Highlights December 27 to January 2

KLRU Highlights

Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special as he reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants, and above all why they behaved as they did in 1900s Britain. Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9.

Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 on Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Sunday at 10 p.m. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.

Sunday at 11:30 p.m. on Vicious Holiday Special, Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 3 is a new episode with never-before-seen appraisals from Roadshow’s 2013 season, including a Myrtle Beach guest with a sports collection that would make any Celtics fan turn green with envy and a diamond and platinum ring in Corpus Christi. Monday at 7 p.m.

Monday at 8 p.m., travel through air, sea, land – and time – in Antiques Roadshow Treasures On The Move, featuring Art Deco travel posters, a Waltham railroad pocket watch, and a Lewis and Clark map. Which is appraised at $45,000?

East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance, airing Monday at 9 p.m.With little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico – and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that.

Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special airs Monday at 10 p.m. This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the Pioneers of Television series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him.

Pioneers of Television Standup to Sitcom features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program, which airs Tuesday at 7 p.m., reveals how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., Pioneers of Television Acting Funny peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They’re a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach.

Using undercover footage, Frontline Escaping ISIS presents the gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS – and follows an underground network that’s helping them escape. Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper in On Story Mad Men: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner.

Then, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. in On Story Groundhog Day: Deconstructing the Comedy Classic, Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy’s progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive, shown on Nature Animal Misfits, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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

French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!” on Austin City Limits Phoenix, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Thursday at 7 p.m., ring in a new year with the Philharmonic and the sounds of Paris, featuring Alan Gilbert and Susan Graham in music by Ravel, Offenbach and Saint-Saens on Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris.

Then, Thursday at 9 p.m., keep ringing in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland and Leslie Odom from Smash. Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve At The Rainbow Room celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris airs again Thursday at 10 p.m.

The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet on Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host, touring the picturesque city. Friday at 6 p.m.

Masterpiece The Abominable Bride airs Friday at 8 p.m. The new Sherlock special marks the first time Sherlock premieres in the U.S. and U.K. the same day. The special finds Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) transported back in time to 1890s London.

Austin City Limits Phoenix airs again Friday at 9:35 p.m.

Join host Pete Evans on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking Austin, Texas Friday at 10:32 p.m. as he gets a taste of some authentic Texas cuisine with father-son chef duo Jack and Bryce Gilmore. Pete meets them at Urban Roots Farm, an organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people, where they pick vegetables and get honey right from the combs.

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.

American bands Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble perform their blues-rock and classic rock tunes on Austin City Limits Alabama Shakes/Vintage Trouble, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at 10 p.m., Louisa has shocking news for Martin on Doc Martin Departure, Bert and Jennifer’s party goes off with a bang, and Al has a business proposition for Ruth.

Highlights December 20 to December 26

KLRU Highlights

On Great Houses With Julian Fellowes Goodwood House, join Fellowes at Goodwood, for 300 years the home of the Dukes of Richmond. He learns how the house and family owe their existence to an affair between King Charles and a French spy and about the House Party, where illicit affairs were conducted. Sunday at 7 p.m.

Edith is found out on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 7, Sunday at 8 p.m. Mary finally shakes a suitor. Isobel and Lord Merton reveal their plans. Robert throws another guest out of the house.

Sunday at 9 p.m., it’s Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 8. Someone tries to derail Rose and Atticus’ happiness. Mrs. Patmore gets a surprise. Anna is in trouble. Robert has a revelation.

Sunday at 10:30 p.m., join host Hugh Bonneville on Salute To Downton Abbey to recall the high points of the series storyline and its memorable cast of characters. Watch interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the cast, clips from previous seasons and tantalizing previews of season 6.

Travel through El Paso, Atlanta and Minneapolis with Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 2 Monday at 7 p.m. to enjoy more new appraisals. A Missouri Regiment Colt Pistol worth more than $22,000, sapphire and diamonds from Tiffany, and Dr.Seuss’s signature are just a few of the finds revealed in this episode.

Join stage and singing star Santino Fontana, the Muppets from Sesame Street and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a concert that includes songs from Sesame and inspiring arrangements of sacred Christmas music. Monday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 9 p.m., nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present Christmas at Belmont, a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. The program features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and a mass choir.

