Highlights August 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Make sure you don’t miss your favorite show. Here are the highlights for this week on KLRU!

Sunday night at 7, hear the story of the unconventionally orthodox group of singers, The Benedictines of Mary. Watch Lent At Ephesus follow the lives of the Sisters who live joyfully isolated and don’t step foot off their their Midwest farmland property.

Relive your favorite moments of the award-winning drama on Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday at 8 p.m. Structured around three themes, explore “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”

An emotional 120-minute event celebrating the popular Agatha Christie Poirot public television series airs at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Being Poirot attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of detective Hercule Poirot, and follows him through the filming of his last episodes after 25 years.

Monday night features back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow! Starting at 7, a collection of Season 16′s hidden treasures from all over the nation shows off the year’s best appraisals on the episode Junk in the Trunk 2. Then, another special collection of the Roadshow’s moments, Forever Young, airs at 8 p.m. See the most nostalgic and fascinating antiques for the young, including original art for a Dr. Seuss lunchbox and a child’s shoe autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

9 p.m. Monday, the groundbreaking POV documentary Big Men reveals the real effects of foreign commercial oil endeavors. Directed by Rachel Boynton and executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men was filmed over the course of five years in Ghana as a Dallas-based company began to drill for oil, and the Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of their land’s resources. Watch the revealing documentary Monday night on KLRU.

Houston, Texas holds one of the top 10 tallest skylines in the world. The Art of Architecture: Houston goes beneath the buildings to discover the founding of what makes the skyscrapers beautiful at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

What was life like in a Civil War prison? Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presentation investigates a spillover prison from the chock-full Andersonville that housed over 10,000 prisoners. See what the team finds amongst the ruins on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Another investigation by the Time Team uses 3D airborne mapping and underground radar to track the history of a village that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presentation explores what could have been the first community to farm and more, airing at 8 on Tuesday night.

PBS’ Frontline follows the mysterious tale of Michelle O’Connor on A Death in St. Augustine. The night she and her police officer boyfriend broke up she was found with a gunshot to the mouth, and it was ruled a suicide. His gun was next to her. Watch the investigation unfold on Tuesday night at 9 on KLRU.

On a special POV documentary A World Not Ours, a filmmaker, now a Danish resident, revisits his childhood home of a refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Surprisingly warm and humorous, the tale also conveys the growing desperation of the refugees. Watch the documentary at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us Wednesday for KLRU’s Science Night! Starting at 7, learn of the wonders that fly above us on Earthflight, a Special Nature Presentation: North America. Watch as snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge.

At 8 Wednesday night, explore more natural science on NOVA: Why Sharks Attack. Can learning about sharks’ hunting techniques reduce deadly attacks?

Next up, more sharks! Veterinarian Mark Evans hosts Operation Maneater for a special on Great White Sharks from an area in Australia where there have been seven deaths in the past three years. Watch as he attempts to make safety measures more humane using tracking tags, multispectral cameras and more at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Rest your mind from science at 10 Wednesday night with an Austin City Limits performance by Jason Isbell and Neko Case, playing soothing modern roots rock.

A local show lineup is in store this week on Thursday. Starting at 7 p.m. with our program Overheard with Evan Smith, guest Joel Klein discusses his work in public education. He is named one of the most influential people in modern public education, working with New York City schools for eight years and now CEO of Amplify, the educational division of News Corp.

KLRU’s own Arts In Context tells the story of Once There Were Six Seasons, which uses puppetry and physical theatre to addresses the impact of climate change. Tiny Puppets creates a playful microcosm of a serious global issue. Watch the episode at 7:30 Thursday night!

Get an inside look at the Austin government before elections this year on Civic Summit‘s Mayoral Candidate Forum at 8 p.m. Thursday. The episode features a discussion with Austin mayoral candidates around the topics of transportation and governance, as KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes.

Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot on Great Performances celebrates the violinist’s famed classical technique paired with Helfgot’s magnificent voice at 9 Thursday night on KLRU.

This week’s update from Washington and inside the political realm begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. After this highly reputed roundtable discussion, Moyers & Company invites special guests and insiders of our government at 7:30 p.m. to discuss with the legendary broadcast journalist, Bill Moyers.

American Masters puts the spotlight on one of our nation’s icons, Great Depression photographer Dorothea Lange. Most famous for her photo Migrant Mother, she continued to hold presence and capture American life through six decades of the 20th century. Watch Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning Friday night at 8 on KLRU.

Curvaceous bromeliads—can we grow them? Take a look into the species on Central Texas Gardener‘s episode Cold-hardy Bromeliads, featuring horticulturists and neighbors that united their neighborhood by turning out lawns. Watch at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday!

Listen to some classic Texas country on Austin City Limits with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson Saturday night at 7. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Snuggle up on Saturday night with your favorite mystery dramas, starting with Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 followed by Father Brown at 9:30. The Masterpiece episode Breathless, Part 1 is set in 1960s London and tells the dramatic stories of a surgeon treated as a god and acting the part. The show is chock-full of stars, including Zoe Boyle and Iain Glen from Downton Abbey.

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

Science Night 8/27

This Wednesday, KLRU’s Science Night explores species from in the clouds to underwater.

