Crime doesn’t pay on KLRUQ 8/7

From the secrets of the dead to the ruthless murderer of Al Capone, we have a lineup of programs you don’t want to miss.

Al Capone: Iconairs at 6 pm
The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, this program explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

History ProjectBeneath Alcatraz‘ – airs at 7 pm
June 11, 1962, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, three prisoners – Frank Lee Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin – did the impossible. Desperate and dangerous, they escaped from Alcatraz prison. This has been an enduring historical mystery and we still don’t have the entire answer.

Secrets of the DeadAlcatraz Escape‘ – airs at 8 pm
The three convicts who escaped Alcatraz in rafts in 1962 were swept out to sea and drowned, according to conventional wisdom. Now, a team of scientists believes the escapees could have made it to dry land-but only if they left at a specific time.

Secrets of Underground Londonairs at 9 pm
This program takes a chronological look at the natural and man-made wonders beneath London. It features a large section on the London Underground, how it was built, its use during World War II, the ghost stations and stories and the museum. The film also highlights the lost river fleet, the sewer system, the Brunel Tunnel and the Churchill War Rooms, to name a few.

Highlights August 7-13

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday at 7 pm on Dancing On The Edge, learn why Lady Cremone becomes suspicious of Masterson’s offer of such a large reward and why Pamela decides to help Stanley and the band. As Julian’s behavior becomes more and more unbalanced, Masterson becomes ever more apprehensive.

Next at 8 pm on Masterpiece Mystery! One For Sorrow, learn if Lewis, who needs to prove himself to a new boss, and Hathaway can establish a connection between the remains of a body discovered in a well and the death of a young artist. Hathaway finally gets to know his estranged father.

Tune into Tunnel at 9:30 pm as the French police capture but then lose the prime suspect. Then, their lead detective goes missing. Though things eventually start to fall into place, something is troubling Karl.

On Monday, see memorable items appraised in San Diego. Highlights include a Dr. Seuss “Kangaroo Bird,” a Tiffany & Co. yellow diamond pendant and a 1781 George Washington lifetime print. Find out which treasure has a $75,000 value increase! Watch at 7 pm on Antiques Roadshow.

Follow JFK’s rise to power from his birth to his election as president in 1960 – the youngest man ever to be elected to the office. With illuminating interviews from family members including sister Jean Kennedy Smith, niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, historian Robert Dallek and author Robert Caro, this episode offers new insight into Kennedy’s early years, from his transformation from a sickly youth to Washington’s most eligible bachelor to the nation’s president. See it at 8 pm on JFK: American Experience.

Later at 10 pm, Far Afield: A Conversation Love Story  is a documentary about conservation icon and author Bert Raynes. It’s also a three-part love story involving Bert and his wife Meg, their love for Jackson Hole, Wyo., and their love for the environment.

On Tuesday, watch JFK & LBJ: A Time For Greatness at 7 pm. 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. This special examines how LBJ transformed America.

Next, follow Kennedy into the White House through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency. Offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure, this episode features frank appraisals by administration officials, including John Siegenthaler, Thomas Hughes and Harris Wofford, civil rights leaders Andrew Young and Julian Bond, and journalists Evan Thomas and Richard Reeves. Watch at 8 pm Tuesday on JFK: American Experience part two.

Later at 10 pm Tuesday on Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill, reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

On Wednesday, revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs only to have his visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam. Watch at 7 pm on LBJ: American Experience. Next at 8 pm, tune into part two of LBJ: American Experience.

On Thursday, examine the complex life and career of Richard Nixon, whose legacy includes both ending America’s involvement in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Forced to resign, his administration did much to erode Americans’ faith in their government. Watch at 7 pm on Nixon: American Experience.

At 10 pm, tune into The Daytripper. Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president. He visits a Trappist-style cheesemaker, a sandy beach in the middle of town, and eats fish tacos beside a lake-front marina.

On Friday, learn which of the three finalists will ace the Signature challenge – filled iced buns; conquer the Technical – pastry they’ve all struggled with; and master the Showstopper – a classic British cake in a multi-layered presentation. Watch at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show.

Call this old age, extreme edition: Seven players with 620 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China’s Inner Mongolia. British players Terry, who has been given a week to live, and Les, a weightlifter and poet, are going for the gold. Inge, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia. And Texan Lisa, is playing for the first time. Watch at 9 pm Friday on POV.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter performs a set of solo hits, new songs and Fugees classics. Tune it at 10 pm Friday on Austin City  Limits.

On Saturday at noon on Central Texas Gardner, Ravenscourt Landscaping & Design puts an artful stamp on postage stamp-­sized spaces. On tour, Austin Delta Dawn designer Leah Churner styles apartment balconies and patios with clever ideas on a budget for privacy and indoor/outdoor connection. Daphne’s Plant of the Week, native Salvia coccinea, attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies in semi­-shade, even in containers.

Explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Veteran rockers Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview. Lively folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common. At 7 pm Saturday on Austin City Limits.

 

Explore on KLRUQ Highlights for 8/5

Join KLRUQ as we explore the Indian Ocean and two of the world’s most mysterious creatures.

Wildest IslandSri Lanka: Monsoon Island‘ – airs at 8 pm
Lying like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island that defies convention. Poised just six degrees above the equator, it’s less than 75,000 km sq in size. But it has enough wildlife to rival a continent, and it’s all down to its complicated climate and geography.

Wonder of Animals Elephants‘ – airs at 9 pm
Chris Packham explores the anatomy and physiology of the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant. Their size seems ill-suited to surviving the most arid regions of Africa, but their inner workings allow them to defy the extreme heat of the desea and find food and water in seemingly barren landscapes, while their extraordinary memory enables them to repel predators.

Wonder of AnimalsBats‘- airs at 9:30 pm
Bats have colonised remote corners of the planet to become one of most widespread mammals on earth. Chris Packham explores their incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

Volcano Odysseyairs at 10 pm
Animation is used to trace 65 million years of evolution at a volcanic hotspot in the Indian Ocean.

Highlight July 31-August 6

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, join Stanley, Sarah and Pamela as they try to help Louis elude the police. Masterson offers a huge reward for Louis’ capture. Lady Cremone, convinced of Louis’ guilt, refuses to aid him. A policeman coerces Sarah into divulging damaging information. Watch at 7 pm on Dancing On The Edge.

Thirteen years after Lewis’ first arrest as a detective inspector, the forensics have been called into question and the case re-opened for appeal. Lewis fears the worst — but nothing can prepare him for a new string of murders resembling the original murders with the original weapon. Did he arrest an innocent man? With Lewis’ reputation in jeopardy, Hathaway and Maddox race to catch the killer. Watch at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis.

Later at 9:30 pm, tune into Tunnel. Police think they may finally have a lead, as the serial killer’s actions escalate in his fifth and final “truth.” Karl and Laura’s relationship takes another turn as Laura steps up her flirtations with another man.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice. Watch at 10:30 pm.

On Monday at 7 pm, tune into Antiques Roadshow. Travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item’s value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?

Next at 8 pm, watch another episode of Antiques Roadshow. 1998 marked the 16th running of the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate, 87 miles long and America’s oldest road skating race, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s first visit to Hotlanta. In the ensuing 14 years, a collection of documents related to gold legend Bobby Jones sped from an original estimate of $15,000 to a current value of $20,000 to $25,000, while an 1841 letter by Abraham Lincoln rolled from a brisk $

At 9 pm, meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Albert Maysles’ film shows a woman with an inspirational enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Watch on POV.

Later at 10:30 pm, enjoy a new episode of Arts In Context. Blue Lapis Light transforms urban environments into works of art. Specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments – such as federal buildings, power plants, or scaffolding at the shores of Lady Bird Lake – Blue Lapis Light’s aerial dance creates what founder Sally Jacques describes as “prayers for the planet.”

Tuesday, see how the Nazis and the IOC turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that, despite the IOC’s determined attempts to forget, continues to this day. Watch at 7 pm on Nazi Games – Berlin 1936. See it again Thursday at 9:15 pm.

Next at 8 pm, explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Inspired by #1 best-seller The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold. Tune into Boys Of ’36: American Experience. See it again Thursday at 8:17 pm.

