History of TV on KLRU Q Mondays

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Mondays in July on KLRU Q feature Pioneers of Television and America in Primetime.
July 8
9:00pm   Pioneers of Television “Funny Ladies” – This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television – legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on “I Love Lucy” and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television’s most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.
10:00pm  America in Primetime “Independent Women” – Witness the transformation of women from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters. Interviews include Roseanne Barr (“Roseanne”); Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”); Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Robert and Michelle King and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”); James L. Brooks and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”); Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”); and Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem (“Nurse Jackie”) among others.
July 15
9:00pm   Pioneers of Television  “Sitcoms” – This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
10:00  America in Primetime  “Man of the House” – This episode showcases the evolution of the man of the house from the king of his castle in classic family sitcoms to a more intricate, conflicted figure in modern shows. Interviews include Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (“The Cosby Show”); David Chase (“The Sopranos”); Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”); Ron Howard (“The Andy Griffith Show”); Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”); and Phil Rosenthal and Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), among others.
July 22
9:00pm   Pioneers of Television  “Variety” – This episode begins with Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” and Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theater” and progresses through “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Smothers Brothers” and “Laugh-in,” among others.
10:00pm  America in Primetime  “The Misfit” – Celebrate the unique characters who defied comic stereotypes and societal expectations to reflect America’s diverse personalities. Interviews include Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”); Diablo Cody (“The United States of Tara”); Greg Daniels and Rainn Wilson (“The Office”); Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld”); Paul Feig and Judd Apatow (“Freaks and Geeks”); Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”); Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butthead”); and Garry Shandling (“The Larry Sanders Show”), among others.
July 29
8:00 pm Pioneers of Television “Miniseries” – Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation’s imagination. “Roots” was the biggest – several of the stars are interviewed about that groundbreaking series. This episode also considers the very first miniseries, “Rich Man, Poor Man,” as stars Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely offer fresh insights. All of the key players from the landmark miniseries “The Thorn Birds” appear, providing surprising commentary about the romance seen by more viewers than any other in TV history.
9:00pm   Pioneers of Television “Primetime Soaps” – “Dallas” and “Dynasty” kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s and spun off the long-lasting series “Knots Landing.” Sometimes forgotten is the genre’s antecedent: 1964’s “Peyton Place,” which starred Mia Farrow and Ryan O’Neal.
10:00pm  America in Primetime  “The Crusader” – Delve into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Interviews include Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”); Steven Bochco and David Milch (“NYPD Blue”); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow (“24”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie (“House”), among others.

Q Night at the Movies 7/6

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Just Scene It at 7 pm
Review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Writing the Fantastical at 7:30 pm
David Magee discusses adapting FINDING NEVERLAND and LIFE OF PI, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen. Followed by THE RETURN, Jeremy Mackie’s short film about a college graduate who’s literally scared off the scene of his first job.

Get Shorty at 8 pm
A film-loving loan shark teams with a B-movie producer to become a Hollywood mogul. Cast: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito.

Catalina: Hollywood’s Magical Island at 9:35 pm
Through the eye of film director, Greg Reitman, we get a first hand glimpse of The Magic Isle off the coast of California, Santa Catalina Island. While exploring historical, social, and environmental changes, the film captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Catalina. Using a mix of rare 16mm, archival film and old black and white stills, inter-cut with interviews of islanders, historians and celebrities; the viewer is taken on a journey during America’s golden era.

Learn about Sam Houston this July

Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier, And Pioneer

Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier, And Pioneer 
This three-part series airs July 11, 18 and 25 at 9 pm

He remains the only person in American history to have served as governor of two states. As if that were not résumé building enough, he was also a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, president of a republic he helped found; became a citizen of, married into and held leadership positions in the Cherokee Nation, taught at the first and oldest school in Tennessee, was a protégé of an American President and in line for that office as well as the General of an Army that won one of the most
decisive and historically significant battles in American History. “It’s an epic life, worthy of an epic telling, and the documentary Sam Houston does just that — told in a beautiful way that is historically dead on” says Mac Woodward, Huntsville Mayor and Director of The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in that city. He was an 1800s American statesman, politician, soldier, provocateur and rabble-rouser of enormous stature, even by the outsized standards of early Texas. Yet remarkably little is known about him. Texas school children are exposed to his life and accomplishments in the 4th and 7th grades but there have been few modern resources to bring these events to life … until now.

With never before seen images, original works of art, dozens of scenes filmed on location, period reenactments, interviews with governors, senators,
historians and family members and consistently compelling story-telling, Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier, And Pioneer tells the epic story of
the life of Sam Houston from his birth in Virginia to his death in Texas. Sam Houston is the first full-length documentary on the life of this towering political,
military and frontier leader and comes to KLRU for three consecutive Thursday nights, July 11, 18 and 25th at 9pm.

Highlights July 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Joe Bonamassa performs an acoustic presentation at the Vienna Opera House at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm Sunday.

Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Masterpiece Mystery Endeavor at 8 pm Sunday follows Morse’s early days as a police officer.

POV Herman’s House at 9 pm Monday chronicles a unique art project and the man who may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement.

The people of Summer Hill tell the empowering story of their community in Georgia and the segregated that has impacted them for decades. This documentary airs Monday at 10:30 pm.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery at 7 pm Tuesday presents the story of the explorers’ incredible journey, combining readings from the journals kept by Lewis and Clark, contemporary newspaper accounts, letters and oral-tradition stories from various Indian tribes with interviews of scholars.

Bill Moyers and Frontine at 9 pm Tuesday tell the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee – one black, one white – as they spent two decades in an extraordinary battle to keep from sliding into poverty.

Nova Building Pharaoh’s Chariot at 7 pm Wednesday features a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Secrets of the Dead Ultimate Tut at 8 pm Wednesday combines the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists and Egyptologists to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen.

Actor/Comedian David Cross discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday features the story behind the Intergalactic Nemesis, a live-action comic book.

50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen and more talk about their experiences during SXSW on SXSW Flashback 2013 at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet goes on the “best little day trip in Texas” to paddle the Colorado River, explore Texas Czech culture, eat at a 100 year old BBQ joint, and enjoy some kolaches from Hruska’s on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

The life of Sam Houston is chronicled in this three-part series Sam Houston: AMerican Statesman at 9 pm Thursday.

Martin Scorsese directs American Masters at 9 pm Friday focusing on the life of Elia Kazan, director of On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet, joins Rita Anders of Cuts of Color to champion fresh beauty that stems from the locavore/slow food revolution in the culinary world on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases the best in modern country with Miranda Lambert and Jeff Bridges.


Science Night 7/10

Nova Building Pharaoh’s Chariot at 7 pm
Around 3,600 years ago, reliefs in Egyptian tombs and temples depicted pharaohs and warriors proudly riding into battle on horse-drawn chariots. Some historians claim that the chariot launched a technological and strategic revolution, and was the secret weapon behind Egypt’s greatest era of conquest known as the New Kingdom. But was the Egyptian chariot really a revolutionary design? How decisive a role did it play in the bloody battles of the ancient world? In this film, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Secrets of the Dead Ultimate Tut at 8 pm
Ninety years ago in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the greatest archaeological find in history was made: the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and its golden treasures. It made Tutankhamen the most famous name in ancient Egyptian history. But the real story has become shrouded in myth — with many mysteries around the tomb unsolved to this day. This two-hour special combines the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists and Egyptologists to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen.

Backstage Austin with Deftones

The latest installment of Backstage Austin features the melodic, metal, musical-giants of rock: Deftones.  The notoriously private band granted Backstage Austin all access to their recent show at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  Before the band played to the sold-out crowd, they discussed their love for Texas, and the secret to their 20 plus year success.  Only Backstage Austin brings you along for Deftones’ soundcheck, takes you into the dressing room, and delivers a candid interview with one of rock music’s most interesting bands.