Starting at 7 p.m., Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation focuses on the most amazing birds of North America. Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish.

Next we go underwater on NOVA‘s Why Sharks Attack. Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks? Find out at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Speaking of shark attacks, there have been seven deadly attacks in the past three years in Western Australia, causing authorities to kill sharks they deem a threat. On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans visits the area and employs different techniques to safely track sharks. Watch Great White Shark at 9 Wednesday night on KLRU!

KLRU Kids Fall Schedule 2014

KLRU Kids

KLRU’s fall 2014 lineup for kids includes the following highlights: KidsShowBlocks

  • WordGirl appears M-F at 6:30 a.m. for a great dose of vocabulary and fun before school!
  • The return of Clifford for a full hour on Sunday morning (8-9am), and Maya & Miguel on Saturday and Sunday (7:30am)
  • Sesame Street‘s 45th season with a full hour M-F (7-8am) and half-hour episodes at 7am on Saturday and Sunday, and 1-1:30 pm M-F

Get the full schedule of kids’ programming now

And as always, go to klrukids.org for hundreds of episodes, games, activities, and links to other powerful learning resources!

 

Designing Healthy Communities starts 8/31

Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part documentary that explores how current urban design is making thousands of people sick by contributing to high rates of asthma, childhood obesity and chronic illness. It shows examples of healthy community design and looks at cities that are finding creative solutions to these complicated problems. The show will air Sundays, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, at 1 pm

Retrofitting Suburbia  Aug. 31 at 1 pm
Physician and public health expert Richard Jackson uncovers an unexpected cause for our nation’s epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Jackson demonstrates our nation is suffering from a “common source epidemic”: a widespread public health problem caused by a single environmental factor. We see how an auto-focused environment discourages walking and biking and leads us to spend more sedentary time in our cars. But communities around the country are learning to fight disease through better urban planning.

Rebuilding Places of the Heart Sept. 7 at 1 pm
Meet children and families suffering from asthma and other consequences of unhealthy communities. Host Richard Jackson leads us on a tour of three mid-size communities working to rebuild “places of the heart”: towns and cities where families, history and community interconnect.

Social Policy in Concrete Sept. 14 at 1 pm
Host Richard Jackson shows “where you live is a big predictor of how long you’re going to live.”  We examine a number of creative solutions, including clean diesel, urban farming and farmers markets.

Searching for Shangri-La Sept. 28 at 1 pm
Richard Jackson searches for America’s best communities – past and present. These healthy, sustainable communities range in size and type, but each is a model for healthy design. The episode also examines best practices for community design from leading thinkers.

Funding is provided by The Kresge Foundation, working to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit.

Kresge

Time Team America explores the past 8/26

Through a unique collaboration between media producers, archaeologists, and educators Time Team America tells significant stories from our past in compelling formats that showcase authentic and ethical archaeological practices. On August 26th, KLRU features two back-to-back episodes of this PBS series.

Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presents at 7pm
Near the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers quickly erected a prison to take the over-flow from Andersonville, an effort to fix design problems and over-crowding. The new stockade housed 10,000 prisoners. Yet one Union prisoner described Camp Lawton as “Andersonville all over again.” When General Sherman’s forces approached, prisoners and guards fled quickly and left bits and pieces of their lives behind. What will the relics Time Team America  finds tell us about life in a Civil War prison?

Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presents at 8 pm
Time Team America uses airborne 3D mapping and ground- penetrating radar to explore the extent of a Basket Maker III community that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. What more can we learn from these people that forged significant technological breakthroughs like farming, pottery and the bow and arrow? Was this one of the first villages in this region that marked a transition from hunting and gathering to farming? Was this one of the sites that gave birth to the Pueblo culture?

Q Night at the Movies! 8/16

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This Saturday, KLRU Q hosts its Q Night at the Movies with behind-the-scenes programming and more!

First at 7 p.m., the TV and movie review show Just Seen It reviews  the adaptation of the beloved novel, The Giver, and interview Tate Taylor, the director of Get On Up. Then we go back in time with the fantasy romance, Outlander, and wrap things up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Next, Austin Film Festival’s On Story airs at 7:30. Writing the Fantastical: A Conversation with David Magee gives us the amazing director’s perspective of making Finding Neverland and Life of Pi. Then, the program shows us The Return, Jeremy Mackie’s short film about a college graduate who’s literally scared off the scene of his first job.

Don’t miss our movie night only on KLRU Q!

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Arts In Context Shorts: Wilderness Lake

This week, Arts In Context Shorts features a project that combines haunting music with nature.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Laguna Gloria, R. Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake is a contemplative experience that combines a natural soundscape with haunting music.  Organized by Director Steve Parker, twelve trombonists position themselves around the lagoon to play the experimental piece at dawn and at dusk, while a conductor sits in a canoe in the middle of the lagoon, signaling the trombonists with flags.  Taking advantage of the unique air patterns and natural sounds during these times of day, Schafer invites the audience to listen to their natural surroundings along with the piece itself.  While both observing and absorbing the landscape around them, listeners of Music for Wilderness Lake find themselves transported to a meditative state of being.

Music for Wilderness Lake was performed at Laguna Gloria at the Contemporary Austin on June 27th and 28th, 2014.

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.