July 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In July 2014, we will have some amazing family viewing opportunities beginning with A CAPITOL FOURTH celebrating our nation’s independence. The rest of the month is filled with a new four-part series, MY WILD AFFAIR, where each episode focuses on a unique human-animal bond.

A CAPITOL FOURTH
Friday, July 4 at 7:00 pm & repeats at 8:30 pm
A CAPITOL FOURTH is the nation’s premiere birthday party and a gala salute to our country’s freedom and independence. The show has become a national tradition and in 2013, A CAPITOL FOURTH was among PBS’s top rated shows, reaching over 9.6 million viewers with a 3.9 national Nielsen rating. A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes back “Dancing With the Stars” personality Tom Bergeron to host, joined by the first talent announcement, Kendall Schmidt of the boy bands Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, plus an all-star lineup of performing artists with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.  Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 20 at 5:30pm)
This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha the baby elephant orphan and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne has to leave Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. In those days, Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat leading to her death. Though heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learnt from Aisha’s short life to help her save over 150 orphans over the next forty years. 

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went to College
Premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 27 at 5:30pm)
The incredible story of Chantek, the orang-utan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orang-utan person.”

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
(repeats Sunday, August 3 at 5:30pm)
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, ‘Rupert’ the orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. The rhino captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years on, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Seal Who Came Home
Premieres Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, August 10 at 5:30pm)
Andre, the Seal Who Came Home, is the true story of a 2 day old wild harbour seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to give up his wildness.  The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter. But staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to be able to make the 200 mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre’s blindness.

June 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In June 2014, we will have some great family viewing opportunities beginning with NOVA “Earth From Space” where it reveals a space-based vision of our planet. In the middle of the month is Nature “Great Zebra Exodus” where it follows their ancient migration, and join Sir Attenborough as he explores the weird world of frogs in Nature “Fabulous Frogs.”

NOVA “Earth From Space”
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00 pm. (2 hours)
This film reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun’s heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

Nature “Great Zebra Exodus”
Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm
When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana’s Kalahari each year, 20,000 zebras begin an ancient journey, as southern Africa’s biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds make their epic trek across the vast otherworldly landscape of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans, through prides of lions, and past families of meerkats, taking on the desert salt pans in their own way. The story of this spectacular annual migration is told through the eyes of zebra stallions, their mares, and their young, revealing the trials and triumphs and the fascinating social bonds that hold zebra families together.

Nature “Fabulous Frogs”
Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm
Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology. Frogs from around the world are used to demonstrate the wide variety of frog anatomy, appearance and behavior. Their amazing adaptations and survival techniques have made them the most successful of all amphibians.

Family Red Carpet Event: Space Racers

KLRU kids can hop on a spaceship to Stardust Space Academy on the new kids series Space Racers premiering on June 6th. With three personified spaceship characters, preschoolers will have fun learning about scientific investigation and observations, technology, the solar system and more!

We’ve got a special preview of the series at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline on June 7th! Family Red Carpet Event: Space Racers Preview  Seats can be reserved with the purchase of a refundable $5 food/beverage voucher. Reserve your family’s tickets now

At the event get a behind-the-scenes look at how each animated character was brought to life, hear how NASA Scientists and Astronauts assisted in the development of the series, plus see four exclusive episodes of Space Racers which will air locally on KLRU Fridays at noon starting June 6th.

Episodes to be shown at the Drafthouse include:
THREE’S A CROWD – Telescopes help us discover things we can’t see otherwise. What will Eagle do when he feels left out of the discovery?
A SIMPLE RE-QUEST – When Hawk meets a friendly old space station in danger, can he and his friends figure out how to save her in time?
TOTAL ECLIPSE – It’s Eagle vs. Starling in a race to the Moon. But does the junior cadet have a chance against bigger, stronger Eagle?
FOLLOW THE WATER – While the Racers investigate water on Mars, Hawk can’t wait for the big “Captain Cosmos” convention!

KLRU announces local PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños

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On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!

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May 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To the Dance) highlighting stellar Mexican-American musicians. In the middle of the month is Nature “Leave It To Beavers” where the viewer will see this rodent in a new role, and honoring our men and women in uniform through the National Memorial Day Concert.

Vamos Al Baile
Sunday, May 4th at 3pm
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.

Nature “Leave It To Beavers”
Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25th at 7pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. They are joined by an all-star line-up in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Featuring a unique blend of uplifting musical performances and dramatic readings, the program airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Mantegna and Sinise, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting the troops in active service, are co-hosting for the ninth consecutive year.

 

Día de los Niños at Community Night 4/30

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KLRU joins the Thinkery to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DATE: Wednesday, April 30,
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Austin, Texas 78723
COST: Admission is by donation ($1 suggested donation)

KLRU and the Thinkery in partnership with the Texas Book Festival and H-E-B, host an evening of fun and learning. Various activities including book readings, games and a cooking demonstration will all be part of this special evening.

