Highlights November 2-8

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday at 7 pm and 8 pm, KLRU brings you episodes from two television series: Masterpiece’s Paradise, Season 2-Part 6 and Masterpiece Mystery’s Death Comes to Pemberley, Part 2 (also airing Saturday at 8 pm).

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30, the Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson.

Two hours of the Antiques Roadshow in Miami Beach, Florida and Atlantic City, New Jersey begins at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, in Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor and combats the first female chief of the electricity utility company.

In Tuesday’s episode of Finding Your Roots at 7 pm, we learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage, but a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition.

Makers Tuesday at 8 pm, highlights women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields.

PBS’ premier public affairs series, Frontline begins at 9 pm on Tuesday.

On Nature Wednesday at 7 pm, watch the story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.

On NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm, learn more about Spinosaurus, a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator to ever walk the Earth.

From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way on How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Ross Douthat, a conservative Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create the successful music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The Daytripper travels to San Marcos and Marble Falls, Texas Thursday at 8 and 8:30 pm, respectively.

An aging spy stumbles on an international scandal that could bring down the British government on Page Eight Thursday at 9 pm.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company beginning at 7 pm on Friday.

Watch Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House Friday at 8 pm.

Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Wolfgang Laib use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain on Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm.

It’s time to plant trees, so let’s get to it with some of our best picks on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm, explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

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


Science Night November 5

Education and entertainment come together for KLRU’s Science Night every Wednesday beginning at 7 pm.

Nature starts the evening off. Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are also springing up, as development often displaces these gentle creatures. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.

Almost a century ago, paleontologists found the first tantalizing hints of a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator ever to walk the Earth: spectacular fossil bones from a dinosaur dubbed Spinosaurus. Bringing together experts in paleontology, geology, climatology and paleobotany, this NOVA/National Geographic special at 8 pm brings to life the lost world over which Spinosaurus reigned more than 65 million years ago.

Finally on How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson at 9 pm, only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how mastery of cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way.

Community Cinema: Evolution of a Criminal 11/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Evolution of a Criminal on Tuesday, November 4th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.


Q Night at the Movies November 1

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week, Movie Night with KLRU Q features Call Northside 777 at 8 pm from the All-star Film Collection. In the thrilling film, a Chicago newsman (James Stewart) digs up the story of a scrubwoman’s son (Richard Conte) framed for murder.

But, that’s not all! Join KLRU Q prior to the movie for even more entertainment. Beginning at 7:30 pm in On Story, Rian Johnson (Looper), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and Roberto Orci (Star Trek), masters of weaving time travel into the fabric of film, dissect the elements that make for a believable “operating system” when writing a comprehensible timeline for a screenplay. A Conversation About Cheating with my Time Traveling Future Self accompanies this episode, trailing one man’s attempt to better his life.

Finally, in Pioneers of Television at 9:55 pm, as viewers reveled in being transported to shadowy underworlds, creative geniuses emerged in the forms of Jack Webb (“Dragnet”), Desi Arnaz (“The Untouchables”) and Bruce Geller (“Mannix” and “Mission: Impossible”). Groundbreaking actors Bill Cosby (“I Spy”) and Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman”) reveal the methods behind their successes as the first African-American and breakthrough female lead characters in a television series. Barbara Bain and Martin Landau share the secrets behind the success of the innovative hit “Mission: Impossible, ” while the evolution of Peter Falk’s amazing characterization in his role as “Columbo” is recalled. And James Garner, in his only recent interview, along with series creator Stephen J. Cannell, recounts the success of the “The Rockford Files’” reluctant crime solver.

Watch movies every Saturday starting at 7:30 pm only on KLRU Q!

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

November 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, November 5 at 7pmNATURE “A Sloth Named Velcro” In 2000, in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story of Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life..

Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm:  NATURE “Leave It to Beavers” explores how beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands..

Wednesday, November  26 at 7pmNATURE My Life As a Turkey,” An Original Duckumentary” and The Private Life Of Deer Get ready to view a NATURE marathon in time for Thanksgiving with these three programs on turkeys, ducks, and white-tailed deer!

