Highlights September 28 – October 4

KLRU Highlights

Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 1 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 8 pm, once again, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues to solve the mystery, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else in the world. He now wants to embark on a journey to learn more about the woman who created him on Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Senator Dan Patrick and Senator Leticia Van de Putte square off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor on Monday at 7 pm.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will be airing on Monday at 9 pm.

On Independent Lens Monday at 10 pm, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.

This week on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, three of America’s greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins.

Don’t miss Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis as they square off in The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor Tuesday at 8 pm.

Laugh with Makers | Women in Comedy Tuesday and Thursday at 9 pm as they track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like “Maude” to today’s multifaceted landscape.

Frontline Tuesday at 10 pm investigates the explosive growth of Macau as the gambling capital of the world and how major American casinos conduct business there.

Watched by spycams, penguins in Antarctica are caught taking their own first unsteady steps on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle Wednesday at 7 pm.

On Nova Wednesday at 8 pm, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Rise of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 goes into the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.

Watch Coldplay’s live performance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm!

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm meets with Lawrence Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker.

A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go to the Dance) Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Go to the State Fair of Texas with Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Austin City Limits Celebrates Forty Years of showcasing the best music on television with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Foo Fighters and more Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Beck performs live on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Highlights September 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Caribbean Mystery Sunday at 7 pm follows Miss Marple and a curmudgeonly business tycoon while they unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic” at a lavish tropical hotel.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly Sunday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 9 pm, Miss Marple unveils secrets of Greenshaw’s Folly while researching the death of the house’s loyal butler.

As Neil Barsky’s film recounts in POV Koch Monday at 9 pm, Mayor Ed Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated during his three terms in office, 1978-1989.

The miniseries Independent Lens: The Graduates Monday at 10:30 pm (in Spanish Tuesday at 10 pm) depicts an honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate and during an unforgiving global economy.

In Finding Your Roots In Search of Our Fathers Tuesday at 7 pm Stephen King, Courtney Vance and Gloria Reuben solve the mystery of their paternal ancestry and meet relatives they never knew they had.

Boomer List American Masters Tuesday at 8 pm provides insight into the boomer generation through intimate interviews that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created.

Laugh along with Carol Burnett and The Funny Ladies on Pioneers of Television Tuesday at 10 pm as they paved the way for today’s TV comediennes.

Penguins cross treacherous, frozen seas and avoid dangerous predators to reach their breeding grounds in Penguins: A Nature Special Wednesday at 7 pm.

Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers and keep our data safe.

In Secrets of the Dead Wednesday at 9 pm scientists test the bones found in 2011 of hunchbacked King Richard III, a fearsome warrior and evil king of England, to discover more information about his history.

Steve Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket all at Austin City Limits airing Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Jeffrey Tambor, a six-time Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show and George Bluth Sr. in Arrested Development, joins Evan Smith for an interview on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context | The Best Little Art House in Texas Thursday at 7:30 pm follows a group of passionate fans, who work to preserve the love of film and art house movie theaters in Austin.

Latino Americans | On the South Plains Thursday at 8 pm depicts a celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

During Daytripper | El Paso Thursday at 8:30 pm, travel to the edge of Texas to discover the Wild West history of this frontier town and learn why it is known as the “Boot Capital of the World.”

In El Taller Thursday at 9 pm Proyecto Teatro and director Luis Ordaz aim to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, for the purpose of encouraging human development, improving society and maintaining culture.

Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge are displayed on stage as Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm presents Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen takes place Saturday starting at 10 am. This national initiative features programs to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.  This full-day event is dedicated to engaging Austin around the dropout crisis and features local resources as well as documentaries on various topics.

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights September 14-20

KLRU Highlights

This week, KLRU presents Ken Burns’ newest documentary over the course of 7 nights. Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Get Action (1858-1901) Sunday at 7 pm and 9 pm explores the champion of a strenuous life, Theodore Roosevelt, as he becomes the youngest president in American history, while Franklin Delano follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination.

