WordGirl  will premiere five new episodes on KLRU, starting March 11 at 3:30 PM, as part of “(M)Arch Enemy Week,” during which WordGirl will fight against a variety of the series’ most popular – and fan favorite – villains. WordGirl’s adventures that week will include battles for word domination against such formidable villains as Big Left Hand Guy, InvisiBill, Granny May, Dr. Two Brains, and many others.

Monday, March 11, 3:30 pm
When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute?
Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare
While Chuck’s jail cell is being painted, he’s put under house arrest at the Botsfords’. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck than fighting the other villains.
Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy

Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 pm
After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again), so he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it’s up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal
Eileen won’t stop copying Becky ? and it’s driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky’s treasured crumpets) is ruined?
Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance

Wednesday, March 13, 3:30 pm
Scoops takes Becky, Bob and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. The team goes on a search when they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure – with The Butcher close behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob and Violet find the treasure and evade The Butcher in time for Scoops to meet his deadline?
Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline
TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans!
Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop

Thursday, March 14, 3:30 pm
Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the yearbook and find time to interact with the new, high tech Granny May?
Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption
The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl! A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone’s favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops and TJ to go to extremes to win ? ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library.
Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble

Friday, March 15, 3:30 pm
Dr. Two Brains is stealing the entire city’s milk and using it?with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster?to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It’s up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains, even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences.
Vocabulary Words: Feast, Consequences
Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition ? the family trial ? to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords’ to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains?
Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 2013

Writers Contest

KLRU announces the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest! Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning, the contest encourages children in grades K-3 to submit their own original illustrated stories.

How the Contest Works
Children in Central Texas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest either by mailing their entries to KLRU or uploading their stories to our website: klru.org/writerscontest. The upload window begins March 1, 2013. All entries must be postmarked or uploaded by April 6th. A panel of local judges will select local winners for each grade level by April 20th and award prizes including books, toys and gift cards with an announcement and celebration on Saturday, April 27.


Celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday

Planet Name Game

To mark Dr. Seuss’ birthday, on Friday, March 1, at 8:30 am & 2:00 pm, KLRU-TV will premiere two back to back episodes of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! “Rumbly Tumbly/Planet Name Game.” Nick, Sally, and the rest of the Seussian gang join the Cat as they embark on adventures great and small. From a super-shrunken trip into Thing One’s stomach to learn why our tummies rumble to an epic endeavor in search of the Top of the Sky, both episodes feature the show’s signature whimsy and scientific curiosity.


Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure

Four undersea stories packaged together into a one-hour special!

When Buddy and his family want to follow some friends on an undersea fishing trip, the conductor unveils a new invention – the Dinosaur Train Submarine! On its maiden voyage, Otto Ophthalmosaurus guides the sub deep into the ocean using his big eyes that can see in the dark. Then, the family meets Shoshana Shonisaurus, an enormous marine reptile that’s something between a dolphin and a whale, and Maisie Mosasaurus, a huge fast swimming lizard with flippers. Finally, the family watches small eggs hatch on the beach. Baby Archelon turtles emerge and start to swim away. The family follows them on their journey across the ocean where they will grow up to be giant-sized sea turtles!

  • Monday, February 18th at 9:30 AM & 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 23rd at 8:30 AM
  • Sunday, February 24th at 8:00 AM

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with KLRU Kids

Martha Speaks

All of PBS’s favorite characters are celebrating Valentine’s Day! Follow their heart-filled adventures on Thursday, Feb. 14!

Martha Speaks –  6:30 am & 5 pm
Martha And The Thief of Hearts
The gang decides to make homemade valentines for each other. But when everybody’s art supplies begin disappearing, their affectionate mood begins to fade. Can Martha solve the mystery of the stolen supplies?

Super Why! – 9 am
Red doesn’t feel like much of a Princess, so how will she fit in at Sleeping Beauty’s princess party? The Super Readers magically leap into the book of Cinderella who has a party of her own to get to! When the clock strikes midnight, Red learns that she doesn’t need the help of a fairy godmother to feel great about who she is! Educational Objectives: To learn about feeling good about oneself, find the letters of the alphabet and practice the magic of spelling. Opposite words are used to change the story.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – 10 am & 12:30 pm
You Are Special: The children are putting on a show at school today, each doing something that makes them special. O the Owl wants to be just like the others and, with a little encouragement, he learns that owls are special too. Daniel Is Special: Daniel and Dad take a fall walk through the neighborhood, admiring the colors of the leaves. On their way, they meet Miss Elaina and O the Owl who each do special things that make Daniel wonder if he is as special as they are. Dad reminds Daniel of the things that make him special, like his whimsical imagination!

