KLRU Q’s Wild West Sunday, October 5

Join KLRU Q Sunday evening for a marathon that explores the Wild West of North America.

Beginning at 7 pm, three episodes of the Wild West with Ray Mears explore how the awe-inspiring landscape of North America shaped the story of the Wild West. It’s another series in which American viewers get to see their history – and themselves – through the eyes of a visitor from another country. In the first episode, Ray explores how timbered slopes fueled the lumber industry in the Appalachian Mountains. Following at 7:50 pm, the Blackfeet Indian Nation demonstrate bare-back riding skills and Dodge City is explored. And at 8:35, Ray explores the hostile geography of the Great Basin desert and the Sonoran desert.

Even more Wild West history is uncovered with highlights from American Experience’s films, America’s Wild West, at 9:30 pm. It features Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Custer’s Last Stand, Jesse James, Kit Carson and Wyatt Earp. The finale at 10:30 pm features iconic images and artifacts of the American West, and the story of Buffalo Bill Cody is explored in Buffalo Bill’s American West.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20

D-Day on KLRU Q – 6/6

KLRU Q commemorates the anniversary of the D-Day invasion with back-to-back documentaries on Friday, June 6th, stating at 8 pm.

D-Day 8 pm
The planning for the Allied invasion on June 6th 1944 took two years, cost thousands of lives and involved a deception of breathtaking audacity. D-Day examines the intricate jigsaw, presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, telling their extraordinary stories.

D-Day to Berlin at 9:50 pm
This series follows the remarkable story of the Allied forces and the victories that set them on their way to ending World War II in 1945. The collective military operations from D-Day in June 1944, to the final assault on Germany in 1945 represent one of the greatest military offensives.

D-Day on KLRU Q – 6/1

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June 6, 1944 marks the legendary Normandy landings, the largest naval invasion in history to liberate France during World War II. Nicknamed “D-day,” about 12,000 soldiers from the Allied forces and Nazi Germany died during this massive attack that served as a turning point for breaking down the Axis Powers.

On Sunday, June 1st, KLRU Q is honoring the 70th anniversary of this amazing American feat with a marathon of D-day specials.

Starting with D-day: The Price of Freedom at 2 p.m., we go inside the story with personal accounts from former paratroopers, gunners, landing craft operators and others representing the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy with their tales of survival. Five veterans – some of whom were returning to Normandy for the first time since 1944 – make an emotional journey to the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, the final resting place of 9,000 of their fallen comrades.

A World War II veteran shares the wisdom he carries from living through Nazi occupation as he takes four young history teachers to Belgium in The Lesson Is Priceless. Then, part two of this veteran’s dream of educating the price of freedom relocates in Memories of France to tour the battlegrounds with veterans and young educators. The moving two-part series Let Freedom Ring starts at 3 p.m. only on KLRU Q.

Next, the “Screaming Eagles” are put in the spotlight at 5 p.m. on Company of Heroes. The Easy Company combat unit featured in this program inspired the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose along with the HBO series for its legendary World War II expeditions including D-day and Operation Market Garden in Holland.

KLRU Q continues to feature the Screaming Eagles with Eagles of Mercy starting at 6 p.m. A seldom-told tale of the opening moments on D-day when two young American medics get trapped in a church and rescue soldiers during the battle surrounding them. The two medics themselves recount their heroic story along with newsreel footage and re-enactments on this special program.

A vital member of the Easy Company and commander on D-day, Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011) is given an honorable biography on Dick Winters: Hang Tough at 7 p.m on KLRU Q.

Then, KLRU Q focuses on the heroes at sea during D-day with Navy Heroes of Normandy at 8 p.m. Over 52,000 American soldiers sailed to Normandy and played a huge role in freeing Western Europe of Nazi invasion. Learn about their personal stories from that day only on KLRU Q.

Get more survivors’ perspectives on Day of Days: June 6, 1994 starting at 9 p.m. In this documentary, brave American veterans tell their stories of transformation and their uneasiness as being coined heroes from surviving D-day.

The most expansive and private collection of World War II memorabilia is revealed in World War II: Saving the Reality at 10 p.m. for KLRU Q’s final D-day tribute.

