"WordGirl" Baddies Get Themed Weeks in April

WordGirl and a villianVILLAINS RULE THE AIRWAVES THIS APRIL AS WORDGIRL™ BADDIES GET THEMED WEEKS!

April is WordGirl Villains Month on KLRU, as a different WordGirl crook is featured each week of the month. The Emmy Award-winning series from Scholastic Media airs Monday – Friday.

Featured villains and episodes include:

Dr. Two-Brains Week (April 2-6 at 3:30 p.m.)
After an accident caused his brain to fuse with that of a vicious albino mouse test-subject, Professor Steven Boxleitner became the evil Dr. Two-Brains, whose insatiable hunger for cheese drives his criminal activity.

April 2 – “Two Brains’ Quartet”
April 3 – “Mouse Brain Take-Over”
April 4 – “The Two-Brains Boogie”
April 5 – “Two Brains Forgets”
April 6 – “Two Brain Highway”

Granny May Week (April 9-13 at 3:30 p.m.)
Though she poses as a sweet, deaf old lady, Granny May is really a master thief. She is equipped with weapons such as knitting needles that shoot out nearly unbreakable yarn, perfume strong enough to render someone helpless, and blinding stale purse mints.

April 9 – “Granny and Clyde”
April 10 – “Granny’s Intuition”
April 11 – “Granny’s Book Club”
April 12 – “Great Granny May”
April 13 – “Granny Mayor”

The Birthday Girl Week (April 16-20 at 3:30 p.m.)
The Birthday Girl is a greedy, selfish, and sometimes cruel ten-year-old who thinks every day is her birthday. Whenever her needs are denied, she yells “Mine, MINE, MINE!”, growing in height and turning a deeper shade of green with each yell until the owner of the coveted item hands it over in fear.

**Premiere** — “The Birthday Girl’s Monstrous Gift” (premieres Apr. 16, repeats Apr. 19)
April 17 – “Birthday Town”
April 20 – “Earth Day Girl”

Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy Week (April 23-27 at 3:30 p.m.)
Chuck is obsessed with sandwiches and lives in his mother’s basement. His weapon is a gun that fires specially made mustard, relish, ketchup, oil, and other such sandwich condiments that have been modified to be able to encase people.

April 23 – “Chuck With a Sidekick of Brent”
April 24 – “When Chuck’s Mom Is Away…”
April 25 – “Lunch Lady Chuck”
April 26 – “Chuck’s Brother”
April 27 – “Chuck Makes a Buck”

Martha Speaks Celebrates National Poetry Month

With National Poetry Month just around the corner, here’s a little poem:

Spring now upon us, so we’d like to stop and say,
That Martha’s celebrating poetry in a fantastic way.
New episodes are coming soon, new promos feeding now,
If we can assist you, simply tell us how!

BILLY COLLINS SPEAKS/MILO’S READING BUDDY

Episode #401:  Monday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Billy Collins Speaks – Billy Collins writes great poems about dogs, and Martha thinks she knows why. Obviously, the former poet laureate must be a canine himself! When Martha meets Billy Collins she’s in for a few surprises…as is he. Vocabulary: (E) poem, poet, prose, imposter, metaphor(ically).
Milo’s Reading Buddy – When Milo reads in front of other people he gets nervous. T.D. has the perfect, confidence-building solution: a Reading Buddy! The whole gang gets excited about helping Milo. Maybe too excited. Can Milo find the Reading Buddy who’s perfect for him? Vocabulary: (E) fluent, struggle, apprehensive, interject, nervous.

VERB DOG, WHEN ACTION CALLS!/MARTHA’S ADVERB ADVENTURE

Episode #402: Tuesday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Verb Dog, When Action Calls! – Struck by a falling book of five-hundred-and-one English Verbs, Martha instantly becomes – Verb Dog! Using her unique superpower to control people with verbs, Martha sniffs out trouble and defends the town from evil. Vocabulary: (E) verb, amublate, elevate, descend, (un)petrify.
Martha’s Adverb Adventure – Weaselgraft and Pablum have a new invention that is sure to make them rich again. The Adverbalizer activates adverbs – giving the user the ability to make things happen completely, sloppily, instantly… Of course T.D. orders one… immediately! Vocabulary: (E) sloppily, instantly, immediately, completely, adverb.

RETURN OF THE BOOKBOTS: THE CASE OF THE MISSING WORDS, PARTS 1 & 2

Episode #405: Wednesday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words, Part One – The Bookbots are back and faced with a new nemesis: The Announcer. Armed with the power to bring nouns from books to life, the Announcer is wreaking havoc on Wagstaff City. Can our heroes utilize their semantic savvy to stifle this rampaging rapscallion? Vocabulary: (E) noun, remove, term, insert, announce(r).
Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words, Part Two – The Announcer is still at large and has put the city into grammatical peril. Fortunately, the Bookbots have discovered a secret weapon: adjectives. Equipped with this new linguistic leverage, our heroes may just be able to save their beloved city from their phonological foe. Vocabulary: (E) oath, adjective, define, modify, weightless.

April 2012: Independent Lens "Being Elmo"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program INDEPENDENT LENS: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,  explores Kevin Clash’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process..

Watch Meet the Man Behind Elmo on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Thursday, April 5, 8-9:30 p.m.
repeats:
Friday, April 6, 1-2:30 a.m.
Monday, April 9, 8-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 3-4:30 a.m.

As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin Clash had very different aspirations from those of his classmates — he wanted to be a puppeteer, part of Jim Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of SESAME STREET. Combining archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores Clash’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others.

Highlights: March 25-31

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at 7 pm Sunday combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today’s America. The first episode focuses on Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis.

A young orphan is branded a rebel for wanting more gruel, leading to a phantasmagoria of adventures in early 19th-century London on Masterpiece Classic Oliver Twist at 8 pm Sunday.

Chris Isaak performs a personal tribute to the glory days of the legendary Memphis Sun Studio Chris Isaak Live! Beyond the Sun at 7 pm Monday.

“Fenway Park At 100” at 7 pm Tuesday celebrates the centennial of the oldest (and smallest) ballpark in America. This film tells the story of Fenway’s long history as a venue for sports and as a public space; masses for WWI soldiers, a 1918 Irish Republican rally, FDR’s last presidential campaign speech, concerts by Bruce Springsteen and others.

“Triangle Fire: American Experience” at 8 pm Tuesday explores the tragic fire that led to the landmark legislation that gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday 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.

“Nova: Cracking Your Genetic Code” at 8 pm Wednesday explores the question – What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA — all three billion chemical letters of it — read, stored and available for analysis?

“Quest For The Lost Maya” at 9 pm Wednesday explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Penisula of southern Mexico.

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform hits and selections from their newest album on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday.

Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, talks about the news business on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday gives an in-depth look into University of Texas’ Visual Arts Center’s efforts to create a bridge between students and professional artists through their Artist-in-Residence program.

Performed at the New World Symphony’s spectacular new Frank Gehry-designed home in Miami, Tilson Thomas shares the stage with a 30-piece orchestra and ensemble cast to bring the repertoire and words of Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky to life on Great Performances: The Thomashefskys at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony at 100 at 9 pm Friday presents a centennial gala concert program hosted by acclaimed writer and San Francisco native Amy Tan, featuring SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas along with guest artists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang performing works by Copland, Mendelssohn and Britten.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents the evolution of electric guitar music with Sonic Youth and the Black Keys.

