December 2012: Holiday Programs

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is a selection of holiday programs for the family to enjoy watching together.

DECEMBER:
Saturday, December 1st

9:30 am — Biscuit Brothers #102
10 am — Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Monday, December 3rd
8 am — Curious George’s #701 (repeats 2:30 pm) new season 7 episode
9 am — Shalom Sesame – Chanukah:  The Missing Menorah

Tuesday, December 4th
8 am — Curious George’s #702 new season 7 episode (repeats 2:30 pm)

Friday, December 5th
8 am — Curious George’s #703 (repeats 2:30 pm) new season 7 episode
12 noon — Shalom Sesame – Chanukah:  The Missing Menorah

Friday, December 7th
9:30 amDinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers

Monday, December 10th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #221 premieres

Tuesday, December 11th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #222 premieres

Wednesday, December 12th
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #223 premieres
12 noon — Clifford’s Puppy Days

Thursday, December 13th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #224 premieres

Friday, December 14th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
11:30 am — Barney & Friends #1119Gift of the Dinos and a Visit to Santa

Saturday, December 15th
9 am — Clifford’s Really Big Movie TV debut

Sunday, December 16th
10 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Monday, December 17th
11 am -– Wordworld #125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog

Tuesday, December 18th
9:30 am Dinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
10:30 am — Sid the Science Kid #133 Sid’s Holiday Adventure

Wednesday, December 19th
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese
7 pm — Nature “Christmas at Yellowstone”

Thursday, December 20th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
9 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
10 pm — National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

Friday, December 21st
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
11 am — Wordworld #125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog

Saturday, December 22nd
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
2 pmChristmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Sunday, December 23rd
2 pm — National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012
3 pm — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
5 pm — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
10 pm — Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Monday, December 24th
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
9:30 am Dinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese
8 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
9 pm — Christmas at Belmont
10 pm — Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing

Tuesday, December 25th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
10:30 am — Sid the Science Kid #133 Sid’s Holiday Adventure
11 am — Wordworld #125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog
11:30 am — Barney & Friends #1119 Gift of the Dinos and a Visit to Santa
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese

Wednesday, December 26th
9 am — Super Why! #121 The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Saturday, December 29th
9 am — Super Why! #121 The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Monday, December 31st
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #510 Hello New Year, Goodbye Moon

November 2012: NATURE "An Original Duckumentary"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Nature #3004 “An Original Duckumentary,” follows a wood duck family.

NATURE #3004 “An Original Duckumentary”
Wednesday, November 14, 7-8 p.m.

Repeats
Thursday, November 15, 3-4 a.m.
Friday, November 16, 2-3 a.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2-3 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.

 

Working with “Hummingbirds” producer Ann Prum, NATURE features another popular, beautiful and fascinating bird – the duck. The story follows a wood duck family and discovers how a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. But our stars are just one of some 150 species of ducks. They come in all shapes and sizes and abilities – some are dabblers popping in and out of the surface of a glass lake and others swim with powerful webbed feet underwater. They fly through the air on short, stubby wings, traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive.

Ducks are ancient creatures.  True originals, ducks practice habitual lifestyles that have been essential to their evolutionary success for millions of years.  There are more than 120 different species of ducks—many with delightful names like “Buffleheads,” “Shovelers,” and “Woodies” that embody their charming personalities and curious mannerisms.  Despite the glorious display of their iridescent feathers, these webbed-footed waterfowl maintain a reputation for being clumsy and awkward.  But in reality they are surprisingly athletic birds; some have been clocked flying almost 100 mph, allowing them to outpace eagles and hawks.  Ducks have an uncanny knack for survival, and their exuberant behavior never ceases to entertain.  Take to the skies with a flock of green-winged Teal. Watch Wood ducks raise a family. Learn why Goldeneyes head north in the winter.  Each bird is unique, full of surprises, and will leave you eager to learn more.

October 2012: Daytripper: Kemah, TX

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Daytripper, explores the Texas town of Kemah.

Daytripper #401 “Kemah, TX”
Thursday, October 11, 7:30-8pm

Repeats:
Saturday October 13, 10-10:30am
Wednesday, October 17, 5-5:30am

Chet heads to Bay Area Houston to visit NASA, eat a hoagie and fried shrimp, go birding on Armand Bayou, and visit the Kemah Boardwalk.

September 2012: Mariachi High

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Mariachi High, takes you on the road with a South Texas high school Mariachi band. Get details about a special screening of Mariachi High on Sept. 13

Mariachi High
Sunday, September 16, 2-3 p.m.


Repeats
:
Thursday, September 20, 9-10 p.m.
Friday, September 21, 9-10 p.m.

This documentary presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet.

Read the comments from the press and praise from viewers like you!

August 2012: Nature “Frogs: The Thin Green Line”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Nature #2610 “Frogs:  The Thin Green Line”, explores why frogs are disappearing around the world.

Nature #2610 “Frogs:  The Thin Green Line”
Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m.

Repeats:
Thursday, August 9th, 1-2 & 3-4 a.m.
Sunday, August 12th, 2-3 a.m.
Thursday, August 14th, 4-5 a.m.


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.

July 2012: P.O.V. "Up Heartbreak Hill"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, UP HEARTBREAK HILL, explores the lives of Native American teens.

P.O.V. “Up Heartbreak Hill
Sunday, July 29, 5-6 p.m.

Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

June 2012: Mariachi High

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, MARIACHI HIGH, will give you a glimpse into the lives of a teen mariachi ensemble.

MARIACHI HIGH
Friday, June 29, 9-10 p.m.
Sunday, July 1, 3-4 p.m.

Mariachi High presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet.

May 2012: NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT 2012,  will unite the nation with an evening that has become an American tradition.

Jack Everly Concert

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
Sunday, May 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

repeats:
Sunday, May 27, 8:30-10 p.m.
Monday, May 28, 10:30 p.m.-midnight
Tuesday, May 29, 2:30-4a.m.

The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The top-rated show (#3 in PBS Primetime!) is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, to millions more at home and on the American Forces Network to troops serving around the world. The multi award-winning broadcast features an all-star line-up in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra and is co-hosted for the seventh time by Emmy Award- winner Gary Sinise and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting the troops in active service. The event has become the nation’s memorial service offering viewers a time to remember, to heal and bring the country together.

April 2012: Independent Lens "Being Elmo"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program INDEPENDENT LENS: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,  explores Kevin Clash’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process..

Watch Meet the Man Behind Elmo on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Thursday, April 5, 8-9:30 p.m.
repeats:
Friday, April 6, 1-2:30 a.m.
Monday, April 9, 8-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 3-4:30 a.m.

As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin Clash had very different aspirations from those of his classmates — he wanted to be a puppeteer, part of Jim Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of SESAME STREET. Combining archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores Clash’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others.

March 2012: NOVA "Dogs Decoded"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program NOVA “Dogs Decoded” researches the question “How smart are dogs, and what makes them such ideal companions?”

NOVA “Dogs Decoded”
Sunday, March 25th at 6:00 pm.
no repeat broadcasts

Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family and we feel that they can understand us in a way other animals cannot. Now, new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. What is surprising, however, is new research showing that humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? It’s all in the genes. “Dogs Decoded” investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs — with revealing implications for the evolution of human culture as well. NOVA also travels to Siberia, where the mystery of dogs’ domestication is being repeated — in foxes. A 50-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature, a tame fox with some surprising similarities to man’s best friend. This film reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species.