Highlights Feb. 5-11

KLRU Highlights

As Pinkerton looks at the Greens more closely, they join forces to hide an ugly secret. McBurney, hoping to distance Foster from Mary, sends him to a nearby army camp on a house call, all on this week’s episode of Mercy Street, airing Sunday at 7:00 pm and again on Thursday at 9:00 pm.

Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince? Find out on this episode of Victoria, which airs at 8:00 pm on Sunday and again at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

In this week’s Secrets Of The Six Wives, Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called “ugly”; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr. Airs at 9:00 pm Sunday, and again at 9:00 pm on Saturday.

A murder at the local army barracks using a legendary broken sword leads Father Brown to investigate another death at Dunkirk some 13 years ago. Find out on Father Brown, airing Sunday at 10:00 pm.

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The film features Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others. This episode of Independent Lens, “Birth of a Movement”, airs Monday, February 6 at 9:00 pm.

Interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed, airing at 10:00 pm on Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations, airing at 10:30 pm Monday night.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life, in this episode of Finding Your Roots, airing at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City: American Experience airs at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

In this episode of On Story, 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, which airs Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap! Watch the Intelligence installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground-from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth on City In The Sky, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm Saturday Night.

On Austin City Limits, thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, which airs at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

Margaret 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 The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Listen to this week’s Overheard with Evan Smith, airing at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

This week’s segments of Living Springs include: Cleaning Day; Didgeman; Baptism; Eternal Vigilance, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

For this episode of The Daytripper, Chet visits a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag. He tours a wolf sanctuary, eats meatloaf in the historic district, and then goes “fly boarding” on beautiful Lake Conroe. This episode airs Thursday night at 8:00 pm.

Join Chet as he explores what makes San Antonio the #1 tourist town in Texas. From learning the real history of The Alamo, to floating The Riverwalk, to eating authentic Tex-Mex at the historic Market Square, join Chet on all his adventures on The Daytripper, this Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception. Find out what happens on this episode of Doctor Who, airing at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song airs Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.

This year’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was given to Carole King — the first lady of pop music songwriting — whose career has crossed six decades. Join for musical performances from many popular artists as well as The President of the United States Barack Obama, this Friday at 9:30 pm.

This one-hour documentary presents one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis. Lewis was one of the leaders of the SNCC, one of the original Freedom Riders, and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. The program follows Lewis today and tells the stories of his role in the Civil Rights Movement and early political career. John Lewis – Get in the Way airs Friday, February 10 at 10:30 pm and repeats Monday, February 20 at 10:00 pm.

In this episode of Austin City Limits, revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries, airing at 7:00 pm Saturday night.

Highlights Jan. 29-Feb. 4

KLRU Highlights

When Mary falls gravely ill, Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision on Mercy Street, Sunday night at 7:00 pm and Thursday night at 9:00 pm.

Albert pays a visit against the queen’s wishes and meets royal disdain on Victoria, Sunday and the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour, and Anne’s fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son, this episode of Secrets Of The Six Wives, airing at 9:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

The circus brings death to Kembleford when a clown is murdered. Father Brown must determine who the killer is and why a parishioner has agreed to marry the sinister wizard Welkin on Father Brown, this Sunday at 10:00 pm.

Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor on POV, which airs at 9:00 pm on Monday.

In the tradition of great house documentaries, Ballyfin: A Portrait of An Irish Country House is a new special featuring an eye-popping Irish estate with nearly 200 years of fascinating history. The house has been restored to it’s original, resplendent condition, creating the impression that the family has only recently taken leave. It is now regarded as one of the best hotels in the world. Take a look at the hotel in Ballyfin: Portrait Of An Irish Country House, airing at 10:00 pm Monday night.

Explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots on Finding Your Roots, this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Learn how America’s first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country on Race Underground: American Experience at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

On-the-ground reporting from Iraq reveals what’s happening in areas where ISIS has been pushed out. With rare access, an investigation into powerful militias and growing sectarianism shaping Iraq, on Frontline, this Tuesday at 9:00 pm.

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. In this episode of Secrets Of The Tower Of London, we go behind the Tower’s ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories, airing at 10:00 pm on Tuesday.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys in the Love category of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet on NOVA, this Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions. Investigate the myths of Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, in Aurora – Fire In The Sky, which airs at 9:00 pm Wednesday.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap, playing on Austin City Limits at 10:00 pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Join Overheard with Evan Smith this week to take a deeper look at Henry Louis Gates Jr. who is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is also known for the documentary series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. This episode airs Thursday at 7:00 pm.

In Living Springs, watch segments of Of Mills and Picnics; Mr. Habitat; Barking Springs; Studying the Aquifer; Spirit Waters, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

In a town that epitomize Texas Bar-B-Q, Chet interviews 3 different pit masters, each with their own spin on Texas que. He visits a museum dedicated to the governor who defeated the KKK in Texas and goes fishing on the best “crappie” lake in the state, on this episode of The Daytripper, Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Chet tours this German community with stops along Main Street for “fickle” pickles and milkshakes at an vintage drive in. He goes underground at a cave without a name, hikes through a nature center along Cibolo Creek, and then joins a shooting club in operation since 1864, in this episode of The Daytripper airing at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the genius of Mozart with signature performances and new commissions, in this episode of Live From Lincoln Center, airing at 8:00 pm on Friday.

Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, on Austin City Limits airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Hampton Court is the ultimate Royal pleasure palace — it embodies the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. A true palace of pleasure and now a now thriving tourist location, we scratch beneath the brick and stone to unveil an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive on Secrets Of Henry Viii’s Palace airing at 10:00 pm on Saturday.

 

Highlights Jan. 22-28

KLRU Highlights

In Mercy Street, a former slave turned activist arrives in town, causing a rift between Foster and Mary while Emma and Frank’s romance ignites and Samuel plans for a reunion with Aurelia, this Sunday at 7 pm and Thursday at 9 pm.

Facing rioters and suitors, Victoria grows into her royal role. As she ponders marriage, her friendship with Lord Melbourne grows more complex on this episode of the new show, Victoria, this Sunday at 8:00 pm and again Saturday at 8:00 pm.

In The Secrets Of The Six Wives, Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Katherine of Aragon and despite her skill and devotion as his queen, she fails to give Henry the son he needs and he falls for Anne Boleyn, airing Sunday and the following Saturday at 9:00pm.

After Sir Raleigh’s new bride insists on seeing his Egyptian mummy, her dead body is found in a locked room, on this episode of Father Brown airing on Sunday at 10 pm.

On this Independent Lens, follow the story of the death of Kitty Genovese, who was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York, in which the media asserted that 38 neighbors watched but did nothing to help, airing Monday at 9:00 pm.

In this episode of Arts In Context, Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss, which airs Monday night at 10:30 pm.

Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world in Rachel Carson: American Experience, airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Through interviews with key players, the film shows how Trump rallied millions of supporters, defeated adversaries, and who he’s bringing into the White House with him, this special episode of Frontline at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967), and opens new chapters in U.S. history-and provides vital clues to the way our nation does business today. Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill airs Tuesday night at 9:00 pm.

Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them. This episode of Nature airs Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

This powerful documentary illuminates the impending social and economic crisis for America unless a cure for Alzheimer’s is found. Watch as the national public health threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease is revealed, on Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, Wednesday night at 9:00 pm.

On this episode of Austin City Limits, welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to ACL. Price supports her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, while Carll sings songs from his album Lovers and Leavers, which airs Wednesday at 10:00 pm and Friday at 11:00 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith, features R.L. Stine, known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps, Rotten School, and The Nightmare Room series discusses his new book, Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Hosted by British actress Patricia Routledge, the charming documentary BEATRIX POTTER WITH PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE recounts the life story of internationally beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter, this Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet visits a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag. He tours a wolf sanctuary, eats meatloaf in the historic district, and then goes “fly boarding” on beautiful Lake Conroe in this episode of The Daytripper, airing 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia University on Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live In Concert: A Great, Friday at 8:00 pm.

Explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom in American Masters: Loretta Lynn, this Friday at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap, playing on Austin City Limits at 7:00 pm Saturday.