Explore the Outdoors Programming

Explore the Outdoors! Click here to make any day a PBS KIDS day in the park.Leading up to Earth Day, KLRU will present four weeks of “Explore the Outdoors” themed programming from popular series including WILD KRATTS, DINOSAUR TRAIN, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, and CURIOUS GEORGE. Premieres include new episodes from WILD KRATTS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, CURIOUS GEORGE and a new Earth Day themed episode of ARTHUR, airing Monday, April 16.  On Friday, April 20 (the Friday before Earth Day), KLRU will also present a special line-up of environmentally-themed programs to gear kids up to celebrate Earth Day. Themed weeks include:

WILD KRATTS “Backyard Adventures Week”
March 26-30 at 4 p.m.

This special week features five episodes all about venturing outside to explore the wonders that are as close as your own backyard. The week concludes with the premiere of a new episode, “Flight of the Pollinators,” on Friday, March 30, which explores the amazing delivery system of plants and their animal partners.

DINOSAUR TRAIN “Nature Trackers Week”
April 2-6 at 9:30 a.m.

This encore presentation of four “Nature Trackers” episodes of DINOSAUR TRAIN includes “Stargazing on the Night Train/Get Into Nature!,” “Shiny and Snakes/Tiny Flowers,” “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight” and “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden.” The storylines follow Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don as they make their own discoveries in nature.

The episodes encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! “Nature’s Know-How Week”
April 9-13 at 8:30 a.m.

The Cat, Nick and Sally go on a variety of outdoor adventures this week, including journeys to Drippety Dry Desert and Splishy Splashy Pond.  Two new episodes premiere: “Super Cleaner Uppers/Itty Bitty Water” on Monday, April 9, and “Amazing Eyes/Water Walkers” on Thursday, April 12.

ARTHUR “Prunella the Pack Rat/What’s in a Name?”
April 16  at 3 p.m.
(repeating April 20 at 3 p.m.)

Prunella the Packrat – Prunella saves everything – ticket stubs, quizzes from second grade, pencil stubs, broken shoe laces…you name it and it’s in her closet! Can Arthur help her break her packrat habits in time to put together the display for the school’s Earth Day fair? Or is Prunella doomed to drown in her clutter? What’s in a Name? – Binky find out that his real name isn’t Binky, it’s… Shelley?!! He’s certain he will have to leave town – or at least school – having this silly name. Until his mom tells him the story of his ancestor, Shelley Barnes, the greatest circus owner of his time…

CURIOUS GEORGE “Explore Your World Week”
April 16-20 at 8 a.m.

During this special week, everyone’s favorite monkey dabbles in a range of activities – from radio DJ-ing, to painting, to building a home for a squirrel.  The week includes three premiere episodes – “DJ George/Curious George Paints the Desert” on Monday, April 16, “No Knowing Gnocchi/Here Comes the Tide” on Wednesday, April 18, and “Junky Monkey/Jumpy Warms Up” on Friday, April 20.

Online and Mobile Resources for Families

KLRU and PBS KIDS are increasingly serving children wherever they live, learn, and play – online, on mobile devices, on TV, and in the classroom. Kids can continue their environmental exploration online at PBSKIDS.org/outdoors to find environmental and outdoor themed games, activities and videos and on mobile through the PBS KIDS Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

PBS Parents will provide resources for parents to explore the outdoors with their own families on PBSParents.org/outdoors. The site will provide activities from the on-air episodes, listings for PBS KIDS”Day in the Park” events, and ideas and resources that Central Texas families can use to explore the outdoors any time.

Chris Isaak live in Studio 6A to premiere his Beyond the Sun special!

On February 13, Chris Isaak brought the house down at ACL Live at the Moody Theater with his Beyond the Sun tour featuring the classic rock ’n roll that inspired his own musical career. In case you weren’t one of the lucky ones in the venue that night, there’s no need to worry: We filmed it and will air the special on Monday evening at 7pm!

Even better, we’ll be coming to you live from KLRU Studio 6A with Chris Isaak to talk about this tour and what makes him come back again and again to create memorable music on public television.

This is not only a special evening because of Chris Isaak’s concert, but it’s also an important night for KLRU. We’ll be sharing the Chris Isaak Beyond the Sun special with public television stations all over the country to help them showcase the quality music that can only be found on public television. From concert specials like this to the music on Great Performances and American Masters, PBS gives audiences the best seats in the house to the best concerts week after week. We’re so thrilled to be able to share Chris Isaak’s incredible concert with other cities, communities and families.

We hope you’ll tune in on Monday night to support your public television station and to rock out with Chris Isaak! And if you haven’t already supported KLRU during our March pledge drive, you’ll want to call in with your donation on Monday – we have the DVD of his Beyond the Sun concert as well as his exclusive 2-CD Beyond the Sun album as thank you gifts!

Because this is such a special evening for KLRU, we want to look our best! Wardrobe provided by 81Poppies.com.

Science Night 3/28

Nature “Ocean Giants: Giant Lives” at 7 pm
The great whales such as the blue and the bowhead are the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet. Yet these mighty leviathans feed on tiny shrimp and sardines. “Giant Lives” discovers why size matters in the world of whales.

Nova “Cracking Your Genetic Code” at 8 pm
What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA — all three billion chemical letters of it — read, stored and available for analysis? As NOVA reveals in “Bioethics” we stand on the verge of a revolution in medicine, the first effects of which are already upon us. We meet cancer patients returned to robust health and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily, because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities underlying their conditions. But we also meet ethicists convinced we need to consider the moral dilemmas raised by the new technology. Will it help or hurt us to know that we are likely to come down with a serious disease? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers, prospective mates? Should parents be allowed to select embryos with specific characteristics? Both ominous and promising, the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is one thing for certain: it’s relevant to everyone. Because soon you will be deciding whether to join the ranks of those who know what their genes reveal.

Quest For The Lost Maya at 9 pm
This program explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Penisula of southern Mexico. The film surveys their dramatic rise to prominence in the “preclassic era” of the Maya (800-700BC) as well as new evidence of the collapse of their civilization in the 800-900s AD.

In the Studio: Chris Isaak tapes Overheard 3/27

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Chris Isaak
DATE: March 27
TIME: 11:45 am (Doors open at 11 am)
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Isaak has built successful careers as both a musician and an actor, performing for more than 25 years. His most recent album, Beyond the Sun, pays tribute to a lifelong obsession: the artists and music of Sun Studios in Memphis. He’s in town to tape a national pledge special for PBS.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to ask your own question after the interview.

In the Studio: Seymour Hersh tapes Overheard 3/21

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Seymour Hersh
DATE: March 21
TIME: 10:15 a.m. (Doors open at 9:30 am)
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Hersh is well-known for a long career reporting about national security and the military. He broke the story of the My Lai massacre in 1969, and in 2004 was the first to report about the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Hersh’s work has been honored with a Pulitzer, five Polk awards and two National Magazine Awards. He’s recently written about Iran and talk of its nuclear program, and he’s sure to have a fascinating perspective on the latest news from around the world. If you have an interest in journalism, politics or current events, this one’s for you.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in- depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to ask your own question after the interview.

Postcards from Buster | Beyond Broadcast

Buster travels to Egypt in one of three all-new international adventures Postcards from Buster has great new online resources! The just released international episodes – Chile and India – are now available to watch online, along with Buster’s previous trips to China, Italy, and Egypt. The Postcards from Buster website has also been updated with educational resources and a new web game called “Buster’s International Game Show” (or the “BIG Show,” for short).

Educational Materials
There’s a new Teacher’s Guide for the Postcards from Buster international specials. Designed especially for third graders, the activities in the Teacher’s Guide work side-by-side with the episodes now available online. View the guide here.

Web Game
Buster and Arthur fans, look at the new interactive and educational web game “Buster’s International Game Show.” Hosted by Buster himself and loaded with over 400 questions, it is designed to teach AND quiz kids about food, religion, pastimes, the Arts, history, daily life, and more! Test your skills on the Postcards from Buster website.