Special programs in honor of Earth Day this April

Join KLRU and KLRU Q in celebrating our planet with environmental related programs honoring Earth Day! PBS also offers even more programs online only on pbs.org

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Tuesday, April 8 at 10 pm on KLRU
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN
FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels With A Cause
Tuesday April 15 at 9:30 pm on KLRU
Narrated by
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America’s system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. REBELS WITH A CAUSE documents a fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans – our public lands.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire 
Tuesday, April 22 at 8 pm on KLRU
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future — and succeeding against all odds. The film is directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties,and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solutions 
Tuesday, April 22 at 10 pm on KLRU
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods.  Drought.  Overloaded sewers.  Acres of pavement.  Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

On KLRU-Q:
Ecosense for Living Take Back the Farm
Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
There’s a “growing” awareness in the U.S. about our food…where it comes from, how it’s grown, and what exactly it takes to feed all of us nutritious, earth-conscious meals. In this episode, we explore farmers of all types in all kinds of situations. From Ron Finley, a renegade gardener in south central Los Angeles to south Georgia farmer, Will Harris, we’ll meet people who are changing the way we think about and consume food. Lawn and garden expert Paul Tukey gives us some surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. We’ll get the story from a suburban man who became a local outlaw for “growing too many vegetables.” We wrap with a quick trip to Chipotle, a national chain that’s taking a local approach to their food supply.

Ecosense for Living Food Fight 
Saturday, April 5 at 6:30 pm on KLRU Q
The quality and accessibility of food has been a hot button issue throughout the ages. Lack of secure food has been the source of revolutions and toppled governments. In “Food Fight,” we look at the tug of war over America’s diet. From questions plaguing genetically-modified ingredients to wheat-free/gluten-free concerns to the rapid decline of bees, we explore pressures on the safety and security of our food supply. Rich Food, Poor Food authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, guide us through a grocery store and reveal how to make smart choices and avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, tells us his surprising results after removing wheat from his patients’ diets. Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Siefert tells his journey trying to understand the impact of genetically-modified food on his children’s health. Bee experts sound the alarm about the decline of our most valuable pollinators and what we can do to make sure they continue supplying us with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Sunday, April 6 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
From the filmmakers of the beloved THE GREATEST GOOD comes the 2012 Emmy-Award winner Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, the first high definition documentary made about the famed father of conservationism, Aldo Leopold. Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, premiere screenings in select cities will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that lead to the creation of many of our eastern national forests, and sparked the long-term effort to replant and restore forests that still continues today.

Saving the Bay Marvel Of Nature (Prehistory-1848)
Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
In the first episode, photo-realistic animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. This hour introduces the first inhabitants along the Bay’s shores, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region.

Saving the Bay Harbor of Harbors (1849-1906)
Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
The second hour follows San Francisco’s “rapid monstrous maturity” into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush (1849-1906) . Establishing the infrastructure to support the instant city meant radical change for San Francisco Bay. By the century’s end, San Francisco Bay was the center of a broad economic empire on the Pacific.

Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter
Friday, April 11 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this program follows the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Idaho, and explores why the wolf remains a controversial animal.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Friday April 12 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels with a Cause
Sunday, April 13 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco. Beginning in the 1950s, ordinary citizens from all walks of life, concerned by the intentions of residential land developers and the environmental cost of “progress,” began banding together to save a vast stretch of Northern California coastline. Their passionate activism at both the local and federal level helped create Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These precedent-setting efforts also raised Californians’ awareness of their power to promote change, fostered a national movement to preserve open spaces, and shaped the environmental movement of today.

Saving the Bay Miracle Workers (1906 – 1956)
Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
The third hour begins with the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the rise of California’s water re-distribution projects and the Bay’s transformation into the world’s greatest shipbuilding center by the close of World War II.

Saving the Bay Bay in the Balance (1906 – Present)
Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
In the final episode, the very survival of the Bay is threatened by the postwar boom and the issue becomes how best to balance the competing demands of a major urban center set amidst an environmentally significant landscape.

