Halloween Week on KLRU-Q

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Pumpkins appear on doorsteps. Large bags of candy disappear from grocery stores. Werewolves, witches and mummies walk around downtown Austin. The spookiest time of the year is coming up – Halloween.

Celebrate the holiday and the week leading up to it with mysterious, thrilling special programming on KLRU-Q. Here’s their schedule of special programming:

Sunday – Strange and Unusual

Ever wonder how much money you get for breaking a Guinness World Record? The answer is … none! So why do competitors do it? That’s the central question in the award-winning documentary Breaking and Entering at 6 p.m. The documentary was hailed by the New York Times as “a brisk and absorbing tour of the human ego.”

Then, explore how Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America  at 7 p.m. on Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience. Over three decades, his Believe It or Not franchise grew into an entertainment empire, and the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity.

At 8 p.m., Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice journeys into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who were its perpetual devotees. Told largely in Jay’s own voice, Deceptive Practice traces the story of his achievements, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age four, with his grandfather Max Katz, an accomplished amateur magician, as well as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century.

Get your Halloween costume ready with Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity at 9 p.m. A mainstay of “geek culture” for years, cosplay – a contraction of “Costume Play”- only recently emerged from the shadows of the sci-fi convention and into the mainstream. This one-hour documentary ventures into the workshops and lives of people who elevate fantasy costuming to the professional level.

Cap off Sunday with Secrets Of The Tower Of London at 10 p.m. Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. Over the centuries it has gone from a symbol of imperialism and tyranny to a national treasure – the protector of the crown jewels and many other historic British traditions.

Monday – new series

At 10 p.m., start a stirring new series. In Whitechapel The Walk of Terror, Part 1, the team is confronted by twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions – someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror. While Chandler and team try to solve these crimes, the station itself seems to pulse with unexplained phenomena.

Tuesday – Sci-Fi

Tune into the special Pioneers of Television Science Fiction at 8 p.m. for a look at Gene Roddenberry, Irwin Allen and Rod Serling and the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time. This episode explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of “The Twilight Zone”) used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force … or, perhaps, a giant radish.

Over the years technology has matured on screen and innovations in artificial intelligence and bio technology are making it harder to distinguish man from man-made. The debate is set, who has the upper hand: the great minds of Hollywood, or the world’s leading scientists? Drawing disturbing conclusions about our impending mechanical domination, Android Prophesy investigates the parallels between science fiction and science reality at 9 p.m. Narrated by Doctor Who’s Tom Baker.

Then at 10 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m., Q shows Arts In Context The Intergalactic Nemesis, the first live-action graphic novel. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.

On Doctor Who Time Heist, at 10:30 p.m., the Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task that he cannot refuse – steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.

Thursday – Strange Town Marathon

From 8 p.m. to midnight, join Q for a marathon of Strange Town, with four new episodes and encores of old favorites like Slice of the Past/The Living Inn, The Lovelorn Lady and Ghosts of Hotel Past. Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey to Strange Town.

Friday – Halloween Eve

Start Halloween Eve off at 8 p.m. with War of the Worlds: American Experience, an exploration of the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” The documentary explores how and why the broadcast created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.

Tune in for another showing of Android Prophesy at 9 p.m.

At 10 p.m., follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England in Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

The image of the devil is recognized throughout the world. Commonly referred to as Satan, Beelzebub, demon, Lucifer, old serpent, and the wicked one, the devil conjures up a variety of names and representations in spoken and written language and in the arts. But just who is the devil? Explore this question and others on Devil We Know at 11 p.m., the last Halloween programming of the week.

Q Night at the Movies returns Saturday with a noir marathon.

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

Columbus Day on KLRU-Q

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As the old poem says: In 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus wasn’t the first or the last explorer to encounter the Americas, but he is certainly one of the most famous. Get ready for Columbus Day on Oct. 11 with a full night of Italian American culture and history on KLRUQ.

Start the evening with a full, four-hour-two-part showing of Italian Americans at 6 p.m. This series, narrated by Stanley Tucci, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Then at 9:55 p.m., explore the life and music of one of most famous Italian Americans ever to live: Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films, interspersed with comments by host Mel Torme and excerpts from interviews with lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Touching briefly on his personal life, the program chronicles Sinatra’s rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. Songs performed include “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Fly Me To The Moon” “Ol’ Man River”, “Stardust”, “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” ,”I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Come Fly With Me” , “One For My Baby” and many more.

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

Rescheduled programming for 2/24

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KLRU experienced equipment failure that cause program changes on Feb. 17 on KLRU and KLRU Q. We are redoing our schedule for next Tuesday in order to present several of the programs that were missed. Here’s the new lineup:

KLRU Feb. 24
7 pm: Italian Americans episode one (originally scheduled for Feb. 17)
9 pm: Italian Americans episode two

Italian Americans & Genealogy Roadshow can also be watched online anytime.

KLRU Q Feb. 24
8 pm: Life on Fire Ash Runner
9 pm: Life on Fire Pioneers of the Deep
10 pm: Mineral Explorers Brazil
10:29 pm: Mineral Explorers Mexico
10:50 pm: Beyond Geek WW2 Re-enactors
11:28 pm: Beyond Geek Real Superheroes
11:58 pm: Doctor Who A Town Called Mercy
12:45 am: Doctor Who The Power of Three

KLRU Q New Years Eve with Hardly Sound

KLRU Q celebrates the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 with Hardly Sound! Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground music and artists. The series features music but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

Philippe Edison at 11 pm
Love, space travel, modesty and musical philosophy are all topics that Houston, Texas fusion artist Philippe Edison discusses in detail on the first episode of Season 3 of Hardly Sound. Edison’s anachronistic approach to his craft and to life in general make for some intriguing revelations and more importantly give a window to the creative development of his genre bending music.

Cross Record at 11:30 pm
Dan and Emily are natural people, ‘laid back’ if you will. Music for them is a tool for communication, not just between each other but with the world around them. The two have dreams to grow their own vegetables, have their own livestock, and simply live within the environment they exchange with.

Jazz Mills at midnight
An artist who is not only a performer but also a producer and mother. She sees a need for her art to be mutually beneficial and is content being part of the creative process whether she is in the spotlight or not.

Explore the American West on KLRU Q 11/30

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Join KLRU-Q for a day of education and entertainment on Sunday. Here’s the schedule:

2 pm – 4:30 pm: Take a journey to the Wild West with Ray Mears. He explores the Mountains, the Great Plains and the deserts of the Wild West.

4:30 pm: There’s more to learn about the Wild West on Buffalo Bill’s American West.

5 pm: Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy’s Ride to the White House is the exciting story of a physically challenged young man from Harvard who came to the western frontier in 1883.

6 pm: Panama Canal: The Eighth Wonder of the World is the story of the building of the Panama Canal. It’s one of power, personality, technology, political deception and the tragic death of thousands.

7:50 pm: Between 1873 and 1934, the Belgian shipping company Red Star Line transported approximately 2 million migrants from Antwerp to New York on Red Star Line: A Story of Immigration.

9:25 pm: American Jerusalem tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco.

10:25 pm: Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint tells the little-known story of America’s first gold rush, which took place in North Carolina during the early decades of the nineteenth century, nearly fifty years before the discovery of gold in California.

11 pm: Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy.

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

Q Night at the Movies11/29

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Relax and watch a movie this Saturday evening with KLRU Q’s Movie Night. The entertainment begins at 6 pm.

This week’s feature film is sandwiched in-between two pledge events, Classic Hollywood Musicals beginning at 6 pm and again at 9:25 pm. Featuring some of the most iconic images ever recorded on film, these five classic Hollywood musicals – The Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Viva Las Vegas – will take you on a journey across the Golden Age of movie musicals, spanning the days from the Great Depression all the way to the Civil Rights Movement. Join Nick Clooney as he takes you on a journey – alongside some of our greatest movie stars – of laughter and inspiration that will have you singing for days.

The film begins at 8 and stars the beloved Gene Kelly. You won’t want to miss the classic movie An American in Paris. American soldier (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after World War II to paint and falls in love with a French beauty (Leslie Caron).

Following the film at 10:55 pm, That’s Entertainment II shows a history of Hollywood films and musicals produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, featuring excerpts from many beloved classics.

Remember: KLRU Q hosts Movie Night every Saturday!

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

Learn about Wolves on KLRU Q 11/28

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Wolves and the American West dominate KLRU-Q Friday evening. You won’t want to miss these nature specials:

8 pm: The river Jordan runs in deep valleys through this mountainous landscape, providing shelter for a variety of animals that in turn feed the wolves. Wild! | Cry of the Wolves follows the story of one particular pair of wolves as they meet and start a family, the beginnings of a new pack.

9 pm: Narrated by Peter Coyote, Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter follows the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Idaho, and explores why the wolf remains a controversial animal.

10 pm: For 40 years, the American West has been the nation’s battleground for the preservation of wild lands. Wilderness: The Great Debate explores a host of environmental issues in the 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.

Wild West night on KLRU Q 11/27

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Take a journey to the Wild West with Ray Mears all evening on Thursday. He explores the Mountains, the Great Plains and the deserts of the Wild West. It all starts at 8 pm only on KLRU-Q!

Following at 10:30 pm, there’s more to learn about the Wild West on 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.

Travel the globe on KLRU Q 11/26

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What’s on KLRU-Q Wednesday evening? Take a look:

8 pm: On Globe Trekker, Tyler kicks off his culinary adventure in Mexico City, where he explores the vibrant markets and discovers the potent chilies of the region.

9 pm: Buen Provencho! takes viewers on a delicious journey through Florida’s culinary past. The one-hour documentary explores Florida’s Spanish roots through its cuisine, while blending historical narrative with delicious recipes and vibrant locations.

10 pm: Florida is a state known for its sun, surf, and sand! But wait a minute! Florida also has a darker, offbeat and downright weird side, where ancient mysteries and legends reside on Weird Florida: On the Road Again.

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

Explore space on KLRU Q 11/25

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A guide to Tuesday evening’s programming on KLRU-Q:

8 pm: Apollo 8 and the First Lunar Voyage recounts the flight many consider to be NASA’s most daring and important.

9 pm: Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice takes a behind-the-scenes look at the first successful landing on the Mars polar region and the ongoing search for signs of life on Earth’s neighboring planets.

10 pm: In Comet Encounter, 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.

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