Highlights August 17-23

KLRU Highlights

Woody’s Children 45th Anniversary Concert Sunday at 7 pm celebrates the 45th anniversary of the radio show, Woody’s Children, with host Bob Sherman. The concert features musicians such as Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin and many more.

After 25 years of playing one of television’s greatest icons comes to an end, David Suchet attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot on Being Poirot Sunday at 8 pm. Hosted by award-winning actor Stanley Tucci.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10 pm shines the spotlight on the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s rock and pop scene with all archival footage of the hit makers in their prime.

Suze Orman’s latest special sharply focuses on her helping individuals find financial solutions on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You Monday at 9 pm and Friday at 9 pm.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing Tuesday at 7 pm celebrates the musical genius that composed songs for many of Hollywood’s classic films, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Bee Gees: One Night Only Tuesday at 8:30 pm features one of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed. The music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

My Wild Affair Wednesday at 7 pm  tells the stories of the incredible bonds between humans and their wild animal companions.

Dr. Wayne Dyer presents personal stories as well as various philosophical and poetic illustrations  on Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Carole King – James Taylor Live At The Troubadour at 8:30 pm Thursday features the two folk performers in concert.

One Square Mile: Texas Thursday at 10 pm portrays Texas culture from the perspective of distinct square miles across the Lone Star state.

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles: The Definitive Performances Friday at 8 pm presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time.

Meet beautiful drought buster perennials with Janet Rademacher from Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in Arizona on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple pulled up the grass for wildlife wonder for their kids. Daphne Richards explains how to propagate rosemary and Trisha Shirey puckers up with homegrown calamondin and kumquats.

Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season on Return To Downton Abbey at 8:30 pm Saturday.

Screening: Black Folk Don’t …

Our friends at Austin Film Society are hosting a Moviemaker Dialogue with Angela Tucker, director and producer of the popular PBS web series Black Folk Don’t… 

The screening takes place on August 25th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at AFS at the Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. Purchase tickets now

Featured in TIME Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” Black Folk Don’t has been praised for challenging stereotypes in both poignant and hilarious detail. In this Moviemaker Dialogue, Angela Tucker will discuss using her documentary background to develop the series, which has been featured in The Huffington Post, IndieWire and Ebony Magazine, among others, and is aired on the online channels of PBS and Black Public Media. This discussion will feature some of Angela’s favorite episodes from the series’ three seasons.

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KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for your favorite programs on PBS this week!

Sunday night, Classical Rewind (my Music Presents) explores the origins of the music, stories and anecdotes about the composers and their works, and how so many of the classics have become part of our common culture. Watch the walk through musical history at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Then, savor fond memories and preview the new season of the international favorite drama on Return to Downton Abbey. The premiere of this special airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, and recaps the last four seasons in preparation of the upcoming fifth.

Learn how to travel from the best on Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 p.m. Sunday. The two-hour special revisits the most amazing European places he’s been, and how he gets around.

In his newest PBS special, Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them. Watch the premiere of the philosophical epic Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 7 p.m. Monday.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Definitive Performances collects three decades worth of the most influential television appearances of the classic rhythm and blues group. Watch the special compilation Monday night at 10 on KLRU.

Tuesday night, the nostalgic special Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. The concert features a mix of new performances and short archival footage of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 50s decade. Don’t miss it – especially if you’re an oldies fan!

“The goal of money is to make you feel secure,” Suze Orman says on her special, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You. Find out how to balance your budget based on your personality at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, KLRU Science Night features the favorite series Nature on Snow Monkeys at 7 p.m. Follow a society of monkeys in the valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands and watch how a leader reaches out to a little, lowly monkey, forming a life-changing bond between them.

Watch the legends celebrate with special performances on 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 8:30 Wednesday night. Then, follow the travel guru on Rick Steves’ Festive Europe as he celebrates Bastille Day and more at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Are you busy this Sunday night? In case you miss the premiere of Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday, get the recap and preview of season five at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Then, Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills re-airs at 8:30 p.m.

Friday evening get caught up on this week’s hot-button issues on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These experts of political news gather important perspectives and facts to inform you of what’s happening in our country and abroad.

Experience the amazing performance of Bee Gees: One Night Only, a special concert in Las Vegas that is one of the only Bee Gees’ performances taped. The disco and pop hits begin at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Brainchange with David Perlmutter, MD reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. Watch the neurologist’s shocking presentation of studies at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Don’t miss Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday! See how to keep your succulents deer-proof, and tips from guests Ally and Richard Stresing on how to grow citrus and more.

