Highlights June 26- July 2

KLRU Highlights

Tune into this episode of Dancing On The Edge on Sunday at 7 pm to chart the Louis Lester Band’s ascent, with Stanley’s help, from a downbeat jazz cellar to the Imperial Hotel and a party attended by an admiring prince and a moneyed American.

Next at 8 pm Sunday on Endeavor Season 3 on MasterpieceArcadia,” the death of an artist in a house-fire leaves Oxford police baffled. Then, when a young housewife dies seemingly of a mysterious “tummy bug” that has sickened half the police force, Morse’s investigation leads him to an inner-city supermarket.

The killer claims to highlight the ills of contemporary European society as his second “truth” unfolds. An enigmatic hosteler crosses the paths of Karl and Elise once more. Are they any closer to an answer? Watch at 9:30 pm Sunday on Tunnel.

On Monday on POVThe Look Of Silence,” an Oscar nominated film, follow an optometrist as he identifies the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. The film, winner of more than 50 awards, shows viewers how he confronts the accused while testing their eyes and demands they accept responsibility. Tune in at 9 pm.

Travel to Los Angeles with Genealogy Roadshow as they examine a family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood pharmacy, Schwabb’s; a link to one of the first African-American college graduates; a family tree wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; and more. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Next at 8 pm Tuesday on GreeksThe Good Strife,” watch as ancient Greeks strive for excellence, strife proves to be an inescapable certainty-and it’s not long before the rising civilization and all that it promises will face its gravest tests.

Later at 9 pm Tuesday on Frontline, join writer and historian Jelani Cobb as he examines the Newark Police Department, one of the many trouble police forced in America ordered to reform.

Tune in at 10:30 pm Tuesday as God & Governing touches on topics such as guns, education, abortion, the death penalty and marriage. This episode will feature dozens of intimate interviews which unlock the spiritual motivations behind some of Texas’ most powerful lawmakers.

On Wednesday at 7 pm tune into Supernature – Wild FlyersDefying Gravity” and explore the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne in the first place.

Next at 8 pm Wednesday, join NOVAMaking North America: Origins” and experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.

Follow the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb on 9 Months That Made You: The First 8 Weeks. Chart the metamorphosis from the lizard-like, mouse-like and monkey-like forms you once took on until the moment around 12 weeks when you became unmistakably human. Watch at 9 pm Wednesday.

Later at 10 pm Wednesday, the best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record Essential Tremors.

Tune in on Overheard with Evan Smith as he sits down with Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL and a venture capitalist Thursday at 7 pm.

Next at 7: 30 pm Thursday, Steve Jobs – One Last Thing will take an in-depth look at the Apple boss to examine how and why he revolutionized our world.

Join Chet on The Daytripper  at 8:30 pm Thursday as he heads to Dripping Spring, Texas to eat at a Belgium bakery, swims in Hamilton Pool, climbs Reimer’s Ranch, and polishes the day off at Salt Lick.

Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice on Bletchley Circle at 9 pm Thursday.

Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories.  Follow Secrets Of Her Majesty’s Secrets Service at 10 pm Thursday and explore the shadowy world of spying, going back in time to take a look at some on the world’s most calculated operations.

On Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday, join 12 amateur bakers in the tent for their first competition. Madeira cake is the Signature challenge. For the Technical, they must duplicate Mary Berry’s frosted walnut cake. Finally, they tackle black forest gateau for the Showstopper.

Enjoy the best contemporary rock hits from The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business on Austin City Limits at 9 pm Friday.

At 10 pm Friday, rock out on Live From the Artists Den with a musical performance by Gary Clark Jr. The show will feature songs from his 2012  breakthrough album Blak and Blu and last year’s genre-bending follow-up, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim.

On Saturday, tune into Central Texas Gardener at noon. Get the hottest new plants with Jessica Robertson of Greenleaf Nursery. Casey Boyter’s garden respects resources where people, plants, and planet unite.

Later at 7 pm Saturday, catch TV On The Radio and The War On Drugs on Austin City Limits. Dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.

