KLRU Educational Services receives grant funds from Summer STEM Investment Hub

Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub

For the fourth consecutive year, KLRU Educational Services will work alongside 12 other partners to provide quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer experiences for low-income youth in Central Texas. The Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub, a collaborative of 13 funding partners, has dedicated not only funding, but professional development and research expertise to tackle two important challenges: a summer “slide” in skills for low-income youth relative to their higher-income peers, and the desire to grow a local workforce for future Central Texas STEM-related jobs.

KLRU has three chief roles in this Summer STEM work:

  • to determine how KLRU’s digital assets, including equipment and digital media resources, can complement the work of each partner for on-site use
  • to provide resources to youth and their families to extend the learning achieved into the remainder of the summer through our vast collection of online and app-based resources
  • to hold discussions with youth and their families about summer screen use. We know that screen use goes way up during the summer months. We wish to help families strive for a healthy balance of “smart” and “silly” screen time, along with other activities for all members of the family.

The grantees are:

Design Connect Create
UT Austin TACC
UT Austin Dell Medical School
UT Austin UTeach Outreach
AISD Eastside Memorial Vertical Team
AISD STAARburst
AISD Akins High School
KLRU Educational Services
Campfire USA
Girlstart
Hill Country Science Mill
Harmony Science Academy
Welcome Table

The Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub partners are:  KDK-Harman Foundation, KLE Foundation, Webber Family Foundation, Topfer Family Foundation, Andy Roddick Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, Intel Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and IBM.

Highlights April 16 – 22

KLRU Highlights

A Chinese first-time mother faces an unexpected crisis, while new legislation and Sister Ursula cause serious problems for Shelagh and Dr. Turner in Call the Midwife, airing Sunday night at 7:00 pm.

As the war intensifies, the women must do all they can to keep spirits high. Frances learns that there is more to Peter’s affair than she realized. Steph is concerned by Stan’s behavior on the farm. Find out what else happens on Home Fires Season 2 on Masterpiece, airing at 8:00 pm on Sunday.

With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies, on Wolf Hall on Masterpiece, beginning at 9:00 pm on Sunday.

A death at the stone circle of a polio-stricken village leads Father Brown to conclude that dark forces are at work and that another sacrifice may be imminent. Father Brown begins Sunday at 10:06 pm and again the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Follow passionate seed keepers around the world who are determined to protect humanity’s 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared. Watch Seed: The Untold Story on Independent Lens, beginning Monday night at 9:00 pm.

Travel with Bishop Robert Barron as he studies some of the greatest works of art in the world. From the magnificent David in Florence to the unparalleled paintings in the Sistine Chapel to the haunting Piet in Rome, Michelangelo’s legacy reveals the creative potential of the human spirit and shows that beauty is a route of access to the transcendent, all on Catholicism: The Pivotal Players, beginning at 10:00 pm Monday.

Featuring the men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee and the native people whose lives were changed, as well as historians and engineers, this film explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project’s legacy. Grand Coulee Dam: American Express begins at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Follow what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, the film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use, on Frontline, beginning at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

Issa Rae discusses the unique challenges of creating and nurturing the successful webisode series, Awkward Black Girl as well her transition to broadcast television. Followed by The Unexpected an episode from her hit webisode series. Awkward Black Girl  on On Story begins on Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Paula Pell, Katie Dippold, Liz Meriwether with Paul Feig as the moderator make appearances on On Story, beginning at 10:30.

You won’t find this hotel on the beaches of Rio and it’s not owned by your typical billionaire mogul. Deep in the heart of the rainforest the mysterious and secretive Giant Armadillo digs a new burrow each night. Once this termite-eater moves on, it leaves behind one of the hottest plots of real estate in the jungle. We’ll get a never-before-seen look as guests walk, squawk, slither, and crawl from far and wide to get the best room available. From solitary lizards, couples of courting coati, families of peccaries escaping the heat, and hungry jaguars waiting to pounce on an unlucky resident, the “Hotel Armadillo” showcases all the rainforest has to offer. Don’t miss this episode of Nature beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape, on this Holocaust special of NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. Find out what happened in this horrible historical time period on Escape From A Nazi Death Camp, beginning at 9:00 pm on Wednesday.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade, on Austin City Limits, airing at 10:00 pm on Wednesday.

