Highlights August 9 to August 15

KLRU Highlights

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

Downton Abbey Rediscovered at 8:30 pm and 10 pm on Sunday and 8:30 pm on the following Saturday will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage, and will be hosted by a well-known actor to provide a seamless flow of fondly remembered moments from the show.

On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall on Sunday at 11:30 pm, Tuesday at 10:30 pm and Thursday at 10:30 pm, get a look at PBS’ fall 2015 programs, including Walt Disney: American Experience, Indian Summers on Masterpiece, Gorongosa Park, American Epic, Earth’s Natural Wonders, NOVA, Nature, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having and PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Pyanki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Pyanki has never left his village. In 2012, however, Laya will be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Pyanki’s eyes. Learn how these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity on Independent Lens Happiness at 8:05 pm on Monday.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers 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 In Their Words at 9:10 pm on Monday.

Hitmakers at 10 pm on Monday is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process.

On Ken Burns: The Civil War at 7 pm on Tuesday, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series 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.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. On Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience at 8:30 pm on Tuesday, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands.

The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. On Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm on Wednesday, 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.

Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos on NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8:05 pm on Wednesday.

Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Cold at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment.

On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with S. C. Gwynne, best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book Empire of the Summer Moon was a New York Times best-seller and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ on BBQ with Franklin Brisket at 7:40 pm on Thursday. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary at 8:30 pm on Thursday is a documentary that celebrates the impact of the preeminent trio that brought folk music to America’s mass audiences, combining their artistry with their activism and inspiration over the last 50 years. The program will feature powerful, moving, performances by Peter, Paul and Mary starting with the era of the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village through the Civil Rights and anti-war eras.

Join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park during Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park at 8 pm on Friday. The concert features the pairs’ greatest hits, from “Mrs. Robinson” to “Sounds of Silence.”

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 Il Volo: Live From Pompeii at 9:30 pm on Friday, filmed in the spectacular ancient ruins of Pompeii.

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

Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits at 7 pm on Saturday with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Highlights August 2 to August 8

KLRU Highlights

Caroline gets to the heart of the reason Gillian is reluctant to go through with the wedding on Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, with Celia’s encouragement, Alan takes the first step toward forgiveness.

On Poldark on Masterpiece Part Seven at 8 pm on Sunday, when Verity makes her move, Poldark is blamed and events spiral out of control. Then, an epidemic leads to tragedy, and a shipwreck is both a blessing and a curse.

After an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce, Foyle examines her Special Operations Executive activities during the war and rumors of a traitor on Foyle’s War Elise at 9:30 pm on Sunday.

With permission from Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s Garden at 8 pm on Monday covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

Learn how music and dance bind a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region, where the people of the Blue Nile celebrate their survival and fight to maintain their heritage, even as bombs drop all around them on POV Beats of the Antonov at 9 pm on Monday.

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin at 10 pm on Monday tells the unknown story of how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system. Leslie Woodhead first met the Beatles in 1962 when he worked on a film in the Liverpool Cavern Club before the world had heard of the Fab Four. When Woodhead began to make films in the Soviet Union, he became aware of how the Beatles legend had soaked into the lives of a generation of Soviet kids — even though they were barred from playing “Back in the USSR.”

Secrets of the Dead JFK: One PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday at 7 pm recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

President LBJ is chiefly remembered for the Vietnam War. But 50 years ago, he engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. JKF & LBJ: A Time for Greatness on Tuesday at 8 pm examines how LBJ transformed America.

Frontline Gunned Down at 9 pm on Tuesday 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.

The rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago is recounted on Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial at 10 pm on Tuesday. Learn how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States.

On the third episode of Life on the Reef at 7 pm on Wednesday, see how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. Then, as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive.

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared on NOVA Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 pm on Wednesday. Then, a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica on NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits Spoon/White Denim at 10 pm on Wednesday. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.

On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with Katha Pollitt, an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been made into books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time.

From band posters to business logos, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Although ad agencies still loom large, learn how the proliferation of technology has allowed a growing contingent of DIY graphic designers on Arts in Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

When you’re cooking with fire, you’d better have good wood. 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 BBQ with Franklin Fire & Smoke on Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet travels to the “Bayou City”—Houston, Texas—to hop amongst its neighborhoods on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He starts with a Asian market and Dim Sum in Houston’s Chinatown, follows it up with dinosaurs and parks in the Museum District and finishes up in Houston’s Montrose area, full of art, culture and delicious food.

Galveston Island explains the city of Galveston relating its history, culture and resiliency after Hurricane Ike at 9 pm on Thursday.

