Highlights May 8-13

KLRU Highlights

On Call the Midwife Episode #506, see the consequences of a woman’s decision not to report a rape and a mother’s decision to conceal her daughter’s pregnancy. Sunday at 7 p.m., Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path on Wallander Season 4 On Masterpiece The White Lioness. Worst of all, he’s having blackouts.

The Whiteleys deal starts to look bad on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 7. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae also retire. Tune in Sunday at 9 p.m.!

On Independent Lens Peace Officer, Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the increasingly militarized state of American police. Monday at 8 p.m., learn how he established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff.

Meet two Christians – an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered – who find common ground in the fight against the rising tide of gun violence on Independent Lens The Armor Of Light Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Carlos Watson, founder of the the news site Ozy.com, Point Taken Episode #105 will feature a debate about current hot-button issues Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett. experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

On Overheard with Evan Smith Jeffrey Goldberg, Smith interviews the a national correspondent for The Atlantic Thursday at 7 p.m. Goldberg’s most recent Atlantic article was a long-read on President Obama’s foreign policy legacy called “The Obama Doctrine.” It appears in the magazine’s April 2016 issue.

On Stories of the Mind The Critical Years, four stories from young adults show a range of mental health experiences Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This is a critical age, marked by major life transitions at a time when many disorders tend to manifest.

Stories of the Mind Ways To Wellness will show you five ways for every viewer to achieve optimum mental fitness, told through the personal experiences of fascinating, diverse characters Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper New Braunfels, Tx, Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Watch Civic Summit Austin’s Latino Identity, a townhall examining challenges and celebrating contributions made by Austin’s Latino population Thursday at 9 p.m.

On Austin Revealed El Despertar, explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture Thursday at 10 p.m.

On American Masters Janis Joplin, observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer Friday at 8 p.m.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from a Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits Saturday at 7 p.m.

KLRU Celebrates Earth Month!


Here at KLRU, we love our planet and proudly celebrate Earth Day. With it coming up on April 22nd, what better way to pay tribute to our big blue planet than to air programs that embrace nature and shed light on problems the Earth currently faces?

On April 21, Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Center For Women & Their Work, Thirst memorializes the loss of over 300 million trees that died in the Texas in the drought of 2011.

From April 25-30 at 8 p.m., the miniseries, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will chronologically work its way through the history of the creation of our national parks.

On April 25, National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Scripture Of Nature (1851-1890) tells how the astonishing beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone give birth to the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone; John Muir becomes their eloquent defender. In addition, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

April 26 brings National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Last Refuge (1890-1915), which discusses how a young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes one of the national parks’ greatest champions; in Yellowstone, a magnificent species is rescued from extinction; and in Yosemite, John Muir fights the battle of his life to save a beautiful valley. But before that, at 7 p.m. National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) airs April 27. In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.

On April 28, National Parks: America’s Best Idea Going Home (1920-1933) tells the story of a Nebraska housewife who searches for peace and inspiration in park after park, while a honeymoon couple seeks fame and adventure in the Grand Canyon; and the future of the Great Smoky Mountains becomes caught in a race with the lumbermen’s saws.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea Great Nature (1933-1945) explains that in the midst of an economic catastrophe and then a world war, the national parks provide a source of much-needed jobs and then much-needed peace on April 29; the park idea changes to include new places and new ways of thinking; and in Wyoming, battle lines are drawn along the front of the Teton Range.

A stubborn iconoclast fights a lonely battle on behalf of a species nearly everyone hates on National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Morning Of Creation (1946-1980) on April 30.  America’s “Last Frontier” becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea; and in unprecedented numbers, American families create unforgettable memories, passing on a love of the parks to the next generation.

KLRU Q also crafted some of their April programming in honor of our planet.

On April 15, Q starts the night off with Big Burn: American Experience at 8 p.m. This one-hour special highlights the hundreds of wildfires that raged across the Northern Rockies during the summer of 1910. Then at 9 p.m., America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck And The Ashtev examines the pivotal role played by pioneering forestry educator Carl Schenck and his founding of America’s first school of forestry-the Biltmore Forest School. To finish the night off, Jens Jensen The Living Green profiles the unsung pioneering landscape architect who became one of America’s most influential urban designers and early conservationists at 10 p.m.

Then on Earth Day itself, April 22, experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism on American Masters A Fierce Green Fire at 8 p.m. After that, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time highlights Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career as an environmentalist, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Finally, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Music Night on KLRUQ

KLRU Q Featured

Since February 14th is the day of love, use it to celebrate your love of music with KLRUQ! At 6 pm, take a look into Elvis Presley’s roots and rise to fame. At 7pm, learn all you need to know about Frank Sinatra’s career. On American Masters at 8 pm, see how Marvin Hamlisch went from child prodigy to popular composer. At 9:30 pm, check out never-before-seen footage of Dave Clark Five.

Elvis: Return To Tupelo at 6 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. Elvis: Return To Tupelo 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.

Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time  at 7 pm
Hosted by singer Mel Torme, this documentary chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films.

American Masters Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love at 8 pm
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT’s ever. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch’s classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his A-list collaborators, and cooperation from his family combine to tell this rich and engrossing story.

Dave Clark Five — Glad All Over  at 9:30 pm
In a frequently overlooked historical fact, The Dave Clark Five were actually the first English group to tour America in May of 1964, and thus were the first to spearhead the ensuring “British Invasion” of rock & roll that went on to change the world. The film features never-before-seen footage from Clark’s personal archives together with clips from the hit UK series Ready Steady Go! with performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.


whyKLRU? Special Live Nights Starting Tonight!

If you’ve already given a gift or shared why you love KLRU this August, thank you for your support! In just one week, you have helped raised $90,000 towards our goal of $240,000! We’re not done yet – tonight and Saturday we’ll be live in the KLRU studios with really exciting programs and thank you gifts!

Tonight is our regular Friday public affairs line up starting at 6pm with PBS Newshour, Washington Week at 7pm and Need to Know at 7:30pm. If you call in to support any of our public affairs programs you’ll be entered in a drawing to win season tickets to our engaging speaker series, Spark at the Moody.

Following public affairs at 8:30pm is American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an incredible portrait of the life, career, and creative journey of a very talented actor, artist and musician. Jeff Bridges just taped his Austin City Limits performance this week (airing in November), and we’ll be giving away his signed, limited edition posters and also tickets to the Big Lebowski quote-a-long at the Alamo Drafthouse this month – you’ll have to watch to win, so don’t forget to tune in!

PBS Preview: American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

The highlight of Saturday afternoon is 90 minutes of Central Texas Gardener starting at 4pm. We’ll be live in the studio with all the CTG folks who are eager to hear from the garden-lovers out there. We have a great fall preview show lined up (read more about it at the CTG blog!), a special gift package to give away from Eastside Cafe, Go Local Austin businesses answering the phones,  and  an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience for fans to see an actual taping of a CTG episode! It’ll be CTG-super-sized and not to be missed!

Central Texas Gardener Saturday Special Promo

Stick around KLRU into the evening for the next live pledge event: Austin City Limits, Season 37 Preview. See next season’s performances and backstage interviews before anyone else does! And if you’re a fan of Arcade Fire, you will have an opportunity to receive tickets to their ACL taping in Septembertickets will go fast, so don’t miss your chance! Give now and watch the preview tomorrow for more ACL goodies!

Austin City Limits Special: Season 37 Preview