Highlights 7/13-7/19

KLRU Highlights

Here’s what you can’t miss this week on KLRU!

Last Tango in Halifax, a series about a couple reunited after 60 years, continues season two on Sunday at 7 p.m. Watch the family dynamics of their grown children colliding and the revealing of a secret Celia has kept since she was 15 years old.

The brand new episode of Masterpiece Mystery!, Sway, airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Constable Endeavour Morse finds the third strangling victim of the month, putting the Oxford police in panic as he and Thursday work to narrow down suspects.

After the new Endeavour episode, our classic mystery dramas continue on Sunday night with Father Brown at 9:30 and Doc Martin at 10:15 p.m.

Monday, hit the road with Antiques Roadshow to see what hidden treasures are in Baltimore and Los Angeles. The back-to-back episodes feature an Edgar Allan Poe-inscribed book, a Titanic collection, and Disney animation art, starting at 7 p.m.

A very special POV documentary premieres Monday night at 9: Getting Back to Abnormal, co-directed by Austinite Paul Stekler, beautifully examines the nature of New Orleans’ politics and culture, centered around the complicated and ever-present issue of race. Over five years after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, the fascinating rebuilt city struggles over the election of a city council member.

Following the POV premiere, Makarios: A Rising Tide  at 10:30 p.m. on Monday documents a preschool tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education.

Time Scanners zooms in on the ancient desert city of Petra Tuesday at 7 p.m. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, Steve Burrows seeks to uncover the architectural secrets of the lost wonderland.

In 1885, eight women – two white and six black servants – were brutally murdered with an ax in Austin, Texas. Police rounded up suspects, then took to trial a white man who was eventually acquitted. The murders were forgotten, but not by our History Detectives Special Investigations team who attempts to solve the murder using special investigative techniques. Watch Texas Servant Girl Murders on KLRU at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

PBS airs a new Frontline at 9 p.m. on Tuesday: Separate and Unequal tells the story of a white community in Baton Rouge, La. that attempts to create a new city and school district to avoid majority black schools. Also, this special updates the story of Omarina Cabrera, a student featured in the 2012 film Middle School Moment about a struggling student in the Bronx.

From a neglected individual with disabilities to a national hero, Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story follows the man that changed America’s perception of people with disabilities forever. Watch the documentary at 10 on Tuesday night.

Get ready for a KLRU science night! Starting in the wild, My Wild Affair tells the story of an abandoned elephant taken in by Daphne Sheldrick, and the bond that eventually reaches a crisis. Watch The Elephant who Found a Mom on KLRU at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

NOVA goes deep into the Earth’s isolated continent to show how Australia’s ancient landscape holds clues to the world’s early history and the beginning of life. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years airs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Back to elephants: Sex in the Wild shows us just how the largest animal on land reproduces. The longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom and the birth of a 220-pound calf make elephants quite unique in the world of procreation. Watch the special on KLRU Wednesday night at 9.

Grammy award-winning Lucinda Williams is a special guest on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday night at 7. Watch as they discuss her self-titled album’s re-release after 25 years along with a Q&A for the singer and more.

Arts in Context examines the just recently respected art of tattoos. Over the past three decades, the art has undergone drastic changes – check out A Moving Canvas Thursday at 7:30 p.m. only on KLRU.

Austin’s favorite South by Southwest is put in the spotlight by KLRU on SXSW Flashback 2014 Thursday night at 8. See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

Follow Chet to Johnson City on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The birthplace and hometown of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chet visits his boyhood home and the National Historical Park, the “Texas White House.”

Don’t miss the new episode of Bletchley Circle on Thursday night at 9! In the episode Uncustomed Goods, Part 1, Millie escapes from her human trafficking abduction and decides to tip off Customs to intercept a shipment of contraband.

Doctor Who Season 5 airs its episode Amy’s Choice Thursday night at 10. Tune in to follow Doctor Who’s amazing adventures with Amy, whom he promised to take to the stars.

Get caught up on White House news on Friday night, starting with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 followed by Moyers & Company at 8. These broadcast journalism legends showcase their expertise with special interviews and insight to present, pressing political issues.

Everyone adores Ellen, proven by Degeneres’ award of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Celebrate her hilarious success on the special Ellen Degeneres: The Mark Twain Prize on Friday at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Austin City Limits features Randy Newman, the comical and influential singer songwriter. Watch the special performance with the multitalented artist on Friday night at 9:30 on KLRU.

Get answers to your top questions on summertime pond care on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a backyard stream inspired by a garage sale find.

Austin City Limits showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids Saturday night at 7.

