Last Days In Vietnam on KLRU

KLRU presents the Oscar-nominated film Last Days In Vietnam: American Experience on April 28th. There will also be a preview screening on April 25th.

VACAT-LOGO-v2The Vietnamese American Community of Austin, Texas (VACAT) and KLRU invite you to a preview screening of Last Days of Vietnam on Saturday, April 25, at 3:30 pm at The Summit Elementary School in Austin (12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin, TX 78727). This event is free and open to the public.

We’ll also feature several other related programs in conjunction with this broadcast. Here’s the complete list:


Highlights April 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Two things become clear: new nurse Phyllis Crane is not going to fit in easily and Sister Julienne and a prospective benefactor knew each other many years ago on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

On Mr. Selfridge, Harry attends a fateful auction, Henri has a flashback, and Edwards’ new book instigates a crisis for Kitty Sunday at 8 pm on Masterpiece Theater.

On Episode 1 of Wolf Hall on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm, Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his powers after failing to secure the annulment of the King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon. His hopes of returning to the king’s favor lie with the ever-loyal Thomas Cromwell.

In 2010, 10 churches were burned down in one month, igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. Independent Lens Little Hope Was Arson airs Monday at 9 pm.

Arts In Context, Monday at 10:30, features Trouble Puppet Theater: a small arts organization in East Austin that has been able to achieve critical success and growth, while taking their cutting edge puppetry to levels never seen before in Texas.

As Shelly and the baby undergo a procedure to repair the fetus’s spine, get a close-up look at this surgery on a baby in the womb – the first time ever in a major television broadcast – on Twice Born, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Part Renaissance prince, part medieval tyrant, Henry VIII is the most famous of English kings. Venture beyond the facade of his glamorous court to understand the danger and intrigue that routinely cost courtiers their heads on Inside the Court of Henry VIII, Tuesday at 8 pm.

With cutting-edge CGI animation techniques, From Billions to None will recreate the glory of passenger pigeons in flight as well as the ways in which our 19th century ancestors destroyed them all, on Tuesday at 10 pm.

On Nature Animal Homes: The Nest, Wednesday at 7 pm, learn how birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China’s first emperor on NOVA Emperor’s Ghost Army, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Hitler sees the battleship as the ultimate status symbol for his new Third Reich, but the British will stop at nothing until Hitler’s new mega weapons are at the bottom of the sea. Hitler’s Megaships airs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 pm and again on Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard With Evan Smith features Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.

On back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday, Chet visits Lufkin and Athens.

Grammy-winning performer/composer Brian Wilson teamed up with an eclectic group of acclaimed musicians to perform beloved hits from his illustrious career for Brian Wilson and Friends, Thursday at 9 pm.

Stage and screen star Norm Lewis presents a show that crosses stylistic boundaries, from opera to cabaret to gospel and everything in between on Norm Lewis: Who Am I? Friday at 8 pm.

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

Happy Easter from KLRU & KLRU Q

KLRU Highlights

For Easter Sunday, KLRU and KLRU-Q will feature specials on the origins and mysteries of the Christian church and more.


Celebration of Peace Through Music – April 5 at 1 pm
Recorded live at Georgetown University’s DAR Constitution Hall, Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the 2014 canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII by Pope Francis. Concert conductor Sir Gilbert Levine, dubbed “The Pope’s Maestro” for creating and conducting concerts for Pope John Paul II for 17 years, leads soloists and world-class orchestral and vocal ensembles in a moving musical tribute to these three spiritual leaders. Selections include Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” “Ancient Polish Marian Hymn,” Verdi’s “Messa Da Requiem” and others. Each work reflects the popes’ shared commitment to promoting interfaith understanding and peace around the world.

Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution
Part 1: The Rock and the River  – April 5 at 3 pm
With their Messiah executed, their dreams crushed and their cause deemed subversive by the strongest empire the world had ever seen, Jesus’s followers faced a bleak future. Their movement seemed destined for extinction. Incredibly, though, Jesus’s survivors turned defeat to victory; devastation to jubilation. By one account, it happened on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Simon Peter and others envisioned the risen Jesus. Re-infused with hope and determination, Peter became an indomitable figure who would unite his group into a tight community of ardent believers. Dark days were coming however — days of persecution, imprisonment and dispersal. And when they arrived, Peter found support from an unexpected source. His name was Paul. Paul had a startling revelation that led him to embrace Peter’s faith as his own. It was a turning point in history. For once inspired, Paul turned his formidable talents to the task of spreading his new cause around the Roman Empire. Paul was educated, passionate and determined. But he was also dogmatic. And soon, he would be at the center of the most divisive conflict yet to face the young Jesus movement.

Part 2: The Empire and the Kingdom — April 5 at 4 pm
Spread outside Judea by missionaries likePeter and Paul, the Jesus movement caught on quickly among Jews and non-Jews around the Roman Empire. With success, however, came challenges: challenges from hostile locals, imperial forces and from conflicting ideas within the movement itself. Paul — adamant that there was no time for conversions — fell into open and angry confrontation with some of the oldest Jesus followers. Peter, it seems, tried to mediate the conflict. “The Rock” became a stepping stone between the camps and, for a crucial period, helped keep the movement together. But the center could not hold. Paul struck out on his own, planting churches in his image around the Mediterranean and writing letters that would become central to all later Christian theology. Finally, in 70 AD, disaster struck the headquarters of the Jesus followers. After decades of rising tension, Judea erupted in revolt against Rome. War had been raging for four years. And when Rome finally established control, it destroyed much of Jerusalem; it torched the sacred Temple and enslaved the population. The scorched ground of Judea could no longer nurture a Jewish Jesus movement. And in the end, it was Paul’s communities that would grow and change into the churches we know today.

Painted Churches of Texas — April 5 at 5 pm
From the outside, they look like many American country churches built around the turn of the last century — arched Gothic Revival windows, facades clad in white frame siding or in stone, lone steeples rising up into the Texas sky. Cross the threshold of these particular Texas churches and you’ll encounter not a simple wooden interior but an unexpected profusion of color. Nearly every surface is covered with bright painting: exuberant murals radiate from the apse, elaborate foliage trails the walls, wooden columns and baseboards shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. These are the Painted Churches of Texas. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life.



Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve: Canterbury – 3:55 pm
Simon Reeve tries medieval food and and visits the Lincoln Cathedral on a 400-mile journey to Canterbury.

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Europe – 4:55 pm
Simon Reeve travels from northern France to northern Spain and then crosses Western Europe to Rome.

Time Scanners Petra — 5:55 pm
Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Jordan to scan the ancient desert city of Petra. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, he wants to uncover its construction secrets and shed new light on this architectural wonderland lost to the West for more than 1,000 years.

Mystery of Mary Magdalene –6:55 pm
Melvyn Bragg sets out to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible’s most enigmatic and controversial figures. In the gospel accounts Mary Magdalene plays a central role in the Easter story. She is there at the cross when Jesus is crucified and she is the key witness to the resurrection. So why do so many people believe that Mary Magdalene was the seductive prostitute redeemed by Christ despite there being no reference to it in the Bible? This compelling documentary uncovers the real story behind Mary Magdalene’s legendary status, from her vital role in the first centuries of Christianity to her portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Da Vinci Code.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter part 1 — 8:00 pm
The actor traces the life of St Peter, from lowly fisherman on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to Jesus’ closest confidant who would betray his trust as an apostle in the fabled denial, and finally to the the figure regarded by the Roman Catholic Church as the first pope and bishop of Rome. In the first of two programmes, David seeks out the man behind the biblical stories, looking at how he carved an identity as both leader and flawed believer during the earliest days of Christianity.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter part 2 — 9:00 pm
The actor traces the life of Jesus’ close confidant and apostle, St Peter, by looking at the New Testament’s account of him taking charge after the Messiah’s death. In the second part of his exploration, David wonders how a man who had previously been painted as an impetuous and confused character could have filled the shoes of such a charismatic leader. He also assesses the evidence that suggests Peter was eventually martyred as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Jerusalem — 10:00 pm
Simon Reeve follows in the footsteps of travelers who made long, dangerous journeys to Jerusalem.