This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features music legends Crosby, Stills & Nash, multi-platinum selling artists Fall Out Boy; retro-pop-soul singer Andra Day; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tori Kelly; musician and producer Trombone Shorty and a special appearance. Monday at 10 p.m.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows, Tuesday at 7 p.m., features classic clips from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters.

 

Join Texas country music’s first couple for this warm, wonderful holiday celebration. Singer-songwriters Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis—partners in life, love and parenthood—perform holiday favorites. Next Waltz Presents Bruce Robinson And Kelly Willis airs Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Nature Magic of the Snowy Owl, Wednesday at 7 p.m., takes us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly.

Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? NOVA Building the Great Cathedrals reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward. Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The Daytripper Grapevine, Tx heads to the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season Wednesday at 9 p.m. He visits main street to eat at a French bakery, tours a winery, sees amazing sculptures of ice at the Gaylord Texan, and finishes it off on the historic railroad bound for the North Pole.

Next Waltz Presents Bruce Robinson And Kelly Willi airs again Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Wednesday at 10 p.m., revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony on ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

Overheard with Evan Smith Mary Lynn Rajskub, Comedian and Actress airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Mary Lynn Rajskub is a comedian and actress, best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24 and roles on 2 Broke Girls, Californication and Arrested Development. Rajskub has also been seen in movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer.

Next Waltz Presents Bruce Robinson And Kelly Willis airs again Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8 p.m., Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs on Three Tenors Christmas.

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir airs again Thursday at 8:59 p.m.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows airs again Thursday at 9:58 p.m.

Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 on Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Friday at 8 p.m. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.

On Vicious Holiday Special, Friday at 9:30 p.m., Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!” on Austin City Limits Phoenix Saturday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 7 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 8 airs again Saturday at 9 p.m.

On Doc Martin Listen With Mother, Saturday at 10:30 p.m., Martin reluctantly agrees to help Louisa hand out awards at her school’s sports day. Ruth and Margaret have a showdown. Mike has a shady revelation from his past.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with KLRU

Live from Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne
Thursday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm & 10 pm
Friday, Jan. 1, at 1 am
Continuing an annual tradition — and broadcasting highlight — Live from Lincoln Center presents the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve celebration concert, this year ringing in 2016 with a Parisian theme.Accompanying the Philharmonic, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, are mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianists Inon Barnatan and Makoto Ozone in music by Ravel, Offenbach and more, as well as Saint-Saëns’s playful Carnival of the Animals.

Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve At The Rainbow Room
Thursday, Dec. 31, at 9 pm
Friday, Jan. 1, at midnight
Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland, Leslie Odom from Smash, Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, 2-time Tony Winner Christine Ebersole, Michael’s newest discovery, 17-year-old Julia Goodwin, and many more brilliant, entertaining moments! The show is written and directed by Desperate Housewives creator and writer Marc Cherry. This performance celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

Highlights December 13 to December 19

KLRU Highlights

On Great Houses With Julian Fellowes Burghley House, Sunday at 7 p.m., join Fellowes to visit Burghley, for 500 years the home of heirs of William Cecil, the political brain and iron fist behind the throne of Elizabeth I. He hears tales of royals and commoners, including a farmer’s daughter who married the tenth earl.

On Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 5, Sunday at 8 p.m., Rose makes a handsome new acquaintance. Something is wrong with Thomas. Edith’s link to Marigold draws attention. Bricker and Robert lose control.

An ancient spark flares in Violet’s heart on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 6, Sunday at 9 p.m. While police deepen their probe, Bates tells Anna the truth. A long and painful mystery is solved.

Monday at 7 p.m., Junk in the Trunk 4, Hour 2 is the second hour of never-before-seen appraisals from Season 18, such as a collection of 1898 Mardi Gras invitations; Julia Child’s copper pans, ca. 1960, that Child used on her TV show.

On Walt Disney: American Experience Part Two, explore the complex life and enduring legacy of the creative genius as he made films such as Cinderella and Mary Poppins and realized his dream project, Disneyland. Monday at 8 p.m.

Delve into a wealth of stories, traditions and unexpected characters that nourish this nation of immigrants on Off The Menu Asian America, Monday at 10 p.m. Go into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects an evolving community.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., view dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself on Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

In the second program of this series, Tuesday at 8 p.m., Frontline From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews. The broadcast documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire.

