September 2013 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In September 2013, two new series premiere that are incredible family viewing opportunities and historic moments for PBS. Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation, explores the world’s birds. Latino Americans is an epic history series just in time for Latino Heritage Month. Finally, NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword,” features the feared Ulfberht sword.

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays at 7 pm, starting September 4

This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. It employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view. This six-part series concludes on October 9th.

Latino Americans (3-part, six-hour series)
Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm
starting September 17 – October 1
(Series repeats on Sundays at 1:30 pm)
Latino Americans is an epic history series narrated by Benjamin Bratt that chronicles the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1500 to the 21st century.  Through its people, politics and culture, Latino Americans tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today.  The series utilizes the accounts of historical figures and events as well as present-day interviews with nearly 100 Latinos—from best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and pop cultural celebrities to political leaders and everyday people, as well as historians and other experts.

NOVA #3913 “Secrets of the Viking Sword”
Wednesday, September 25 at 8 pm (encore presentation)
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.

 

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.

Dinosaur Train “Dancing with Dinosaurs Week”

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Monday-Friday, April 8-12 at 9:30 am

In a week of encore episodes, kids can enjoy the most musical moments of DINOSAUR TRAIN for a week of dance-tastic adventures. Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don explore ponds, gardens, oceans and more in “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden,” “Remember the Alamosaurus/Sunrise, Sunset,” “Elmer Elasmosaurus/Dinosaur Block Party,” “Junior Conductor Jamboree/Troodon Train Day” and “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight.” They sing and dance as they encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.

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.

Celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday

Planet Name Game

To mark Dr. Seuss’ birthday, on Friday, March 1, at 8:30 am & 2:00 pm, KLRU-TV will premiere two back to back episodes of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! “Rumbly Tumbly/Planet Name Game.” Nick, Sally, and the rest of the Seussian gang join the Cat as they embark on adventures great and small. From a super-shrunken trip into Thing One’s stomach to learn why our tummies rumble to an epic endeavor in search of the Top of the Sky, both episodes feature the show’s signature whimsy and scientific curiosity.

 

The Next Big Thing

KLRU Next

GET TOGETHER with other motivated young professionals to share insights and ideas as part of this exciting membership group …KLRU Next. As a member you not only support KLRU through your donation, but also through events that bring the programming and values of KLRU into the community.

Past KLRU Next events include:

  • Member night at the Austin City Limits taping with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • Whole Foods Cooking School inspired by America’s Test Kitchen
  • An ACL Live Behind the Scenes Studio Tour
  • An outdoor East Austin Movie Night
  • Happy Hour at W Austin around the hotel’s opening
  • A Downton Abbey inspired Grand SoireeNEXTBlackFinnPub

Want to learn more about KLRU Next?

Be a part of Blackfinn Ameripub’s Grand Opening Weekend! Blackfinn Ameripub, a lively restaurant and bar opening this weekend in Austin, will generously donate a portion of the opening day proceeds from one of their favorite signature cocktails to KLRU Next. Light complementary appetizer spreads and fantastic drink specials all day long! We’ll also have giveaways for Blackfinn March Madness and tickets to an upcoming ACL taping.

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page here

Join KLRU Next nowMembers receive exclusive invitations to signature KLRU Next events and access to ticket giveaways, including ACL tapings and community events. At $240 per year, or $20 per month, you can be part of the future of KLRU. Join us!

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

KLRU Q Saturday Night at the Movies – 12/22

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length movie every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

8:00pm – Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Poirot X: Murder On The Orient Express
David Suchet (Henry VIII, The Way We Live Now) stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in this mystery based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not. Securing a last-minute ticket on the Orient Express from Istanbul to London, Poirot finds himself amongst a host of eclectic fellow passengers. When the train becomes caught in a snowdrift and a passenger is found brutally murdered mid-voyage, the famous Belgian detective is called upon to investigate the crime and find the culprit. Dame Eileen Atkins (Cranford), Hugh Bonneville (Miss Austen Regrets) and David Morrissey (Sense and Sensibility) guest star.

9:30pm – David Suchet on the Orient Express
This program takes us across the Europe of today and reaches into bygone eras. With glamour, insight, charm, beautiful photography and fascinating characters, Suchet leads us on an epic journey on an iconic train through a series of romantic cities and stunning scenery.

Librarian in Leander ISD named a KLRU/PBS LearningMedia Grand Prize Winner!

Rachel Deaton, Librarian of Winkley Elementary in Leander ISD is now the proud owner of a new iPad thanks to her entry in the PBS LearningMedia Sweepstakes! Rachel is a daily user of KLRU / PBS LearningMedia in order to supply her teachers and students with relevant, engaging content and is “amazed” at the wealth of information on the site. Access to the Learning Media portal is FREE to all and offers access to over 20,000 artifacts from the PBS archives. (Two hints: Create your free login ASAP to avoid reminders, and “like” PBS LearningMedia on Facebook to receive valuable tips on contents.)

Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency

In light of the terrible events that transpired in Newtown, CT, here are some materials to help you and your young child.

Talking to children about current news: http://to.pbs.org/UY5Uj7

Here’s a link to a few pointers from PBS Parents and Mister Rogers on talking to kids about news that may be scary:http://to.pbs.org/12pWyyO

Click the picture below to access Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency, to support families either directly impacted or others who are struggling to make sense of this tragedy.  As an additional resource, Sesame Workshop has posted Sesame Street Support PSAs. These discuss monitoring television viewing, managing stressful situations and identifying and coping with emotions. Most importantly for adults, though you may wish to remain glued to the television or Internet for breaking news, after a reasonable time you should step away!

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