Q Night at the Movies features Officer and a Gentleman 5/26

Q Night at the Movies presents the swoon-worthy and Academy Award winning romance Officer and a Gentleman. Before the film, learn more about the inspiration for giant animals on screen, including the beloved character Pete’s Dragon. Stick around after the movie to hear directly from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars about their acting process. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes to the Movies Real Dragons at 7 p.m.
American Natural History curator Mark Norell explains the origins of some fantastic beasts and shows us the paleontological underpinning of giants and cyclopes – not to mention the startling discovery that many dinosaurs were covered in bright colored feathers!

On Story Script to Screen: Pete’s Dragon at 7:30 p.m.
In this episode, Pete’s Dragon director and co-writer David Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks take us behind the scenes of their reinvention of the classic story and discuss writing fairy tales, balancing tragedy with wonder and the difference between making indie films and a big budget Disney movie.

Feature Film Officer and a Gentleman at 8 p.m.
A hardened loner (Richard Gere) shapes up for a military drill instructor (Louis Gossett Jr.) and a factory girl (Debra Winger) from town.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 10:30 p.m.
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Q Night at the Movies features The Big Sleep 5/19

Q Night at the Movies presents the Howard Hawks film noir, The Big Sleep. We’ll also have back-to-back episodes of On Story with professionals who have been in the industry for decades, working with some of Hollywood’s most notable characters. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

On Story A Conversation with Gale Anne Hurd at 7 p.m.
An award-winning producer, Hurd has spent decades navigating high-stakes situations, both on and off the page. In this episode, she takes audiences through her career, beginning as an assistant for the legendary Roger Corman to working with James Cameron to producing the sci-fi classics The Terminator, The Walking Dead, Aliens and many others.

On Story A Conversation with Brian Helgeland at 7:30 p.m.
The creative force behind L.A. Confidential, Mystic River and A Knight’s Tale shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry.

Feature Film The Big Sleep at 8 p.m.
Author Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) follows two wealthy sisters (Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers) through a maze. This classic has been described as a film all about the “process of a criminal investigation, not its results.”

Q Night at the Movies features Bringing Up Baby 5/12

Q Night at the Movies presents the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby. We’ll also chat with Bill Nye about cinematic weather events, along with Dan Gilroy about his portfolio of hit films. And following our feature, learn more about the man behind the legend of Cary Grant. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Disaster Movies and You at 7 p.m.
Bill Nye stops by to talk about fictional disaster movies and the possibility of real life climate disasters.

On Story A Conversation with Dan Gilroy at 7:30 p.m.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy discusses the evolution of the Academy Award-nominated Nightcrawler, working with actor Denzel Washington to create an unforgettable idealist in the critically acclaimed Roman J. Israel, Esq. and the challenges and benefits of being surrounded by a Hollywood-successful family.

Feature Film Bringing Up Baby at 8 p.m.
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard “Baby.”

Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 9:45 p.m.
With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from his lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty.

KLRU Q Presents Jewel in The Crown

   14-Part Series Event
May 9-June 20


Jewel in The Crown, based on Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet novels, is a dramatic series first broadcast in 1984. This epic recounts the final days of the British Raj in India during World War II.

The uneasy years of English colonialism have led to rioting and violence, heralding new independence. People in both ruling and ruled classes are trying, amidst the turmoil, to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them. Their lives will never be the same again.

Jewel in The Crown has won 23 major awards including an Emmy and five BAFTAs.
Starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Charles Dance, Art Malik and Geraldine James.

Episode 1: Crossing the River
Wednesday, May 9 at 9 p.m.

Episode 2: The Bibighar Gardens
Wednesday, May 16 at 9 p.m.

Episode 3: Questions of Loyalty
Wednesday, May 16 at 9:55 p.m.

Episode 4: Incidents at a Wedding
Wednesday, May 23 at 9:20 p.m.

Episode 5: The Regimental Silver
Wednesday, May 23 at 10:14 p.m.

Episode 6: Ordeal by Fire
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Episode 7: Daughters of the Regiment
Wednesday, May 30 at 9:25 p.m.

Episode 8: The Day of the Scorpion
Wednesday, May 30 at 10:20 p.m.

