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.
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.
Sunday, September 16, 2-3 p.m.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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?”
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.
Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is: NATURE: Raccoon Nation where we learn that we might actually be making racoons smarter.
Nature’s “Raccoon Nation” Wednesday, February 8, 7pm
Friday, February 10, 4-5am
Sunday, February 12, 2-3am & 5-6pm
Are we, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to help explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.