Dean Baquet is the executive editor of the New York Times. He is the first African-American to hold the position. Find out about Baquet’s career on Overheard with Evan Smith, beginning at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

Another episode of Living Springs includes segments Cleaning Day, Didgeman, Baptism, and Eternal Vigilance, beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Chet tours this German community with stops along Main Street for “fickle” pickles and milkshakes at an vintage drive in. Follow Chet on this episode of The Daytripper, beginning at 8:00 pm Thursday.

Chet visits this town in South Texas to “remember the Alamo” and pay his respects to the Texas heroes’ hidden grave. Chet then heads down to the Riverwalk, all on The Daytripper, beginning at 8:30 pm.

A ninety-year-old battle of the sexes comes to a head in Broughton, with casualties on both side: Mildred Danvers, poisoned, and Rev. Anthony Gant, shot. Another episode of Midsomer Murders begins with Part 1 at 9:00 pm, and Part 2 beginning at 9:48 on Thursday. This episode airs again with Part 2 at 10:38 and Part 2 at 11:29 on Saturday.

 

The life of Sam Houston is chronicled in this three-part series. To help understand this monumental figure in American and Texas history, biographers, professors, authors, descendants, Native Americans, and government leaders share their points of view about Sam Houston. This episode of Sam Houston begins at 8:00 pm on Friday.

NATURE celebrates the beauty, inspiration, and future of the American landscape, including Patrick Dougherty, Mary Merkel-Hess, Michelle Holzapfel, Catherine Alice Michaelis, and Preston Singletary on Craft In America, beginning at 9:00 pm Friday.

Celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. This episode of Austin City Limits begins Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Another episode of Doctor Blake Mysteries, Mortal Coil, begins at 8:50 pm on Saturday.

The horrors of the war cast a long, unwelcome shadow over Inverness as Jack heads about the town with Sarah on her first day at work, while Olivia finds herself dealing with her haunted past, all on Place To Call Home, beginning Saturday at 9:50 pm.

 

Science Night April 19

Think you know all about armadillos? Think again! This science night brings you on a journey for these insect-eating animals, then brings you back in time to discover more about the secret histories of Nazi Camps and Alcatraz.

You won’t find this hotel on the beaches of Rio and it’s not owned by your typical billionaire mogul. Deep in the heart of the rainforest the mysterious and secretive Giant Armadillo digs a new burrow each night. Once this termite-eater moves on, it leaves behind one of the hottest plots of real estate in the jungle. We’ll get a never-before-seen look as guests walk, squawk, slither, and crawl from far and wide to get the best room available. From solitary lizards, couples of courting coati, families of peccaries escaping the heat, and hungry jaguars waiting to pounce on an unlucky resident, the “Hotel Armadillo” showcases all the rainforest has to offer. Don’t miss this episode of Nature beginning at 7:00 pm.

In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape, on this Holocaust special of NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm.

October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. Find out what happened in this horrible historical time period on Escape From A Nazi Death Camp, beginning at 9:00 pm.

After The Thin Man on Q Night at the Movies 4/22

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night kicks off this week with a deeper look into Tarzan and other kid’s jungle classics, and ends with back to back airings from the Thin Man movies. Don’t miss out!

Humans are descended from apes! Professor William Harcourt-Smith explains how that idea is both true and false. Additionally – if apes raised Tarzan, would he truly act like the apes? If apes had the consciousness and brainpower of humans would they rise up like in Planet of the Apes? Our scientist breaks it all down on this episode of Science Goes to the Movies, beginning Saturday at 7:00 pm.

The Jungle Book: Justin Marks On Updating A Classic from On Story airs at 7:30 pm.

Urbane Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell, Myrna Loy) look for a cousin’s missing husband … and find murder. Find out what happens on After The Thin Man from the All Star Film Collection, beginning at 8:00 pm.

Nick and Nora Charles visit his hometown, sober, and link art and corpses to a spy ring. The Thin Man Goes Home begins at 9:55 pm.