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators
Friday, April 18 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs – could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back — from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. LORDS OF NATURE: Life in a Land of Great Predators tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished.

Water Pressures
Saturday, April 19 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Water is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide – 1.2 billion – lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis. Hosted by actor-producer Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), WATER PRESSURES sheds light on this critical, complex issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. Students in a Northwestern environmental policy class see a model of conservation and community cooperation firsthand on a 10-day trip to India, where a leading nonprofit organizations illustrates the power of pairing traditional wisdom with simple teamwork to solve the water crisis in the Thar Desert. They also meet with political leaders, corporate executives and water experts to create their own local partnerships and try to make a difference in their own communities.

Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Friday, April 25 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world.

Sky Island
Friday, April 25 at 9:30 pm on KLRU Q
In Northern New Mexico a range of mountains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. In “Sky Island,” filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems. The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solution
Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods. Drought. Overloaded sewers. Acres of pavement. Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

Turning The Tide
Sunday, April 27 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Louisiana’s coastal marshes and wetlands cover 9,000 square miles, stretching 300 miles from east to west, and reaching 30 miles inland. Each year, hurricanes and other natural and manmade forces claim between 20 to 25 square miles of vulnerable coastline. Many believe these numbers constitute a national emergency, one which requires immediate scientific and public consensus to “turn the tide” on the problem. In the balance lay crucial ecosystems, Gulf seafood and fisheries, North American migratory bird and waterfowl populations, the nation’s energy infrastructure and national security, interior navigation and water transport for American produce and goods, and a unique American culture. The powerful documentary TURNING THE TIDE examines of viable strategies and innovative engineering techniques to help address Louisiana’s coastal erosion crisis. The world’s foremost authorities on the subject demystify the complex challenges facing Louisiana’s coast and reveal new (and sometimes unconventional) discoveries with the potential to change the course of the coast’s future.

California Forever The History of California State Parks
Sunday, April 27 at 7pm on KLRU Q
This program recalls the dramatic history and scenic beauty of California state parks — the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation.

California Forever Parks for the Future
Sunday, April 27 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
This program places the future of the parks within the context of trends that will soon threaten parks everywhere. Population growth, decline of native plants and animals, loss of open space and climate change all pose serious challenges to the integrity of parks, now and in the future.

 

 

KLRU Q Islands On The Edge starts April 4th

Islands On The Edge is a striking nature series narrated by Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!, Trainspotting) and produced by the award-winning Maramedia. Each of the four episodes offers a fascinating look at one of the world’s most remote locations —  the Hebrides Islands. Tune in to KLRU Q Friday’s at 8 pm starting April 4th!

April 4th: Episode #101 
In this first episode, autumn arrives with a vengeance. Young swallows, otters and grey seals face up to the biggest storms and highest tides of the year as they move towards independence. Tens of thousands of geese and swans arrive for the winter only to find predatory white-tailed eagles hungry and ready to hunt them. And on the Isle of Rum, a mighty stag faces the ultimate challenge in a battle to decide the true Monarch of the Glen.

April 11th: Episode #102
In most years winter is the hardest time in the Hebrides but once in a generation the spring turns out to be harder still. In the second program of this landmark series, the ISLANDS ON THE EDGE are hit by the biggest storm in living memory. As the drama unfolds we follow the lives of white-tailed eagles, harbor seals, hares, pine martens and short-eared owls as they struggle to raise their families. When the wild weather finally passes and the seas warm, the story moves beneath the waves to reveal the arrival of Scotlandís Ocean juggernauts – basking sharks!

