Curious George Dance Contest!

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Do you and your kids like George? Do you and your kids like to dance? Do you and your kids like to record yourselves dancing? If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” you should consider sending an entry to the Curious George Dance Contest! Go to the link to download the Curious George theme song, then shoot a 60-sec. video of your child doing his/her best monkey dance! All uploads are due April 2, then from April 16-30, there will a public vote to choose the winners.

The official contest web page is now curiousgeorgedancecontest.com — home to all contest information including how to enter and official rules. The Grand Prize winner’s entry will be featured on a Curious George Home Video DVD. The Grand Prize winner and all nine finalists will receive “Curiosity Kits” including Curious George books, DVDs, and other merchandise.

March 2012: NOVA "Dogs Decoded"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program NOVA “Dogs Decoded” researches the question “How smart are dogs, and what makes them such ideal companions?”

NOVA “Dogs Decoded”
Sunday, March 25th at 6:00 pm.
no repeat broadcasts

Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family and we feel that they can understand us in a way other animals cannot. Now, new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. What is surprising, however, is new research showing that humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? It’s all in the genes. “Dogs Decoded” investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs — with revealing implications for the evolution of human culture as well. NOVA also travels to Siberia, where the mystery of dogs’ domestication is being repeated — in foxes. A 50-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature, a tame fox with some surprising similarities to man’s best friend. This film reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species.

Highlights: February 26-March 3

Masterpiece Theater at 6 pm Sunday presents part seven of Downton Abbey, Series II. In the finale, the family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas.

Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday presents “The Old Curiosity Shop”. The classic Dickens tale follows the virtuous Little Nell Trent (Sophie Vavassuer) and her shop-owner grandfather (Sir Derek Jacobi) as they encounter tragic misfortunes that lead to the loss of their beloved curiosity shop.

Arts in Context at 9:30 pm Sunday explores the making of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists. Arts in Context goes behind-the-scenes with the groups’ founder and some of the showcased artists.

Clinton: American Experience at 8 pm Monday explores the story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

Explore the life of the pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado and showmanship on American Masters: Cab Calloway at 10 pm Monday.

Amish: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday paints an extraordinarily intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life and questions why and how the Amish, an insistently closed and communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on Earth.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011 on “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown.”

POV at 10 pm Tuesday follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series on “Racing Dreams.”

Through extraordinary footage and interviews, Nature at 7 pm Wednesday takes a look back at an elephant matriarch that was the subject of many  films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa on “Echo: An Elephant To Remember.”

Nova: Japan’s Killer Quake at 8 pm Wednesday combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.

Secrets of the Dead: Japanese SuperSub at 9 pm Wednesday investigates, revealing the startling story of Japan’s successful creation of a technological masterpiece-an aircraft carrier submarine that could blow up the Panama Canal, reach the U.S. main land undetected, and unleash panic-inducing air attacks on American civilians.

Deepak Chopra travels the world to share his message about mind-body connections talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday follows “Opera Odyssey”, an Austin opera camp with kids ages 8 to 12, through the creative process in organizing the original production “The Quarantine.”

Chet heads to Goliad to visit the location of the famous Goliad Massacre, take a canoe ride, and eat some award winning soup and delicious Tex Mex on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “Whatever It Takes,” the story of a visionary rookie principal whose goal is to lead a dedicated group of teachers, students and parents in creating an innovative public high school in New York City’s South Bronx.

Superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli takes on one of the biggest stages of his career for a concert in New York City’s famed Central Park with the New York Philharmonic on Great Performances at 9 pm Friday.

Got shade and drought? Designer Adams Kirkpatrick illustrates designs and plants for waterwise shade gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour in San Antonio, Southwestern concepts join Japanese design.

This latest follow up to “My Generation – The ’60s”, “60’s Pop, Rock and Soul” at 9:30 pm Saturday includes pop sounds from Frat Rock to Surf Pop, the British Beats to the Breakthrough Bands, Motown, Soul and Pop classics — with many artists and groups appearing for the first time on the “My Music” stage.

Science Night 2/29

7:00 PM Nature – “Echo: An Elephant To Remember”
Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many NATURE films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. Last year, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.

8:00 PM NOVA – “Japan’s Killer Quake”
In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising death toll in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear reactor meltdowns. The facts and figures are astonishing. The March 11th earthquake was the world’s fourth largest earthquake since record keeping began in 1900 and the worst ever to shake Japan. The seismic shock wave released over 4,000 times the energy of the largest nuclear test ever conducted; it shifted the earth’s axis by 6 inches and shortened the day by a few millionths of a second. The tsunami slammed Japan’s coast with 30 feet-high waves that traveled 6 miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of minutes. JAPAN’S KILLER QUAKE combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.

