National Caregiver Celebration

Lisa Weidknecht at the nation's CapitalLisa Weidknecht from Pflugerville, Texas was awarded and recognized, along with other caregivers across the nation, for her service and dedication to quality child care by her National Congressman in Washington D.C. at a luncheon September 21, 2010.  Along with the luncheon, a tour of the Capital and dinner in Georgetown that night highlighted the celebration.

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October 2010: Nature “Wolf That Changed America”

NATURE "The Wolf That Changed America"NATURE “Wolf That Changed America
Sunday, October 10th at 7:00 pm

In the fall of 1893, an adventurous young man rode out from the salons of New York to the wilds of New Mexico. He went to kill a wolf. Not just any wolf, but an outlaw, the leader of a marauding, cattle killing pack. But by the time Ernest Thompson Seton finally met the renegade Lobo, the wolf had become a hero in his eyes. He would write a tale of that encounter that captured the essence of the vanishing wilderness and led both to the establishment of the national park system and the Boy Scout movement in America. In this vivid retelling of the story, the confrontation between Seton and Lobo comes alive, and viewers discover how, together, one man and one wolf set in motion a change in American hearts and minds that is still unfolding.

2-3 a.m., Monday, October 11
4-5 a.m., Tuesday, October 12
2-3 a.m., Sunday, October 17

KLRU receives grants for In Context and Ready To Learn

KLRU was recently awarded a two-year City of Austin grant in support of our In Context arts series. In Context captures the performances and presentations of Austin’s leading arts and cultural organizations. Support from the City ($7,725) will enable us to produce 6 original productions per year and to deliver the essence of Austin’s performing arts community to viewers locally and beyond.

In other news, the Wright Family Foundation has generously renewed its support of our Ready To Learn outreach literacy program with a $10,000 grant. We’re thrilled that they have chosen to continue partnering with us and Austin-area families!

Highlights 10/3 to 10/9

Kenneth Branagh returns as detective Kurt Wallander for a new series of mysteries. This week, Wallander investigates the brutal slaying of an elderly couple at an isolated farmhouse on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Martin Scorsese directs this documentary on filmmaker Elia Kazan on American Masters at 8 p.m. Monday.

While NASA astronauts were captivating the world with the Apollo lunar landings, the U.S. was engaged in a top-secret military manned space program. Investigative author Jim Bamford probes the untold story of the elite corps of clandestine astronauts on Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

P.O.V.’s “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” at 8 p.m. Tuesday is a tale told by Daniel Ellsberg with a who’s who of Vietnam and Watergate-era figures.

The three-part documentary, Michael Feinstein’s Songbook, explores the history of American popular music through the performances and adventures of its most passionate preservationist. Episode one, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm & blues.

Patrick Stewart gives a Tony-nominated performance in director Rupert Goold’s cinematic re-interpretation of his stage production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Rasta revolutionary Jimmy Cliff wows the Austin City Limits crowd as he performs his greatest hits and songs from his LP Existence and includes a surprise guest on Austin City Limits 11 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

KLRU and the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Education Fund co-sponsor a public forum for the State Board of Education candidates at 8 p.m. Thursday.

It’s the best in indie rock with Spoon on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Austin institution Spoon highlights its album Transference.

New Dinosaur "Augmented Reality" Game

Dinosaur Train logoPBS KIDS brings the past to the future by adding augmented reality to the Dinosaur Train website. Starting this week, kids can learn principles of scientific observation by showing a special printed image to their webcam when they play Dinosaur Train’s Hatching Party game. Showing the printed image to the webcam will sprout a 3D dinosaur egg on their computer screen. Kids will hatch the egg by warming all sides of it under the augmented reality sun.  Once hatched, kids are guided by the Dinosaur Train character Buddy to observe the baby dino’s characteristics to determine what kind of dinosaur it is and feed it according to whether it’s an herbivore or carnivore.

You will find it linked off the Dinosaur Train game page:

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