Hugh Bonneville presents Jesus: Countdown to Calvary

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, there is no denying the impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on world history, particularly the events surrounding his death. In Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, Hugh Bonneville,well-known actor and a Cambridge theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem in search of answers. Meeting with academic experts and spiritual leaders, Bonneville deconstructs the week leading up to Jesus‘s death and untangles the complex factors that resulted in his crucifixion. Exploring questions that have provided more than 2000 years of debate, the documentary offers fascinating insight from both religious and historical angles.

The show will air on KLRU Q Thursday, March 29, at 8 pm and Saturday, March 31, at 5  pm. Or watch now:

Jesus: Countdown to Calvary

Picnic & more on this week’s Q Night at the Movies 2/24

Our Q Night at the Movies feature film for Feb. 24th is Picnic! Here is the complete lineup:

7 pm Science Goes To The Movies – The Drama Of Space Travel
Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. Guests are drawn from different scientific disciplines, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films like Interstellar, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Into the Woods, and more.

7:30  pm On Story – John Patrick Shanley: Writing For The Stage And Screen

8 pm Picnic
A handsome drifter (William Holden) provokes explosive emotions in citizens (Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell) of a small Kansas town at a Labor Day festival. Based on William Inge’s play.

9:55  pm Hollywood Idols – William Holden: The Golden Boy
Academy Award winner William Holden was handsome, charming and unconventional, and never lost his power to enchant an audience. Included are scenes from: Golden Boys, The Country Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The World of Suzie Wong, and Network. Interviewees include actors Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Susan Strasberg; and directors, Sydney Lumet, Blake Edwards and Robert Wise.

10:25  pm Variety Studio: Actors On Actors

Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Casablanca & more on this week’s Q Night at the Movies 2/17

The Feb. 17th Q Night at the Movies feature film is Casablanca! Here’s the complete lineup:

7 pm Science Goes To The Movies – Human Vocal Production
Guest: Dr. Edith Wiens. Movie and TV show: Sing! Glee! In the movies, everyone who wants to sing, can sing. Why isn’t that true in real life? Julliard professor, Dr. Edith Wiens give a lesson on human vocal production.

7:30  pm On Story – Creating Classic Characters
Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack (OUT OF AFRICA, TOOTSIE, THE WAY WE WERE) and NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch discuss the inspiration behind creating classic film and television characters. Followed by the suspenseful short film THE LAB by writer/director Ryan Scheer, about two young boys whose summer afternoon in the woods goes horribly awry.

8 pm Casablanca
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

9:45  pm Hollywood Idols – Ingrid Bergman Remembered
Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected. Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

10:15  pm Variety Studio: Actors On Actors
Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!) with Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories) , Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel), Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger) with Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) with Kristen Wiig (Downsizing and Mother!) and Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) with Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out).

Go to Strange Town for Halloween on KLRUQ

While documenting their paranormal adventures, 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. Watch episodes all month on KLRUQ!

Clay Pit
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
For years, paranormal stories have surfaced of a child and woman dwelling within the historic Bertram Building — now a popular Indian restaurant. Mark and Billy become the first investigative team to see if these claims are true.

Slice Of The Past / The Living Inn
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
This two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. STRANGE TOWN then investigates Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street. A once abandoned home turned modern day Bed & Breakfast, guests report mists, shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

Tremont House
Oct 10 at 9 pm; Oct 11 at 1 am
Now a luxury hotel in downtown Galveston, TX, the Tremont House once acted as a makeshift morgue during The Great Storm of 1900. Guests and staff have reported paranormal encounters for decades. Are the lingering spirits a result of this tragedy or are there other explanations to be uncovered?

The Lovelorn Lady
Oct 10 at 9:30; Oct 11 at 1:30 am
STRANGE TOWN takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Ghosts of Hotel Past
Oct 17 at 9:01 pm; Oct 18 at 1:01 am
STRANGE TOWN investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, TX, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls. It is said to now be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

Hay Legal Group
Oct 24 at 9 pm; Oct 25 at 1 am
A Victorian home in the Bremond Block of downtown Austin, TX has been plagued by the paranormal. A local law firm located in what was Pierre Bremond’s former home contact Mark and Billy to investigate and find answers as to who haunts their building. They capture some of their best evidence to date.

The Ward Home
Oct 24 at 9:30 pm; Oct 25 at 1:30 am
Mark and Billy travel to Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” to investigate a home built in the late 1800’s. Who keeps terrorizing the current residents? Are the original owners to blame?

