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.

Highlights June 12-18

KLRU Highlights

In three back-to-back episodes of Crimson Field Sunday at 7 pm, Joan finds herself in trouble as soldiers return home. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient calls everyone’s loyalties into question. Later, a series of events draw Joan into danger, risking her job and maybe her life. Joan’s actions have her facing a lifetime in prison, and Kitty’s wracked with guilt.

On Monday at 9 pm, follow the story of Pam White, 61, after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. POVThe Genius of Marian” tells a complex story of White and her family as they struggle to come to terms of the disease.

Next at 10:30 pm Monday, follow Sharon Marroquin, am Award-winning dancer and choreographer, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Arts In ContextHold My Hand,” shows Marroquin’s use of art as an expression of her personal struggle and her relation between the choreographer and the dancer.

On Tuesday, don’t miss as genealogists travel to iconic Faneuil Hall to explore the mysteries related to the Salem Witch Trials, orphan trains, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and the small pox epidemic. And later, the genealogist research a link to the founders of Boston. Watch at 7 pm on Genealogy Roadshow.

Following at 8 pm Tuesday, The Draft tells the story of how one controversial issue continues to define a nation. This episode features interviews with people who fought the draft, supported it and lived through its realities.

On Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday, follow the inside politics of America’s gun debate. Join veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk as he investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation. Watch at 9 pm.

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

At 10:30 pm Tuesday, join volunteer retirees from Georgetown, Texas as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood Army base. In Operation Appreciation, the viewers will also hear from the troops that receive the treats, and find out how the kindness of strangers affects them.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts on June 15 as they travel to Monterey Bay, California on an episode of Best of Big Blue Live. Tune in at 7 pm Wednesday to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

In exclusive coverage, follow a camera crew and a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. On NOVA Deadliest Earthquakes at 8 pm Wednesday, it is a race against time as they hunt for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake. Tune in at 8 pm.

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. On  Life on Fire Phoenix Temple at 9 pm Wednesday discover how in this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Next at 10 pm, don’t miss an encore episode of Austin City Limits with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. Catch this episode again on Wednesday at 9 pm.

On Thursday, Tom Hayden sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Hayden, an anti-war activist and author, is best know for speaking out on the Vietnam War and served 18 years on the California legislature. Today, he is a member of the editorial board and a columnist at The Nation and is Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California.

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 7:30 pm.

At 8 pm Thursday on Juneteenth Jamboree learn how history can connect communities and families in a celebration of Texas’ African American heritage.

Join Chet on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday as he travels to Corpus Christi, Texas to tour an aircraft carrier, walk around Columbus’s ships and learn about Texas’s one-of-a-kind surfing culture.

On this highly anticipated show, George Michael: Live In London, don’t miss Michael perform his hit tracks “Father Figure,” “Faith,” “Amazing,” and “Freedom 90.” Watch on Friday at 8 pm.

Friday at 10 pm, rock out with U.K. rockers alt-J performed an intense, moody set at Los Angeles’s Hollywood American Legion for an episode of Live from the Artist Den. The group offered up 18 songs to a crowd of 550 invited guests, veering between its eclectic new album, This Is All Yours, and its 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave.

On Saturday at noon, dial up your pictures for good shots and polishing effects on an episode of Central Texas Gardener.

Austin City Limits welcomes Australian rock group Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to stage has they perform hits across their 30-year career. Tune in at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Highlights June 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Former Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin stars as a WWI frontline medic on back-to-back episodes of Crimson Field Sunday 7 pm to 10 pm. While stationed at a tented hospital on the coast of France, Chaplin and a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded on the battlefield.

At 9 pm on Monday, POV Out in the Night tells the story of four women sensationalized by the media. This documentary uncovers the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

After having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. The now Austin based duo, consisting of Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes, use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression on Arts in Context at 10 pm.

At 10:30 pm, follow The Art of Architecture as they take viewers on a journey of through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of Houston’s stunning skyline—one of the top 10 tallest in the world.

On Genealogy Roadshow, join genealogists Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry and Mary Tedesco, as they revisit some of their favorite stories from previous seasons. The three guest will also share what has happened since their appearances Tuesday at 7 pm.

In the “War of 1812,” leading historians, battle re-enactors and historic images help bring this defining conflict to life. Watch at 8 pm as they explore this significant event from divergent points of view.