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency on Roosevelts: An Intimate History In The Arena (1901-1910) Monday at 7 pm and 9 pm. In the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Fire of Life (1910-1919) Tuesday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Eleanor discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Storm (1920-1933) Wednesday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) Thursday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR shatters the third-term tradition and struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) Friday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive.

Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator on Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) Saturday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world.

Highlights Sept. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Learn the stories behind these icons on Secrets of Westminster at 7 pm Sunday.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents an emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease on The Genius of Marian.

From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread.

SXSW Flashback 2014 at 10:30 pm Tuesday presents highlights from SXSW including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear.

Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar on Earthflight, a Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Nova at 8 pm Wednesday travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann talks about her career in music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles an Austin group that uses puppetry and physical theater to address the impact of climate change on traditional farming societies around the world on Tiny Puppets.

Chet heads to Orange to explore the swamps and waterways of this town on the Louisiana border on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty at 8 pm Friday examines the life and career of the man best known for the painting ”Whistler’s Mother.”

Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Great Performances at 7pm Saturday presents a star-studded celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem.

 

 

Highlights 8/31 to 9/6

KLRU Highlights

POV “After Tiller” at 9 pm Monday presents a probing portrait of four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.

Cuban Missile Crisis Tuesday at 7 pm  tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

Fidel Castro Tapes Tuesday at 8 pm uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence.

Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run on Earthflight: A Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. Soar with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday looks inside Machu Picchu, the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca.

Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday.

Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features a conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Octopus Project expresses the meaning of “multi” media by creating lively art through music, film and technology on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel Thursday at 8 pm uses great old master paintings and some modern paintings to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally familiar, but are now regularly disregarded.

David Suchet In the Footsteps of St. Paul part 1 at 9 pm Thursday begins on the path of St. Paul traveled throughout the Middle East/Asia Minor from Jerusalem to Turkey.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace at 8 pm Friday offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.

American Masters “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” at 9 pm Friday tells the life story of the flamboyant African-American gospel superstar.

Since it’s the season to plant, fall into perennials with Nathan Uncleback from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how dump claustrophic exotic shrubs for an updated native look. Out in the vegetable garden, John Dromgoole plants garlic.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

 

Time Team America explores the past 8/26

Through a unique collaboration between media producers, archaeologists, and educators Time Team America tells significant stories from our past in compelling formats that showcase authentic and ethical archaeological practices. On August 26th, KLRU features two back-to-back episodes of this PBS series.

Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presents at 7pm
Near the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers quickly erected a prison to take the over-flow from Andersonville, an effort to fix design problems and over-crowding. The new stockade housed 10,000 prisoners. Yet one Union prisoner described Camp Lawton as “Andersonville all over again.” When General Sherman’s forces approached, prisoners and guards fled quickly and left bits and pieces of their lives behind. What will the relics Time Team America  finds tell us about life in a Civil War prison?

Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presents at 8 pm
Time Team America uses airborne 3D mapping and ground- penetrating radar to explore the extent of a Basket Maker III community that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. What more can we learn from these people that forged significant technological breakthroughs like farming, pottery and the bow and arrow? Was this one of the first villages in this region that marked a transition from hunting and gathering to farming? Was this one of the sites that gave birth to the Pueblo culture?

Highlights August 17-23

KLRU Highlights

Woody’s Children 45th Anniversary Concert Sunday at 7 pm celebrates the 45th anniversary of the radio show, Woody’s Children, with host Bob Sherman. The concert features musicians such as Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin and many more.

After 25 years of playing one of television’s greatest icons comes to an end, David Suchet attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot on Being Poirot Sunday at 8 pm. Hosted by award-winning actor Stanley Tucci.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10 pm shines the spotlight on the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s rock and pop scene with all archival footage of the hit makers in their prime.

Suze Orman’s latest special sharply focuses on her helping individuals find financial solutions on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You Monday at 9 pm and Friday at 9 pm.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing Tuesday at 7 pm celebrates the musical genius that composed songs for many of Hollywood’s classic films, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Bee Gees: One Night Only Tuesday at 8:30 pm features one of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed. The music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

My Wild Affair Wednesday at 7 pm  tells the stories of the incredible bonds between humans and their wild animal companions.