KLRU will present the PBS Kids Virtual World. Explore new and original games that encourage collaboration while interacting with the museum and exploring topics, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Book readings
5:30 pm – Carolyn Dee Flores, Canta, Rana, Canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing
6:15 pm – Gwendolyn Zepeda, Paso de nivel / Level Up and Pateo el Balón / I Kick the Ball
7 pm – Adriana Pacheco, El Pan Perfecto/The Perfect Bread and Un Globo Café Chocolate/A Chocolate Brown Balloon

Healthy Cooking
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.

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Austin’s Julie Hildebrand Selected As A Lead 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Shannon Hildebrand

The wait is over! KLRU-TV is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Julie Hildebrand of Austin has been selected as one of the top 16 “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” as part of the Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.

As a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand will work with a group of like-minded peers to develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms. They will serve as thought leaders within the larger group of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators in paving the way in innovation and creative thinking over the course of the 2014-2015 school year by empowering their peers and sharing strategies around digital media integration; serving as PBS LearningMedia ambassadors that embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and making up a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum, and attend the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit this summer at PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!

We could not be more proud to represent Julie Hildebrand and launch a year-long partnership to drive innovation in our local classrooms, as well as classrooms across the country. We look forward to sharing more information about how we will be celebrating this exciting achievement and for updates on Julie Hildebrand’s impact as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. In the meantime, learn more about our rock star educator and the entire Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators here: http://ow.ly/uXbhe!

 

April 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with NATURE “My Bionic Pet,” exploring innovative animal interventions. In the middle of the month is The Address: A Film by Ken Burns seeing history through the eyes of students, and at the end of the month, observe family dynamics in NATURE “Snow Monkeys”.

PBS has announced the launch of its new “Think Wednesday” primetime line-up: television’s best nature, science and technology programming, including new episodes of acclaimed series NATURE and NOVA in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours respectively, and new specials debuting at 10 p.m. The “Think Wednesday” lineup premieres Wednesday, April 9, with new episodes of NOVA and NATURE and the premiere of YOUR INNER FISH at 10 p.m.

NATURE “My Bionic Pet”
Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

THE ADDRESS: A Film by Ken Burns
Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm
Ken Burns’s THE ADDRESS tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

NATURE “Snow Monkeys”
Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

100th Day of School Celebration

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, hosted a Peg + Cat-themed special event at Uphaus EC Center, Perez Elementary and Widen Elementary on February 5 and February 10, 2014. Through this initiative, KLRU awarded each campus a media lab that included an assortment of educational materials, games, activities, a Kindle Fire to access PBS digital content on, and a PEG + CAT hop-scotch rug. The multimedia content includes video clips, digital and hands-on games and activities, and tools to connect home and school. These resources are available at pbskids.org/learn. In all, over 355 children and 32 adults participated.

These three Dove Springs public school campuses were selected in part because the Onion Creek floods of this winter had affected them and their families. Each campus dedicated time in the library and in the classroom for their 1st grade or Kindergarten classes to rotate through a series of centers themed around the number 100 — jumping 100 times using hula hoops, making bracelets by counting beads by groups of 10, playing a Peg + Cat pizza game, playing the Peg + Cat app, watch Peg + Cat video clips. Each child was also able to share with their family more fun activities by taking home the Peg + Cat activity sheet. All campuses were delighted with the 100th Day Celebration and plan on scheduling it again next school year!

Este año para el Centésimo Día Escolar, KLRU-TV celebro con el Centro de Uphaus, Perez Elementary, y Widen Elementary este pasado 5 y 10 de febrero. A través de este iniciativo, las escuelas participantes recibieron materiales educativos incluyendo juegos, actividades, un Kindle Fire con acceso a recursos digitales de PBS, y una alfombra de la rayuela. Los recursos digitales incluyeron videos, juegos digitales, y otras actividades para conectar el enseñamiento de matemáticas entre el salón y en casa. Estos recursos están disponibles en pbskids.org/learn. Al final se contaron mas de 355 estudiantes y 32 adultos que participaron.

Estas escuelas en el vecindario de Dove Springs fueron seleccionadas en parte por las inundaciones de Onion Creek, que afectaron a los estudiantes y a sus familias. Cada escuela dedico tiempo en la biblioteca y en el salón para los estudiantes del kínder y primer año. Los estudiantes participaron en actividades sobre el numero 100 – brincando 100 veces, construyendo una pulsera de abalorios y contando por 10, participando en un juego de Peg + Cat, usando la aplicación de Peg + Cat para iPad, viendo unos episodios de Peg + Cat, y leyendo juntos. Cada estudiante también se llevo información para seguir aprendiendo sobre el numero 100 con su familia en casa. Las escuelas disfrutaron del Centésimo Día Escolar y planean a celebrar de nuevo al próximo año!