Highlights February 9 – February 15

KLRU Highlights

Blackademics TV presents Dr. Kevin Cockley and Dr. Gloria Quinlan Sunday at 1:30 pm.

The Art Of Architecture: Houston takes viewers on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture Sunday at 4 pm.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 6 Sunday at 8 pm. Downton’s drove of pigs arrive, Robert departs, an unwelcome visitor appears, and illness descends. Mary and Blake may have found common ground, but Edith faces her troubles alone.

Making Of A Lady premieres Sunday at 9 pm. Based on the forgotten novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett (“The Secret Garden”), this classic tale tells the story of the well-born, educated but penniless Emily, played by Lydia Wilson.

Antiques Roadshow travels to Saarinen House at Cranbrook Academy of Art to discuss renowned architect and designer Eliel Saarinen in Detroit, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Eugene, Oregon and visit the King Estate Winery to discuss what to look for in the pursuit of collecting wineglasses and decanters, Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens  Spies of Mississippi Monday at 9 pm tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950′s and 1960′s.

American Experience presents Billy The Kid Tuesday at 7 pm. On April 28, 1881, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, just days from being hanged for murder, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid on American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm. Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm gives the most timely view yet of this newest front in the Syrian revolution.

The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax in Explosive Action! on On Story, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

The Animal House presents a global look at the “homelife of wildlife,” Wednesday at 7 pm on Nature.

The Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. NOVA investigates in Great Cathedral Mystery, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Super Skyscrapers rethinks every aspect of the traditional building model with the Leadenhall Building in Building The Future, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Mary Matalin and James Carville are both veteran political strategists, commentators and best-selling authors talk politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create a successful music festival at the annual Fun Fun Fun Fest on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

One Square Mile: Texas at 8 pm Thursday explores Austin through the lives of Austinites navigating an ever-changing landscape.

Chet heads to the hill country, eats at a Belgium bakery, swims in Hamilton Pool, climbs Reimer’s Ranch, and polishes the day off at Salt Lick on Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Great Performances presents National Theatre: 50 Years On Stage Friday at 8 pm. November 2013, the NT celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special gala performance, welcoming home an all-star cast of NT alumni to perform excerpts from landmark productions, complemented by archival excerpts from the NT’s many groundbreaking productions.

Rick Steves’ Europe presents Athens And Side Trips Saturday at 10:30 am. Tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archeological Museum.

Gardeners love to try plants a little out of their range. Find out which ones work and how to do it in Central Texas Gardener‘s Outside The Box With Marginal Plants Saturday at 12 & 4 pm.

The Mind of a Chef wrestles with questions every aspiring new or expanding veteran chef has to confront in Restaurateur, Saturday at 5 pm.

Alternative rock superstars Arcade Fire perform hits and tunes from their Grammy-winning LP The Suburbs Saturday at 7 pm on Austin City Limits.

When Lady Felicia finds a stripped and injured man stuck up a tree, Sid is implicated as the perpetrator. Can Father Brown prove his innocence, or has Sid gone too far this time? Find out Saturday at 8 pm with Father Brown‘s The Man In The Tree.


Highlights February 2 – February 8

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday at 1:30 pm,  Dr. Heather Pleasants and Dana Salter present their findings on digital media, youth and the creation of new narratives, while Dr. Amy Brown describes how urban fiction can be used as a teaching tool in Blackademics TV.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part Five Sunday at 8 pm. Pride and prejudice mark Robert’s surprise birthday party when Rose’s potentially scandalous recruit raises eyebrows and Mary clashes with an instantly antagonistic man of the people. Bates and Anna step out, and Edith gets troubling news.

Sherlock Season 3 – His Last Vow airs Sunday at 9 pm. Sherlock Holmes encounters Charles Augustus Magnussen, the one man he truly hates, through a case of stolen letters. How will he tackle an enemy who specializes in blackmail and knows the personal weakness of every eminent person in the Western world?

Doc Martin returns with Sickness And Health Sunday at 11 pm. Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of the Doc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again?

Antiques Roadshow visits Detroit Monday at 7 pm and heads to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum to explore model cars made by Hudson Car Company.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Eugene, Oregon Monday at 8 pm and visits to the King Estate Winery to discuss what to look for in the pursuit of collecting wine glasses and decanters.