KLRU Celebrates Earth Day

Love your Mother — Mother Earth, that is — during the month of April with KLRU’s Earth Day programming. KLRU and KLRU-Q will be celebrating Earth Day, April 22, with specials that shine a light on the remarkable Pale Blue Dot we call home. Learn about our planet’s vast biodiversity, the problems our environment faces, and innovative solutions for a healthier Earth with programs for the whole family.


Located 110 miles off the Louisiana-Texas coast, the corals of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary rank among the healthiest in the world, even though they lie in the middle of one of the most active oil and gas production areas on earth. Narrated by Penny Hammer, a Gulf Coast resident, Window In The Waves tells the intriguing story of the reefs’ formation, their essential function as a haven for marine animals, their designation as a national sanctuary in 1992 and their critical importance to the global environment. Formed millions of years ago and protected by remoteness, the three reefs collectively cover 56 square nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico- and teem with biodiversity. Stunning underwater footage gathered over the course of hundreds of dives reveals the diverse inhabitants, including hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates.
And for the kids:
Dinosaur Train and Wild Kratts join forces for an Explore the Outdoors Week, April 20-24.The Brothers Kratt and the Pteranodon family celebrate Earth Day with an eco-themed week including the premieres of new episodes.
Tiny can’t believe it when he finds out that his friend Cindy Cimolestes doesn’t like fish, but she explains that she’s a mammal and many mammals don’t eat fish. Determined, Tiny sets out to find a mammal in the Mesozoic who likes fish. She, Buddy, Cindy and Dad set out on a fishing trip, where they run into Cassie Castrocauda, a Jurassic mammal that looks like a cross between a beaver, an otter and a platypus, who also happens to love fish!
Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don are excited that Keira Chirostenotes gets to babysit them for the night while Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon go out for a dinner on the Dinosaur Night Train. Keira shows the kids how a dead log’s decomposition provides food and shelter for many living creatures. Then, Grandma and Grandpa are excited to have a whole day with their grandkids and doubly-excited to do a special project with them. Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don get to plant their own sycamore saplings and vow to visit their trees frequently to track their growth over the years.
Aviva is working on a special ring chip that will super power her “inventuring”, but it’s stolen by a mysterious lemur. Martin and Chris are off to the rescue and along the way, they learn about the amazing world of chameleons.
Wild Kratts Lemur Stink Fight — April 21 at 4 pm
While in Madagascar, the Wild Kratts hear signs of a dispute between two troops of ringtailed lemurs. So they set out to figure out just what these two lemur groups are arguing about…
Wild Kratts Capture The Fishmobile — April 22 at 4 pm
When Aviva unveils her new Fishmobile invention, designed to keep up with the rapid, precise movements of schooling fish, Chris and Martin challenge the gang to a brand new creature game.
Plus, a new nature-themed episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel Explores Nature, premieres April 20 at 9 am.



Zero Energy America
Part 1: April 7 at 9 pm Part 2: April 14 at 9 pm
Zero Energy America is two one-hour documentaries that explore the quest for the zero-energy home. This look inside alternative technology and solutions for the energy crisis in America and abroad finds solutions around the world that show promise and hope for a new tomorrow in which a home of any size can be built that not only lowers overall energy consumption, but actually finds ways to create excess power. Zero Energy America shows the way to get there, demonstrate the solutions by visiting real world working examples and addresses the problems head on. The zero energy home is attainable today… and this documentary proves that a Zero Energy America can be our tomorrow.