Wordworld – 11 am
My Fuzzy Valentine: Bug wants to sign a valentine for his favorite WordFriend, but he doesn’t know how to write his name. With lots of encouragement from Frog, he learns that with a little practice he can write his name and give his valentine. Love, Bug: When Sheep decides she wants to make a special Valentine song for her pal Bear, she has trouble finding just the right rhyme to finish her song. With the help of Fly, she discovers the perfect rhyme and makes Bear a Valentine song with real heart.

Cyberchase – 1:30 pm
Hugs And Witches: It’s Valentine’s Day, and Hacker captures Doctor Marbles and Lady Ada Lovelace (Jane Curtin), placing them inside a time machine invented by the mathematically-minded Lovelace. The kids and Digit must decipher a series of poems left behind by Lady L, and free them from the time machine before it time travels to the nether world of cyberspace – never to return! Will the kids get there in time, or will Valentine’s Day bring nothing but broken hearts?

Arthur – 3 pm
Flea to Be You And Me: Pal is itching like crazy and the culprit is Pepe, an Italian circus flea. To save himself from being “squeeshed,” Pepe enthralls Kate, Pal, and Amigo with the story of his heartbreaking separation from brother Sale — followed by an incredible journey across four continents! Kiss And Tell: Emily returns from her summer in Paris with the amazing news that she’s been kissed …. by a boy! Just like in a fairy tale! Now D.W. wants a kiss so that she can be a princess, too. But where can she find her Prince Charming?

WordGirl – 3:30 pm
Cherish is the Word – It’s Valentines Day! All of the kids at school are making special valentines to share with their special friends. But when Victoria Best runs off with all of the cards, will she ruin Valentine’s Day for everyone? It’s up to WordGirl to swoop in and save the day. Granny’s Intuition – According to the local news Granny May seems to be figuring out who’s been committing the latest crime sprees that are sweeping the city. When Granny May chalks it up to her intuition, WordGirl has a hunch that this villain hasn’t changed her ways.



Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency

In light of the terrible events that transpired in Newtown, CT, here are some materials to help you and your young child.

Talking to children about current news: http://to.pbs.org/UY5Uj7

Here’s a link to a few pointers from PBS Parents and Mister Rogers on talking to kids about news that may be scary:http://to.pbs.org/12pWyyO

Click the picture below to access Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency, to support families either directly impacted or others who are struggling to make sense of this tragedy.  As an additional resource, Sesame Workshop has posted Sesame Street Support PSAs. These discuss monitoring television viewing, managing stressful situations and identifying and coping with emotions. Most importantly for adults, though you may wish to remain glued to the television or Internet for breaking news, after a reasonable time you should step away!

Elmo and mother puppet holding hands

KLRU Holiday program schedule – Day at a time 2012

Perfect for posting next to your television!

Wednesday, November. 21st
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
9 am & 2 pm — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
3 pm – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
5 pm – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2

Thursday, November 22nd
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
9 am — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
5 pm – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2

Friday, November 23rd
6:30 am – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2
8 am — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
9 am – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Saturday, November 24th
6 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
8 am – Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery

Sunday, November 25th
6 am — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas


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 #117Dinosaurs 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#1119Gift 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

Happy Holidays on KLRU

KLRU has numerous specials for the family to enjoy together this holiday season. The day-by-day schedule is available here and below we have more detailed descriptions of each program.

KLRU kicks off the holiday season with a Christmas special marathon the day before Thanksgiving, anchored by the new The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas. This one-hour, family-friendly special is filled with singable songs and a story about helping a lost reindeer get home before Christmas.  Along the way, we learn that a variety of animals – from African elephants to bottlenose dolphins – have amazing abilities that allow them to make lengthy journeys together.  The Cat in the Hat Know a Lot About Christmas airs November 21 at 9 am and 2 pm; November 22 at 9 am; November 23 at 8 am,  November 25 at 6 am and December 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas airs November 21 at 8 am; November 22 at 8 am; November 24 at 6 am, November 25 at 8 am and December 23rd at 4:00 pm.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs November 21 at 3 pm and November 23 at 9 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Martha Speaks and Wild Kratts on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22
Daniel celebrates a day to say “Thank You.”  When Martha learns that Helen’s extended family is coming for Thanksgiving, she decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings.  And the Kratt brothers defend the honor of the wild turkey.

Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 am
This one-hour animation special features a new Thomas adventure.  When trouble strikes at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Thomas is sent to help his Narrow Gauge engine friends.  While shunting and hauling, he discovers a little green engine hiding in the tunnels. Thomas is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery but discovering the truth is harder than he imagined!  Will Thomas be able to help his new friend?  Or will the little engine be sent away from Sodor forever?  Find out in Thomas’ most mysterious adventure yet, a movie the whole family will love!

Biscuit Brothers airs Saturday, December 1st at 9:30 am.
Hanukkah (Chanukah,) Kwanzaa, Hispanic tradition, birthdays and other holidays and celebrations are explored after Tiny Scarecrow accidentally releases all the holiday melodies from Melody Garden. This song filled special shows how a “holiday” can be a good time to learn about other cultures and traditions and a great time to share your culture and traditions with others.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows airs Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 am.
Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows features classic clips from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as ensemles with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the clips.

Curious George’s seventh season premieres with three new episodes, December 3-5.

Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs December 3rd at 9 am and December 5th at noon.
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel. Grover is bringing the latkes, and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah — right before sunset! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time?

Dinosaur Train premieres four new episodes, December 10-13.

Clifford’s Puppy Days airs Wednesday, December 12th at noon
The kittens accidentally break the Menorah. Their “sticky” attempts to fix it result in a special, if unusual, Menorah that becomes part of their annual celebration.  Zo can’t resist sneaking in and opening all eight of his presents on the first night of Hanukah. He soon realizes that he’s spoiled his own fun by taking the surprise out of each night. Flo comes to the rescue by allowing him to share in her new gifts.

Clifford’s Really Big Movie will make its broadcast TV debut on December 15 at 9:00 am. Worried that he costs too much to feed, Clifford runs away to join a carnival act and helps win a lifetime supply of his favorite Tummy Yummies.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn airs Sunday, December 16th at 10 pm; Thursday, December 20th at 9 pm; Sunday, December 23rd at 2 pm and Monday, December 24th at 8 pm.

Emmy and golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas special featuring some of the season’s best-loved songs.

Nature “Christmas at Yellowstone” airs Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm.
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. NATURE journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012 airs Thursday, December 20th at 10 pm and Sunday, Decebmer 23rd at 2 pm.
Celebrating its 90th year, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country. Taped at President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the 60-minute special will feature performances and readings by top musical artists and actors. The evening’s festivities will be capped off by the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree by a very special guest!

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy airs Sunday, December 23rd at 10 pm.
This program celebrates the joy and traditions of Christmas with the renowned choirs of Luther College in Decorah Iowa. Holiday music, 500 choristers, a symphony orchestra, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight capture the wonder and joy of the season as Luther College’s internationally-acclaimed musicians mark 32 years of sharing the seasonal gift of music with their annual Christmas concert.

Christmas at Belmont airs Monday, December 24th at 9:00 pm.
Christmas at Belmont is an annual Belmont University tradition celebrating the holiday season and the musical diversity and rich talent of the university’s School of Music. The concert features a collage of familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join with School of Music faculty to present the annual holiday production.

Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing airs Monday, December 24th at 10:00 pm.
This production of one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed annual musical celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring St. Olaf’s renowned choirs and orchestra, the program’s rich blending of compositions will highlight selections from previous Christmas Festivals, including excerpts from R.V. Williams Hodie. Additionally, this centennial performance will debut newly commissioned works by American composers Andre J. Thomas and David N. Childs.

Wordgirl New Year’s episode premieres  December 31

Martha’s Thanksgiving + others

Martha's ThanksgivingOn Monday, November 19, 2012, Martha Speaks premieres a brand-new, two-part episode “Martha’s Thanksgiving.” The special Thanksgiving episode will air all week long at 5 p.m. on KLRU!

Martha learns that Helen’s extended family will be coming for Thanksgiving and decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings. Tails begin to wag as the family reunites, but where is Martha’s mother? In search for her mom, Martha digs into her past to uncover the reason they were separated. Can Martha and her friends solve the mystery and find her mom in time for the family reunion? Tune-in all Thanksgiving as this special episode will be airing all week long.

Additional Thanksgiving programming:

Thank you, Grandpere Tiger!/Neighborhood Thank You
Daniel Tiger takes a day to thank those around him.
Monday, November 2o, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 5:30 a.m.

Happy Turkey Day
Monday, November 19, 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 4 p.m.