POV presents American Promise Monday at 9 pm. This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y.., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.

Nazi Mega Weapons presents V2 Rocket Tuesday at 7 pm. This is the story of how scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.

Amish Shunned premieres on American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm. Filmed over the course of 12 months, this film follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States.

April travels four hours outside London to Cornwall to visit and cook with farmer and chef Tom Adams in The Mind of a Chef‘s Farmer, Tuesday at 10 pm.

On Story presents A Conversation With Chris Carter, Creator Of The X-Files Tuesday at 10:30 pm. Legendary television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files and how he stirred audiences using the power of mythology.

Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds as Nature presents An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday a 7 pm.

NOVA presents Roman Catacomb Mystery Wednesday at 8 pm. NOVA goes beneath the streets of Rome where an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs – lies.

Super Skyscrapers takes a look at the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark in One World Trade Center on Wednesday at 9 pm.

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams stops by on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents PowerUP Thursday at 7:30. Allison Orr finds the poetry of motion in unusual places and uses non-traditional choreography to celebrate everyday life. After shadowing technicians, linemen and machines at a power company, they are ready to perform Orr’s choreography in front of thousands of people.

One Square Mile: Texas presents Silverton Thursday at 8 pm. The small Panhandle town of Silverton is home to 731 people. The town has no grocery store, no traffic lights and is exactly one square mile in size. As the town’s population slowly dwindles, the community that remains is strong and self-sufficient.

The Daytripper visits La Grange, Texas Thursday at 8:30. Explore Texas Czech culture, eat at a 100 year old BBQ joint, and enjoy some kolaches from Hruska’s with Chet.

The March premieres Thursday at 9 pm. This documentary honors the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

American Masters presents Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth Friday at 8 pm. Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday in February, 2014.

Rick Steves’ Europe heads to Vienna And The Danube Saturday at 10:30 am. Explore the city’s surroundings, with a trip along the romantic Danube River and a hike up to the breathtakingly Baroque Melk Abbey.

Keep the lawn but dump the weekly mower with native alternatives from Mark Simmons at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Central Texas Gardener‘s Lawn Options For Drought, Saturday at 12 & 4 pm.

The Mind of a Chef presents Leftovers Saturday at 5 pm and aims to prove that nasty bits have been given a bad rap and deserve to be on the kitchen table along with meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Austin City Limits presents Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown presents The Wrong Shape Saturday at 8 pm. Soon after his poetry recital, Leonard Quinton is found hanging in the conservatory. When Father Brown realises that he could not have committed suicide, the search begins for a murderer.



Highlights January 26 – February 1

KLRU Highlights

Arts In Context presents Schubertiad Sunday at 2:30 pm. The Miro Quartet performs music from popular composer Franz Schubert in front of a live studio audience.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 4 Sunday at 8 pm. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate.

Sherlock, Series III: The Sign Of Three premieres on Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 9 pm. Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a third season of the modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.

Antiques Roadshow visits Detroit, Michigan for the Motown Museum to discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors Monday at 7 pm.

The four candidates in the Republican Primary for Texas Lieutenant Governor square off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor, Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens presents The State Of Arizona Monday at 9 pm. This film captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration.

Visa Dream premieres Monday at 10:30 pm and tells the touching story of one family’s experience gainign entry into the United States.

PBS Newshour “State of the Union Address along with Republican response Tuesday at 8 pm

Nature‘s The Funkiest Monkeys premieres Wednesday at 7 pm. This film explores the recent decreased number of the crested black macaques in the island of Indonesia, Sulawesi.

NOVA follows archeologists and forensic experts in Ireland’s County Tipperary in the methodical hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of various violent death of bog body victims in Ghosts Of Murdered Kings, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Hawking Wednesday at 9 pm presents the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawing’s life.

Overheard with Evan Smith features author Amy Tan Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents Thirst Thursday at 7:30 pm. Explore an art installation takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action.

One Square Mile: Texas presents San Antonio Thursday at 8  pm. This square mile in Southtown, San Antonio includes the historic King William District and the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lavaca.

The Daytripper visits Georgetown, Texas Thursday at 8:30 and visits the “oldest University in Texas.”

Great Performances present Barrymore Friday at 8 pm. This film adaptation of William Luce’s 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore’s life.