With China’s assent to world superpower status heating up American fears, Tom Xia challenges the Joneses to make it through the Christmas season without any Chinese products on Xmas Without China, Tuesday at 10 p.m. Xia begins a journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings.

“Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. Learn more about this relentless little creature renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes on Nature Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Wednesday at 8 p.m., NOVA Roman Catacomb Mystery goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA‘s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., Craft In America Celebration explores craft artists, objects and traditions of various holidays, featuring Lion Dancers and float builders of San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, ceramic artists in Detroit making festive pieces at Pewabic Pottery and Motawi Tileworks, Kwanzaa celebrations in Chicago and Oakland, and woodblock Christmas cards made by Yoshiko Yamamoto in Washington state.

The best in British pop comes to ACL on Austin City Limits Emeli Sande/Michael Kiwanuka, Wednesday at 10 p.m. Scotswoman Sande performs hits from her LP Our Version of Events, while Kiwanuka plays tunes from his debut LP Home Again.

Overheard with Evan Smith William Gibson, Thursday at 7 p.m., finds the acclaimed science fiction novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, known for coining the term “cyberspace” in conversation. He has been called the “noir prophet” of the “cyberpunk” community.

Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music and the Czech Imagination introduces the musicians who play this unique bluegrass hybrid. Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political and the present into a lively musical tradition entirely its own. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet heads to Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season on The Daytripper Grapevine, Tx. He visits main street to eat at a French bakery, tours a winery, sees amazing sculptures of ice at the Gaylord Texan, and finishes it off on the historic railroad bound for the North Pole.

Civic Summit Stop The Drop: Engaging Students In Their Futures, Thursday at 9 p.m., is a townhall discussion of students and educators explores why some youth drop out of school. Texas boasts an 88% graduation rate, second only to Iowa. Those numbers are high, but why are some students still not graduating?

Live from Lincoln Center Sinatra At 100 With The New York Philharmonic, Friday at 8 p.m., celebrates the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra with a star-studded concert event featuring Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters and Sting. Seth MacFarlane hosts.

Austin City Limits Emeli Sande/Michael Kiwanuka airs again Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Friday at 10:30 p.m., join host Hugh Bonneville on Salute To Downton Abbey to recall the high points of the series storyline and its memorable cast of characters. Watch interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the cast, clips from previous seasons and tantalizing previews of season 6.

Saturday at 7 p.m., revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony with ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 5 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 6 airs again Saturday at 9 p.m.

On Doc Martin Hazardous Exposure, Martin’s mother returns to Portwenn with some interesting news. Penhale spreads pandemonium throughout the village at the drop of the word “asbestos” and Bert has a question for Jennifer. Saturday at 10 p.m.

Highlights December 6 to December 12

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 8 p.m., Lord Merton delivers a bombshell to Isobel, and Mary does likewise to Tony on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 4. Police suspicions deepen in an unexplained death. Robert and Sarah lock horns.

Then, Sunday at 9 p.m., it’s a double feature! On Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 5, Rose makes a handsome new acquaintance. Something is wrong with Thomas. Edith’s link to Marigold draws attention. Bricker and Robert lose control.

On Foyle’s War Revisited, go behind-the-scenes of the acclaimed, must-see series with host John Mahoney (Fraiser) and learn the secrets of the final Foyle’s War episodes in season 8. Sunday at 10 p.m.

Freddie and Stuart expect a long-awaited guest at their anniversary party on Vicious Episode 106, Sunday at 11 p.m. When Ash accidentally mentions the party to Stuart’s mother, Stuart decides, finally, to tell her that he and Freddie are a couple. The whole clan comes around again to celebrate a typically awkward and eventful evening.

On Antiques Roadshow Junk In The Trunk 5, Part 2, discover more previously unseen appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour, such as Fantasia drawings and sketches from 1940, Alvin & the Chipmunks puppets, ca. 1958, and Israel Regardie’s manuscripts and book. Monday at 7 p.m.

Walt Disney: American Experience, Monday at 8:30 p.m., provides an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with SESAME STREET and “The Muppet Show,” his fantasy films and his sudden death in 1990 on In Their Own Words Jim Henson, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, Frontline From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Secretive Creature is packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Everybody’s heard of it, but what does the world’s most famous equation E=mc2 really mean? NOVA Einstein’s Big Idea, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., dramatizes the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led finally to Einstein’s bold breakthrough.

