KLRU Board Education Commitee Meeting Announcement

The KLRU Board Education Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 27, 3:00 pm, at the law offices of Boulette Golden & Marin LLP, 5th floor, Vinson & Elkins Building, 2801 Via Fortuna # 100, Austin, TX 78746, USA. This meeting is open to the public. Advance notice of attendance is encouraged – please send your commitment to attend to bkramer@klru.org or call 512.475.9050.

New PBS Kids “Measure Up” app

School’s out for summer and that means endless days at the pool, but with the new PBS KIDS’ education phone application children won’t be falling behind anytime soon.

Thursday June 16, PBS KIDS debuted ‘Measure Up!,’ a free app that is designed to help children build math skills and encourage parents to support their learning. Primarily designed for 3 to 5-year-olds, the app builds on measurement skills that feature games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ series. In addition, parents and caregivers will be able to track progress and find activities through a companion app with tools.
“Given the overwhelming number of apps available, it’s often difficult for parents to find great educational content for their kids,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “’PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ not only helps build math skills in a fun learning environment, it also lets parents track the skills in which their kids excel, and the skills where they may need more practice.”

In PBS KIDS Measure Up!, children can visit a world with characters from PBS KIDS’ series DINOSAUR TRAIN, PEG + CAT and SID THE SCIENCE KID. There, they explore concepts of length, width, capacity and weight while collecting rewards through each game or activity. The app thoughtfully sequences different types of media to ensure kids will build math skills. According to PBS KIDS, each game, video and activity has be rigorously tested to ensure a positive learning experience for children.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s senior vice president for education and children’s content Debra Sanchez says, “This innovative new app demonstrates public media’s ability to engage children through free, high-quality educational programming across all platforms.”

Bringing parents into the learning adventure, ‘PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ connects with a free companion app for adults: the PBS KIDS Super Vision App for parents. PBS KIDS Super Vision provides parents and caregivers with updates on their kids’ progress throughout the Measure Up! app and shares information and recommendations, suggesting related activities that they can do with their children to build on the skills they are developing. Through these features, parents and caregivers can engage in, better understand and guide their children’s learning.


Saturday Cooking Show Lineup Shakeup

Martha Stewart's Cooking School

Pease romaine calm – KLRU is shaking up the cooking lineup on Saturday. Some shows are airing new episodes of old favorites, others will be encores of previously aired shows in new timeslots. Maybe it’s cheesy, but these new timeslots feel grate.

At 12:30 p.m., an encore showing of Mexico – One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless replaces Pati’s Mexican Table. In this series, chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless seamlessly weaves together techniques, recipes, cultural musings and off-the-wall surprises.

At 1 p.m., Simply Ming is new with an episode all about local cooking. On the road in Australia, viewers visit Hentley Farms in Barossa to connect with executive chef Lachlan Colwill. Lachlan sources most of his ingredients from the farm’s herb garden, chicken coup, hatchery and even the nearby creek.

At 2 p.m., learn everything you need to know about making caramel on a new episode of Martha BakesMartha demystifies the secret to this one-ingredient wonder with four irresistible recipes, including a decadent six-layer chocolate cake filled with salted caramel and covered with swirls of chocolate frosting. 

Then at 2:30 p.m., Lidia’s Kitchen is back at the same time with a new episode. In this episode, she shares four delicious recipes that celebrate the bounty of the summertime garden: Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, String Bean Salad with Capers and Basil, Whole What Cous Cous with Cucumbers, and finally Shells with Chicken and Zucchini.

Cook’s Country continues its new season with a new episode at 3 p.m. Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make barbecued burnt ends. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for grill spatulas. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of lemonade. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making smoky potato salad.

Forget the contest on the gridiron. Tailgating gets a lot more interesting when you fire up your smoker, according to Steven Raichlen. At 5 p.m., Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke continues the new season with a tailgating episode.

Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking continues its new season at 5:30 p.m. On this episode of Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking, host Pete Evans joins three award-winning chefs, Germano Minin, Bruno Difabio and Tim Reardon at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York for an Italian feast.

At 6 p.m., Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook continues its new season with an episode about Italian Inspiration. Langbein visits actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks vineyard to harvest saffron and pick heritage pears, then invites him and his team to her cabin to try her modern take on classic Italian osso bucco and saffron risotto. Her pear and prune custard cream dessert has everyone swooning.

KLRU teams up with community partners for Play & Learn

KLRU  has partnered with the United Way Success By 6, Southeast Austin Community Branch Library and Any Baby Can to bring those in the Dove Springs Community an eight-week Play & Learn family workshop.

