July 2010: NATURE “Oceans in Glass”

A great white sharkNATURE: Oceans in Glass
Behind the Scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

7-8 p.m., Sunday, July 25th

Thanks to its realistic presentations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world. Instead of exhibiting collections of animals, the aquarium presents entire habitats, virtual slices of ocean that include 30,000 animals and plants. But how does an aquarium work? What’s the science behind the magic? Each of the animals here has a story to tell, but of all the animals to be seen here, there is one animal in particular whose presence is drawing world-wide attention — a great white shark.

2-3 a.m., Monday, July 26
4-5 a.m., Tuesday, July 27
1-2 a.m., Monday, August 1

Changing Lives Through Art

In Context Presents: Changing Lives Through Art on July 22 at 8 p.m. This documentary looks at two community arts projects: The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble and The Cipher- Austin’s Hip Hop Project. Both projects work to engage youth and the community in social change and specifically in dating violence prevention.

There's a New Villain in Town!

Word Girl's Villain groupWordGirl will have a week of summer episodes July 19-22 at 3:30 pm featuring two new episodes and the latest vocabulary villains to threaten the city!

July 19: Episode 225NEW episode featuring Seymour Smooth and Ms. Question

July 20: Episode 226NEW episode featuring Amazing Rope Guy

July 21: Episode 217 – Featuring Nocan the Contrarian and The Butcher’s Dad, Kid Potato

July 22: Episode 224 – Featuring Seymour Smooth, Lady Redundant Woman and Royal Dandy

Check out these new villains before WordGirl gets her heroic hands on them!

Highlights 7/11 to 7/17

David Suchet stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday find out if a Pennsylvania man has a notebook that once belonged to a World War I spy.

The first episode of Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years at 9 p.m. Monday deals with Shultz’s early years in politics.

Faces of America episode two at 10 p.m. Monday explores the many journeys to becoming American that transformed the United States from a sleepy agrarian country into a booming industrial power.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday investigates the collision of two Boeing 747 airliners on the runway at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands — in which 583 passengers and crew died.

Alan Alda witnesses the spectacular paintings and carvings that date back some 30,000 years, artwork that archeologists once thought to be the first record of people with minds like our own on episode one of Human Spark at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

POV at 10 p.m. Tuesday features “Good Fortune” a documentary exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.

Breakfast Special at 7 p.m. Wednesday is a celebration of going out for a morning meal featuring quirky restaurants throughout the nation.

Ken Burns’ Baseball seventh inning at 8 p.m. Wednesday features rare newsreel film and interviews celebrate the glorious heyday of New York City baseball.

M. Ward highlights his latest LP Hold Time on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River follows.

Learn more about journalist Morley Safer’s fascinating past, his run-in with LBJ and his new connection to Texas on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Find out how to renew summer’s worn-out soil for an extra plant boost and to get ready for fall additions on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how a San Antonio couple turned nightmare drainage into a soothing pond.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann debuts on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Folk rockers Iron & Wine, showcasing their acclaimed songs.

PBS shows get Emmy nominations

The nominees for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS programs garnered an impressive 32 nominations, including outstanding program nominations in Nonfiction Series (3 of the 6 nominees were PBS programs); Miniseries; Made-for-Television Movie; Children’s Nonfiction Program; and Reality Program categories.

Dame Judi Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Gambon and Jonathan Pryce all received nominations in the acting categories for their performances in PBS programs.

* MASTERPIECE received 12 nominations, including 7 for “Return to Cranford” and 4 for “Emma”;
* THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA received 5 nominations;
* AMERICAN EXPERIENCE received 3 nominations;
* GREAT PERFORMANCES received 2 nominations;
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE received 2 nominations; and
* POV received 2 nominations.


PBS’ 32 nominations are more than A&E, Bravo, Discovery Channel and History combined. Last year, PBS received 26 nominations and won 9 Primetime Emmys.

Winners in the creative arts categories will be announced on Friday, August 27; this awards presentation will be televised on E!. The Primetime Emmys live telecast for the remainder of the categories will be Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

KLRU & Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday

On Saturday, June 26th, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Clifford the Big Red Dog participated in the Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday. KLRU was one of many Central Texas organizations that participated, bringing a variety of activities, music and food to the hundreds of Austinites who came out to support the hospital’s efforts. The crowd spent the day dancing to Sara Hickman, taking pictures with Clifford, planting flowers and more.

SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery

SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery

9-9:30 a.m.
Monday, July 12th & Friday, July 16th

SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery takes our superheroes on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt, complete with clues, pirates and buried treasure.

X marks the spot! Whyatt and the other fairytale buddies have found a clue leading to treasure and they need a little help! So the superhero readers fly into The Beach Day Mystery where they set off on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt adventure filled with clues, pirates, and of course, treasure! Will Super Why and his friends be able to outsmart the trickiest pirate of them all?

Educational Objectives: To learn how to figure out clues. Kids will follow the alphabet, rhyme with AIL words, and use the power to read to change the story!

Your chance to ask BP

Have a question for BP? Ray Suarez of the PBS NewsHour will be moderating a live question and answer session between Bob Dudley, the BP executive now in charge of the oil spill response, and you.

Submit your questions via the form below then watch the interview streamed live at 2:30p.m. CT on the PBS NewsHour site, YouTube or embedded in this blog post. Clips of the interview will also be featured in tonight’s PBS NewsHour broadcast.

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