50th Anniversary of March on Washington

KLRU and PBS have a special night of programs on August 27th celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement that helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. In addition to the evening of programs,  PBS Black Culture Connection will debut The March @50, a provocative five-part web series exploring whether America has delivered on the promises of the March. Watch The March @50 now

In Performance at the White House at 7 pm
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the East Room of the White House, featuring popular musicians performing contemporary arrangements of music that galvanized the U.S. civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.

The March at 8 pm
Unprecedented in size, the August 28, 1963 massive demonstration for racial and economic equality issued a clarion call for racial justice that would help usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. The event, which will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, endures today as a symbol of unity and monumental impact.

Independent Lens “The Powerbroker” at 9 pm
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial — leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.

American Masters “James Baldwin” at 10 pm
Using archival material that reflects author James Baldwin worldwide influence and appeal, the film includes interviews with family members, friends and notable colleagues, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka, Richard Avedon, and Bobby Short, among others.


Highlights August 18 to 24

KLRU Highlights

Watch the first installment of Winston Churchill’s life covering his aristocratic birth, his search for glory on the battlefield, and his rise up the political ladder. Churchill: Destiny on Sunday at 7 pm.

When a young woman inexplicably disappears from a train, foul play is expected on Masterpiece Mystery on Sunday at 8 pm.

POV‘s “The Law In These Parts” at 9 pm on Monday looks inside the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967.

Follow the history of Muhammad on Life of Muhammad, a three part series starting a 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Story at 10 pm on Tuesday reflects upon different forms comedy with the creator of The Bernie Mac Show. At 10:30, another On Story airs dealing with how impressionable characters build a connection with the audience.

“Birds of the Gods” goes with New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film the elusive Bird of Paradise on Wednesday’s Nature at 7pm.

Nova on Wednesday at 8 pm looks at the ways in which science and nature work to make strong stuff from steel to Kevlar and spider silk to carbon nanotubes.

Wednesday at 9 pm, Nova “Making Stuff Smaller” takes us to an even smaller world profiling the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and building materials from the ground up

Austin City Limits features rock and funk collide with Alejandro Escovedo and Trombone Shorty at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Actor Michael McKean is on Overheard with Evan Smith at  7 pm Thursday.

Go inside the booming improv comedy scene of Austin, Texas with Arts in Context‘s “Out Of Your Head” Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television focuses on Carol Burnett’s television comedy career and the funny ladies of television who helped lead the way for today’s comedians airs Thursday at 8 pm.

Explore Dripping Springs, TX with Chet on Daytripper as he eats at a Belgium bakery, swims in Hamilton Pool, climbs Reimer’s Ranch, and polishes the day off at Salt Lick. All on Thursday at 8:30 pm.

On Thursday at 9 pm, America Revealed travels around the country to understand America’s electric grid, its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year.

Explore the the story of Jacob’s Pillow, an international dance center, with interviews, never seen before footage and performances on Friday at 9 presented by Great Performances.

See how to grow and design enchanting succulent gardens that stand up to drought and heat on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a cactus and succulent game changer who’s helped bring succulents into home gardens.

Austin City Limits has modern rock band Wilco back to perform music from their LP The Whole Love on Saturday at 7 pm.


Restoring Historic Buildings on KLRU Q 8/18

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On Sunday, August 18th, take a look at restoring historic buildings across the nation.

Historic Texas Courthouses: Foundations of the Future at 2:00pm
Celebrates the Texas Historic Courthouse Restoration Program. Texas’ county courthouses are considered to be among the treasures of American civic architecture and the state has embarked on an ambitious multi-million dollar restoration effort. Viewers will tour restored courthouses across the state, from the Panhandle to the Texas coast, and meet the men an women responsible for preserving these beautiful, iconic buildings.

Historic Bridges of Arkansas at 2:30pm
Some bridges still standing in Arkansas are nearly as old as the state itself, but each year several of these structures are being lost to the ravages of time and the demands of a modern roadway system. The historic significance of the structures and importance of preservation are highlighted.

Saving the Hansen House at 3:00pm
The story of a mild-mannered college professor from the Midwest who buys a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse in a small North Carolina town. Originally he plans to just restore it and then maybe sell it and move on. But the house turns out to be something special, and the town is even more special. Before he knows it, he is putting down roots. This one-hour documentary chronicles the unique challenges and rewards of saving a 250-year-old house.

Restoring A Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre at 4:00pm
A one-hour documentary that captures the fascinating story of the Eastman Theatre and documents its recent restoration. Narrated by Rochester native, actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film includes historic photographs, film, and video – including live performances from the Eastman School of Music and the RPO among others.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years at 5:00pm
Provides an exclusive look inside the painstaking process of restoring and rehabilitating a historic home. Even today, the Boynton House – one of the few Frank Lloyd Wright creations still functioning as a private, single-family residence instead of a museum. Built in 1908, the Boynton House exemplifies Wright’s signature “Prairie style,” with its gently sloping roofs, long bands of windows, wide overhangs, low terraces, private gardens, open floor plan and built-in furnishings.