9:00 PM Secrets Of The Dead – “Japanese Supersub”
Spring, 1946. Ten months after the end of World War II, an explosion rocked the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. America had just destroyed one of Japan’s most advanced weapons systems. But this was no belated attack against the defeated Japanese. Rather, it was an attempt to keep an advanced, top-secret submarine out of the hands of the Russians. What was this sub and where had it come from? Secrets of the Dead: Japanese SuperSub investigates, revealing the startling story of Japan’s successful creation of a technological masterpiece-an aircraft carrier submarine that could blow up the Panama Canal, reach the U.S. main land undetected, and unleash panic-inducing air attacks on American civilians. How close did Japan’s secret sub come to attacking America? And how did America’s own top-secret super-weapon put an end to the Japanese threat?

The Rise of Miss Power Special

SUPER HERO… or SUPER BULLY?

Word Girl and Miss PowerOne-Hour “The Rise of Miss Power” Special!
Starring Jane Lynch as the voice of Miss Power!
Premieres Monday, February 20 @ 3:30p.m!

There’s a new super hero in town! Miss Power has come to Earth from outer space to teach WordGirl everything she knows. But is Miss Power really a sper hero? Besides using her super strength and super speed to defeat villains, Miss Power has another secret weapon: using mean words against others. WordGirl would rather not use her words harshly, but afer giving it a shot, she feels empowered! Soon, everyone starts wondering “what has gotten into WordGirl?” When WordGirl experiences Miss Power’s bullying ways herself, she gets belittled and stripped of her super hero star. Will WordGirl be able to defeat Miss Power without sinking to her level?

Highlights: February 19-25

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester reveal the dazzling ambiguity experimental and contradictorycomposers such as Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill, Walter Jurmann on Max Raabe at 5 pm Sunday.

Masterpiece Theater at 6 pm Sunday presents part six of Downton Abbey, Series II. The Spanish flu strikes Downton, disrupting one match, hastening another and transforming the fortunes of all. Mary, Sybil and Robert each confront a moment of truth. Anna and Bates know a moment of happiness.

Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents part seven of Downton Abbey, Series II. In the finale, the family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas.

Clinton: American Experience at 8 pm Monday and 7 pm Tuesday explores the story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format.

Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the making of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists, while going behind-the-scenes with the groups’ founder and some of the showcased artists.

Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity at 8 pm Thursday is a news magazine-style documentary made possible through a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. A project of Texas PBS, the program examines how hunger and obesity coexist, the challenges Texas communities face regarding these issues, and solutions that can be employed to combat them.

Chet travels to Spicewood to sip some coffee, swim in Krause Springs, go ziplining through the trees, and eat some delicious BBQ on The Daytripper at 9 pm Thursday.

Haunted Texas at 9:30 pm Thursday gives a half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical, “Memphis” turns the radio dial back to the 1950s to tell the story of a white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball), whose love of music transcends racial lines and airwaves on Great Performances at 9 pm Friday.

Don’t be chicken! See how to start a coop of your own on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a chicken coop and vegetable garden where fresh eggs and organic food are on the menu every day.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents a night of Texas singer/songwriters with Robert Earl Keen and Hayes Carll.

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder February episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. This month KLRU presents new episodes of Growing Bolder starting Jan. 15th. 2nd Half of Life Growing Bolder airs Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU.

Upcoming episodes:

February 19 – “Head Of The Pack”
From Mission Trips to Mission Statements – More and more Americans are taking a page from Paul Newman’s book and starting a social enterprise — a business you love as a means to helping others. After many mission trips, Jane Hursh felt obligated to share the blessings of her life. So she turned to a lifelong love — baking cookies. Now with her shortbread, biscotti and granola, Jane is using something sweet to change bitter circumstances. 97 Years of Saving Lives – At the time, it was just a simple, selfless act. The right thing to do. Seventy years later, a young Army captain’s good idea is responsible for saving countless lives. It was just one incident in the long, rewarding life of Dr. Norman Wall, who is one of the most compelling, relevant and fascinating 97-year-olds on the planet. Soaring to New Heights – The best glider pilots in North America over the age of 55 recently gathered to compete in the Senior Soaring National Championships. Former fighter pilots and commercial airline pilots call soaring the greatest test of all. How can a 2,000 pound plane with no engine stay aloft for hours flying at 65 miles per hour? Growing Bolder stopped by the final practice round to find out.

February 26 – “Find Your Fans”
Why Red Green is White Hot – “The Red Green Show” was one of the longest running series on television. But, years after ending production, the world’s most inventive handyman is still in demand! We caught up with Steve Smith as he embarks on the Wit and Wisdom Tour to find out what makes Red one of TV’s most endearing characters. Ann’s Fans – With all due respect to the dozen former Olympians and more than 1,000 other competitors, the swimmer with the largest and loudest fan support at the U.S. Masters Swimming national championships was a 71-year-old woman from Minnesota named Ann. What’s her story? Find out how she’s inspiring everyone who meets her to keep chasing dreams and to never, ever give up. The Story of Ruth: An Amazing Life – It’s hard to say that a 109-year-old died too soon. But Ruth Hamilton led a full and amazing life. She was simply amazing. Just some of the highlights, she was married to a Major League Baseball player, she was one of the first women to host a radio show, in 1937 she came face to face with Hitler and tried to warn the world, she was the first woman elected to the Legislature from New Hampshire, and those are just a few of the things that made Ruth a national treasure.

Science Night 2/22

7:00 PM Nature – “Ocean Giants”
Whales and dolphins remain a constant source of fascination to us. But how much do we really know about them? Whales and dolphins, known as cetaceans, may appear to be totally alien to us – but with their mental ability, group communication and the recent discovery that dolphins have individual names, they are closer to us than we ever imagined. This series provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format. Teams of intrepid scientists equipped with the latest technology are making extraordinary breakthroughs in their understanding of these intelligent life forms – breakthroughs that may safeguard their survival.

Highlights: February 12-18

Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents part six of Downton Abbey, Series II. The Spanish flu strikes Downton, disrupting one match, hastening another and transforming the fortunes of all. Mary, Sybil and Robert each confront a moment of truth. Anna and Bates know a moment of happiness.

Slavery By Another Name at 8 pm Monday tells a harrowing story of how in the South, even as chattel slavery came to an end, new forms of involuntary servitude, including convict leasing, debt slavery and peonage, took its place with shocking force — brutalizing and ultimately circumscribing the lives of hundreds of thousands of African Americans well into the 20th century.

Through profiling local innovators, “Not In Our Town: Class Actions” at 9:30 pm Monday tells the stories of a suburban California school district, a mid-western college town and a college campus in the heart of the South where people are working together to stop hate and intolerance, and activitating their communities to create safer, more accepting environments for everyone.

Narrated by Kathy Bates, “Tupperware! American Experience” at 7 pm Tuesday reveals the secret behind Tupperware’s success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house.

On Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday, “The Interrupters” presents profiles in courage, as three former street criminals in Chicago place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of the Himalayas starring the mysterious snow leopard.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday follows the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he dives into Blue Holes — underwater caves that formed during the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today on “Extreme Cave Diving”.

Dr. Mark Aldenerfer and Pete Athans are on a mission, set within the world’s highest mountains, to find ancient mummies and uncover secrets that have been hidden in these cliff-top graves for thousands of years on “Cave People of the Himalayas” at 9 pm Wednesday.

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Wednesday on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins.

A Harpist’s Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot And The Sound of Change at 8 pm Thursday profiles the inspirational life and distinguished career of the revered harpist.

Chet bikes from Bastrop State Park to Buescher State Park, eats some BBQ, visits a famous paper doll artist, and travels to an Automotive History Museum in Smithville, TX on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “More Than A Month”, a documentary that investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook at 9 pm Friday examines the allure of musical nightlife, from Mississippi juke joints, where Feinstein dazzles the crowd with some impromptu boogie-woogie blues, to the neon of Las Vegas, where he has a private tour of the now-closed Liberace Museum – and gets to play one of the rhinestone encrusted pianos.

Thinking about tomatoes? Find out how to get ready, the best ones to grow, and tips for crop rotation in a small garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a community garden for organic tips to reap tasty harvests.

Bluegrass is the order of the night with Steve Martin and Sarah Jarosz on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 2/15

7:00 PM Nature – “The Himalayas”
The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s highest peaks. NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard.

8:00 PM NOVA – “Extreme Cave Diving”
Follow the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he dives into Blue Holes — underwater caves that formed during the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today. They are Earth’s least explored and perhaps most dangerous frontiers. With an interdisciplinary team of climatologists, paleontologists and anthropologists, Broad investigates the hidden history of Earth’s climate as revealed by finds in this spectacularly beautiful “alternate universe.”

9:00 PM Cave People of the Himalayas
An archaeologist dangles from a rope spanning a cliff 800-feet tall. A dark cave opening looms 700-feet down and the only way inside is to rappel down from above. Dr. Mark Aldenerfer, self-proclaimed landlubber, is not happy performing aerial acrobatics, but he’s doing it for science, while seven-time Everest climber, Pete Athans, belays him. They’re on a mission, set within the world’s highest mountains, to find ancient mummies and uncover secrets that have been hidden in these cliff-top graves for thousands of years.