Episode 9: The Towers of Silence
Wednesday, June 6 at 9 p.m.

Episode 10: An Evening at the Maharanee’s
Wednesday, June 6 at 9:55 p.m.

Episode 11: Traveling Companions
Wednesday, June 13 at 9 p.m.

Episode 12: The Moghul Room
Wednesday, June 13 at 9:55 p.m.

Episode 13: Pandora’s Box
Wednesday, June 20 at 9 p.m.

Episode 14: The Division of the Spoils
Wednesday, June 20 at 9:55 p.m.

Highlights May 6 to May 12

KLRU Highlights

The closing of a nearby maternity home brings an influx of expectant mothers to the Nonnatus midwives on Call the Midwife at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sara’s scandalous past is revealed and Marion, a pediatric cancer nurse, joins the list of suspects on Unforgotten Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 2 at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Caroline is relieved to find that Greg is a natural with Flora and a positive influence on Lawrence on Last Tango In Halifax at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Travel back to 1914 when Chicago’s skyscrapers and poets were defining modernist reach. Can a building, as Carl Sandburg asserts, have a “soul”? on Poetry In America at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Go inside the 2016 standoff at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge between anti-government protestors and federal authorities on Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Monday.

Wilma Mankiller, the first womon elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, was a woman who defied all odds to make a difference on Mankiller at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

See how advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade and exploration sent humans around the planet, starting a great interface on Civilizations at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Middle East, birthplace of civilization, is the site of the world’s first towns and inventions, from Turkey to Iraq on First Civilizations at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Secret footage going back years shows the effort to kill and expel Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar on Frontline at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Getting ahead in the mating game requires some astonishing behavior on Nature Natural Born Rebels: The Mating Game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Discover the next generation of telescopes, probes and robots that are getting us one step closer to answering: Are we alone? on NOVA at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigate how rocks and minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life on NOVA at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Hear how Keenen Ivory Wayans created the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning In Living Color life on On Story at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday features Bill De Blasio, 109th Mayor of New York City.

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. Explore the state-of-the-art ocean simulation lab at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chet visits the “Cowboy Capital of the World” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Andrew Rannells, known for his Grammy-winning turn in The Book of Mormon and as Elijah on Girls, shows off his talents on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. Friday.

Immerse yourself in this revolutionary performance that fuses classical music with classic rock on Rocktopia: Live in Budapest at 9 p.m. Friday.

Discover the best views in the state, as Branndon and Greg climb the tallest point in Texas on Highpointers with The Bargo Brothers at 11 p.m. Friday.

Discover easy, organic techniques to handle heat, pests, and plant care in the heat on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Rock out with British sensation Florence + The Machine and get inspired with Andra Day’s soulful set on on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Relax into your weekend with four hours of delightful British drama and mystery starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

KLRU’s 5 Day Online Drive Starts June 4!

Save the Date! June 4 – June 8

KLRU’s Online Only Drive is coming up and it’s extra wonderful for two important reasons:

1. No on-air interruption during programming: Online Only.
2. It’s zippy! You help us raise $100K in just FIVE days!

Innovative fundraising like this requires YOUR engagement. Keeping pledge drives short without cutting into programming is what viewers request from us and we like it better this way too! But it only works when Central Texans like YOU stand up for Austin’s unique, award-winning media space and make a gift to your only community-supported public television station.

KLRU is home to the highest quality educational content, trusted public affairs programming and inspiring art and culture. Mark your calendars for June 4-8, and together we’ll make sure that this important resource remains strong.Thanks neighbor!

Q Night at the Movies features Singin’ in the Rain 5/05

Q Night at the Movies presents the beloved musical and romantic comedy Singin’ in the Rain. We’ll also delve into the math and language hurdles addressed in the film Arrival, along with how such a “hard sci-fi” book was finally turned into a successful film. Plus catch Richard Glazier’s unique perspective on the music of stage and screen. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Math and Language at 7 p.m.
What is the cornerstone of civilization? Math? Or Language? A linguist and an astrophysicist throw down with a look at the movie Arrival. With Emily Rice and William Haddican.