Indie Meme South Asian Film Festival 4/20-23

KLRU is proud to support independent film by being a sponsor of the second Indie Meme South Asian Film Festival at the Regal Arbor on April 20th-23rd.

Unique, bold, contemporary films from India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar & Afghanistan! Come watch the many faces of the region.  Tickets are on sale now

The 4 day event features film premiers, red carpet events, filmmakers in person & via skype, member mixers, panel & audience discussions, networking events and parties. Last year, Indie Meme Film Festival was host to 11 critically acclaimed, thought-provoking films and post-screening discussions and was awarded the “Best International Passport” by The Austin Chronicle.

“This year the festival plans to screen 14 to 16 films from South Asia. We select meaningful cinema that brings to light remarkable issues worthy of opening a dialogue in the audience.” said Alka Bhanot, Founder, Indie Meme.org. “It is also our endeavor to get participation from various organizations – local and international – working in the field on various issues, to help further awareness & discussion.” added Tripti Bhatnagar, co-founder, Indie Meme.org.

 

KLRU presents special programs for Holocaust Remembrance Month

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance, KLRU will be airing programs throughout the month of April highlighting Jewish achievements and remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

Nova “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” encores on Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 pm. In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi death camp to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape. 

Escape from a Nazi Death Camp encores on Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 pm.
October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. 

For Sunday, April 23 — Holocaust Remembrance Programming includes:

Violins of Hope premieres on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 pm
For Jews during the Holocaust, there wasn’t much reprieve from the despair and horror surrounding them, but music-particularly that of violins, which hold an important role in Jewish culture-offered temporary solace and a glimmer of humanity. Violinists in concentration camps were sometimes treated better and even spared their lives because of their ability to play this important instrument. VIOLINS OF HOPE: STRINGS OF THE HOLOCAUST follows the journey of Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein in his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust, and captures the lessons and highlights the music the instruments now bring to others. 

Escape from a Nazi Death Camp repeats on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm.  

Nova  “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” repeats on Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 pm. 

Through The Eye of the Needle:  The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz airs on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm.  
As a Holocaust survivor, Esther Nisenthal was 15 years old in October of 1942 when the Jews of her village in Poland were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Esther refused to go. Instead, saying goodbye to their family, she and her 13-year old sister Mania invented new identities for themselves as Polish Catholic farm girls, hiding in plain sight from the Nazis. Esther’s story of survival is remarkable on its own. 

Independent Lens “Last Laugh” premieres on Monday, April 24 at 9:00 pm.
For Holocaust Remembrance
, INDEPENDENT LENS premieres “The Last Laugh.” The Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy, but history shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. To explore this question, “The Last Laugh” weaves together an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone alongside interviews with influential comedians and thinkers ranging from Mel Brooks to Chris Rock, and meshes in powerful, rare footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps themselves.

 

New Sesame Street character & new programs for Autism Awareness Month

Join KLRU this month to honor and raise awareness of Autism. Special episodes of your favorite children’s shows such as Arthur, Sesame Street and Dinosaur Train will be shown throughout April, so don’t miss out!

Meet Sesame Street’s newest character, Julia, who has autism. The special episode features all the Sesame Street friends meeting her and learning to appreciate all types of people. Sesame Street: Meet Julia airs Monday, April 10 at 9:30 am, 12:00 noon.

George is excited about spending time with his new friend, Carl, who seems to know all kind of cool facts about trains and about… well lots of things! Then George learns that Carl has Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of autism that makes Carl see the world differently than most people. Can George and Carl remain good friends – and perhaps even learn from each other? Find out on Arthur, airing Monday, April 10 at 4:30 pm.

Another Autism Awareness episode of Arthur, Pets and Pests & Go Fly A Kite airs Tuesday, April 11 at 4:30 pm.

Carl has agreed to play the accordion for George’s puppet show. But his routines are getting in the way of rehearsals. Now George must decide: keep Carl and risk the show, or replace Carl and risk his friendship? George learns that, even though Carl has autism, he can still be relied upon to make a creative contribution. This Autism Awareness episode of Arthur begins Wednesday, April 12 at 4:30 pm.