The rest of our Saturday night is full of addicting dramas: first with crime-solving Father Brown and Masterpiece Mystery!, then with the chaotic world of Doc Martin. The priest solves his community’s mysteries with an episode at 8 p.m., followed by this week’s new episode of Endeavour, Season 2 on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 p.m. Following, Doc Martin‘s episode Midwife Crisis airs at 10 p.m.

Intergalactic Nemesis: Episode 1

KLRU brings the popular live-action graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth to the web. This week we kick off the series, with ….

Episode 1: PROLOGUE
The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez are caught up in a terrible blizzard while looking to meet up with their contact for a story they’ve uncovered about an international pelt smuggling ring.

Q Night at the Movies! 7/5

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This Saturday night, skip the theater and watch film reviews, a feature film and more with us on KLRU Q!

The night starts off at 6 p.m. with film reviews on Just Seen It. The program reviews the new films Earth to Echo, Deliver Us From Evil, the Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd comedy They Came Together, and the new documentary on film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself. Find out which new films you want to watch on KLRU Q.

Next, listen to experts discuss a new form of film storytelling on On Story‘s Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Let the movies begin! At 7 p.m., the classic The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly hits the screen on KLRU Q. The Italian Western Spaghetti film starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach tells the story of a drifter, a bandit and a bounty hunter at a standoff over buried gold.

Next, a later night Hollywood Stars Film Package begins at 10 p.m. with the classic Bonnie and Clyde. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the criminal couple who escalate in crime and gain an archnemesis.

Catch the movie night on KLRU Q this Saturday! KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights 7/6 to 7/12

KLRU Highlights

Last Tango in Halifax season 2 continues Sunday at 7 pm as Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension.

Masterpiece Mystery Endeavour season 2 continues Sunday at 8 pm as an elderly man is murdered with a ceremonial dagger and Morse’s investigation leads him to an isolated and dreary school for girls.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm looks back at some of the items appraised in Toronto, Canada, in 1999 and how their values have fared in today’s market.

POV Monday at 9 pm focuses on the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, as covered by Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker.

Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. Learn more about her on Independent Lens Strong Monday at 10 pm.

Laser-scanning experts go to St Paul’s Cathedral to get new insight into this iconic architectural masterpiece on Time Scanners at 7 pm Tuesday.

History Detectives at 8 pm Tuesday investigate the disappearance of legendary entertainer Glenn Miller.

In Secrets of the Vatican, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday meets a new breed of experts who are approaching cold case art mysteries determined to discover who committed the art.

Using sophisticated scientific analysis Secrets of the Dead at 9 pm Wednesday attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in art history: is the Mona Lisa the world knows so well the original version?

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its Like Clockwork LP on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon talks about his career on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, Bee Gees One Night Only Thursday at 7:30 pm showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits.

An all-star cast including Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph honor comedy icon Carol Burnett on the Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday.

Curbside recycling takes on a new spin with bicyclists who turn leftovers into compost on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Plus, find out where your organic garden really starts.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm with a selection of his greatest tunes.

 

 

 

KLRU NewsBrief: East Side Company Puts New Spin on Compost

Compost Pedaller

This Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend we’ll preview a Central Texas Gardener story about an East Austin company offering a fossil fuel-free way to compost.

Since 2012, East Side Compost Pedallers has cycled through 5 neighborhoods to collect residential and commercial compostables. Residential customers pay $4 a week, each opting to spare the landfill and instead nourish their neighborhood farms and urban microgrowers.

East Side Pies pays the Compost Pedallers to pick up their vegetable scraps. They say they’ve even attracted more customers as a result.

“We have a lot of vegetable scrap and instead of it going into a dumpster it goes back into soil and our local community and gets more food for everybody. The fact that we’re taking several hundred pounds of waste out of the landfill I think more than makes up for the small cost that we pay,” Randall Holt of East Side Pies told us.

East Side Compost Pedallers recently won the Austin Green Business Leaders Communication and Outreach award.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend. An extended version of “Will Pedal for Compost” will air during Central Texas Gardener on July 12 at noon.

Science Night 7/9

Another Wednesday night, another chance to learn more about the world around us.

Starting at 7 p.m. on July 9th, Nature tells the story of one orphan otter from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif. Saving Otter 501 documents the aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter, following the process of discovering her, rehabilitation, and learning how to dive, hunt, and eat.

A portrait discovered in 2009 quickly gained value of up to $100 million once it was tied to Leonardo da Vinci. NOVA goes to the experts that investigated the portrait’s history, and how exactly they did so. Mystery of a Masterpiece begins at 8 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night! (Watch the preview above – you’ll be hooked!)

Continue investigating the history of da Vinci portraits – the most famous in the world, the Mona Lisa: is it the original? Follow scientists as they unroot history to solve the mystery on Secrets of the Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery at 9 p.m. on this week’s Science Night.

Intergalactic Nemesis goes digital

Intergalactic Nemesis creator Jason Neulander announced that Intergalactic Nemesis and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, are working together to bring the project to a larger audience by launching a new web series that anyone, anywhere can watch. The web series launches July 7th, and will be serialized with new episodes each Monday for 17 weeks.

“Up to this point, the only way to experience The Intergalactic Nemesis has been live,” says Neulander. “Now, we’re making the project available to everyone with a computer. I think it’s going to be a game-changer, in terms of public awareness, in terms of sustaining the business, and in terms of keeping the live-action graphic novels touring for many years to come.”

The series, which brings the comic book style to life, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign with funds raised by KLRU matched by PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ initiative to create high-quality original video content for online platforms.

“We are so excited to partner with The Intergalactic Nemesis on our newest digital series. This project is unique for both its production techniques and the way it’s presented as a weekly serial,” said Sara Robertson, VP Production and Technology at KLRU.

The first season of the web series version of The Intergalactic Nemesis will be available at no cost on klru.org, the PBS APP on AppleTV, Xbox and Roku, youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios or at youtube.com/intergalacticnemesis.

Neulander will present the final installment of the series Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. The Intergalactic Nemesis team is currently reprising the first two installments, Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising at the Long Center through July 6.

July 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In July 2014, we will have some amazing family viewing opportunities beginning with A CAPITOL FOURTH celebrating our nation’s independence. The rest of the month is filled with a new four-part series, MY WILD AFFAIR, where each episode focuses on a unique human-animal bond.

A CAPITOL FOURTH
Friday, July 4 at 7:00 pm & repeats at 8:30 pm
A CAPITOL FOURTH is the nation’s premiere birthday party and a gala salute to our country’s freedom and independence. The show has become a national tradition and in 2013, A CAPITOL FOURTH was among PBS’s top rated shows, reaching over 9.6 million viewers with a 3.9 national Nielsen rating. A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes back “Dancing With the Stars” personality Tom Bergeron to host, joined by the first talent announcement, Kendall Schmidt of the boy bands Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, plus an all-star lineup of performing artists with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.  Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 20 at 5:30pm)
This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha the baby elephant orphan and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne has to leave Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. In those days, Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat leading to her death. Though heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learnt from Aisha’s short life to help her save over 150 orphans over the next forty years. 

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went to College
Premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 27 at 5:30pm)
The incredible story of Chantek, the orang-utan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orang-utan person.”

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
(repeats Sunday, August 3 at 5:30pm)
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, ‘Rupert’ the orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. The rhino captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years on, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Seal Who Came Home
Premieres Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, August 10 at 5:30pm)
Andre, the Seal Who Came Home, is the true story of a 2 day old wild harbour seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to give up his wildness.  The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter. But staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to be able to make the 200 mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre’s blindness.

In the Studio: Richard Linklater tapes Overheard 7/14

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Richard Linklater!
DATE: July 14
TIME: 1:30pm  (Doors open at 1pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now 

linklaterWe are excited to welcome Richard Linklater back to Overheard. Linklater is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote that Boyhood is “one of the most extraordinary movies of 2014, or for that matter the 21st century so far.” The film earned Linklater the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award at SXSW. Linklater’s other credits include Bernie, Before Sunset, Slacker and Dazed and Confused. He last taped Overheard in 2012. Boyhood opens in Austin on July 18.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

Screening: Getting Back to Abnormal 7/14

Join KLRU for a special screening of the PBS documentary Getting Back to Abnormal directed by Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker & Peter Odabashian

DATE: Monday, July 14
TIME: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler’s newest PBS documentary, co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Peter Odabashian, presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? Stekler will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions. Film screening will begin at 7 pm. Light food and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 pm.

The film airs as part of the PBS series POV at 9 pm July 14th and at 10 pm on July 29th.

Getting Back to Abnormal is a look at the state of New Orleans politics and culture more than five years after Hurricane Katrina. Set against the 2009-2010 local political season, the election of the first white mayor in a generation, and the triumph of the Saints football team, the film is structured around the city’s complicated and ever-present race issue. Mixing fly-on-the-wall verité footage with interviews, the film charts the next chapter of life in New Orleans, including politics (a divisive city council race); housing (the destruction of the city’s housing projects and the rise of new neighborhoods like Brad Pitt’s eco-friendly Make It Right experiment in the flood-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward); cultural self-awareness (the HBO series Treme); and the stories of individual New Orleanians both maintaining and reinventing their lives.

This event is in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV. View the site at pbs.org/pov