June 2013 Family Choice

Annie

This summer, KLRU is choosing three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice programs are: NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air, revealing their stunning abilities; THE DAYTRIPPER: Georgetown, exploring Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas.”; ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage, offering an exclusive, behind-the-curtain look at what it takes to put on a major Broadway production and a companion website: pbs.org/annie

NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Airs: Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Friday, June 14 at 3 a.m. & Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

Hummingbirds represent one of nature’s most interesting paradoxes — they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world.

THE DAYTRIPPER: Georgetown
Airs: Thursday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m.
repeats: Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. & Wednesday, June 26 at 5 a.m.

Chet explores Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas.” He also walks on a high wire, dives in a swimming hole, and eats modern Mexican at a local establishment.

ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage
Airs: Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m.
repeats: Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

The documentary film follows the development of a single production number in the musical: the tuneful and rhythmic “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” defiantly belted out by the orphans. From the earliest discussions among the set and costume designers, through the casting process, into choreography and vocal rehearsals, onto the stage, and finally, into performance, the program follows the young cast’s journey to Opening Night. ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage will show audiences that actors are only one part of a complex whole when it comes to a major Broadway production.

Viewers will be introduced to the work of the talented creative professionals who impact, shape, and contribute to the final production. Broadway veterans — Tony Award winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights), Tony Award winning costume designer Susan Hilferty (Wicked, Spring Awakening, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), and set designer David Korins (Chinglish, Godspell, An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, Motown) — reveal their creative process as they work to prepare the young actors, most of them making their Broadway debuts. Additional interviewees include James Lapine (director), Martin Charnin (lyricist), Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music), and pre-teen actors Tyrah Odoms, Emily Rosenfeld, and Jaidyn Young, among others. Of an ensemble cast recruited from all across America, the pint-sized Emily Rosenfeld – the orphan Molly – is the documentary’s standout star, leaping off the screen with her infectious enthusiasm, singing and dancing chops, and outsized 9-year-old charm.

The comprehensive accompanying Web site features quizzes, historical games, audio presentations, and video interviews with the Broadway production team, giving kids and families everywhere an opportunity to explore the world of the musical. The Web site sets a new standard for educational outreach in support of a Broadway production, and provides an innovative model for re-imagining the way children and their families relate to live theatre, whether on Broadway, on tour, or in their local high school auditorium.

May 2013: NATURE “Legendary White Stallions”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “Legendary White Stallions” focusing on the bond between the horses and their caregivers.

Airs Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 pm
repeats: Thursday, May 2nd at 3:00 am; Friday, May 3rd at 3:00 am;
Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 am; Sunday, May 5th at 6:00 pm

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. Their carefully choreographed movements were originally developed for the training of war horses; only the strongest and most athletic horses qualified. The Lipizzaner stallion is bred for its courage, strength and character, but the horse is also gentle, sensitive, and exceptionally responsive to praise.

April 2013: NATURE “Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves” documenting the clash of these two predators for the control of the food supply in Yellowstone.

Airs Wednesday, April 10th at 7 pm
repeats: Thursday, April 11th at 3:00 am; Friday, April 12th at 3:00 am,
Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 am & 6 pm;

What happens when two great predators come face to face in Yellowstone? The grizzly and the wolf — they couldn’t be more different. The bear is a loner, ranging far and wide in search of a rich variety of resources. The wolf hunts to survive and finds its strength in speed and teamwork. Their strategies have taken them to the very top of Yellowstone, and it’s no simple matter when they meet. In every encounter, the opposition must be measured, strengths must be tested, and risks must be carefully weighed. Each time, one of them will have a tactical advantage — but which one, and when? What emerges as each remarkable scene unfolds, is the keen awareness that runs through all of Yellowstone. Elk and eagle, coyote and raven, otter and owl, every creature must assess, decide, and act — to fight or to flee? It’s all in knowing your own strengths and limitations in the heat of the moment in Yellowstone.

March 2013: NATURE “The Loneliest Animals”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE‘s “The Loneliest Animals” where it chronicles the attempt to breed and sustain the most endangered species.

