Highlights July 19 to July 25

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora, until a stranger walks into her life and may be the answer to her prayers.

Poldark and Demelza start a family on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Five at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza plays matchmaker, the miners riot and Francis takes desperate measures to recoup his losses.

Grace is threatened by an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander, while Joan waits anxiously for news from her fiance on Crimson Field Episode Five at 9 pm on Sunday. Then, a series of events draws Joan into danger, risking her profession and possibly her life.

POV Return to Homs at 9 pm on Monday brings you the transformation of 19-year-old Basset Saroot from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for reforms to armed insurgent. Get an inside look at the brutal war Assad’s regime has waged, a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 at 10 pm on Monday and 10:30 pm on Friday features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

Frontline Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty at 9 pm on Tuesday is a feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzman, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, he had been on the run from the U.S. and Mexican governments for over a decade.

Featuring cutting-edge science on gambling addiction, Growing Up Gambling at 10:30 pm on Tuesday takes viewers inside the brain of an online gamer and online gambler, telling the story of a student’s downward spiral into addictive online sports betting.

From the perspective of space, trace humankind’s journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. With mind-boggling data and CGI, Humanity From Space on Tuesday at 7 pm shows how we’ve transformed our planet and produced a world of extraordinary complexity.

Life on the Reef Episode One at 7 pm on Wednesday allows you to view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.

Find out the answer to the question, “Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace?” during NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm on Wednesday.Then, at 9 pm on Wednesday, a team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork on Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. On Saturday at 7 pm, ACL showcases acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones while the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

Arts in Context Somos Krudas at 7:30 pm on Wednesday highlights Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness that is seldom seen. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin Leftovers at 8 pm on Thursday. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.

In a triple header, Chet heads to Round Rock, Texas, the “Sports Capital of Texas,” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout. At 9 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas in Schulenburg, Texas. At 9:30 pm, Chet explores the history of Aquarena Springs tubes with the college students from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration brings you the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s gala celebration of Williams’ peerless achievements as it reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List.

See how to transition from tomatoes to lettuce on Central Texas Gardener Summer to Fall Vegetables at 12 pm on Saturday. On tour, meet incredible succulents and cacti.

Highlights July 12 to July 18

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations. Although relations with Caroline are still fraught, Celia doesn’t hesitate to stand by her side when she receives some devastating news.

The community awaits news of the fish harvest, and Poldark’s copper mine struggles on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Four at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza must get used to a new way of life.

The arrival of soldiers from her home town lifts Joan’s spirits, but she finds herself in trouble on Crimson Field Episode Four at 9 pm on Sunday. Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient causes ripples, calling everyone’s loyalties into question.

On POV Web Junkie at 9 pm on Monday, follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use. After, at 10 pm on Monday, in today’s China, an old city destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as POV Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch on Abolitionists The Abolitionists, Part Three at 7 pm on Tuesday. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war breaks out and the conflict unexpectedly drags on.

On Blackout: The American Experience at 8 pm on Tuesday, look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

Witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Then, find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

Join NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm on Wednesday for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. On Comet Encounter at 9 pm on Wednesday, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the Austin City Limits stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon on Wednesday at 10 pm and on Friday at 9:30 pm. On Saturday at 7 pm, Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, intensely immersive retreats offered to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Aaron tours Texas to research and then cook some beef ribs on BBQ with Franklin Pickin’ Beef at 8 pm on Wednesday. After a butchering and anatomy class in College Station, Texas, he receives some tips from a legendary Central Texas BBQ family.

Chet heads to the home of the King Ranch – Kingsville, Texas – covering approximately 1,300 square miles of South Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He explores downtown Kingsville eating at an old pharmacy and soda fountain, then heads to the King Ranch for a history and birding tour of the sprawling South Texas prairie.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 on Thursday at 9 pm and on Friday at 10:30 pm features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 9:30 pm on Thursday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy brings you performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

Get the latest guide for your to-do list on Central Texas Gardener Top Tips for Your Garden at noon on Saturday. Meanwhile, a library attracts new readers in a wildlife garden.

Highlights July 5 to July 11

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Alan finally lets Celia into his secret about Gary, but is saddened when Celia punishes Caroline on her wedding day for his mistake. Meanwhile, Gillian loses her job after a humiliating visit from Cheryl.

Poldark’s battle with the local gentry deepens, and he faces one turning point with Elizabeth and another with Demelza during Poldark on Masterpiece Part Three at 8 pm on Sunday.