Bring on the bees to renew populations of these essential pollinators with Central Texas Gardener‘s Bee Happy, Saturday at noon an d 4 pm.

Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown becomes embroiled with a theatrical family when he discovers that a supposed tragic drowning was actually a murder in The Flying Stars, Saturday at 8 pm.


Highlights January 19 – January 25

KLRU Highlights

Great Performances At The Met presents Eugene Onegin Sunday at 1:30 pm. Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 3 Sunday at 8 pm. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate.

Sherlock, Series III: The Empty Hearse premieres Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 9 pm. Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a third season of the modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.

Antiques Roadshow visit the Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho Monday at 7 pm and learns about the works of outsider artists James Castle.

Antiques Roadshow visits Tulsa, Oklahoma Monday at 8 pm and visits the Philbrook Museum of Art to look at seemingly everyday appliances and electronics that were transformed into stunning functional art by 20th century industrial designers.

Blood Brother premieres on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm. This film is a portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family.

Ripple Of Hope  Monday at 10:30 pm captures an extraordinary and uplifting even against the backdrop of one of the most volatile and memorable Presidential campaigns in U.S. history.

American Experience  War Letters Tuesday at 7 pm  presents a collection of newly uncovered personal correspondence that brings to life the deepest, most human side of war, from the American Revolution to the Gulf War.

American Masters  Salinger Tuesday at 8 pm  features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen.

On Story presents Writing The Fantastical: A Conversation With David Magee Tuesday at 10:30 pm. Magee discusses adapting Finding Neverland and Life of Pi and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen.

Meet The Coywolf premieres on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm. Discover the story behind the coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf.

NOVA Killer Typhoon Wednesday at 8 pm features in-depth interviews with the meteorologists charged with tracking and forecasting Pacific storms take us inside the anatomy of Typhoon Hiayan.

Chasing Shackleton part three follows Tim Jarvis and his journey through the mountains of South Georgia to complete his re-enactment of Shackleton’s ‘double’ Wednesday at 9 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith features independent filmmaker John Sayles Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents Marfa: The Light and the Land Thursday at 9 pm. Explore the remote Texas city of Marfa which attracts visitors including those interested in literary pursuits, fine arts and the metaphysical.

Arts In Context‘s There Will Be Fun Thursday at 7:30 pm goes behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create a successful music festival.

One Square Mile: Texas presents Nacogdoches Thursday at 8 pm. This episode looks at contemporary life in Nacogdoches to see where the lines of history fade into modern life.

Deepak Chopra: What Are You Hungry For Friday at 8pm. In this program, world-renowned health expert, Dr. Chopra, returns to his medical roots and lectures on the scientific, behavioral and medical basis of hunger and all its manifestations and the healthy ways to fulfill it.

Real Mary Poppins Friday at 9:30 pm draws on an extensive archive and interviews to tell Pamela Travers’ real story and to answer the question so many have asked: Where did Mary Poppins come from?

Kenneth Francis promotes water-saving measures as the foundation for design in Water Conservation Design on Central Texas Gardener Saturday at 12 & 4.

Austin City Limits presents the best in contemporary indie rock with Portugal. The Man and Local Natives, Saturday at  7 pm.

Tune in for Father Brown Saturday at 8 pm as Father Brown must find the killer of an ungodly man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock, before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows in The Hammer Of God.

Highlights January 12 – January 18

KLRU Highlights

Live from Lincoln Center presents Richard Tucker At 100: An Opera Celebration Sunday at 1:30 pm. The 2013 Gala celebratesthe centennial of Tucker’s birth with performances of arias and ensembles featuring many of the world’s greatest voices.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 1 Sunday at 6 pm.  Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate.

Tune in for Masterpiece‘s  Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 2 Sunday at 8 pm. This season, the aristocrats cope with last season’s shocking finale.

Unlocking Sherlock Sunday at 9 pm goes behind-the-scenes look into the world of Sherlock Holmes and the making of the latest series.

Masterpiece Mystery! presents Sherlock, Series II – The Reichenbach Fall Sunday at 10 pm. In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels.

1964: American Experience premieres Tuesday at 7 pm. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, this film follows some of the most prominent figures of the time.

Frontline presents Secret State Of North Korea Tuesday at 9 pm. Frontline explores life under Kim Jong-Un and investigate the enigmatic “Morning Star King” as he tries to hold onto power.

April explores Curry, the originals as well as England’s versions of this historic cuisine in The Mind of a Chef, Tuesday at 10 pm.

On Story presents A Conversation With Brian Helgeland Tuesday at 10:30 pm. Helgeland shares his experience as a screenwriter, director, and producer.

Nature presents The Private Life Of Deer Wednesday at 7 pm and reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm reveals the untold story of the biggest flying machines ever made: Germany’s war zeppelins in Zeppelin Terror Attack.

Chasing Shackleton presents Episode #102 Wednesday at 9 pm. Battered b storms and blind by thick fog, world record speed sailor and renowned racing skipper paul Larsen attempts to navigate the notorious Southern Ocean using only a sextant and compass.

Overheard with Evan Smith speaks to Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents PowerUp Thursday at 7:30 pm focusing on  choreographer Allison Orr. Orr has been shadowing technicians, linemen and machines at a power company and they are now ready to perform Orr’s choreography in front of thousands of people.

One Square Mile: Texas presents El Paso Thursday at 8 pm. The Segundo Barrio square mile near downtown El Paso is the birthplace of El Paso culture. Located on the border with Ciudad Juarez, this square mile is an example of the interdependency of two neighboring cities.

The Daytripper heads to Houston, Texas Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet feasts on Dim Sum in Houston’s Chinatown and visits the Museum District.

We Served Too: The Story Of The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots premieres Thursday at 9 pm. This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes.

Masterpiece Mystery! presents Sherlock, Series II – The Reichenbach Fall Friday at 8 pm. In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels.

Central Texas Gardener Garden Maintenance 101 Saturday at noon & 4 pm.
Get ready for spring clean-up with tips on when, what, and how to keep your garden in tiptop shape.

fun. and Dawes perform modern rock on Austin City Limits Fun. and Dawes at 7 pm Saturday. Grammy-winning trio fun. plays hits “We Are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On.” Dawes performs its California roots-flavored rock/pop.

When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul on Father Brown‘s Blue Cross Saturday at 8 pm.

Highlights January 5 – January 11

KLRU Highlights

Secrets Of Highclere Castle takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the England’s most spectacular country houses Sunday at 7 pm.

New season starts this week: Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 1 Sunday at 8 pm. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate.

Tune in to Father Brown Sunday at 10 pm for The Mayor And The Magician. When the mayor drops dead during his speech at the Kembleford village fete, Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted.

New season starts this week: Antiques Roadshow kicks off season 18 with a treasure-filled visit to Boise, Idaho Monday at 7 pm.

Independent Lens The Invisible War Monday at 9 pm investigates one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

Latino Americans On The South Plains Monday at 10:30 pm celebrates culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

American Experience presents Poisoner’s Handbook Tuesday at 7 pm. In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest, but this changed in 1918, when New York City hired its first scientifically- trained medical examiner Charles Norris.

Frontline tracks an ongoing seven-year investigation into the largest insider trading scandal in U.S. history with the case of Steven A. Cohen and SAC Captial, in To Catch A Trader Tuesday at 9 pm.

The Mind of a Chef‘s Sea Salt, Tuesday at 10 pm, focuses on April’s love of the sea.

On Story presents Romantic Comedies Tuesday at 10:30 pm. Discover the importance on balancing relationships, conflict and originality when creating romantic comedies.

Follow the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and the bond that develops between horses and their caregivers on Nature‘s Legendary White Stallions Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA presents Alien Planets Revealed Wednesday at 8 pm. This program takes viewers on a journey along with the Kepler telescope.

Chasing Shackleton Wednesday at 9 explores the most famous survival story in expedition history – Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 800 nautical mile boat journey across the Southern Ocean and deadly mountain crossing of South Georgia

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Author and Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin stops by Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm to discuss her newest book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

Arts In Context presents Masters of Ceremony at 7:30 pm Thursday. 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.

Chet explores Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas” on The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday. He also walks on a high wire, dives in a swimming hole, and eats modern Mexican at a local establishment.

The Daytripper travels to San Marcos, Texas Thursday at 8:30 pm and explores the history of Aquarena Springs and tries whitewater rafting.

Not Yet Begun To Fight premieres Thursday at 9 pm. This program focuses on retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings as he reaches out to five men, a new generation returning from war, and bonds with them on returning home from war.

