D-Day on KLRU Q – 6/6

KLRU Q commemorates the anniversary of the D-Day invasion with back-to-back documentaries on Friday, June 6th, stating at 8 pm.

D-Day 8 pm
The planning for the Allied invasion on June 6th 1944 took two years, cost thousands of lives and involved a deception of breathtaking audacity. D-Day examines the intricate jigsaw, presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, telling their extraordinary stories.

D-Day to Berlin at 9:50 pm
This series follows the remarkable story of the Allied forces and the victories that set them on their way to ending World War II in 1945. The collective military operations from D-Day in June 1944, to the final assault on Germany in 1945 represent one of the greatest military offensives.

Q Night At The Movies – 6/7

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KLRU Q’s Saturday Night At The Movies is in full swing this summer! For the first week of June, we will have special guests from the Austin Film Festival in the studio to talk about On Story and give you a special opportunity to get badges to this year’s fest. Check out what we have coming this Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. on KLRU Q.

On Story
Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

Men in Black: A Conversation with Ed Solomon
Men in Black writer, Ed Solomon, explores the genesis of the movie and its journey from pre-production through post. Solomon documents his experiences getting fired and re-hired on the project, the evolution of the story, and working with the cast and crew.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
A likable Southern loner (Paul Newman) on a chain gang transforms the other gang members as he resists the captain and keeps trying to escape. Cast: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon.

Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland 
A favorite of directors, critics, colleagues, and audiences, actor Harry Dean Stanton has carved his name into the cultural consciousness of cinematic arts with dozens of roles in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke and Alien to Paris, Texas and The Green Mile. Watch this documentary to hear what Hollywood’s greatest have to say about Harry Dean Stanton.

D-Day on KLRU Q – 6/1

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June 6, 1944 marks the legendary Normandy landings, the largest naval invasion in history to liberate France during World War II. Nicknamed “D-day,” about 12,000 soldiers from the Allied forces and Nazi Germany died during this massive attack that served as a turning point for breaking down the Axis Powers.

On Sunday, June 1st, KLRU Q is honoring the 70th anniversary of this amazing American feat with a marathon of D-day specials.

Starting with D-day: The Price of Freedom at 2 p.m., we go inside the story with personal accounts from former paratroopers, gunners, landing craft operators and others representing the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy with their tales of survival. Five veterans – some of whom were returning to Normandy for the first time since 1944 – make an emotional journey to the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, the final resting place of 9,000 of their fallen comrades.

A World War II veteran shares the wisdom he carries from living through Nazi occupation as he takes four young history teachers to Belgium in The Lesson Is Priceless. Then, part two of this veteran’s dream of educating the price of freedom relocates in Memories of France to tour the battlegrounds with veterans and young educators. The moving two-part series Let Freedom Ring starts at 3 p.m. only on KLRU Q.

Next, the “Screaming Eagles” are put in the spotlight at 5 p.m. on Company of Heroes. The Easy Company combat unit featured in this program inspired the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose along with the HBO series for its legendary World War II expeditions including D-day and Operation Market Garden in Holland.

KLRU Q continues to feature the Screaming Eagles with Eagles of Mercy starting at 6 p.m. A seldom-told tale of the opening moments on D-day when two young American medics get trapped in a church and rescue soldiers during the battle surrounding them. The two medics themselves recount their heroic story along with newsreel footage and re-enactments on this special program.

A vital member of the Easy Company and commander on D-day, Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011) is given an honorable biography on Dick Winters: Hang Tough at 7 p.m on KLRU Q.

Then, KLRU Q focuses on the heroes at sea during D-day with Navy Heroes of Normandy at 8 p.m. Over 52,000 American soldiers sailed to Normandy and played a huge role in freeing Western Europe of Nazi invasion. Learn about their personal stories from that day only on KLRU Q.

Get more survivors’ perspectives on Day of Days: June 6, 1994 starting at 9 p.m. In this documentary, brave American veterans tell their stories of transformation and their uneasiness as being coined heroes from surviving D-day.

The most expansive and private collection of World War II memorabilia is revealed in World War II: Saving the Reality at 10 p.m. for KLRU Q’s final D-day tribute.

The most gruesome war in history shaped American culture and the rest of the world forever. Remember this iconic day with us at KLRU Q on June 1st!