We’ve Got The Power — April 21 at 9 pm
The follow-up documentary to the Emmy® Award-winning program The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green, We’ve Got the Power shows viewers how the United States can replace fossil fuels with clean energy in a way that is economically beneficial to consumers and businesses alike, and ensures a safer environment for future generations. By driving electric vehicles, installing solar on our roofs, or doing something as simple as getting a home energy audit, we all have the power to improve energy efficiency, save money, and phase out fossil fuels. We’ve Got the Power also looks at the importance of the role of government in different stages of clean energy production including research, regulations, policy making, and protecting the public and the environment from disasters like the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

Champion Trees — April 22 at 8 pm
Escaping the ravages of nature and man, the champion trees are the largest of their species in any state. With lives spanning hundreds of years, these silent sentinels have watched history unfold around them. Champion Trees is a one-hour AETN original documentary that explores these natural wonders and how they influence and inspire the people around them.

Ocean Frontiers: Dawn Of A New Era in Ocean Stewardship – April 22 at 9 pm
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, Ocean Frontiers introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. This documentary travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management — from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, Ocean Frontiers captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

So Right So Smart — April 22 at 10 pm
This program profiles companies on the cutting edge of more sustainable business practices who are proving that being environmentally friendly is both good for the earth and good for business. Their inspiring stories of leadership and innovative change provide hopeful models for the larger business community and other institutions. The primary focus of the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of Interface Inc., a global carpet manufacturer led by Ray Anderson, one of the early pioneers of green business practices. Anderson has spearheaded an often-challenging effort to transform Interface to a “restorative enterprise”; and has become an inspiration to other businesses. So Right So Smart also includes short profiles of companies who started with a commitment to green business practices, including Stonyfield Farms, Patagonia, Herman Miller, Seventh Generation and New Belgium Brewery.



Highlights March 29 to April 4

KLRU Highlights

A new season of Call the Midwife starts this week! Nurse Barbara Gilbert arrives at Nonnatus and, after a disastrous start, earns the respect of her colleagues by helping a new mother overcome difficulties on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The third season of the popular series, which stars Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store, picks up the story in 1919 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part film, tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 pm.

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

Witness groundbreaking fetal surgery in this miniseries that takes an intimate, inside look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where rare surgeries are performed on babies inside the womb part 1 of Twice Born air at 7 pm Tuesday

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

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Blue Lapis Light, a group that transforms urban environments into works of art specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments.

RX: The Quiet Revolution at 8 pm Thursday takes cameras across America to focus on the challenges and triumphs in our country’s health care delivery system.

Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter, star of the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, performs songs from his latest album, Billy’s Back on Broadway, and other favorites on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Great Performances at 9 pm Friday presents Annie Lennox performing songs from her album Nostalgia.

Get the secret to growing finicky lavender, plus tips on indoor aromatherapy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a drought defiant garden turned blank land into sensational outdoor living.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Sheeran lights up hits “Sing!” and “A-Team,” while June burns through material from her acclaimed LP Pushin’ Against a Stone.

Holocaust Remembrance programming

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance, KLRU will be airing programs throughout the month of April highlighting Jewish achievements and remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

We start the month off with a Passover special for children.
Sesame Street It’s Passover, Grover!  April 1 at 1 pm; April 2 at 6:30 am; April 4 at 8 am
It’s almost time to celebrate Passover and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved!

Online, you can watch our Austin Revealed episodes on the Jewish experience in Austin: Building Bridges, In Harmony, Something Unique, Who I Used to Be & The Ark.

Mid-April, KLRU focuses on Holocaust Remembrance programming.

Escape from A Nazi Death Camp April 14 at 8 pm
October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. The multi-layered plot unfolds like a Hollywood blockbuster — from the last-minute change to the escape plan forced by an unexpected arrival of a train load of SS soldiers, to the systematic luring of individual camp guards to separate locations and different, highly creative deaths, yet every terrible and inspiring moment of this story is absolutely true.

