Highlights Mar. 6-12

KLRU Highlights

BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey  Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after six passionate and poignant seasons, the curtain comes down on “Downton Abbey.” How will fate resolve the stories of Edith, Mary, Thomas, Anna, Robert, Cora, Daisy, Carson, Violet, Isobel and all the other occupants of this unforgettable house on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 9?

On Inside Mercy Street, go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time. Sunday at 10 p.m., the special features interviews with the creative team, video clips and footage showcasing the compelling themes of this powerful drama.

Sunday at 11 p.m. on John Denver: Country Boy, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Monday at 8 p.m., toast the culinary legend with chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai as they prepare a celebratory feast for Pepin on Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration. During preparations, the chefs and friends share memories, anecdotes from their kitchen experiences and lots of laughs.

On This Land Is Your Land (my Music), take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., learn how Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, who last shared the screen together in 1969, also share a history of tragic deaths in their families that played major roles in shaping future generations on Finding Your Roots Maps Of Stars.

Coffee: The Drink That Changed America explores America’s love affair with the red bean and the amazing story of its origins. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones trace the drink’s path from Ethiopia to Europe to the Caribbean to today’s 21st-century coffee palaces.

Rick Steves Special European Easter brings a new light to the timeless holiday of Easter. The special highlights villagers blessing olive branches and coming together in age-old processions. Viewers will feel the emotion of this special time as Andalusians carry towering parade floats, and Greek priests toss showers of flower petals. Tuesday at 10 p.m., explore a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale.

On Nature Soul Of The Elephant, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. On In Defense Of Food, Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

my Music Presents The Carpenters: Close To You is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits. Don’t miss it Thursday at 7 p.m and Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by singer Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. Airing Friday at 8 p.m., the program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, touching briefly on his personal life, and chronicles his rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time – Live in Amsterdam 2015 celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam Friday at 9:30 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, country legends return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights Feb. 21-27

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A car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 7. On Sunday at 7 pm, Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson, things get serious for Edith and Robert gets a surprise gift.

On Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 8, two romances get complicated, Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs and Thomas takes a fateful step. Watch  Mrs. Patmore provoke and scandal and Isobel put her foot down on Sunday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Sunday at 9:15 pm and Thursday at 9 pm on Mercy Street Diabolical Plot, President Lincoln’s visit sparks a plan amongst the rebels and offers an opportunity to free James Sr.

On Independent Lens (t)error, a longtime counterterrorism informant invites filmmakers on what he says is his last job. Tune in on Monday at 9 pm as he befriends a suspected jihadist without telling his superiors.

On Arts In Context Masters of Ceremony, husband and wife duo, Riders Against The Storm, build a community centered around healing and the love of hip-hop. At 10:30 pm on Monday, join them as they seek to enlighten their audience.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, see how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers on Finding Your Roots The Pioneers.

Frontline Chasing Heroin follows four heroin addicts in Seattle. Tune in Tuesday at 8 to see what happens when this powerful addiction is treated as a public health crisis rather than a crime.

At 10 pm on Tuesday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed. discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

Nature Snow Chick tells the story of an Emperor penguin from the time it hatches to when it leaves its parents in adolescence. Tune in Wednesday at 7 pm to witness the chick’s journey to independence.

On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Rise Of The Robots introduces the most human-like robots around and shows how they interact outside of the lab.

Catch Human Face of Big Data  on Wednesday at 9 pm as it explores the promises and perils of the technology revolution.

On Wednesday at 10 pm and Saturday at 11 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

At 7 pm on Thursday, author of Finale: A Novel Of The Reagan Years, Thomas Mallon appears on Overheard with Evan Smith. Mallon frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic.

Texas Promise on Thursday at 7:30 pm focuses on education in Texas. This documentary is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Aired from the East Room, Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles artists pay tribute to the music of Ray Charles with their own interpretations of it on Friday at 8 pm.

On Fats Domino: American Masters, see how Fats Domino shifted rhythm and blues into rock ‘n’ roll and how that aided integration in a pre-civil rights America. Don’t miss it Friday at 9 pm!

On Friday at 10 pm, Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears tells the story about Johnny Cash’s little known Native-American concept album.

Find out how to grow olive trees and visit a low-lawn updated design and backyard kids’ zipline on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits, Ed Sheehan and Valerie June perform their hits. Catch these dynamic performances Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights Feb. 14-20

KLRU Highlights

The hospital war reaches a climax and Violet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 7 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

At 8 pm on Sunday, a car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 7. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

This week on Mercy Street, the unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray on Sunday and Thursday at 9 pm. Meanwhile, Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

On Independent Lens, the documentary Watch The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil highlights the journey of a civil rights leader who was both celebrated and controversial at 9 pm on Monday.

At 10 pm on Monday, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of a now-91 year-old woman and how she challenged the status quo in her lifetime as an African-American woman.

Sean Combs and LL Cool J, two hip hop legends, discover their family roots via DNA technology on Family Reunion Finding Your Roots at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will take you back to the 60s when the Black Panther Movement made a monumental splash in the realm of identity politics.

In 1973, Tom Bradley broke racial boundaries as the first African-American mayor in a majority white, major U.S. city. On Tuesday at 10 pm, Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley And The Politics, will discuss his successes and failures during his time as mayor of Los Angeles.

Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Wednesday at 7 pm, Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant will walk you through what this and other discoveries about this species means, and by the end reveal what the giant looked like.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Iceman Reborn will shed light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm, Austin City Limits presents the Grammy Award-winning group, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians, the band will showcase their latest record, Let Me Get By.

On Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard with Evan Smith will feature award-winning author, Margaret Atwood. She’s best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed.  discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx explores the history of this west Texas town as well as its present day attractions on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet visits a brothel museum and Fort Concho, mountain bikes and searches for fresh water pearls. He fuels up by trying stuffed avocados and donut sandwiches.

On Friday at 8 pm, Carole King: American Masters delves into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.

This Bluegrass Underground Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Johnnyswim, Lee Ann Womack, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Davina & The Vagabonds and more at 10 pm on Friday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

In the Studio: Overheard tapings during the Texas Book Festival

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for four tapings during the Texas Book Festival! All tapings happen in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm. They are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

MargaretAtwoodMargaret Atwood, Award-Winning Author
Friday, October 16, 2015
3pm (doors at 2:30pm)

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

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WendellPierceWendell Pierce, Actor and Author
Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:15pm (doors at 11:45am)

Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” He also starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans, which is Pierce’s hometown. His memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken was recently published.

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SununuFormer Governor John Sununu, New Hampshire
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1pm (doors at 12:45pm)

John H. Sununu is the former Governor of New Hampshire. He was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. His memoir, The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, was published in June.

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The Texas Book Festival brings more than 300 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds October 17-18th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment, and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule, by visiting texasbookfestival.org.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience! And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Photo of Wendell Pierce is courtesy Sean Hagwell Photography. Photo of Margaret Atwood is by Jean Malek. 

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Thomas Mallon (9/15)

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RSVP NOW to join us in studio when Thomas Mallon appears on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith, September 15 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

Photo Credit: William Bodenschatz

Photo Credit: William Bodenschatz

Thomas Mallon is a novelist and critic who has written 9 novels and 7 works of nonfiction. His 2012 novel Watergate was a finalist for the PEN /​ Faulkner Award. He frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic. His newest novel, Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years will be published September 15. After our taping Mr. Mallon will read and sign copies of Finale at BookPeople at 7pm.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Thomas Mallon. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015!  Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at texastribune.org/festival.

In the Studio: Robert Reich tapes Overheard 9/8

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RSVP NOW for a taping of KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith with Robert Reich

Tuesday, September 8 at 3:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A
Doors open at 2:45pm
Tapings are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity. 

Reich_Robert_small (1)Robert Reich is a leading expert on work and the economy. He served in 3 U.S. administrations, including as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and on President Obama’s economic transition advisory board. In 2008 TIME magazine named him one of the 10 most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century. Reich has written 14 books and stars in the 2013 documentary Inequality for All. Reich is in Austin to deliver the The 2015 Liz Carpenter Distinguished Lecture in Plan II. The lecture is free and open to the public at 7pm on September 8th in the LBJ Library’s Lady Bird Auditorium.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Robert Reich. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015!  Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at texastribune.org/festival.

In the Studio: Mary Lynn Rajskub tapes Overheard 8/28

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub on August 28 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW.

Mary Lynn Rajskub (1)Mary Lynn Rajskub is a comedian and actress, best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24. She has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Arrested Development, Mr. Show, and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. Rajskub has also been seen in movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer. She’s currently on tour and is in Austin to perform stand-up for 3 nights at Cap City Comedy.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Mary Lynn Rajskub. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

Overheard with Evan Smith pre-tape meet & greet offer!

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Overheard presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers – from politicians, authors and artists to actors, journalists and business people.  Evan Smith is your host who always has an eye towards the news and always with a sense of humor.

Did you know that YOUR KLRU locally produced Overheard with Evan Smith airs in 40% of US television markets? YOUR SUPPORT goes beyond the Austin community! Want a chance to meet with Evan Smith and Thomas Mallon before the September 15th taping?

Give a gift TODAY via the form below and you will be entered in to the giveaway to attend a taping on Tuesday, September 15th! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru.

In the Studio: Andy Roddick Tapes Overheard (6/29)

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Andy Roddick on June 29 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE.

AndyRoddickheadshotAndy Roddick is a former professional tennis player, former ATP World No. 1, and a philanthropist. He won his first Grand Slam singles title in 2003 and for the next decade was consistently ranked in the top 10. He was the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. He retired from tennis in 2012. Andy is co-host of Fox Sports Live and of the Fox Sports Live podcast. The Andy Roddick Foundation provides out-of-school programs to underserved young people in Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Andy Roddick. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

In the Studio: Cokie Roberts tapes Overheard 4/17

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Cokie Roberts on April 17 at 5pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:30pm. This event is free but an RSVP is required.

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Cokie Roberts is a best-selling author, a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, and a Political Commentator for ABC News. Cokie co-anchored ABC’s This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996-2002. She’s won numerous awards, including three Emmys, and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, was published in April. She’s in Austin to speak and sign copies at BookPeople at 7pm.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Cokie Roberts. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.