The legal cases challenging the use of race in university admissions continues in Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education at 10 pm. Abigail Fisher, whose case against The University of Texas at Austin was heard by the Supreme Court in 2012, is appealing to that court once more. This update to KLRU’s award-winning documentary, examines the history of this issue, look at the new arguments being made today and discover what might come next.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, follow scientist Paul Sereno, one of the world’s leading experts in finding fossils of dinosaurs and ancient crocodiles, and his team as they discover the last remnants of a people who lived from 10,000 to 5,000 years ago on Skeletons of the Sahara.

And at 8 pm on NOVA Cyberwar Threat, delve into the chilling new reality of cyberwar, in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines … leaving us vulnerable to crippling attacks.

The gathering and analyzing of massive amounts of data allow us to address some major challenges, but at what price? Find out on Human Face of Big Data at 9 pm.

Savor songs from Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, Cass County, which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey. Watch on Wednesday and  Friday at 10pm on Austin City Limits.

Kicking of Thursday at 7 pm, Mary Lynn Rajskub sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith. Best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super‐popular series 24, Rajskub has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Arrested Development, Mr. Show and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately.

Three organizations perfecting nontraditional methods to deliver effective mental health care. Watch on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm. And at 8 pm on Stories of the Mind, three people with schizophrenia share their powerful stories to challenge perceptions of living with this mental illness.

Join Chet on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm as he travels to a town thriving on the flowing waters of the San Marcos River. He explores the history of Aquarena Springs, tubes with the college students from Texas State University, and takes a stab at whitewater rafting.

The Piano Guys bring their artistry to the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado for this all-new music special. Watch on Friday at 8 pm on Piano Guys at Red Rocks.

And at 9 pm on Yanni Live at the Pyramids experience the global music phenomenon as he performs fan favorites and new arrangements of his classic compositions in a spectacular setting.

On Saturday at noon, pep up plants with timely pruning on Central Texas Gardener. Visit a family flower farm where bouquets bloom locally. Watch at noon.

And at 7 pm, Austin City Limits showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. The Avett Brothers perform tunes from their LP Magpie and the Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their comeback album, A Dotted Line.

 

Highlights May 29 – June 4

KLRU Highlights

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for National Memorial Day Concert at Sunday at 7 pm and 8:30 pm and Monday at 10:30 pm, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.

Ted Talks War And Peace at 8 pm Monday joins those who have experienced war-fighters, journalists, psychologists and more to learn how it affects everyone.

At a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center in California, follow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families on their paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their pasts on POV Of Men and War at 9 pm Monday.

Investigate a re-enactor’s Texas roots; learn about Andersonville prison and find out if a black man’s ancestors fought for the Confederacy on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

With law enforcement cracking down, Frontline The Fantasy Sports Gamble at 9 pm Tuesday traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad.

Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos on Nova Invisible Universe Revealed at 7 pm Wednesday.

Genius By Stephen Hawking takes on What We Are? and Where Are We? in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Wednesday.

Actor Bryan Cranston talks about his latest project on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Families are often the primary mental health care providers. In these rich portraits on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday looks at the lives of families as they help loved ones and each other to manage their challenges.

Join Carol Burnett for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series at 8 p Friday.

Grow gorgeous inside with terrariums. Outside, a family turned lawn into a patio pond living room on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Highlights May 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there’s joy all around at a wedding reception on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

With his memory failing, Wallander draws on primal instincts to crack a decades-old submarine mystery on Wallander on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

POV The Return at 9 pm Monday explores the ramifications when California amended its “Three Strikes” law, shortening the sentences of thousands of “lifers.”

Allison Orr finds the poetry of motion in unusual places and uses non-traditional choreography to celebrate everyday life. For nearly two years Orr has been shadowing and observing technicians, linemen and machines at a power company on Arts In Context Power Up at 10:30 pm Monday.

Follow genealogists as they trace stories about Pocahontas, a Cuban grandfather’s secret past, the impact of WWII on a Filipino family on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join Stephen Hawking on Genius at 8 pm Wednesday as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all?

Margaret Atwood, award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, talks about storytelling on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Sleep deprivation affects everything, from memory to mood to decision making.

In our 36hour No Sleep Challenge, researchers track 4 participants to see just how vital sleep is to your mental health on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on The Highwaymen: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 9 pm.

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

Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony at 7pm Saturday.