FRONTLINE Memory of the Camps April 14 at 9 pm
A landmark historical film discovered by FRONTLINE in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by the series in 1985, the documentary shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps.  Drawing on initial editing done by famed director Alfred Hitchcock before the film was shelved 70 years ago, FRONTLINE reconstituted the forgotten reels and script and showed them in public for the first time 30 years ago.

American Jerusalem Jews and the Making of San Francisco April 14 at 10 pm
American Jerusalem tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco. Drawn to California by the Gold Rush, Jews were welcomed in San Francisco as nowhere else and would go on to build a thriving community, the second largest Jewish community in the United States after New York. With their newfound freedom, Jews played a central role in the transformation of this once-sleepy maritime village into the largest metropolis in the American West. As Jews integrated into mainstream San Francisco society, they were forced to reinvent what it meant for them to be Jewish, to create in essence a new kind of Jew – San Francisco Jew.

Arts In Context Producing Light April 16 at 7:30 pm;  April 19 at 1 pm.
Arts in Context spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project. With unprecedented access to the dancers and staff on and off the stage, Producer/ Director Karen Bernstein and Cinematographer Deborah Lewis provide a unique look into production for Mills’ harrowing work on survival amidst a climate of indifference and hate.

American Masters Jascha Heifetz April 16 at 8:30 pm; April 17 at 8 pm; April 19 at 2 pm Discover the mysterious violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students, archival performances and home movies. His story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price.

Jewish Journey: America April 16 at 9:30 pm; April 19 at 3 pm
A film that tells the three part story of Jewish life in the old country, the reasons behind leaving their respective homes and journeying to the US and both the establishment of communities and the great accomplishments made in the US.

Tune in to KLRU-Q for even more programming:

The Story of The Jews With Simon Schama
Episode 1: The Beginning — April 9 at 10 pm, April 12 at 4 pm
The story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this “God of Words” that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way – war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation. The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following “in the footsteps” of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem.

Episode 2: Among Believers — April 16 at 10 pm, April 19 at 4 pm
Schama’s epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity – and sometimes their lives – under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labeled “Christ-killers” by the Christians or “dhimmi” (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence. Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the heart-rending story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Episode 3: A Leap of Faith — April 23 at 10 pm, April 26 at 4pm
Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down – allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music, and the stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice, decked out in the new clothes of romantic nationalism and the pseudo-science of anti-semitism. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution

Episode 4: Over The Rainbow – April 30 at 10 pm, May 3 at 4 pm
Schama plunges viewers into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism, the most visible, iconic and, arguably, most misunderstood expression of Jewish faith and fervor. This episode travels from the forests of Lithuania, where Schama’s own family logged wood and fought wolves, to the boulevards of Odessa, where shtetl kids argued the merits of revolutionary socialism over Zionism. From the Ukrainian city of Uman,where today thousands of the Hasidim chant and sing over the tomb of the wonder-working Rabbi Nachman, to the streets of Manhattan’s lower east side, where the sons of shtetl immigrants wrote the American songbook. The program returns, with grim inevitability, to Eastern Europe in 1940, where the genocidal mechanisms of the “final solution” were beginning to grind the shtetl world into dust and ash.

Episode 5: Return — May 7 at 10, May 10 at 4 pm
Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality – and the consequences for the world. With contributions from writer David Grossman, photographer Micha Bar-Am, kibbutz founder Freddie Kahan, West Bank settler Zvi Cooper and Palestinian villager Yacoub Odeh, the film explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

Fire in the Forest: The Life and Legacy of the Ba’al Shem Tov — April 12 at 5 pm
Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698-1760), known as the Ba’al Shem Tov (“Master of the Good Name”), is one of the most beloved and celebrated, yet elusive, figures in Jewish history. Today, Jews worldwide – and even non-Jews – revere him as the founder of the Hasidic movement, a 18th-century offshoot of Judaism that promotes a mystical interpretation of the Bible, and as a model of piety and spirituality. This documentary explores the life and legacy of the Ba’al Shem Tov through interviews with religious leaders and scholars, and on-location footage. The title derives from a tale about rabbis finding a hidden fire in the forest where they could appeal to God for help and have their prayers answered.