KLRU shows receive Emmy Awards


KLRU’s Arts In Context received two Lone Star Emmy Awards at the 11th Annual ceremony in October. KLRU associated programs On Story Presented by The Austin Film Festival and The Daytripper also received one Emmy each. Awards were presented for:

Mario Troncoso, Producer/Director
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor

There Will Be Fun
Mario Troncoso, Producer/Director
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Produce/Editor

Chet Garner, Host of the Daytripper

On Story-Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan
Austin Film Festival
Barbara Morgan, Executive Producer

Austin-produced programs airing on KLRU were up for 13 Emmy nominations. The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television industry and the gatekeeper of the prestigious regional Emmy Awards in Texas. The Lone Star Emmy Chapter represents the best and brightest television and media professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Texas’ 19 television markets. Get the complete list of winners


KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween

curious george boo fest

KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween with several special programs!

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Monday, Oct. 27, at 8 am and 2 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 am and 2 pm
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin — a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George’s quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth? Only the curious will find out!

Thomas & Friends Tricks and Trails
Monday, Oct. 27, at 12:30 pm
When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That Trick or Treat
Monday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 pm
Nick and Sally are making Halloween masks, but they want to make them really scary.

SuperWhy! The Ghost Who Was Afraid Of Halloween
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 am
It’s Halloween in Storybrook Village and Pig is so frightened, he won’t go Trick or Treating with his friends!

Thomas & Friends Spooky Charms
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 pm
James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there’s a ghost at Ulfstead Castle.

Dinosaur Train “Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 am
Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween.

Arthur “D.W.’s Stray Netkitin / Bats In The Belfry”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3 pm
D.W. is panicked when a “Scary Clown” virus ruins the Read family computer. Who will take care of her virtual Netkitin pet? Arthur and D.W. are thrilled when Grandma Thora lets them turn her attic into a clubhouse.

Martha Speaks Giant Pumpkin
Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 pm
Carolina finds a story that’s stranger than she bargained for.

Word Girl Tobey’s Tricks and Treats
Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 am
After losing the costume contest at school, Tobey sets his Robots on a candy-stealing spree and vows to ruin Halloween.


In the Studio: William Gibson tapes Overheard 11/3

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with William Gibson on November 3 at 9:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:45am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now.

William Gibson is an acclaimed science fiction novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, known for coining the term “cyberspace.” He has been called the “noir prophet” of the “cyberpunk” community, credited with revamping the science fiction genre with his 1984 debut novel,Neuromancer. That book went on to be the first to win the three top science fiction prizes – the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Throughout his writing career he has published three trilogies, including The New York Times best-selling Blue Antseries. His newest novel, The Peripheral, is available on October 28. Gibson is in Austin for aspeaking and signing at BookPeople on Sunday, November 2.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth 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 William Gibson. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Highlights October 26-November 1

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece brings us two of its television series, The Paradise and Death Comes to Pemberley, Sunday evening beginning at 7 pm.

When a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled, DCI Banks Sunday at 9 pm and his team quickly identify their prime suspect.

Two hours of the Antiques Roadshow begins at 7 pm on Monday.

Have the national virtues of punctuality and loyalty to protocol become societal impediments and even dangers to the people of Japan? Independent Lens Brakeless investigates Monday at 9 pm.

Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm traces three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation’s sense of itself.

On Makers Tuesday at 8 pm, hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS.

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 on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm uncovers the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines.

On How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm, Johnson relates the story of people who take us out of the dark and into the light.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm on Austin City Limits.

Bob Woodward, who worked with Carl Bernstein to investigate and report the Watergate scandal, which lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

On Arts in Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, born out of intense personal hardship, Les Rav – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter.

Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm explores the Spooky locations of Texas and then goes to Grapevine.

KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute present an Austin mayoral debate Thursday at 9 pm.

Your weekly Washington Week and Moyers and Company begins at 7 pm on Friday.

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines an all-star evening At The Rainbow Room Friday at 8 pm.

Elliott Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work on Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm.

Mingle herbs for food, wildlife flowers and what ails you into your waterwise scheme on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Saturday at 7 pm.

The televisions series Death Comes to Pemberley and Father Brown begin at 8 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively.