October 2011: Lords of the Gourd

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is: Lords of the Gourd: The Pursuit of Excellence.

Small child on a large pumpkin Sunday, October 30. 4-5 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.

The extreme gardeners who compete at the annual Cooperstown Weigh Off have one obsessive goal — to raise the biggest giant pumpkin in the world. These gurus of the gourd nurture their fruits through harsh weather, floods, animal attacks and even sabotage to produce glorious pumpkins of gigantic proportion. This program follows Joe Pukos and his fellow competitors through the final harrowing days of harvest and the journey across New York State with the bulging behemoths strapped into the backs of their pick-ups. Joe is a real contender — at least until last minute rumors circulate that another grower may be set to smash the world record.

Check out the only Giant Pumpkin Festival, “Floydada Punkin’ Days”  in Floyd County, Texas. http://www.floydadachamber.com/punkin.htm.

September 2011: Nature "Hummingbirds…"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is: NATURE “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air.”

NATURE “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air”
Sunday, September 25, from 7-8 p.m.
repeats:
Monday, September 26, from 2-3 a.m.
Tuesday, Sepember 27, from 4-5 a.m.
Wednesday, September 28, from 7-8 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, from 2-3 a.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. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

August 2011: Nature "Is That Skunk?"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is: NATURE “Is That Skunk?”

NATURE “Is That Skunk?”
Sunday, August 28, from 7-8 p.m.
(repeats,  Tuesday, August 30, from 4-5 a.m.)

We find them in the evening digging through our garbage, hiding under our houses, or walking through our yards, streets, and parks. Skunks seem perfectly adapted to life around us. But we are less comfortable around them, for fear of their potent spray. As we expand our urban areas, many skunks find themselves increasingly unwelcome neighbors. It seems everyone has their own skunk story. But what do we really know about these infamous black and white creatures?

Watch as a California town overrun with skunks deals with their furry problem, and see what life is like for an evolutionary biologist in New Mexico who runs one of the few sanctuaries for skunks. Meet a researcher on the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard who stalks her striped specimens at night, and a woman in Ohio who runs a shelter and adoption agency for abandoned pet skunks. Is That Skunk? paints a complete portrait of the misunderstood skunk family, Mephitidae, and the people who love them.

July 2011: NATURE “Oceans of Glass”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is: NATURE “Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”
Moon Jellyfish

Sunday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. and repeats Wed., July 13th at 7 p.m.

Because of its realistic presentations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world. Instead of exhibiting collections of animals, the aquarium presents entire habitats, virtual slices of ocean that include 30,000 animals and plants. But how does an aquarium work? What’s the science behind the magic?

Family Choice June 2011: Nature "Underdogs"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:
Nature “Underdogs”
Sunday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

Two pure-bred dogs are selected from animal shelters and adoption centers in
the U.S. and England — a Bearded Collie (sheep herding) and a Bloodhound (scent tracking). With the help of trainers, they are each taught to hone their skills as working dogs, then tested, to judge their success. By the end of the film each dog will have a new home.

May 2011: Secrets of the Dead "Silver Pharaoh"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:
Secrets of the Dead “Silver Pharaoh”
Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m.

The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures – even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn’t the world heard about it? What mysteries does it contain? And what does it reveal about ancient Egypt? The tomb was discovered filled with lavish jewels and treasure almost by accident in 1939 by the French archaeologist Pierre Montet while he was excavating in northern Egypt..The royal burial chamber came as a complete surprise no Egyptologist had anticipated a tomb of such grandeur in this area. Unfortunately, the tomb was found on the eve of World War II in Europe and attracted little attention. One of the most startling discoveries inside the tomb was the sarcophagus in which the body was held: It was made of silver with exquisite detail and craftsmanship. No other silver sarcophagus has ever been found and it is now recognized by many Egyptologists as one of the most exquisite artifacts of ancient Egypt ever to be found. The elaborate tribute within the tomb suggested it was the burial site of someone very important but as archaeologists, using the hieroglyphs inside the tomb, pieced together the identity of the pharaoh, they were left to wonder who Psuesennes I was and why he received such grand treatment. The investigation reveals political intrigue, a lost city and a leader who united a country in turmoil and became the Silver Pharaoh.

April 2011: "Backyard Butterflies" & "Backyard Bugs"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

butterflyBackyard Butterflies
Sunday, April 3rd at 6 p.m.

This program features fun facts about these delicate, spry creatures and demonstrates how to successfully create a garden that attracts them. Viewers also learn how to identify common butterflies, select favorite butterfly plants and how to catch and raise a butterfly indoors. Watch the life cycle crom caterpillar to butterfly to know hat’s eating your garden up. Along with ideas for a habitat-friendly garden, see how to catch a butterfly on your finger and raise a butte fly yourself for a close-up look at nature’s wonder. Marla Bean hosts .
Repeats
:
Sunday, April 17, 4:30-5 p.m.

Backyard Bugs
Sunday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Without a second thought, most people squash or spray all insects that fly, flit or stroll through their yards. However, BACKYARD BUGS, reveals why some bugs may actually be beneficial to have around. The 30-minute program steps out the backdoor to help you determine if a garden insect is friend or foe.

March 2011: Nature “Outback Pelicans”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

Nature “Outback Pelicans”
Sunday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Repeats:
Monday, March 28, 2-3 a.m.

February 2011: NOVA Science Now

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

How Smart Are Animals?
Wednesday, February 9, 7-8 p.m.

These brainy marine mammals can "read," plan ahead, and communicate in astounding ways.How well can we understand what’s going on in the brains of non-human animals? Do our pets – like dogs – have the same feelings we do? How smart are animals really?

Watch a preview. Visit the site.

Repeats:
Thursday, Feb. 10, 3-4 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, 2-3 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 4-5 a.m.

January Family Choice: Nature 1/9

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

Nature “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story”
Sunday, January 9, at 7 p.m.
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. 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?