PBS & Antiques Roadshow apps

PBS announced today the App Store debut of the PBS App for iPhone and iPod touch, featuring more than 300 hours of free video, including full-length programs.

Also launching today, the PBS Antiques Roadshow game app, available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, lets players virtually collect, appraise and bid on real antiques with new collectibles from different cities added regularly.

New Britcoms start Jan. 22

KLRU is adding two new Britcoms to Saturday night’s lineup starting Jan. 22.

Outnumbered at 10 p.m.
Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning BBC comedy series, captures the turbulent chaos of family life in a way not seen before, at its most deliciously chaotic. Two parents and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using elements of improvisation, Outnumbered sees the world as much from the children’s as the adults’ point of view.

Reggie Perrin at 10:30 p.m.
A modern-day update of the classic British sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, starring Martin Clunes in the title role. Reggie Perrin retells the story of a sales executive on the edge – an average man finding it increasingly difficult to put up with the monotony of life, the disappointing marriage, the office grind as head of disposable razors at male-grooming firm Groomtech and the daily commute. Rebellion begins to build in his mind, in the form of increasingly surreal flights of fancy, and slowly, Reggie begins to say what he really thinks.

Barney Live ticket giveaway

***Update: Congratulations to Marina, Amber, Josh, Charla and Daren! You will be getting an email with instructions on how to get your tickets.

KLRU has partnered with the Frank Erwin Center to offer three of our viewers two tickets each to Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash on January 20th. Post a comment below and we will randomly choose the three winners at noon on January 18th. Winners will receive an email with details about getting their tickets.

Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash!
The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tickets on-sale online at TexasBoxOffice.com

Celebrate with Barney at his birthday party! This new interactive, live stage concert, features more than 25 fun and upbeat tunes, including favorites such as “Mr. Knickerbocker,” “Dino Dance,” “Baby Bop Hop,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” You’ll be singing and dancing in the aisles with your favorite purple dinosaur and his friends. It’s a fun filled show all about sharing, caring and friendship.

SUPER Why! Time Travel Week

Super Why, Woofster and gang flyingSUPER Why! Time Travel Week


#207 Super WHY and Jasper’s Cowboy Wish
Monday, January 16, 9-9:30 a.m.
(repeats: Friday, January 20, 9-9:30 a.m.)
Howdy Partner!  Whyatt and his friends are playing cowboys, but Pig can’t join in because he doesn’t know what cowboys do.  The super readers jump into the tale Jasper’s Cowboy Wish and make the acquaintance of a cowpoke named Jasper who’s desperate to become a rompin’ stompin’ cowboy if only he could get the hang of it!  When Jasper must use his cowboy skills to save the day, will he be a hero…or will this be his last roundup?
Educational Objectives: To explore the Old West.  Young viewers will sing the alphabet, practice the magic of spelling, learn what the word saddle means, and use the power to read to change the story.

#208 Super WHY and Baby Dino’s Big Discovery
Tuesday, January 17, 9-9:30 a.m. (repeats: Monday, January 23, 9-9:30 a.m.)
ROAR! Pig invited his friends over to play dinosaurs, but Whyatt can’t figure out which toy dinosaur he has.  So he super readers soar into Baby Dino’s Big Discovery where they lend a hand to a baby dinosaur searching for his mommy.  They’ll need to look closely to figure out what kind of dinosaur Baby Dino is…and be careful to avoid being eaten while they do!
Educational Objectives: To learn about dinosaurs, follow the alphabet, rhyme with ANT words, find out what the words “herbivore” and “carnivore” mean, and use the power to read to change the story.

#209 Super WHY and Princess Gwennie Saves the Day
Wednesday, January 18, 9-9:30 a.m. (repeats: Saturday, January 21, & Tuesday, January 24, 9-9:30 a.m.)
Princess Pea is feeling dramatic (as usual) and she and Red are staging a play. Princess is pretending she’s a queen but Red doesn’t know what to be!  The super readers fly into the story of a princess with a silly sense of humor and a big job to do.  They help Gwennie use her talents to save the day, and Red discovers her own special gifts.
Educational Objectives: To learn about medieval times.  Kids will sing the alphabet, practice the magic of spelling,  learn what the word “harp” means and use the power to read to change the story.

#210 Super WHY and The Great Robot Race
Thursday, January 19, 9-9:30 a.m. (repeats: Wednesday, January 25, & Saturday, January 28, 9-9:30 a.m. )
Ready…steady…splat!  Whyatt and his puppy want to win the porridge race, but the bowl of breakfast cereal keeps falling off the puppy’s back.  This is a super MESSY problem!  The reading friends visit The Great Robot Race and encounter a boy named Bradbury who is determined to help his robo-doggie to win a race too!  Both Bradbury and the super readers will have to use a little creative problem solving to help robo-doggie zoom to the head of the pack!
Educational Objectives: To learn about innovation, experiment with the alphabet and rhyme with ING words. Preschoolers will also learn what the word “fins” means and use the power to read to change the story.