The most gruesome war in history shaped American culture and the rest of the world forever. Remember this iconic day with us at KLRU Q on June 1st!

Birds and Secrets on KLRU Q 5/30

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On May 30, Friday night, KLRU Q is traveling from the sky with birds of prey to the underground world of secrets.

Starting with Sea Eagle of Wild! at 8:05 p.m., two baby birds of one of Europe’s last surviving bird of prey species, the white-tailed eagle, are followed on their difficult journey to survive in the human-dominated environment.

Man’s fascination with flight has elevated as technology has improved, documented well on the program Birdmen: The Original Dream of Flight. Starting at 9 p.m., the new sport of skydiving is explored as professionals simulate the marvel of flying by free-falling thousands of feet.

Next, KLRU Q goes lower, in Mastering the Underground World from the series Amazing Underground Secrets. Learn about the excavation of the planet’s last frontier as technology has advanced from the pickaxe to particle accelerators at 10 p.m.

The landmark of secrets Alcatraz has sparked movies, series, and myths for years. In the documentary Return To Alcatraz starting at 11 p.m., the stories of the Battle of Alcatraz, the atomic spy prisoner, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and the escape from Alcatraz are all told in-depth.

Kings on KLRU Q 5/29

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The British monarchy holds some of the most fascinating and corrupt leaders in history, and three of the most notable will be featured Thursday, May 29 only on KLRU Q.

In the early 1500s, King Henry VIII of England set himself a part a great deal by claiming spiritual and temporal powers that he thought should supersede the Pope’s authority over the Church of England. The documentary Henry – Mind Of A Tyrant‘s episode “Lover” airs at 8 p.m. and focuses on his wishful love affair with Anne Boleyn, his attempts of annulment with Catherine of Aragon, and Anne’s eventual execution.

Much later in British history, Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, waited until he was almost 60 to finally gain the throne. His mother refused to involve him in state matters forced him into 40 years of enforced idleness, so “Bertie” spent his days gambling, overeating, shooting, smoking and womanizing. Check out the life of Edward VII: The Pleasure King at 8:50 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Next, The Pleasure King’s grandson is put in the spotlight on Edward VIII: The Nazi King at 9:40 p.m. Edward VIII is known for his voluntary abdication of the throne due to his love affair with an American twice-divorced woman, Wallis Simpson.

Exploring Architecture on KLRU Q 5/27

On Tuesday, KLRU Q will go beyond the aesthetics of architecture and into the meaning behind construction, and particularly, how design can promote healing and provide warmth.

Three locations that are designed for healing such as a center for brain health, a university health services building and a health science building are explored on the episode Healing Spaces of the series Cool Spaces! Check out these unusual structures at 8 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour documents the life of an architect who suddenly, 20 years into his career, suffered a nearly fatal illness that left him paralyzed. After experiencing years in and out of health institutions, he turned his career to focus on making cold-feeling places (i.e. hospitals) warm. Learn about his inspirational cause at 9 p.m.

The same Michael Graves has turned a 1920s warehouse in Princeton, New Jersey into his own home, nicknamed “The Warehouse.” The extraordinary and diverse interior is toured on Michael Graves: The Warehouse at 9:30 p.m. only on KLRU Q.

KLRU Q Features Natural Beauty – 5/23

This Friday, join us on KLRU Q for a closer look to the amazing beauty on Earth.

Waterfalls about three times the size of Niagara lie in the heart of South America on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Over 300 individual waterfalls are home to innumerable plant and animal species, which are all featured on Megafalls of Iguacu at 8:05 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Niagara Falls connects Man and Nature at the world-famous site on the U.S. and Canada border. High-definition videography brings the waterfall to life, showing at 9 p.m.

An episode of the series Amazing Underground Secrets, Secrets & Treasures delves into some of the greatest underground treasure discoveries of all time, and shows us what governments hide underground from their own citizens. Check out the underground world at 10 p.m. on KLRU Q.