On Overheard with Evan Smith John Sununu, Former Gov. New Hampshire, Thursday at 7 p.m., Smith interviews the former Governor of New Hampshire. He was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Featuring larger-than-life creatures powered by pedals, Austin Bike Zoo is a one-of-a-kind blend of puppetry and cycling, featured on Arts In Context Beautiful Creatures, Thursday at 7:45. This “Human Powered Puppetry” was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theater of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Carpenters: Close To You (My Music Presents) 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, interviews with Richard Carpenter in addition to the group’s musicians, famous friends and colleagues, particularly those who helped them achieve stardom. The program also contains rare footage of Richard and Karen, including never-before-seen promotional films, concert performances, studio recording sessions, archival television appearances and outtakes.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick Steves’ European Christmas celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, airing Thursday at 10 p.m., Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

 

KLRU has had a schedule change for Friday and Saturday. Here are the new shows airing in primetime.
Lidia Celebrates  “Home for the Holidays” Friday at 8 pm
Craft in America “Celebration at 9 pm
Austin City Limits James Taylor at 10 pm
Austin City Limits  “Emeli Sande/Michael Kiwanuka” at 7 pm
Masterpiece Classic Downton  season 5 episode 4 at 8 pm
Masterpiece Classic Downton season 5 episode 5 at 9 pm
Salute to Downton Abbey at 10 pm
Vicious  “Holiday Special” at 11:30pm

 

Highlights November 29 to December 5

KLRU Highlights

On Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 3, Mary and Lord Gillingham put their love to the test. Bates also faces a trial. Cora makes a new friend, and Violet is reunited with an old one. Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., join host Hugh Bonneville to recall the high points of the series storyline and its memorable cast of characters on Salute To Downton Abbey. Watch interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the cast, clips from previous seasons and tantalizing previews of season 6.

Shot on location in the picturesque seaside village of Port Isaac during the filming of Doc Martin’s highly anticipated seventh season, Doc Martin – Seven Grumpy Seasons – airing Sunday at 9:30 p.m. – is public television’s third behind-the-scenes look at the international hit series. Featuring 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.

On Antiques Roadshow Junk In The Trunk 5, Part 1, discover never-before-aired appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour, including a 1925 San Francisco pictorial map, NASA signed photos and a Chinese jadeite peach-form bowl from around 1900. Monday at 7 p.m.

Join Phil as he revisits this food mecca on I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Italy, Monday at 8:30 p.m. Sit down with him as he feasts on a home-cooked meal at chef Nancy Silverton’s Umbrian home and indulges his inner caveman, roasting gargantuan steaks over hot flames and serving them up “barbarian style.”

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve, Monday at 10 p.m., is a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. A runaway little girl decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker (Davis), who guides her on her journey.

It was 50 years ago, in 1965, when Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a Thanksgiving dinner that “couldn’t be beat”. It started a chain of events including Arlo’s arrest for littering, court appearance, and rejection from military service depicted in his hilarious and iconic song, Alice’s Restaurant. In Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert, Tuesday at 7 p.m., Arlo deftly performs the song for the first time in over a decade and receives a standing ovation from his delighted fans.

Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ken Burns: The Civil War in September 2015 with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick Steves’ European Christmas celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, airing Tuesday at 10 p.m., Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

In Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Playful Creatures, Wednesday at 7 p.m., we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play and discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.

Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., retrace Einstein’s thought experiments as NOVA Inside Einstein’s Mind reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity, illuminating the theory of general relativity-and Einstein’s brilliance – as never before.

The hour-long Rick Steves Special The Holy Land, Israelis And Palestinians Today, weaves together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives to better understand a place that is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. The crossroads for three great religions, the Holy Land has been coveted and fought over for centuries. Host Rick Steves visits the major sights, but delves deeper to better understand and empathize with both peoples. Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Thursday at 7 p.m., host Pete Evans makes his way to Austin to get a taste of some authentic Texas cuisine with father-son chef duo Jack and Bryce Gilmore on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking Austin, Texas. Pete meets them at Urban Roots Farm, an organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people, where they pick vegetables and get honey right from the combs.

Il Volvo: Live From Pompeii airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Soar with the perfect harmony of the charming trio as they pay homage to their home country. The young tenors perform classic Italian favorites and original songs in this new concert special filmed in the spectacular ancient ruins of Pompeii.

