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.

Read the comments from the press and praise from viewers like you!

August 2012: Nature “Frogs: The Thin Green Line”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Nature #2610 “Frogs:  The Thin Green Line”, explores why frogs are disappearing around the world.

Nature #2610 “Frogs:  The Thin Green Line”
Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m.

Repeats:
Thursday, August 9th, 1-2 & 3-4 a.m.
Sunday, August 12th, 2-3 a.m.
Thursday, August 14th, 4-5 a.m.


It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal. Large-scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those they can.

July 2012: P.O.V. "Up Heartbreak Hill"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, UP HEARTBREAK HILL, explores the lives of Native American teens.

P.O.V. “Up Heartbreak Hill
Sunday, July 29, 5-6 p.m.

Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

June 2012: Mariachi High

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, MARIACHI HIGH, will give you a glimpse into the lives of a teen mariachi ensemble.

MARIACHI HIGH
Friday, June 29, 9-10 p.m.
Sunday, July 1, 3-4 p.m.

Mariachi High 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.