Science Night 8/31


Love animals? Make sure to catch our lineup of programs featuring beavers and creatures of the sea. Only on Science Night!

NatureLeave It To Beavers‘ – airs at 7 pm
Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

NOVACreatures Of Light‘ – airs at 8:30 pm
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Highlights August 21-27

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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.

BBQ with Franklin: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


Every Austinite has experienced the enormous line for barbecue at Aaron Franklin’s downtown restaurant Franklin’s Barbecue. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ BBQ with Franklin, Franklin himself will share how-to’s on some of his favorite recipes – no line included.

Beef Jerky – BBQ with Franklin

Looking for a quick and easy snack? In this segment, Franklin will teach you how to prepare and make your own delicious beef jerky.

Smokin’ Sausage – BBQ with Franklin

Sausage is a staple in Central Texas barbecue, and there’s not much to it! In this episode, Franklin will teach you his method of smoking sausage and see the difference between a perfectly cooked sausage and an overcook sausage.

Beef Ribs – BBQ with Franklin 

Join Franklin as he takes you step by step into preparing mouth-watering ribs!

Learn about Everyday Miracles on KLRUQ 8/9 & 8/16

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Demonstrating that the everyday and mundane are often anything but, the engrossing documentary Everyday Miracles reveals how raw materials are transformed into the objects that make modern life more comfortable.

Over the course of this two-part program, host Mark Miodownik reveals the scientific discoveries and fascinating industrial processes behind everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the furniture we sit on.

Homeairs Aug. 9 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about “stuff.” So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

Awayairs Aug. 16 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.


Examine the Silent War on KLRUQ 8/7

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Join KLRUQ for a day packed with special programming featuring in-depth information on war with Silent War and Weapons of World War II.

Silent War ‘Know Your Enemy’ – airs at 3 pm

Silent War ‘The Russians Are Coming’ – airs at 3:55 pm
For the second half of the 20th century, the world’s most powerful nations were engaged in an intense struggle for political and territorial supremacy. As the USA and the then USSR developed huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, they and their allies would regularly bring the world close to annihilation, yet – incredibly – these highly dangerous military stand-offs often happened in total secrecy: underwater. This eye-opening two-part series tells the compelling story of US, UK and Russian submarine warfare.

Weapons Of World War II ‘Midget Submarines‘ – airs at 4:50 pm
From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbour, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war. This programme recalls the heroic encounters of the men who piloted these midget craft towards their giant quarries.

Weapons Of World War II ‘Aircraft Carriers‘ – airs at 5:15 pm
Giant aircraft carriers dominated the Pacific War between Japan and the USA. Pearl Harbor was launched to destroy US carriers but failed, while the battle of Midway – the turning point in the Pacific War – was won by US carriers delivering tremendous air strikes against Japanese battleships. This programme shows them in dramatic action.

Weapons Of World War II ‘Battleships‘ – airs at 5:40 pm
At the beginning of World War II, battleships were seen as the key weapon at sea, their huge firepower dominated the waves but over the next six years their vulnerability was exposed by the submarine and aircraft. This programme looks at the great clashes of the ships such as Bismarck and King George V and the way in which the battleships’ role changed to that of shore bombardment and escort work.

Explore on KLRUQ Highlights for 8/5

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Join KLRUQ as we explore the Indian Ocean and two of the world’s most mysterious creatures.

Wildest IslandSri Lanka: Monsoon Island‘ – airs at 8 pm
Lying like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island that defies convention. Poised just six degrees above the equator, it’s less than 75,000 km sq in size. But it has enough wildlife to rival a continent, and it’s all down to its complicated climate and geography.

Wonder of Animals Elephants‘ – airs at 9 pm
Chris Packham explores the anatomy and physiology of the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant. Their size seems ill-suited to surviving the most arid regions of Africa, but their inner workings allow them to defy the extreme heat of the desea and find food and water in seemingly barren landscapes, while their extraordinary memory enables them to repel predators.

Wonder of AnimalsBats‘- airs at 9:30 pm
Bats have colonised remote corners of the planet to become one of most widespread mammals on earth. Chris Packham explores their incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

Volcano Odysseyairs at 10 pm
Animation is used to trace 65 million years of evolution at a volcanic hotspot in the Indian Ocean.

Wolves, Bees and Birds: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


If you’re that person who only thinks of Alaska as being the home to Eskimo kisses, igloos and ice fishing you might want to take look at this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios. This week’s picks features three episodes from Indie Alaska and the colorful lives of some of its resident – both humans and animals.

The Wolf Pack – Indie Alaska

We know what you’re thinking and, no, this is in no reference to Alan Garner’s ‘The Wolfpack’ speech (The Hangover). However, it does center on the life of zookeeper Tim Lescher and his belief that wolves are friendlier creatures than often portrayed in myth and popular culture.

The Hives and Lows of Beekeeping in Alaska – Indie Alaska

Scared of bees? Tell that to Alaskan beekeepers Keith Malone and Nathan Bromley who deal with these yellow and black creatures on a daily basis. However, Malone and Bromley have a different approach to keeping bees alive – and from stinging- on the last frontier. Through genetic tweak and all-natural methods, they have produced happy, healthy and stingless bees that last year-round.

I am a Birder – Indie Alaska

In this episode of Indie Alaska, Anchorage bird watcher Aaron Bowman shares his passion for bird watching, discusses the science behind bird counts, talks about why Alaska is a birders paradise.


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.

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


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.