Masterpiece Mystery! presents Sherlock, Series II – The Hounds of Baskerville Friday at 8 pm. Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments – top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.

Rick Steves’ Europe presents England’s Bath & York Saturday at 10:30 am. Rick explores Roman hot springs, cruises quiet canals, and marvels at England’s finest Gothic church.

Learn to Pick Your Own Fruit Trees on Central Texas Gardener, Saturday at noon and 4.

The Mind of a Chef presents Curry Saturday at 5 pm. In this episode, April explores curry, the originals as well as England’s versions of this historic cuisine.

Austin City Limits presents modern rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case Saturday at 7 pm.

Operas coming to KLRU this January

Premiering on KLRU this January  and February are three renowned operas that tell classic stories with incredible performances.

Here are the upcoming operas:
Live from Lincoln Center “Richard Tucker Opera” Gala” airs January 12 at 1:30 pm
The Richard Tucker Gala, honoring the legacy of the beloved American tenor, is a perennial highlight of the opera season. The 2013 Gala celebrates the centennial of Tucker’s birth with performances of arias and ensembles featuring many of the world’s greatest voices, including past Richard Tucker Award winners Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Susan Graham, and this year’s winner, rising Metropolitan Opera star Isabel Leonard.

Great Performances at the Met Eugene Onegin” airs January 19 at 1:30 pm
“Eugene Onegin” premieres the Metropolitan Opera season.  Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance. Deborah Warner’s new production, directed by Fiona Shaw, is set in the late 19th century and moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin’s friend turned rival.

Great Performances at the Met The Nose” airs February 23 at 1:30 pm
William Kentridge’s innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera about a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose returns to the Met for the first time since its sold-out 2010 premiere. Pavel Smelkov conducts a cast led by Paulo Szot as the hapless Kovalyov with Andrey Popov as the menacing Police Inspector and Alexander Lewis as Kovalyov’s peripatetic nose.

Highlights December 29 – January 4

KLRU Highlights

Amid preparations for Christmas celebrations and Christmas baby arrivals, Poplar’s routine is interrupted when an unexploded German bomb is found in the neighborhood, prompting evacuations on Call The Midwife Holiday Special Sunday at 6:30 pm.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey, Season 3 – Part 7 Sunday at 8 pm. The Great War is over and  along-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues and personal crises grip the majestic English county estate.

Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight Father Brown The Devil’s Dust Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Phoenix, Arizona and visits Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork Monday at 7 pm.

Don’t miss Antiques Roadshow‘s Phoenix, Arizona – Hour Three Monday at 8 pm. Mark Walberg and Natalie Linn visit the Heard Museum to discuss American Indian Basketry.

Independent Lens presents How To Survive A Plague Monday at 9 pm. This film is the story of two grassroots coalitions – ACT UP and Treatment Action Group – made pu of innovative activists who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

BBC journalist John Ware journeys to Israel for a fresh look at how it has responded to the changes sweeping the region in the wake of the Arab Spring on Israel: Facing The Future Monday at 10:30 pm.

Life from Lincoln Center presents New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma Tuesday at 7 pm. Cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma joins maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for a festive celebration of dance-inspired orchestral music.

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

Frontline From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians Tuesday at 9 pm examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews.

Great Performances presents The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State ballet for the beloved annual traditions against the joyful backdrop of the picturesque city Wednesday at 7 pm.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday goes inside Peligrosa, a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

The Daytripper goes to El Paso, Johnson City, San Marcos and Houston in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia at 9 pm Friday.

See how romantic English design joined the melting pot of American garden style on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday. On tour, English-born gardeners adapted memories with drought tough native plants.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights December 22 – December 28

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece presents the entire Season 3 of Downton Abbey Sunday at 2 to 8 pm.

When two nuns die in mysterious circumstances at St. Agnes convent, Father Brown investigates with the aid of Sister Boniface, an eager young fan of detective novels Father Brown The Bride of Christ Sunday at 10 pm.

Tune in to Antiques Roadshow‘s Finders Keepers Monday at 7 pm. This episode shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident.

Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir Monday at 8 pm showcases the rich choral music traditions of two countries, presenting traditional Christmas hymns and carols in both Norwegian and English.

St. Thomas Christmas: All Is Well 2013 Monday at 9 pm shares the University of St. Thomas tradition of celebrating Advent and Christmas with beloved traditional and contemporary music performed by student ensembles on a world class stage.