Thomas wrestles with a growing attraction to Kitty, a terrified patient faces court martial, and Sister Joan reveals a dark secret to one of her patients on Crimson Field Episode Three on Sunday at 9 pm.

Having lost custody of their children, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families on POV Tough Love at 9 pm on Monday. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes, both contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance.

On Tuesday at 7 pm, Abolitionists: American Experience The Abolitionists brings us the story of how abolitionist allies William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. During The Abolitionists, Part Two at 8 pm, the divide between North and South deepens, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control as Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining Garrison in the anti-slavery movement.

On Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.

First Peoples Europe on Wednesday at 8 pm tells us that when Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as capable of making artifacts. As more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was an explosion of art and symbolic thought.

NOVA Why Sharks Attack tries to answer the question, “Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?” on Wednesday at 9 pm.

At 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday, roots music rocks on Austin City Limits with Eric Church. Country superstar Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders. On Saturday at 7 pm, country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Golden Hornet Project has presented concerts of indie classical music by composers from non-academic musical backgrounds – all in the name of making classical music exciting and accessible. Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm on Thursday will take behind the scenes to the follow up to the successful “String Quartet Smackdown I” from 2012.

During BBQ with Franklin Competition on Thursday at 8 pm, Aaron travels to a BBQ cook-off competition in Kansas with his father-in-law, going way outside his comfort zone.

Chet heads to the San Jacinto Battlefield where Texas won its independence on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He experiences the renaissance of Baytown, Texas’s historic district including visits to a coffee bar and an artist painting every fallen soldier from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

American Masters Harper Lee: Hey Boo at 8 pm on Friday explores the life of Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired.

People come to Yellowstone primarily because of the unusual thermal features and opportunities to view wildlife, often not realizing they are standing on one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. Yellowstone: Land to Life on Friday at 9:30 presents an interpretation of the sweeping geologic story of Yellowstone, from glaciation to mountain-building to the gigantic caldera of a volcano.

Learn how worms naturally fertilize gardens and container plants and visit a Spanish romantic courtyard on Central Texas Gardener Worm Composting at noon on Saturday.

Highlights June 28 to July 4

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents Last Tango in Halifax on Sunday at 7 pm. See how an unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past, making Gillian and Caroline anxious – his decision to keep his secret from Celia is bound to backfire. Meanwhile, Caroline and pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding.

Sunday at 8 pm on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Two, determined to open his risky copper mine, Poldark seeks backers. Plus, Verity’s big chance leads to a showdown.

Crimson Field Episode Two on Sunday at 9 pm follows Kitty, Flora, and Rosalie, volunteer nurses who work in a tented field hospital. As they settle into their first day, it soon becomes clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line.

Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields on POV The Overnighters at 9 pm on Monday. A local pastor risks everything to help them. The Overnighters was the winner of the Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

On Mount Rushmore: American Experience at 7 pm on Tuesday, we learn that the story of Mount Rushmore’s creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself. It is the story of hucksterism and hyperbole, of a massive public works project in the midst of an economic depression. And it is the story of dozens of ordinary Americans who suddenly found themselves suspended high on a cliff face with drills and hammers.

The film 1913: Seeds of Conflict at 8 pm on Tuesday examines a pivotal yet largely overlooked moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the years just prior to World War I. While most scholars have focused on the later British Mandate period as a locus of the Middle East conflict, this film focuses on the period before World War I, when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact.

Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents during Frontline Growing Up Trans at 9 pm on Tuesday. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, the film examines new medical interventions increasingly being offered at younger ages.

On Story Breaking Bad: A Conversation with Vince Gilligan at 10:30 pm on Tuesday talks to Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, as he reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences.

Learn whether an ingenious idea could help save giant pandas, and if an operation deep in the jungle can transform the life of a young gorilla on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Watch as an elephant with a gunshot wound makes an extraordinary journey.

Find out the answer to, “What happened when we expanded out of Africa and into Asia — where did we go and whom did they meet along the way?” on First Peoples Asia / Australia at 8 pm on Wednesday. The latest evidence suggests we left far earlier than previously thought and interbred with a newly-discovered type of ancient human — the Denisovans.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs on Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday. Songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae. At 6 pm and 10 pm on Saturday, roots music rocks on ACL with Eric Church. Country superstar Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders.

On Arts in Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm on Thursday, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Although ad agencies still loom large, the proliferation of technology has allowed a growing contingent of DIY graphic designers to make their mark on pop culture.