Highlights May 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Witness Dr. Turner’s excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy’s struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

A knife-slashed corpse takes Wallander on a chase for the victim’s missing daughter. Increasingly forgetful, he breaks a cardinal rule of policing on Wallander at 8 pm Sunday.

Josie takes on a new role and Whiteleys’ troubles lead Jimmy and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk on Mr Selfridge at 9:30 pm Sunday.

Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, California on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

‘The World Before Her’ is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls. Watch on POV Monday at 10 pm.

Trace a woman’s connection to a Native-American code talker and more on Genealogy Roadshow in Albuquerque Tuesday at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Back-to-back episodes of Genius By Stephen Hawking air at 7 pm and 8 pm Wednesday.

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast, talks about technology on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Highly personal stories exploring suicide, from a family recovering from a son’s suicide, to five women who choose to live on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday. Then at 8 pm, three people in different times of their lives use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: British Invasion at 8 pm Friday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

The best of Austin and Texas musicians perform classic psychedelic songs on All ATX: Austin Gets Psychedelic at 9 pm Friday. Featuring Bubble Puppy, The Black Angels, Hayes Carll, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore, David Grissom, Gina Chavez, Max Frost, Israel Nash, The Bright Light Social Hour and more.

Refresh yourself and wildlife with water designs from ponds and fountains, even in small spaces on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Highlights May 1-7

KLRU Highlights

On Call the Midwife Episode #505, learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred’s oversight of Violet’s shop and how a new mother’s past wreaks havoc on her family Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sidney seeks oblivion on Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 6. His friend Sam seeks forgiveness. A dead girl’s parents seek revenge. Amanda seeks Sidney. Leonard finally takes a stand Sunday at 8 p.m.

A former employee is laid to rest Sunday at 9 p.m. on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 6. Kitty and Frank reach an understanding. Grove confronts Tilly. Jimmy thinks he’s a hunted man, even as he makes the deal of his life.

Monday at 9 p.m., meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths on Independent Lens My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did. Through frank interviews, the men reflect on their fathers’ character and crimes and on the price of forgiveness.

Our American Family: The Furutas Monday at 10:30 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 Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Follow journalist Feras Kilani on the ground in war-torn Benghazi, birthplace of Libya’s uprising and now besieged by ISIS and warring militias on Frontline Benghazi in Crisis. Also this hour, Safa Al-Ahmad makes a dangerous trip to report on the fighting in Yemen Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., Point Taken Episode #104 debates current, controversial issues in America’s political sphere.

Tune in for Through The Eye Of The Needle: The Art Of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. In this award-winning 28-minute documentary film, a Holocaust survivor’s remembrances, told in uniquely beautiful stitched images, bring an uplifting life story to the screen.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation on Nature Orangutan Eden.

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers Wednesday at 8 p.m. as they race to rescue this national treasure on NOVA Lighthouse Rescue.

On NOVA Pera: Lost City of Stone, learn how early engineers carved tombs into rock cliffs and funneled water to this desert city Wednesday at 9 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Sarah Jarosz/The Milk Carton Kids, multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones and the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Diverse Americans share personal stories of mental health and wellness, to enlighten and inspire on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 and 8 pm Thursday. On Overcoming Depression at 7:30 pm, a writer, a musician and a video blogger find three surprising paths to recovery. On Veterans at 8 pm, three veterans use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement of the 60s and 70s as the Mexican-American community in Austin unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture on Austin Revealed  El Despertar at 9 pm Thursday.

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) at 10 pm Thursday.

Pop it up all summer with beat-the-heat showoffs and garden design recycling pizzazz on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Highlights April 24-30

KLRU Highlights

See how Sister Julienne’s faith is tested by and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The case of a suspicious death takes a surprising turn on Grantchester at 8 pm Sunday.

Jimmy comes up with a plan to save Harry’s bacon on Mr. Selfridge at 9 pm Sunday.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea
 Monday to Saturday at 8 pm. works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters — some famous, most not, from every walk of life — who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some— but not all — of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 7 pm Tuesday shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Anthony Foxx, 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is the featured guest on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Songwriting With: Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate Wildflower Week to spare water and nurture us and wildlife, even in a side yard meadow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids.