The Chesapeake Bay is densely populated by Northeastern Americans, but the history it preserves underwater is safely secluded and untapped by its surrounding residents. Secrets of the Chesapeake looks at an ancient burial ground, a sea serpent, a sunken ship and ghost stories Friday night at 11 p.m.

British Battleships and Air Strikes of WWII on KLRU Q 5/22

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On Thursday, May 22, KLRU Q is revisiting the monumental battles between Nazi Germany and Great Britain during World War II with eye-witness accounts and recent discoveries of evidence from the battles.

Thousands of British civilians were killed and injured in the London area during the 57 consecutive nights that Germany bombed Britain, known as the London Blitz. Starting at 8 p.m., the documentary Blitz: London’s Longest Night focuses on just one night in 1940 that dropped 24,000 firebombs and 45 tons of explosives on the city.

The largest air battle in history is explored in-depth in Battle of Britain: The Real Story at 9:30 p.m. Hearing stories from one of the few German survivors of the battle and reading other documented testimonies reveals astonishing behind-the-scenes information and goes deeper into the clash of the two nations during the war.

Next, the Hunt For Battleship Hood goes three miles underwater for one of the most ambitious shipwreck searches ever undertaken: the Bismarck and HMS Hood battleships. The British “Mighty Hood” was one of the most well-known battleships of the time period, surviving both World Wars until its wreck on May 24, 1940. See the ship over 60 years later at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, only on KLRU Q.

Superheroes take over KLRU Q on May 18

On Sunday, May 18th, KLRU Q features an evening of adventure, action and inspiration with a superhero marathon!

6:00pm  Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle “Truth, Justice, and the American Way (1938-1958)” – The popularity of superhero characters during the Depression and the World War II era is explored.

7:00pm  Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle “Great Power, Great Responsibility (1959-1977)” – In the 1960s a new breed of Marvel superheroes emerges, inspired by atomic energy and space travel.

8:00pm  Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle “A Hero Can Be Anyone (1978-Present)” – The “Superman” movie with Christopher Reeve, the overhaul of “Batman” and “Watchmen” are discussed.

9:00pm  Pioneers of Television “Superheroes” - Adam West, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno and others discuss “Superman,” “Batman” and more great shows.

10:00pm  Independent Lens “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” – The comic book superheroine Wonder Woman and popular representations of powerful women are explored.

11:00pm  Independent Lens “Wham! Bam! Islam!” – A Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah.

Q Night At The Movies 4/26

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #602 at 7 pm
On this episode of Just Seen It, we review the revenge thriller straight from Sundance, BLUE RUIN, and the new ABC medical drama, BLACK BOX. Next, we salute the late Mickey Rooney and check out the unnerving Argentinean drama, THE GERMAN DOCTOR. Finally, we weigh in on Johnny Depp’s latest foray into sci-fi with TRANSCENDENCE.

On Story Frank Darabont: Filmmaker’s Journey at 7:30 pm
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story. Followed by Jeffrey DeChausse’s short film, Anniversario, trailing a woman’s visit to her two favorite hairdressers on the day of her 45th wedding anniversary for what becomes the most important makeover of their lives.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Picture Of Dorian Gray at 8 pm
A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Drive-In Movie Memories at 9:55 pm
DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES is a film celebration of drive in movie theaters, one of America’s greatest symbols of youth, freedom and the automobile. What started as the business venture an auto parts dealer to make some easy money accidentally became a magical place where romance, fun and a sense of community flourished. The centerpiece of DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES is a vast collection of historical photos and footage from the mid ’30s until today, including clips from classic drive-in movies of all genres: westerns, romance, horror, and the teenage beach party movies of the ’60s. Interviews with film critic Leonard Maltin and other film historians add context while stories from B-movie actors, including Beverly Garland, the “queen” of B-movies, provide entertaining “insider” views of the era in its heyday.

Elvis: Return To Tupelo at 10:55 pm
In the 1950s and ’60s, Elvis Presley became an icon of rock n’ roll around the world. But understanding the Elvis story requires going back to his origins in rural Tupelo, Miss. ELVIS: RETURN TO TUPELO documents the period from his birth in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, to his breakout year 1956, when Elvis made a triumphant return to his hometown.