Thrill to the rich and soulful voices of the popular quartet as they sing world-class arrangements of classics, new compositions and some of the world’s most beloved songs, including “How Great Thou Art,” “Besame Mucho” and “You Are So Beautiful” on Tenors: Under One Sky at 8 pm on Friday.

Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter on John Denver: Country Boy at 9:30 pm on Friday. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

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

On the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special 2014, watch highlights from the first annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

Highlights July 26 to August 1

KLRU Highlights

Caroline is relieved to find that Greg is a natural with Flora and a positive influence on Lawrence on Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Alan begins to distance himself from Gary, while Gillian discovers that their private family matter has just gone public.

On Poldark on Masterpiece Part Six on Sunday at 8 pm, a mysterious smelting company challenges the local copper barons. Then, Poldark confronts the same cardsharp who swindled Francis.

As Joan faces a possible lifetime in prison, Kitty’s wracked with guilt that she knew about Joan but didn’t stop her on Crimson Field Episode Six at 9 pm on Sunday. Kitty is desperate for someone to trust, but will she turn to Thomas or Miles?

Monday at 9 pm on POV Tea Time, observe five Chilean women who gather monthly for a ritual that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change. See how a routine of tea and pastries helped them commemorate life’s joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death.

It All Adds Up on Monday at 10 pm profiles the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s “Math Corps,” an organization that partners struggling middle and high-school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the kids need to succeed.

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. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm on Monday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

See how America developed the most destructive invention in human history – the nuclear bomb – how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives on Bomb at 7 pm on Tuesday. Hear from historians and those who experienced the dawn of the atomic age.

Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail Episode #101 at 9 pm on Tuesday reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth – uranium. And at 9 pm on Wednesday, join physicist Dr. Derek Muller in Episode #102 to unlock the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements.

Stephen Hawking is one of the most recognizable people on the planet, a superstar of the scientific world. But although Hawking is an iconic figure, who is the man behind the image? Hawking at 10 pm on Tuesday gives us a rare insight onto his life, both past and present.

Witness the explosion of life on the reef as the wet season approaches: corals spawn, sea birds nest and thousands of turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches. And soon, torrential rain and storms will bring change and upheaval to the delicate ecosystem on Life on the Reef Episode Two at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Four years ago, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. NOVA Nuclear Meltdown Disaster on Wednesday at 8 pm reveals the story of how Naohiro Masuda and his team averted disaster at Daini and how workers are struggling to clean up the mess at Daiichi.

At 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday, Austin City Limits showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones; the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

Arts in Context Music for All at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights Austin Soundwaves, a program that offers free, intensive music education to low-income youth from Travis and Hays County. Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts.

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin Leftovers at 8 pm on Thursday. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad – Tomball, Texas. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Watch the world’s best young pianists try to make a name for themselves at the Cliburn, a high-stakes piano competition that becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground on Virtuosity – The Cliburn at 8 pm on Friday. The winner is virtually guaranteed a performing career.

Shawna Coronado grows UP with living walls on Central Texas Gardener Living Vertical Walls at noon on Saturday. Then, tour American Botanical Council’s gardens for health.

Songwriter Kacey Musgraves sings tunes from her LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Dale Watson plays tunes from throughout his career on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

2015 Summer of Mystery

Whip out your magnifying glasses because this summer is about to get puzzling. KLRU is bringing back some of your favorite whodunits for a month full of mystery!

Foyle’s War Revisited
Saturday, August 8 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, August 15 at 10 pm
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. Be a Foyle’s War Super Sleuth by supporting KLRU today and get a special thank you gift from the show

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case
Saturday, August 8 at 10 pm
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After returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders. Confined to a wheelchair and crippled with arthritis, the now elderly Hercule Poirot is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings – back where it all began. He must summon the last of his strength and push his “little grey cells” to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.


Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Saturday, August 16 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, August 29 at 8 pm
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Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage – love?

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville
Saturday, August 29 at 9:30 pm
Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments – top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall
Sunday, August 30 at 8 pm
In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking truth” about the great detective.

The Bomb + Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail


Using state-of-the-art transfer techniques to turn recently declassified images into vivid, jaw-dropping footage, The Bomb tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history. From the earliest testing stages to its use as the ultimate chess piece in global politics, the program outlines how America developed the bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives.

Viewers witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare and pristine images of above-ground nuclear tests. The documentary includes interviews with historians Richard Rhodes, Martin Sherwin, Robert Norris, Sergei Khrushchev and others, along with men and women who helped build the weapon piece by piece.

Audiences also hear from former Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense William Perry, who reveal how the bomb was viewed inside government circles, as well as those who hold firsthand memories of seeing the first mushroom clouds fill the skies.

The Bomb premieres on July 28 at 7 pm on KLRU.

