September 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 pmNOVA encores “Ghosts of Machu Picchu.” Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. This program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 when Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham and continues to the present.

Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 pm: We have a special live event live from Baltimore’s harbor to mark the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem as GREAT PERFORMANCES presents “Star Spangled Spectacular: The Bicentennial of our National Anthem.”

Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm:  The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities in the entertainment and communications industries.

August 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In August 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, August 6, 7pm: The My Wild Affair series continues in August with “The Seal Who Came Home.” The true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness. The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter, but staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to make the 200-mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge, including, at the end, Andre’s blindness.

Wednesday, August 13, 7pm: NATURE’s Snow Monkeys. We are bringing this very popular episode back in the heat of summer to give us all a break and remind us that the cold weather brings challenges, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 7pm: My Wild Affair wraps up with an overview of the extraordinary stories and connections between undomesticated animals and human beings.

July 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In July 2014, we will have some amazing family viewing opportunities beginning with A CAPITOL FOURTH celebrating our nation’s independence. The rest of the month is filled with a new four-part series, MY WILD AFFAIR, where each episode focuses on a unique human-animal bond.

A CAPITOL FOURTH
Friday, July 4 at 7:00 pm & repeats at 8:30 pm
A CAPITOL FOURTH is the nation’s premiere birthday party and a gala salute to our country’s freedom and independence. The show has become a national tradition and in 2013, A CAPITOL FOURTH was among PBS’s top rated shows, reaching over 9.6 million viewers with a 3.9 national Nielsen rating. A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes back “Dancing With the Stars” personality Tom Bergeron to host, joined by the first talent announcement, Kendall Schmidt of the boy bands Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, plus an all-star lineup of performing artists with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.  Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 20 at 5:30pm)
This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha the baby elephant orphan and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne has to leave Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. In those days, Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat leading to her death. Though heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learnt from Aisha’s short life to help her save over 150 orphans over the next forty years. 

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went to College
Premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 27 at 5:30pm)
The incredible story of Chantek, the orang-utan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orang-utan person.”

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
(repeats Sunday, August 3 at 5:30pm)
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, ‘Rupert’ the orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. The rhino captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years on, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Seal Who Came Home
Premieres Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, August 10 at 5:30pm)
Andre, the Seal Who Came Home, is the true story of a 2 day old wild harbour seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to give up his wildness.  The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter. But staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to be able to make the 200 mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre’s blindness.

June 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In June 2014, we will have some great family viewing opportunities beginning with NOVA “Earth From Space” where it reveals a space-based vision of our planet. In the middle of the month is Nature “Great Zebra Exodus” where it follows their ancient migration, and join Sir Attenborough as he explores the weird world of frogs in Nature “Fabulous Frogs.”

NOVA “Earth From Space”
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00 pm. (2 hours)
This film reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun’s heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

Nature “Great Zebra Exodus”
Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm
When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana’s Kalahari each year, 20,000 zebras begin an ancient journey, as southern Africa’s biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds make their epic trek across the vast otherworldly landscape of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans, through prides of lions, and past families of meerkats, taking on the desert salt pans in their own way. The story of this spectacular annual migration is told through the eyes of zebra stallions, their mares, and their young, revealing the trials and triumphs and the fascinating social bonds that hold zebra families together.

Nature “Fabulous Frogs”
Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm
Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology. Frogs from around the world are used to demonstrate the wide variety of frog anatomy, appearance and behavior. Their amazing adaptations and survival techniques have made them the most successful of all amphibians.

May 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To the Dance) highlighting stellar Mexican-American musicians. In the middle of the month is Nature “Leave It To Beavers” where the viewer will see this rodent in a new role, and honoring our men and women in uniform through the National Memorial Day Concert.

Vamos Al Baile
Sunday, May 4th at 3pm
A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience. Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests. Interspersed with interviews, Vamos al Baile (Let’s go to the Dance) captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.

Nature “Leave It To Beavers”
Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25th at 7pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. They are joined by an all-star line-up in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Featuring a unique blend of uplifting musical performances and dramatic readings, the program airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Mantegna and Sinise, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting the troops in active service, are co-hosting for the ninth consecutive year.

 

Austin’s Julie Hildebrand Selected As A Lead 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Shannon Hildebrand

The wait is over! KLRU-TV is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Julie Hildebrand of Austin has been selected as one of the top 16 “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” as part of the Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.

As a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand will work with a group of like-minded peers to develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms. They will serve as thought leaders within the larger group of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators in paving the way in innovation and creative thinking over the course of the 2014-2015 school year by empowering their peers and sharing strategies around digital media integration; serving as PBS LearningMedia ambassadors that embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and making up a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum, and attend the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit this summer at PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!

We could not be more proud to represent Julie Hildebrand and launch a year-long partnership to drive innovation in our local classrooms, as well as classrooms across the country. We look forward to sharing more information about how we will be celebrating this exciting achievement and for updates on Julie Hildebrand’s impact as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. In the meantime, learn more about our rock star educator and the entire Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators here: http://ow.ly/uXbhe!

