Highlights August 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Kicking off Sunday at 7 pm is Secrets Of Westminster. From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was it always so? This film goes inside its gothic walls and reveals the hidden world of the Houses of Commons and Lords; a world of back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions.

Next at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis, follow Lewis and Hathaway as they investigate a bomb attack that killed an eminent mathematician-a notorious philanderer with many enemies. When a bomb is discovered at his brother’s home, the case moves in another direction.

On this episode of Tunnel, Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins. Watch at 9:30 pm.

Monday, tune into Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm. In 1998, Dr. Ferid Murad of the UT-Houston Medical School won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the cardio-vascular system, while Antiques Roadshow made hearts palpitate with its first visit to H-Town. Fourteen years later, a 19th-century Chinese jade scepter, originally appraised for $1,500 to $2,500, has spiked to a radiantly healthy $50,000 to $80,000, while a 1912 Titanic menu went from a heart-stopping $75,000 to $100,000 to a less pulse-quickening $50,000 to $75,000.

In this documentary, Benjamin Wagner and his brother travel around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.” Featuring interviews with the late Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press; Susan Stamberg, correspondent for NPR; Marc Brown, author of the children’s book series Arthur; and Linda Ellerbee, host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News, the charming and philosophical documentary Mister Rogers & Me chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey. Watch at 8 pm Monday.

Next at 9:30 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.” See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm on Jackie Robinson.

At 9:40 pm on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Wednesday at 7 pm, feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch on Nature.

At 8:30 pm on Particle Fever, follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

Thursday, Bryan Cranston sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Cranston is a highly acclaimed actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston won a Tony for that role on Broadway.

Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan form of music education created to strengthen communities and culture throughout Latin America, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Watch at 7:30 pm on Arts In Context.

Following at 8 pm on The Daytripper, join Chet as he explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

Join Carol Burnett at 8:30 pm for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades. Watch on Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches.

Later at 10 pm on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back, celebrate the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather , Scent of a Woman , Dr. Zhivago , Once Upon a Time in America , Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more. Tune in on Friday at 8 pm on Andrea Bocelli: Cinema.

Later at 10 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

On Central Texas Gardener, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food. Tune in at noon on Saturday.

Celebrate the music of award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross in this star-packed special Christopher Cross & Friends at 7pm Saturday.. Joined by Michael McDonald and Mike Love, the Texas native performs his greatest hits.

Revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey! at 8:30 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night 8/24

This week on Science Night, join KLRU for a lineup of programs featuring the relationship between animals and one of the most historic experiments of the planet.

NatureAnimal Reunions‘ – airs at 7 pm
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.

Particle Fever – airs at 8:30 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

KLRU NEXT Nights: All About Bob Ross! 8/24

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Get ready for a night all about Bob Ross!

bobrossKLRU will be hosting NEXT Nights focusing on the work of Ross on August 24 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at 800 Congress Avenue.

Enjoy live painting, themed cocktails from Banner Distilling, bites from The Capital Grille, locally brewed beers from Austin Speciality and treats from Skull & Cakebones. Also, let’s not forget our ‘Fro’to booth (happy little trees photobooth) and much more!

Make sure and purchase your tickets today!

 

Science Night 8/3

A gorilla that talks, the ancient city of the dead, Zika and Ebola all on KLRU’s Science Night!

Koko – The Gorilla That Talksairs at 7 pm

In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.

NOVARoman Catacomb Mystery‘ – airs at 8 pm 

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, NOVA goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Spillover – Zika, Ebola & Beyondairs at 9 pm 

Investigate the rise of spillover viruses, like Zika, Ebola and Nipah, which reside in animals and infect humans. Find out how human behaviors spread diseases and what science can do to anticipate, contain and prevent epidemics around the world.

Space Sunday on KLRU Q 7/31

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From the very beginning, the planets, stars and galaxies have always fascinated us. Which is why we are dedicating an entire evening featuring three programs on to topic of space.

Space Men: American Experienceairs at 7 pm
M
eet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

History ProjectMoonbug: The Apollo Project‘ – airs at 8 pm
These are the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time. From living rooms and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve Pyke captures the men in frank, revealing portraits, while unravelling their very personal and divergent memories.

Cosmonauts airs at 8: 55 pm
When, in July 1969, Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. But the real space pioneers of the 20th century were the Soviets. Between 1961 and 1966, they realised a number of spectacular historical achievements including the first man and woman in space, the first spacewalk and the first unmanned lunar landing. This series uses unseen archive footage and compelling interviews to reveal the story of the space race from the other side of the iron curtain.