April 18: Episode #103
Of all the ISLANDS ON THE EDGE, the Outer Hebrides are the most exposed to the full power of the Atlantic. Despite this, the wildlife here is the most spectacular in Europe. On the outlying islands, seabirds rush to feed their chicks while avoiding the murderous intentions of “bonxies” – predatory skuas with a taste for young puffins. On the low-lying Uists, acres of beautiful meadows burst into flower as summer finally arrives. But this is a year of drought and Atlantic salmon find themselves trapped in the sea pools and unable to move into the river systems. Yet again, the creatures of the Hebrides must find ways to survive the extremes of their unforgiving habitat.

April 25: Episode #104
In the final program of the series, we meet the people of the Hebrides and discover how they’re learning to live side-by-side with their wild neighbors. Ferryman Donnie McDonald from Skye has discovered that business can prosper if your passengers can be treated to some on-board entertainment in the form of white-tailed eagles hunting alongside the boat. We also meet Andrew Abrahams, who’s attempting to turn the Island of Colonsay into a nature reserve for bees, Alice Starmore, an artist inspired by the peatlands of Lewis, and Innes Henderson, the Coll fisherman who regularly has to steer his boat through a 100 strong group of basking sharks!

April 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with NATURE “My Bionic Pet,” exploring innovative animal interventions. In the middle of the month is The Address: A Film by Ken Burns seeing history through the eyes of students, and at the end of the month, observe family dynamics in NATURE “Snow Monkeys”.

PBS has announced the launch of its new “Think Wednesday” primetime line-up: television’s best nature, science and technology programming, including new episodes of acclaimed series NATURE and NOVA in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours respectively, and new specials debuting at 10 p.m. The “Think Wednesday” lineup premieres Wednesday, April 9, with new episodes of NOVA and NATURE and the premiere of YOUR INNER FISH at 10 p.m.

NATURE “My Bionic Pet”
Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

THE ADDRESS: A Film by Ken Burns
Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm
Ken Burns’s THE ADDRESS tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

NATURE “Snow Monkeys”
Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

KLRU News Briefs: No Kill Anniversary & Art from the Streets

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour Weekend, we have stories about two Austin non-profits with different plans for expansion.

On Saturday (3/29), our story is about Austin’s three year anniversary of being a “No Kill City.” That means 90% or more of the animals that enter the city’s shelter are coming out alive and being adopted.

Austin’s city council passed its first No Kill resolution back in 1997, with the goal of becoming a no kill city at some point. It wasn’t until October 2010 when the city put a plan into action, and allocated about $650,000 toward the goal. February 2011 was the first month the 90% goal was achieved. Austin is the largest no kill city in the US.

The non-profit Austin Pets Alive! is one of many shelters in the city working toward No Kill. APA is unique because it focuses on the “bottom 50%” of animals who might otherwise end up on the euthanasia list. In the past few years APA set its sights beyond Austin with a goal of making America “No Kill.” APA hosted its fourth annual AmPA Conference in Austin in February and is working with organizations and shelters in many other states.

On Sunday (3/30), we visit Art from the Streets, an organization which has taught art classes and offered open studio time to Austin’s homeless for more than 20 years.

“It started very, extremely, low key. We came in with pieces of paper and crayons,” Co-Founder Heloise Gold said. ”It shatters our stereotyping of who we think homeless people are, completely shatters it. If you have the right support, people flourish in their creativity.”

 Art from the Streets hosts an annual art show and sale each year around the holidays. The group is trying to raise money to improve its website to allow the artists to sell their work online throughout the year. They would also like to add another location for open studio time.

You can see both of these stories during PBS NewsHour Weekend on KLRU Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. 

Q Night At The Movies 3/29

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #511 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story The Humor and Heart of Animation at 7:30 pm
The writers behind the beloved animated classics KUNG FU PANDA 1 & 2, “King of the Hill,” and THE IRON GIANT, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Tim McCanlies discuss the comedy, action, and emotion that go into creating the worlds and characters of the beloved and popular films that appeal to audiences of all ages. And then the short film Dreamgiver by director/producer Tyler Carter.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Easter Parade at 8 pm
A New York dancer (Fred Astaire) grooms a chorus girl (Judy Garland) to be his new partner, falling in love along the way. Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford.

