Science Night October 15

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. Nature | Animal Misfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years, a series of radical ideas, extraordinary innovations have changed our world. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson | Clean Wednesday at 8 pm, it’s not only about the world becoming a cleaner place – the iPhone, the subway, flat screen TVs and even the bikini are the result of the valiant efforts of the unsung heroes of clean.

The world today is obsessed by time. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson | Time Wednesday at 9 pm, learn how advancements in navigation, the way we work, technology and travel would have been impossible without the unsung heroes of time.

Highlights October 12-18

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On Sunday, part three of the hit series The Paradise is airing at 7 pm. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Following at 8 pm on Sunday, watch another Masterpiece Mystery! favorite: Inspector Lewis.

On Sunday’s episode of DCI Banks at 8:30 pm, Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy, so he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim.

On Monday starting at 7 pm, enjoy two hours of the Antiques Roadshow. They travel to Jacksonville, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm shows teachers and parents addressing bullying in schools.

Three guests’ families on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors.

Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program on Makers Women in Space Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.

Two episodes of On Story begin at 10 pm. One features Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, the other includes deconstructing a sci-fi classic.

Nature Animal Mistfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Two episodes of How We Got To Now With Steven Johnson air at 8 pm on Wednesday. Johnson explores the unsung heroes of clean and of time.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June grace the stage at Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and and Friday at 11 pm on KLRU.

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times, is on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Hear viewpoints from across the state on water use and its economic impact, water supply/acquisition and water conservation on Texas Perspective: Water Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper’s Chet heads to Lubbock and explores the Texas High Plains Thursday at 8:30 pm.

BrainChange Thursday at 9 pm 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.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday at 7 pm!

Following at 7:30 pm on Friday, Bill Moyers joins us with Moyers and Company.

Watch Porgy and Bess, an American musical theater staple about an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. It’s brought to us by the San Francisco Opera Friday at 8 pm.

Let your lettuce and broccoli mingle with wildlife food plants and winter’s dormant perennials on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit a modern-styled new build where raised food gardens join native plants against a recycled fence design.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Get your Inspector Lewis, a television series via Masterpiece Mystery!, fix Saturday at 8 pm.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Q Night at the Movies October 11

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This week Movie Night with KLRU Q will feature the American classic, An American In Paris, at 8 pm on Saturday. Here’s a short synopsis: An American soldier (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after World War II to paint and falls in love with a French beauty (Leslie Caron). us on Saturday at 7 pm for hours of entertainment!

But, that’s not all! Join KLRU Q prior to the movie for even more fun. Beginning at 7 pm, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

Then, in On Story | Frank Darabont: Filmmakers Journey, Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.

Watch movies every Saturday starting at 7 pm 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

 

RTL Demonstration Station Inauguration

KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club East performed an inauguration ceremony during their “Kids Day.” The inauguration celebrated the installment of a new digital learning center “The Demonstration Station.” It features 16 mini iPads that are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and over 50 apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. The Demonstration Station also includes other supporting equipment such as a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, a PA system, and an iPad compatible printer. KLRU will be providing staff training in fun PBS curriculum to enrich B&G Club’s current out-of-school program.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club East, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families.

KLRU News Briefs: Revel in Old School Charm at the Drive-In and Voter Registration Deadline Nears

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Our Saturday news brief during PBS NewsHour Weekend comes from KLRU’s Arts in Context Shorts series. This week they go inside The Blue Starlite, a vintage drive-in which utilizes vintage speakers, trailers and the tarmac of the former airport.

A few nights every week cars gather just before sundown and line up in front of the screen, the distant city skyline appearing as a backdrop. What started as a stunt to impress his then girlfriend and now wife, owner Josh Frank’s drive-in has grown to accommodate up to 50 cars, a handful of walk-ins, and a Winnebago-housed concession stand.

“The whole combined experience, especially with being outside and under the stars – it’s just a very unique experience that’s totally outside of what you would get at a traditional theater,” Manager Gregg Wehmeier said.

The last day to register to vote in the November election is Monday, October 6. So, on Sunday, we take a look back at the final two debates for Lieutenant Governor and Governor, which both took place this week. Monday, in the race for Lt. Governor, Republican Nominee Dan Patrick and Democratic Nominee Leticia Van de Putte faced off in KLRU’s Studio 6A. On Tuesday, Gubernatorial candidates, Republican Nominee Greg Abbott and Democratic Nominee Wendy Davis, debated in the KERA studio in Dallas.

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

Arts In Context Shorts: With Panache

This week, Arts In Context Shorts gets you moving! More than a dance, tango is a connection between two people – and the teachers and students of Esquina Tango know that to dance it well, you must be tuned into the other person’s body and movement.  More than a dance studio, Esquina Tango offers a variety of classes and is a cultural center that uses dance as a tool to bring people together, with tango at the heart of it.  With patient instructors and classes for all ages and incomes, this non-profit dance studio has tuned in to the needs of its East Austin community and continues to grow with panache.

 

Science Night October 8

On Penguins: Spy in the Huddle | Growing Up Wednesday at 7 pm, penguin chicks become increasingly independent, and emperor and rockhopper parents place them in a creche and go fishing. Emperor chicks go skating, while rockhopper chicks practice their jumping skills. Eventually all the chicks leave for the sea, tackling the same hazards as their parents before them, from sea lions to predatory birds, high cliffs to glaciers.

 

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in – in which every move is monitored all the time. NOVA | Why Planes Vanish Wednesday at 8 pm tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane.

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north. Nazi Mega Weapons | Atlantic Wall Wednesday at 9 pm is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich … and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.

Q Night at the Movies October 4

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KLRU Q is switching it up a bit on movie night by airing a few episodes of a television series instead of a movie this Saturday. But, don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed.

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

In On Story, Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. He’s also accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

Following at 8, watch a few episodes of another thrilling television series, Amnesia. It’s a gripping psychological thriller that follows the crumbling life of Detective Sergeant “Mack” Stone, a black-out drunk, and his dangerous obsession with an unsolved mystery. While investigating the disappearance of his wife, Stone, losing his grip on reality, hones in on amnesia patient John Dean and pursues him relentlessly. But, as Stone’s behavior becomes more erratic, his claims seem less credible – leaving him to question his own memory. A suspenseful story packed with intricate twists, this intelligent drama will keep audiences guessing until the very end, as the two flawed protagonists move towards their thrilling final confrontation.

Watch movies (or a part of a television series) every Saturday starting at 7 pm 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.

Highlights October 5-11

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Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 2 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

The seventh season of Masterpiece Mystery | Inspector Lewis awaits! It airs Sunday at 8 pm and the following Saturday at 8 pm.

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30 pm, a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter.

Enjoy 2 full hours of Antiques Road show starting at 7 pm on Monday.

POV  The Act of Killing Monday at 9 pm explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns.

Join three iconic storytellers as they uncover mysteries about their ancestors on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment, on Makers  Women in Hollywood Tuesday at 8 pm.

On Frontline Death By Fire 2 Tuesday at 9 pm, several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it’s the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham — convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children — that’s now at the center of the national debate.

Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling on On Story Tuesday at 10 pm.

Get a unique, up-close glance into the lives of baby penguins Wednesday at 7 pm on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane.

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of the Atlantic Wall. Learn more about this fascinating history on Nazi Mega Weapons Wednesday at 9 pm.

Beck graces the stage of Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Lizz Winstead, co-creator, former writer and former correspondent for The Daily Show, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts in Context discovers the importance of keeping the Tejano musical tradition alive Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle Thursday at 9 pm provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century.

Watch Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” starring Nathan Lane on Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm.

Singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.