KLRU Q Night of mysterious royal deaths on 3/26

On March 26th, KLRU Q brings you mystery as each episode explores the ways of death of royalty and prominent English famlies, all by Hidden Killers.

While the Tudor era was a period of change and discovery, the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world still mired in the grime and filth of the medieval period. In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE TUDOR HOME, historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb identifies some of the most common Tudor killers: increased sugar consumption; new, unregulated building techniques and materials; and a lack of proper medical knowledge. The Tudor Home episode airs at 5:59 pm.

In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE VICTORIAN HOME, a genuine horror story, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. What new innovation killed thousands of babies? And what turned the domestic haven into a ticking bomb? Find out on the Victorian Home episode airing at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But, from the food they ate, to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorian’s were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? Find out on the a new episode continuation of the Victorian Home, airing at 8:01 pm.

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way people lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But, a lack of understanding the potential hazards meant these “advances” frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death. The new episode of The Edwardian Home airs at 9:02 pm.

This is the latest episode of Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb’s hugely popular Hidden Killers strand. Suzannah explores the time when the British embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a “modern” world of molded plywood furniture, fiberglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies, but, as Suzannah will discover, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home. The Post-War Home airs at 10:03 pm.

 

KLRUQ takes a look at 20th Century Dictators on 3/23

This KLRUQ Thursday night (March 23) takes you on a journey throughout the dictatorships of history, including Mao Zedong of China, Joseph Stalin of Russia, and Fidel Castro of Cuba. Stay tuned for documentaries about the mindsets and the motives of these dictators.

MAO IN COLOUR: A STUDY IN TYRANNY chronicles the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People’s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film from a variety of sources, including formerly classified CIA collections, this fascinating documentary is a stunning visual profile of the man who created modern China – but at a terrible price for millions of people. Mao in Colour: A Study in Tyranny airs at 7:59 pm.

In the documentary WORLD WAR TWO: 1941 AND THE MAN OF STEEL, professor David Reynolds chronicles Joseph Stalin’s humble origins, his ruthless rise to power, and the numerous wartime crises that nearly annihilated his regime. Utilizing visits to Russian battlefields, historical footage, original telegrams and official documents, this two-part film examines the factors that drew Britain and America into an alliance with a murderous dictator and reassesses Stalin’s significance to the Allied victory in World War II. World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel airs at 8:45 pm. Part Two airs at 9:45.

The Fidel Castro Tapes is a film that takes viewers on a journey like none other. This program uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century. There is no narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, The Fidel Castro Tapes relies solely on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Castro’s life to tell the story. The Fidel Castro Tapes airs at 10:25 pm.

The Phone Of The Wind: Whispers To Lost Families on KLRU Q 3/21

The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan 5 years ago swept vast amounts of debris across the Pacific. Many objects reached the U.S. State of Oregon, including the crossbeams from the gates of a Shinto shrine dedicated to the safety of local villagers who depend on the sea. Thanks to the all-out efforts of people in America, those precious artifacts made the long journey home. NHK NEWSLINE FOCUS tells the story of how this incredible homecoming formed bonds of friendship between people living an ocean apart. The Phone Of The Wind: Whispers To Lost Families airs Tuesday, March 21 at 5:00 pm.

Q Night At The Movies Mar. 4: SXSW Flashback Marathon

This week’s KLRUQ Night At The Movies has a special theme. Start off with a documentary about marijuana, then spend the rest of the night watching Lone Star Emmy Award-Winning SXSW Flashback of previous years in preparation for this year’s Annual South By Southwest celebration. Between episodes, we’ll feature new short videos from 2016’s SXSW.

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at Mount Sinai, explains how addiction impacts the lives of many, movie portrayals accuracies and just how little we know about drugs like marijuana. Science Goes To The Movies airs at 7:00 pm.

2010 SXSW Flashback airs at 7:30 pm.
You’ll see a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW. Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

2011 SXSW Flashback airs at 8:30 pm.
KLRU pulled out all the stops in covering SXSW 2011. Why you ask? So you can experience the Interactive, Film, and Music portions like never before, and hear from the biggest peeps at the festival. Where else can you see Mike Tyson, Moby, Danny DeVito, Bun B, Black Joe Lewis, Paul Giamatti, teenage film directors, Conan O’Brien, Rosario Dawson, and Ted Nugent in the same show? This one, friends.

2012 SXSW Flashback airs at 9:30 pm.
SXSW Flashback 2012 gives viewers one hour of SXSW excitement, once again featuring a wide variety of interviews. Highlights for 2012 include Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more, discussing their experiences during SXSW.

2013 SXSW Flashback airs at 10:30 pm.
We take viewers back to March for a half hour of highlights, including 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen, and many, many more. Learn about their experiences here visiting Austin during SXSW.