Salute to Downton Abbey airs again Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

On Josh Groban: Stages Live, Friday at 8 p.m., join the world-renowned performer to explore classic songs from the Broadway songbook. Fans of all ages will want to sing along to famous tunes including “All I Ask of You,” “Bring Him Home,” “Anthem,” “Pure Imagination,” “Try to Remember” and more.

Il Volvo: Live From Pompeii airs again Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years on Austin City Limits James Taylor, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 3 airs again Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Salute To Downton Abbey airs again Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday at 11 p.m., join us for Rick Steves Europe – Austin Special, a special presentation of three episodes from Season 8 of Rick Steves’ Europe. Rick takes us to France’s Loire Valley to visit the Chateau Country, then to Italy’s Riveria on a journey through Cinque Terra, and and finally to Berlin to explore Germany’s historic and reunited capital. In addition to these delights, Rick Steves joins us in the KLRU studios to share some of his favorite episodes from Season 8.

Highlights November 22 to November 28

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Rose hits on a strategy to get a radio in the house on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 2. Sarah tutors Daisy. An art historian arrives. Anna makes a difficult purchase.

Then on Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part Nine, Madeleine gets a shock. Ramu’s fate is in Ralph’s hands. Aafrin makes two fateful decisions. The club changes course. Ian becomes a local hero. Sunday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 7 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Kathleen Bailey head to the picturesque King Estate Winery to discuss what to look for in the pursuit of collecting wine glasses and decanters on Antiques Roadshow Eugene, Or, Hour Two.

Salute comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor with Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize, Monday at 8 p.m. From the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, some of the biggest names in comedy salute the 18th recipient of the humor prize.

Monday at 9:30 p.m., meet an unforgettable mother-daughter duo facing tough choices as they age in Independent Lens Mimi and Dona. For 92-year-old Mimi, still caring for disabled 64-year-old daughter Dona, it means that love has run out of time and she must find her daughter a new home.

Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper in On Story Mad Men: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner, Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., discover the harrowing and brutal truths behind the Pilgrims’ arrival in the New World and the myths of Thanksgiving. Director Ric Burns explores the history of our nation’s beginnings in this epic tale of converging forces in Pilgrims: American Experience.

Follow forensic anthropologists as they excavate the early American colony and uncover dark secrets on Secrets of the Dead Jamestown’s Dark Winter. What do the newly discovered bones of a 14-year-old English girl reveal about what really happened during the winter of 1609? Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., writers (Chris Provenzano, Wendy Calhoun, Dave Adron, VJ Boyd) from the hit show Justified discuss adapting Elmore Leonard’s short story for television and the evolution of the show’s tone, rhythm, and setting in On Story Justified: Inside the Writer’s Room.

Follow with On Story Better Call Saul: A Conversation With Peter Gould Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Peter Gould, writer, producer, and director of Breaking Bad and co-creator of its spinoff Better Call Saul discusses shifting gears, schemes, and swindles within the world of Saul Goodman pre-Walter White.

Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. But can we call these bonds love? Explore possible answers Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Nature Love In The Animal Kingdom.

The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with – the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon? Wednesday at 8 p.m., Apollo Wives looks in detail at precisely what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media.

Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program on Makers Women In Space, Wednesday at 8:55 p.m. Some passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts.

Wednesday at 10 p.m., revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony on Austin City Limits Presents: Americana Music Festival. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

It was 50 years ago, in 1965, when Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a Thanksgiving dinner that “couldn’t be beat”. It started a chain of events including Arlo’s arrest for littering, court appearance, and rejection from military service depicted in his hilarious and iconic song, Alice’s Restaurant. In Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert, Thursday at 7 p.m., Arlo deftly performs the song for the first time in over a decade.

On The Daytripper Blanco, Tx, – Thursday at 8:30 p.m. – Chet heads to the “Lavender Capital,” harvesting it from the field and drinking it in lemonade. He explores the historic courthouse used in the movie “True Grit” and a buggy museum that’s supplied Hollywood with all its western needs for years.

Thursday at 9 p.m., Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird” on The Daytripper East Austin, Tx.

On The Daytripper Rockport-fulton, Tx, Chet joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes. He indulges in the coast’s amazing oysters and seafood then visits “Stinky Beach” and sees one of the largest and oldest live oak trees in Texas. Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies on Great Performances Andrea Bocelli: Cinema. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites.

