Daniel Tiger’s Neighbor Day

We’re adding a new meaning to Labor Day for preschoolers: Neighbor Day.  In what we hope will become an annual event, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD will present “Neighbor Day,” a premiere episode, on Monday, September 2 at 10am.  In this full half-hour special episode, Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly – and that one kind act can lead to many more.

A new game, “Tea Party,” is now available online. In this new game, children help Daniel set up and play tea party with his friends. The game helps kids practice important skills, such as taking turns and thinking about the needs of others.

September 2013 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In September 2013, two new series premiere that are incredible family viewing opportunities and historic moments for PBS. Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation, explores the world’s birds. Latino Americans is an epic history series just in time for Latino Heritage Month. Finally, NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword,” features the feared Ulfberht sword.

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays at 7 pm, starting September 4

This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. It employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view. This six-part series concludes on October 9th.

Latino Americans (3-part, six-hour series)
Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm
starting September 17 – October 1
(Series repeats on Sundays at 1:30 pm)
Latino Americans is an epic history series narrated by Benjamin Bratt that chronicles the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1500 to the 21st century.  Through its people, politics and culture, Latino Americans tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today.  The series utilizes the accounts of historical figures and events as well as present-day interviews with nearly 100 Latinos—from best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and pop cultural celebrities to political leaders and everyday people, as well as historians and other experts.

NOVA #3913 “Secrets of the Viking Sword”
Wednesday, September 25 at 8 pm (encore presentation)
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.

 

August 2013 Family Choice

This month’s Family Choice programs are: 1) NATURE “Outback Pelicans,” a phenomenon that happens once every 10 years; 2) NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner,” is a quest to clean up with green materials.

NATURE “Outback Pelicans”
Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm
repeats: Thursday, August 15 at 3 am; Friday, August 16 at 3 am; Sunday, August 18 at 2 am.
The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans — a third of all the pelicans in Australia — arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.

NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner”
Wednesday, August 28 at 8 pm
repeats: Thursday, August 29 at 1 & 4 am;  Friday, August 30 at 3 am; Sunday, September 1 at 3 am & 4 pm.
Host David Pogue is on a quest to clean up, using new green materials to build and power the devices of the future. Batteries grown from viruses, plastics made of sugar and solar cells that cook up hydrogen are just the beginning of a new generation of clean materials.

July 2013 Family Choice

This month’s Family Choice programs are: 1) STATUE OF LIBERTY, the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty; 2) NATURE “Elsa’s Legacy,” a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife”; 3) NATURE “Siberian Tiger Quest,” where Chris Morgan attempts to find a Siberian tiger.

STATUE OF LIBERTY
Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Wednesday, July 3 at 3 a.m.
This 1985 Ken Burns film chronicles the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty and what it represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument–from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication–and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

NATURE #2806 “Elsa’s Legacy”
Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Thursday, July 18 at 3 a.m.; Friday, July 19 at 3 a.m.;
Sunday, July 21 at 2 a.m. & 6 p.m.
“Born Free” – a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife, marked its 50th anniversary of the publication in 2010. 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?

NATURE #3001 “Siberian Tiger Quest”
Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Thursday, July 25 at 3 a.m.; Friday, July 26 at 3 a.m.;
Sunday, July 28 at 2 a.m.
Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. To help him, Morgan turns to Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild.

August Summer Literacy

This is the final two Summer Literacy Theme Weeks where PBS KIDS address the “summer slide” that helps kids build and retain literacy skills. Kids and parents can visit pbskids.org/read for fun literacy-based games.

Remember there is a free PBS KIDS episode available for download every week on the PBS KIDS Raising Readers page on iTunes.

Summer Literacy August Theme Weeks:

  • July 29-August 2: ARTHUR offers a “Sports Week.”
  • August 5-9WORDGIRL presents “What’s Up with WordGirl Week,” with five brand-new episodes kicking off WORDGIRL’s sixth season.
  • August 19-23: WILD KRATTS presents “Reptile Week,” with four new reptile-based episode premieres.

Check out the PBS KIDS Summer Literacy Project!

June 2013 Family Choice

Annie

This summer, KLRU is choosing three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice programs are: NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air, revealing their stunning abilities; THE DAYTRIPPER: Georgetown, exploring Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas.”; ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage, offering an exclusive, behind-the-curtain look at what it takes to put on a major Broadway production and a companion website: pbs.org/annie

NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Airs: Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Friday, June 14 at 3 a.m. & Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

Hummingbirds represent one of nature’s most interesting paradoxes — they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world.

THE DAYTRIPPER: Georgetown
Airs: Thursday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m.
repeats: Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. & Wednesday, June 26 at 5 a.m.

Chet explores Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas.” He also walks on a high wire, dives in a swimming hole, and eats modern Mexican at a local establishment.

ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage
Airs: Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m.
repeats: Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

The documentary film follows the development of a single production number in the musical: the tuneful and rhythmic “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” defiantly belted out by the orphans. From the earliest discussions among the set and costume designers, through the casting process, into choreography and vocal rehearsals, onto the stage, and finally, into performance, the program follows the young cast’s journey to Opening Night. ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage will show audiences that actors are only one part of a complex whole when it comes to a major Broadway production.

Viewers will be introduced to the work of the talented creative professionals who impact, shape, and contribute to the final production. Broadway veterans — Tony Award winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights), Tony Award winning costume designer Susan Hilferty (Wicked, Spring Awakening, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), and set designer David Korins (Chinglish, Godspell, An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, Motown) — reveal their creative process as they work to prepare the young actors, most of them making their Broadway debuts. Additional interviewees include James Lapine (director), Martin Charnin (lyricist), Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music), and pre-teen actors Tyrah Odoms, Emily Rosenfeld, and Jaidyn Young, among others. Of an ensemble cast recruited from all across America, the pint-sized Emily Rosenfeld – the orphan Molly – is the documentary’s standout star, leaping off the screen with her infectious enthusiasm, singing and dancing chops, and outsized 9-year-old charm.

The comprehensive accompanying Web site features quizzes, historical games, audio presentations, and video interviews with the Broadway production team, giving kids and families everywhere an opportunity to explore the world of the musical. The Web site sets a new standard for educational outreach in support of a Broadway production, and provides an innovative model for re-imagining the way children and their families relate to live theatre, whether on Broadway, on tour, or in their local high school auditorium.