Airs Wednesday, March 20, at 7 pm
repeats: Friday, March 22, at 3 am and Sunday, March 24, at 6 pm

The loneliest animals are the most endangered species on the planet. Collected and protected by dedicated scientists, these animals represent the end of the line for their species. In many cases, intensive captive breeding programs have been launched with the aim of sustaining these animals and the hope of returning them to the wild. Viewers will be taken into high-security, high-tech labs where scientists attempt to breed new generations and into the field to discover what forces have led to the demise of entire species. Featured animals include Yangtze turtles under 24-hour surveillance; a baby Sumatran rhino; a special collection of lemurs; the Spix’s macaw, a bird declared extinct in the wild in 2000; and “Lonesome George,” a giant tortoise from the Galapagos, who is the last of his kind.

February Family Choice: Nova

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is Nova‘s “Building Pharaohs Chariot where it captures over 60 years of remastered sequences in a series of three episodes.

Airs Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 8 pm

Around 3,600 years ago, reliefs in Egyptian tombs and temples depicted pharaohs and warriors proudly riding into battle on horse-drawn chariots. Some historians claim that the chariot launched a technological and strategic revolution, and was the secret weapon behind Egypt’s greatest era of conquest known as the New Kingdom. But was the Egyptian chariot really a revolutionary design? How decisive a role did it play in the bloody battles of the ancient world? In this film, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots. They discover astonishingly advanced features, including spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars and even a convex shaped rear mirror, leading one of them to compare the level of design to the engineering standards of 1930′s-era Buicks! By driving our pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history.

January 2013: Nature #3005 “Attenborough’s Life Stories”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is NATURE’S “Attenborough’s Life Stories” where it captures over 60 years of remastered sequences in a series of three episodes.

NATURE’S “Attenborough’s Life Stories”
This mini-series focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. It is richly illustrated with the sequences he has spent 60 years capturing and they are re-mastered for the first time in HD. With new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, “Attenborough’s Life Stories” is a synopsis of a unique half-century.

“Life on Camera”
Wednesday, January 23, 7pm
In “Life on Camera,” Sir David Attenborough revisits key places and events in his wildlife filmmaking career, reminisces through his old photos and reflects on memorable wildlife footage, including swimming with dolphins and catching a komodo dragon. Returning to his old haunts in Borneo, he recalls the challenges of filming on a seething pile of guano in a bat cave.

Repeats:
Thursday, January 24, 3am
Friday, January 25, 2am
Sunday, January 27, 2am & 6pm

“Understanding the Natural World”
Wednesday, January 30, 7pm
In “Understanding the Natural World,” Sir David Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career. He also recalls some of his more hair-raising attempts to bring new science to a television audience: standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as lumps of hot lava crashed around him or being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen.

Repeats:
Thursday, January 31, 3am
Friday, February 1, 2am
Sunday, February 3, 2am & 6pm

“Our Fragile Planet”
Wednesday, February 6, 7pm
In “Our Fragile Planet,” Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that human beings have had on the natural world during his lifetime. He tells surprising, entertaining and deeply personal stories of the changes he has seen, the pioneering conservationists in whose footsteps he has followed, and the revolution in attitudes towards nature that has taken place around the globe.

Repeats:
Thursday, February 7, 3am
Friday, February 8, 2am
Sunday, February 10, 2am & 6pm

December 2012: Holiday Programs

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is a selection of holiday programs for the family to enjoy watching together.

DECEMBER:
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 #117 Dinosaurs 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 #1119 Gift 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

November 2012: NATURE "An Original Duckumentary"

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.

Repeats
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.

October 2012: Daytripper: Kemah, TX

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Daytripper, explores the Texas town of Kemah.

Daytripper #401 “Kemah, TX”
Thursday, October 11, 7:30-8pm

Repeats:
Saturday October 13, 10-10:30am
Wednesday, October 17, 5-5:30am

Chet heads to Bay Area Houston to visit NASA, eat a hoagie and fried shrimp, go birding on Armand Bayou, and visit the Kemah Boardwalk.

September 2012: Mariachi High

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Mariachi High, takes you on the road with a South Texas high school Mariachi band. Get details about a special screening of Mariachi High on Sept. 13

Mariachi High
Sunday, September 16, 2-3 p.m.


Repeats
:
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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