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!

Winter is coming, the universe may be expanding and Earth's shape: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


Science doesn’t come easy to some individuals— those usually turn into English, philosophy or communication studies majors. Though, you may still need to register for that dreaded Astronomy course you’ve been putting off until your senior year. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios are here to help you stop seeing stars when it comes to your science homework.

Is an Ice Age Coming?PBS Space Time

In a world where you can’t get away from a viral picture of a polar bear and its cub floating on a melted piece of ice, studies suggest that the current ‘warm period’ may be coming to an end. Sure, we’re in a brief interglacial phase, a summery-stretch which causes the glaciers to retreat, but these interglacial periods are short lived— so you might want to stock up on some parkas. Is an Ice Age really coming? Watch the episode to find out!

Will the Universe Expand Forever? – PBS Space Time

Dump all information regarding how large the Universe is out of your mind because scientists are currently unaware of its size. Truthfully, the Universe may be finite or infinite—strange, right? Even stranger, the expansion of the Universe will be dominated by a mysterious influence: dark energy. Yeah, it’s crazy.

Why is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat? – PBS Space Time

Our Universe creates some pretty cool things, right? But why do the planets, the stars and galaxies take on different shapes? They’re all held together by gravity, so how do they decide what shape to be? This episode of Space Time uncovers the two key principles behind these questions!




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.


Space Sunday on KLRU Q 7/31


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
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.

Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


With this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ you don’t have to worry about that English exam you have next week. Learn all about three classics from Crash Course.

Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1 and Part 2: Crash Course Literature 205 and 206

If you didn’t already know, Frankenstein is the name of the creator not the monster. Come to think of it, Mary Shelley didn’t give the monster a name – weird. Besides the numerous cultural adaptations of Shelley’s novel, how much do you really know about the novel that started it all? In these episodes, John will review the plot and take you through a couple of different critical readings of the novel.


Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I and Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #4 and #5

You’re all familiar with the American Dream, right? It’s what they teach you in U.S. history class right after you learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But wait, you’ll also hear it again in English class when your teacher assigns The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgeralds 1925 novel that explores the themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval and much more. In this episode of Crash Course, John will cover the rich symbolism of the novel, from the distant green light to the pale gold of wealth and decay. Also, Paris Hilton drops by.


Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

The 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, may just be the the first coming of age novel that coins the term ‘stared from the bottom now we’re here.’ Sorry Drake. In this episode of Crash Course Literature, you’ll learn a little about the story, learn about Jane as a feminist heroine and even get some critical analysis on how Bertha might just be a dark mirror that acts out Jane’s emotional reactions.

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.

August 2016 Family Choice: Watch with the Whole Family!

KLRU chooses programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together.
For August 2016, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00 pm: The Boys of ’36: American Experience
In 1936, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships — psychological, physical, economic — to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast, but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers.

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 pm: Koko—The Gorilla That Talks
This film tells the story of Koko, the only “talking” gorilla in the world, and her lifelong relationship with Penny Patterson. The experiment started as a PhD project to teach sign language to a baby gorilla, but as Koko began to communicate, an intense bond developed between her and Patterson. The film explores what we can really learn from this extraordinary science experiment turned love affair. Does it tell us more about animals’ emotions or our own?

Monday, August 22 at 8:00 pm: Mister Rogers & Me 
While at his Nantucket home after his retirement from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers had a chance meeting with Benjamin Wagner, his next-door neighbor and an up-and-coming producer for MTV. The encounter, especially Rogers’ advice to spread the message that “deep and simple is far more essential than complex,” stuck with Wagner. After Rogers’ death in 2003, Wagner and his brother traveled around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.”

Here's some things to keep you busy as you're waiting for Sherlock, Season 4

Sherlock Season 3
Sundays January 19 - February 2, 2014

Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a third season of the hit modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st-century London and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson.

Shown from left to right: Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

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Something’s coming…

according to this brand-new trailer of Sherlock, Season 4.

While we’re all wishing that 2017 could come a little quicker, we’re still trying to decipher what this trailer means. Did Moriarty never die and his death was all a ruse? Or if he is dead, how is he managing to execute his evil plan in the afterlife? Who is this ominous-laughing new guy? There are so many questions! But whatever it is, we’ve gathered a few Sherlock-related things that will help as we impatiently wait for the new season of 2017 to hit the screens.

Sherlock Personality Quiz

Which Sherlock character are you? This personality quiz will tell you what character you would be if you lived in the Sherlock world. Are you Sherlock, Mycroft, Watson, or Mary? And if you need a little refresher of all the characters between now and the release of season 4, there is a Season 3 Character Hub.

Speaking of a refresher, it’s been so long since Season 3 came out, so do you need to rewatch it before Season 4 begins?

To test your Season 3 knowledge, there are some quizzes on all three episodes.
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

With questions like, “When Moriarty’s dead body is used to impersonate Sherlock’s for the Reichenbach Fall, contact lenses are inserted to make his manic eyes blue instead of,” are you actually Sherlocked?

Cast Comic-Con Skit

Many Sherlock cast members had the chance to attend this year’s comic-con, but with budget cuts they couldn’t afford to sent everyone. Watch this video on how they picked who made the cut to go.

Hopefully, that satisfies your need for more Sherlock even if it’s just for a few minutes. So until season four begins, we’ll leave you with this question…

Did you miss me?


Travel the Ganges on KLRU Q 7/27


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.