Look at the Filthy Cities of the past on KLRU Q 7/28

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Do you have to dodge the contents of bedpans or step over rotting corpses on your way to work? Well, you may have had to if you’d lived in London, New York or Paris when they were filthy cities…

Dan Snow’s series brings to life the murky histories of these great cities, taking the travelogue in a new direction as he excavates their dirty pasts in gruesome detail during defining periods in history.

Using state-of -the- art CGI, he goes back in time to medieval London, revolutionary Paris and 19th-century New York. What he reveals is that the story of our epic battle against filth through the ages is also the story of the birth of the modern metropolis.

Filthy CitiesMedieval London‘ – airs at 8 pm
Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London’s streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner – wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot.

Filthy Cities ‘Revolutionary Paris’ – airs at 8:55 pm
Just 200 years ago Paris was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this program historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city – Pong de Paris.

Filthy Cities ‘Industrial New York’ – airs at 9:50 pm
With ground breaking CGI historian Dan Snow travels back to a seething Manhattan in the throws of the industrial revolution. Millions fled persecution, poverty and famine in Europe in the 19th century in search of the Promised Land. When they arrived what they found was even worse than what they’d left behind.

Travel the Ganges on KLRU Q 7/27

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Embark on an epic journey through India as the very best photography captures the majestic scenery of the Ganges and its beautiful, surprising and often dramatic wildlife.

Tune into KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Ganges!

GangesDaughter Of The Mountains‘ – airs at 8 pm
We discover how the Ganges brings life from the cold peaks of the Himalayas to their lush foothills, and how the river has shaped Indian culture and religion. Our first journey begins high in the Himalayas, where the Ganges has its source. This is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes on Earth.

GangesRiver Of Life‘ – airs at 8:52 pm
We descend from the foothills of the Himalayas to join the Ganges on it’s journey across the vast Indian plains. On the way, we pass some of the greatest and most ancient cities, and witness how the Ganges has influenced Indian civilisation and wildlife for thousands of years. This episode takes us on a journey right across the vast central Indian plain.

GangesWaterlands‘ – airs at 9:45 pm
On the final leg of its journey to the sea, the Ganges is joined by its mightiest tributary – the Brahmaputra. As the waters of the two mighty rivers merge, they overspill their banks to fan out into hundreds of rivulets and create the largest delta in the world. This is one of the wildest places on Earth, and perhaps the last place in the world where the tiger is still king. We discover how people and wildlife live in this inhospitable habitat and how they cope with the extremes in weather brought by the annual monsoons and hurricanes.

Wild West Sunday on KLRU Q 7/24

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Join us this week on KLRU Q for three back-to-back features on America.

Wild West with Ray MearsDeserts‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray Mears looks at how the landscapes of America’s five great deserts challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. As Ray travels through the cold high mountain Great Basin desert, and the hot Sonora desert of Southern Arizona, he discovers how their hostile geography and rich geology shaped the stories of fortune-hunting and lawlessness in the Wild West, and were the setting for the last wars between the US Army and the Apache warrior tribes. His journey ends with the story of Geronimo’s surrender which marked the end of the Indian Wars, and of the Old West.

Klondike Gold Rushairs at 7 pm
The Klondike Gold Rush is renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history. Hailing from 1896 to 1899 set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience airs 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. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Q Night At The Movies 7/23

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Some of your favorite actors and actresses such as Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson will be featured on this week’s Q Night At The Movies. Later, don’t miss another episode of Hollywood Idols featuring Robert Mitchum and a showing of 1954 movie Beat the Devil.

Variety Studio: Actors On ActorsEpisode #301‘ – airs at 6 pm 

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) and Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Hollywood IdolsRobert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star‘ – airs at 7 pm 

This film looks at the life and career of one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. His father was half Blackfoot Indian and was killed when Mitchum was only two. Raised by a hardworking mother, he hit the rails at twelve and learned the harsh realities of loneliness, insecurity, danger – and declares he enjoyed them. Though he went on to the success, acclaim and wealth that are the rewards of stardom, he always remained true to himself, unwilling to play the Hollywood game. The special includes interviews with family members and colleagues like Polly Bergen, Edward Dmytryk, Jane Greer, Deborah Kerr, Ali MacGraw, Sarah Miles, Chris and John Mitchum, Sydney Pollack and Jane Russell.

Corinth Films CollectionBeat the Devil‘ – airs at 8 pm

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…

 

Highlights July 24-30

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Tune in Sunday at 7 pm for a brand new episode of Dancing On The Edge. Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 8 pm. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Watch Tunnel at 9:30 pm, as youths are burnt alive, police suspect the hand of the Truth Terrorist once more. They finally make a key arrest. Will this be the end of the killings?

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday through Thursday at 7 pm.

On Friday, watch Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm. For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse a l’ancienne.

At 10 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

On Saturday, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 pm, celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. Watch on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

At 9 pm, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Watch at 10: 30 pm.