Highlights: January 13-19

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece Classic at 6 pm Sunday presents part one of Downton Abbey, Series III. The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents the part two of Downton Abbey, Series III. The fate of Downton Abbey hinges on a letter from a dead man, while Edith and Sir Anthony face their own fateful moment.

DCI Banks and DS Annie Cabbot are called to investigate an arson attack that caused two narrow boats to go up in flames on DCI Banks at 9 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday presents “Soul Food Junkies,” a film that puts the culinary tradition of soul food under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences.

Pioneers of Television at 7 pm Tuesday profiles the first standup comediennes to appear on television, covers television’s most enduring variety star and features interviews with contemporary actresses in “Funny Ladies.”

Part two of Abolitionists: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday focuses on the deepening divide between the North and South, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday takes a probing look at the first four years of Obama’s presidency and examines his key decisions and the experiences that will inform his second term in “Inside Obama’s Presidency.”

Take to the skies with psychedelic rock band Royal Forest as they lead Hardly Sound at 10:30 pm Tuesday on an epic adventure.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday examines the day-to-day dramas of an extended family of koalas, seen through the eyes of the scientists studying their every move and vocalization on “Cracking The Koala Code.”

In a race against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site packed with astonishingly preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts, opening a vivid window on the vanished world of the Ice Age on NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday.

Life on Fire at 9 pm Wednesday explores the fish escaping the Earth’s wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano in “The Surprise Salmon.”

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist, discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday grants viewers an all-access pass to Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., to give a glimpse at horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.

Mind of a Chef at 8 pm Thursday explores deceptively simple dishes around the world with David Chang ranging from Chicken Yakitori to high-end sushi.

The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday follows Chet to Bay Area Houston to visit NASA, eat a hoagie and fried shrimp, go birding on Armand Bayou, and visit the Kemah Boardwalk.

Discover how fungi, like mushrooms, slime mold, and lichens, benefit the garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturda. On tour, visit a garden geared for wildlife all year long.

Jazz and pop cross on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday with Norah Jones and Kat Edmonson.

Science Night 1/16

Nature “Cracking The Koala Code” at 7 pm
This program examines the day-to-day dramas of an extended family of koalas, seen through the eyes of the scientists studying their every move and vocalization. Fascinating social dynamics include territorial displays, vicious fighting and the surprising life and loves of a “traveling salesman,” a rogue male who truly plays the field. New science even “cracks the koala communication code,” providing insights into their basic language and social structure.

NOVA “Ice Age Death Trap” at 8 pm
In a race against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site packed with astonishingly preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts, opening a vivid window on the vanished world of the Ice Age.

Life On Fire “The Surprise Salmon” at 9 pm
In Alaska, the fresh water that feeds the rivers is snowmelt from North America’s highest mountains and most active volcanoes. Time and again, they erupt and poison the rivers. Scientists have only just begun to piece together what might have happened nearly 2,000 years ago, when one race of salmon faced the death of their natal river and were forced back to the open ocean on an exceptional adventure. Navigating between the sulphurous waters, bears, sharks and eagles, the fish escaped the Earth’s wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano.

Community Cinema: Soul Food Junkies

The January 2013 Community Cinema film is Soul Food Junkies with screenings and discussions in both Austin and Round Rock. All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Screenings take place January 15th at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and January 31st at Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street).

Soul Food Junkies
This film delves into the historical and controversial relationship between the African American community and soul food. How does our affinity for soul food and its dietary traditions affect the health of the African American community?

KLRU Viewer Council

As 2013 begins we are renewing efforts for the KLRU Viewer Council, a way for us to get direct feedback from our community and help guide our programming decisions.

Viewer Council members will be periodically asked to answer short online surveys, to participate in individual interviews or participate in focus groups. Your participation is completely up to you – and you can opt out of the Viewer Council at any time. Another benefit to the program is you’ll receive a summary of responses from the survey and if possible, we’ll explain how KLRU will use the data.

As a reminder, we will never share your email or personal information with others. As with any research participation, your answers to these surveys will be completely confidential. We adhere to the highest standards of ethics in research.

The first survey of the year is focused on news and public affairs programming and, specifically, on how KLRU should respond to the tragic event in Newtown, CT.

To sign up for the Viewer Council, visit: http://www.klru.org/viewercouncil/
To take this month’s survey, go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VCJanuarySurvey

KLRU adds program to help learners meet GED goal

On January 1, 2014 a new GED test will take effect. People who have already started the GED process,must pass all five segments before January 1, 2014 or will have to start all segments over. Those thinking about taking the GED soon, must start now in order to complete all tests before January 1, 2014.

In an effort to assist our community with this process, KLRU will air GED Connections starting January 7th. Engaging documentary-style videos introduce content and give learners a chance to hear from experts in various fields and advance toward their GED with programs covering each test area. Students hear and see how the skills they are learning for the GED exam relate to work, home and community life. GED Connections will air on KLRU at 5:30 am Monday to Friday and on KLRU Q 2:30 pm Monday to Friday.

If you need more assistance than the television show can provide there are several options in the KLRU viewing area.