Play & Learn details

–Children between the ages of 2 and 3 years of age and their parents will enjoy songs, stories, games, a snack, and play time with friends.
–All activities are in English and Spanish, and will help you help your child get ready for success in school.
–Families will receive a free children’s book and activities to use at home and a $5.00 gift card each session.
–These sessions are FREE so space is limited and only open to the Dove Springs Community.
Please call the Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. to sign up.  (512) 974-8840
By signing up you are committing to attend all 8 sessions.

–Niños entre los 2 y los 3 años de edad y sus padres gozarán con canciones, cuentos, meriendas y juegos con amigos.
–Todas las actividades serán en inglés y en español y te ayudarán a tí y a tu niño o niña a prepararse para que tengan éxito en la escuela.
–Después de cada sesión, todas las familias recibirán un libro gratis, actividades para hacer en casa y una tarjeta de regalo de $5.00.
–El programa es GRATIS pero el espacio es limitado.
Para inscribirte por favor llama a la sucursal de Southeast, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., (512) 974-8840
Al inscribirte te estás comprometiendo a participar en las 8 semanas completas.
Brought to you by United Way Success By 6, KLRU, and Southeast Austin Community Branch Library.
Facilitated by Any Baby Can.

KLRU to Participate in Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 1 p.m (CST).

The test will start at approximately 1 p.m. and will last :30 seconds. At this time, the public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television and ALL radio and television stations will be running this test.

The test will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The purpose of the test is to help government organizations and EAS Participants (radio and TV broadcast stations, cable operators and satellite radio and TV) determine the reliability of the EAS system. The test will serve as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of the EAS system, and for improvements in the EAS system going forward. FEMA and the FCC intend to conduct National EAS Tests on an annual basis.

Regular programming will be interrupted during the test. Once the test is completed we will join the program in progress.

Thank you for your patience.

KLRU adds Out in America to 6/12 schedule

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KLRU has added the documentary Out in America to the June schedule. This program will air on Sunday, June 12, at 7pm.

Out in America is an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country’s most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The program weaves together diverse stories – from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England, from San Francisco to Harlem. Deeply moving and often humorous, viewers will get a glimpse of awakenings, first crushes, unlikely soul mates, intimacy and liberation. While separated by circumstance and upbringing, the film’s subjects are all united in their shared experiences of self-discovery, coming out, pride and love as well as a triumph over adversity and a true sense of belonging. Against the backdrop of historical events, each also traces their own hopes, struggles, influences and contributions towards advancements in equality and broad social change.

Also airing is  Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood. This thirty-minute documentary airs at 8:30 pm Sunday and 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker shot into the national spotlight this year when she was elected the first openly GLBT mayor of a large city. Hers is one of the many voices featured in the documentary, Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood. This program features community leaders Suzanne Anderson, Marion E. Coleman, John Danielson, Ray Hill, Jimmy Carper, Brandon Wolf, and City Council Member Sue Lovell, among others. Rare footage from The Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History brings back fond memories.

Other shows airing as part of Gay & Lesbian Pride Month include:
Stonewall Uprising:  American Experience airs Monday, June 13th at 8pm
Emile Norman—By His Own Design airs Monday, June 13th at 9:30 pm
Independent Lens “Two Spirits” airs Tuesday, June 14th at 9 pm
Find out more these programs here

KLRU celebrates Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Emile Norman at mural.

KLRU is proud to present the following programs for Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.

Stonewall Uprising:  American Experience airs Monday, June 13th at 8:00 pm.During Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, the encore presentation of STONEWALL UPRISING: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Emile Norman—By His Own Design airs Monday, June 13th at 9:30 pm. This film is a portrait of the artist Emile Norman, who, at age 88, is still working with the same passion that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America. The film chronicles his early days in the San Gabriel Valley, his success in New York City and the freedom he found in Big Sur, where he and his partner of 30 years created a haven for artists that is still growing today.

Independent Lens “Two Spirits” airs Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00 pm.Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain in a hate crime at the age of 16. Martinez was also part of an honored Navajo tradition – the “nadleeh” or “two-spirit,” who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits.  Weaving Martinez’s story with commentary from his mother, fellow two-spirit community members and activists, this documentary explores the historical, spiritual and cultural significance of gender in the Navajo tradition as it relates to the crime that eventually took Martinez’s life.

Schedule Change: Gov. Perry's State of the State to air on 2/13/11 at 1 p.m.

KLRU will air a re-broadcast Governor Perry’s State of the State address on Sunday, February 13 at 1 p.m. on 18.1

Earlier this week, Governor Perry addressed an audience of both houses of the Texas Legislature for his customary State of the State address. The Governor provided guidance to legislators as they begin to work on the state budget and face an estimated $27 billion deficit.

KLRU is grateful to KVUE-TV, a subsidiary of Belo Corporation for providing this content.