Highlights: May 19 to May 25

KLRU Highlights

Great Performances At The Met presents Rigoletto at 2 pm Sunday. Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960.

Jenny’s own jubilation comes in the form of potential love interest on Call The Midwife Episode #208 at 7 pm Sunday.

Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton comes to the store on Masterpiece Mr. Selfridge, Part 8 at 8 pm Sunday.

60’s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo at 10 pm Sunday returns to the era of go-go dancers, mod mini-skirts and swinging pop-rock sounds.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm Monday visits the Space Needle in Seattle and talk about World’s Fair posters.

American Masters at 8 pm Monday takes a look at the life of Mel Brooks, a comedy giant of our time that has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer.

On Protect Your Memory With Dr. Neal Barnard at 9:30 pm Monday, Barnard dives into three simple steps which you can take to derail the degenerative processes that could otherwise derail you and your memory.

Ghost Army at 7 pm Tuesday tells the true story of American G.I’s who ricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the World War II.

Constitution USA With Peter Sagal Created Equal at 8 pm Tuesday takes a in-depth look on how the notion sof citizenship, equal protection, due process and personal liberty are being used to fight for same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action and immigration reform.

Frontline The Untouchables at 9 pm Tuesday investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped persecution for any fraud related to the sale of bad mortgages.

On Story presents Explosive Action at 10 pm Tuesday. The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax.

On Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable at 10:30 Tuesday, the renowned realist painter from Trenton, New Jersey is profiled in this documentary filmed over three years by producer Eric Schultz.

Nature presents The White Lions at 7 pm Wednesday. This is the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

NOVA Secrets Of The Sun at 8 pm Wednesday reveals a bright new dawn in our understanding of our nearest star-one that might help keep our planet from going dark.

Secrets of the Dead  Airmen And The Headhunters at 9 pm Wednesday investigates a fantastic WWII tale of jungle ambushes, extreme engineering, blow darts defenses, and enemy headhunting.

Overheard with Evan Smith presents award-winning American playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner at 7 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper heads to Fort Davis to visit the Davis Mountains and explore the U.S. Fort that helped settle this vast desert at 8:30 pm Thursday.

SXSW Flashback 2013 at 9 pm Thursday presents clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year.

You Don’t Know Jack Soo at 9:30 pm Thursday tells the story of the pioneering American entertainer and Oakland native who became the first Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series, “Valentine’s Day.”

Austin fifth grader student Chinmay Murthy competes in this year’s National Geographic Bee  at 1 pm Friday and 5 pm Saturday.

Rebel: Voces Special Presentation at 9 pm Friday chronicles the story of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban-born teenager from New Orleans who fought disguised as a man during the American Civil War.

On Victory Garden presents Urban Oasis at 4:30 Saturday, Jamie Durie  visits a city oasis that sits atop the Frank Gehry – designed Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock icon Radiohead at 7 pm Saturday.

Community Cinema: Love Free or Die

The June 2013 Community Cinema film is Love Free or Die 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 June 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and June 27 at Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street).

LOVE FREE OR DIE by Macky Alston
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Special thanks to
Austin American-Statesman

KLRU Q Saturday at the Movies – 5/11

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

7:00 – Just Seen ItEpisode #204
Just Seen It is the review show where film school graduates and working entertainment professionals review the newest in theaters, on TV and cable as well as offer industry interviews.

7:30 – On Story Elements Of Great Horror
Professional horror writers explore how great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films, and discuss the style and techniques used to invoke fear, suspense and thrills that linger long after the credits roll.

8:00 – Hollywood Stars Film PackageRain Man
A wheeler-dealer (Tom Cruise) meets his brother (Dustin Hoffman), an institutionalized autistic-savant and heir to $3 million.

10:15 – Hollywood Stars Film PackageHoosiers
A college basketball coach leaves the Navy in 1951 and becomes coach of an underdog Indiana high-school team.



Science Night 5/15

Nature Great Zebra Exodus at 7 pm
When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana’s Kalahari each year, 20 000 zebras begin an ancient journey, as southern Africa’s biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds make their epic trek across the vast otherworldly landscape of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans, through prides of lions, and past families of meerkats, taking on the desert salt pans in their own way. The story of this spectacular annual migration is told through the eyes of zebra stallions, their mares, and their young, revealing the trials and triumphs and the fascinating social bonds that hold zebra families together.

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? 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. In “Decoding Neanderthals,” NOVA explores the implications of this exciting discovery.

