PBS KIDS Rings in the Holiday Season with a Full Slate of Programming for the Whole Family

Shorter days and colder nights offer a good reason to cozy up with family to enjoy holiday favorites on PBS KIDS. Beginning this month and running through the end of the year, kids and families can celebrate the joy of the season with holiday-themed specials every weekend as part of Family Night, a special viewing destination on the KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. This includes the Primetime Emmy- and WGA Award-winning ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS, THE GRUFFALO and new holiday-themed episodes from READY JET GO!, SPLASH AND BUBBLES and CYBERCHASE. Holiday-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also air on PBS stations and stream on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app throughout December. For additional programs airing, check out klru.org/holiday

ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS
Premieres and streams November 22, 23, 24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night); December 4, 11-15, 18
A bedtime story for Elmo recalls a gloomy time when Sesame Street was devoid of holiday spirit until a distant relative brought tidings of comfort and joy to its residents.

THE GRUFFALO
Airs December 1-3 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
A cunning mouse goes for a walk through the forest and has to outwit a succession of predators.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS!
Airs December 8-10 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 12, 14, 16, 26
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

SPLASH AND BUBBLES: Whitebeard/Coral Day – NEW
Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Whitebeard” – Ripple is excited because, according to legend, tonight is the night that Whitebeard, a mysterious creature who lives at the North Pole, sails over Reeftown, singing his beautiful music. She tries to convince the other Reeftown friends to stay up and watch for him to appear.
“Coral Day” – It’s the holiday season in Reeftown as everyone gets ready for Coral Day, a celebration of the wonderful coral that makes up their home. Splash, new to Reeftown and its traditions, wonders what he can contribute to the festival.

PEG + CAT + HOLIDAYS
Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 26
“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.
“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and deliver them using 100 sleighs.
“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under” and “in between.”

READY JET GO!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace – NEW
Premieres and streams December 11, December 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 1” – Jet pitches an idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant, and not only is it accepted, he gets to direct it! He casts Sean, Sydney, Mindy and Sunspot as characters in the play and hires Mitchell Petersen to help him find this elusive thing called “Christmas Spirit.”
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 2” – Jet is looking for the Spirit of Christmas, something intangible that Sean and Sydney can’t quite define. Mitchell wants to belong to the group, but doesn’t know how to do it. Both kids get their answer in a heartfelt conclusion.

WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS
Airs December 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 25
In this one-hour special, it’s Christmastime and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. The Wild Kratts must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

CYBERCHASE: A REBOOT EVE TO REMEMBER – NEW
Premieres and streams December 29; 30-31 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
It’s almost Reboot Day – when all of Cyberspace celebrates a fresh start for the new year! It’s Delete’s favorite holiday, but Hacker is in a bad mood because he’s low on energy. Fortunately for Hacker, the blustery town of Bottawa has a powerful energy source he can steal. Unfortunately for Bottawa, this energy source raises the big ball at midnight on Reboot Eve, and the celebration is being broadcast live across Cyberspace! When Hacker goes through with his plan, Delete stays in Bottawa to join forces with the CyberSquad and save the holiday. Can they find a way to use Bottawa’s wind to raise the big ball by midnight? And will Hacker’s Reboot resolution bring Delete home?
Other new episodes include “Creech’s Creature Quandary” (December 26), “A Murky Mystery in Mermaidos” (Dec ember27) and “Plantasaurus!” (December 28).

CURIOUS GEORGE: A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS
Airs December 11, 15, 17, 25
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday programming on KLRU 2017

Great British Baking Show

KLRU presents special programing that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Rick Steves’ Special “European Christmas”
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 am and repeats on Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 pm; It Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm.
In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Friday, December 8 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Saturday, December 16 at 5:30pm
Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.

Great Performances “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm and repeats on Friday, December 22 at 8:00 pm.
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.

Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Specials
Sunday, December 17 and Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm
Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.

Great British Baking Show
Saturday, December 23 at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
In the first program, Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.  In the second program, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Monday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

November 7th marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Austin City Limits honors the milestone signing in the non-performer category this year. The landmark act was signed into law in November 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson who remarked at the time, “We want most of all to enrich man’s spirit. That is the purpose of this act.” The Act stipulates that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

The act was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October. The award accepted by Catherine Robb, Attorney, Former KLRU Board President and founder of the LBJ Future Forum and Amy Barbee, Executive Director of the LBJ Foundation.

The Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act 11/3

This Friday, November 3, The Library of Congress will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the act established public broadcasting as it is organized today and also authorized the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish and maintain a library and archives of non-commercial educational television and radio programs.