Celebrate the musical genius, composer, fearless adventurer, actor, and fun-loving bachelor on Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing at 7 p.m. Saturday. He composed music for many Hollywood classics, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Join the mystery-solving priest Father Brown with the episode The Prize of Colonel Gerard at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Find your favorite program and join us this week on KLRU!

Science Night 8/13

Get ready for another science night on KLRU!

This Wednesday, Nature‘s special Snow Monkeys airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. A very structured, furry troop of monkeys has a new, grouchy leader that forms an unlikely, heartwarming bond with a little monkey low on the ranks. Changing seasons tests the troop, family squabbles rise over tragedy, and the females struggle over mating competition.

Watch the preview above and follow this fascinating community on this week’s Science Night!

Austin Revealed Screening and Discussion 8/9

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Join KLRU and The Austin History Center (AHC) for a special screening and discussion of the documentary Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories. The 30-minute film was made by Alpheus Media for KLRU and explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. The screening will take place at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Austin’s Growing Muslim Community and a New Farm School

Muslim Prayer Meeting

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour we hear about Austin’s growing Muslim population. Muslims around the world marked the end of Ramadan this week with Eid al-Fitr. Thousands of worshipers gathered at the North Austin Event Center on Monday to pray and listen to a sermon. It was a huge turnout for the growing community in Austin, and next  year organizers are planning to move to an even bigger venue.

“Every year is more than we can handle,” Imam Islam Mossaad of the North Austin Community Center said Monday.

Imam Islam said that growth comes from immigrants from all over the world, as well as new converts.

“Muslims [are] spread out throughout the rest of the world, 1.5 billion Muslims, [and] in Austin that diversity is reflected. But also with the added touch of people who are Caucasian-American or African-American or Latino-American who are also coming into Islam,” Imam Islam said. “You have more than 80 different countries represented here today, probably more than that, but we are all also Americans at the same time and so we practice our faith here freely.”

On Sunday, our story is about Austin’s first ever farm school, opening this fall. Farmer Starter grew out of Farmshare Austin, a non-profit focused on educating Central Texans about farming and increasing access to organic, locally-grown food.

“It’s a very challenging business and this is a kind of challenging environment to do it in but we feel that local organic food is a human right and that people should have access to that kind of product and so we want to make sure that it’s widely available in our community,” Farmshare Austin Executive Director Taylor Cook said.

Enrolled students will live and work on the Farmer Starter farm, 10 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, for six months. They will learn seed starting, harvesting, marketing, as well as financial and business planning, among other skills.

Farmshare Austin is currently trying to raise $50,000 in an Indiegogo campaign to fund construction and student scholarships. You can learn more about the school on their website.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally on Saturday and Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend starting at 6:30pm. 

 

Q Night at the Movies! 8/2

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Join our Saturday movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the exclusive film review program Just Seen It at 7 p.m. This week’s episode reviews the new romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, What If, and the emotional documentary about using music to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Alive Inside. Finally, we take a look at one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last films, A Most Wanted Man.

Then, Austin Film Festival program On Story is next at 7:30 with the episode Creating Complex Characters. Writer and director Rodrigo Garcia discusses the nuanced characters in the Godfather, Capote, and his own film Mother and Child and In Treatment. Following is the tragic Spanish short film, Who Lasts Longer.

At 8 p.m., the Hollywood Stars Film Package airs the feature film A Streetcar Named Desire. The 1951 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is very highly critically acclaimed, and was the fifth highest grossing film of the year.

Followed by American Masters documentary on Gone With the Wind author  Margaret Mitchell at 10:10 pm.

Skip the theater and join us at Q Night at the Movies! KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

KLRU Science Night! 8/6

Learn about what makes our world fascinating on KLRU’s Science Night this Wednesday!

First, My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of a seal pup rescued by an arborist in Rockport, who formed a 25-year bond with his rescuer. After being released into the wild, Andre the seal still knew how to swim 200 miles back home to his friend. Watch the heartwarming episode at 7 p.m. Wednesday!

The quirky animals of Australia are explained on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures. See what followed a massive extinction and observe the history of diverse marsupials at 8 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Witness a dolphin birth, explore the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater and learn how dolphin and whale young avoid predatory killer whales on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins. The uncensored details of marine mammal mating are exposed at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Learn all about our fellow species this week on KLRU!