Secrets of the Dead Cavemen Cold Case at 9 pm
A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in El Sidron, a remote, mountainous region of northern Spain, leads to a compelling investigation to solve a double mystery: How did this group of Neanderthals die? And could the fate of this group help explain Neanderthal extinction? Scientists examine the bones and discover signs that tell a shocking story of how this group may have met their deaths. Some bones bear distinct signs of cannibalism. Was it a result of ritual or hunger? Neanderthal experts are adamant that they were not bloodthirsty brutes. What happened here 49,000 years ago will take viewers on a much bigger journey – from El Sidron to the other end of the Iberian Peninsula, where scientists are excavating beneath the seas off Gibraltar in search of Neanderthal sites.


Highlights: May 12 to May 18

KLRU Highlights

Great Performances At The Met Un Ballo In Maschera at 2 pm Sunday features Marcelo Allvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky in David Alden’s production of Verdi’s opera.

On Call The Midwife Episode #201 at 7 pm Sunday, Jenny witnesses persecution of a different kind when she looks after a black mother-to-be who is subjected to racial prejudice from neighbors.

Masterpiece presents Mr. Selfridge, Part 7 at 8 pm Sunday. F.W. Woolworth tries to undercut his old friend and competitor, Harry, who gives the discount king a run for his money.

10 Buildings That Changed America at 9 pm Sunday tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels.

On David Suchet In The Footsteps Of St. Paul Episode #102, Suchet follows Paul’s journey to the west where the name of Jesus was not known.

Antiques Roadshow rocks out at Seattle‘s EMP Museum and discusses Jimi Hendrix’ trend-setting fashion style at 7 pm Monday

Antiques Roadshow returns to Houston, Texas with Vintage Houston at 8 pm Monday.

Independent Lens  The Invisible War at 9 pm Monday investigates one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

American Experience tells the story of Annie Oakley, a five-foot-tall sharpshooter who pulled herself out of the depths of poverty to become known as a symbol of the Wild West.

Constitution USA With Peter Sagal presents It’s A Free Country at 8 pm Tuesday. Sagal explores the history of the Bill of Rights and addresses several stories involving freedom of speech, freedom of religion and right to privacy.

Frontline presents Never Forget to Lie at 9 pm Tuesday. In his latest film, Marian Marzynski returns to the Warsaw ghetto of his childhood and tells the story of how he as a Jewish boy escaped the Holocaust.

On Story presents A Conversation With Chris Carter, Creator Of The X-Files at 10 pm Tuesday. Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files and how he stirred audiences using the power of mythology.

On Arts In Context presents Judge’s Choice at 10:30 Tuesday, creativity triumphs all for a group of artists who unapologetically reflect reality in their work.

NOVA presents Decoding Neanderthals at 8 on Wednesday. Shared DNA reveals a deep connection with our long-vanished human cousins.

Secrets of the Dead presents Cavemen Cold Case at 9 pm Wednesday. Discover a tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones and investigate how this find can help explain Neanderthal extinction?

Overheard with Evan Smith presents TV Writer and Producer Larry Wilmore at 7 pm Thursday. Wilmore is “Senior Black Correspondent” for The Daily Show, and a television writer and producer.

Arts In Context presents Hold My Hand at 7:30 pm Thursday. Sharon Marroquin, an Award-winning dancer whose life drastically changed when she was diagnosed with cancer, uses her art as an expression of her personal struggle.

Capital Of Innovation Austin’s Top Female Entrepreneurs at 8 pm Thursday introduces viewers to some of Austin’s most intriguing female entrepreneurs.

The Daytripper heads to one of Texas’s largest cities, San Antonio, to explore its amazing missions and forts not called “The Alamo” at 8:30 Thursday.

Civic Summit Austin After 10-1 at 9 pm Thursday takes an in-depth look at how the change to Austin City Council’s governing structure will impact voters.

Sam Cooke – Legend at 9 pm Friday examines the visionary singer, songwriter, producer and his extraordinary career and personal life.

Central Texas Gardener presents Creative Houseplant Design at noon & 4 pm Saturday. Bring the garden indoors with clever ideas for interior design.

Victory Garden presents Edible Gardens at 4:30 Saturday. Paul Epsom shares tips from New York’s finest – the edible gardens at the New York Botanical Garden.

On History Detectives at 5 pm Saturday, discover the role behind a scorecard, a game play, a name weaved on a basket, and a crime radio drama with Jackie Robinson All- Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five.

Austin City Limits present alternative rock superstars Arcade Fire at 7 pm Saturday.

On Secrets Of Highclere Castle at 9 pm Saturday, take a behind the scenes look of one of the England’s most spectacular country houses that is famous for being the backdrop to the world’s most successful costume drama.