Also timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first explosion of an atomic bomb and the bombing of Hiroshima, Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail embarks on an epic journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and life.

Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth.

The first episode of Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail premieres on July 28 at 9 pm on KLRU, while the second episode airs on July 29 at 9 pm.

Compassion for Those We Love: A Town Meeting on Caregiving for Alzheimer’s in the Hispanic Community

Host Tsi Tsi Ki RGB

More than 200,000 Spanish-speaking people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, that number could potentially increase to 1.3 million by 2050 – a growth rate of 600 percent.

Alzheimer’s presents its own set of problems in the general population, but it seems to affect the Latino population at a higher rate. Latinos, studies suggest, possess more risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure) for developing dementia than other groups and exhibit Alzheimer’s symptoms at an earlier age than non-Hispanics. In addition, surveys indicate Latinos’ reluctance to see doctors may result from financial and language barriers or because they mistake dementia symptoms for normal aging, thereby delaying the diagnosis.

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KLRU presents Compassion for Those We Love: A Town Meeting on Caregiving for Alzheimer’s in the Hispanic Community on Friday, July 24th at 8pm on V-Me; Sunday, July 26th at 1 pm on KLRU; Monday, July 27th at 6 pm on KLRU Q. Taped in Spanish in front of an audience—and subtitled in English—this program focuses on the human stories of the caregiving crisis in a town-hall style format. Hosted by Tsi-tsi-ki Felix, a Telemundo news anchor and reporter, this program features a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with experts including Dr. Maria Carrillo, Ph.D from the National Alzheimer’s Association and clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Marla Marquine, Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego.

One of the Hispanic community’s strengths—the strong cultural value of family responsibility and the desire to care for elders and loved ones in the home—make the need for accurate information and access to care giving resources all the more critical. This educational program addresses these issues and others in a linguistically and culturally sensitive manner. Although geared specifically to the Hispanic community, much of the information presented is universal and applicable to most Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Compassion for Those We Love: A Town Meeting on Caregiving for Alzheimer’s in the Hispanic Community airs:
Friday, July 24th at 8 pm on V-Me
Sunday, July 26th at 1 pm on KLRU
Monday, July 27th at 6 pm on KLRU Q

Highlights July 19 to July 25

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora, until a stranger walks into her life and may be the answer to her prayers.

Poldark and Demelza start a family on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Five at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza plays matchmaker, the miners riot and Francis takes desperate measures to recoup his losses.

Grace is threatened by an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander, while Joan waits anxiously for news from her fiance on Crimson Field Episode Five at 9 pm on Sunday. Then, a series of events draws Joan into danger, risking her profession and possibly her life.

POV Return to Homs at 9 pm on Monday brings you the transformation of 19-year-old Basset Saroot from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for reforms to armed insurgent. Get an inside look at the brutal war Assad’s regime has waged, a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 at 10 pm on Monday and 10:30 pm on Friday features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

Frontline Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty at 9 pm on Tuesday is a feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzman, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, he had been on the run from the U.S. and Mexican governments for over a decade.

Featuring cutting-edge science on gambling addiction, Growing Up Gambling at 10:30 pm on Tuesday takes viewers inside the brain of an online gamer and online gambler, telling the story of a student’s downward spiral into addictive online sports betting.

From the perspective of space, trace humankind’s journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. With mind-boggling data and CGI, Humanity From Space on Tuesday at 7 pm shows how we’ve transformed our planet and produced a world of extraordinary complexity.

Life on the Reef Episode One at 7 pm on Wednesday allows you to view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.

Find out the answer to the question, “Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace?” during NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm on Wednesday.Then, at 9 pm on Wednesday, a team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork on Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. On Saturday at 7 pm, ACL showcases acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones while the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

Arts in Context Somos Krudas at 7:30 pm on Wednesday highlights Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness that is seldom seen. With an 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.”

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin Leftovers at 8 pm on Thursday. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.

In a triple header, Chet heads to Round Rock, Texas, the “Sports Capital of Texas,” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout. At 9 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas in Schulenburg, Texas. At 9:30 pm, Chet explores the history of Aquarena Springs tubes with the college students from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration brings you the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s gala celebration of Williams’ peerless achievements as it reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List.

See how to transition from tomatoes to lettuce on Central Texas Gardener Summer to Fall Vegetables at 12 pm on Saturday. On tour, meet incredible succulents and cacti.

Highlights July 12 to July 18

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations. Although relations with Caroline are still fraught, Celia doesn’t hesitate to stand by her side when she receives some devastating news.

The community awaits news of the fish harvest, and Poldark’s copper mine struggles on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Four at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza must get used to a new way of life.