Austin Community College’s Adult Education Division provides a variety of services and programs to help adult learners meet their education and career goals. Adult Education offers GED preparation, English as a Second Language classes, workforce certification programs, courses to ease the transition to college, and more. For more information, visit austincc.edu/abe or call (512) 223.5300

Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas’ Adult Education Program provides a wide array of adult education services across a ten county area surrounding Austin. These services include classes for GED preparation, English as a second language, English Literacy and Civics, college and workforce readiness, and basic skills improvement. For more information, visit communityaction.com or call (512) 392-1161 extension 334

Downton Abbey Season 3 Starts 1/6

Are you eagerly anticipating the return of DOWNTON ABBEY? Be sure to check out the third season of the turn-of-the century drama with all new episodes, beginning January 6th on KLRU-TV at 8pm!

The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. Shirley MacLaine joins the much-loved cast, which includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton and many others. “No family is ever what it seems from the outside,” observes Smith’s shrewd character.

KLRU Q features Hardly Sound with Ralph White 1/7

The first Monday of the month KLRU Q’s 11pm music block features Hardly Sound. The documentary series focuses on Texas underground music and artists but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

For January:
Step into the world of pioneering roots musician Ralph White. Watch to see what dogs, yuppies, love, and Charles Whitman have in common with White and his friends.

Highlights: January 6-12

KLRU Highlights

It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell on Secrets of Highclere Castle at 7 pm Sunday

Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents the long-awaited premiere of Downton Abbey, Series III. The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents “Reportero”, a film that follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media.

Something Ventured at 10 pm Monday tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century.

History Detectives at 7 pm Tuesday tells four stories of our nation’s beginnings, ranging from analyzing the simple bill of sale for a 17-year old “negro girl” to figuring out what role a handwritten score played in making “The Star Spangled Banner” our national anthem.

Part one of Abolitionists: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday explores the shared beliefs about slavery that brought together prolific figures like Fredrick Douglass, Angelina Grimke, William Lloyd Garrison, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday examines the legacy of Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools who attempted to fix a broken school system during her tumultuous three-year tenure.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores Cuba’s varied landscape, which in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere, in “Cuba: The Accidental Eden”.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday attempts to decode recent scientific analysis stating that modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals in “Decoding Neanderthals.”

Life on Fire at 9 pm Wednesday explores the career of volcanologists, whose job it is to use their tools and knowledge to try to protect those who live beneath the Earth’s fire, in “Volcano Doctors.”

Jack White performs tracks from his debut solo album Blunderbuss on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday.

Author David Maraniss discusses his career and newest book on Overheard with Evan Smith 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday highlights contemporary and performance art from Austin’s Fusebox Festival 2012.

On Mind of a Chef at 8 pm Thursday, David Chang hangs out with one of his best friends, Rene Redzepi – who happens to be the world’s top chef.

Chet heads to Bay Area Houston to visit NASA on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Barnes Collection at 9 pm Friday uses the relocation and renaissance of the Barnes Foundation as a vehicle for telling the story of the quirky, quarrelsome, question mark of a man, Dr. Albert C. Barnes and his astounding art collection.

Find out how to grow your own fruit trees and berries on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Famed Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performs a unique fusion of flamenco, jazz and rock on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 1/9

Nature “Cuba: The Accidental Eden” at 7 pm
This small island’s varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba’s wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba’s priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba’s stunning biodiversity – an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?

NOVA “Decoding Neanderthals” at 8 pm
Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans –people physically identical to us today — left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone: the stocky, powerfully built Neanderthals had already been living there for hundred of thousands of years. So what happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did we make love or war? That question has tantalized generations of scholars and seized the popular imagination. Then, in 2010, a team led by geneticist Svante Paabo announced stunning news. Not only had they reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome — an extraordinary technical feat that would have seemed impossible only a decade ago — but their analysis showed that “we” modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals, leaving a small but consistent signature of Neanderthal genes behind in everyone outside Africa today.

Life On Fire “Volcano Doctors” at 9 pm
Whether the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Chile, Italy or Iceland, each of these countries is home to active volcanoes that are a threat to the populations settled at their feet. Every day, lava, ash, gas, bombs and avalanches are likely to slide down the gaping mouths of the rock giants. To avoid disasters, volcanologists are asked to anticipate and warn. They are asked to be prophets and to know how to analyze the volcanoes’ slightest tremors. Around the world, these volcano doctors use their tools and knowledge to try to protect those who live beneath the Earth’s fire.

Austin's gaming industry focus of event 1/4

Date: Friday, Jan. 4th
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: event is free but RSVP required. RSVP now
Ring in the new year with professional game developers, from five of the most prominent 2012 video games made in Austin!  Learn about some great locally-made game projects from their creators.  Presented by International Game Developers Association-Austin and moderated by chapter chair Jennifer Bullard.

Special thanks to Batch 19 for providing their Pre-Prohibition Style Lager. The recipe dates back to before prohibition (1919-hense Batch ’19’).  It was discovered in the basement of the brewery that has been around since 1878.  The beer is made with two rare types of hops — Hersbrucker is a German style hop that is very grassy and Strisslespalt is a hop that has a flavor similar to black currant and is slightly sweeter.