Submarines on KLRU Q 5/9

Submarines are the focus of the night on KLRU Q for May 9th!
8:00pm – Frozen North: Sir Hubert’s Forgotten Submarine Expedition
Sir Hubert Wilkins renovated a WWI submarine, enlisted a crew of 20, and planned to make headlines with a daring expedition. The ship was christened “Nautilus,” made famous by Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In the riveting documentary, oceanographer Hans Fricke searches for the wreck of Nautilus. With a wealth of historical footage, modern re-enactments, and the help of a 1:1 steel model of the sub, one of the last polar adventures of our time is brought back to life

8:55pm – Lost and Found: The Legacy of the USS Lagarto
This program recounts the discovery of a WWII US Navy submarine; the first found since the war ended. Missing for more than 60 years, Lagarto and her crew of 86 men vanished during war patrol in the Pacific in 1945. Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, who discovered an unknown sunken German U-Boat near New Jersey described in the best-seller “Shadow Divers,” take viewers to the final resting spot of the American sub at the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand. Their underwater high definition video reveals the evidence of Lagarto’s fierce battle involving split-second decisions against a Japanese convoy.

9:55pm – Secrets of the Kursk
In 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sunk in the Barents Sea. The tragedy was surrounded in controversy. The Russian military and politicians in charge stifled all information about how the accident occurred, fearful of the perceived blow to Russian prestige. What caused the accident? Was negligence involved? Was the government’s underfunding of the military a part of the equation? Secrets of the Kursk is an intriguing look at a mystery that turned the former pride of the Russian people into a nightmare that haunts them to this day.

Capital of Innovation this month on KLRU

Capital of Innovation presents Austin’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on May 16 and May 30 at 8 pm! Women are innovating like never before, and this episode introduces viewers to some of Austin’s most intriguing female entrepreneurs. Their accomplishments include a medical device that could have a global impact on health care, a unique car designed for wheelchair-bound drivers, stylish bags spun from recycled bottles that are winning over consumers nationwide, and the transformation of a languishing neighborhood into an entertainment destination.

KLRU will also present an encore of Video Game Entrepreneurs on May 9 and 23 at 8 pm. In this episode, meet some of the innovators who’ve helped make Austin the nation’s third largest video game production community.

KLRU Hosts Open House for RTL Demo Stations

Student reading the interactive e-book, “The Monster at the end of this Book”

As you may have read before, KLRU has been selected as one of five stations to partner with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS Kids to bring educational content throughnew mediato low-income communities. KLRU has also locally partnered with SafePlace, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and Foundation Communities M Station, which provide affordable housing and other services to low-income families.

Over the last few weeks, KLRU has been preparing to add new technology to both SafePlace and M Station’s already existing, modest computer labs. These new additions included 16 iPads, complete with protective cases, a Mac computer to power the iPads, a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, speakers, iPad compatible printers, Bluetooth keyboards, and child-friendly headphones for the iPads.

The new equipment was unveiled to the children and staff at an open house event for both sites, where everyone was invited to explore the iPads and accompanying equipment. Though the children were a little disappointed to learn they wouldn’t be taking the iPads home, they were ecstatic to know that they are available to them and will be used for their upcoming PBS Kids summer learning programs on site.

All of the iPads are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and 50+ apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. They can also be set up much like a regular workstation with Bluetooth keyboards so that the students can easily type away school papers, or their own creative work.

Thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, both of these new Transmedia Demonstration Stations will provide great new learning tools to SafePlace and M Station, as well as provide valuable lessons for public media at large. Both sites are currently gearing up for official inauguration/summer program kick-off events in June, to share the completed Demo Stations with the children, their families, educators, key stakeholders of the organizations, and the community.

Wild! on KLRU Q – 5/10

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KLRU Q will feature three Wild! episodes in a row on May 10th! Tune in and explore the animal world with three exciting films.

8:00Animal Inventors: Animal Engineers
The animal world is a vast untapped reservoir of engineering design and technology. This film explores the design principles that the natural world has been built on and looks at the parallels in the human world, demonstrating that animals beat us to the patent office by several million years with solutions to many of the great engineering challenges.

8:59Animal Inventors: Animal Magicians
Episode two reveals some of nature’s most powerful secrets from medical solutions for cancer and diabetes to finding the answers to the most vexing of questions, such as how can humans live longer, love longer and live in outer space?

9:58Animal Inventors: Animal It
This film explores the world of animal senses and animal intelligence. We may think we’re the smartest creatures on earth but animals often see and hear far more than we can. Their senses are more finely tuned and their responses much faster. Human roboticists are now turning to animal tech for inspiration in building the next generation of artificially intelligent machines.