Marroquin explores the relation between the choreographer and the dancer as Arts In Context presents Hold My Hand, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Great Performances presents Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Sunday at 2 pm

The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Victor and Agnes make plans and Harry joins the war effort in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 5, Sunday at 8 pm.

In Bletchley Circle Uncustomed Goods, Part 1, Millie’ s, on Sunday at 9 pm, Millie’s import/export sideline leads to her abduction by a crime ring involved in trading perfume, cigarettes and stockings – and in human trafficking.

Father Brown is skeptical when a parishioner believes she’s being haunted by her sister who went missing years ago in Father Brown‘s The Ghost In The Machine Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Anaheim, California to the Rickenbacker International Corporation to discuss vintage electric guitars Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Minneapolis and discusses animation propaganda produced by Disney Studios during World War II, Monday at 8 pm.

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars in Independent Lens‘  Revenge Of The Electric Car, Monday at 9 pm.

Makarios: A Rising Tide examines  a pre-school tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television Breaking Barriers traces the story of people of color on American television, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle – A Voces Special provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century, on Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline investigates the impact of mass incarceration in America in Prison State, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Get an all-access tour of Israel, guided by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel: The Royal Tour, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Take a look at the love life of animals as Nature presents Love In The Animal Kingdom Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way in The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Discover some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history with Nazi Mega Weapons Super Tanks, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create a successful music festival as Arts In Context presents There Will Be Fun,  Thursday at 7:30 pm.

The Daytripper Episode #506 travels to Arlington Texas and explores the city’s legacy of big thrills, Thursday at 8:30.

Making Of War Horse premieres Thursday at 9 pm.

Express your personality and creativity with functional, fun garden accents crafted from recycled objects with Central Texas Gardener‘s Express Yourself, Saturday at noon & 4 pm.

Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast Episode #3507 visits Vermont to meet people involved with sustainable farming and see the foods they produce, Saturday at 4:30 pm.

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

Highlights April 20 – April 26

KLRU Highlights

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 in Producing Light, Sunday at 1 pm.

Peter Pan From The Milwaukee Ballet features Michael Pink’s adaption of J.M. Barrier’s most famous work performed by the Milwaukee Ballet Sunday at 2 pm.

Jenny’s patient Leah is struggling to cope with her mother’s agoraphobia in Call the Midwife, Episode #304, Sunday at 7 pm.

Thackeray spies on LeClair and Harry has a showdown at cards with Loxley on Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 4, Sunday at 8 pm.

Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own in Bletchley Circle Blood On Their Hands, Part 2, Sunday at 9 pm.

When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul, in The Blue Cross on Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Anaheim, California and travels to the Queen Mary to talk about ocean liner memorabilia, Monday at 7 pm.

John Glenn: A Life Of Service chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend, Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens‘ explores Muscle Shoals, Alabama the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music, Monday at 9 pm.

Pioneers Of Television presents Doctors And Nurses and explores television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up, Tuesday at 7.

Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement as American Masters A Fierce Green Fire, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, Frontline examines America’s use of solitary confinement with Solitary Nation, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Water Blues Green Solution tells the stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Discover how a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society in the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands as Nature presents Snow Monkeys, Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet as it presents Inside Minds: Who’s The Smartest?, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Executive Editor of The Washington Post Martin Baron visits Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday focuses on groundbreaking experimental dancer Deborah Hay, who challenges the dance world’s expectations while creating pieces that still enthrall and entertain.

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

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed at 8:30 Thursday features a community discussion examining Austin’s race issues, past and present.

Makarios: A Rising Tide at 9 pm Thursday examines a pre-school tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education.

Pull native plants together with designs and artwork on a preview of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center garden tour on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday.

 

New Doctor Who Episodes Air Next Summer!

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Good news Whovians! KLRU-TV has bought the newest Doctor Who series! But the bad news is these episode will not be available for us to air until Summer 2015 from the BBC.

No worries! KLRU will repeat the David Tennant Specials, the final five episodes with David Tennant as The Doctor, and repeat the Matt Smith episodes, which will air until the newest set of BBC programs. Tune in for the Doctor Who Specials, beginning on Thursday, April 24th!

April 17 at 10 pm
The Name Of The Doctor
Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future.