If you missed the last Backstage Austin with British rockers The Darkness at Stubb’s, you can check it out now:

The Texas Rundown: Now Online

Last week was an historic week in Texas: an 11-hour filibuster by State Sen. Wendy Davis drew national attention, and two Supreme Court cases with deep ties to Texas were decided. In light of the recent news, KLRU aired a special thirty minute news and analysis program Friday evening called The Texas Rundown. The program was aired statewide, in cooperation with Texas PBS.

Joining us for analysis was Alana Rocha, multimedia reporter, The Texas Tribune. She moderated a discussion with Ben Philpott, host KUT’s Agenda Texas, Dave Mann, editor The Texas Observer, Becca Aaronson, health reporter The Texas Tribune, and Erica Greider, senior editor Texas Monthly.

You can watch the show in the video above.

July 2013 Family Choice

This month’s Family Choice programs are: 1) STATUE OF LIBERTY, the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty; 2) NATURE “Elsa’s Legacy,” a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife”; 3) NATURE “Siberian Tiger Quest,” where Chris Morgan attempts to find a Siberian tiger.

Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Wednesday, July 3 at 3 a.m.
This 1985 Ken Burns film chronicles the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty and what it represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument–from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication–and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

NATURE #2806 “Elsa’s Legacy”
Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Thursday, July 18 at 3 a.m.; Friday, July 19 at 3 a.m.;
Sunday, July 21 at 2 a.m. & 6 p.m.
“Born Free” – a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife, marked its 50th anniversary of the publication in 2010. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has “Born Free” taught us?

NATURE #3001 “Siberian Tiger Quest”
Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Thursday, July 25 at 3 a.m.; Friday, July 26 at 3 a.m.;
Sunday, July 28 at 2 a.m.
Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. To help him, Morgan turns to Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild.

Next Avenue: Growing Bolder in July

Next Avenue

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives.  Our newest effort is a national collaboration called Next Avenue that features resources and an online discussion of issues facing those 50+. As part of that project we are also airing, Growing Bolder Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU. Growing Bolder delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.

Upcoming episodes:

July 7: Discover Your Future
Discovery of a Lifetime – Joanie Schirm always knew there was more to her family history than what she had learned from her parents. When they passed away, she made a remarkable discovery in an old desk. It was a discovery that sent her on the adventure of a lifetime revealing a world of survival, loss and suffering during World War II. A 5-Minute Masterpiece – Brian Olsen is as much a work of art as his pop culture portraits. He’s a blur of brushes, hands, color and energy. There’s only been one other like him. But his mentor’s untimely death sent Brian on a profound journey to inspire others to find outlets for creativity and self-expression.

July 14: Famous Footsteps
Paul and McCartney and Me – A lot of people love the Beatles, but how many have ever performed as one? Or ever recorded at Abbey Road Studios? Or toured with the cast of Beatlemania. Perhaps the only person in the world who has done it all, is John Babcock! It’s a love affair that began at age five when he was one of the millions who first saw the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show.

July 21: Living in Harmony
Creating a Life of Exquisite Harmony – Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson’s artwork is bright, cheerful, and whimsical, much like the artist herself. It consists of pieces of paper ripped apart and then reassembled into something more beautiful and more profound. Songs of a Lifetime – His journey has been a fascinating trip through an amazing era of music. Bob Rafkin was one of the musicians drawn to the Greenwich Village scene in the ’60s. He’s spent his career helping record the music of others, but after illness forced him to face his own mortality he’s found a passion for creating music of his own.

July 28: Unforgettable and Inspirational
The Mushroom Man – Many people are interested in photography. Some specialize in portraits, others landscapes. Taylor Lockwood specializes in — are you ready for this? — mushrooms! His hope is once you see his work you’ll not only understand why, but that you’ll see fungi in a whole new light. ucky’s “Jaws” Swim – Da-Dum. Da-da-Da-Dum. In the summer of 1975, the movie “JAWS” terrorized nearly everyone who saw it. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer is finally ready to conquer his fear. And he wants company.