Aaron gets a lesson in cooking “cowboy style,” in a way that combines traditional BBQ skills with the grill on BBQ with Franklin Direct Heat & Mesquite at 8 pm on Thursday. Then, go behind the scenes at a big city BBQ joint in Dallas and learn their unique take on Texas traditions.

Chet heads to East Texas to the town that invented the hamburger – Athens, Texas – on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He visits the Texas Freshwater Fishery Center holding multiple state record fish and placing over a million large mouth bass into Texas water every year.

The Hawaiian Islands are the most remote major island group on earth. On the second-largest island of Maui, the Haleakala volcano rises 10, 000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The Quietest Place on Earth at 9 pm on Thursday explores Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace.

The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. National Mall – America’s Front Yard at 8 pm on Friday reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

Throughout her four-decade career, superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that transcend boundaries. Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the pull of some of the most memorable melodies from the American Songbook on Great Performances Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert at 9 pm on Friday.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener Succulent Companions at 12 pm on Saturday. On tour, a front yard’s become the family’s new playground since they swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture, and cozy hangouts.

At 7 pm on Saturday and re-airing at 8:30 pm, celebrate the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza and the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation on Capitol Fourth. America’s favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Highlights June 21 to June 27

KLRU Highlights

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe on Sunday at 7 pm invites you to examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years. Learn why most kings and queens have carefully choreographed every aspect of their apparel and why, for those who haven’t, the consequences have sometimes been calamitous.

Sunday at 8 pm on Poldark on Masterpiece Part One, after fighting for England in the American Revolution, Poldark returns home to Cornwall and finds wrenching change. He loses one close friend and gains another.

Follow Kitty, Flora and Rosalie, volunteer nurses who work in a tented field hospital on Crimson Field Episode One at 9 pm on Sunday. As they settle into their first day, it soon becomes clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line.

POV Out in the Night at 9 pm on Monday examines the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.

It was ten years in the making, but well worth the wait. February 1, 1913 began a new chapter in American passenger railroading when Grand Central Terminal opened the doors to its first century of service. On Grand Central: An American Treasure at 10 pm on Monday, former New York mayor Ed Koch and others give an in-depth look and behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central’s Beaux-Arts splendor.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) on Tuesday at 7 pm shows that though frail and failing, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations.

Investigate the sexual abuse of undocumented women in the service industry on Frontline Rape on the Night shift at 9 pm on Tuesday. This film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how the government, law enforcement and companies fall short in dealing with the problem.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm on Wednesday tries to answer the question, “What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal?” The science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and their emotions. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow.

On First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm on Wednesday, we ask, “How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans?” And in Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.

Austin City Limits presents Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview, while folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common. And on Saturday at 7 pm, Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs. Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

On Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm, Evan interviews Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. The memoir chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth.

Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with an openness that is seldom seen on Arts in Context Somos Krudas on Thursday at 7:30 pm. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

On BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch. Meanwhile, John Markus takes us on a whirlwind tour of the regional sauces of America.

Host Chet Garner takes us to Port Lavaca, Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He goes fishing in the bay waters, bikes to a historic cast-iron lighthouse, and explores the lost port city of Indianola where French explorer La Salle first set foot in Texas.

Infinity Hall Live Tedeschi Trucks Band at 9 pm on Thursday brings you the rock and soul sounds of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Listen to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks talk about the experience of combining their musical talents and interests into a unique opportunity to bring their family on the road to deliver their blend of southern soul, American roots, authentic rock ‘n’ roll, and a touch of Florida swamp magic.

On Friday at 8 pm, join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music during In Performance at the White House The Gospel Tradition. The concert showcases music that cuts across the boundaries of race and class to provide comfort and inspiration to its listeners.

In Performance at the White House Country Music on Friday at 9 pm celebrates a uniquely American musical idiom — country music — music of the heart and of the heartland. The evening’s performance is headlined by superstars from the world of country, performing the songs that have proven themselves eternal.

What’s a Master Naturalist and how you do it at home? On Central Texas Gardener Master Naturalists on Saturday at 12 pm, tour pond outdoor living that replaces lawn.

Highlights June 14 to June 20

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents season 2, part 5 of Last Tango in Halifax on Sunday at 8 pm, as Celia hesitantly introduces Alan to her sister, Muriel, and a surprised Caroline learns that Kate is pregnant. In part 6 on Sunday at 9 pm, Kate makes an unexpected gesture at Alan and Celia’s wedding.