Doctor Who Specials

April 24 at 9:58 pm
Also on April 26 at 11 pm
The Next Doctor
When the Doctor meets another Doctor, the two must combine forces to stop the Cybermen and the colossal CyberKing.

May 1 at 10 pm
Also on May 3 at 11 pm
Planet Of The Dead
A London bus takes a detour to an alien world, but can the Doctor defeat the Swarm?

May 8 at 10 pm
Also on May 10 at 11 pm
The Water Of Mars
Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: ‘Don’t drink the water. Not one drop.’.

May 15 at 10 pm
Also on May 17 at 11 pm
End Of Time – Part 1 
It is Christmas Eve, and the Doctor is reunited with Wilf to face the return of an old enemy. Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

May 22 at 10 pm
Also on at 11 pm
End Of Time – Part 2
The Doctor faces the end of his life, as the Master’s victory unleashes the greatest terror of all. Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

Highlights April 13 – April 19

KLRU Highlights

An undisputed master of Verdi’s final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964, in Great Performances Sunday at 2 pm.

Sister Julienne and Trixie assist a pregnant prison inmate who’s worried that social services will deem her an unfit mother and take her baby on Call The Midwife Episode 3, Sunday at 7 pm.

The start of World War I spurs enlistment fever among the male staff. Ladies organize a benefit for refugees on Masterpiece’s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 3 Sunday at 8 pm.

The women reunite in order to establish the innocence of one of their own in Bletchley Circle‘s Blood On Their Hands, Part 1, Sunday at 9 pm.

The mayor drops dead during his speech at the Kembleford village fete and Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted in The Mayor And The Magician, Sunday at 10 pm.

Doc Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, Sunday at 11 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in Kansas City, Missouri and visits the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to learn about the photography of Dorethea Lange, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Minneapolis and visits the American Swedish Institute to discuss Mora clocks, beautiful tall case timekeepers cherished by many Swedish-Americans who immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Monday at 8.

Independent Lens  The Trials Of Muhammad Ali  covers Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service, Monday at 9 pm.

1910 Harris County Courthouse documents the courthouse in downton Houston, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television Standup To Sitcom reveals how America’s top standup comedians made the transition to the sitcom format, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Address showcases the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, where students grappling with an array of learning challenges use the Gettysburg Address as a tool for success, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Rebels With A Cause spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco, Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Plainspirits features the first-hand paranormal experiences of dozens of Kansans, on Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Nature  Touching The Wild displays Joe Hutto different idea of research, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Discover it would be like to go inside the mind of an animal with NOVA‘s Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses Wednesday at 8 pm.

Your Inner Fish explores the key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor stops by Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents The Art Of Playing where indie video game developers push games to news frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design, Thursday at 7:30.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents The Joy Of Song With Katherine Jenkins celebrates the centrality and universality of music in everyday life, Friday at 8 pm.

Hands-on gardeners reveal distinctive personalities as Central Texas Gardener presents Master Garden Tour, Saturday at noon & 4 pm.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers, Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Highlights April 6 – April 12

KLRU Highlights

Cleveland Orchestra In Performance: Bruckner Symphony performs Anton Bruckner’s Fourth “Romantic” Symphony Sunday at 2 pm.

A patient who’s carrying a baby who wasn’t fathered by her husband accepts that the only solution is adoption in Call the Midwife Episode #302 Sunday at 7 pm.

All await Churchill’s appearance at the store in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 2 at 8.

Secrets of Selfridges reveals the grandiose store’s hidden stories and delves deep into the mind of its incredibly ambitious creator Sunday at 9 pm.

Susan tells the other women that she came face to face with a killer in the Bletchley Circle, Episode #103 Sunday at 10 pm.

Portwenn is buzzing with arrangement for the wedding of the Doc Martin and Louisa in Sickness And Health, Sunday at 11pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Kansas City, Missouri and visits the Toy and Miniature Museum to discuss dolls houses and miniature models Monday at 7 pm.

In Performance At The White House presents Women Of Soul, with special performances by Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens presents Brothers Hypnotic and explores the brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Monday at 9 pm.

Black Kungfu Experience introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art, Monday at 10 pm.

Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over features newly filmed interviews with people such as Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, and Whoopi Goldberg, as they share their memories of how the music of the 1960′s and the Cultural Revolution changed their lives forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Frontline shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence, in Secret State of North Korea Tuesday at 9 pm.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era in Ocean Stewardship introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature presents My Bionic Pet and explores the amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what animals with disabilities need, at Wednesday at 7.

NOVA‘s Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius uncovers the remarkable problem-solving abilities and explores the complexity of their powers of communication Wednesday at 8 pm.

Discover the genetic legacy of the fish can be seen today in our own DNA in Your Inner Fish, Wednesday at 9 pm.

CNN’S Senior Media Correspondent and host of Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter, joins Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Meet Shakey Graves, an artists that has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight, on Arts In Context Not Alone, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Live From Lincoln Center presents Jason Isbell: Moving Forward Friday at 8 pm.

Explore what it takes to spend your life with someone as Hardly Sound presents Rtb2 Friday at 10 pm.

See how to swap invasive plants for prettier native species that restore wildlife diversity as Central Texas Gardener presents Natives Not Invasives onSaturday at 12 & 4 pm.

Sail a small boat off the coast of Louisiana and harvest local shrimp and fish with Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast, Saturday at 4:30 pm.

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

After a murder at a charity treasure hunt, general suspicion falls upon a bereaved man, can Father Brown prove the man’s innocence? Find out in The Face Of Death, Saturday at 8 pm.

 

Special programs in honor of Earth Day this April

Join KLRU and KLRU Q in celebrating our planet with environmental related programs honoring Earth Day! PBS also offers even more programs online only on pbs.org

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Tuesday, April 8 at 10 pm on KLRU
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN
FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels With A Cause
Tuesday April 15 at 9:30 pm on KLRU
Narrated by
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America’s system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. REBELS WITH A CAUSE documents a fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans – our public lands.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire 
Tuesday, April 22 at 8 pm on KLRU
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future — and succeeding against all odds. The film is directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties,and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solutions 
Tuesday, April 22 at 10 pm on KLRU
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods.  Drought.  Overloaded sewers.  Acres of pavement.  Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

On KLRU-Q:
Ecosense for Living Take Back the Farm
Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
There’s a “growing” awareness in the U.S. about our food…where it comes from, how it’s grown, and what exactly it takes to feed all of us nutritious, earth-conscious meals. In this episode, we explore farmers of all types in all kinds of situations. From Ron Finley, a renegade gardener in south central Los Angeles to south Georgia farmer, Will Harris, we’ll meet people who are changing the way we think about and consume food. Lawn and garden expert Paul Tukey gives us some surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. We’ll get the story from a suburban man who became a local outlaw for “growing too many vegetables.” We wrap with a quick trip to Chipotle, a national chain that’s taking a local approach to their food supply.

Ecosense for Living Food Fight 
Saturday, April 5 at 6:30 pm on KLRU Q
The quality and accessibility of food has been a hot button issue throughout the ages. Lack of secure food has been the source of revolutions and toppled governments. In “Food Fight,” we look at the tug of war over America’s diet. From questions plaguing genetically-modified ingredients to wheat-free/gluten-free concerns to the rapid decline of bees, we explore pressures on the safety and security of our food supply. Rich Food, Poor Food authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, guide us through a grocery store and reveal how to make smart choices and avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, tells us his surprising results after removing wheat from his patients’ diets. Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Siefert tells his journey trying to understand the impact of genetically-modified food on his children’s health. Bee experts sound the alarm about the decline of our most valuable pollinators and what we can do to make sure they continue supplying us with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Sunday, April 6 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
From the filmmakers of the beloved THE GREATEST GOOD comes the 2012 Emmy-Award winner Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, the first high definition documentary made about the famed father of conservationism, Aldo Leopold. Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, premiere screenings in select cities will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that lead to the creation of many of our eastern national forests, and sparked the long-term effort to replant and restore forests that still continues today.

Saving the Bay Marvel Of Nature (Prehistory-1848)
Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
In the first episode, photo-realistic animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. This hour introduces the first inhabitants along the Bay’s shores, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region.

Saving the Bay Harbor of Harbors (1849-1906)
Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
The second hour follows San Francisco’s “rapid monstrous maturity” into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush (1849-1906) . Establishing the infrastructure to support the instant city meant radical change for San Francisco Bay. By the century’s end, San Francisco Bay was the center of a broad economic empire on the Pacific.

Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter
Friday, April 11 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this program follows the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Idaho, and explores why the wolf remains a controversial animal.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Friday April 12 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels with a Cause
Sunday, April 13 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco. Beginning in the 1950s, ordinary citizens from all walks of life, concerned by the intentions of residential land developers and the environmental cost of “progress,” began banding together to save a vast stretch of Northern California coastline. Their passionate activism at both the local and federal level helped create Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These precedent-setting efforts also raised Californians’ awareness of their power to promote change, fostered a national movement to preserve open spaces, and shaped the environmental movement of today.

Saving the Bay Miracle Workers (1906 – 1956)
Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
The third hour begins with the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the rise of California’s water re-distribution projects and the Bay’s transformation into the world’s greatest shipbuilding center by the close of World War II.

Saving the Bay Bay in the Balance (1906 – Present)
Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
In the final episode, the very survival of the Bay is threatened by the postwar boom and the issue becomes how best to balance the competing demands of a major urban center set amidst an environmentally significant landscape.

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators
Friday, April 18 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs – could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back — from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. LORDS OF NATURE: Life in a Land of Great Predators tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished.

Water Pressures
Saturday, April 19 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Water is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide – 1.2 billion – lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis. Hosted by actor-producer Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), WATER PRESSURES sheds light on this critical, complex issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. Students in a Northwestern environmental policy class see a model of conservation and community cooperation firsthand on a 10-day trip to India, where a leading nonprofit organizations illustrates the power of pairing traditional wisdom with simple teamwork to solve the water crisis in the Thar Desert. They also meet with political leaders, corporate executives and water experts to create their own local partnerships and try to make a difference in their own communities.

Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Friday, April 25 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world.

Sky Island
Friday, April 25 at 9:30 pm on KLRU Q
In Northern New Mexico a range of mountains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. In “Sky Island,” filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems. The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solution
Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods. Drought. Overloaded sewers. Acres of pavement. Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

Turning The Tide
Sunday, April 27 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Louisiana’s coastal marshes and wetlands cover 9,000 square miles, stretching 300 miles from east to west, and reaching 30 miles inland. Each year, hurricanes and other natural and manmade forces claim between 20 to 25 square miles of vulnerable coastline. Many believe these numbers constitute a national emergency, one which requires immediate scientific and public consensus to “turn the tide” on the problem. In the balance lay crucial ecosystems, Gulf seafood and fisheries, North American migratory bird and waterfowl populations, the nation’s energy infrastructure and national security, interior navigation and water transport for American produce and goods, and a unique American culture. The powerful documentary TURNING THE TIDE examines of viable strategies and innovative engineering techniques to help address Louisiana’s coastal erosion crisis. The world’s foremost authorities on the subject demystify the complex challenges facing Louisiana’s coast and reveal new (and sometimes unconventional) discoveries with the potential to change the course of the coast’s future.

California Forever The History of California State Parks
Sunday, April 27 at 7pm on KLRU Q
This program recalls the dramatic history and scenic beauty of California state parks — the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation.

California Forever Parks for the Future
Sunday, April 27 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
This program places the future of the parks within the context of trends that will soon threaten parks everywhere. Population growth, decline of native plants and animals, loss of open space and climate change all pose serious challenges to the integrity of parks, now and in the future.

 

 

Highlights March 30 – April 5

KLRU Highlights

Tune into Blackademics TV for discussions on how race is avoided in classrooms and texbooks and the challenges parents face in choosing schools for their kids in Browns / Foster, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

A superstar roster of award-winning jazz and classical musicians and ensembles come together for an unprecedented concert at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida in Jazz And The Philharmonic, Sunday at 3 pm.

Becoming An Artist follows  young artists from diverse backgrounds and distant regions as they apply to the Young Arts program, come together to share their work, create new pieces, and consider what a life in the arts might entail, Sunday at 4:30 pm.

The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premise on episode one of the new season of Call the Midwife Sunday at 7 pm.

Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary. Agnes returns from training in Paris. Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 1, Sunday at 8 pm.

Can Susan and her old friends catch the killer behind a string of murders? Find out in Bletchley Circle Episode #101, Sunday at 10 pm.