Old Yoakum Hospital
Oct 31 at 11:29 pm; Nov 1 at 3:29 am
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

New British drama plus new seasons of Death in Paradise, Miss Fisher & more starting 4/17 on KLRU Q

KLRU Q gets dramatic with shows from around the world! It all starts at 8 pm! NEW episodes of Death in Paradise from the sunny Caribbean. Miss Fisher is on the case in 1920s Australia in all new episodes of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.  Charles Dickens faces his most iconic characters in 19th century London on the NEW SERIES Dickensian. And DCI Tom Mathias is on the case in all-new episodes of Hinterland from Wales.

Starting on April 17th, the new KLRUQ Monday night line up will be:
8:00 pm Death in Paradise Season 6
8:55 pm Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Season 2
9:55 pm Dickensian
10:55 pm Hinterland Season 2

The new series Dickensian
Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

Death in Paradise Season 6
Hit BBC crime drama Death in Paradise is back to warm us all up with a sixth series of murders, mystery and Caribbean sunshine. Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey and his love interest Martha Lloyd (Sally Bretton) are back at the centre of the drama on the fictional island of Saint Marie. The upcoming series features a London-based two-part special, some very special guest stars and some of the island’s most complex cases ever.

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Season 2
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is a thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand-and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. The second season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues to follow the personal and professional life of glamorous, sharp-witted Phryne Fisher: a socialite, aristocrat and private detective. Her cases include ghostly soldiers; pirates and buried treasure; murder on the airwaves; and a deadly Christmas in July. She continues to work with Detective Inspector John “Jack” Robinson (Nathan Page), who was reluctant to work with Miss Fisher at first but has begun to rely on her abilities, and Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings) remains Phryne’s faithful companion. While she lives in the lap of luxury now, Phryne will never forget her humble beginnings, nor will she rest until she solves her sister Janey’s disappearance.

Hinterland S.2
A noir crime drama set in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. The area is a natural crucible of colliding worlds – a place where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with modern life – but its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins. Into this realm steps the enigmatic DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington), a brilliant but troubled man on the run from his past. Together with his equally intelligent and complex partner DI Mared Rhys (Mali Harries), Mathias tackles mystifying murder cases that take viewers from the windswept sand dunes of the Welsh coastline to the badlands and beyond.

Throughout the second season of Hinterland, Mathias is drawn into a world of killers and their victims. Atmospheric and disturbing, this is a detective drama of poetry and scale, a story of blood, soil and belonging. This is Hinterland.

Just the BEAR necessities on KLRU Q 3/31

March 31st, join KLRU Q for a special night for one of mother nature’s fluffiest, cutest and scariest animals in the forest.

The emotionally engaging documentary BEARY TALES chronicles the gradual maturation of the bear twins as they flourish under Vaclav’s care: their first steps, early forest outings, and development from defenseless babies to cheeky, 135-pound teenagers. Using a well-balanced mix of factual information and charming scenes of the playful duo, the film deftly illustrates the specific complexities that arise when bear cubs are influenced by humans. Beary Tales airs at 8:00 pm.

Detailing the latest research, Chris Packham explores the specialised adaptations that have enabled bears to thrive, including how a polar bear’s hollow fur allows it to feed throughout the gruelling Arctic winter, whilst a state of ‘walking hibernation’ sees it through the summer months, on Wonder Of Animals, airing at 8:55 pm.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. The film has extraordinary access to the work of scientist Todd Atwood, the lead polar bear scientist for the US Geological Survey. He has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. It is an extraordinary decline, and he is determined to find out why. Watch the Great Polar Bear Feast, airing at 9:29 pm.


KLRU Q Night of mysterious royal deaths on 3/26

On March 26th, KLRU Q brings you mystery as each episode explores the ways of death of royalty and prominent English famlies, all by Hidden Killers.

While the Tudor era was a period of change and discovery, the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world still mired in the grime and filth of the medieval period. In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE TUDOR HOME, historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb identifies some of the most common Tudor killers: increased sugar consumption; new, unregulated building techniques and materials; and a lack of proper medical knowledge. The Tudor Home episode airs at 5:59 pm.

In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE VICTORIAN HOME, a genuine horror story, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. What new innovation killed thousands of babies? And what turned the domestic haven into a ticking bomb? Find out on the Victorian Home episode airing at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But, from the food they ate, to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorian’s were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? Find out on the a new episode continuation of the Victorian Home, airing at 8:01 pm.