Luci Baines Johnson & LBJ Family Foundation give $10,000 to KLRU for Wildflowers documentary

KLRU recently received a $10,000 grant from Luci Baines Johnson & the LBJ Family Foundation for the production of a local documentary on the Wildflowers | Seeds of History.  This 60-minute snapshot in time is being created in partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin and the Texas Department of Transportation.  Filmed in high-definition and edited to present the same kind of quality you have come to expect from PBS national productions, it will air as a pledge special on KLRU and other PBS stations across Texas in March 2011.  Thanks to Luci Baines Johnson and the LBJ Family Foundation, viewers locally and beyond will be able to take pride in this radiant aspect of our state’s cultural heritage for years to come.

MFI Foundation supports KLRU and Overheard with Evan Smith

The MFI Foundation has just awarded KLRU a generous $25,000 grant in support of Overheard with Evan Smith.   We are very excited to continue a partnership with MFI and are grateful for their ongoing enthusiasm for this locally-produced public affairs program.  Together, we are bringing intelligent and engaging conversations into the lives of viewers residing in Central Texas and beyond!

Moyers and Company Airing January 2012

Bill Moyers returns on-air and online in January 2012 with Moyers & Company, a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. Moyers & Company will join KLRU’s public affairs lineup on Fridays at 8 pm starting Jan. 13th. Watch a preview of the series

A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series occasionally includes Moyers’ own timely and penetrating essays on society and government. In a multimedia marketplace saturated with shallow sound bites and partisan name-calling, Moyers & Company digs deeper. As the Los Angeles Times put it in 2010, “No one on television has centralized the discussion of ideas as much as Moyers … He not only gives a forum to unusual thinkers, he is truly interested in what they have to say and who they are because he believes their ideas really matter.”

January Family Choice: Nature 1/9

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

Nature “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story”
Sunday, January 9, at 7 p.m.
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has “Born Free” taught us?

Highlights January 9 to 15

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “Elsa‘s Legacy: The Born Free Story,” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free,”  a book and film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. 

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

U.S. Grant: Warrior: An American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday examines the life brilliant military strategist Ulysses S. Grant, who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington.

Children of the Revolution at 10:30 p.m. Monday presents “Henry and Elvira Cisneros,” the fascinating family story as told by Henry and his mother Elvira of how their temporary move from Mexico became permanent and how their family passion for public service has touched south Texas.

Follow a team of U.S. geologists entering Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake tragedy as they hunt for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake on Nova: Deadliest Earthquakes at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday examines the uphill fight to rebuild Haiti in the face of deep-rooted corruption and intimidation.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “Children of Haiti”, a film that captures the spirit of human survival and transports you to Haiti’s strange contrasts, breathtaking landscapes and rich history, through the eyes of some of Haiti’s most unforgettable characters.

The Territory, back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m., showcases new directions in film and video. These films offer a provocative mix of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated shorts that allows the audience to take TV trips around the world and to major U.S. media festivals.

American Masters at 7 p.m. Wednesday presents “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” a reflection on the life of  the actor, musician, artist, and story teller extraordinaire who has been called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived”.

American Masters at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday presents “The Doors: When You‘re Strange”, the first feature documentary to chronicles the band’s history from the corridors of UCLA’s film school to the creation of their six landmark studio albums using only original footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971.

Indie rock supergroup Monsters of Folk perform songs from their self-titled debut album on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania, talks about why Americans are wusses, what needs to be done to fix our infrastructure, why No Child Left Behind is a good thing on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Experience the beauty, the history and the cast of characters whose influence flows through the Palo Duro Canyon as you follow the timeline from the canyon’s prehistoric origins to its relevance today as a state park on Natural Wonder of Texas: Palo Duro Canyon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Canyon Lake, Texas to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, ride through the Wildlife Ranch, and take a dip in the lake on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Overheard tapings 1/12

KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith will have two tapings on January 12. First up is Author Lawrence Wright followed by Historian Douglas Brinkley. Tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).

Lawrence Wright RSVP here
taping starts at about 1:15 p.m. doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Please join Evan Smith and Pulitzer-winning author Lawrence Wright for a taping of our new series, Overheard with Evan Smith. Wright has built successful careers as an author, playwright, screenwriter and journalist, tackling an astonishing range of subjects for a huge range of media. He’s probably best known for giving us a window into Al-Qaeda through The Looming Tower, followed by his one-man play based on his research for that book and an HBO documentary about that journey. Learn about his work and his next project, an in-depth look at Scientology through a former high-level member.

Douglas Brinkly RSVP here
taping starts at about 2:15 p.m. doors open after the Lawrence interview is complete

Please join Evan Smith and award-winning historian and author Douglas Brinkley for a taping of our new series, Overheard with Evan Smith. Brinkley’s books have explored American history from old times to new, and from one end of the country to the other, with topics that include Roosevelt and the national parks, President Jimmy Carter, Hurricane Katrina, Rosa Parks, President Ronald Reagan and the UN, among others. His latest book – The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, will be out on January 18. Join us to hear more about what readers will find there, and to learn Brinkley’s take on the latest news.