Highlights 11/7 to 11/13

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday takes a look at the cataclysmic destruction and gradual restoration of the Mesopotamian Marshes in the midst of political troubles and danger in the Middle East.

London’s beloved detective Sherlock Holmes must solve perplexing and dangerous puzzles specifically laid out for him before innocent people are harmed on Masterpiece Mystery! Presents Sherlock: The Great Game at 8 p.m. Sunday.

An update to the 1994 series Baseball, part one of Ken Burns’ two-part series The Tenth Inning at 8 p.m. Monday focuses on the beginning of a new era of America’s favorite pastime in the last decade of the 20th century with the infusion of new players, dominating stadiums, and an innovative mindset to shatter historic records and rebuild the sport after crisis.

Jim Thorpe: World’s Greatest Athlete at 10 p.m. Monday chronicles the sports superstar’s versatile and remarkable life from his boyhood in Oklahoma and his gold-medal wins at the 1912 Summer Olympics to his subsequent fall from grace and later, his advocacy of American Indian rights and self-sufficiency.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates and raises questions about the conviction of four sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997.

Independent Lens presents the launching of Lyndon B. Johnson’s political career and the Mexican American civil rights movement resulting from the death of a Mexican American GI in “The Longoria Affair” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Price of Freedom at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday tells the tale of a small group of WWII veterans whose bonds as POWs go far beyond surviving combat.

Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny at 7 p.m. Wednesday unveils the mystery behind the Meermin, a Dutch slave ship that set sail from Madagascar for South Africa in 1766 but took a turn towards a dramatic climax resulting in shipwreck.

Go behind the scenes and meet the fascinating, wildly diverse Big Apple Circus family as they make their first performance stop in Virginia and experience the harsh winter weather in New York on Circus at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Comedian Steve Martin trades his stand-up routine for a banjo as he performs with the Steep Canyon Rangers on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday, followed by Texan Sarah Jarosz’s unique bluegrass stylings.

National Endowment for the Humanities James Leach talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Learn how you can make a big difference through recycling, discover Austin’s largest and longest running outdoor art fair, and find the best places to park downtown on this week’s episode of Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

A Gathering of Heroes at 8 p.m. Thursday recounts the touching and inspirational story of World War II veterans from Indiana who embarked on a cross-country trek to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial which honors their sacrifice.

Texas Burning: A Lone Star Salute to Our Troops at 9 p.m. Thursday celebrates our troops with a concert in San Antonio featuring several remarkable performances in a variety of genres that reveals Texas music in a whole new light.

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash presents a collection of favorites from her Country tribute album The List on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Brandi Carlile’s genre-spanning tunes from her album Give Up the Ghost.

Community Cinema: Deep Down dvd, book list

Thanks to everyone who attended the Community Cinema screening of Deep Down on Nov. 2 at the Windsor Park Branch Library. The film will air on KLRU on November 23 at 9 p.m.

Special thanks to our guest University of Texas Senior Lecturer for the RTF department Anne Lewis for providing insight on Appalachia and additional resources including:
Documentaries available at Appalshop Films
And a website that allows you to find your connection to Appalachian coal mining … ilovemountains.org

Our partners with the Austin Public Library have put together a list of DVDs, books and sound recordings that go along with this film. All items are available at the library.

Non-Fiction Books
The Coal Era in the United States: a study of our Viable Alternatives by C.B.Reed
Environmental Geology by Ronald W. Tank
Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese
The Solution Is You! by Laurie Daivd
Kentucky by Brad Asher
Lost Mountain: A Year In The Vanishing Wilderness by Erik Reece
The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story Of America’s Largest Labor Uprising by Robert Shogan
Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal by Silas House and Jason Howard
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambrian Gordon
A Kentucky Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs1935-1943 by Beverly W Brannan

Fiction Books
Coal Run by Tawni O’Dell
Hazard by Gardiner Harris
Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

Coal Country
Burning the Future: Coal in America

Deep Down screening and discussion 11/2

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. November’s film is Deep Down on Tuesday, November 2.

Our guest for the discussion will be University of Texas Senior Lecturer for the RTF department Anne Lewis. Lewis is an independent documentary-maker associated with Appalshop Films, a media arts and cultural center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the Central Appalachian Coalfields. Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change.

Documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include: TO SAVE THE LAND AND PEOPLE (SXSW, Texas Documentary Tour) a history of a militant grassroots environmental movement; JUSTICE IN THE COALFIELDS about the community impact of the Pittston strike; ON OUR OWN LAND about the citizens’ movement to stop broad form deed strip mining; and CHEMICAL VALLEY co-directed with Mimi Pickering (aired on P.O.V.) about environmental racism and most recently, SHELTER which tells the stories of 5 West Virginia women as they try to find freedom, justice and safety. Her documentary, FAST FOOD WOMEN, about women struggling to raise families in minimum wage jobs with no benefits, received national airing on P.O.V. and was part of a Learning Channel series of films about women by women.

Highlights Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “Invasion of the Giant Pythons”, an investigation of the slithering predators that are slowly taking over Florida’s Everglades National Park and damaging the once protected wildlife refuge.

London’s favorite 21st-Century detective Sherlock Holmes must follow the clues that lead to an underground crime gang to investigate the murder of a banker on Masterpiece Mystery! Presents Sherlock: The Blind Banker at 8 p.m. Sunday.

