Airing on KLRU 18. 1 Tuesday, Nov. 6, 3:30 pm
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.
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.
Lonesome George and the Battle For The Galapagos at 7 pm
George, as he is affectionately known, is a national hero and an emblem of the ongoing struggle to preserve the unique nature of the Galapagos Islands. This special film tells George’s story against the backdrop of the bigger conservation issues faced by these beautiful islands. George’s loneliness is all part of a far bigger picture. The Pinta tortoise has been heavily hunted, and the islands have long been invaded by non-native species which push out the local wildlife. Even tourists, who come here partly to see the famous George, have added to the problems. There is an enormous struggle going on to restore the islands’ unique biodiversity, but not everyone loves George: local fishermen who want to protect their rights to fish in Galapagos’ protected waters have seized on him as a focus for their frustrations; meanwhile conservation efforts need to be balanced with an economy based on letting
NOVA “Mystery of Easter Island” at 8 pm
A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? NOVA explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism. Among the radical new theories is that the islanders used ropes to “walk” the statues upright, like moving a fridge. With the help of an accurate 15-ton replica statue, a NOVA team sets out to test this high-risk, seemingly unlikely theory.
NOVA ScienceNow “What Are Animals Thinking?” at 9 pm
Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside an animal’s head? How do they see the world — and us? Is your dog really feeling guilty when it gives you that famous “guilty look?” Do pigeon brains possess “superpowers” that allow them to find their way home across hundreds of unfamiliar miles? David Pogue meets — and competes — with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes “us” different from “them” expanding our understanding of how animals really think.
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PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! will celebrate Halloween with multiple themed episodes October 29-31, 2012. A premiere WILD KRATTS episode about spiders is among the highlights, with themed episodes from ARTHUR, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, SUPER WHY!, DINOSAUR TRAIN, SID THE SCIENCE KID and more.
Monday, October 29th
8:30am — THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT “Trick or Treat”
9am — SUPER WHY! “The Ghost Who was Afraid of Halloween”
2pm — THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT “Trick or Treat”
3pm — ARTHUR “What Scared Sue Ellen?”
3:30pm — WORDGIRL “Scary with a Side of Butter”
4pm — WILD KRATTS “Masked Bandits”
Tuesday, October 30
6:30am — MARTHA SPEAKS “Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird/Return to Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird”
8am — CURIOUS GEORGE “Scaredy Dog/Say Goodnight, George”
9:30am — DINOSAUR TRAIN “Night Train”
11:30am — BARNEY & FRIENDS “Sweeter Than Candy”
2:30pm — CURIOUS GEORGE “Scaredy Dog/Say Goodnight, George”
3pm — ARTHUR “Fernkenstein’s Monster”
4pm — WILD KRATTS “A Bat in the Brownies”
5pm – MARTHA SPEAKS “Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird/Return to Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird”
Wednesday, October 31st — HALLOWEEN
6:30am — MARTHA SPEAKS “TD’s Magic/Scaredy Cat”
8am — CURIOUS GEORGE “The Fully Automatic Fun Hat/Creatures of the Night”
8:30am — THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT “Aye, Aye!/Trick or Treat”
9am — SUPER WHY! ”The Ghost Who was Afraid of Halloween”
9:30am — DINOSAUR TRAIN “Haunted Roundhouse/Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
10:30am — SID THE SCIENCE KID “Halloween Spooky Science Special”
11am — WORD WORLD “Kooky Spooky Halloween/Sheep’s Halloween Costume”
11:30am — BARNEY & FRIENDS ”Guess Who and Sweet Treats”
noon — ANGELINA BALLERINA: NEXT STEPS “Angelina’s Trick or Treat Feat”
1:30pm — CYBERCHASE “Trick or Treat”
2pm — THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT “Aye, Aye!/Trick or Treat”
2:30pm — CURIOUS GEORGE “The Fully Automatic Fun Hat/Creatures of the Night”
3pm — ARTHUR “Hic or Treat” 3:30pm — WORDGIRL “Tobey’s Tricks and Treats”
4pm — WILD KRATTS “Secrets of the Spider’s Web”
4:30pm — ELECTRIC COMPANY “Spooky Summer Soiree”
5pm — MARTHA SPEAKS “TD’s Magic/Scaredy Cat”
WILD KRATTS will have new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31, at 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
October 16, 2012 – #202 “Race for the Hippo Disc”
When Chris and Martin accidentally lose a Power Disc on the African savannah, the Wild Kratts go into crisis mode to find the disc before it gets into the hands of Zach Varmitech. Science Concept: Territoriality.