When Scotland Yard dismisses the women’s theories they realize it’s up to them to stop the killer  before he takes his next victim in Bletchley Circle Episode #102, Sunday at 10:58.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Kansas City and visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to explore a one-of-a-kind, signed baseball, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow  visits Atlanta, Georgia and heads to the Coca-Cola archives with Leila Dunbar to explore the mystery surrounding the disappearance of three Norman Rockwell paintings, Monday at 8 pm.

Meet a community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population as Independent Lens presents Medora Monday at 9 pm.

Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world, in Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Simon 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 as Story Of The Jews presents  A Leap Of Faith, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents Over The Rainbow Tuesday at 8 pm. Plunge 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.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents Return Tuesday at 9 pm. Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.

American Jerusalem: Jews And The Making of San Francisco tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco Tuesday at 10 pm.

Explore an art installation takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action as Arts In Context presents Thirst Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Western Perspectives: Arts & Creativity In Western Perspective Episode #103 Thursday at 8 pm introduces viewers to the artists that shape the vast exhibition space of far West Texas.

Live from Lincoln Center presents James Naughton: The Songs Of Randy Newman Friday at 8 pm. A Tony winner for his performances in “City of Angels” and “Chicago,” James Naughton takes on the repertoire of Randy Newman, Friday at 8 pm.

Narrator Christopher Kim and dreamy post-surf band Yum explore what it means to grow up Asian-American in Hardly Sound‘s Yum, Friday at 10 pm.

Learn how to spare the water but not the beauty with plants that laugh at drought as Central Texas Gardener presents Drought Busters at  noon and 4 pm.

See an entirely different approach to dairy farming – the cows are raised naturally and humanely, producing exceptionally delicious milk in Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast Episode #3503, Saturday at 4:30.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight. But just who is responsible for her disappearance? Find out in The Devil’s Dust, Saturday at 8 pm.

Highlights March 23 – March 29

KLRU Highlights

Dr. Leonard Moore discusses the surprising intellectual aspects of elite football; Baritone Sax musician Fred Ho performs and talks about jazz as black vanguard music in Blackademics TV, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Great Performances At The Met presents Tosca with Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze as the villainous Scarpia, Sunday at 2 pm.

Unlock the doors to rooms you didn’t know existed, talk to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveal some surprising facts about one of England’s most famous icons in Secrets Of The Tower Of London, Sunday at 7 pm.

Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton comes to the store as Masterpiece presents Mr. Selfridge, Part 8 Sunday at 8 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in the Red Stick city and head to Port Hudson to discuss a rare Civil War hand grenade in Baton Rouge, Monday at 7 pm.

Independent Lens premieres All Of Me: A Story Of Love, Loss, And Last Resorts, Monday at 8 pm.

Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss And Body Acceptance is a conversation about the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss, Monday at 9 pm.

Set For Life follows three Baby Boomers – a third-generation steelworker from West Virginia, a community college staffer from South Carolina and an IT project manager from California – struggling to recover from the Great Recession, premiering Monday at 10 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents The Beginning and tells 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, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity under the rule of Christianity and Islam in Among Believers, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline tells the heart-wrenching stories behind the spread of a deadly infection threatening people around the world in TB Silent Killer, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Natures‘ What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought, airing Wednesday at 7 pm.

Can modern forensic science uncover fresh clues about the assassination of JFK? Find out in NOVA‘s Cold Case JFK, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Secrets of the Dead‘s The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone celebrate’s the 200th anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone’s birth, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Former Chancellor, Joel Klein, visits Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover how Indie video game developers push games to new frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design in The Art Of Playing, on Arts In Contexts Thursday at 7:30.

One Square Mile Texas: Dallas explores the condo scene of modern urban Texas and the cultural side of the city, Thursday at 8 pm.

Women In Chemistry: Life Lessons From The Laboratory profiles eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry, Thursday at 9 pm.

Patina Miller presents her first concert special with music ranging from classic R&B to Broadway’s best in Live from Lincoln Center, Friday at 8 pm.

Whether escaping small town life or overcoming intense anxiety, The Villettes are finding new hope every day, see them perform in Hardly Sound, Friday at 10 pm.