The Electric Company Arrives on the iPhone!

Announcing the release of The Electric Company Wordball!, the latest PBS KIDS educational app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Wordball! is the first arcade-style game app that aims to help kids ages 6 to 8 build literacy skills, including phonemic awareness and decoding. The app also features music videos starring Ne-Yo, Jimmy Fallon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and favorite characters from THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.

PBS will be offering the app at no charge in the App Store from January 15th through February 14th. (Starting February 15th, the app will cost $2.99.)

To download the app from the App Store, go to: http://to.pbs.org/wordball.

For more PBS KIDS apps, visit: http://pbskids.org/mobile.

Chely Wright tapes Overheard 1/26

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith interviews singer-songwriter Chely Wright for a taping of Overheard With Evan Smith on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. RSVP here

Wright began writing songs as a teenager in Kansas – a hobby that led to hit songs and numerous awards, including the Academy of Country Music Award for Best New Female Vocalist in 1995.  Wright built a successful career as a musician in Nashville.  Then in 2010 she launched a parallel career as an author and activist, publishing a memoir titled Like Me, coming out as the first openly gay country music star and founding The Like Me Organization to support the LGBT community.  Wright’s seventh album, Lifted off the Ground, was released in conjunction with her memoir and explores many of the issues discussed in the book.  Wright is in Austin to receive an award from Atticus Circle.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks — great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is being offered to PBS stations nationwide.  Thanks for helping us launch this exciting new program.

Feria Para Aprender (Learning Fair)

January 29, 2011
10am-2pm
North Lamar Events Center
(10601 N. Lamar Blvd.)

Website:  http://feriaparaaprender.com/austin/

Clifford, Maya & Miguel will be visiting so bring your cameras!

Parenting information from A Place of Our Own/Los Ninos en su Casa and Raising Readers tip sheets will be available.  Parents will be guided through the PBS KIDS GO!, PBS KIDS Island and PBS Parents websites.

KLRU will be donating between 1,500-2,000 children’s books.

KLRU will be assisting in addressing the 3 goals of  Feria Para Aprender (The Learning Fair):

1. Organize Spanish-only speaking parents with the information for their student’s academic success and create a long-lasting college-going culture
2. Mobilize the non-profit educational organizations to be ready to serve 21st century communities facing major demographic changes
3. Develop a bilingually educated workforce that provides the region with a global competitive advantage.

The Feria accomplishes systemic changes in communities that address
• Parental Involvement
• Education Capacity Building
• College Readiness
• Cost-Effective Scalability
• Economic Development

Come join us!

Highlights 1/23 to 1/29

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film the Birds of Paradise, the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers, on “Birds Of The Gods”.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part three of Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes‘ “Downton Abbey”, a depiction of the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.
 
Through extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, director Stephen Ives and producer Amanda Pollak unravel the story of the Panama Canal on Panama Canal: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday.

Dr. Robert Trevino shares the story of his ancestor’s journey to San Antonio on Children of the Revolution at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Pioneers of Television at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Westerns”, an exploration of the quintessential American cultural identity through examination of the Western programs that filled small screens across the country night after night and became some of the most successful television shows in history.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday tells the dark tale of the men of Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st battalion of the 506th infantry and how the Iraq war followed them home.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “Herb and Dorothy”, a film that introduces a couple whose passion and disciplines defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.

Nova ScienceNow at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the possibilities affiliated with the question: Can humans live forever?

Go behind the scenes and explore how materials changed history and are shaping the future as New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff” on Nova: Making Stuff Smaller at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents the evolution of electric guitar music with avant-garde rockers Sonic Youth and classic blues rockers the Black Keys at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday presents the famed live jam session by two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar. Originally recorded for the Canadian television program In Session in 1983, this was a historic meeting of two artists that has proven to be a very special moment of time in the careers of each musician.

Legends and Lyrics presents exclusive performance from Michael Martin Murphey, Pam Tillis, and Ron Nesmith – artists representing the blended genres of country and alternative rock at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Austin City Limits presents Texas country legends Lyle Lovett and Bob Schneider as they wrap up the latest season of the series at 7 p.m.

Thinkfinity Partners with The Electric Company

The Electric Company goes broadbandVerizon Thinkfinity has secured another great content partner with The Electric Company to connect with today’s kids, parents, and educators. The Electric Company is a multimedia literacy experience designed to teach reading concepts through fun and engaging videos, games, and activities. Resources are available free to all.

New episodes of The Electric Company will begin on PBS KIDS GO! starting Monday, February 7th.