The arrival of soldiers from her home town lifts Joan’s spirits, but she finds herself in trouble on Crimson Field Episode Four at 9 pm on Sunday. Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient causes ripples, calling everyone’s loyalties into question.

On POV Web Junkie at 9 pm on Monday, follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use. After, at 10 pm on Monday, in today’s China, an old city destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as POV Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch on Abolitionists The Abolitionists, Part Three at 7 pm on Tuesday. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war breaks out and the conflict unexpectedly drags on.

On Blackout: The American Experience at 8 pm on Tuesday, look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

Witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Then, find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

Join NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm on Wednesday for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. On Comet Encounter at 9 pm on Wednesday, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the Austin City Limits stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon on Wednesday at 10 pm and on Friday at 9:30 pm. On Saturday at 7 pm, Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, intensely immersive retreats offered to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Aaron tours Texas to research and then cook some beef ribs on BBQ with Franklin Pickin’ Beef at 8 pm on Wednesday. After a butchering and anatomy class in College Station, Texas, he receives some tips from a legendary Central Texas BBQ family.

Chet heads to the home of the King Ranch – Kingsville, Texas – covering approximately 1,300 square miles of South Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He explores downtown Kingsville eating at an old pharmacy and soda fountain, then heads to the King Ranch for a history and birding tour of the sprawling South Texas prairie.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 on Thursday at 9 pm and on Friday at 10:30 pm features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

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. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 9:30 pm on Thursday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy brings you performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

Get the latest guide for your to-do list on Central Texas Gardener Top Tips for Your Garden at noon on Saturday. Meanwhile, a library attracts new readers in a wildlife garden.

Highlights July 5 to July 11

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Alan finally lets Celia into his secret about Gary, but is saddened when Celia punishes Caroline on her wedding day for his mistake. Meanwhile, Gillian loses her job after a humiliating visit from Cheryl.

Poldark’s battle with the local gentry deepens, and he faces one turning point with Elizabeth and another with Demelza during Poldark on Masterpiece Part Three at 8 pm on Sunday.

Thomas wrestles with a growing attraction to Kitty, a terrified patient faces court martial, and Sister Joan reveals a dark secret to one of her patients on Crimson Field Episode Three on Sunday at 9 pm.

Having lost custody of their children, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families on POV Tough Love at 9 pm on Monday. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes, both contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance.

On Tuesday at 7 pm, Abolitionists: American Experience The Abolitionists brings us the story of how abolitionist allies William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. During The Abolitionists, Part Two at 8 pm, the divide between North and South deepens, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control as Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining Garrison in the anti-slavery movement.

On Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.

First Peoples Europe on Wednesday at 8 pm tells us that when Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as capable of making artifacts. As more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was an explosion of art and symbolic thought.

NOVA Why Sharks Attack tries to answer the question, “Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?” on Wednesday at 9 pm.

At 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday, roots music rocks on Austin City Limits with Eric Church. Country superstar Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders. On Saturday at 7 pm, country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Golden Hornet Project has presented concerts of indie classical music by composers from non-academic musical backgrounds – all in the name of making classical music exciting and accessible. Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm on Thursday will take behind the scenes to the follow up to the successful “String Quartet Smackdown I” from 2012.

During BBQ with Franklin Competition on Thursday at 8 pm, Aaron travels to a BBQ cook-off competition in Kansas with his father-in-law, going way outside his comfort zone.

Chet heads to the San Jacinto Battlefield where Texas won its independence on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He experiences the renaissance of Baytown, Texas’s historic district including visits to a coffee bar and an artist painting every fallen soldier from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

American Masters Harper Lee: Hey Boo at 8 pm on Friday explores the life of Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired.

People come to Yellowstone primarily because of the unusual thermal features and opportunities to view wildlife, often not realizing they are standing on one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. Yellowstone: Land to Life on Friday at 9:30 presents an interpretation of the sweeping geologic story of Yellowstone, from glaciation to mountain-building to the gigantic caldera of a volcano.

Learn how worms naturally fertilize gardens and container plants and visit a Spanish romantic courtyard on Central Texas Gardener Worm Composting at noon on Saturday.

A Capitol Fourth 2015: 35th Anniversary

Celebrating 35 spectacular years on the air, 2015′s A Capitol Fourth will kick off the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

America’s favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home and our troops watching around the world on the American Forces Network.

This year, a parade of superstars — Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Alabama Band, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Robert Davi, Bradley Whitford, Jack Everly, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Band “Perishing’s Own,” The U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Military District of Washington — will offer the best in American entertainment and help set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.

A Capitol Fourth premieres on KLRU at 7 pm on July 4, with repeat airings at 8:30 pm, 11 pm, and 3 am on July 5. For more information, check out the show’s official website here!