On Story Script to Screen: Arrival at 7:30 p.m.
Once considered “unfilmable,” the movie Arrival scored big at the box office. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer talks about his long road selling Hollywood on his adaptation of the short story by Ted Chiang, working with director Denis Villeneuve and the challenges of writing a cerebral sci-fi story about love and loss.

Feature Film Singin’ in the Rain at 8 p.m.
This legendary musical showcases Gene Kelly as a silent-film star. He’s in love with a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood talkie.

From Broadway to Hollywood with Richard Glazier at 9:45 p.m.
Join pianist and historian Richard Glazier for his view of Broadway and Hollywood through music. Weaving together interviews, piano performances and commentary, Glazier explores the history of the great music that has been written for Broadway musicals and Hollywood film and television.

Q Night at the Movies features Cocoon 4/28

Q Night at the Movies presents the 80’s sci-fi hit Cocoon. We’ll also explore the not-so-sci-fi aspects of the new fantasy movie A Wrinkle in Time. And catch some great conversations about screenwriting and acting before and after the feature film with some of this year’s biggest names in Hollywood. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Astrophysics and Cell Biology at 7 p.m.
Did you know Madeline L’Engle’s fiction predicted real scientific discoveries? Take a closer look at the hard science in A Wrinkle in Time with Matt O’Dowd, a CUNY Astrophysicist and host of the popular PBS series Space Time and Natasha Pavlova, a Research Fellow at Thompson Laboratory for Cancer, Biology & Genetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

On Story A Conversation with Kenneth Lonergun at 7:30 p.m.
Academy Award-winning writer-director Kenneth Lonergan compares screenwriting with playwriting, protecting his personal relationship with his work and being open to mistakes. With over 90 nominations for his work, a resume that includes Manchester by the Sea, Gangs of New York and You Can Count on Me, this conversation with a master storyteller is not to be missed.

Feature Film Cocoon at 8 p.m.
Ron Howard’s Oscar-winning tale about Florida retirees who find the fountain of youth in a pool filled with alien pods is great comedy and great drama wrapped into one.

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 10 p.m.
Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) with Holly Hunter (The Big Sick), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel), Hong Chau (Downsizing) with Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) with Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) and Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) with Robert Pattinson (Good Time).

Vehicle Donation is OIL the Rage!

The Big Spring Clean – It’s Simple

Break ups can be hard, but sometimes that vehicle just needs to go. Let the beauty of spring inspire you to get rid of the car, truck, RV, boat or motorcycle that’s just taking up space! 🌷

Clean out your yard or garage all while knowing you’re making a big difference to your only community supported public television station. 

KLRU takes care of everything, from initial pick up to sending out final tax documentation. No matter what condition your vehicle is in, we can retrieve and put it directly toward the quality programming and vital services Central Texans depend on.

Getting the process started is super easy too! Just fill out this short online form or call us directly at 855-996-KLRU (5578).


Your thoughtful gift to KLRU this spring ensures that your neighbors—families that attend our educational workshops, individuals who rely on our news and public affairs programming, fans who watch Masterpiece just for the pleasure of a fun drama—will always have this space to be educated, entertained and inspired.

Thank you!

Q Night at the Movies features Network 4/21

Q Night at the Movies presents the ever-relevant film Network. Winner of four Academy Awards and a constant on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films list, it’s a must-see. Catch a conversation with groundbreaking entertainer Keenen Ivory Wayans beforehand, then stick around for a deeper look into one of Network’s stars, William Holden. It all starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

On Story A Conversation with Keenen Ivory Wayans at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment trailblazer writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans achieved national prominence when he created the culturally groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning, black-oriented comedy satire In Living Color. In this episode, Wayans talks about his circular path to Hollywood and how In Living Color paved the way for so many artists and subsequent projects.

Feature Film Network at 8 p.m.
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Hollywood Idols William Holden: The Golden Boy at 10 p.m.
Academy Award winner William Holden was handsome, charming and unconventional and never lost his power to enchant an audience. Included are scenes from: Golden Boys, The Country Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The World of Suzie Wong and Network. Interviewees include actors Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Susan Strasberg and directors Sydney Lumet, Blake Edwards and Robert Wise.

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 10:30 p.m.
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).