Q Night at the Movies 8/17

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Just Seen It at 7 pm
In a summer full of Sci-Fi thrillers, we review the newest starring Matt Damon – ELYSIUM. Next, we discuss the new Disney animated comedy, PLANES and let you know if it takes off, and then we look at the historical drama, LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER, about a White House butler that serves during the span of seven presidential administrations. And finally, we look at the second chapter in the Percy Jackson mythical franchise – PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS.

On Story at 7:30 pm
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as GHOST, CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, TWINS and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film JACK & JILL, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive

Feature Film: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes at 8 pm
When a bored Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. Cast: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page.

Science Night 8/21

Nature Bird of the Gods at 7 pm
Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the 16th century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.

Nova Making Stuff Stronger at 8 pm
From carbon nanotubes to artificial skin, our world is poised at the frontier of a revolution in materials science as far-reaching as the biotech breakthroughs of the last two decades. This series explores how materials changed history and are shaping the future, ranging from cost-effective fuel cells and solar panels to quantum computers and ultra-light automobiles. The New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff.” Each episode explores the talent, luck and determination that can turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthrough. Making Stuff Stronger – What is the world’s strongest material? From steel to Kevlar and spider silk to carbon nanotubes, host David Pogue looks at the ways in which science and nature work to make strong stuff.

Nova Making Stuff Smaller at 9 pm
From carbon nanotubes to artificial skin, our world is poised at the frontier of a revolution in materials science as far-reaching as the biotech breakthroughs of the last two decades. This series explores how materials changed history and are shaping the future, ranging from cost-effective fuel cells and solar panels to quantum computers and ultra-light automobiles. The New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff.” Each episode explores the talent, luck and determination that can turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthrough. Making Stuff Smaller – Here in the information age, smaller is better: transistors, microchips and the laptops and cell phone that they power are triumphs of tiny. Now, host David Pogue takes us to an even smaller world, as he profiles the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and building materials from the ground up.

A Special Night of Architects on KLRU Q 8/18

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Tune in to KLRU – Q on Sunday August 18th for back-to-back episodes of architrecture, at 6:00 pm until 10:30 pm.

Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks at 6:00pm
One-hundred and fifty-one years after Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) designed New
York City’s Central Park with Calvert Vaux, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amid one of the largest,tallest and most unnatural places in the world. This documentary, narrated by actress Kerry Washington, examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect’s impact on the development of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century. With incredible foresight, Olmsted brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta,. Louisville and dozens of other U.S. cities.

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City at 7:00pm
Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late 19th century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like. He built some of the first
skyscrapers in the world and created urban plans for Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Manila—all before the profession of urban planning existed. In fact, some say that he invented it. This film explores how Burnham shaped our nation’s future and how his ideas continue the debate today about what urban planning means in a democratic society.

10 Buildings That Changed America at 8:00pm
Tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building
designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall. You may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a
journey across America and inside these 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering.

John Portman: A Life of Building at 9:00pm
Examines the work and legacy of one of the world’s most daring and influential architects.
Over the last 45 years, John Portman’s iconic urban structures and eye-popping interiors steadily rose in 60 cities across four continents, helping redefine cityscapes in the United States and skylines in Asia. Once considered a maverick because he eschewed long-accepted industry standards, critics and leading architecture schools now fully embrace Portman’s design approach, which emphasizes function, purpose and sensory experience. This film showcases Portman’s buildings using dramatic time-lapse footage.

Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past at 10:00pm
As a boy growing up in working class Brooklyn, Robert A. M. Stern would gaze
across the river at the gleaming towers of Manhattan. To him the city looked like Oz. Today this former outsider is arguably one of its Wizards. The successful New York architect bridges the divide between modernists and traditionalists and has helped shape a number of environments that rely on video and LED technology for their form.

Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour at 10:30pm
Embark on a voyage through architect Michael Graves’ career and the influences that
shaped him. A renowned architect who transformed America’s built environment with buildings in the 1980s that took a whimsical approach to classical forms, a mysterious and potentially fatal illness left him partially paralyzed in early 2003. The ordeal opened an unexpected new chapter in his illustrious career — designing hospital furniture
and homes for wounded war veterans.

Mi Historia Project

Mi Historia

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. The new PBS series, which documents the evolution of a new “Latino American” identity from the 1500s to the present day, airs Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and October 1. KLRU will be featuring Austinites telling their stories here on the blog and on the PBS Latino Americans website.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video

Wild Friday Night on KLRU Q 8/16

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Wild!, “Chasing Wild Horses” at 8:05 pm
When Roberto Dutesco, New York City’s top fashion photographer, discovered remote Sable Island, located off the shores of Nova Scotia, he became obsessed with the natural beauty of the untouched and unclaimed wild horses which have roamed the sandy dunes since the 1700s.