Q Night at the Movies 5/31

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #607 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Unforgiven: Deconstructing an Anti-Western at 7:30
The Clint Eastwood/David Peoples classic Unforgiven is deconstructed by Into the West’s Kirk Ellis and Apaloosa’s Robert Knott as they explore its gritty action, ambiguous morality, and the tried-and-true tropes of its genre. Christian Baker’s short film, The Well, follows suit, trailing a young Civil War soldier stationed alone on the US/Mexico faced with nothing but his own demons.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Some Like It Hot at 8 pm
To evade gangsters, two men (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon) don skirts and makeup and join an all-girl band with a sizzling singer (Marilyn Monroe). Cast: Anthony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe.

Janson Movie Star Package Jack Lemmon: America’s Everyman at 10:05
Jack Lemmon was born in Boston, graduated from Harvard and then headed for New York City to become a professional actor. His first acting roles were in soap operas and live TV dramas. But it was his appearance in a Broadway revival of Room Service that led to a co-starring role with Judy Holliday in his first movie, It Should Happen to You (1954). His unmistakable intellect and his boyish, average looks played against him becoming a romantic leading man. But his live TV and comedy training gave him the perfect timing, the precise emotional balance and the total believability that showed in films as diverse as Mister Roberts (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), and The Odd Couple (1968). In his later films, Save the Tiger (1973), The China Syndrome (1979), and Glengarry Glenn Ross (1992), Jack exposed the darker side of the American way of life. Jack Lemmon made more than 60 films and received numerous awards, including eight Academy Award Nominations and two Oscars. Narrated on-camera by Jack Lemmon, this profile includes interviews with Lemmon’s son, the actor Chris Lemmon.

Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons at 10:59
In 2011, Chris Mann faced his make-or-break moment in his blind audition on NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” when he took the stage to perform Andrea Bocelli’s song, “Because We Believe.” Mann blew everyone away with his stunning classical voice, and landed on a team coached by Christina Aguilera, who told him, “I feel the heavens open up when you sing.” Influenced by Pavarotti and vintage Sinatra, Chris’ blend of classically-trained tenor and contemporary pop vocals is a sound that’s rare in music today. By the time his season of “The Voice” ended, Chris had landed not one, but two songs on the iTunes Top 10 Pop Singles Chart. Now he’s found a home here on PBS, singing a collection of classical-crossover favorites live in concert with two very special guests – four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 14-time Grammy nominated, Martina McBride and bestselling contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair. In his first concert special, Chris Mann performs an exciting and eclectic blend of songs, ranging from “Ave Maria” to Damien Rice’s “The Blower’s Daughter,” and Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind,” to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” Chris also performs an updated version of “My Way,” which Paul Anka rewrote specifically for him, as the new voice of the classic song.

Birds and Secrets on KLRU Q 5/30

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On May 30, Friday night, KLRU Q is traveling from the sky with birds of prey to the underground world of secrets.

Starting with Sea Eagle of Wild! at 8:05 p.m., two baby birds of one of Europe’s last surviving bird of prey species, the white-tailed eagle, are followed on their difficult journey to survive in the human-dominated environment.

Man’s fascination with flight has elevated as technology has improved, documented well on the program Birdmen: The Original Dream of Flight. Starting at 9 p.m., the new sport of skydiving is explored as professionals simulate the marvel of flying by free-falling thousands of feet.

Next, KLRU Q goes lower, in Mastering the Underground World from the series Amazing Underground Secrets. Learn about the excavation of the planet’s last frontier as technology has advanced from the pickaxe to particle accelerators at 10 p.m.

The landmark of secrets Alcatraz has sparked movies, series, and myths for years. In the documentary Return To Alcatraz starting at 11 p.m., the stories of the Battle of Alcatraz, the atomic spy prisoner, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and the escape from Alcatraz are all told in-depth.

Kings on KLRU Q 5/29

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The British monarchy holds some of the most fascinating and corrupt leaders in history, and three of the most notable will be featured Thursday, May 29 only on KLRU Q.

In the early 1500s, King Henry VIII of England set himself a part a great deal by claiming spiritual and temporal powers that he thought should supersede the Pope’s authority over the Church of England. The documentary Henry – Mind Of A Tyrant‘s episode “Lover” airs at 8 p.m. and focuses on his wishful love affair with Anne Boleyn, his attempts of annulment with Catherine of Aragon, and Anne’s eventual execution.

Much later in British history, Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, waited until he was almost 60 to finally gain the throne. His mother refused to involve him in state matters forced him into 40 years of enforced idleness, so “Bertie” spent his days gambling, overeating, shooting, smoking and womanizing. Check out the life of Edward VII: The Pleasure King at 8:50 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Next, The Pleasure King’s grandson is put in the spotlight on Edward VIII: The Nazi King at 9:40 p.m. Edward VIII is known for his voluntary abdication of the throne due to his love affair with an American twice-divorced woman, Wallis Simpson.