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. In this episode of Secrets Of The Tower Of London, we go behind the Tower’s ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories, airing at 10:00 pm on Saturday.

 

Black History Month 2017

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

KLRU programs include:

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The film features Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others. This episode of Independent Lens, “Birth of a Movement”, airs Monday, February 6 at 9:00 pm.

Austin Revealed “Civil Rights Stories” airs Monday, February 6 at 10:00 pm features interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song airs Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.

This one-hour documentary presents one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis. Lewis was one of the leaders of the SNCC, one of the original Freedom Riders, and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. The program follows Lewis today and tells the stories of his role in the Civil Rights Movement and early political career. John Lewis – Get in the Way airs Friday, February 10 at 10:30 pm and repeats Monday, February 20 at 10:00 pm.

Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion – meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time. This Independent Lens, “Accidental Courtesy”, airs Monday, February 13 at 9:00 pm.

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. Talk – Race in America airs Monday, February 20 at 8:00 pm.

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought, with new interviews from Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. Maya Angelou: American Masters airs Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm.  Online we have a short film from Maya Angelou talking about Con Men.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. invites viewers to discover the complexity, grandeur and diversity of the great civilizations that once flourished across the African continent. The three part series, Africa’s Great Civilizations, airs February 27, February 28 and March 1 at 8:00 pm.

Black Women in Medicine honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine. By combining historical context with a look at the current generation coming up through the ranks, Black Women in Medicine chronicles stories of excellence and perseverance that engage, encourage and motivate, planting seeds of aspiration in the minds of future doctors. Black Women in Medicine airs Monday, February 27 at 10:00 pm.

Finding Your Roots, Season 3 continues with the premiere of episode seven, “Family Reunions,” featuring Sean Combs and LL Cool J. Finding Your Roots “Family Reunions” airs Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm.

KLRUQ programming FEB. 19, 2017

On Sunday, February 19, join KLRUQ for a night reflecting and honoring lives of African Americans, past and present. Discover more information about race relations in the U.S. and how those have shaped politics today.

Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny. Colored Frames airs at 5:00 pm.

By interviewing local villagers, fishermen and truck drivers, and accessing their oral accounts, Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels aims to recover the lost history of the Amistad insurrection, told from a seldom-voiced perspective in the historical struggle against slavery. The documentary chronicles a trip made by academics and historians to Sierra Leone in May of 2013 as they retrace the path of the 53 Africans who rebelled against their captors and seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, leading to a watershed US Supreme Court decision. Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels airs at 7:00 pm

During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Freedom Summer: American Experience begins at 8:00 pm.

Bridging The Divide tells the story of how Bradley’s coalition of African Americans, Jews, white liberals, Latinos and Asian Americans united a divided city, brought inclusion and access, and set the foundation for inter-racial coalitions that encouraged the elections of minority candidates nationwide, including President Barack Obama. Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race airs at 10:00 pm.

Highlights Jan. 15-21

KLRU Highlights

In this episode of Sherlock on Masterpiece at 6 pm and 9 pm on Sunday, 9 pm Thursday, 10 pm Saturday written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a long game indeed and Sherlock and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

As a new queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister leads to a crisis in Parliament. Watch the first episode of Victoria Sunday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm.

Austin filmmaker Mat Hames newest documentary What Was Ours airs on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday. A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn’t left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place.

Ladonna Harris: Indian 101 at 10 pm Monday profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at  7 pm Tuesday and 7:30 pm Thursday reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967).

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday and 8 pm Wednesday examines the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features David Fahrenthold, a reporter at The Washington Post and most recently covered the 2016 presidential campaign.

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York on Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live In Concert at 8 pm Friday.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand at 9 pm Friday captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare.

Welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Price supports her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, while Carll sings songs from his album Lovers and Leavers.

 

Highlights Jan 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Watch the newest episode of Sherlock Season 4, titled “The Lying Detective”, airing at 8 pm Sunday, 8:59 pm Thursday, and 8:50 pm Saturday.