Highlights June 19-25

KLRU Highlights

This comedic series, Vicious, tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Now that their careers are over, their lives consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure their dog stays alive and hurling caustic insults at each other. Watch at 7 pm Sunday.

At 8 pm Sunday, don’t miss a fair turn sinister after a brutal murder is committed on Endeavor Season 3 On MasterpieceRide.” However, a suspended Morse begins a convert investigation as the body turns up on his doorstep.

Tune in at 10 pm Sunday, as the body of a woman is discovered on the borderline between Britain and France inside the Channel Tunnel. On this episode of Tunnel, follow this complex cross-Channel investigation as they discover that this was no ordinary murder.

On Monday, go inside the continuous issue of abortions rights on this episode of Independent LensTrapped.” Staring at 9 pm, follow the story of healthcare providers and others in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama who fighting against controversial new TRAP laws that are closing clinics.

On this special of Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now, re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. At 10:30  pm Monday, explore how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Join genealogists at 7 pm on Tuesday at the Providence Public Library to research stories on Holocaust survivors. Also on Genealogy Roadshow, a guest’s African-American relative who served in WWI; a man’s Amish ties; a woman’s roots in the whaling industry; and a Rhode Island macaroni company.

Next at 8 pm Tuesday, uncover the first draft of Western civilization on GreeksCavemen To Kings.”

Follow renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande on Frontline Being Mortal” as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. Join the investigation at 9 pm Tuesday, view the practice of caring for the dying and see how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old boy in Austin, Texas writes and produces a play from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who plays his mother on stage deepens, he changes his perception of who he thought his father was and the preconceptions of who he thought his mother was. Watch at 10:30 pm. Tuesday.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Scientist Todd Atwood has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. Join Atwood on Wednesday at 7 pm as he tries determines what causes this extraordinary decline.

Next on NOVANazi Attack on America” at 8 pm Wednesday a sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

On Nazi Mega Weapons at 9 pm Wednesday Germany crushes its enemies in a series of offensives coined “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War.” Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they’re unstoppable.

Tune in on Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm for an encore viewing of Austin City Limits with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Australian group perform songs from their 30-year career and their latest, Push the Sky Away.

Colin Jost sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm. Jost is co‐anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update.” He was previously co‐head writer and a staff writer at SNL. Colin has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his SNL writing. He also writes occasionally for The New Yorker.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, God & Governing explores the role Texas lawmakers’ personal religious beliefs increasingly play in their legislative decision-making.

For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed. Tune in at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to one of Texas’s largest cities to explore its amazing missions not called “The Alamo” and to explore the artistic and German area known as Southtown. Watch on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Jimi Hendrix: American Masters at 8 pm Friday unveils previously unseen performance footage – such as the 1968 Miami Pop Festival -and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him.

Find out what really kills plants in summer on June 25 episode of Central Texas Gardener airing at noon.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business Saturday at 7 pm. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record Essential Tremors.

The Genealogy Roadshow Austin experience

Denise Garza is one of six people featured in the Austin episode of Genealogy Roadshow airing October 14th on PBS stations across the nation. Denise provided this story about her experience on the show.  PHOTO: Denise Garza getting final instructions from the Genealogy Roadshow production team before she tapes her segment at the Driskill Hotel on June 23.


My trip on the Genealogy Roadshow has been fast, furious and fantastic! Little did I know when I answered the call for entry, I would be pulled in a wonderful whirlwind of excitement.

KLRU ran an ad looking for Austin participants just after Antiques Roadshow in late April. My father, Joe, has been researching our family history for years. He formed many assumptions about our family’s long lineage but lacked conclusive evidence. I saw the ad and thought, “What the heck!” and submitted my questions.

The questions were:
1. Do I qualify as a Daughter of the Republic of Texas?
2. Are we related to Jews who came to the Americas to escape the Spanish Inquisition?

Just a few days after the online submission, I received a phone call from the show’s casting department. I spoke with the casting agent and he recommended that we do a Skype call the next day. I made my case on Skype which was recorded and presented to the GRS producers. They liked me and I was in!