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve is a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. A runaway little girl decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker (Davis), who guides her on her journey. Friday at 10 p.m.

Enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits 2015 Hall of Fame Special Saturday at 7 p.m., 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.

Shot on location in the picturesque seaside village of Port Isaac during the filming of Doc Martin’s seventh season, Doc Martin Seven Grumpy Seasons is public television’s third behind-the-scenes look at the international hit series. This pledge special is an enjoyable sneak peek at what Martin Clunes – the Doc himself – is calling the “best” series yet. Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday at 10 p.m., catch Doc Martin Episode 701, the seventh season premiere. The series details the trials and tribulations of the brash Ellingham, once a celebrated London surgeon who left his job after developing a phobia to blood.

Highlights November 15 to November 21

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Masterpiece Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 1 finds the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties. A working-class prime minister is elected and old attitudes start to change. Robert is snubbed by the village. Baxter tells all, and Edith plays with fire.

While Simla citizens look on, Ramu is tried for Jaya’s murder on Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part 8, Sunday at 8 p.m. Leena and Ian come to his defense. Sarah is humiliated.

When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II on Murder On The Home Front, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins, on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Sunday at 9 p.m.

In Antiques Roadshow Eugene, Or, Hour One, Monday at 7 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer head to the banks of the scenic McKenzie River for a bit of fishing and a look into the antique fly fishing gear market.

Monday at 8 p.m., discover more previously unseen appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour in Antiques Roadshow Junk In The Trunk 5, Part 2, such as Fantasia drawings and sketches from 1940, Alvin & the Chipmunks puppets, ca. 1958, and Israel Regardie’s manuscripts and book.

Learn how the harrowing rape and murder of a promising 23-year-old female medical student in Delhi sparked an international movement for change Monday at 9 p.m. in Independent Lens India’s Daughter – a film that was banned in India.

POV Up Heartbreak Hill is Monday at 10 p.m. Like many teenagers, Thomas and Tamara are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations.

Fidel Castro Tapes, Tuesday at 7 p.m., takes viewers on a journey like none other. There is no narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, The Fidel Castro Tapes relies solely on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Castro’s life to tell the story.

Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution Tuesday at 8 p.m. on American Comandante American Experience. His life had it all – adventure and romance, mobsters and spies, and a cast of characters including J. Edgar Hoover, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Frontline Gunned Down, Tuesday at 9 p.m., goes inside the politics of America’s gun debate. Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence, and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., On Story Tommy Lee Jones: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada reflects on the making of the film, accompanied by some of his cast and crew.

Then Tuesday at 10:30, On Story Scott Frank: A Screenwriter’s Design reflects on Frank’s diverse career writing thrillers and pulp films, and his approach to developing complex characters in search of their identity.

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders, Wednesday at 7 p.m. 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.

From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent on NOVA Making North America: Human, Wednesday at 8 p.m. How did we turn rocks into riches? And what catastrophic natural disasters could threaten the civilization we’ve built?

Wednesday at 9 p.m., Join Dr. Eagleman on Brain With David Eagleman Who Will We Be? as he journeys into the future and asks what’s next for the human brain and for our species. He speculates that our descendants may be so different from us that we’ll be strangers to them.

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years on Austin City Limits James Taylor, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Overheard with Evan Smith Andy Roddick, Former Professional Tennis Player is Thursday at 7 p.m. A dozen years ago, Roddick was the number one men’s tennis player in the world — the last American male to hold that title, and the last to win a Grand Slam singles event.

For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education – which airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. – spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

In The Daytripper Granbury, Tx, Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president. Thursday at 8 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom on The Daytripper Alpine, Tx. He eats at a steakhouse inspired by the movie “Giant” and devours hot dogs from a truck that takes wienies to a whole other universe.

As Geordie’s life hangs in the balance on Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester Part 6, Sidney has to defy police to stop a killing spree. Sidney’s romantic life falls apart. Thursday at 9 p.m.

Grab a front row seat for First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Friday at 8 p.m. An all-star cast performs “New York New York,” “Cabaret” and other classic songs by the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway songwriting team of Kander & Ebb.

Friday at 9 p.m., focus on the makers of finely crafted handmade instruments – guitar, ukulele, trumpet, banjo and timpani – and the renowned musicians who play them, including Joan Baez, Jake Shimabukuro, Rhiannon Giddens, Scotty Barnhart, Tony Ellis and Joseph Pereira on Craft In America Music.

Then catch another showing of Austin City Limits James Taylor Friday at 10 p.m.

Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony on Austin City Limits Presents: Americana Music Festival, Saturday at 7 p.m. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

Father Brown and his friends find themselves stranded with a group of hedonists in Father Brown The Lair Of The Libertines, Saturday at 8 p.m. They soon become desperate to escape, for at Hotel Cuba, the dish of the day is death.

Then Saturday at 9 p.m., catch another showing of Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Part 1.

Highlights November 8 to November 14

KLRU Highlights

Alison tries to escape her troubles before the jig is up on Home Fires On Masterpiece Episode Six, Sunday at 7 p.m. Miriam experiences despair and joy. Pat is freed from tyranny. Laura’s secret is out.

On Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part Seven, a murder victim is found and a suspect confesses. Ian finds a cause. Aafrin is blackmailed. Meanwhile, the British Club performs Oscar Wilde. Sunday at 8 p.m.

Learn why DCI Brand, under pressure to charge her prime suspect, is still unconvinced they’ve found the killer on Guilty Episode 103, Sunday at 9 p.m. As she begins to piece together the child’s final hours, she finds her instinct as a mother at war with her desire to solve the crime.

Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Eric Silver at the Philbrook Museum of Art to look at seemingly everyday housewares, appliances and electronics that were transformed into stunning functional art by 20th- century industrial designers on Antiques Roadshow Tulsa, Ok, Hour Three. Monday at 7 p.m.

Monday at 8 p.m., discover never-before-aired appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour on Antiques Roadshow Junk In The Trunk 5, Part 1, including a 1925 San Francisco pictorial map, NASA signed photos and a Chinese jadeite peach-form bowl from around 1900. Which is the $40,000 to $60,000 treasure?

From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes Independent Lens Stray Dog, a portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. Monday at 9 p.m., find out there’s more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye.

Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home, explicated in Warriors Return, Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., follow survivors of perhaps the fiercest battle of WWII as they return to Iwo Jima for a Reunion of Honor on the only battlefield where former enemies come together in shared remembrance on Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades.

Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability in Debt of Honor: Disabled in American History, a history of disabled veterans. Witness moving interviews with some of the country’s most prominent disabled veterans Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Frontline goes inside the politics of America’s gun debate Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Discover Songwriting With Soldiers on Arts In Context In Their Words: Songwriting With Soldiers. The program offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters. Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Operation Appreciation, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., see wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools on Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders of Water. Explore the Camargue, where man faces off against bull, and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.

In NOVA Making North America: Life, the show unpacks the mysteries of how life evolved in North America. From massive volcanic eruptions, that killed three quarters of all species, to the appearance of giant inland seas populated by huge marine dinosaurs, the geology and life of North America have always gone hand in hand. Wednesday at 8 p.m.

See how the brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Brain With David Eagleman Why Do I Need You?. This neural interdependence underpins our need to group together – and our capacity to do the best and the worst of things to each other.

Dig the best in modern rock with Austin City Limits TV on the Radio/The War on Drugs Wednesday at 10 p.m.. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.

Catch Overheard with Evan Smith Wendell Pierce, Actor And Author Thursday at 7 p.m. Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” Pierce is a three-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for best actor in a television drama and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie.

Arts In Context Somos Krudas is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. With a persistent Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

Thursday at 8 p.m., Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird” on The Daytripper East Austin, Tx.

Then on The Daytripper Granbury, Tx, Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president. Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

On holiday in London, Sidney and Geordie happen upon a murder, allowing them to show Scotland Yard a thing or two on Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester, Part 5, Thursday at 9 p.m.

Watch Live from Lincoln Center Act One Friday at 8 p.m., James Lapine’s vivid play about the great playwright Moss Hart, re-imagined from Hart’s memoir. Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin and Santino Fontana star.

Then, Friday at 10 p.m., another showing of Austin City Limits TV On The Radio/The War On Drugs.

From compost to water, we get resourceful! See a garden that directs and retains rainfall runoff on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years, Saturday at 7 p.m. on Austin City Limits James Taylor.

When the father of a young writer is found dead in Father Brown The Kembleford Boggart, tension mounts against the travellers in Kembleford. Father Brown must uncover the truth before one of them is sent to the gallows. Saturday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at 9 p.m., Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 8. Trouble also plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey.

Highlights November 1 to November 7

KLRU Highlights

On Home Fires Episode Five, Frances welcomes an evacuee. Laura follows her sister’s footsteps. Spencer is shunned. Teresa gets bad news and makes a confession. Sunday at 7 p.m.

A mountaineer makes trouble while Aafrin and Alice try to check their growing attraction on Indian Summers Part Six, Sunday at 8 p.m. Also that episode – Ralph’s covert appointment is thwarted by tragedy.

Follow DCI Brand’s deepening investigation on Guilty Episode 102, Sunday at 10 p.m. Frustrated by the case and concerned for her son and by tension at home, she unwittingly places herself in danger. She’s stunned when an unnerving confrontation leads to an unexpected confession.

In Antiques Roadshow Tulsa, Ok, Hour Two, Monday at 7 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve to check out some vintage petroliana collectibles in the city once nicknamed the “Oil Capital of the World.”

Discover an eclectic array of discoveries in Chicago, such as 1989 Keith Haring graffiti art, a 1910 Walter Johnson All-Star watch, and a Walt Whitman Civil War letter on Antiques Roadshow Chicago, Hour Three, Monday at 8 p.m.

Tag along on I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Los Angeles as Phil invites his LA friends, like Martin Short and Allison Janney, to his favorite spots around the city, including LA’s oldest farmers’ market. A taco truck crawl and visits to special kitchens and bakeries complete the tour. Monday at 9 p.m.

Monday at 10 p.m., LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years.

Ninety years ago in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the greatest archaeological find in history was made: the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and its golden treasures. Tuesday at 7 p.m., the special two-hour Secrets of the Dead Ultimate Tut combines the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists and Egyptologists to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen.

Tuesday at 9 p.m., Frontline Terror In Little Saigon goes inside the hard-fought battles and secret negotiations over immigration reform on Capitol Hill. Explore President Obama’s push for policy changes that could impact the fate of millions and define what it means to be American for decades to come.

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, co-writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, discuss recreating the popular sci-fi franchise and their delicate approach to depicting the protagonist’s journey Tuesday at 10 p.m. in On Story Planet of the Apes: Reimagining a Sci-Fi Franchise.

Then, Tuesday at 10:30, On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic follows Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, as he deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders.

See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be on NOVA Making North America: Origins, Wednesday at 8 p.m. From palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to huge eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.

On Brain With David Eagleman How Do I Decide?, learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive. Wednesday at 9 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett, experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Overheard with Evan Smith Margaret Atwood, Award-winning Author Thursday at 7 p.m. Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. 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.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m., learn how creative experiences can help heal military with post-traumatic stress on In Their Words: Songwriting With Soldiers. Follow how one group of volunteers and professional songwriters work with soldiers to offer an immersive retreat for them to write songs about their military experience and even a chance at healing.

Then on The Daytripper East Austin, Tx, Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

A shocking murder reveals the depths of homophobia in Cambridge on Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester, Part 4, Thursday at 9 p.m. Geordie crosses swords with Sidney over conduct of the investigation.

Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years. Explore her career Friday at 8 p.m. on Great Performances Chita Rivera. In addition to archival clips from Chita’s many shows and TV appearances, also featured are interviews with big names from Broadway.

Onstage in America: Honky shows a stage comedy about racism in America that throws political correctness out the window in a free-wheeling send-up of contemporary attitudes, Friday at 9 p.m. The lighthearted, irreverent satire hits squarely home and still finds reasons for hope.

Then, Friday at 11 p.m., catch another showing of Austin City Limits Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett.

Dig the best in modern rock with Austin City Limits TV On The Radio/The War On Drugs, Saturday at 7 p.m. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.

On Father Brown The Upcott Fraternity, Father Brown witnesses the apparent suicide of a troubled student at Upcott Seminary. Convinced a murderer is at work, he persuades Sid to go undercover to flush out the killer. Saturday at 8 p.m.

Robert and Thomas return from America on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 7, Saturday at 9 p.m. Bates disappears for a day, Edith prepares to go abroad, suitors flock to Mary and Rose makes her move.