Science Night Dec. 28

Science Night At The Movies brings us closer into nature and back in time to Ancient Egypt, where we see discoveries about Pharaoh’s Chariot and the Guardians of Egyptian Treasures.

Wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner captures how wolves and buffalo live together in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world. “Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo” makes another appearance on Nature, this Wednesday at 7 pm.

By driving our pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history, on this episode of NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Follow a select group of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink: to discover more of the country’s history, keep its heritage safe and persuade tourists to visit the country again on Egypt’s Treasure Guardians airing at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Highlights Dec. 25-31

KLRU Highlights

In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard’s path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. Watch this episode of Great Performances on Sunday at 8 pm.

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the RSC’s star-studded gala, with David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more, on Sunday at 10:30 pm.

Ravi Patel is almost 30 and still single, and his tradition-minded Hindu family is not happy. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, he enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America. Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life – love, airing at 8 pm on Monday.

Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from Ukraine to YouTube. Featuring Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell and more, Hava Nagila celebrates the power of music, the importance of joy and the resilient spirit of a people airing at 9:30 pm on Monday.

On Arts In Context, we see how The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity, airing at 10:30 pm Monday.

Explore the life of the modernist architect behind visionary buildings like St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. Travel with his son, director of photography Eric Saarinen, ASC, as he visits his father’s work on a cathartic journey, shot in 6K, on Eero Saarinen: American Masters airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

This special of Frontline brings you the first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe. Told through camera-phone footage filmed by the families themselves as they leave their homes on dangerous journeys seeking safety and refuge. Watch Exodus this Tuesday at 8 pm.

Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. Listen to Lear recount his favorite memories on this week’s episode of On Story, airing at 10 pm Tuesday.

Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, on this episode of On Story at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner captures how wolves and buffalo live together in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world. “Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo” makes another appearance on Nature, this Wednesday at 7 pm.

By driving our pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history, on this episode of NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Follow a select group of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink: to discover more of the country’s history, keep its heritage safe and persuade tourists to visit the country again on Egypt’s Treasure Guardians airing at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Tom Waits performs in this classic episode pf Austin City Limits from 1978, airing at 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Join Evan Smith on this week’s episode of Overheard With Evan Smith featuring T.C. Boyle, who has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories, including the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End; The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Mé dici étranger; and most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. Airing at 7 pm on Thursday.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Learn about them on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to East Texas to Athens, the town that invented the hamburger on this episode of The Daytripper, airing at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season on this episode of The Daytripper, which airs at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Follow the Nonnatus House family to South Africa after they receive an SOS call from a mission hospital that’s understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure on this Holiday special of Call The Midwife, airing at 9 pm on Thursday and 9:30 pm on Saturday.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Watch Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project this Thursday airing at 10:30 pm.

Rejoin Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — in 1890s London on Sherlock On Masterpiece, airing at 7 pm on Friday.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Austin City Limits at 7 pm and 11 pm as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

 

KLRU and Community Partners: Families Creative Learning workshops

KLRU has partnered with the Thinkery, Boys & Girls Club, and Communities in Schools to bring Families Creative Learning workshops to low-income families with young children. Parents bond with their children as they both learn to code.  Using the Scratch Jr. PBS app, the families animate their favorite PBS characters. The parents have the wonderful opportunity to be active participants in their children’s learning. As supportive collaborators, parents encourage their children to problem solve and experiment while being persistent in their creative process.

Walk into a session and you’ll see friendly families sharing a meal. Afterwards, it’s time to reflect on what has been learned. Then parents work together with their children to create a project that tells a meaningful story.  It’s neat to see how imaginative the children can be as they express themselves using technology. The final projects are shared amongst the group and include animated greeting cards, stories about their family, and other wildly creative animations.

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What’s great is that families receive a tablet at the end of 4 weekly sessions. These tablets are a gateway to more learning using the many free PBS kids apps available. Families also receive books that they can enjoy at home as a vital component of at-home learning.

Educational experiences such as this empower parents to continue engaging in their children’s education. It inspires children to continue to explore and discover new ways of self-expression in today’s digital world.

Families Creative Learning is part of the Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media, funded by the US Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Highlights Dec. 18-24

KLRU Highlights

Return to the world of manners with Alastair Bruce, “Downton Abbey’s” historical advisor. With interviews with cast members like Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, the program navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s in this episode of More Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special airing Sunday at 7 pm.

On this episode of Great Performances, bitter rivalries erupt on The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II. The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown, Sunday at 8 pm.

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat on the Holiday special of Vicious, airing at 10:30 pm on Sunday.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. Catch Rick Steves in Europe on Rick Steves’ European Christmas this Sunday & Saturday at 11 pm.

Tune in to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir repeats Monday, December 19th at 8 pm, Thursday, December 22nd at 9 pm, and Saturday, December 24th at 8:00 pm.

Take an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney on Walt Disney: American Experience Monday at 9 pm.

In the second program, FRONTLINE examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews. Watch the second installment of From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians special, airing Tuesday at 9 pm.

Gain access to America’s most iconic residence-symbol of national history and icon of democracy, and learn how the White House is the story of America itself on White House: Inside Story airing Tuesday at 10 pm.

From the filmmakers who brought viewers the spectacular 3-part miniseries, “Penguins: Spy in the Huddle,” comes this intimate and incredible journey of one vulnerable and charismatic Emperor penguin chick. Watch his new-found independence in this extraordinarily difficult and dangerous place is filled with humor and danger that will test his parents until the day he leaves them, on this episode of Nature airing Wednesday at 7 pm.

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Discover new aspects to the classic story of NOVA airing at 8 pm on Wednesday.

This film examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. This film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed. Watch on this episode of Secrets of the Dead airing Wednesday at 9 pm.

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing Wednesday & Friday at 10 pm.

Watch Evan Smith with Mike Love, a singer/songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. His credits include such classics as “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls”and “I Get Around” on Overheard With Evan Smith, this Thursday at 7 pm.

On this episode of Arts In Context, The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity, which airs at 8pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Lufkin to explore the Texas Piney Woods and one of Texas’s four National Forests. Watch as he paddles the Neches River, hikes beneath the towering pines, and visits the Texas Forestry Museum to learn the history of the people who lived here, all on The Daytripper, airing Thursday at 9 pm.

Chet then joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on this episode of The Daytripper on Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, Jordan Smith ’tis the Season, which airs Thursday at 10:00 pm.

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Great Performances presents the RSC’s star-studded gala, with David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more, on Friday at 8 pm.

Check out the Christmas Eve specials here: http://www.klru.org/blog/2016/11/klru-holiday-programs/

Command and Control screening 1/12 with Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser

American Experience will present the powerful documentary Command and Control on KLRU Jan. 10th at 8 pm. They are also giving Austin a special opportunity to see the film with the author of the book the film is based on in attendance.

On Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum (1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX), there will be a special screening followed by a conversation between Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser about the film and book. Tickets are available for purchase now.

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Command and Control is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense— chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.

Explore the Right to Assemble in Central Texas

A student is arrested at a sit-in.

A student at a sit-in for the Gay Liberation Front is arrested in the UT Ballroom.

Protests have been dominating the news. Between the Standing Rock protests and anti-Trump rallies that have cropped up in the wake of the election, images of marches and protest signs seem to be everywhere.

But how has marching for a cause impacted people’s lives here in Austin? And how can exercising that First Amendment change Central Texas?

This week, we want to have a discussion. We want to talk with you about how assembling for a cause has impacted life in Austin, and why you feel like protesting is or isn’t important. Have you marched for something? Has civil action impacted your life? Do you feel like protesting addresses the issues?

To help spark the conversation, we’ll be posting thought-provoking videos throughout the week.

The Snapshot: Right to Assemble gives a brief overview of protests in Austin that helped propel big social changes, from desegregation to recognition of LGBTQ groups.

Austin Revealed will present the stories of people who decided to personally take a stand against prejudice, from people who pushed back against segregation at Austin’s public pools to an in-depth look at the Chicano Civil Rights Movement here in Austin.

We’ll have more content throughout the week, so stay tuned! Tell us what you think about the right to assemble in the comments!

Give the gift of KLRU! End our Fund Drive early!

Give the gift of KLRU this holiday season! We have gifts, giveaways and heaps of cheer to say thank you!

