Science NightFeb. 8

This week’s Science Night spans across many levels of curiosity – from the intelligence fuzzy creatures in the wild, to how to build boats and airplanes, this Science Night is one you won’t want to miss.

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap! Watch the Intelligence installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground-from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth on City In The Sky, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm Saturday Night.

Highlights Feb. 5-11

KLRU Highlights

As Pinkerton looks at the Greens more closely, they join forces to hide an ugly secret. McBurney, hoping to distance Foster from Mary, sends him to a nearby army camp on a house call, all on this week’s episode of Mercy Street, airing Sunday at 7:00 pm and again on Thursday at 9:00 pm.

Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince? Find out on this episode of Victoria, which airs at 8:00 pm on Sunday and again at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

In this week’s Secrets Of The Six Wives, Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called “ugly”; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr. Airs at 9:00 pm Sunday, and again at 9:00 pm on Saturday.

A murder at the local army barracks using a legendary broken sword leads Father Brown to investigate another death at Dunkirk some 13 years ago. Find out on Father Brown, airing Sunday at 10:00 pm.

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The film features Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others. This episode of Independent Lens, “Birth of a Movement”, airs Monday, February 6 at 9:00 pm.

Interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed, airing at 10:00 pm on Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations, airing at 10:30 pm Monday night.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life, in this episode of Finding Your Roots, airing at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City: American Experience airs at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

In this episode of On Story, Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy’s progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis, which airs Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap! Watch the Intelligence installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground-from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth on City In The Sky, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm Saturday Night.

On Austin City Limits, thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, which airs at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

Margaret Atwood is an award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Listen to this week’s Overheard with Evan Smith, airing at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

This week’s segments of Living Springs include: Cleaning Day; Didgeman; Baptism; Eternal Vigilance, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

For this episode of The Daytripper, Chet visits a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag. He tours a wolf sanctuary, eats meatloaf in the historic district, and then goes “fly boarding” on beautiful Lake Conroe. This episode airs Thursday night at 8:00 pm.

Join Chet as he explores what makes San Antonio the #1 tourist town in Texas. From learning the real history of The Alamo, to floating The Riverwalk, to eating authentic Tex-Mex at the historic Market Square, join Chet on all his adventures on The Daytripper, this Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception. Find out what happens on this episode of Doctor Who, airing at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song airs Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.

This year’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was given to Carole King — the first lady of pop music songwriting — whose career has crossed six decades. Join for musical performances from many popular artists as well as The President of the United States Barack Obama, this Friday at 9:30 pm.

This one-hour documentary presents one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis. Lewis was one of the leaders of the SNCC, one of the original Freedom Riders, and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. The program follows Lewis today and tells the stories of his role in the Civil Rights Movement and early political career. John Lewis – Get in the Way airs Friday, February 10 at 10:30 pm and repeats Monday, February 20 at 10:00 pm.

In this episode of Austin City Limits, 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, airing at 7:00 pm Saturday night.

In the Studio: Katharine Hayhoe tapes Overheard 2/04

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Katharine Hayhoe on February 4 at 8:45 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Katharine Hayhoe Overheard Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change. In 2014 Time Magazine recognized her as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world.

Dr. Hayhoe is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She also hosts the PBS Digital Studios web series Global Weirding.

 

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

Katharine Hayhoe’s PBS Digital series Global Weirding

Katharine Hayhoe will be visiting Austin on February 4th to tape Overheard with Evan Smith and discuss her PBS Digital show titled Global Weirding. Global Weirding is tailored to those who are skeptical about global warming as well as those who genuinely want to learn more about the scientific concept.

In her episode, “Texans Don’t Care About Climate Change, Right?”, she talks about living in Lubbock, also known as one of the most conservative cities in the country, and what that means for the fate of climate change. Yet, Texas is one of the most vulnerable states in the country, as it gets hit with all types of weather imaginable, like tornadoes, droughts, flooding, hurricanes, and storms. However, she also discusses the progression and initiatives made by cities like Georgetown.

In another episode, “The Bible Doesn’t Talk About Climate Change, Right?”, she discusses White Evangelicals, of which she aligns herself with. She notes that the Bible isn’t even the thing that makes a lot of Catholics and Evangelicals (a major portion of people who do not believe in climate change) question climate change. She points out that one of the most important reasons that Catholics and Evangelicals deny climate change is because of the economy.

 

 

Q Night At The Movies Jan. 28

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night At The Movies brings you a wide variety of science, comedy and films this Saturday night. Join us for a deeper look inside the concept of virtual realities, a discussion with writer and director Jason Reitman, and a movie from the All-star Film Collection.