Review: Life on Mars

The BBC series Life on Mars debuts on KLRU-Q Saturday, January 22nd. Life on Mars will air at 9 p.m. each Saturday. The show will air on KLRU at 11 p.m. Sundays starting January 23rd.

Manchester Detective Chief Inspector Sam Tyler is having a bad day. Forced to release his chief suspect in a murder case, fighting with his co-worker/former lover Maya, who then disappears while tailing the suspect, Tyler finds himself standing outside his Grand Cherokee after being nearly run off the road by a careless driver. As he collects himself to the strains of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?,” he’s suddenly hit by a speeding car, and his reality skews off-kilter in a way he couldn’t imagine.

Sam awakens to find himself on the same stretch of road, but in a very different time: 1973. Demoted a rank and tracking the same killer in the ’70s as he was in the ’00s, Sam fights to accept his bizarre new circumstances as he finds direct connections between the case he’s working on now and the one he unwillingly left behind. Assisting Sam in very different ways are Annie, a friendly WPC to whom he confesses his state of mind, and DCI Gene Hunt, his aggressive boss who prefers physical confrontation and coercion to forensics when it comes to solving crimes.

While the circumstances of Sam’s arrival in 1973 are deliberately left vague, major hints get dropped. Sometimes Sam hears the sounds of medical workers and machines trying to save his life. He also watches an educational TV show whose host unexpectedly shifts from talking about math to talking about Sam’s coma and responsiveness. Sam also meets Neil, Annie’s hypnotherapist ex-boyfriend, whose first words to Sam are “Sam, can you hear me?” and who may be a direct link to 2006.
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KLRU-Q: Life On Mars

The BBC series Life on Mars debuts on KLRU-Q Saturday, January 22nd. Life on Mars will air at 9 p.m. each Saturday. The show will air on KLRU at 11 p.m. Sundays starting January 23rd.

Smart, savvy, sharp-suited detective Sam has his world turned upside down when the hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for his own girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car accident, Sam is mysteriously transported back to 1973 – only four years after he was born. Confused by his new and outdated surroundings, Sam impatiently tries to return to the present. But the police force of long ago needs his help, not least in solving a parallel crime. Can Sam overcome their rough and ready ways and maddening lack of forensic technology? Will he be able to get back to the present day and find Maya? Has Sam gone crazy? Is he in a coma? Or has he really traveled back in time?


Find out more about the actors and characters here

KLRU-Q: Lord of shows

Friday, January 21, KLRU-Q presents back-to-back shows about various types of Lords.

8 p.m.: Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators
Scientists explore the role predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity.

9 p.m. Inside “Lord of the Rings on Stage”
The cast and crew puzzle over how to make the enchanted Middle Earth come alive on a London stage.

10 p.m. Lords of the Gourd: The Pursuit of Excellence
Gardeners attempt to grow a world record 1500lb pumpkin for the Cooperstown Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off.

Highlights January 16-22

Take a peek into the intertwined worlds of the largest and most powerful falcon in the world and the rare Arctic wolves as Nature at 7 p.m. explores the race for the two remarkable species to raise their families in the midst of their fragile ecosystem on Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part two of Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes‘ “Downton Abbey”, a depiction of the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.

Dinosaur Wars: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday uncovers the contentious rivalry between paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope as they attempt to outdo each other and uncover the remains of dozens of prehistoric animals in the 1868 American Western frontier.

Through eyewitness testimony, Road to Memphis: American Experience at 9 p.m. Monday tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Children of the Revolution at 10:30 p.m. Monday presents the story of how UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo’s life journey began with a marathon run from the cotton fields to the halls of Academia.

Pioneers of Television at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Science Fiction,” an exploration of how narrators such as Gene Roddenberry and Rod Serling created the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11 on Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “Between The Folds,” a film that follows a determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders.

Nova ScienceNow at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the probability and dangers affiliated with the possibility of humans traveling to Mars.

Go behind the scenes and explore how materials changed history and are shaping the future as New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff” on Nova: Making Stuff Stronger at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky and National Geographic search for answers to why stress seems to be killing us on Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Austin welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Douglas Brinkley, historian and author, talks about his latest book The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, which hit the shelves on January 18 on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Filmed at the historic Pearl stable, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro addresses the importance of long-term planning and conservation to secure Texas’ future water supply on Water: Securing Our Future at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Lockhart, Texas to conquer all four of the local Que joints in the BBQ capitol of Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Legends and Lyrics presents exclusive performance from Regie Hamm, Mindy Smith, Leigh Nash — three singer-songwriters representing the alternative rock music genre at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Austin City Limits presents the evolution of electric guitar music with avant-garde rockers Sonic Youth and classic blues rockers the Black Keys at 7 p.m. Saturday.