Independent Lens presents Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Monday at 10 pm. Take an inside look inside the eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono, one of the world’s greatest sushi chef, his meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection.

Based on David Walliams’ bestselling book, Mr. Stink premieres Tuesday at 7 pm. Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed. As it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye … or nose.

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tuesday at 8 pm presents Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and journalist/author Tom Brokaw with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a holiday concert performance.

Frontline presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity with From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians Tuesday at 9 pm.

Nature presents Christmas in Yellowstone Wednesday at 7 pm. Nature journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery.

NOVA‘s Building The Great Cathedrals Wednesday at 8 pm experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls.

Comet Encounter Wednesday at 9 pm steps into the world of scientists all over the world as they follow Comet ISON and prepare for the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday presents Tom Waits in a classic episode from 1978.

Joyce Banda, President of Malawi stops by on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents There Will Be Fun Thursday at 7:30 pm. Go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Jerusalem: Center Of The World Thursday at 9 pm draws on religious texts, the science of archeology and oral traditions passed on through millennia to try to determine why this small city has occupied the minds of so many for so long.

American Masters presents Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Friday at 9 pm and tells this rich and engrossing story about the famous composer.

Central Texas Gardener features Richard Louv, author of Last Child In The Woods, on Saturday noon and 4 pm and explores the importance of connecting kids to nature int his digital world.

Famed Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Garbriela perform a unique fusion of flamenco, jazz and rock on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights December 15 – December 21

KLRU Highlights

When an abandoned woman, dressed in all pink, turns up murdered in an abandoned building, Sherlock must use the science of deduction to catch the killer on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: A Study In Pink Sunday at 8 pm.

Antiques Roadshow presents Junk In The Trunk Monday at 7 pm with never-before-seen appraisals from Roadshow’s 2011 season.

Tune in to Antiques Roadshow‘s Trash To Treasure Monday at 8 pm. This episode puts viewers in a festive mood with more than twenty incredible tales of valuable treasures rescued from rubbish heaps, roadsides, dumpsters, and demolition sites.

The lives of two young playwrights are brought together inextricably in the process of creating a new language for the stage on Independent Lens Playwright: From Page To Stage Monday at 9 pm.

Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike Of 1913 Tuesday at 7 pm explores an epic labor strike that devastated Michigan’s Copper Country and haunts the American labor movement to this day.

How Sherlock Changed The World Tuesday at 8 pm tells the story of the impact and legacy of the most famous crime fighter in history.

Israel: Facing The Future Tuesday at 10 pm analyzes what is next for the world’s only Jewish state as both the religious and the secular battle over its future.

Nature presents Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo Wednesday at 7 pm captures how wolves and buffalo live together in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world.

NOVA‘s Extreme Ice Wednesday at 8 pm follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they try to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior and their potential to dive rising sea levels.

Life on Fire presents Icelandic Volcanoes Wednesday at 9 pm and tries to discern which volcano will awaken next as the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano raised concern.

Austin City Limits presents experimental alt. pop to the stage with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes / tUnE-yArDs Wednesday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith sits down with Reza Aslan, Author And Religious Scholar Thursday at 7 pm.

Meet Allison Orr, a non-traditional choreographer that has been working with technicians, linemen and machines at a power company for a dance performance. Tune in to Arts In Context‘s PowerUp Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Christmas At Luter: Tidings Of Comfort And Joy celebrates the joy and traditions of Christmas with the renowned choirs of Luter College in Decorah Iowa Thursday at 8 pm.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Thursday at 9 pm promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment.

Southern Celtic Christmas Concert Thursday at 10 pm celebrates the high spirits and mystical beuty of Celtic and Appalachian Christmas traditions.

Christmas At Belmont Friday at 9 pm presents a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world  music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

The Daytripper Saturday at 10 am travels to Houston, Texas and heads to a Dim Sum restaurant in Houston’s Chinatown, followed by a visit to the Museum District.

Central Texas Gardener presents Small Garden Ideas With Upcycled Materials at 12 and 4 pm. Make the most of small spaces with an artistic spin using upcycled objects.

Masterpiece presents the first five episodes of Downton Abbey – Season 3 Saturday 6 – 11 pm.