Buddy has a feeling he’s going to be a star in class, until he meets Dennis Deinocheirus – a kid who knows even more dinosaur facts than he does! Can Buddy get over his disappointment that he’s not the smartest kid in class, and make friends with Dennis? it’s not always easy to make friends with someone you don’t understand, but if you take the time and make the effort, it might not be as hard as you think. The Autism Awareness episode of Dinosaur Train begins Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 am.

A special episode of Bionic Bunny is interrupted, and Arthur, Buster, and George try to remember what comes next. But Carl is the only one who can straighten out the story. Find out what happens on Arthur, which airs Thursday, April 13 at 4:30 pm.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Matt Lewis 4/21

4/19/2017 Update: Unfortunately due to travel complications Lydia Polgreen won’t be able to join us for the taping Friday morning.

We hope you’ll still be able to join us for a conversation with Matt Lewis from The Daily Beast April 21 at 9 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. You’re receiving this email because you RSVP’d to the back-to-back Polgreen/Lewis taping. If you already RSVP’d, no need to do it again—you’re still in the system! If not please complete the form here to RSVP. 

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Matt Lewis on April 21 at 9:00 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:30 a.m.The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

Matt LewisMatt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast and a CNN political commentator. Lewis has written for GQ, The Washington Post and Politico, among other publications. Lewis was also a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. He has been named one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” by RightWingNews for the past four years.

 

Friday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m.
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We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Lydia Polgreen and Matt Lewis. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Q Night At The Movies with Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing 4/8

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s theme is the Academy Awards, with features from different winners and episodes that bring on Academy Award Winners. The Feature Film is Love Is A Many-splendored Thing, which you can’t miss!

Don’t get sucked into a black hole! Janna Levin explains the attempts that are being made to get our first glimpses at a real life black hole and her ambitious project to hear them. Fortunately for us all, the audio of a black hole was recorded as recently as 2015, on Science Goes To The Movies, which airs at 7:00 pm.

Academy Award winning films are discussed by the creative minds behind APOLLO 13, SCHINDLER’S LIST, and A BEAUTIFUL MIND. Featuring Ron Howard and Steve Zaillian. Film: Red Wednesday by Nazanin Shiraz. On Story begins at 7:30 pm.

A Eurasian doctor (Jennifer Jones) falls in love with a married U.S. war correspondent (William Holden) in Hong Kong in Love Is A Many-splendored Thing from the All Star Film Collection, airing at 8:00 pm.

Academy Award winner William Holden was handsome, charming and unconventional, and never lost his power to enchant an audience. Included are scenes from: Golden Boys, The Country Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The World of Suzie Wong, and Network. Hollywood Idols begins at 9:45 pm.

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring: Lady Gaga (American Horror Story) with Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens); Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story) with Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and more, on Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, airing at 10:15 pm.

 

Highlights April 9-15

KLRU Highlights

The Nonnatus team prepares for the birth of a baby they know may not survive. Shelagh shows her mettle when she is first on the scene after an explosion in the docks. Sister Ursula continues to ruffle feathers with her unpopular decisions, all on Call The Midwife, beginning Sunday at 7:00 pm.

The attraction between Pat and Marek continues to grow, but the risk of acting on their feelings is huge. At the reading of his will, Frances discovers that Peter was keeping a secret from her. Home Fires Season 2 on Masterpiece begins Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Cardinal Wolsey has been forced to move to York. Cromwell remains in London, seeking to return the cardinal to the king’s favor, on Wolf Hall on Masterpiece, airing Sunday at 9:00 pm.

Father Brown visits Jacob, who is determined to prove that a member of his family killed his father a year ago by using his new invention – a time machine. Father Brown begins at 10:00 pm on Sunday and again the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Explore America’s tortured, nearly three-year journey to war. Reports of German atrocities and submarine attacks on American ships erode neutrality, finally leading to Wilson’s proclamation that “the world must be made safe for democracy,” all on Great War: American Experience beginning at 8:00 pm on Monday.