At 9 pm on T-rex: Her Fight For Gold, meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Later at 10:30 pm, tune into this week’s episode of On StoryIndie Filmmaking: A Conversation with Jay Duplass.’ Jay Duplass (writer/director Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Puffy Chair) recollects his journey with brother Mark Duplass onto the DIY indie film scene, along with their specific approach to storytelling. Followed by Future Hero, the story of a father, son, and a time-travelling killer android, in a short film by Ramin Serry.

Kicking off Wednesday is Koko – The Gorilla Who Talks at 7 pm. In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.

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

Later at 10 pm on Austin City Limits, celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, Wendell Pierce sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith. Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” A New Orleans native, he starred as Antoine Batiste in “Treme”, the HBO series about the city after Hurricane Katrina. His memoir “The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken” was recently published.

An act of terrorism shocks the world: Palestinian extremists invade the Summer Olympics and murder 11 Israeli athletes. With chilling detail, this new documentary investigates the Munich massacre, its aftermath and its relevance. It reveals alarming new evidence and never-before-seen photographs, and captures a poignant 43-year struggle for public remembrance. Even before its release, this film has attracted attention in The New York Times, NPR and around the world, as nations prepare for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio. Watch at 7:30 pm on Munich ’72 And Beyond.

Later at 10:30 pm, tune into The Daytripper. Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas. In town he visits a museum that’s dedicated to Bob Wills the “King of Western Swing” and another that’s rewriting the history of the Native Indian Wars. Top it off with a bison filet steak and that’s a day trip.

For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events. Tune in at 7 pm on Friday for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.

Later at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, follow the semi-finalists as they come to grips with chocolate, a temperamental ingredient. The Signature task is chocolate tart, followed by chocolate souffle in the Technical challenge. For the Showstopper, the bakers create chocolate centerpieces.

Next at 9 pm, watch POV ‘My Way To Olympia.’ Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker?

Once again, suddenly we’ve traded wet, cool days for hot and dry. Designer Ginger Hudson shows how to spot problems and avoid common mistakes on Central Texas Gardner. On tour, visit a rocky hillside garden that handles drought and rain bombs. Daphne answers: Why did established irises actually form seeds this spring? Distinctive ‘Pinot Noir’ pepper, contributed by a viewer, is our Plant of the Week. Tune in at noon on Saturday.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter performs a set of solo hits, new songs and Fugees classics. Watch at 7 pm on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

 

Space Sunday on KLRU Q 7/31

From the very beginning, the planets, stars and galaxies have always fascinated us. Which is why we are dedicating an entire evening featuring three programs on to topic of space.

Space Men: American Experienceairs at 7 pm
M
eet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

History ProjectMoonbug: The Apollo Project‘ – airs at 8 pm
These are the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time. From living rooms and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve Pyke captures the men in frank, revealing portraits, while unravelling their very personal and divergent memories.

Cosmonauts airs at 8: 55 pm
When, in July 1969, Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. But the real space pioneers of the 20th century were the Soviets. Between 1961 and 1966, they realised a number of spectacular historical achievements including the first man and woman in space, the first spacewalk and the first unmanned lunar landing. This series uses unseen archive footage and compelling interviews to reveal the story of the space race from the other side of the iron curtain.

Look at the Filthy Cities of the past on KLRU Q 7/28

Do you have to dodge the contents of bedpans or step over rotting corpses on your way to work? Well, you may have had to if you’d lived in London, New York or Paris when they were filthy cities…

Dan Snow’s series brings to life the murky histories of these great cities, taking the travelogue in a new direction as he excavates their dirty pasts in gruesome detail during defining periods in history.

Using state-of -the- art CGI, he goes back in time to medieval London, revolutionary Paris and 19th-century New York. What he reveals is that the story of our epic battle against filth through the ages is also the story of the birth of the modern metropolis.

Filthy CitiesMedieval London‘ – airs at 8 pm
Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London’s streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner – wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot.

Filthy Cities ‘Revolutionary Paris’ – airs at 8:55 pm
Just 200 years ago Paris was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this program historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city – Pong de Paris.

Filthy Cities ‘Industrial New York’ – airs at 9:50 pm
With ground breaking CGI historian Dan Snow travels back to a seething Manhattan in the throws of the industrial revolution. Millions fled persecution, poverty and famine in Europe in the 19th century in search of the Promised Land. When they arrived what they found was even worse than what they’d left behind.