Wing and a Prayer — April 26 at 5 pm
This documentary tells the remarkable, if little-known, story of an improbable group of World War II veterans who risked their lives and American citizenships to give the newborn state of Israel a chance to survive. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition British-controlled Palestine between the Arabs and Jews. The Jews agreed to the two-state deal, but the Palestinian Arabs (two-thirds of Palestine’s population) rejected the plan. In response, the five-nation Arab League vowed to conquer all of Palestine, and the United States also joined the worldwide embargo against Israel, barring its citizens from supplying military aid to the Jewish state. Moved by the plight of Holocaust survivors and Jews trapped in Palestine, former U.S. Air Transport Command flight engineer Adolph Schwimmer masterminded a plan to arm the besieged Palestinian Jews. Schwimmer and his crew of pilots smuggled 12 million dollars’ worth of World War II surplus rifles, machine guns, bullets and planes into ill-equipped Israel just as the 1948 Arab-Israeli War broke out. Schwimmer’s group – made up of Jews and non-Jews – eluded the FBI, outsmarted the U.S. State Department and created fictitious airlines to help the Israeli army ward off attacks from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Produced to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and narrated by William Baldwin, this program features interviews with more than 20 of the operation’s key aviators,their family members and historians.

The History Project Aspirin — April 28, 8:05 pm
Launched over 100 years ago in the Bayer laboratories, Germany, Aspirin is still the biggest selling drug in history. According to historical records, a German chemist synthesized aspirin in its pure form in 1897, but new evidence has been uncovered which strongly suggests that it was a German Jew who discovered the new wonder drug.

Highlights March 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 on Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Sunday.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents  she unlocks a powerful family secret about her biological parents on Independent Lens Little White Lie at 9 pm Monday.

American Masters Harper Lee at 10 pm Monday explores the life of Nelle Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries .

Narrated by Tom Brokaw, James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of James A. Baker, III, a remarkable politician and statesman.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores the controversy behind vaccines.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday shows the wildlife of The Shannon, Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river.

Nova “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” at 8 pm Wednesday breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the Austin City Limits sage Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm with his greatest hits and new material.

David Axelrod, political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Golden Hornet Project brings excitement and energy back to the world of classical music making it accessible to everyone on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

All ATX:  A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 8 pm Friday celebrates the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX British Invasion at 10 pm Friday.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Voces returns to KLRU 4/17

Voces returns to PBS this April featuring a film by Austin filmmaker Hector Galán. Voces is PBS’ signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.

Kicking off the series on April 17 at 9 pm on KLRU is Galán’s Children of Giant. Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classic Giant, this new documentary returns to Marfa, Texas to explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s Anglo and Mexican-American residents. KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting will host a preview screening with the director in attendance on April 2nd at 8 pm. Get more details and RSVP now.

Now en Español on April 24 at 9 pm explores the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences — and whose real lives are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts.

El Poeta on May 1 at 9 pm is a powerful and poignant profile of the renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.

A fourth film, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, will premiere this fall as a special co-presentation of Voces and American Masters. Keep watching KLRU for more details on airdates for this film.

Here are more details about each film in this year’s Voces series:

Children of Giant April 17 at 9 pm
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.

Now en Español April 24 at 9 pm 
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, “Now en Español”follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women featured struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent — and on-screen roles.

El Poeta May 1 at 9 pm
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows the journey of Sicilia and his movement as they make their way from Mexico’s most embattled cities – Juarez, Chihuahua,  Durango and others – to the U.S., urging American citizens and lawmakers to share in the responsibility for the violence. “El Poeta”transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder, and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of righteous protest.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey Fall 2015
Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America’s most famous artists:   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. This film chronicles Guerrero’s art and relationship with other artists.