Wildlife Safaris, “Savannah Journeys” at 9:00 pm
The wide-open grass and woodlands of the world provide vast habitats for a myriad of creatures and plant life. Alice Springs in the Australian Outback supports a huge variety of colorful birds, including Australia’s national bird, the emu. Among the others who call the Outback home, are the mythical kookaburra, the thorny devil lizard and about a half million camels, as well as the star of the Outback, the red kangaroo. On the African continent, the Masai Mara is one of the world’s oldest ecosystems. It boasts the biggest of flying birds, the Marabou stork, and the fastest creature on earth, the cheetah. The region is also the location of one of the greatest of wildlife spectacles, the migration of the wildebeests. This episode also explores the ecologically diverse ecosystem in Brazil, the Cerrado.

Nature‘s Power Revealed, “The Power of Water” at 10:00 pm
The importance of water in shaping earth’s landscape and its role in the survival of civilization.

Go Inside Your Body with KLRU Q on 8/13

On August 13th, KLRU Q will take you inside your body and show you its constant battle against infectious diseases.

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague at 8:05pm
Patient Zero is a flight attendant, stricken with what she thinks is chicken pox. She lands in Montreal and goes to a hotel room to recover. A few weeks later she is back on the job – unaware of her role in an impending public health catastrophe. OUTBREAK juxtaposes this fictional, modern-day scenario with the 1885 Montreal smallpox epidemic during which 20,000 people were infected and 3,000 died. Based on Michael Bliss’ gripping book, it reveals the alarming reality that, more than a century later, our modern world may not be ready for the next deadly outbreak.

War Against Microbes at 9:00pm
An eye-opening journey through the important advances in our understanding of infectious diseases.

Body’s Secret Army at 9:30pm
This eye-opening journey takes us deep inside the human body to explore the immune system.

Guts with Michael Mosley at 10:00pm
This program uncovers the secret life of our digestive tract in an eye-opening and detailed exploration of the side of the body we normally never get to see. Using the latest in medical imagery and a tiny state of the art camera “pill” that he swallows at the start of the film, Michael Mosley takes viewers on a remarkable journey through his own internal system. At each stage he talks to medical experts and explains the amazing functions that happen without our conscious effort. This is one of the most fundamental parts of our bodies, controlled by its own nervous system and automatically providing our energy, water and nutrients; yet unless we get sick, we rarely think about what it’s doing.

Highlights August 11 to 17

KLRU Highlights

Downton Abbey Revisited at 5 pm and 8 pm Sunday savor great moments from the series, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties.

Masterpiece Mystery goes Inside Foyle’s War at 6:30 pm Sunday featuring Interviews with the stars of the Foyle’s War series and the people behind-the-camera.

Mary Wilson (The Supremes) hosts a tribute to the girl groups and female singers of the 1960s on 60s Girl Grooves 9:30 pm Sunday.

A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments in their lives, work with their perceptual and behavioral differences in a “neurotypical” world on POV at 9 pm Monday.

The Campaign at 10 pm Monday follows ordinary people as they are caught in the political firestorm of California’s Proposition 8.

After Newtown: Guns in America at 7 pm Tuesday traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.

Fixing Juvie Justice at 8 pm Tuesday follows a group of innovators in Baltimore on a quest to fix the city’s broken  juvenile incarceration system.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday examines one ambitious high school football team working its way towards national renown.

James Franco reveals his unique experience working on 127 Hours on On Story at 10 pm. Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy on On Story at 10:30 pm.

In years of heavy rain, the inhospitable Australian outback transforms into a surprising oasis for Australia’s pelicans on Nature “Outback Pelicans” at 7 pm Wednesday.

Learn all about Cuttlefish on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday. These shape-shifting creatures can hypnotize their prey, impersonate the opposite sex and even kill with lightening fast speed.

Scientists are uncovering the new and surprising truths about what exercise is really doing to our bodies. Get the inside details on The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley at 9 pm Wednesday.

Great voices and songs combine with Rosanne Cash and Brandi Carlile on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 11 pm Friday.

Diane Ravitch, author, respected academic researcher and former assistant Secretary of Education, talks about the U.S. education system on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Every year, some of Austin’s influential artists, architects and entrepreneurs travel south to Presidio County to honor the late artist, writer, cowboy sage and visionary, A Kelly Pruitt. Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday takes viewers inside the celebration.

Chet heads to “cowtown” to visit the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, take a horseback ride, visit their art museums, and attend the Stockyards Rodeo on The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday. At 8:30, follow Chet as he travels to Denton, TX to race the Texas Motor Speedway and more.

Great Performances “Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration” at 9 pm Friday features performances by pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and vocalist James Taylor.

Rock and funk collide with Alejandro Escovedo and Trombone Shorty on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker, Harry Potter) returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Halloween Party on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 pm Saturday.