Oh, and guess what? We have less than $10,000 left until we hit our goal. If we reach $220,000 by midnight tonight, we’ll end our Winter Fund Drive ahead of schedule and return to your regular, uninterrupted programming tomorrow.
YOUR support could end the drive one day early! It’s not too late to make an impact and get a thank you gift (or two) for yourself and loved ones.

Gift exchanging time is closing in and KLRU has some great offers! Some of the most popular thank you gifts of the drive have literally been flying off the shelves—like Nature Super Hummingbirds. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price together—if you’re a fan of classic outlaw country, then Last of the Breed is for you! And Downton Abbey—It will always set the bar. It will always be worth re-watching. And Lady Mary will always look fabulous while being terrible to Edith.

Everyone loves a giveaway, and we have LOTS! There’s a chance to win tickets to see Odd Squad Live! at the Long Center or warm up this winter drinking from your own Mr. Rogers sweater changing mug! Love Hamilton? Because KLRU certainly does. Enter to get a copy of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new Hamilton Mixtape. Some lucky Masterpiece fan out there will scoop up Seasons 1 & 2 of Poldark. We’ve even got a drawing for portable phone chargers—they sure do come in handy while traveling. And, of course, any true public television fan wants to throw a hat in the ring for a retro PBS tote bag! Those groceries aren’t going to carry themselves! (Entries close December 15.)

Your support will truly ensure that YOUR KLRU has a holiday season that is merry and bright! Now here’s to enjoying some eggnog, hanging some lights and maybe even putting on a Christmas episode of Downton Abbey!

KLRU wants to give your phone a CHARGE!

KLRU is giving away PBS NewsHour Weekend Jolt Triangle Suction Chargers— perfect for giving your smartphone a boost on the go. Never be stuck with a dead phone again!

What does it do?
• Provides a 2,200 mAh charge when plugged into your smartphone
• Functions as a phone stand
• Includes a USB to Micro USB cable which can be used to recharge the power bank
• Shows off your PBS love

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, simply share something you love about KLRU. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Highlights Dec. 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants on Manners of Downtown Abbey: A Masterpiece Special Sunday at 7 pm.

On this week’s Great Masterpieces, the King is dead and England is in crisis, and the scene is set for Civil War on The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I on Sunday at 8 pm.

Take an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney on Walt Disney: American Experience Monday at 9 pm.

View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman on Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with Sesame Street and “The Muppet Show” on In Their Own Words airing Tuesday at 8 pm.

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity on From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians special, airing Tuesday at 9 pm.

This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses, named the Legendary White Stallions, and their caregivers on this week’s episode of Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. Watch as NOVA follows the experts in Mystery Of A Masterpiece airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Generations have theorized about what really happened to Van Gogh on December 23, 1888, in the French town of Arles, but no one has been clear on the details-until now. Discover the theories on Secrets of the Dead airing Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy intimate performances from singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits airing Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Join Evan Smith on Overheard, as he discusses old classics and new stories with R.L. Stine, a novelist, short story writer, and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps, Rotten School, and The Nightmare Room series. This Thursday at 7 pm.

The Lullaby Project helps teen mothers compose lullabies for their babies in order to foster connection. Their latest endeavor, The Lullaby Project, helps teen mothers compose lullabies for their babies in order to foster connection and reflection in an incredibly stressful and vulnerable time which can be viewed on Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine. He pushes his adrenaline levels on an ATV, a stand-up paddleboard, and a hang glider on this episode of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Lubbock where he explores the Texas High Plains and Texas Tech University on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his immediate family and Tony Bennett on American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered this Thursday at 9 pm and Saturday at 10 pm.

Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Visit Germany, France and Switzerland on European Christmas Markets Thursday at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 11:30 pm.

Witness award-winning, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell lead a Live from Lincoln Center event with musicians from America and Cuba, building a bridge between cultures and artistry on Joshua Bell’s Seasons Of Cuba airing Friday at 8 pm.

Grab a front row seat for one of the most thrilling Broadway concerts in memory. An all-star cast performs “New York New York,” “Cabaret” and other classic songs by the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway songwriting team of Kander & Ebb on First You Dream: The Music Of Kander & Ebb this Friday at 9 pm.

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. In each episode, the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Watch Father Brown at 8 pm on Sunday.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. Watch the pathologist solve crimes on Doctor Blake Mysteries at 8:55 pm on Sunday.