Highlights Feb. 12-18

KLRU Highlights

After the Second Battle of Bull Run, Hopkins and Emma set out to rescue a stranded group of wounded Union soldiers while Hopkins and Emma share an intimate moment on Southern Mercy airing at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom. Francatelli does Miss Skerrett a favor – for a price, on Victoria, airing at 8 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on the following Saturday.

Tales From The Royal Wardrobe, airing at 9 pm on Sunday and 9 pm on the following Saturday, examines the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years on.

In the new Father Brown, when Kembleford’s new cricket captain is framed for murder, Father Brown must prove his innocence to give his team any chance of beating neighbouring village Hambleston, airing at 10 pm Sunday night.

Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion – meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time, in this week’s Independent Lens, airing at 9 pm Monday night.

In the new Arts-In-Context airing at 10:30 pm Monday, The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity.

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity in Finding Your Roots, airing at 7 pm Tuesday.

Examine the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge that helped launch the modern militia movement through eyewitness accounts, including Randy Weaver’s daughter and federal agents involved in the deadly confrontation. Ruby Ridge: American Experience airs at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16 dead. “Tower” reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years. This Independent Lens airs Tuesday at 9:00 pm and repeats on Friday at 8:00 pm.

On these segments of Living Springs, see Cleaning Day, Didgeman, Baptism and Eternal Vigilance, airing Tuesday at 10:30 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm.

Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds. Watch the Friendship installment of Spy In The Wild, this Wednesday at 7 pm.

The ancient art of paper folding is sparking scientific advances, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions. Discover how the art of origami is reshaping the world around us as scientists uncover the power of folding in this episode of NOVA, airing at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Examine the hidden army that keeps your plane safe, and explore just what it takes to keep the “city in the sky” functioning and safe between take-off and landing. Learn why flying has become safer than ever, all on City In The Sky, this Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again on Saturday at 10 pm.

On this Austin City Limits which airs at 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday, revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries.

Overheard With Evan Smith airs at 7 pm Thursday night, featuring Marcus Samuelson, a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks, talks about his newest book, The Red Rooster Cookbook which is titled after his New York City restaurant.

On these segments of Living Springs, see Barton 4 Springs, Barbara Mahler, Science Detective, Salamander Captive Breedings and Waterworks, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Chet tours Boerne, a German community with stops along Main Street for “fickle” pickles and milkshakes at an vintage drive in, all on The Daytripper at 8:00 pm Thursday.

At 8:30 pm, catch Chet in The Daytripper as he dives in the rich history and food of this East Texas town. He takes a trip back in time in the old high school, eats at a hamburger institution, and then investigates a little-known NASA facility sending scientific balloons up into the sky.

Doctor Who airs at 10:00 pm, in which one morning in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived.

Saturday at 7:00 pm, join Austin City Limits and enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

Science Night Feb. 15

This Science Night At The Movies brings you friendship, space and sky. Join the friendly critters on the ground and the helpful technology and hidden army that makes sure that you fly safely in the sky.

Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds. Watch the Friendship installment of Spy In The Wild, beginning at 7 pm.

The ancient art of paper folding is sparking scientific advances, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions. Discover how the art of origami is reshaping the world around us as scientists uncover the power of folding in this episode of NOVA, airing at 8:00 pm.

Examine the hidden army that keeps your plane safe, and explore just what it takes to keep the “city in the sky” functioning and safe between take-off and landing. Learn why flying has become safer than ever, all on City In The Sky airing at 10 pm.

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Q Night At The Movies Feb. 11 features Laura and Scarlet Street

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night At The Movies brings you more science and classics. Go back in time – from discussing and dissecting old movies to watching and admiring them, the classics theme is one you won’t want to miss.

The conversation continues with movie producer, Lynda Obst, about the importance of using real science in movies, her relationship with Carl Sagan and her experience meeting Stephen Hawking in Science Goes To The Movies, airing at 7:00 pm.

In this week’s On Story, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir – a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s – and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling, which airs at 7:30 pm.

An arrogant New York columnist (Clifton Webb) taunts a detective (Dana Andrews) obsessed with a slain woman’s (Gene Tierney) portrait in Laura, provided by the All Star Film Collection, airing at 8:00 pm.

When a man in mid-life crisis (Edward G. Robinson) befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has. The Corinth Films Collection brings you Scarlet Street at 9:30 pm.

Independent Lens – Tower airs 2/17

On what seemed like a typical summer day, August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Using a unique blend of historical archival footage, interviews and rotoscope animation, TOWER reveals the action-packed, untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. TOWER steps out of the shadow of history to reveal the subjects as they are in the present day, exploring the legacy of the shooting through the eyes of the survivors of a story they’ll never forget, but in some cases had not talked about for decades. Watch this episode of Independent Lens Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00 pm, and again on Friday, February 17 at 8:00 pm.

Talk: Race In America airs 2/20

The Talk – Race in America is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The Talk airs Monday, February 20 at 8:00 pm.

In many homes, “the talk,” as it is called, usually contains phrases like this … If you are stopped by the police: Always answer “yes sir, no sir”; never talk back; don’t make any sudden movements; don’t put your hands in your pockets; obey all commands; if you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue …

The film will present six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community. Filmed across the country, in communities including Long Beach, California; Oakland, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Richland County, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Cleveland, Ohio, the stories will include interviews with academics, police force members, community activists and family members.

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis Screening and Discussion 2/21

In honor of Black History Month our partners at The LBJ School of Public Affairs present a screening and discussion of the new PBS film Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis. The film airs on KLRU Feb. 10th at 10:30 pm; Feb. 12th at 1 pm; and Feb. 20th at 10 pm.

The screening takes place Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the LBJ Presidential Library (10th floor Atrium). The event is free but you mus register online. Register now

Get in the Way is the first documentary biography about Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights hero and respected legislator whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years. The film captures Lewis’ courageous struggle and hard-won achievements and reminds audiences that passion and persistence can make the ordinary, extraordinary.

A discussion will follow the screening. Our panelists include:

  • Kathleen Dowdey, Film Director
  • Nelson Linder, President of the NAACP’s Austin Chapter
  • Dr. Tasha Philpot, Associate Professor of Government at The University of Texas at Austin and a scholar of black congressional history

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register online if you plan to attend.

Overheard tapes John Doe 2/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with John Doe on February 14 at 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

John Doe John Doe is an actor and musician who co-founded the Los Angeles punk band X. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions including Great Balls of Fire!, Roadside Prophets, Roswell and more. His latest book, Under the Big Black Sun, explores the LA punk rock movement and its evolution.

Tuesday, February 14 at 11:15 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45 a.m.
Entrance is based upon capacity.

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 John Doe. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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5 PBS videos you can watch online with your sweetheart

Who knew PBS could be so romantic? We gathered a list of five videos – long and short – that you can stream for free online with a special someone

LOVE – Spy In The Wild

Get an intimate look at the never-before seen emotions of the animal world through the eyes of Spy Creatures brought to you by Nature PBS. Love isn’t exclusive to humans and you’ll learn to love even more through animals experiences from a pack of wild dogs to mating penguins and a herd of elephants.

Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

In this special, watch some of the best love stories gathered over 10 years of StoryCorps come to life through animation. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay says, “We can learn so much about the people all around us – even about the people we already know – just by taking the time to have a conversation.”

My Gal, Rosemarie

Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager social security checks gone straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In-N-Out.

Sweet Tips for Starting Beehives

Gardening is the perfect activity to pick up as a couple and this episode from Central Texas Gardener is sweeter than honey. Get tips on how to make a habitat that’s pollinator friendly and get tips on how to start a beehive.

The couple that gardens together, stays together.

**BONUS PASSPORT VIDEO – Animal Odd Couples

If you have KLRU Passport, Animal Odd Couples is available for you to watch.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable.