Highlights July 12 to July 18

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations. Although relations with Caroline are still fraught, Celia doesn’t hesitate to stand by her side when she receives some devastating news.

The community awaits news of the fish harvest, and Poldark’s copper mine struggles on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Four at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza must get used to a new way of life.

The arrival of soldiers from her home town lifts Joan’s spirits, but she finds herself in trouble on Crimson Field Episode Four at 9 pm on Sunday. Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient causes ripples, calling everyone’s loyalties into question.

On POV Web Junkie at 9 pm on Monday, follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use. After, at 10 pm on Monday, in today’s China, an old city destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as POV Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch on Abolitionists The Abolitionists, Part Three at 7 pm on Tuesday. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war breaks out and the conflict unexpectedly drags on.

On Blackout: The American Experience at 8 pm on Tuesday, look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

Witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Then, find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

Join NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm on Wednesday for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. On Comet Encounter at 9 pm on Wednesday, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the Austin City Limits stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon on Wednesday at 10 pm and on Friday at 9:30 pm. On Saturday at 7 pm, Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, intensely immersive retreats offered to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Aaron tours Texas to research and then cook some beef ribs on BBQ with Franklin Pickin’ Beef at 8 pm on Wednesday. After a butchering and anatomy class in College Station, Texas, he receives some tips from a legendary Central Texas BBQ family.

Chet heads to the home of the King Ranch – Kingsville, Texas – covering approximately 1,300 square miles of South Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He explores downtown Kingsville eating at an old pharmacy and soda fountain, then heads to the King Ranch for a history and birding tour of the sprawling South Texas prairie.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 on Thursday at 9 pm and on Friday at 10:30 pm features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

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. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 9:30 pm on Thursday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy brings you performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

Get the latest guide for your to-do list on Central Texas Gardener Top Tips for Your Garden at noon on Saturday. Meanwhile, a library attracts new readers in a wildlife garden.

Science Night July 15

On this week’s Science Night, after Operation Wild explores revolutionary medical advances for animals, we fly up into space. NOVA journeys to Pluto to obtain detailed images of the strange planet, and the documentary Apollo Wives looks at the struggles the wives of the Apollo astronauts faced.

Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the third episode of Operation Wild, witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise, and find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm
Join NOVA for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Apollo Wives at 9 pm
The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with – the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon? Apollo Wives looks in detail at precisely what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media.

POV Screening – Point and Shoot 8/10

KLRU, Austin Film Festival and the Bullock Texas State History Museum present preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. The screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.

Don’t miss the third and final screening, Point and Shoot, on August 10th! Art and Craft premiered on June 10th and Web Junkie debuted on July 7th.

Point and Shoot
Monday, August 10th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required: RSVP now
POV has broadcast every feature documentary by two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry for 10 years, starting with 2005′s Street Fight. Point and Shoot is the fourth. It follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood”. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. When revolution broke out in Libya, he joined in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi and spent six months in solitary confinement. A co-production of ITVS. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Point and Shoot by Marshall Curry.

Q Night at the Movies 7/4

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, after an all-new On Story, we highlight some of New York’s finest, with Annie Hall starring Woody Allen and American Masters telling the story of Mel Brooks. Then, we take a musical turn, with Elvis: Return to Tupelo as he comes back to rural Mississippi and Appalatin, focusing on the band’s Appalachian-Latin sound.

On Story Scott Frank: A Screenwriter’s Design at 7:30 pm
Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Out of Sight) reflects on his diverse career writing thrillers and pulp films, and his approach to developing complex characters in search of their identity.

All-Star Film Collection Annie Hall at 8 pm
A New York comedian (Woody Allen) recalls his lost love, a kooky singer (Diane Keaton) with a style all her own.

American Masters Mel Brooks: Make a Noise at 9:35 pm
In 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy giant of our time, scrawny Melvin Kaminsky developed his aggressively funny personality on the mean streets of Brooklyn, to protect against bullies. He has never authorized a biography and has requested that his friends not talk about him, making his full participation with American Masters a genuine first.

Elvis: Return to Tupelo at 11:05 pm
In the 1950s and ’60s, Elvis Presley became an icon of rock n’ roll around the world. But understanding the Elvis story requires going back to his origins in rural Tupelo, Mississippi. This film documents the period from his birth in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, to his breakout year 1956, when Elvis made a triumphant return to his hometown.