 

 

 

Highlights April 17-23

KLRU Highlights

Learn why the pressure is on at Nonnatus House to find the source of a dangerous case of typhoid on Call the Midwife Episode #503. Witness the reactions to an unwed schoolteacher’s pregnancy Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., an apparent suicide leads Sidney to perform an exorcism on Grantchester Season 2 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Gary goes on trial. Leonard bets on a longshot. Margaret makes her move. Amanda confronts her lost love.

On Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 4, Grove and Josie make a new start. Frank is in the doghouse. Movie mogul Harry courts trouble with a mob boss and a press lord Sunday at 9 p.m.

Watch history being made on Independent Lens Democrats/Soft Vengeance as Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution. Filmed over three years, see how this riveting account of a country’s challenging first steps towards democracy plays like a true-life political thriller Monday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., visit influential towns across the country on 10 Towns That Changed America. From Greenbelt, Maryland, and Seaside, Florida, to Riverside, Illinois, and Levittown, New York, learn about the places that had a lasting impact on the way our cities and suburbs are designed.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., join the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s grave, Shakespeare’s Tomb, which reveals fascinating new evidence about what lies beneath the infamous “curse stone” – a warning against any man who “moves [my] bones.”

Tuesday at 9 p.m., follow four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo and their escape to a new life in Germany with Frontline Children of Syria. The program films the family over three years, from the siege of their city to the kidnapping of their father to the struggle of becoming refugees.

Point Taken #102 debates hot-button issues in a passionate, but respectful manner Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Dropping Back In Building A Better Life sheds light on the fact that there are two million jobs available today that are going unfilled because there are no skilled workers available. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., this new program in the series looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs preparing under-educated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching valuable skills.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., learn about how a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages on Nature Leave it to Beavers.

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NOVA Wild Ways.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food on Best Of Big Blue Live.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

Overheard with Evan Smith President Barack Obama features the 44th President of the United States Thursday at 7 p.m.

Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Grove, Texas is a microcosm of Texas history–a scene of pioneers and cotton gins, gristmills and gunfights, and even a bank robbery. Over the next 37 years, this dedicated historian proceeded to create a living museum using The Grove as a backdrop. Learn all about it Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx, Chet dives into town’s wild west history with stops at Fort Concho and a brothel museum. Watch him eat donut sandwiches and stuffed avocados, mountain bike the scrubby landscape and look for fresh water pearls dug from a local river Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek” on Jackie Robinson Part Two. After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

On Austin City Limits Eric Church, the country superstar performs hits and tunes from his bestselling album The Outsiders Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights April 10-16

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Barbara is caught between a stressed expectant mother and her impecunious husband on Call the Midwife Episode #502. Sister Evangeline’s vocal objection to the sale of baby formula distresses a new mother who’s unable to breastfeed.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 3, Sidney and Geordie answer a false alarm, which turns into a real murder investigation. Amanda gets into trouble. Things get more serious with Margaret Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 9p.m., Frank turns into prey at a swank junket for the press on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 3. Josie arrives to console Grove. Harry faces a choice: settle a gambling debt or bankroll the Dolly twins’ dream job.

In the inspiring documentary, Jackie Robinson Part 1, Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve Monday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city Monday at 10 p.m.

On Arts in Content Masters of Ceremony, Riders Against The Storm build a community around a love of hip-hop and healing. Their bombastic music leads the charge as they seek to enlighten their audiences. This husband and wife duo envision themselves not as mere performers but as a vehicle for connection Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, from Savannah’s elegant squares to a park built over a freeway in Seattle to New York’s High Line on 10 Parks That Changed America.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Jackie Robinson Part Two, Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in east and central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 years Tuesday at 10 p.m. Reporter Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owner James K. Tomlinson, confronts the shame and guilt he feels from his ancestry and digs deeper into the real legacy of the area.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions on Nature India’s Wandering Lions. Once on the brink of extinction, these lions now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.

Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Wednesday at 8 p.m., join scientists on NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains on Ride The Tiger. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.

On Austin City Limits Nine Inch Nails, this rock band makes a rare television appearance, taking the ACL stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks. Don’t miss it Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m.!

Overheard with Evan Smith Richard Linklater, Filmmaker features a director whose film, Boyhood, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing Thursday at 7 p.m. Linklater’s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, is in theaters April 2016.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas, on The Daytripper Sulphur Springs, Texas. He visits a historic square with a see-through public restroom and then explores a museum dedicated to the dairy business.

On Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae Saturday at 7 p.m.