Annie: It’s The Hard-Knock Life, From Script To Stage at 9:45 pm
This documentary is a behind the scenes look into the development of the Broadway musical, Annie. It follows the process of designing, casting, rehearsing and mounting the production.

Hugh Laurie – Live on the Queen Mary at 10:45 pm
On the 26th of March this year a dream came true for Hugh Laurie. It was a dream born from a moment in his youth when he first heard Professor Longhair’s album Live On The Queen Mary. Recorded in 1975, it was to change Longhair’s life, catapulting him back into the limelight once again after years in the blues wilderness. And as Hugh says “Ever since I heard a recording of that show – my life changed too.”  And now Hugh Laurie will mark the climax of his personal musical odyssey with a tribute to the man who is his greatest inspiration. He is joined by the legendary Copper Bottom Band in the exact same room, on the exact same stage where Longhair delivered his master class to put on a unique, once in a life time, unforgettable performance. Surrounded by the art deco grandeur of this extraordinary ship and featuring classic Longhair favourites “Tipitina” and “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” and Hugh’s own renditions of blues classics such as “Staggerlee,” “Junco Partner,” “Kiss Of Fire” and “Wild Honey,” this a show like no other.

Science Night 4/2

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature White Falcon, White Wolf at 7 pm
On Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island, where June is spring, July is summer and August is already autumn, the race is on for two remarkable species to raise their families. The white gyr falcon is enormous, the largest and most powerful falcon in the world. Yet last summer, the nesting falcon pair here failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keeps them alive. Last year was good to them, and they raised three cubs. But for the wolves and the falcons, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious.


NOVA Wild Predator Invasion at 8 pm
Over the last few centuries we have shot, trapped and skinned the predators that formerly thrived at the top of the food chain in the wild. Wild bears, wolves and big cats are all in retreat, and a growing number of scientists are discovering that by eliminating predators, we have changed the environment. Removing predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. In “Wild Predator Invasion,” NOVA follows scientists who are trying out a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators –like wolves, bears, and panthers — to their natural environments. Can these newly reintroduced predators restore the natural balance of their ecosystems without threatening the humans who live among them?


Secrets of the Dead Carthage’s Lost Warriors at 9 pm
Carthage, the proud capital of the vast Carthaginian Empire, is ablaze. Marauding Romans are mercilessly slaughtering and pillaging. Any survivors face a terrifying fate as slaves on Roman galleys or in their quarries. Escaping the bloody carnage is impossible… or is it? Could some of the once-mighty Carthaginians have got away? And even more incredibly — could they have turned west on an epic journey across the vast Atlantic Ocean to new shores? Did they set foot in South America, long before Columbus ever walked the face of the Earth?

Highlights March 30 – April 5

KLRU Highlights

Tune into Blackademics TV for discussions on how race is avoided in classrooms and texbooks and the challenges parents face in choosing schools for their kids in Browns / Foster, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

A superstar roster of award-winning jazz and classical musicians and ensembles come together for an unprecedented concert at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida in Jazz And The Philharmonic, Sunday at 3 pm.

Becoming An Artist follows  young artists from diverse backgrounds and distant regions as they apply to the Young Arts program, come together to share their work, create new pieces, and consider what a life in the arts might entail, Sunday at 4:30 pm.

The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premise on episode one of the new season of Call the Midwife Sunday at 7 pm.

Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary. Agnes returns from training in Paris. Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 1, Sunday at 8 pm.

Can Susan and her old friends catch the killer behind a string of murders? Find out in Bletchley Circle Episode #101, Sunday at 10 pm.

When Scotland Yard dismisses the women’s theories they realize it’s up to them to stop the killer  before he takes his next victim in Bletchley Circle Episode #102, Sunday at 10:58.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Kansas City and visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to explore a one-of-a-kind, signed baseball, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow  visits Atlanta, Georgia and heads to the Coca-Cola archives with Leila Dunbar to explore the mystery surrounding the disappearance of three Norman Rockwell paintings, Monday at 8 pm.

Meet a community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population as Independent Lens presents Medora Monday at 9 pm.

Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world, in Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down  -  allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe as Story Of The Jews presents  A Leap Of Faith, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents Over The Rainbow Tuesday at 8 pm. Plunge into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents Return Tuesday at 9 pm. Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.

American Jerusalem: Jews And The Making of San Francisco tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco Tuesday at 10 pm.

Explore an art installation takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action as Arts In Context presents Thirst Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Western Perspectives: Arts & Creativity In Western Perspective Episode #103 Thursday at 8 pm introduces viewers to the artists that shape the vast exhibition space of far West Texas.

Live from Lincoln Center presents James Naughton: The Songs Of Randy Newman Friday at 8 pm. A Tony winner for his performances in “City of Angels” and “Chicago,” James Naughton takes on the repertoire of Randy Newman, Friday at 8 pm.

Narrator Christopher Kim and dreamy post-surf band Yum explore what it means to grow up Asian-American in Hardly Sound‘s Yum, Friday at 10 pm.

Learn how to spare the water but not the beauty with plants that laugh at drought as Central Texas Gardener presents Drought Busters at  noon and 4 pm.

See an entirely different approach to dairy farming – the cows are raised naturally and humanely, producing exceptionally delicious milk in Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast Episode #3503, Saturday at 4:30.

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

Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight. But just who is responsible for her disappearance? Find out in The Devil’s Dust, Saturday at 8 pm.

In the Studio: Martin Baron tapes Overheard 4/5

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Martin Baron!

DATE: April 5
TIME: 12:50pm (Doors open at 12:30pm)
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

BaronMartin Baron is Executive Editor of The Washington Post, overseeing the Post’s print and digital news operations. Before joining the Post, Baron was editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years. During his tenure the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes. Baron has also held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

In the Studio: Civic Summit East Austin Revealed 4/3

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Please join us for KLRU’s Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed!

DATE: April 3
TIME: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A, 2504-B Whitis at the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed is a community discussion examining East Austin’s race issues, past and present. African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. As our city grows these communities are threatened, leading to the dissolution of close-knit relationships built over time. Dr. Kevin Michael Foster, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT will moderate a panel discussion including opportunity for audience comments and questions.

Guests include:

  • Lee Leffingwell, Austin Mayor
  • Dawnna Dukes, State Representative
  • Wilhelmina Delco, Former State Representative
  • John-Michael Cortez, Community Involvement Manager, Capital Metro
  • Natalie Cofield, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

The discussion will follow a screening of Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, a documentary featuring interviews with prominent citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city. Watch the Austin Revealed videos

Civic Summit discussions are made possible in part by:
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KLRU and Intergalactic Nemesis create new project

KLRU is partnering with Austin theater group The Intergalactic Nemesis on a unique crowdfunding campaign. We’re raising funds to record “Book One: Target Earth” in front of a live studio audience and create a web series totally unlike anything else.

If you’ve seen any of The Intergalactic Nemesis performances, you know how engaging and special they are, and you can imagine how excited we are to be working with them.

As part of this campaign, KLRU is offering unique thank you gifts such as posters and tickets to the taping of the live performance in KLRU’s Studio 6A on April 19th.

Supporting this campaign means you’re supporting the partnership of two great, local non-profit arts organizations. The best part: your donation will be matched by PBS! In support of this project PBS is matching up to $20,000 of what we raise in this campaign. Your donation will go twice as far!

For more information about this project, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/whatsthatbuzz

Even if you can’t contribute monetarily, you can still help our campaign. Tell your friends, tell your enemies! Share the word via Twitter, Facebook, email, sky writing. The more people talk about what we’re trying to do, the closer we get to our goal.