Father Brown finds himself embroiled with MI5, which puts Lady Felicia in a compromising position on this episode of Father Brown, airing at 11:12 pm on Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

Explore our attempts to plan for our radioactive future and the startling failure to manage waste in the present. Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering a vast amount of land. Watch this episode of Independent Lens this Monday at 9 pm.

Watch SongwritingWith:Soldiers, which offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts In Context, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Investigate Hitler’s mountain power house. Home to a Nazi elite, it became a labyrinth of underground tunnels, bunkers and secret escape routes, crowned by the awe-inspiring Eagle’s Nest on Nazi Mega Weapon, airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Discover the terrifying truth behind one of America’s most dangerous nuclear accidents-the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex-in this chilling, minute-by-minute account of the long-hidden story titled Command And Control: American Experience airing Tuesday at 8 pm.

Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air Juno, and most recently, the TV series Casual, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart. Watch the discussion on On Story, at 10 pm on Tuesday.

John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award® for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini. Watch John Singleton’s Classic Influences on Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter, from the penguins of Antarctica to the Arctic fox and the bison of Yellowstone on Nature, airing at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers are struggling to control an ongoing crisis at the wrecked plant. What’s next for Fukushima? What’s next for Japan? Tune in to NOVA to find out, Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

On The Boys of ’36: American Experience watch the story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, airing at 8 pm Wednesday.

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

The Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon on Doctor Who, airing Thursday at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 11:01 pm.

Experience composer Jimmy Lopez and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’ operatic adaptation of Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel inspired by a true-life hostage crisis in the 1990s in Lima, Peru, with soprano Danielle de Niese on this episode of Great Performances, on air at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy the ACL debut of pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers. Songs include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, ” “True Colors” and “End of the World.” on Austin City Limits, airing at 7 pm on Saturday.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Watch Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project this Saturday airing at 10:33 pm.

 

Highlights Jan 1-7

KLRU Highlights

On this episode of Great Performances,Julie Andrews hosts the traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Strauss Family waltzes and more, and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. See From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration, airing Sunday at 6:30 pm.

The mercurial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents. Join for the season premiere of Sherlock, airing back to back at 8 pm, 9:30 pm and 11 pm Sunday night. This episode also airs at 8:59 pm Thursday, January 5, and 10:21 pm Saturday, January 7.

Best and Most Beautiful Things is a celebration of outcasts everywhere, following a precocious young blind woman who disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation, on this episode of Independent Lens airing 9 pm on Monday.

Follow a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors on the special titled Cyber-Seniors airing Monday at 10 pm.

Journey through the life’s work of the socially conscious director of Serpico, 12 Angry Men and Network in a never-before-seen interview on Sidney Lumet: American Masters airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

The first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe. Told through camera-phone footage filmed by the families themselves as they leave their homes on dangerous journeys seeking safety and refuge, on this special episode of Frontline: President Trump airing at 9 pm on Tuesday.

Writer/Director/Producer Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking on this episode of On Story airing at 10 pm on Tuesday.

On this episode of On Story, Director John Lee Hancock and writer Kelly Marcel discuss how the script for Saving Mr. Banks was successfully transformed onto the screen using heavily stylized elements, and musical cues from the classic film Mary Poppins to depict the life of author PL Travers during the 1960’s. This episode airs at 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

Kays tracks and photographs coywolves with remote motion sensor cameras, collects road kill and scat, and obtains tissue and bone samples from fur trappers, hunters, and others to unravel the mysteries that define this new species on Nature, airing at 7 pm on Wednesday.

A team of scientists and explorers probe high altitude caves in the Tibetan Himalayas looking for clues to how humans found their way into this forbidding landscape and adapted their bodies to survive. Join NOVA in the exploration of Vampire Sky Tombs, airing at 8 pm Wednesday.

Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves on Secrets of the Dead airing at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame on ACL Hall Of Fame New Years Eve, airing at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Join Evan Smith as he interviews Marcus Samuelson, a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks on this episode of Overheard With Evan Smith airing Thursday at 7 pm.

