Odd Squad Saves the World

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The Boys & Girls Club at HACA’s Flores Education & Training Center enjoyed an afternoon watching the ODD SQUAD “Saves The World” premier before it’s 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 premier.  Seventy Kindergartners through 5th graders enjoyed the special and left with a bookmark and a fun pocket-sized math riddle handout.

January 2015 Family Choice

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

Tuesday, January 6 at 8pmRipley, Believe It or Not: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not” franchise grew into an entertainment empire and the eccentric, globetrotting, man became an unlikely national celebrity.

Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 1: ”The Rise of the Dog.”
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. But how did the wolf become the domesticated dog, and how did the hundreds of breeds we know today come to be so different?

Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 2: “Dog By Design.”
 
Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks they were bred for. But as we multiply and transform the many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us.

Wednesday, January 28 at 7pmNATURE “Penguin Post Office”
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. We’ll see their four month drama of getting to their breeding grounds, finding a partner, building a nest, laying eggs, protecting them from predators and raising their young.

Double your generosity – Support Your Favorites!

Your Favorites - KLRU

You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Winter Fundraising Drive this week, but we want you to know that we’re doing things a little bit different this time around.

In an effort to keep more of your favorite PBS programs on-air during fundraising periods, this drive, we’re pledging to provide one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime shows, like Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece TheaterIt’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week, helping us transform the way we fundraise on-air and in turn, making this fundraising effort a success.

Best of all, we have an exciting challenge that begins today – a $25,000 match from a generous donor of KLRU! Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity in an instant.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now to take advantage of this generous donor match!

Flores Education & Training Center Grand Opening

KLRU Demonstration Station

KLRU joined the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) of Austin on Nov. 21 to help celebrate the grand opening of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Flores Education & Training Center at the Meadowbrook Apartments. HACA and B&GC will make this our fifth and final partner for the Ready To Learn Demonstration Station grant.

HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, spoke and cut the ribbon on the new center. The center features classrooms for youth and adult education programs, a community library, an outdoor amphitheater, computer lab, outdoor green spaces, a video and sound production lab and more.

Castro and Clifford

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club and HACA, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families!

Congratulations to the Méndez family for winning the Thomas the Train door prize!

Mendez Family with Thomas the Train door prize

November 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, November 5 at 7pmNATURE “A Sloth Named Velcro” In 2000, in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story of Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life..

Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm:  NATURE “Leave It to Beavers” explores how beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands..

Wednesday, November  26 at 7pmNATURE My Life As a Turkey,” An Original Duckumentary” and The Private Life Of Deer Get ready to view a NATURE marathon in time for Thanksgiving with these three programs on turkeys, ducks, and white-tailed deer!

KLRU NewsBriefs: Drought impacts state’s freshwater supply

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two stories that’ll make you appreciate your local swimming hole over the holiday weekend. Both stories come from our partners at The Texas Tribune.

Labor Day tubers heading for the Guadalupe River may want to watch our story from the Tribune’s Alana Rocha on Saturday. Riders are seeing slower currents and at some spots they have to get out and walk.

“With the reduced spring flow, the speed of the current is so slow that what normally a float trip would require a six-pack – now will require a case,” Bill West of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority quipped.

A longer version of this story is available on The Texas Tribune’s website.

On Sunday, our story travels further south from Austin, all the way to Matagorda Bay. The state’s second largest estuary is at the intersection of the inter-coastal waterway and the Colorado River. Less rain means less freshwater flowing into the area, which is harming seafood and the businesses that depend on it.

“For the Bay to recover we need several things: we need a lot of rain. Also we need to look for cooperative management of our freshwater inflows into the bay,” Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife said. “Certainly people in Austin need fresh water but our bays need fresh water as well.

You can see an extended version of that story here.

 KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.