Exploring Architecture on KLRU Q 5/27

On Tuesday, KLRU Q will go beyond the aesthetics of architecture and into the meaning behind construction, and particularly, how design can promote healing and provide warmth.

Three locations that are designed for healing such as a center for brain health, a university health services building and a health science building are explored on the episode Healing Spaces of the series Cool Spaces! Check out these unusual structures at 8 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour documents the life of an architect who suddenly, 20 years into his career, suffered a nearly fatal illness that left him paralyzed. After experiencing years in and out of health institutions, he turned his career to focus on making cold-feeling places (i.e. hospitals) warm. Learn about his inspirational cause at 9 p.m.

The same Michael Graves has turned a 1920s warehouse in Princeton, New Jersey into his own home, nicknamed “The Warehouse.” The extraordinary and diverse interior is toured on Michael Graves: The Warehouse at 9:30 p.m. only on KLRU Q.

Q Night at the Movies 5/24

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #606 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Callie Khouri at 7:30 pm
Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise. Followed by Avram Dodson’s short film, Pistachio Milk, a coming of age tale about a young suitor using only his wits and a bottle of pistachio milk to pursue his love interest.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Train at  8 pm
A railroad boss (Burt Lancaster) helps the Resistance stop a Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) from smuggling French art. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau.

Colditz The Legend at 10:15 pm
Colditz Castle was a maximum security prison from which no one was meant to escape – but escape they did. The exciting and moving new documentary COLDITZ THE LEGEND takes a fresh look at the legendary escapes, featuring stories from both Colditz survivors and their extended families.

Fats Domino – Walkin’ Back To New Orleans at 11 pm
Fats Domino – Walkin’ Back to New Orleans chronicles music legend Fats Domino’s triumphant return to the stage after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation to his New Orleans hometown. Two years after a harrowing rescue from the storm, Domino headlined a 2007 benefit concert for the city, performing hits like “Blueberry Hill,” and “Ain’t That a Shame” to an adoring audience. The special, narrated by actor John Goodman, captures the concert and provides an up-close, biographical look at Domino’s storied career. The special also includes rare interviews with Domino as well as singers Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Robert Plant and Randy Newman, who discuss how this legendary performer has inspired their careers.

 

KLRU Q Features Natural Beauty – 5/23

This Friday, join us on KLRU Q for a closer look to the amazing beauty on Earth.

Waterfalls about three times the size of Niagara lie in the heart of South America on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Over 300 individual waterfalls are home to innumerable plant and animal species, which are all featured on Megafalls of Iguacu at 8:05 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Niagara Falls connects Man and Nature at the world-famous site on the U.S. and Canada border. High-definition videography brings the waterfall to life, showing at 9 p.m.

An episode of the series Amazing Underground Secrets, Secrets & Treasures delves into some of the greatest underground treasure discoveries of all time, and shows us what governments hide underground from their own citizens. Check out the underground world at 10 p.m. on KLRU Q.

The Chesapeake Bay is densely populated by Northeastern Americans, but the history it preserves underwater is safely secluded and untapped by its surrounding residents. Secrets of the Chesapeake looks at an ancient burial ground, a sea serpent, a sunken ship and ghost stories Friday night at 11 p.m.

British Battleships and Air Strikes of WWII on KLRU Q 5/22

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On Thursday, May 22, KLRU Q is revisiting the monumental battles between Nazi Germany and Great Britain during World War II with eye-witness accounts and recent discoveries of evidence from the battles.

Thousands of British civilians were killed and injured in the London area during the 57 consecutive nights that Germany bombed Britain, known as the London Blitz. Starting at 8 p.m., the documentary Blitz: London’s Longest Night focuses on just one night in 1940 that dropped 24,000 firebombs and 45 tons of explosives on the city.

The largest air battle in history is explored in-depth in Battle of Britain: The Real Story at 9:30 p.m. Hearing stories from one of the few German survivors of the battle and reading other documented testimonies reveals astonishing behind-the-scenes information and goes deeper into the clash of the two nations during the war.

Next, the Hunt For Battleship Hood goes three miles underwater for one of the most ambitious shipwreck searches ever undertaken: the Bismarck and HMS Hood battleships. The British “Mighty Hood” was one of the most well-known battleships of the time period, surviving both World Wars until its wreck on May 24, 1940. See the ship over 60 years later at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, only on KLRU Q.