The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in D.C. at the Library and livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress

Here is the lineup:

1PM  –  Introductions and Welcoming Remarks
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH
Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, CPB
Sen. Ed Markey, AAPB adviser

1:15 PM  – Origins
Nicholas Johnson, FCC commissioner, 1966-73
Bill Siemering, NPR co-founder, creator of “All Things Considered”
Newton Minow, FCC chairman, 1961-63, via video
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser (moderator)

2:10 PM –  News and Public Affairs Talk Shows
Jim Lehrer, co-anchor, “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour”
Dick Cavett, host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1977-1982
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser
Hugo Morales, co-founder, Radio Bilingüe
Sharon Percy Rockefeller, CEO, WETA-TV
Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” (moderator)

3:10 PM – Documentaries: Style and the Use of Archives
David Fanning, creator, “FRONTLINE” Clayborne Carson, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Research and Education Institute; senior adviser, “Eyes on the Prize”
Stephen Gong, director, Center for Asian American Media
Margaret Drain, former executive producer of “American Experience”
Patricia Aufderheide, university professor of Communication Studies at American University (moderator)

4:10 PM –   Educational Uses of Public Broadcasting
Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator, “Sesame Street”
Paula Apsell, executive producer of “NOVA”
Kathryn Ostrofsky, instructor, Angelo State University, Department of History
Jennifer Lawson, founding chief programming executive, PBS (moderator)

Strange Town and more this Halloween on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has an evening of scary fun planned to help you celebrate Halloween. As the trick or treaters knock on your door you can be watching …

Birth Of The Living Dead at 7:59 pm
In 1968 George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla-style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend at 8:55 pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

Frankenstein & The Vampyre at 9:55 pm
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories and the night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 10:50 pm
A half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country. Going back in time the program introduces you to the people and places that existed in Peyton Colony also known as Freedman’s Colony, a settlement established by former slaves after the Civil war.

Strange Town  Bridge To The Other Side at 11:20 pm
Legend goes that a man was hung from the Moore’s Crossing bridge in Austin, TX. It is said that at Midnight you can see him hanging from the highest crossbeam, with the woman he loved watching from below. Strange Town visited the bridge and stayed late into the night to see for themselves whether or not this long standing tale holds any truth.

Strange Town Old Yoakum Hospital at 11:29 pm
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

Vietnam War documentary screening 10/4 at VFW Post #10427 in Leander

VFW Post #10427 and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS invite you to a screening of clips from the PBS documentary series THE VIETNAM WAR on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm.

VFW Post #10427 is in Leander at  8760 Ranch Road 2243, Leander TX 78641.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR,tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, andcontroversial events in American history as it has never before been told onfilm. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of thewar through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from allsides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well ascombatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Go to Strange Town for Halloween on KLRUQ

While documenting their paranormal adventures, Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey, to Strange Town. Watch episodes all month on KLRUQ!

Clay Pit
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
For years, paranormal stories have surfaced of a child and woman dwelling within the historic Bertram Building — now a popular Indian restaurant. Mark and Billy become the first investigative team to see if these claims are true.

Slice Of The Past / The Living Inn
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
This two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. STRANGE TOWN then investigates Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street. A once abandoned home turned modern day Bed & Breakfast, guests report mists, shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

Tremont House
Oct 10 at 9 pm; Oct 11 at 1 am
Now a luxury hotel in downtown Galveston, TX, the Tremont House once acted as a makeshift morgue during The Great Storm of 1900. Guests and staff have reported paranormal encounters for decades. Are the lingering spirits a result of this tragedy or are there other explanations to be uncovered?

The Lovelorn Lady
Oct 10 at 9:30; Oct 11 at 1:30 am
STRANGE TOWN takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Ghosts of Hotel Past
Oct 17 at 9:01 pm; Oct 18 at 1:01 am
STRANGE TOWN investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, TX, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls. It is said to now be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

Hay Legal Group
Oct 24 at 9 pm; Oct 25 at 1 am
A Victorian home in the Bremond Block of downtown Austin, TX has been plagued by the paranormal. A local law firm located in what was Pierre Bremond’s former home contact Mark and Billy to investigate and find answers as to who haunts their building. They capture some of their best evidence to date.

The Ward Home
Oct 24 at 9:30 pm; Oct 25 at 1:30 am
Mark and Billy travel to Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” to investigate a home built in the late 1800’s. Who keeps terrorizing the current residents? Are the original owners to blame?

Old Yoakum Hospital
Oct 31 at 11:29 pm; Nov 1 at 3:29 am
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

American Graduate: Angela De Hoyos Hart

Produced by the Pflugerville High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Angela De Hoyos Hart talks about the lasting impact her work as a mentor has had on both her students and her own life.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Karen Yokum

Produced by the Lanier Early College High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Karen Yokum talks about  her experience as a mentor.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Andy Roddick

Produced by Lanier High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Students, Andy Roddick talks about how mentors helped him on the path to success.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.