 

April 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with NATURE “My Bionic Pet,” exploring innovative animal interventions. In the middle of the month is The Address: A Film by Ken Burns seeing history through the eyes of students, and at the end of the month, observe family dynamics in NATURE “Snow Monkeys”.

PBS has announced the launch of its new “Think Wednesday” primetime line-up: television’s best nature, science and technology programming, including new episodes of acclaimed series NATURE and NOVA in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours respectively, and new specials debuting at 10 p.m. The “Think Wednesday” lineup premieres Wednesday, April 9, with new episodes of NOVA and NATURE and the premiere of YOUR INNER FISH at 10 p.m.

NATURE “My Bionic Pet”
Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

THE ADDRESS: A Film by Ken Burns
Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm
Ken Burns’s THE ADDRESS tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

NATURE “Snow Monkeys”
Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

March 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In March 2014, we will have some amazing family viewing opportunities beginning with NATURE “Ireland’s Wild River,” documenting the Shannon. In the middle of the month is NATURE “Frogs: The Thin Green Line” and at the end of the month with a double-billing of Jazz and the Philharmonic and Becoming an Artist.

NATURE “IRELAND’S WILD RIVER”
Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

NATURE “FROGS: THE THIN GREEN LINE”
Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm (encore)
It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal. Large-scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those they can.

JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC
Sunday, March 30 at 3:00 pm
A superstar roster of award-winning jazz and classical musicians and ensembles, as well as emerging artists and rising stars, come together for an unprecedented concert at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida.

BECOMING AN ARTIST
Sunday, March 30 at 4:30 pmThis program follows young artists from diverse backgrounds and distant regions as they apply to the Young Arts program, come together to share their work, create new pieces and consider what a life in the arts might entail. (This program serves as a companion piece to “Jazz and the Philharmonic” by providing background and context for the careers of many of the concert’s performers, whose talents Young Arts recognized and nurtured early on.)

100th Day of School Celebration

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, hosted a Peg + Cat-themed special event at Uphaus EC Center, Perez Elementary and Widen Elementary on February 5 and February 10, 2014. Through this initiative, KLRU awarded each campus a media lab that included an assortment of educational materials, games, activities, a Kindle Fire to access PBS digital content on, and a PEG + CAT hop-scotch rug. The multimedia content includes video clips, digital and hands-on games and activities, and tools to connect home and school. These resources are available at pbskids.org/learn. In all, over 355 children and 32 adults participated.

These three Dove Springs public school campuses were selected in part because the Onion Creek floods of this winter had affected them and their families. Each campus dedicated time in the library and in the classroom for their 1st grade or Kindergarten classes to rotate through a series of centers themed around the number 100 — jumping 100 times using hula hoops, making bracelets by counting beads by groups of 10, playing a Peg + Cat pizza game, playing the Peg + Cat app, watch Peg + Cat video clips. Each child was also able to share with their family more fun activities by taking home the Peg + Cat activity sheet. All campuses were delighted with the 100th Day Celebration and plan on scheduling it again next school year!

Este año para el Centésimo Día Escolar, KLRU-TV celebro con el Centro de Uphaus, Perez Elementary, y Widen Elementary este pasado 5 y 10 de febrero. A través de este iniciativo, las escuelas participantes recibieron materiales educativos incluyendo juegos, actividades, un Kindle Fire con acceso a recursos digitales de PBS, y una alfombra de la rayuela. Los recursos digitales incluyeron videos, juegos digitales, y otras actividades para conectar el enseñamiento de matemáticas entre el salón y en casa. Estos recursos están disponibles en pbskids.org/learn. Al final se contaron mas de 355 estudiantes y 32 adultos que participaron.

Estas escuelas en el vecindario de Dove Springs fueron seleccionadas en parte por las inundaciones de Onion Creek, que afectaron a los estudiantes y a sus familias. Cada escuela dedico tiempo en la biblioteca y en el salón para los estudiantes del kínder y primer año. Los estudiantes participaron en actividades sobre el numero 100 – brincando 100 veces, construyendo una pulsera de abalorios y contando por 10, participando en un juego de Peg + Cat, usando la aplicación de Peg + Cat para iPad, viendo unos episodios de Peg + Cat, y leyendo juntos. Cada estudiante también se llevo información para seguir aprendiendo sobre el numero 100 con su familia en casa. Las escuelas disfrutaron del Centésimo Día Escolar y planean a celebrar de nuevo al próximo año!

February 2014 Family Choice

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KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together but February 2014 is Black History Month and to celebrate, we will broadcast a lineup of 18 programs and events honoring and exploring African American culture.

Click on the link below to delve into rich African American Heritage resources including local stories on civil rights, desegregation and more.

http://www.klru.org/blog/2014/01/black-history-on-klru/