October 17, 2012 – #203 “Creature Power Challenge”
After getting caught in the middle of a tussle between a grumpy rhino and an outraged elephant, Martin and Chris decide to have a contest to decide what are stronger – elephant or rhino powers. Science Concept: Animals have adaptations for where and how they live.
October 18, 2012 – #204 “Termites vs. Tongues”
When Aviva and Koki accidentally miniaturize themselves and get carried away by termites, Martin and Chris must split up to search for them. Science Concept:Predator/prey relationship.
October 22, 2012- #129 “Seasquatch”
The Kratt brothers’ sub loses power while they are exploring the strange landscape of the ocean depths and they are trapped on the ocean floor. Aviva must figure out how to harness the energy from the deep sea’s hydrothermal vents in order to save the brothers and return them to the surface. The WILD KRATTS team learns all about the amazing process of chemosynthesis and how deep sea creatures transform toxic chemicals into energy. With a little help from the Yeti crab, Martin and Chris are able to capture the this energy and use it to restart the amphi-sub and return to the surface.Science Concepts: Chemosynthesis; how special deep sea creatures transform such toxic chemicals into energy.
October 23, 2012 – #133 “Gecko Effect”
There’s a mystery to be solved, as the WILD KRATTS team wonders how a Gecko lizard climbs up smooth surfaces and can even climb upside down. The gang uses the Miniaturizer to shrink and discover it’s all about physics. But in the meantime, Zach has stolen their Miniaturizer and now imprisons them in a glass terrarium. Martin and Chris activate the new Gecko Powers of their Creature Power Suits and must retrieve the Miniaturizer before Zach shrinks all the animals in the creature world. Science Concept: Physics – Objects have electrical charges that attract one another. The gecko’s toe pad structure enhances these charges so much that they can “stick to” smooth surfaces.
October 24, 2012 – #139 “Googly Eye”
The Kratt brothers secretly “borrow” Aviva’s half-finished night vision goggles to go in search of a mysterious nocturnal creature. But when the unstable goggles stop working, the brothers find themselves taken in by the nocturnal society of the tarsier. Then, when the tarsier troop is in danger of losing one of their own, Chris and Martin must tap into their newfound understanding of nocturnal living and help the troubled tarsier family. Science Concept: Nocturnal-vision creatures are creatures that come out at night. Eyes help a creature see by collecting the light that comes from objects all around. They have a feature called an iris that opens or closes the pupil to let more or less light in.
October 25, 2012 – #135 “Quillber”
It’s Aviva’s birthday, and Chris and Martin decide to collect shed porcupine quills to make a beautiful necklace as a gift. As they tag along with an African crested porcupine, they discover that animals have different ways to defend themselves from predators, one of which comes in handy to protect the porcupines from Zach’s latest animal collection scheme. Science Concept: Defense strategies; animals have different ways to defend themselves from predators. Some animals, like porcupines, have highly specialized features designed to ward off predators. Porcupine quills are modified hairs, designed by nature into a deadly defense.
October 31, 2012 – #208 “Spiders”
When the creature adventuring Kratt Brothers take a nasty tumble, the WILD KRATTS team sets off on a mission to find and recreate one of the greatest of all biotech engineering secrets: spider silk. Science Concept: Biotechnology – Humans can develop new objects by taking cues from nature.
WILD KRATTS also just launched Creaturepedia, an online animal encyclopedia that includes information on each animal’s creature powers, diet, geographic location and more, as well as video content, available on PBSKIDS.org/wildkratts.
Be sure to check out the new season of ARTHUR with five new episodes
beginning October 15th on KLRU-TV at 3 p.m.!
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
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.
Check out the launch of Sesame Street’s 43rd Season
on KLRU on Monday, September 24th!!
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Look at what you’ve done!
Thanks to support from our community, KLRU has been able to do so much in 2011-2012:
- Threw a downtown block party for our whole city to celebrate 50 years of public television in Austin (Cookie Monster was there, too!)
- Brought Community Cinema back to Windsor Public Library for another great season of independent film – Free every month for anyone to attend.
- Showcased phenomenal women in our community who are changing lives through the national online project Women and Girls Lead (we’ll highlight more women in 2012-2013 so stay tuned!)
- Challenged hundreds of school-aged kids to read this summer with the KLRU Summer Learning Challenge
- Brought you new episodes of Downton Abbey, Frontline, Moyers & Company, NOVA, Nature, Antiques Roadshow, Market Warriors, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, Austin City Limits, and many more!