What is real and what is in our mind? Is there a difference? Professors Ken Perlin and Matt O’Dowd discuss the idea of alternate and virtual realities. How close are we to these being commonplace in our society? And what is reality, after all? Watch and find out on this week’s Science Goes To The Movies airing at 7:00 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. Join this episode of On Story, airing at 7:30 pm.

This week’s All-star Film Collection brings you Tootsie, the Oscar-winning tale of a temperamental actor who becomes a sensation while posing as a woman on a hit TV soap opera, which airs at 8:00 pm.

From the time of its birth, the boomer generation has significantly and uniquely changed our world. In 2014, the last boomer turns 50. This documentary is a comprehensive look at 19 iconic boomers — one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964, including music legend Billy Joel and novelist Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club). Watch Boomer List: American Masters, airing at 10:00 pm.

 

Science Night At The Movies Feb. 1

This week’s Science Night At The Movies takes a deeper look into the loving hearts of animals, and spans to the technology of batteries and how it affects our future. And for those who love beautiful colors and mystery lights in the sky, you can learn all about the phenomena of aurora borealis.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys in the Love category of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet on NOVA, this Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

 

Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions. Investigate the myths of Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, in Aurora – Fire In The Sky, which airs at 9:00 pm Wednesday.

Highlights Jan. 29-Feb. 4

KLRU Highlights

When Mary falls gravely ill, Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision on Mercy Street, Sunday night at 7:00 pm and Thursday night at 9:00 pm.

Albert pays a visit against the queen’s wishes and meets royal disdain on Victoria, Sunday and the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour, and Anne’s fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son, this episode of Secrets Of The Six Wives, airing at 9:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

The circus brings death to Kembleford when a clown is murdered. Father Brown must determine who the killer is and why a parishioner has agreed to marry the sinister wizard Welkin on Father Brown, this Sunday at 10:00 pm.

Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor on POV, which airs at 9:00 pm on Monday.

In the tradition of great house documentaries, Ballyfin: A Portrait of An Irish Country House is a new special featuring an eye-popping Irish estate with nearly 200 years of fascinating history. The house has been restored to it’s original, resplendent condition, creating the impression that the family has only recently taken leave. It is now regarded as one of the best hotels in the world. Take a look at the hotel in Ballyfin: Portrait Of An Irish Country House, airing at 10:00 pm Monday night.

Explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots on Finding Your Roots, this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Learn how America’s first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country on Race Underground: American Experience at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

On-the-ground reporting from Iraq reveals what’s happening in areas where ISIS has been pushed out. With rare access, an investigation into powerful militias and growing sectarianism shaping Iraq, on Frontline, this Tuesday at 9:00 pm.

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. In this episode of Secrets Of The Tower Of London, we go behind the Tower’s ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories, airing at 10:00 pm on Tuesday.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys in the Love category of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet on NOVA, this Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions. Investigate the myths of Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, in Aurora – Fire In The Sky, which airs at 9:00 pm Wednesday.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap, playing on Austin City Limits at 10:00 pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Join Overheard with Evan Smith this week to take a deeper look at Henry Louis Gates Jr. who is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is also known for the documentary series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. This episode airs Thursday at 7:00 pm.

In Living Springs, watch segments of Of Mills and Picnics; Mr. Habitat; Barking Springs; Studying the Aquifer; Spirit Waters, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

In a town that epitomize Texas Bar-B-Q, Chet interviews 3 different pit masters, each with their own spin on Texas que. He visits a museum dedicated to the governor who defeated the KKK in Texas and goes fishing on the best “crappie” lake in the state, on this episode of The Daytripper, Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Chet tours this German community with stops along Main Street for “fickle” pickles and milkshakes at an vintage drive in. He goes underground at a cave without a name, hikes through a nature center along Cibolo Creek, and then joins a shooting club in operation since 1864, in this episode of The Daytripper airing at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the genius of Mozart with signature performances and new commissions, in this episode of Live From Lincoln Center, airing at 8:00 pm on Friday.

Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, on Austin City Limits airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Hampton Court is the ultimate Royal pleasure palace — it embodies the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. A true palace of pleasure and now a now thriving tourist location, we scratch beneath the brick and stone to unveil an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive on Secrets Of Henry Viii’s Palace airing at 10:00 pm on Saturday.

 

Get a look inside Tiny Homes on Arts In Context Shorts

Miniature house builder, Bruce Miller, discusses the origins of his passion for the scaled-down construction and remodeling of petite homes. He explains his process for mini-sized interior design, and the reasoning behind different room furnishings.