Over the next few days, I emailed all the family research I had done on my own. The Genealogy Roadshow production team sent me a DNA test kit that same weekend. It took a half an hour to fill the DNA test tube with saliva. It was kind of gross. I sent the DNA kit back immediately.

About three weeks went by without a word, and then I received a call from Jeff with the show’s production team. He wanted to do a special taping session with just me! We settled on filming in my home and at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park in Austin. Exhilarating, but a little stressful!

The small film crew arrived in my home on Monday, June 17, to film. My husband, Ian, and I were nervous and excited. The crew set-up in my little living room and we filmed the interview segment. The head of the crew, Chad, was very professional and patient as I sat for his questions. After the shoot at home, we spent an about an hour in the park filming more reflective segments.

Sunday, June 23, we were called to the Driskill Hotel to film the big reveal. Chad asked me to bring as many family members as I could. My parents, my sisters and their families met my husband in the lobby of the hotel. Unfortunately, my brother was working out of state and could not join us. Including myself, I brought a family of eleven! The production team was happy to see such a big family turnout!

Our call time for filming the reveal was at noon. However, the production fell behind schedule and we had to wait, nervously, for two hours. While waiting, we got to see another participant film their reveal and watch Earl Campbell greet fans.

Finally, we were called to the set to film the big reveal. Of course, I can’t say too much about they found, but I can say there were lots of tears and lots of laughter! The family was able to walk a little taller when we left the hotel.

I had a wonderful time on the roadshow and I hope that my story, along with the stories of the other families on the show, can inspire you to explore your own past and find your own place in history.

Genealogy Roadshow selection process complete

We’re excited about Austin’s overwhelming  interest in the new PBS series Genealogy Roadshow. The show’s producers  have received hundreds of responses and said they wish they could share all the fascinating stories that have been presented.

PBS says the submission process for Austin is now complete and all stories have been selected. The producers said the selection process was difficult because of all the fascinating stories but they know that all our viewers will love learning about Austin, Texas, and U.S. history through the lens of neighbors in your community. Be sure to tune in to the premiere of Genealogy Roadshow, Monday, September 23 on KLRU.

Genealogy Roadshow to film in Austin 6/23

Local residents with interesting stories needed for national broadcast of new PBS series

PBS and KLRU-TV announce that the new series Genealogy Roadshow, which premieres nationally this fall, is seeking local participants to share their families’ stories. Final participants will be part of an episode taping in Austin on Sunday, June 23. Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow  will combine history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers are looking for Austin-area residents who have (or believe they have) a historically significant story in their family. Chosen stories will be researched by a team of local experts, and will be linked to the larger community’s history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of Central Texas and America. Individuals with interesting stories are encouraged to submit them online through the KLRU website at klru.org/grshow. (Selection process is now complete)

Genealogy Roadshow’s premiere season features participants from four American cities — Austin, Detroit, Nashville, and San Francisco — who want to explore unverified genealogical claims passed down through family histories that may (or may not) connect them to an event or an historical figure. These cities were chosen as American crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history with deep pools of potential participants and stories. The Austin episode, which will be filmed before a live audience, will air this fall (specific air dates will be announced later).

“Austin is a natural fit for Genealogy Roadshow. As the capital of Texas, it is known as a very progressive and modern city with a fascinating multicultural history,” said executive producer Stuart Krasnow. “We’re looking for a diverse mix of stories from locals who want to know more about their history.”

“I am delighted that Austin was chosen to be a part of Genealogy Roadshow,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO. “Our participation in this project helps us fulfill our mission to make a better community one story at a time. We encourage Central Texans to share their story by going to klru.org/grshow and be part of this exciting production.”

After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery. Austin residents are invited and encouraged to submit their personal stories as Genealogy Roadshow  will unearth family and community secrets, reveal notable relatives and discover unexpected stories that connect the past to the present. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities’ – and the participants’ – histories.

Genealogy Roadshow  is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a long-time television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country’s top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. It is represented in the U.S. by Pat Quinn of Quinn Media Management and packaged with PBS by APA.

Genealogy Roadshow  has been a huge hit in Ireland, where national public broadcaster RTE commissioned this original format from producer Big Mountain Productions.