Journey from the lovely streets and basilicas of Assisi and Gubbio to the gorgeous, remote monasteries of La Verna and Eremo delle Carceri with Bishop Barron as he explores the extraordinary life of St. Francis of Assisi, on Catholicism: The Pivotal Players, airing Monday night at 10:00 pm.

The Channel Islands, a British territory since the 11th century is now under German rule. Hitler becomes obsessed with holding onto this small corner of Britain and demands the construct of a network of extraordinary fortifications across the island. Find out what happens on this episode of Nazi Mega Weapons, beginning at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

Follow America’s entry into the war as patriotism sweeps the nation, stifling free speech and dissent on this episode of Great War: American Experience, beginning at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discuss the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television, and break down the juxtaposition of brute realism and the moral complexity of Daredevil’s characters, on this episode of On Story, beginning at 10:00 pm.

Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air Juno, and most recently, the TV series Casual, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart. Another episode of On Story begins at 10:30 pm.

Puerto Rico is a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders but the native wildlife is threatened with extinction. Meet a charismatic group of scientists dedicated to saving Puerto Rico’s “enchanting” animals like manatees, parrots, coqui frogs, and turtles on Nature, airing at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Discover how the violent and bloody conflict transformed the nation forever, as America steps onto the world stage for the first time, on another episode of Great War: American Experience, beginning at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits showcases The Avett Brothers performing tunes from their LP Magpie and the Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their comeback album, A Dotted Line, airing at 10:00 pm on Wednesday, and again on Friday at 10:05 pm.

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and hosts the PBS Digital Studios web series Global Weirding. Watch Hayhoe on Overheard with Evan Smith, beginning at 7:00 pm Thursday.

Review SXSW 2017, from the Austin artists in the spotlight to the festival’s local impact. Learn how award winning filmmaker Hector Galan got his start, and see how musicians face challenges staying sober, on the SXSW special of Decibel, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Chet visits a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag. the Conroe, Tx. episode of The Daytripper begins at 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers. He starts at the oldest bakery in Texas and then heads to a museum and learns why the Germans picked this area. Find out what else Chet is doing in New Braunfels on The Daytripper, beginning at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Blackmail, revenge and, of course, murder strike again in Midsomer. Barnaby has plenty of suspects with motives but no real proof. For once his investigations take him beyond the confines of Midsomer, with trips to the seaside – where he even takes time out for a paddle. The real evidence, however, rests much closer to home as Joyce and Cully discover. Part 1 of this Midsomer Murders episode begins at 9:00 pm on Thursday, and again at 10:35 on Saturday.  Part 2 begins at 9:48 pm on Thursday and 11:25 on Saturday.

Experience the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and meet a colorful cast of off-beat characters in this half-hour documentary about an unforgettable road trip on “the highway that goes to sea.” Filmmaker Tim Long heads off the mainland down US Highway One from Key Largo to Key West in search of the people who personify the Florida Keys’ unique, funky, laid-back island culture. Stories From The Overseas Highway begins Thursday at 10:40 pm.

The life of Sam Houston is chronicled in this three-part series. To help understand this monumental figure in American and Texas history, biographers, professors, authors, descendants, Native Americans, and government leaders share their points of view about Sam Houston. The second installment of Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier, And begins at 8:00 pm Friday.

Trumpeter Chris Botti, a gifted instrumentalist and a charismatic performer in the realm of contemporary jazz, has simultaneously captured the attention of the pop music world. The group of Botti’s featured guest artists, along with his world-class band, includes Sting, Steven Tyler and more, all on Chris Botti In Boston, beginning Friday at 9:00 pm.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim, on Austin City Limits, beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Another episode of Doctor Blake Mysteries airs at 8:50 pm on Saturday.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME is a sweeping romantic drama that centers on enigmatic nurse Sarah Adams as she returns to her native Australia after two decades in Europe. Estranged from her mother and carrying the secrets of her wartime experiences, Adams becomes involved in the lives of the Blighs, a wealthy pastoralist family. When Sarah unwittingly discovers a potentially scandalous Bligh family secret, her future becomes forever linked with theirs. Find out what happens on Place To Call Home, beginning at 9:50 pm on Saturday.