May 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In May 2015, we have the following lined up along with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Asian American experience for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Parrot Confidential”
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Childhood”
In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.

Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11.

Order Up!

Kids enjoying the iPad station and the "Order Up!" game
Kids enjoying the iPad station and the "Order Up!" game

Kids enjoying the iPad station
and the “Order Up!” game

KLRU participated in the Boys & Girls Club Health Fair this past Saturday, April 11th benefiting all the Austin sites. Each site presented an activity of what their children have been learning about healthy habits.  KLRU had five of the East Club site’s iPads available for 100 kids to explore the PBS apps dedicated to healthy eating. We also presented ”Order Up!” which is a live-action group game for up to 35 participants (in English and Spanish). Kids receive cards with varied foods and a challenge to assemble a meal that meets specified criteria (food groups, price, nutrition, etc.). The game grows in complexity in each round, with multiple criteria and bonus points for extra-healthy meals. Occasionally, a “trash round” permits a junk-food binge, but with tooth brushes offered as a reminder that trash foods should be once-in-a-while treats!

April 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm: NOVA “Alien Planets Revealed”
Combining animation with input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, “Alien Planets Revealed” takes viewers on a journey along with the Kepler telescope. How does the telescope look for planets? How many of these planets are like our Earth? Will any of these planets be suitable for life as we know it?

Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location”
Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the right stream or tree, the right building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household a designer and engineer.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Houses: Animal Cities”
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too.

Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “Invisible Universe Revealed”
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.

Peg + Cat 100th Day of School

Peg + cat 100

To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, several partners held a Peg + Cat 100th Day of School event this past month. Both Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park and Boys & Girls Club East enjoyed playing the Peg + Cat “Peg’s Pizza Place” activity as well as select videos on the number 100.  For the second year, Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center held a full morning of activities for their Kindergarten classes. The library was filled with centers all themed around the number 100!

Anita Uphaus EC Center
Anita Uphaus EC Center
Boys & Girls Club East
Boys & Girls Club East
Foundation Communities: Trail at the Park
Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park

March 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In March 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm: Earthflight, NATURE Presentation “Flying High”
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made features drones and camera-carrying birds.  To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captures remarkable images of wild flocks but also relies on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years on 6 continents and in more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team uses many extraordinary techniques.
Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm: To Catch A Comet
On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Ireland’s Wild River”
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with KLRU Kids

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KLRU Kids presents several Valentine’s Day specials starting Feb. 9th!

Curious George Happy Valentine’s Day, George!
Monday, February 9th at 8 am
Tuesday, February 10th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 11th at 8 am
Thursday, February 12th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
Friday, February 13th at 8 am
George wants to make his friends the best Valentine’s Day card ever, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. With a little help from sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine’s Printing Press!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood It’s Love Day! / Daniel’s Love Day Surprise
Monday, February 9th at 9 am
Tuesday, February 10th at 9:30 am
Wednesday, February 11th at 9 am
Thursday, February 12th at 9:30 am
Friday, February 13th at 9 am
Thursday, March 12th at 9:30 am
It’s Love Day! – Ugga Mugga! It’s Love Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel and all of his friends come up with their own special ways to show their love and care for one another. The kids dance, sing, and tell jokes to say “I love you.” Daniel’s Love Day Surprise – It’s Love Day and Grandpere is coming to visit! How can Daniel find a way to show how much he loves Grandpere? With a treasure hunt, that’s how! Daniel hides little hearts all over the house for Grandpere to find… that is, unless little Margaret finds them first! Strategy: Find your own way to say “I love you.”

WordGirl Cherish Is the Word
Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30 
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.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big Hearted T-Bone & Cleo’s Valentine Surprise
Sunday, February 15th at 8 am
Clifford’s Big Idea: Be Responsible T-Bone generously offers to watch Cleo’s niece KiKi so Cleo can get some rest. But his honorable intentions are challenged when his female canine friend Mimi comes to town. Clifford’s Big Idea: Help Others Cleo, with some help from K.C., prepares a special gift for Clifford and T-Bone and expects a BIG gift in return.

February 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In February 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm: NATURE “Legendary White Stallions”
This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

Monday, February 9 at 8:00 pm: Antiques Roadshow “Celebrating Black Americana”
In this special to mark Black History Month, appraisal highlights include, among other items, an 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color, and an African American beauty book written by entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire.

Wednesday, February 18 at 7 pm: NATURE “Owl Power” NEW!
Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm: NATURE “The Last Orangutan Eden” NEW
Working with a team of experienced researchers, ecologist Chris Morgan becomes completely immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs who use tools, share food, forage together, and create their own distinct culture. For the first time, advanced cameras are used to follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

Odd Squad Saves the World


The Boys & Girls Club at HACA’s Flores Education & Training Center enjoyed an afternoon watching the ODD SQUAD “Saves The World” premier before its national debut on Monday, January 19th.

Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by to kick off a fun math puzzle activity before the special. Kids were hard at work trying to be the first to figure out the puzzle before the premiere.  Seventy Kindergartners through 5th graders enjoyed the event and left with a bookmark and a fun pocket-sized math riddle handout.

2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

KLRU announces the PBS KIDS 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 Writers Contest either by mailing their entries to KLRU or emailing their stories to  All entries will be posted to must be postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2015.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Honorary Judges
A panel of Austin ISD librarians, Austin Public Youth Librarians, local authors, publishers, poets and bloggers will convene in April to judge the KLRU entries. Local winners will be acknowledged by a celebration in May 2015. The 1st place local winners from each grade level will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries!  National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015.

Teacher Can Win Too!
Teachers can enter their classroom to win one of two (2) special Arthur® prize packages including a library of Arthur books, courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Children, and a special appearance from PBS KIDS’ own Arthur.   There will be two random drawings.  All you need to do is fill out the 2015 Contest Classroom Entry Form-KLRU when you submit your students’ story to KLRU.  Deadline is March 31, 2015.

To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit: