Highlights June 21 to June 27

KLRU Highlights

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe on Sunday at 7 pm invites you to examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years. Learn why most kings and queens have carefully choreographed every aspect of their apparel and why, for those who haven’t, the consequences have sometimes been calamitous.

Sunday at 8 pm on Poldark on Masterpiece Part One, after fighting for England in the American Revolution, Poldark returns home to Cornwall and finds wrenching change. He loses one close friend and gains another.

Follow Kitty, Flora and Rosalie, volunteer nurses who work in a tented field hospital on Crimson Field Episode One at 9 pm on Sunday. As they settle into their first day, it soon becomes clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line.

POV Out in the Night at 9 pm on Monday examines the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.

It was ten years in the making, but well worth the wait. February 1, 1913 began a new chapter in American passenger railroading when Grand Central Terminal opened the doors to its first century of service. On Grand Central: An American Treasure at 10 pm on Monday, former New York mayor Ed Koch and others give an in-depth look and behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central’s Beaux-Arts splendor.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) on Tuesday at 7 pm shows that though frail and failing, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations.

Investigate the sexual abuse of undocumented women in the service industry on Frontline Rape on the Night shift at 9 pm on Tuesday. This film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how the government, law enforcement and companies fall short in dealing with the problem.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm on Wednesday tries to answer the question, “What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal?” The science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and their emotions. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow.

On First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm on Wednesday, we ask, “How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans?” And in Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.

Austin City Limits presents Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview, while folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common. And on Saturday at 7 pm, Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs. Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

On Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm, Evan interviews Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. The memoir chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth.

Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with an openness that is seldom seen on Arts in Context Somos Krudas on Thursday at 7:30 pm. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

On BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch. Meanwhile, John Markus takes us on a whirlwind tour of the regional sauces of America.

Host Chet Garner takes us to Port Lavaca, Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He goes fishing in the bay waters, bikes to a historic cast-iron lighthouse, and explores the lost port city of Indianola where French explorer La Salle first set foot in Texas.

Infinity Hall Live Tedeschi Trucks Band at 9 pm on Thursday brings you the rock and soul sounds of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Listen to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks talk about the experience of combining their musical talents and interests into a unique opportunity to bring their family on the road to deliver their blend of southern soul, American roots, authentic rock ‘n’ roll, and a touch of Florida swamp magic.

On Friday at 8 pm, join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music during In Performance at the White House The Gospel Tradition. The concert showcases music that cuts across the boundaries of race and class to provide comfort and inspiration to its listeners.

In Performance at the White House Country Music on Friday at 9 pm celebrates a uniquely American musical idiom — country music — music of the heart and of the heartland. The evening’s performance is headlined by superstars from the world of country, performing the songs that have proven themselves eternal.

What’s a Master Naturalist and how you do it at home? On Central Texas Gardener Master Naturalists on Saturday at 12 pm, tour pond outdoor living that replaces lawn.

Highlights June 14 to June 20

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents season 2, part 5 of Last Tango in Halifax on Sunday at 8 pm, as Celia hesitantly introduces Alan to her sister, Muriel, and a surprised Caroline learns that Kate is pregnant. In part 6 on Sunday at 9 pm, Kate makes an unexpected gesture at Alan and Celia’s wedding.

On Monday at 9 pm, Independent Lens Limited Partnership tells the story of a gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, and their fight over the course of 40 years to take on the U.S. government and fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America at 10 pm on Monday is a biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. Olmsted believed that a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life, and his efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) at 7 pm on Tuesday chronicles FDR as he shatters the third-term tradition and helps set the course toward Allied victory during World War II. In the meantime, his wife, Eleanor, travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen.

Dorothea Lange was a 20th-century American artist who captured powerful images from the Great Depression. KLRU depicts Lange’s journey to continue to bear witness, bring subjects alive and transmit raw emotion through her art on American Masters Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning at 9 pm on Tuesday and at 8 pm on Friday.

On Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm on Wednesday, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to Sulawesi in Indonesia after twenty-five years to understand why numbers of feisty, expressive and unusual macaque monkeys have dropped dramatically. Teaming up with a local expert and creating the film allows him to share the macaques’ story with local schools and communities.

NOVA Escape from Nazi Alcatraz on Wednesday at 8 pm tells the story of Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany that was supposedly escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an elaborate escape plan involving a two-man glider made of bed sheets and floorboards. Now, a team of engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider to see if the daring escape would have succeeded.

The story of how Hitler’s massive defensive wall from France to Norway sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test on D-Day is told on Nazi Mega Weapons Atlantic Wall at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits at 10pm on Wednesday and at 10 pm on Friday presents Nine Inch Nails in a rare television appearance playing songs from their latest album, Hesitation Marks. On Saturday at 7 pm, Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common.

Taylor Branch, author and historian, discusses his Civil Rights era trilogy America in the King Years and his latest work on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program that offers immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers the chance to write songs about their experiences.

On BBQ with Franklin Fire & Smoke at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron covers the major types of wood used in Texas BBQ, gives some tips on building a fire and shows a twist on using smoke for more than cooking meat.

On Thursday at 8:30 pm, The Daytripper goes to Lubbock, Texas and explores Texas Tech University, eats fried cheese and calzones and dives into the Buddy Holly Center and the archaeology site Lubbock Lake Landmark.

Host Harrison Eppright presents a tour of Juneteenth celebrations from across the country on Juneteenth Jamboree at 9 pm on Thursday.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War on Thursday at 9:30 pm chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war. Among many topics, the documentary covers the marked rise of slavery between 1790 and 1860, the role of religion and music in the slave narrative and the influx of freed black slaves into the Union army.

At noon on Saturday, Central Texas Gardener Living Vertical Walls tours the American Botanical Council’s gardens for health.

Highlights June 7-13

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents an encore of season two of Last Tango in Halifax before season three starts on June 28th. On Sunday at 8 pm, Gillian is devastated when Celia inadvertently reveals a secret. At 9 pm, sad news inspires Alan and Celia to have another wedding ceremony.

Independent Lens God Loves Uganda at 9 pm Monday explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on 1933-1939 as FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

Frontline Prison State at 9 pm Tuesday follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky’s criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration.

Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered plants and wildlife. But pet pythons released into the wild are wrecking the delicate eco system. Find out more on Nature Invasion of the Giant Python at 7 pm Wednesday.

Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site on Nova Secrets of Sunken Treasure at 8 pm Wednesday.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists to shed light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career.

Aaron takes a deep-dive into the realm of BBQ pits, as personal as they are functional on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Keep your plants and spare the water. Tour artistic lifestyle outdoor living with succulents on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.








Highlights May 31 to June 6

KLRU Highlights

Secrets of the Manor House at 7 pm Sunday looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in these ancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants.

KLRU presents an encore of season two of Last Tango in Halifax before season three starts on June 28th Sunday at 8 pm, as Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface. Sunday at 9 pm, Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension.

Forgotten Ellis Island at 8 pm Monday focuses on the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island.

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, Independent Lens The New Black at 9 pm Monday takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

10 Buildings That Changed America at 10 pm Monday tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on 1933-1939 as FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. D-Day 360 at 9 pm Tuesday takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and explore the battle.

Nature White Lions at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0 the worst ever to strike Japan. It generated an unprecedented tsunami. Surviving the Tsunami: A Nova Special at 8 pm Wednesday retold after-the-fact by the survivors who reveal what they were thinking as they made their life-saving decisions.

Ghost Army at 9 pm Wednesday tells the true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the World War II.

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

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Lauren Bruno who spreads a message of hope through her band Les Rav.

Learn the steps that go into a whole hog cook from beginning to end on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday. Aaron walks us through the process of building a cinder block pit, learns about pig breeds and throws a party in his backyard.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad. The Daytripper heads to Tomball at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Roadtrip Nation’s Why Not Us at 9 pm Thursday documents a five-week national road trip, dubbed the “First-Gen Roadtrip” in which four first generation college students from around the country interviewed diverse leaders, many of whom were also the first in their families to receive a college degree.

From Cleveland: Women Who Rock at 8 pm Friday  tells the story of the earliest women musicians from the 1920s to the mega stars of today.

In Performance at the White House at 9 pm Friday features Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by  Etta James to Diana Ross to Aretha herself.

Get the latest Texas A&M’s Superstar plants. Tour a native pond from an old swimming pool on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.





KLRU celebrates LGBT Pride Month 2015

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 LGBT Pride Month, KLRU is broadcasting a lineup of special programs exploring the culture of the gay, lesbian, and transgender community.

Independent Lens “The New Black”
Monday, June 1 at 9 pm
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Independent Lens “God Loves Uganda”
Monday, June 8 at 9 pm
This film explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

Arts in Context “In Face”
Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 pm
Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers. In Face follows the complex lives of three performance artists in three cities: Austin, Los Angeles, Atlanta. Each queen, with a unique life offstage, sheds a bit of light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career. With daring costumes and lavish handmade hair pieces, Gia Sunflowers always surprises the crowd with his gothic style as waiter and performer of the drag queen dining establishment LIPS Atlanta. Obtaining success in Hollywood as contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, television star Willam Belli tours the country as a performer while also gaining a career as a recording artist.