We Shall Remain: American Experience, a ground-breaking series examining critical moments in U.S. history from the perspective of Native Americans, studies the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation invoked by the U.S. government of the Cherokee tribe that resulted in devastating effects on part 1 at 8 p.m. Monday.

Take a look at the influence and controversy surrounding Shoshone interpreter and negotiator Sacajawea from the perspective of historians and tribal people in the documentary The Spirit of Sacajawea at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes at 10:30 p.m. Monday presents the personal ties and importance of the two national parks to the remainder of America’s endangered indigenous cultures who view them as momentous and sacred sites.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday reveals the secret life of transportation machinery by following one of the thousands of elevator maintenance crews in Manhattan that keep New Yorkers moving up and down every day.

Michael Kirk provides a sobering expose of the realities of American politics, the power of special interest groups and the role of money in policy making through following the Obama administration on Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens presents an entertaining, insightful, and often humorous look at the Hollywood Indian and the ways cinema has crafted the public’s interpretation of North American Natives in “Reel Injun” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The interconnections between William Kentridge’s life and work, both visually and musically rich, are detailed and presented as he prepares to stage “The Nose” for The Metropolitan Opera in the film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Secrets of the Dead: The Silver Pharaoh at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I and the mystery behind the identity of the forgotten leader who united a nation in mayhem.

Go behind the scenes and meet the fascinating, wildly diverse Big Apple Circus family as they prepare to embark on their annual 350-performance tour on Circus: First of May at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Austin City Limits veteran Robert Earl Keen and newcomer Hayes Carll deliver southern tracks reflective of their Lone Star roots to the stage on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

KLRU’s new series Overheard with Evan Smith, the follow up series to Texas Monthly Talks, features political figures, arts and more at Thursday at 7 p.m.

See the role that public art plays in our lives, learn about the history and transformation of the Rainey Street neighborhood, and capture the essence of crafting in the Austin community on this week’s episode of Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Comedian Steve Martin trades his stand-up routine for a banjo as he performs with the Steep Canyon Rangers on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Texan Sarah Jarosz’s unique bluegrass stylings.

November 2010: NOVA "Dogs Decoded"

Dr. Lyudmila Trut - NOVAEach month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is
NOVA “Dogs Decoded
Tuesday, November 9th at 7 p.m.

Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet, and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family, and we feel that they can understand us in a way other animals cannot. Now, new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. What is surprising, however, is new research showing that humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? It’s all in the genes. Dogs Decoded investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with revealing implications for the evolution of human culture as well. NOVA also travels to Siberia, where the mystery of dogs’ domestication is being repeated—in foxes. A 50-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature, a tame fox with some surprising similarities to man’s best friend. “Dogs Decoded” reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species.

1 & 4 a.m., Wednesday, November 10
3 a.m. & 6 p.m., Sunday, November 14

Halloween on KLRU-Q

Turn off the front porch lights and pretend you’re not home, you won’t want any trick-or-treaters interrupting your TV watching this Halloween.

KLRU-Q (channel 18.3) has a special lineup of spooky programs beginning at 6:30 with Haunted Texas. After you explore the ghost sightings in the old Freedman’s Colony outside of Blanco, Texas get ready for a marathon of Secrets of the Dead. Part detective story, part true-life drama, Secrets of the Dead explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events.

6:30pm – Haunted Texas
7:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Headless Romans”
8:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Aztec Massacre”
9:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Sinking Atlantis”
10:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Airmen and the Headhunters”

Create special days with KLRU Create

Starting at 10 am each Saturday in November, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

November 6: Branching Out
Spend your day creating a masterpiece for your home, from a tree. Get your table saw and join the “Woodsmiths” at their shop as they chop it up. The end result may be a cabinet, a beautiful table or an elegant wet bar for the kitchen.

November 13: A Brief History of Food (with Burt Wolf)
There is little about our favorite subject that is unknown to food and cultural historian Burt Wolf. Today on Create, as he travels through the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the U.S., Wolf tells us the stories of chocolate, wine, sugar, chili peppers, livestock, cheese, coffee, corn, the potato, the tomato….and beyond. So tune in to Create, and get “the 411″ on food from the past to the present and around the world!

November 20: Turkey Time
It’s that time of year again … Turkey time! The family is coming over
for a feast, and you’ll be ready with the help of master chefs, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Style experts Katie Brown and Christy Rost will be here offering tips to bring a festive look to your dinner table. This Thanksgiving dinner, with all the bells and whistles, will be talked about for years to come!

November 27: Around the World in a Day
The fearless Globe Trekker team is at it again! Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, and Megan McCormick will keep the pages in your passport filled as we go continent hopping – from Africa to Asia and then Central America. Ancient cultures and the human spirit are all yours to experience and treasure when you go globe trekking!

The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation Supports Overheard with Evan Smith

We’re very happy to announce that the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation has elected to renew their generous support of Overheard with Evan Smith with a $10,000 grant. Previously Texas Monthly Talks, this Lone Star Emmy award-winning production provides viewers with a unique perspective on current affairs. It’s wonderful to continue a partnership with this foundation into our 9th season. On behalf of KLRU board, staff and viewers—thank you!