Highlights March 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Go behind the scenes with upcoming guest star John Mahoney (Frasier) to learn the secrets of Foyle’s War in Foyle’s War Revisited, Sunday at 7 pm.

Don’t miss the Season 5 Finale of Masterpiece Downton Abbey, Sunday at 8:30. The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for a joyful Christmas holiday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration is an behind-the-scenes look at the first two seasons of Mr. Selfridge and offers viewers a sneak peek at Season 3. Airs Sunday at 10:30 pm.

American Masters Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work. Monday at 9 pm.

From the birth of the comic book superheroine Wonder Woman in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Independent Lens Wonder Women on Monday at 10 pm, looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

The documentary series 180 Days travels to Hartsville in rural South Carolina, where an entire town is trying to make an exceptional use of their elementary school system. The first and second episodes of the Hartsville series air back-to-back Tuesday at 7 and 8 pm.

Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS Tuesday at 9 pm.

We Served Too, Tuesday at 10 pm, tells the story of Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes.

In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part Nature miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Watch Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Relive the excitement of the groundbreaking Rosetta comet landing mission on To Catch A Comet, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known Egyptian subject state, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’. Watch Rise Of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with author and journalist S.C. Gwynne Thursday at 7 pm.

Few things form the expectations for a work of art like its branding. Arts In Context profiles influential graphic designers Chris Bilheimer and Michael Sieben Thursday at 7:30 pm.

On back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper, Chet travels to Marble Falls at 8 pm to experience wild outdoor adventures like hang gliding. Then at 8:30, explore Houston’s neighborhoods, including Chinatown and hip Montrose.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial at 9 pm Thursday provides the rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago, and how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States.

With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself tells the actress’ story in her own words Friday at 8 pm.

Chomp into the sweetest tomatoes around with secrets for success on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how aquaponics combines fish and food for resourceful growing.

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 on a mini Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Saturday.



Highlights March 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Relive the most magical moments from The Emerald Isle with the amazing artists of Celtic Woman who have touched your heart and lifted your spirit for the last ten years, on Celtic Woman Fan Favorites, Sunday at 7 pm, and again on Wednesday at 7 pm.

From the late 1940s through early 1950s, The Ed Sullivan Show presented special performances with original cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age. Experience rare performances from The Ed Sullivan Show on Great Broadway Musical Moments, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

On John Denver: Country Boy, Sunday at 10 pm, Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 7 pm, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter.

Howdy, Texans! Learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents on Antiques Roadshow Austin Hour 2 Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10:30 pm.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman provides advice on how to make sound financial decisions while keeping “the goal of money” in mind on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You, Monday at 8:30 pm.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Remote, Sacred, Wild celebrates the wonder of the great outdoors and religious sites in Europe and beyond, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Learn how to seek foods, recipes and menus that optimize health on Dr. Fuhrman’s End Dieting Forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

In BrainChange with David Perlmutter, MD, neurologist Perlmutter gives his tips for eliminating carbs from your diet to improve brain function on Tuesday at 9 pm.

Laugh along with legendary comedian Victor Borge’s greatest moments on Victor Borge’s Timeless Comedy, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

In Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, powerhouse duo and rock ‘n’ roll legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo showcase their undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound to the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island. Airs at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys perform hits of the Sixties in their first public television special, The Midtown Men Live in Concert, Thursday at 7 pm.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only, airing Thursday at 8:30 pm, features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and includes hits “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Massachusetts,” “To Love Somebody” and more.

Experience the natural beauty of the Lone Star State on Texas: Above and Below, Thursday night at 10. This special features aerial footage of the state’s wilderness shot by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Self-help author Wayne Dyer gives viewers his take on how to “manifest that which is most important to them” on Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 8 pm on Friday.

Fend off disaster with Trisha Shirey’s top tips from her book, Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders on Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, Saturday at 8:30 pm.