Independent Lens “Limited Partnership”
Monday, June 15 at 9 pm
In 1975, decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Mere months later, however, the Immigration and Naturalization Service declared their marriage invalid and began proceedings to deport Tony. With a uniquely personal perspective in a larger political battle, “Limited Partnership” follows the couple’s forty-year fight seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage, all while living undocumented in the United States.

POV “Out in the Night”
Monday, June 22 at 9 pm
In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. This film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

Arts in Context “Somos Krudas” 
Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 28 at 1 pm
Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit fiery lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness and openness that is seldom seen. 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.” Now based out of Austin, Texas, Krudas Cubensi continues their fight for social justice through their incendiary, original hip-hop.

Frontline “Growing Up Trans”
Tuesday, June 30, at 9 pm
Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, the film examines new medical interventions increasingly being offered at younger ages.

Highlights May 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Airs Sunday at 7 pm, 8:30 pm, and Monday at 10 pm.

On Monday at 8 pm, view intimate portraits of America’s military families on Homefront, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military.

The Storm, episode 4 of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, tells the story of Franklin Roosevelt’s political career, from his 1920 vice presidential run to his election as president, and the hardships he faced in between. Airs Tuesday at 7 pm.

Tuesday at 9 pm, go inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria. With interviews from key military and diplomatic leaders, Frontline Obama At War examines the hard choices facing the president as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict.

Tuesday at 10 pm, Independent Lens Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of one of the most internationally celebrated Chinese artists of the modern era. Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Wednesday explores how technology can save injured animals. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.

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

John Glenn: A Life of Service, Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn’s distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues

Thursday’s Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm features Cokie Roberts, best-selling author, contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and Political Commentator for ABC News.

Arts In Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday profiles Songwriting With Soldiers, an organization that offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Sausage, often a BBQ afterthought, is now finding reason to take center plate. Aaron makes sausage from scratch and visits some folks who are pushing the boundaries of artisan sausage-making on BBQ With Franklin: Sausage, Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas.” On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere on The Daytripper Devil’s River at 8:30 pm.

Admissions On Trial, Thursday at 9 pm takes an in-depth look at the debate over how universities choose their students and the role of race in the process.

Great Performances: Boston Symphony Orchestra is a wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrating the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra. AIrs Friday at 8 pm.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a front yard’s become the family’s new playground since they swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture, and cozy hangouts.

Back-to-back episodes of Mother’s Son air Saturday beginning at 8:50 pm. This gripping drama depicts a dilemma no parent wants to face. When a teenage girl is murdered, Rosie, a divorced mother of two, suspects with horror that her teenage son, Jamie is involved. How far will a family go to protect their son?


Highlights May 17-23

KLRU Highlights

On Call The Midwife Sunday at 7 pm, Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia team up to support a deaf mother-to-be, while a case of morning sickness proves more serious than initially suspected.

With the deadline of his hasty promise looming, Harry stocks the store for the ultimate sale. As other businesses accuse him of playing unfairly, the public and the shareholders are worked into a frenzy, and Harry must prepare for the worst in the thrilling Season 3 finale of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

In 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of damning secret files and shared them with the public and the press. Now, for the first time, they tell their story on Independent Lens 1971, Monday at 9 pm.

War For Guam, Monday at 10:30 pm, is a documentary about World War II and its enduring legacy in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898. It tells the extraordinary story of how the Native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under a brutal Japanese occupation, only to be later stripped of much of their ancestral lands by the American military.

Frontline Secrets, Politics And Torture Tuesday at 9 pm, investigates the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture, through recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry who fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler’s Third Reich. Four-Four-Two, F Company At War follows the exploits of the company through the letters of 1st Sergeant Jack Wakamatsu and interviews of five “F” Company veterans. Airs Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank joins Overheard With Evan Smith. Frank is known as one of the most prominent gay politicians in American history and was the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Arts In Context A Light In The Dark, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles Gail Chovan, whose locally made, handcrafted clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty.

Thursday at 8 pm on BBQ with Franklin: Brisket, learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.

On The Daytripper: Schulenburg, Thursday at 8:30 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel.

Operation Appreciation 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 Fort Hood, America’s largest military base. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project, Thursday at 9:30 pm, tells the story of the iconic art piece at the historic pool. Integrating art therapy with local workshops, Wanda Montemayor and her team spent nearly four years planning, developing and creating each of the countless individual tiles that would become part of the colossal mosaic mural at Deep Eddy Pool.

Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, 8 pm Friday, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos and more on Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House Friday at 9 pm.

See how ponds, fountains, and backyard streams make a splash with wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a DIY pond joined by a greenhouse and corral for rescued goats.

Highlights May 10-16

KLRU Highlights

The love between Tommy and Gert makes Fred think about taking the next step with Violet on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The store takes a big gamble and Victor hits on a survival strategy on episode seven of season three of Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Henry’s love for Anne Boleyn has given way to anger and distrust on episode six of Wolf Hall on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow the evolution of daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb on Independent Lens Born to Fly at 9 pm Monday.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food on Soul of a Banquet at 10 pm Monday.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the years between 1901 and 1910 as murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat – particularly poultry – and why the food-safety system isn’t stopping the threat.

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Comedian Marc Maron on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm Thursday takes a behind the scenes  look at the String Quartet Smackdown and the Golden Hornet Project.

The Daytripper goes to Round Rock and Monahans on back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm.

Ric Burns’ documentary American Masters American Ballet Theater at 8 pm Friday delves into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet companies.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Friday at 10:30 pm. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

Grab the kids and let’s sow some seeds for easy summertime flowers to attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple shows how they’re carving out lawn for food and flowers in their new yard.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights May 3-9

KLRU Highlights

A secret romance faces heartbreak when teenager Paulette becomes pregnant, a situation complicated by her diabetes and her boyfriend’s criminal past on Call the Midwife season 4 episode 6 Sunday at 7 pm.

Harry, Mardle, and Grove spiral deeper into despair. Victor faces an unfortunate reality on Masterpiece Mr. Selfridge season 3 part 6 Sunday at 8 pm.

With Anne pregnant again and away from court, Henry begins to take notice of Jane Seymour on episode 5 of Wolf Hall Sunday at 9 pm.

Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe on Independent Lens Kumu Hina at 9 pm Monday.

Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance) at 10 pm Monday.

Ken Burns’ Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the period between 1858-1901 as Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday gives the inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

Learn about Proyecto Teatro which aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society on El Taller at 10 pm Tuesday.

From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the difficulties of raising parrots.

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Nova Nazi Attack on America at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans.

Kim Gordon, a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band, talks about music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

From band posters to business logos, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Meet the designers on Arts In Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Lufkin and Round Rock on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Salinas Project at 9 pm Thursday profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a small community just east of Silicon Valley. Part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. Learn more at klru.org/americangraduate

The winning couples in the four divisions of ballroom compete across dance styles in the grand finale on America’s Ballroom Challenge at 8 pm Friday.

Best of the Boston Pops at 9 pm Friday features some of the greatest moments from the world-renowned orchestra’s 129-year history.

Spice up those edible gardens with the latest jam-packed healthy ethnic flavors on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bicycling team spares the landfill with curbside collections of kitchen and household scraps that cycle into compos to nourish local farms.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights April 26-May 2

KLRU Highlights

Sister Julienne questions the nature of absolute faith when she meets a Christian Science couple who refuse medicine for their newborn on Sunday’s episode of Call The Midwife at 7 pm.

On season 3, episode 5 of Mr. Selfridge at 8 pm Sunday, a new Head of Display arrives, and manages to both infuriate and delight the staff. Both Gordon and Mr. Grove adjust to personnel changes, as the young heir narrowly avoids a scandal.

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, failing to produce Henry’s longed-for male heir. Cromwell demands the nobility and church swear an oath acknowledging Anne as lawful queen, but will Thomas More agree? Find out on episode 4 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Race, class, culture – the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation. Airs Monday at 8 pm.

On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, Monday at 9 pm, examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”

At 10 pm Monday, Stateless follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States.

In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. The Day The 60s Died returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago on Tuesday evening at 7.

Last Days in Vietnam recounts the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, when North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Nature Monkeys of Shangri-La, Wednesday at 7 pm, is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind.

Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack? NOVA Manhunt: Boston Bombers searches for the answers at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

James Ellroy is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Don’t miss his appearance on Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Produced locally and created by hand, Gail Chovan’s rich, textural clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm profiles Chovan and her evocative, intriguing pieces.

Beginning at 8, Chet travels to historic Port Lavaca on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Kingsville, home of the legendary King Ranch.

On El Poeta, Friday at 9 pm, meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

Go for the bold with palms, large and small, that stand out in sun and shade on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, shade meets slopes where art and cozy patios frame serene contemplation under arching trees.

Alt.rock superstar Beck performs on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.