December 2013 Family Choice

Normally, KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In December 2013, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities for the holidays — be sure to check in for holiday programming without the holiday commercials!

Sunday 12/1
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs at 8 pm.

Monday 12/2:
Daniel Tiger NeighborhoodA Snowy Day” airs at 10 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood ”A Snowy Day” airs at 1 pm.

Thursday 12/5:
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs at 12:30 pm.

Saturday 12/7:
Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts Of Christmas Eve airs at 8:10 pm.

Monday 12/9:
Curious George: ”A Very Monkey Christmas” airs at 8 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Tinsel & Trains“ airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Tuesday 12/10:
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! ”Reindeer Games“ airs at 8:30 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 9:30 am.

Super Why! ”’Twas the Night Before Christmas“ airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & FriendsSnow Stops Play” airs at 11:30 am.

Arthur’s “Perfect Christmas” airs at 3:30 pm

Wednesday 12/11:
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ”Snowflake Day“ airs at 10:00 am.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 2:00 pm.

WordGirl ”Oh, Holiday Cheese!“ airs at 4:00 pm.

Thursday 12/12:
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 7:00 am

Super Why!The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Fun in the Snow” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ”The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Wild Kratts “Snow Runners” airs at 4:30 pm.

Friday 12/13:
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs at 8:00 am.

Super Why! ’twas The Night Before Christmas airs at 10:30 pm.

Thomas & Friends ”Tinsel & Trains” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ’twas The Night Before Christmas airs at 1:30 pm.

Saturday 12/14:
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps Angelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 5:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Fun in the Snow” airs at 8 am.

Biscuit Brothers Holiday Specials airs at 9:30 am.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas airs at 10 am.

Sunday, 12/15:
Angelina Ballerina: The Next StepsAngelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 6:30 am.

Tuesday, 12/17:
Thomas & FriendsWinter Surprise” airs at 11:30 am.

Wednesday, 12/18:
Super Why! 
’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & FriendsLet It Snow” airs at 11:30 am.

Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps ”Angelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 12:30 pm.

Super Why!  ”’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 1:30 pm.

Thursday 12/19:
Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights airs at 11:30 am.

Christmas At Luther: Tidings Of Comfort And Joy airs at 8 pm.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 airs at 9 pm.

Southern Celtic Christmas Concert airs at 10 pm.

Friday 12/20:
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 
Reindeer Games / Along Came A Spider” airs at 8:30 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Don’s Winter Wish / Festival Of Lights“ airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Snow Stops Play” airs at 11:30 am.

Christmas At Belmont airs at 9 pm.

For Christmas Week 
Saturday 12/21:
Wordworld 
The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present For Dog” airs at 6 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights” airs at 8 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 8:30 am.

Biscuit Brothers Holiday Specials ”Merry Musical Christmas“ airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights airs at 11:30 am.

Craft In America ”Holiday“ airs at 4:30 pm.

Monday 12/23:
Dinosaur Train ”Don’s Winter Wish / Festival Of Lights” airs at 9:30 am.

Wordworld ”The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present For Dog“ airs at 12:30 pm.

Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir airs at 8 pm.

St. Thomas Christmas: All Is Well 2013

Tuesday 12/24:
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 7:00 am.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs at 8:00 am.

Super Why! ”’twas The Night Before Christmas“ airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Let It Snow” at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ”’twas The Night Before Christmas“ airs at 1:30 pm.

Wednesday 12/25:
Curious George: ”A Very Monkey Christmas“ airs at 8:00 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 9:30 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ”Snowflake Day airs at 10:00 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Tinsel & Trains“airs at 11:30 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ”Snowflake Day airs at 1:00 pm.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 2:00 pm.

Curious George: ”A Very Monkey Christmas“ airs at 3:00 pm.

WordGirl ”Oh, Holiday Cheese!“ airs at 4:00 pm.

November 2013 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In November 2013, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities by continuing the new series The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross which features a full look at African American history in a compelling six-part series and premiering NATURE’s “Parrot Confidential” about the thousands of parrots in need of rescue. Finally, a special night of NATURE programs themed to Thanksgiving Eve: turkeys, ducks, and deer with “My Life as a Turkey,” “An Original DUCKumentary,” and “The Private Life of Deer.” 

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross
Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 7pm
(series repeats Sundays at 2:30pm)
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day — when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.

NATURE’S “Parrot Confidential”
Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world’s most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Hard wired for the wild, their ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rain forest, not the suburbs. Add a lifespan of 50 plus years to their intense need to bond and a life in captivity often ends in disaster. With shelters and sanctuaries bursting at the seams, too many birds like Lou have no place to go.

NATURE’s Thanksgiving Eve broadcast
Wednesday, November 27, from 7-10pm

“My Life as a Turkey” at 7pm
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book, “Illumination in the Flatlands.”
“An Original DUCKumentary” at 8pm
Ducks fly through the air on short stubby wings — traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. There are some 150 species of them, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. “The Private Life of Deer” at 9pm
From coast to coast, some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. Deer are the most highly studied mammals in the world, but does the typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year? Enter the hidden world of white-tailed deer outfitted with night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

October 2013 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In October 2013, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities by continuing the new series Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation, which explores the world’s birds and broadcasting Vamos al Balle featuring Mexican American musicians performing in front of a live audience. Finally, The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross features a full look at African American history in a compelling six-part series.

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays, October 2 & 9 at 7 pm 

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. The last two episodes take you to Asia and Australia and give you the behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made.

Vamos al Balle
Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm
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.

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross (six-part series)
Tuesdays, beginning October 22 at 7pm
(series repeats Sundays at 2:30pm)
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day — when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. This six-part series concludes on November 26th.

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.

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.

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.

April 2013: NATURE “Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves” documenting the clash of these two predators for the control of the food supply in Yellowstone.

Airs Wednesday, April 10th at 7 pm
repeats: Thursday, April 11th at 3:00 am; Friday, April 12th at 3:00 am,
Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 am & 6 pm;

What happens when two great predators come face to face in Yellowstone? The grizzly and the wolf — they couldn’t be more different. The bear is a loner, ranging far and wide in search of a rich variety of resources. The wolf hunts to survive and finds its strength in speed and teamwork. Their strategies have taken them to the very top of Yellowstone, and it’s no simple matter when they meet. In every encounter, the opposition must be measured, strengths must be tested, and risks must be carefully weighed. Each time, one of them will have a tactical advantage — but which one, and when? What emerges as each remarkable scene unfolds, is the keen awareness that runs through all of Yellowstone. Elk and eagle, coyote and raven, otter and owl, every creature must assess, decide, and act — to fight or to flee? It’s all in knowing your own strengths and limitations in the heat of the moment in Yellowstone.

March 2013: NATURE “The Loneliest Animals”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “The Loneliest Animals” where it chronicles the attempt to breed and sustain the most endangered species.

Airs Wednesday, March 20, at 7 pm
repeats: Friday, March 22, at 3 am and Sunday, March 24, at 6 pm

The loneliest animals are the most endangered species on the planet. Collected and protected by dedicated scientists, these animals represent the end of the line for their species. In many cases, intensive captive breeding programs have been launched with the aim of sustaining these animals and the hope of returning them to the wild. Viewers will be taken into high-security, high-tech labs where scientists attempt to breed new generations and into the field to discover what forces have led to the demise of entire species. Featured animals include Yangtze turtles under 24-hour surveillance; a baby Sumatran rhino; a special collection of lemurs; the Spix’s macaw, a bird declared extinct in the wild in 2000; and “Lonesome George,” a giant tortoise from the Galapagos, who is the last of his kind.