Passing It Forward features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America, this week’s Arts In Context feature, which airs on Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to West Texas to explore one of the most beautiful and most remote national parks in the U.S. on the National Parks episode of The Daytripper airing at 8 pm on Thursday.

After a night backpacking to the South Rim, Chet wakes up to head back to the basin and visits Terlingua, on this episode of The Daytripper, at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

From the late 1940s until his death in 1959, he spearheaded an innovative ad campaign that made Springmaid sheets a household word and changed the approach of the country’s advertising industry. The “Colonel” was already a WWI hero and author of War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator, when he inherited his father’s South Carolina textile company in the 1930s. Watch Miss Springmaid this Thursday at 10:30 pm.

Examine the daily life of residents in an ethnically and culturally diverse community in Queens, New York on In Jackson Heights, Friday at 8 pm.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B/hip-hop icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance on her screening of Austin City Limits, Saturday at 7 pm.

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. Watch alongside Father Brown in the episode titled Law Of Motion, airing Saturday at 8 pm.

Rejoin Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — in 1890s London on Sherlock On Masterpiece, Saturday at 8:47 pm.

 

Highlights Dec. 25-31

KLRU Highlights

In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard’s path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. Watch this episode of Great Performances on Sunday at 8 pm.

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the RSC’s star-studded gala, with David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more, on Sunday at 10:30 pm.

Ravi Patel is almost 30 and still single, and his tradition-minded Hindu family is not happy. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, he enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America. Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life – love, airing at 8 pm on Monday.

Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from Ukraine to YouTube. Featuring Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell and more, Hava Nagila celebrates the power of music, the importance of joy and the resilient spirit of a people airing at 9:30 pm on Monday.

On Arts In Context, we see how The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity, airing at 10:30 pm Monday.

Explore the life of the modernist architect behind visionary buildings like St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. Travel with his son, director of photography Eric Saarinen, ASC, as he visits his father’s work on a cathartic journey, shot in 6K, on Eero Saarinen: American Masters airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

This special of Frontline brings you the first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe. Told through camera-phone footage filmed by the families themselves as they leave their homes on dangerous journeys seeking safety and refuge. Watch Exodus this Tuesday at 8 pm.

Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. Listen to Lear recount his favorite memories on this week’s episode of On Story, airing at 10 pm Tuesday.

Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, on this episode of On Story at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner captures how wolves and buffalo live together in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world. “Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo” makes another appearance on Nature, this Wednesday at 7 pm.

By driving our pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history, on this episode of NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Follow a select group of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink: to discover more of the country’s history, keep its heritage safe and persuade tourists to visit the country again on Egypt’s Treasure Guardians airing at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Tom Waits performs in this classic episode pf Austin City Limits from 1978, airing at 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Join Evan Smith on this week’s episode of Overheard With Evan Smith featuring T.C. Boyle, who has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories, including the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End; The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Mé dici étranger; and most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. Airing at 7 pm on Thursday.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Learn about them on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to East Texas to Athens, the town that invented the hamburger on this episode of The Daytripper, airing at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season on this episode of The Daytripper, which airs at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Follow the Nonnatus House family to South Africa after they receive an SOS call from a mission hospital that’s understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure on this Holiday special of Call The Midwife, airing at 9 pm on Thursday and 9:30 pm on Saturday.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Watch Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project this Thursday airing at 10:30 pm.

Rejoin Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — in 1890s London on Sherlock On Masterpiece, airing at 7 pm on Friday.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Austin City Limits at 7 pm and 11 pm as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

 

Highlights Dec. 18-24

KLRU Highlights

Return to the world of manners with Alastair Bruce, “Downton Abbey’s” historical advisor. With interviews with cast members like Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, the program navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s in this episode of More Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special airing Sunday at 7 pm.

On this episode of Great Performances, bitter rivalries erupt on The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II. The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown, Sunday at 8 pm.

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat on the Holiday special of Vicious, airing at 10:30 pm on Sunday.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. Catch Rick Steves in Europe on Rick Steves’ European Christmas this Sunday & Saturday at 11 pm.

Tune in to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir repeats Monday, December 19th at 8 pm, Thursday, December 22nd at 9 pm, and Saturday, December 24th at 8:00 pm.

Take an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney on Walt Disney: American Experience Monday at 9 pm.

In the second program, FRONTLINE 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. Watch the second installment of From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians special, airing Tuesday at 9 pm.

Gain access to America’s most iconic residence-symbol of national history and icon of democracy, and learn how the White House is the story of America itself on White House: Inside Story airing Tuesday at 10 pm.

From the filmmakers who brought viewers the spectacular 3-part miniseries, “Penguins: Spy in the Huddle,” comes this intimate and incredible journey of one vulnerable and charismatic Emperor penguin chick. Watch his new-found independence in this extraordinarily difficult and dangerous place is filled with humor and danger that will test his parents until the day he leaves them, on this episode of Nature airing Wednesday at 7 pm.

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Discover new aspects to the classic story of NOVA airing at 8 pm on Wednesday.

This film examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. This film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed. Watch on this episode of Secrets of the Dead airing Wednesday at 9 pm.

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing Wednesday & Friday at 10 pm.

Watch Evan Smith with Mike Love, a singer/songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. His credits include such classics as “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls”and “I Get Around” on Overheard With Evan Smith, this Thursday at 7 pm.

On this episode of Arts In Context, The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity, which airs at 8pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Lufkin to explore the Texas Piney Woods and one of Texas’s four National Forests. Watch as he paddles the Neches River, hikes beneath the towering pines, and visits the Texas Forestry Museum to learn the history of the people who lived here, all on The Daytripper, airing Thursday at 9 pm.

Chet then joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on this episode of The Daytripper on Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, Jordan Smith ’tis the Season, which airs Thursday at 10:00 pm.

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Great Performances presents the RSC’s star-studded gala, with David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more, on Friday at 8 pm.

Check out the Christmas Eve specials here: http://www.klru.org/blog/2016/11/klru-holiday-programs/

Highlights Dec. 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants on Manners of Downtown Abbey: A Masterpiece Special Sunday at 7 pm.

On this week’s Great Masterpieces, the King is dead and England is in crisis, and the scene is set for Civil War on The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I on Sunday at 8 pm.

Take an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney on Walt Disney: American Experience Monday at 9 pm.

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

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” on In Their Own Words airing Tuesday at 8 pm.

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity on From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians special, airing Tuesday at 9 pm.

This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses, named the Legendary White Stallions, and their caregivers on this week’s episode of Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. Watch as NOVA follows the experts in Mystery Of A Masterpiece airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Generations have theorized about what really happened to Van Gogh on December 23, 1888, in the French town of Arles, but no one has been clear on the details-until now. Discover the theories on Secrets of the Dead airing Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy intimate performances from singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits airing Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Join Evan Smith on Overheard, as he discusses old classics and new stories with R.L. Stine, a novelist, short story writer, and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps, Rotten School, and The Nightmare Room series. This Thursday at 7 pm.

The Lullaby Project helps teen mothers compose lullabies for their babies in order to foster connection. Their latest endeavor, The Lullaby Project, helps teen mothers compose lullabies for their babies in order to foster connection and reflection in an incredibly stressful and vulnerable time which can be viewed on Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine. He pushes his adrenaline levels on an ATV, a stand-up paddleboard, and a hang glider on this episode of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Lubbock where he explores the Texas High Plains and Texas Tech University on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his immediate family and Tony Bennett on American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered this Thursday at 9 pm and Saturday at 10 pm.

Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Visit Germany, France and Switzerland on European Christmas Markets Thursday at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 11:30 pm.

Witness award-winning, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell lead a Live from Lincoln Center event with musicians from America and Cuba, building a bridge between cultures and artistry on Joshua Bell’s Seasons Of Cuba airing Friday at 8 pm.

Grab a front row seat for one of the most thrilling Broadway concerts in memory. 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 on First You Dream: The Music Of Kander & Ebb this Friday at 9 pm.

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. In each episode, the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Watch Father Brown at 8 pm on Sunday.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. Watch the pathologist solve crimes on Doctor Blake Mysteries at 8:55 pm on Sunday.