Appalatin at 12 am
Appalatin, a music group based in Louisville, Kentucky, has fused Latin and Appalachian influences for an energetic and exciting new sound. Recorded live in concert at Natasha’s Music Club, they perform songs that range from traditional South American songs such as “Alpa Mayo” to a Latin-infused version of the mountain classic “Shady Grove.”

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 July 5 to July 11

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Alan finally lets Celia into his secret about Gary, but is saddened when Celia punishes Caroline on her wedding day for his mistake. Meanwhile, Gillian loses her job after a humiliating visit from Cheryl.

Poldark’s battle with the local gentry deepens, and he faces one turning point with Elizabeth and another with Demelza during Poldark on Masterpiece Part Three at 8 pm on Sunday.

Thomas wrestles with a growing attraction to Kitty, a terrified patient faces court martial, and Sister Joan reveals a dark secret to one of her patients on Crimson Field Episode Three on Sunday at 9 pm.

Having lost custody of their children, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families on POV Tough Love at 9 pm on Monday. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes, both contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance.

On Tuesday at 7 pm, Abolitionists: American Experience The Abolitionists brings us the story of how abolitionist allies William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. During The Abolitionists, Part Two at 8 pm, the divide between North and South deepens, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control as Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining Garrison in the anti-slavery movement.

On Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.

First Peoples Europe on Wednesday at 8 pm tells us that when Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as capable of making artifacts. As more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was an explosion of art and symbolic thought.

NOVA Why Sharks Attack tries to answer the question, “Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?” on Wednesday at 9 pm.

At 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday, roots music rocks on Austin City Limits with Eric Church. Country superstar Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders. On Saturday at 7 pm, country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Golden Hornet Project has presented concerts of indie classical music by composers from non-academic musical backgrounds – all in the name of making classical music exciting and accessible. Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm on Thursday will take behind the scenes to the follow up to the successful “String Quartet Smackdown I” from 2012.

During BBQ with Franklin Competition on Thursday at 8 pm, Aaron travels to a BBQ cook-off competition in Kansas with his father-in-law, going way outside his comfort zone.

Chet heads to the San Jacinto Battlefield where Texas won its independence on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He experiences the renaissance of Baytown, Texas’s historic district including visits to a coffee bar and an artist painting every fallen soldier from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

American Masters Harper Lee: Hey Boo at 8 pm on Friday explores the life of Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired.

People come to Yellowstone primarily because of the unusual thermal features and opportunities to view wildlife, often not realizing they are standing on one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. Yellowstone: Land to Life on Friday at 9:30 presents an interpretation of the sweeping geologic story of Yellowstone, from glaciation to mountain-building to the gigantic caldera of a volcano.

Learn how worms naturally fertilize gardens and container plants and visit a Spanish romantic courtyard on Central Texas Gardener Worm Composting at noon on Saturday.

KLRU News Briefs: Goodwill Excel Center’s First Graduating Class

Last fall we introduced you to the Goodwill Excel Center, a charter school which enrolls students who formerly dropped out of high school. This Sunday during NewsHour, we attend the school’s inaugural graduation ceremony. 33 of the 43 graduates are over the age of 26, which means they are too old to earn a traditional high school diploma and would have only been able to earn a GED.

A high school diploma translates into high earning potential and makes the students more competitive if they hope to earn a higher degree. But school officials tell us being able to finally graduate from high school means even more to these families.

“It’s not only about a job now, it’s about a career, and about the example they’re setting for their kids,” Superintendent Traci Berry says. “Because we know that people who drop out of school, their kids are more likely to drop out as well.”

If you missed NewsHour last weekend we have some other stories you can catch up on. Last week we looked at the debate surrounding some of Austin’s Confederate monuments. That story is in the video below. We also highlighted An Eastside Education, KLRU’s first-ever digital news project, which follows Austin’s Eastside Memorial High School as students, parents and administrators work to meet state accountability for the first time in over 10 years and keep their school doors open. You can watch An Eastside Education here.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30 during PBS NewsHour Weekend. Sunday’s story and An Eastside Education are part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. 

Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Science Night July 8

On this week’s Science Night, we look at ancient humans and progressive medicine. On Operation Wild, see how new medical discoveries are changing the lives of animals and First Peoples discovers what happened when the earliest humans found themselves in Europe. Finally, NOVA dissects the hunting prowess of sharks.

Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the second episode of Operation Wild, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.

First Peoples Europe at 8 pm
When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as capable at making artifacts. But as more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was an explosion of art and symbolic thought. The balance of power had shifted and Neanderthals were overwhelmed. Ever since, we’ve had Europe and the rest of the world to ourselves.

NOVA Why Sharks Attack at 9 pm
Find out the answer to the question, “Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?”

It All Adds Up airs July 27th

KLRU presents It All Adds Up, a documentary profiling the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s “Math Corps,” a groundbreaking organization that partners struggling middle and high-school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the kids need to succeed.

After 16 years, the program’s results speak volumes: more than 90 percent of Math Corps’ students graduate from high school, and more than 80 percent attend college. Produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, the documentary features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of the Math Corps.

The documentary premieres July 27 at 10 pm on KLRU.

It All Adds Up is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The American Graduate initiative seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how drop out impacts our economy and society.

What’s happening this weekend: July 3-5

Happy holiday weekend, Austinites! There’s no shortage of Fourth of July festivities across Central Texas this weekend, but we’ve rounded up a few suggestions here.

Celebrate Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic’s return to Austin

The Redheaded Stranger is back to celebrate the red, white and blue on Saturday in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas, and of course he’s bringing all his friends. Willie Nelson and family will headline the one-day festival, with Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Asleep at the Wheel, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe and more. Get in the spirit before you go by watching Willie perform “Pancho and Lefty” at the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2014 with Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris.

Also, don’t miss this Antiques Roadshow clip from Austin featuring Willie Nelson memorabilia.

Admission: Tickets range from $35 to $75. Hours: Parking opens at 10 a.m., gates open at 11 a.m. Music starts at 11:15 a.m. and will go until 12:30 a.m. Fireworks display will go off at 9:45 p.m. http://circuitoftheamericas.com/willie

Watch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake

After a brief stint at the Circuit of the Americas, the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display featuring the Austin Symphony is back at Auditorium Shores. The family-friendly event on Saturday has fireworks, food, drinks, local venders and a live performance by the Austin Symphony. Before you head out, make sure to set your DVRs to record the 35th anniversary of A Capitol Fourth, featuring Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, classical pianist Lang Lang, the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly.

Admission: Free. Hours: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/symphony-july-4th/

Get out of town and head to the Nutty Brown

If you don’t feel like dealing with traffic and crowds at the city’s fireworks event, head out to the Nutty Brown Cafe for Austin City Limits artist Bob Schneider’s annual Fourth of July bash, but check out these photos from Bob’s Austin City Limits Season 36 taping here before you go.


Admission: $17 general admission. Hours: Doors open at 6 p.m. http://nuttybrown.com/bob-schneiders-4th-of-july-bash

Have your own Fourth of July barbecue!

What’s Fourth of July without a cookout? We’ve gathered some tips from Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ as well as recipes from PBS Food to help you keep your friends and family fed and happy. Watch the brisket episode of BBQ With Franklin below and click here for the recipes! 

Unwind with a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the museum

What’s your story? Find out the best way to share your stories, listen to new ones and create art that tells tales at the Free First Sunday: Story Telling event at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. You can also check out the museum’s roller derby exhibit, which runs through Aug. 8. Make sure to watch KLRU News Brief’s segment on the exhibit before you go!

Admission: Free. Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free First Sunday: Story Telling ends at 3 p.m. 

Click here to check out a full list of Fourth of July events in Austin and surrounding cities from Austin360.

American Graduate Champion: Briana Lopez


KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

briana-lopez-lifeworks-logoToday’s Champion is Briana Lopez! Briana is a mother of two and a full-time retail employee who recently obtained her GED through Lifeworks. Briana aspires to study pharmacy and plans on attending ACC and eventually Texas State or UT.

Jaime Rich, Briana’s nominator, says, “Briana’s story shows her determination to further her education, no matter how difficult or scary it seemed. She was driven to make a better life for herself and her girls. Despite the many roles and commitments in her life, she was able to carve a place in her daily routine for her education.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.