Travel the Ganges on KLRU Q 7/27

Embark on an epic journey through India as the very best photography captures the majestic scenery of the Ganges and its beautiful, surprising and often dramatic wildlife.

Tune into KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Ganges!

GangesDaughter Of The Mountains‘ – airs at 8 pm
We discover how the Ganges brings life from the cold peaks of the Himalayas to their lush foothills, and how the river has shaped Indian culture and religion. Our first journey begins high in the Himalayas, where the Ganges has its source. This is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes on Earth.

GangesRiver Of Life‘ – airs at 8:52 pm
We descend from the foothills of the Himalayas to join the Ganges on it’s journey across the vast Indian plains. On the way, we pass some of the greatest and most ancient cities, and witness how the Ganges has influenced Indian civilisation and wildlife for thousands of years. This episode takes us on a journey right across the vast central Indian plain.

GangesWaterlands‘ – airs at 9:45 pm
On the final leg of its journey to the sea, the Ganges is joined by its mightiest tributary – the Brahmaputra. As the waters of the two mighty rivers merge, they overspill their banks to fan out into hundreds of rivulets and create the largest delta in the world. This is one of the wildest places on Earth, and perhaps the last place in the world where the tiger is still king. We discover how people and wildlife live in this inhospitable habitat and how they cope with the extremes in weather brought by the annual monsoons and hurricanes.

Wild West Sunday on KLRU Q 7/24

Join us this week on KLRU Q for three back-to-back features on America.

Wild West with Ray MearsDeserts‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray Mears looks at how the landscapes of America’s five great deserts challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. As Ray travels through the cold high mountain Great Basin desert, and the hot Sonora desert of Southern Arizona, he discovers how their hostile geography and rich geology shaped the stories of fortune-hunting and lawlessness in the Wild West, and were the setting for the last wars between the US Army and the Apache warrior tribes. His journey ends with the story of Geronimo’s surrender which marked the end of the Indian Wars, and of the Old West.

Klondike Gold Rushairs at 7 pm
The Klondike Gold Rush is renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history. Hailing from 1896 to 1899 set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience airs at 8 pm
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Highlights July 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Tune in Sunday at 7 pm for a brand new episode of Dancing On The Edge. Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 8 pm. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Watch Tunnel at 9:30 pm, as youths are burnt alive, police suspect the hand of the Truth Terrorist once more. They finally make a key arrest. Will this be the end of the killings?

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday through Thursday at 7 pm.

On Friday, watch Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm. For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse a l’ancienne.

At 10 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

On Saturday, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 pm, celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. Watch on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

At 9 pm, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Watch at 10: 30 pm.

Castle Builders on KLRU Q 7/21

How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications? Using CGI and dramatic reconstructions, Castle Builders is the story of the architectural vision behind the building of the great Medieval Castles of Europe, and unearths the human story of those who labored to build them.

Join KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Castle Builders on July 21st!

Castle BuildersMasters & Masons: Meet The Castle Builders‘ – airs at 8 pm 

The masons and laborers who did the hard work; the geniuses of design and structural engineering who imagined these medieval mega-structures; and the kings and barons who commissioned them. This episode outlines how the history of the Middle Ages – Wars in France and England, the Inquisition and the Reformation, required and shaped these monuments in stone, and how the castles changed the course of that history.

Castle BuildersSiege & Storm‘ – airs at 8:50 pm

This is the story of castles under attack. The Medieval journey from bows and arrows to gunpowder, with developments like trebuchet and cannon, meant engineers were always making advancements in defense construction. By the late Middle Ages, the military importance of castles was decreasing, as artillery power became unstoppable. The castle builders had created structures that were amazingly effective even in this new age of shock and awe.

Castle BuildersDreams & Decorations‘ – airs at 9:40 pm

Increasingly the role of castles changed from being military fortresses to becoming places of symbolism and fantasy. This episode visits the elegant 15th-century apartment block that is Burg Eltz, the Disney-esque chateaux of the Loire in France, and concludes with the 19th Century Gothic Revival reconstruction of Cardiff Castle.