Julia Child is a quintessential PBS icon and pioneer who opened up new worlds for a whole generation of Americans, showing them that cooking – even French food – is easy, enjoyable and within reach for all. In honor of what would have been her 100th birthday on August 15, KLRU is planning a 10 day celebration of special tributes, videos, and more to commemorate her life and memory.
Starting today on the KLRU blog, Facebook, and Twitter, we’ll have special Julia posts and we want you to join in the fun – use the #CookForJulia to share your favorite Julia Child recipes, memories, episodes and more with your friends on Facebook or Twitter (and us, too!).
This is a nation-wide celebration that we’re so excited to share with you in the Austin community – check out all the national buzz here and stay in touch because we’ll be sharing a lot of Julia goodies in the next 10 days!
America’s top gumshoes are back for a 10th season. Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, historian and professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; Dr. Eduardo Pagan, professor of history and American studies at Arizona State University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.
From the producers of Antiques Roadshow, the hit PBS series and the forerunner of television’s popular antiques and collectibles genre, comes a new adventure for treasure seekers: Market Warriors.
Premiering Monday, July 16, at 8pm (in between Antiques Roadshow at 7 and 9), Market Warriors follows antiques pickers — Bob, John, Kevin, and Miller — on a nationwide treasure hunt, scouring flea markets and antiques shows for vintage valuables with an eye toward selling their finds for profit at auction. Over the course of 20 one-hour episodes, viewers will get to know the pickers, enjoy an up-close look at the fierce competition and obstacles they face in the marketplace, and make their best guesses about who will come out ahead at the end of the competitions.
Do you and your kids like George? Do you and your kids like to dance? Do you and your kids like to record yourselves dancing? If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” you should consider sending an entry to the Curious George Dance Contest! Go to the link to download the Curious George theme song, then shoot a 60-sec. video of your child doing his/her best monkey dance! All uploads are due April 2, then from April 16-30, there will a public vote to choose the winners.
The official contest web page is now curiousgeorgedancecontest.com — home to all contest information including how to enter and official rules. The Grand Prize winner’s entry will be featured on a Curious George Home Video DVD. The Grand Prize winner and all nine finalists will receive “Curiosity Kits” including Curious George books, DVDs, and other merchandise.
This week, KLRU hosted the first of two workshops to explain to middle school students how to create games for the PBS portion of the National Video Game Challenge. We met in a game design class at East Austin College Prep Academy with students, their teachers, Laura Minnigerode of World Wide Workshops, Anne Fertitta of AMD (a fellow national sponsor), Michael Mayrath of GYLO, a local startup in educational gaming, and two guest speakers: Prof. Susan Empson of UT-Austin and Vicki Smith, a national finalist in last year’s Video Game Challenge.
For the competition, students are creating math games that help elementary-age students solidify essential math concepts. We had Prof. Empson, our elementary math expert, and Ms. Smith, our award-winning game designer, help connect mathematical thinking to solid game construction. As part of the workshop, we had students present games in progress and all of our experts then chimed in commentary on how to beef them up for submission.
Our next stop: Travis HS on Tuesday, Jan. 31! If you’d like to help mentor students in their submission, either in person or via distance, contact Ben Kramer at 475-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting today, you can watch the first episode of Ken Burns new film series Prohibition on the free PBS App for iPad and iPhone before the entire series airs nationally on PBS, Sunday-Tuesday, October 2-4.
Set in the era of the bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, Prohibition tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. It was called the “Noble Experiment,” but it was in fact one of America’s most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior.
The free PBS mobile app features 250 hours of free video, including full-length programs, as well as TV schedules, previews and a tune-in reminder calendar. Find out how to download the free PBS Apps for iPhone and iPad here and start watching Prohibition tonight!
KLRU presents a day of Mystery! for Labor Day weekend. The Masterpiece Mystery! Marathon will be Sunday, Sept. 4, 3:30 to 11 pm. Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway are back for more Oxford University-based whodunits a complete list of the episodes playing are below.