On Monday at 9 pm, Independent Lens Limited Partnership tells the story of a gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, and their fight over the course of 40 years to take on the U.S. government and fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America at 10 pm on Monday is a biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. Olmsted believed that a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life, and his efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) at 7 pm on Tuesday chronicles FDR as he shatters the third-term tradition and helps set the course toward Allied victory during World War II. In the meantime, his wife, Eleanor, travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen.

Dorothea Lange was a 20th-century American artist who captured powerful images from the Great Depression. KLRU depicts Lange’s journey to continue to bear witness, bring subjects alive and transmit raw emotion through her art on American Masters Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning at 9 pm on Tuesday and at 8 pm on Friday.

On Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm on Wednesday, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to Sulawesi in Indonesia after twenty-five years to understand why numbers of feisty, expressive and unusual macaque monkeys have dropped dramatically. Teaming up with a local expert and creating the film allows him to share the macaques’ story with local schools and communities.

NOVA Escape from Nazi Alcatraz on Wednesday at 8 pm tells the story of Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany that was supposedly escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an elaborate escape plan involving a two-man glider made of bed sheets and floorboards. Now, a team of engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider to see if the daring escape would have succeeded.

The story of how Hitler’s massive defensive wall from France to Norway sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test on D-Day is told on Nazi Mega Weapons Atlantic Wall at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits at 10pm on Wednesday and at 10 pm on Friday presents Nine Inch Nails in a rare television appearance playing songs from their latest album, Hesitation Marks. On Saturday at 7 pm, Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common.

Taylor Branch, author and historian, discusses his Civil Rights era trilogy America in the King Years and his latest work on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program that offers immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers the chance to write songs about their experiences.

On BBQ with Franklin Fire & Smoke at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron covers the major types of wood used in Texas BBQ, gives some tips on building a fire and shows a twist on using smoke for more than cooking meat.

On Thursday at 8:30 pm, The Daytripper goes to Lubbock, Texas and explores Texas Tech University, eats fried cheese and calzones and dives into the Buddy Holly Center and the archaeology site Lubbock Lake Landmark.

Host Harrison Eppright presents a tour of Juneteenth celebrations from across the country on Juneteenth Jamboree at 9 pm on Thursday.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War on Thursday at 9:30 pm chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war. Among many topics, the documentary covers the marked rise of slavery between 1790 and 1860, the role of religion and music in the slave narrative and the influx of freed black slaves into the Union army.

At noon on Saturday, Central Texas Gardener Living Vertical Walls tours the American Botanical Council’s gardens for health.

Highlights June 7-13

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents an encore of season two of Last Tango in Halifax before season three starts on June 28th. On Sunday at 8 pm, Gillian is devastated when Celia inadvertently reveals a secret. At 9 pm, sad news inspires Alan and Celia to have another wedding ceremony.

Independent Lens God Loves Uganda at 9 pm Monday explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on 1933-1939 as FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

Frontline Prison State at 9 pm Tuesday follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky’s criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration.

Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered plants and wildlife. But pet pythons released into the wild are wrecking the delicate eco system. Find out more on Nature Invasion of the Giant Python at 7 pm Wednesday.

Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site on Nova Secrets of Sunken Treasure at 8 pm Wednesday.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists to shed light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career.

Aaron takes a deep-dive into the realm of BBQ pits, as personal as they are functional on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Keep your plants and spare the water. Tour artistic lifestyle outdoor living with succulents on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.








Highlights May 31 to June 6

KLRU Highlights

Secrets of the Manor House at 7 pm Sunday looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in these ancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants.

KLRU presents an encore of season two of Last Tango in Halifax before season three starts on June 28th Sunday at 8 pm, as Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface. Sunday at 9 pm, Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension.

Forgotten Ellis Island at 8 pm Monday focuses on the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island.

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, Independent Lens The New Black at 9 pm Monday takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

10 Buildings That Changed America at 10 pm Monday tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on 1933-1939 as FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. D-Day 360 at 9 pm Tuesday takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and explore the battle.

Nature White Lions at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0 the worst ever to strike Japan. It generated an unprecedented tsunami. Surviving the Tsunami: A Nova Special at 8 pm Wednesday retold after-the-fact by the survivors who reveal what they were thinking as they made their life-saving decisions.

Ghost Army at 9 pm Wednesday tells the true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the World War II.

Alex Gibney, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, talks about his latest documentary Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Lauren Bruno who spreads a message of hope through her band Les Rav.