Dr. Wayne Dyer presents personal stories as well as various philosophical and poetic illustrations  on Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Carole King – James Taylor Live At The Troubadour at 8:30 pm Thursday features the two folk performers in concert.

One Square Mile: Texas Thursday at 10 pm portrays Texas culture from the perspective of distinct square miles across the Lone Star state.

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles: The Definitive Performances Friday at 8 pm presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time.

Meet beautiful drought buster perennials with Janet Rademacher from Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in Arizona on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple pulled up the grass for wildlife wonder for their kids. Daphne Richards explains how to propagate rosemary and Trisha Shirey puckers up with homegrown calamondin and kumquats.

Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season on Return To Downton Abbey at 8:30 pm Saturday.

Highlights 8/10-8/16

KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for your favorite programs on PBS this week!

Sunday night, Classical Rewind (my Music Presents) explores the origins of the music, stories and anecdotes about the composers and their works, and how so many of the classics have become part of our common culture. Watch the walk through musical history at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Then, savor fond memories and preview the new season of the international favorite drama on Return to Downton Abbey. The premiere of this special airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, and recaps the last four seasons in preparation of the upcoming fifth.

Learn how to travel from the best on Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 p.m. Sunday. The two-hour special revisits the most amazing European places he’s been, and how he gets around.

In his newest PBS special, Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them. Watch the premiere of the philosophical epic Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 7 p.m. Monday.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Definitive Performances collects three decades worth of the most influential television appearances of the classic rhythm and blues group. Watch the special compilation Monday night at 10 on KLRU.

Tuesday night, the nostalgic special Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. The concert features a mix of new performances and short archival footage of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 50s decade. Don’t miss it – especially if you’re an oldies fan!

“The goal of money is to make you feel secure,” Suze Orman says on her special, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You. Find out how to balance your budget based on your personality at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, KLRU Science Night features the favorite series Nature on Snow Monkeys at 7 p.m. Follow a society of monkeys in the valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands and watch how a leader reaches out to a little, lowly monkey, forming a life-changing bond between them.

Watch the legends celebrate with special performances on 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 8:30 Wednesday night. Then, follow the travel guru on Rick Steves’ Festive Europe as he celebrates Bastille Day and more at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Are you busy this Sunday night? In case you miss the premiere of Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday, get the recap and preview of season five at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Then, Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills re-airs at 8:30 p.m.

Friday evening get caught up on this week’s hot-button issues on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These experts of political news gather important perspectives and facts to inform you of what’s happening in our country and abroad.

Experience the amazing performance of Bee Gees: One Night Only, a special concert in Las Vegas that is one of the only Bee Gees’ performances taped. The disco and pop hits begin at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Brainchange with David Perlmutter, MD reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. Watch the neurologist’s shocking presentation of studies at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Don’t miss Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday! See how to keep your succulents deer-proof, and tips from guests Ally and Richard Stresing on how to grow citrus and more.

Celebrate the musical genius, composer, fearless adventurer, actor, and fun-loving bachelor on Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing at 7 p.m. Saturday. He composed music for many Hollywood classics, particularly for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Join the mystery-solving priest Father Brown with the episode The Prize of Colonel Gerard at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Find your favorite program and join us this week on KLRU!

Highlights 8/3-8/9

KLRU Highlights

Mark your calendars for this week’s highlights on KLRU!

Sunday night, a new episode of the charming series Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7 p.m. The elderly newlywed couple and their families continue to face daily surprises with family secrets and underhanded gestures.

The premiere of Masterpiece Mystery!‘s Poirot Season 12, Dead Man’s Folly begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. David Suchet returns as the suave Belgian super sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Poirot helps police solve mysteries whether they ask him to or not.

Then, another mystery drama airs with the episode The Mysteries of the Rosary of the hit series, Father Brown. Tune in Sunday night at 9:30 for addicting mystery solving!

Rochester, New York gets a visit from Antiques Roadshow airing at 7 p.m. on Monday. In comparison to the previous visit in 1998, one of these items increased over five times in value, and another has dropped by more than $1,000. Then the roadshow moves to Hartford, Conn. at 8 p.m. Monday to find an Emancipation Announcement and more.