2014 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:00 pm.
See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

2015 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:30 pm.
Droves of people travel to Austin from all over the planet to attend SXSW every March. Why do they come here?! What are they doing?! See the world interact with Texas, and Texas interact with the world, during 2015’s festival. Highlights include: Wolf Alice, Ex Machina, Satellite Sky, Tomi Fujiyama, Suboi, Luke Drozd, Gloria Trevi, The Barberettes, Los Master Plus.

2016 videos:

Q Night At The Movies Jan. 21

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This week’s Q Night At The Movies brings you on a journey through space and time – and the women who were a part of it. Start off with a look back on the making of Star Trek, then work your way through the night with commentary on old classics like Thelma and Louise. Follow through history to discover how women made their marks on classic hollywood films and defined entertainment as it is known today.

In Science Goes To The Movies, Princess Leia, Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson have all been made into holograms – How was it done? And how close are we to having real Marvel Universe labs like Tony Stark’s? Dr. Vinod Menon explains what exactly a hologram is, how they are created, and what the future might hold for this impressive technology – airs at 7:00 pm.

Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise, followed by a short film by Avram Dodson titled Pistachio Milk, in this week’s On Story, airing at 7:30 pm.

Three fed-up secretaries (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton) kidnap their sexist boss and force him to authorize office improvements in Nine to Five, a member of the All-Star Film Collection, airing at 8:00 pm.

In Women’s List: American Masters, meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more, starting at 9:55 pm.

The documentary THE GIRLS IN THE BAND relays the poignant, inspiring, yet often unknown stories of female jazz artists and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930s to the present day. These highly skilled women endured decades of sexism, racism and diminished opportunities to succeed in a field that seldom welcomed them. THE GIRLS IN THE BAND airs at 10:55 pm.

Black History Month 2017

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

KLRU programs include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KLRUQ programming FEB. 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Q Night At The Movies Jan. 7

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Q Night at the Movies brings you science, love, and comedy with classic primetime soaps. Watch exclusive interviews and classic movies this week with Q Night.

On Science Goes To The Movies, Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin bring you commentary on Real Dragons, airing at 7 pm on Saturday.

When writer and war veteran Charles Wills (Van Johnson) meets the lovely and restless Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor) in Paris after WWII, the two strangers instantly fall in love. This week’s Corinth Film Collection brings you The Last Time I Saw Paris, airing at 8 pm Saturday.

Dallas and Dynasty kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s, a phenomenon that continued through the last season of Knots Landing in 1993. The episode offers new details about the famous “Who Shot JR” episode of Dallas. Watch interviews on Pioneers of Television‘s Primetime Soaps special this Saturday at 9 pm.

Hosted by the still handsome and now legendary artist Glen Campbell, viewers will love revisiting the performances, the outfits and the hairstyles of some of the hottest talent of the period only on Glen Campbell: Good Times Again airing at 10:59 pm Saturday night.

KLRU Q Holiday Programming

KLRUQ offers a month of holiday themed programming
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.
Sunday, Dec. 11
10:30 pm  European Christmas Markets
Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
11:00 pm  Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
n celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.
Saturday, Dec. 17
6:00 pm   Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience – The Spirit Of The Season
Emmy-winning tenor Shaun Johnson – a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa – goes solo in a spirited holiday special.
Monday, Dec. 19
Austin’s own Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis perform a unique blend of country and Christmas tunes at The Paramount Theater.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
10:00 am   European Christmas Markets
10:30 am   Christmas on the Danube
A companion to European Christmas Market documentary.It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well.
1:00 pm    European Christmas Markets
1:30 pm    Christmas on the Danube
Saturday, Dec. 24
5:00 am   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program.
6:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Sunday, Dec. 25
5:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
5:55 pm   Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine marathon, episodes #101-106 — ends at 11:40 pm
Charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers

Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Meet the Patels 12/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Meet the Patels. This free event takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

meet-the-patelsRavi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents’ wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life — love.

We’ll have guests from Indie Meme at the event to talk about that group’s work showcasing the best of South Asian indie cinema. They will be screening the film Island City on Dec. 4th at  Southwest Theaters in Austin. Get more details about that event

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Q Night At The Movies 11/12

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Join us for KLRUQ Night At The Movies where you’ll get to take a look at the sea, sitcoms, suitors, and stardom. Movies featuring science and the sea, Carl Reiner, and two full length movies feature Nicholas Cage and old-time classic Humphrey Bogart.

Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. In this episode, watch Salie and Berlin discuss the science in the short film, “In The Heart Of The Sea, White Whales And Conservation” Saturday at 7 pm.

This week on On Story, Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show at 7:30 pm Saturday.

An Italian-American widow (Cher), engaged to a reticent suitor, falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage) in the film, “Moonstruck” Saturday at 8 pm. 

Flashbacks at a funeral reveal how a Madrid nightclub dancer was propelled to instant stardom and eventual misfortune on Barefoot Contessa, this Saturday at 9:45 pm.