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.

Special PBS KIDS Episodes: May 2013

Arthur Starts Monday, May 6th: ALL NEW WEEK

ARTHUR kicks off its spring season on Monday, May 6 with a week of all-new episodes, including two devoted to the issue of bullying — “The Last Tough Customer” and “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh.” Preview a clip from the “The Last Tough Customer” here: http://bit.ly/16mNCMT And here are some resources to help you talk to your kids/students about the issue of bullying: http://to.pbs.org/ZZqUob

Several PBS KIDS series have episodes themed to Mother’s Day on Friday, May 10th and Sunday, May 12th.

The week of May 20-24, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD features a “Playdate Week” with five episodes including playdates with O the Owl, Prince Wednesday, Miss Elaina, and Katerina Kittycat, with premieres of three episodes May 20, 21 and 22.

This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “Legendary White Stallions” focusing on the bond between the horses and their caregivers.

The 2013 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE will be airing Friday, May 24 at 1 pm.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live, Sunday, May 26 at 7pm,  from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.

Daniel Tigers Neighborhood

May 2013: NATURE “Legendary White Stallions”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “Legendary White Stallions” focusing on the bond between the horses and their caregivers.

Airs Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 pm
repeats: Thursday, May 2nd at 3:00 am; Friday, May 3rd at 3:00 am;
Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 am; Sunday, May 5th at 6:00 pm

This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Their carefully choreographed movements were originally developed for the training of war horses; only the strongest and most athletic horses qualified. The Lipizzaner stallion is bred for its courage, strength and character, but the horse is also gentle, sensitive, and exceptionally responsive to praise.