Going deep into the ethical question of child prisoners, an all-new POV documentary, 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story, premiers at 9 p.m. Monday with a heartbreaking story of 15-year-old Kenneth Young. Uniquely routine to the American justice system, the juvenile received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free.

A special documentary on the fight against childhood obesity is on KLRU at 10 Monday night. Cafeteria Man follows chef Tony Geraci for several years as he works to revamp school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis.

Legendary documentarian Ken Burns dives into the life of the American icon Mark Twain for Part Two of the biographical special on Tuesday night at 7. In this part, Burns focuses on the side of Twain (Clemens) many don’t know, which was his life of tragedy and bad financial decisions that falls hard with failure.

Ever worry about the fate of teenagers that are constantly drowning in social media? Frontline‘s new special Generation Like explores the shift of the teenage identity quest to the virtual world, and how marketing plays a role in this generation’s lives. Watch the premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

The geniuses behind the hacking of Hitler’s personal communications network and pioneers of the age of computers are put in the spotlight on Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Heroes at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us on KLRU for Science Night on Wednesday. Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of Andre the seal who was rescued at two days old in Rockport, Maine. The bond formed between Andre and his rescuer, an arborist, defeats all odds and lasts over 25 years.

The next portion of NOVA‘s series Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures takes us back in time to see what was on our planet in one of the most wild and beautiful lands. At 8 on Wednesday night, see how after a massive extinction, diverse marsupials came to dominate this isolated continent.

Then, discover intimate details of beautiful marine mammals on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins at 9 p.m. Wednesday. See how these mammals evolved to breathe air while reproducing, giving birth and raising young underwater, and witness a dolphin’s birth for the ultimate KLRU Science Night experience.

Our local discussion program Overheard with Evan Smith hosts special guest Jason Schwartzman, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Watch the exclusive interview with the actor and musician with famed roles from Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees, and the newly-released The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Then, our local program Arts in Context explores the world of videogaming on The Art of Playing on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Texas has the second largest concentration of game companies in America; along with EA and Blizzard, there is a small but committed group of independent developers and artists working diligently on home computers.

Hang out with Chet on The Daytripper back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday! Starting out in Arlington, with visits to all the major sport venues, Chet then heads to Abilene at 8:30 to visit Fort Phantom Hill and go scuba diving.

Stephen Hawking: one of the most recognizable names on the planet. Who is behind the name? Find out with a deep look into the human behind the ingenuity on the special program Hawking on KLRU Thursday night at 9.

Friday night, the week of politics is in review on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These journalistic legends discuss and interview key roles in the latest news and provide holistic insight into the issues that face our nation and world today.

Secrets of the Dead: TBA takes a special look into the Watergate scandal from a peculiar lens: a television show. The Dick Cavett Show was at the forefront of national TV Watergate coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. Watch the walkthrough of the scandal from the beginning to Nixon’s resignation at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

International superstar Andrea Bocelli appears on Great Performances Friday night at 9. From the coastal view of Portofino, Italy, Andrea and fellow musicians join to play select collection of the world’s most famous love songs.

On Saturday, catch Central Texas Gardener‘s episode The Drunken Botanist at noon to find out what’s in your favorite cocktail. Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, blends facts and fun behind the world’s great drinks.

A night of music ensues on Saturday on KLRU, starting at 7 with Statler Brothers Farewell Concert. Ending a career of over 40 years in country music, with 32 albums selling over 100 million copies, the Statler Brothers came together to say goodbye in 2002 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. Watch the amazing act’s last hoorah on KLRU.

Another exclusive performance caught on tape airs at 8:30 Saturday night, with Bee Gees: One Night Only. One of very few performances ever recorded of the Bee Gees, this 1997 concert features many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

More music follows Saturday night at 10 with 60s Pop, Rock & Soul. Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special. Co-hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones sing their biggest hits focusing on the years 1965-1969.

What’s new to watch this week? You heard it first from KLRU!

Highlights 7/27 – 8/2

KLRU Highlights

Check out what’s new this week on KLRU!

Sunday night, an all-new episode of the irresistible British comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7. This week, shocking news about Kate is revealed, and Celia reluctantly introduces Alan to her sister.

The classic series of Masterpiece Mystery!, Poirot Season 12, airs at 8 p.m. Sunday. This hour-and-a-half special features Hercule Poirot thrown into global espionage as World War II approaches, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.

Mysteries continue Sunday night with an episode of Father Brown at 9:30, followed by the drama Doc Martin at 10:20 p.m.

On Monday, travel the U.S. with Antiques Roadshow back-to-back at 7 and 8 p.m. First, the antique experts head to Des Moines, Iowa to find a 1934 Rambling MIckey Mouse toy in its original box, along with a Samuel McIntire medallion worth between $200,000 and $300,000. Then, the roadshow hits Louisville, featuring James Dean’s high school yearbook.

At 9 on Monday night, a special POV documentary, Fallen City, airs on KLRU. A small city devastated by an earthquake is impressively rebuilt in two years, but the survivors continue to suffer their losses.

Musician Sarah Brightman has always dreamed of traveling to space, which inspired her album Dreamchaser. Recently announced, her dream will tentatively come true. Watch the enchanting taping of her performance, Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser In Concert, Monday night at 10.

The first episode of the Ken Burns saga Mark Twain airs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The film takes us through Sam Clemens’ early days on the Mississippi River, until eventually transforming into the revolutionary Mark Twain, writing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Next, Frontline breaks down the complicated conflict of the war in the Middle East on the special Losing Iraq, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Frontline gathers exclusive interviews, showing how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.

Then at 10:30 Tuesday night, conflict closer to home is examined on the POV documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal. A political conflict in the charming, cultural city of New Orleans is excavated, as a city council candidate threatens the influence and power of black citizens.

Don’t miss KLRU’s Science Night on Wednesday! Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. An orphaned black rhinoceros is temporarily taken in by a veterinarian, causing his four children to create a strong bond. Years later, the children seek to find out the fate of their childhood friend.

Then at 8 Wednesday night, NOVA investigates what roamed the enchanting continent of prehistoric Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters recreates the massive, dangerous reptiles that dominated the land.

More adventures into the wild Wednesday night at 9 – Sex In The Wild‘s episode Kangaroos reveals the fascinating nature of the marsupial’s mating.

End the night of learning with some live music on Austin City Limits with the French band Phoenix at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Tune in to some local shows Thursday night on KLRU! First at 7, Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, U.S. Naval officer and one of the most influential gun violence prevention advocates in the nation.

Next at 7:30 p.m., Arts In Context zooms in on a one-of-a-kind group, The Octopus Project. Expressing their art through multimedia such as music, film and technology, producing lively party music and shows has gained their popularity since 2002.

Another episode of KLRU’s Arts In Context, Mother Falcon, airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tise indie rock band started as three cellists and are accelerating into stardom.

Watch as The Daytripper heads to H-Town at 8:30 Thursday night! Starting in Chinatown, Chet heads to the Museum District and ends up in the Montrose area.

At 9 Thursday night, the special and exclusive story Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes gives credit to the geniuses Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte that intercepted Hitler’s hotline leading to D-day, and beginning the age of computers.

Get caught up with current events and news with political discussion and interview experts on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday night at 7, followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m. on KLRU.

At 8 on Friday night, a special Great Performances episode airs on KLRU with Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. In honor of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl.

This Saturday, head out to the garden with Central Texas Gardener. The episode What’s Bugging You? visits a Texas A&M entomologist, a landscape architect that attracts wildlife to her garden, and an organic farmer that conserves water with vegetables. Watch at noon or 4 p.m. on KLRU!

On Saturday night at 7, Austin City Limits showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and the Black Angels. My Morning Jacket leader James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Angels highlight cuts from their latest LP Indigo Meadow.

On the rest of your Saturday night, dig into some mysteries with Father Brown at 8 p.m. and Masterpiece Mystery!: Poirot Season 12, The Big Four at 8:50.