Learn the steps that go into a whole hog cook from beginning to end on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday. Aaron walks us through the process of building a cinder block pit, learns about pig breeds and throws a party in his backyard.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad. The Daytripper heads to Tomball at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Roadtrip Nation’s Why Not Us at 9 pm Thursday documents a five-week national road trip, dubbed the “First-Gen Roadtrip” in which four first generation college students from around the country interviewed diverse leaders, many of whom were also the first in their families to receive a college degree.

From Cleveland: Women Who Rock at 8 pm Friday  tells the story of the earliest women musicians from the 1920s to the mega stars of today.

In Performance at the White House at 9 pm Friday features Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by  Etta James to Diana Ross to Aretha herself.

Get the latest Texas A&M’s Superstar plants. Tour a native pond from an old swimming pool on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.





Highlights May 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Airs Sunday at 7 pm, 8:30 pm, and Monday at 10 pm.

On Monday at 8 pm, view intimate portraits of America’s military families on Homefront, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military.

The Storm, episode 4 of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, tells the story of Franklin Roosevelt’s political career, from his 1920 vice presidential run to his election as president, and the hardships he faced in between. Airs Tuesday at 7 pm.

Tuesday at 9 pm, go inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria. With interviews from key military and diplomatic leaders, Frontline Obama At War examines the hard choices facing the president as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict.

Tuesday at 10 pm, Independent Lens Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of one of the most internationally celebrated Chinese artists of the modern era. Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Wednesday explores how technology can save injured animals. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out on NOVA First Man On The Moon, Wednesday at 8 pm.

John Glenn: A Life of Service, Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn’s distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues

Thursday’s Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm features Cokie Roberts, best-selling author, contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and Political Commentator for ABC News.

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

Sausage, often a BBQ afterthought, is now finding reason to take center plate. Aaron makes sausage from scratch and visits some folks who are pushing the boundaries of artisan sausage-making on BBQ With Franklin: Sausage, Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas.” On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere on The Daytripper Devil’s River at 8:30 pm.

Admissions On Trial, Thursday at 9 pm takes an in-depth look at the debate over how universities choose their students and the role of race in the process.

Great Performances: Boston Symphony Orchestra is a wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrating the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra. AIrs Friday at 8 pm.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a front yard’s become the family’s new playground since they swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture, and cozy hangouts.

Back-to-back episodes of Mother’s Son air Saturday beginning at 8:50 pm. This gripping drama depicts a dilemma no parent wants to face. When a teenage girl is murdered, Rosie, a divorced mother of two, suspects with horror that her teenage son, Jamie is involved. How far will a family go to protect their son?


Highlights May 17-23

KLRU Highlights

On Call The Midwife Sunday at 7 pm, Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia team up to support a deaf mother-to-be, while a case of morning sickness proves more serious than initially suspected.

With the deadline of his hasty promise looming, Harry stocks the store for the ultimate sale. As other businesses accuse him of playing unfairly, the public and the shareholders are worked into a frenzy, and Harry must prepare for the worst in the thrilling Season 3 finale of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

In 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of damning secret files and shared them with the public and the press. Now, for the first time, they tell their story on Independent Lens 1971, Monday at 9 pm.

War For Guam, Monday at 10:30 pm, is a documentary about World War II and its enduring legacy in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898. It tells the extraordinary story of how the Native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under a brutal Japanese occupation, only to be later stripped of much of their ancestral lands by the American military.

Frontline Secrets, Politics And Torture Tuesday at 9 pm, investigates the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture, through recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry who fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler’s Third Reich. Four-Four-Two, F Company At War follows the exploits of the company through the letters of 1st Sergeant Jack Wakamatsu and interviews of five “F” Company veterans. Airs Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank joins Overheard With Evan Smith. Frank is known as one of the most prominent gay politicians in American history and was the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Arts In Context A Light In The Dark, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles Gail Chovan, whose locally made, handcrafted clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty.

Thursday at 8 pm on BBQ with Franklin: Brisket, learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.

On The Daytripper: Schulenburg, Thursday at 8:30 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel.

Operation Appreciation follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood, America’s largest military base. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project, Thursday at 9:30 pm, tells the story of the iconic art piece at the historic pool. Integrating art therapy with local workshops, Wanda Montemayor and her team spent nearly four years planning, developing and creating each of the countless individual tiles that would become part of the colossal mosaic mural at Deep Eddy Pool.

Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, 8 pm Friday, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos and more on Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House Friday at 9 pm.

See how ponds, fountains, and backyard streams make a splash with wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a DIY pond joined by a greenhouse and corral for rescued goats.