3:30 pm INSPECTOR LEWIS, SERIES II: THE POINT OF VANISHING
The murder of a small-time criminal leads Lewis and Hathaway to a prominent Oxford don-turned-celebrity atheist, who years earlier had been the intended target of a botched murder attempt. Could these isolated incidents be connected?
5 pm INSPECTOR LEWIS, SERIES III: COUNTER CULTURE BLUES
While on a routine disturbance call, Lewis is shocked to encounter a rock star he once idolized, who was believed to have died years ago. Could her sudden reappearance and attempt at a comeback album have any connection to the murder of a young orphan nearby? Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) guest stars.
6:30 pm INSPECTOR LEWIS, SERIES III: THE DEAD OF WINTER
The discovery of a body on an Oxford bus leads Lewis and Hathaway to a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his childhood. Guest stars include Nathaniel Parker (“The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”) as a house guest with suspiciously close ties to the estate owner’s wife.
8 pm INSPECTOR LEWIS, SERIES III: DARK MATTER
When the Master of Gresham College, an amateur astronomer, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis and Hathaway find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff.
9:30 pm INSPECTOR LEWIS, SERIES IV: OLD, UNHAPPY, FAR OFF
A reunion at Oxford’s remaining all-female college ends with the murder of a prominent student, which may be connected to a similar, decade-old case. Lewis and Hathaway must delve into the mystery of the college and its secrets to find the culprit. Juliet Stevenson co-stars. A reunion at Oxford’s remaining all-female college ends with the murder of a prominent student, which may be connected to a similar, decade-old case. Lewis and Hathaway must delve into the mystery of the college and its secrets to find the culprit. Co-starring Juliet Stevenson.
Masterpiece Mystery! Airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on KLRU. This summer features new episodes from favorite detectives as well as a new detective series.
With a gentle smile and a probing mind, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple often finds herself at the center of trouble — a witness to betrayals, poisonings and all manner of mayhem. Knitting needles in hand and a cup of tea always at the ready, Marple quietly earns confidence while uncovering secrets and exposing killers. In The Pale Horse airing July 10 at 8 p.m., Miss Marple seeks justice, armed with little more than a mysterious list of names sent by an old friend only moments before he was murdered.
What does an honest cop do when corruption rules on both sides of the law? Detective Aurelio Zen works to bring justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. Rufus Sewell (Middlemarch) stars as Zen, a Roman police detective hailing from Venice, where “Zen” is a local shortening of the name Zeno. Separated from his wife and living with his mother, he is too frazzled by his job to think about romance. That is, until he meets Tania Moretti (Caterina Murino), his chief’s new secretary. Zen features a trio of spellbinding cases based on the bestselling novels by British crime writer Michael Dibdin. Zen airs July 17, 24 and 31 at 8 p.m.
PBS was the overall Daytime Emmy champ with 14 total awards, all of which – including eight for “Sesame Street” – came during Friday’s presentation of craft and other categories.
PBS’ awards haul included top children’s series, “The Electric Company” and “SciGirls” plus the preschool series “Sesame Street.”
The Electric Company (PBS)
Produced by Sesame Workshop
THE ELECTRIC COMPANY is a multi-media literacy campaign charged with reducing the literacy gap between low and middle income families and advancing the idea that ‘reading is cool.’
• Outstanding Children’s Series
• Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing
• Outstanding Writing in A Children’s Series
Sesame Street (PBS)
Produced by Sesame Workshop
The people on this very special street learn life’s lessons together, provide viewers with strong role models and teach children that everyone brings a special ability to the community. On SESAME STREET, children learn to use their imaginations, build social skill, and respect people’s differences.
• Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
• Outstanding Performer in A Children’s Series: Kevin Clash, as Elmo
• Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design
• Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling
• Outstanding Directing in A Children’s Series
• Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing
• Outstanding Original Song – Children’s and Animation: Sesame Street, “What I Am”
• Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control
SciGirls (PBS Plus)
Produced by tpt National Productions
The goal of SCIGIRLS is unapologetically bold: to change how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math.
Winner for: New Approaches – Daytime Children’s