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way people lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But, a lack of understanding the potential hazards meant these “advances” frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death. The new episode of The Edwardian Home airs at 9:02 pm.

This is the latest episode of Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb’s hugely popular Hidden Killers strand. Suzannah explores the time when the British embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a “modern” world of molded plywood furniture, fiberglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies, but, as Suzannah will discover, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home. The Post-War Home airs at 10:03 pm.


KLRUQ takes a look at 20th Century Dictators on 3/23

This KLRUQ Thursday night (March 23) takes you on a journey throughout the dictatorships of history, including Mao Zedong of China, Joseph Stalin of Russia, and Fidel Castro of Cuba. Stay tuned for documentaries about the mindsets and the motives of these dictators.

MAO IN COLOUR: A STUDY IN TYRANNY chronicles the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People’s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film from a variety of sources, including formerly classified CIA collections, this fascinating documentary is a stunning visual profile of the man who created modern China – but at a terrible price for millions of people. Mao in Colour: A Study in Tyranny airs at 7:59 pm.

In the documentary WORLD WAR TWO: 1941 AND THE MAN OF STEEL, professor David Reynolds chronicles Joseph Stalin’s humble origins, his ruthless rise to power, and the numerous wartime crises that nearly annihilated his regime. Utilizing visits to Russian battlefields, historical footage, original telegrams and official documents, this two-part film examines the factors that drew Britain and America into an alliance with a murderous dictator and reassesses Stalin’s significance to the Allied victory in World War II. World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel airs at 8:45 pm. Part Two airs at 9:45.

The Fidel Castro Tapes is a film that takes viewers on a journey like none other. This program uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century. There is no narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, The Fidel Castro Tapes relies solely on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Castro’s life to tell the story. The Fidel Castro Tapes airs at 10:25 pm.

The Phone Of The Wind: Whispers To Lost Families on KLRU Q 3/21

The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan 5 years ago swept vast amounts of debris across the Pacific. Many objects reached the U.S. State of Oregon, including the crossbeams from the gates of a Shinto shrine dedicated to the safety of local villagers who depend on the sea. Thanks to the all-out efforts of people in America, those precious artifacts made the long journey home. NHK NEWSLINE FOCUS tells the story of how this incredible homecoming formed bonds of friendship between people living an ocean apart. The Phone Of The Wind: Whispers To Lost Families airs Tuesday, March 21 at 5:00 pm.

Q Night At The Movies Mar. 4: SXSW Flashback Marathon

This week’s KLRUQ Night At The Movies has a special theme. Start off with a documentary about marijuana, then spend the rest of the night watching Lone Star Emmy Award-Winning SXSW Flashback of previous years in preparation for this year’s Annual South By Southwest celebration. Between episodes, we’ll feature new short videos from 2016’s SXSW.

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at Mount Sinai, explains how addiction impacts the lives of many, movie portrayals accuracies and just how little we know about drugs like marijuana. Science Goes To The Movies airs at 7:00 pm.

2010 SXSW Flashback airs at 7:30 pm.
You’ll see a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW. Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

2011 SXSW Flashback airs at 8:30 pm.
KLRU pulled out all the stops in covering SXSW 2011. Why you ask? So you can experience the Interactive, Film, and Music portions like never before, and hear from the biggest peeps at the festival. Where else can you see Mike Tyson, Moby, Danny DeVito, Bun B, Black Joe Lewis, Paul Giamatti, teenage film directors, Conan O’Brien, Rosario Dawson, and Ted Nugent in the same show? This one, friends.

2012 SXSW Flashback airs at 9:30 pm.
SXSW Flashback 2012 gives viewers one hour of SXSW excitement, once again featuring a wide variety of interviews. Highlights for 2012 include Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more, discussing their experiences during SXSW.

2013 SXSW Flashback airs at 10:30 pm.
We take viewers back to March for a half hour of highlights, including 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen, and many, many more. Learn about their experiences here visiting Austin during SXSW.

2014 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:00 pm.
See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

2015 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:30 pm.
Droves of people travel to Austin from all over the planet to attend SXSW every March. Why do they come here?! What are they doing?! See the world interact with Texas, and Texas interact with the world, during 2015’s festival. Highlights include: Wolf Alice, Ex Machina, Satellite Sky, Tomi Fujiyama, Suboi, Luke Drozd, Gloria Trevi, The Barberettes, Los Master Plus.

2016 videos: