New KLRU Kids schedule starts 6/2

On June 2, KLRU will have a new lineup during our children’s programming block from 6:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. The new schedule features back-to-back episodes of some of our viewers favorite shows plus the brand new series Space Racers. The weekend lineup will stay the same. Download a printable version of the new schedule
Here’s the new schedule:
Monday to Friday
6:30 am   Wild Kratts
7:00 am   Sesame Street
8:00 am   Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
9:00 am   Peg + Cat
9:30 am   Super Why
10:00 am Daniel Tiger (two back-to-back episodes)
11:00 am Dinosaur Train (two back-to-back episodes)
12:00 pm Signing Time!
12:30 pm Thomas & Friends (M-Tu-W) / Peep (Th) / Space Racers (Fri.)
1:00 pm  Peg + Cat
2:00 pm  Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
3:00 pm  Arthur  (two back-to-back episodes)
4:00 pm Wild Kratts  (two back-to-back episodes)
5:00 pm  Martha Speaks

Kings on KLRU Q 5/29

The British monarchy holds some of the most fascinating and corrupt leaders in history, and three of the most notable will be featured Thursday, May 29 only on KLRU Q.

In the early 1500s, King Henry VIII of England set himself a part a great deal by claiming spiritual and temporal powers that he thought should supersede the Pope’s authority over the Church of England. The documentary Henry – Mind Of A Tyrant‘s episode “Lover” airs at 8 p.m. and focuses on his wishful love affair with Anne Boleyn, his attempts of annulment with Catherine of Aragon, and Anne’s eventual execution.

Much later in British history, Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, waited until he was almost 60 to finally gain the throne. His mother refused to involve him in state matters forced him into 40 years of enforced idleness, so “Bertie” spent his days gambling, overeating, shooting, smoking and womanizing. Check out the life of Edward VII: The Pleasure King at 8:50 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Next, The Pleasure King’s grandson is put in the spotlight on Edward VIII: The Nazi King at 9:40 p.m. Edward VIII is known for his voluntary abdication of the throne due to his love affair with an American twice-divorced woman, Wallis Simpson.

Exploring Architecture on KLRU Q 5/27

On Tuesday, KLRU Q will go beyond the aesthetics of architecture and into the meaning behind construction, and particularly, how design can promote healing and provide warmth.

Three locations that are designed for healing such as a center for brain health, a university health services building and a health science building are explored on the episode Healing Spaces of the series Cool Spaces! Check out these unusual structures at 8 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour documents the life of an architect who suddenly, 20 years into his career, suffered a nearly fatal illness that left him paralyzed. After experiencing years in and out of health institutions, he turned his career to focus on making cold-feeling places (i.e. hospitals) warm. Learn about his inspirational cause at 9 p.m.

The same Michael Graves has turned a 1920s warehouse in Princeton, New Jersey into his own home, nicknamed “The Warehouse.” The extraordinary and diverse interior is toured on Michael Graves: The Warehouse at 9:30 p.m. only on KLRU Q.

Space Racers: Now with online videos and games

Each Friday at noon, KLRU kids can hop on a spaceship to Stardust Space Academy on the new NASA-developed kids series Space Racers. With  personified spaceship characters, preschoolers will have fun learning about scientific investigation and observations, technology, the solar system and more! In addition, Space Racers now has a wonderful website spaceracers.org that includes episodes, games, and printables! KLRU is proud to carry this fantastic new show for those who think and dream of the universe!

 

Volunteer for Antiques Roadshow this Summer!

Antiques Roadshow Austin 2014

Antiques Roadshow has announced its 2014 Summer Tour destinations and they’re making a stop at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014. To successfully run the appraisal event, Antiques Roadshow relies on local public television stations to help recruit volunteers from the local community. Volunteering for Antiques Roadshow is a great way to meet new people, have fun and participate in public television. Those individuals who volunteer can even have two items appraised!

Interested? Here’s some more information to know about volunteering for Antiques Roadshow:

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 18.
  • Volunteers are assigned various tasks including crowd control, welcoming guests, production assistance and more.
  • All Antiques Roadshow volunteer positions require standing or walking throughout the 12 hour event. Please ensure that you are able and willing to participate in this physically demanding day.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and Antiques Roadshow polo shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Volunteers are required to wear the Antiques Roadshow polo shirt throughout the event.

All volunteers must attend a training session on Friday, June 27 from 4-6pm (the day before the event) and should plan on arriving at the Convention Center at 6:30am on Saturday, June 28. At check-in volunteers must show a government issued ID. Please note: attendance at Friday’s volunteer training is mandatory and volunteers must commit to assisting for the entire day on Saturday from 6:30am to approximately 7pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Antiques Roadshow, please register to be a volunteer at klru.org/volunteer.

If you would like to attend Antiques Roadshow but are unable to volunteer, we have a limited number of general admission tickets available for your $400 donation to the station.

We truly appreciate your support of KLRU and can’t wait to see you at Antiques Roadshow!

KLRU News Briefs: Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Boardwalk to Open June 7, 2014

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we take a look into the new Boardwalk that is opening right on Austin’s very own Lady Bird Lake. The call to action was made by The Trail Foundation in 2007. The first task they had to overcome was funding, which they partially achieved with the 2010 mobility bond package. The Trail Foundation then committed $3 million in private funds in order to match the public money that was put into it.

The hard work and effort that was put into the boardwalk is very visible as Marty Stump, Project Management Supervisor for the City of Austin, proudly boasts about during his interview.

“It is really the result of a lot of people working over a long, long time, and obviously the construction nearing completion is very exciting for the department,” Stump states. “And, I know a lot of the trail users are anxious to get on the trail.”

The Trail Foundation speaks highly about the hope for an “increased distribution” that the Boardwalk will allow for trail users. Susan Rankin, the Executive Director of The Trail Foundation, shows how pleased she is with the finished product.

“It is really different to be out over the water… it is totally different than the experience of walking or running on the trail,” Rankin attests. “It’s going to be a beautiful, beautiful destination.”

The opening of the new Boardwalk is occurring on June 7, 2014. It will start at 10am and includes entertainment, music and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a festive march across the Boardwalk itself.

This story airs on KLRU Saturday, May 24, 2014 during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

Ann Richards School Student Productions 2014

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was founded in 2007 and serves grades 6-12. It is a unique public all-girls school in Austin, Texas dedicated to educating young women to become leaders and to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. Ann Richards is a college preparatory school that focuses on challenging its students through rigorous pre-AP and AP courses.

When students at Ann Richards reach ninth grade, they choose one of three pathways to learn about in their four years of high school: Media Technology, Engineering, or Biomedical. Students in the Media Technology pathway create many short films and animations, among other things, over the course of their high school years. KLRU has partnered with juniors from the Media Technology pathway to share a selection of these shorts.

The animations were completed by the sophomores over the course of a semester and the short films were completed by the juniors and seniors. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Papagayo, Final Cut Pro, and AVID. The students had to write, develop, and produce their pieces on their own. The sophomores worked on hand drawing and painting their characters in photoshop before working on After Effects to animate their stories. The juniors and seniors worked on their own to write, edit, and produce their films. These girls dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations and films.

These short films and animations are available now

Highlights May 25 – 31

KLRU Highlights

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 10 pm featuring a variety of performances on the U.S. Capitol lawn to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed services.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 p.m. Monday features host Mark L. Walberg in Richmond, Virginia looking at a 1935 Bride of Frankenstein pressbook and more.

The bloodiest war in American history changed the country’s culture forever, in part by the unprecedented scale of casualties it produced. The documentary Death and Civil War: The American Experience directed by Ric Burns describes the effects of the war at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Coming Back With Wes Moore at 7 p.m. on Tuesday features American veterans who have come home and are finding their place as a non-serving citizen. The episode “Moving Forward” documents several personal accounts of veterans’ goals in the new chapter of their lives, some facing hardships and others success.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the film D-day 360 re-creates the legendary World War II battlefield with software that reproduces both the macro and micro scale of the scene.

Frontline‘s premier Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria goes on the ground at 9 p.m. Tuesday with right-wing Ukrainians telling their story of hatred with their Russian counterparts. Then in Syria, Frontline finds rebel fighters that claim they are armed and trained secretly by American forces.

Tattooed Under Fire at 10 p.m. on Tuesday reveals personal accounts of Iraq-bound or returning soldiers while they’re under the needle: whether the tattoos signify pain, excitement, patriotism, or death, these tattoos send a message from the hearts of our war heroes.

Nature zooms in on our country’s trademark, the American Bald Eagle, and its endangerment on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

NOVA goes underwater to explore “D-day’s Sunken Secrets” on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Diving into the Normandy beaches, specialists find evidence of the key components of the Allies’ successful technology used to defeat Nazi Germany.

Austin City Limits features contemporary folk rock bands Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly, performing their best hits and new material at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Overheard with Evan Smith talks with Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist often featured on MSNBC’s Meet the Press and other programs.

Arts in Context explores the history of tattoo artistry on its episode “A Moving Canvas” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday The Daytripper travels to Orange, Texas to visit restaurants, museums, and looks at alligators from an airboat.

A low-income high school band is documented on Arts in Context at 8:30 p.m., revealing the strain school budgets puts on arts programs and the impact on the community.

An Austin edition of Arts in Context at 9 p.m. Thursday features summer campers of Austin Lyric Opera’s “Opera Odyssey” camp that produce and perform their own show “Quarantine.”

The Doctor’s time-traveling spaceship TARDIS comes to a crash in The Eleventh Hour of Doctor Who at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

This week’s Central Texas Gardener focuses on how to “Make A Splash!” with creative water sources for your garden. The program will air at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

60s Pop, Rock & Soul features artists Davy Jones, Peter Noone, and many more on the “My Music” stage on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The first English group to tour America and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Dave Clark Five are put in the spotlight at 9 p.m. on Saturday with interviews from legends Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and many more celebrities.

The legendary performance Grateful Dead – Dead Ahead from Halloween 1980 at the Radio City Music Hall, or the “Showplace of the Nation,” comes on KLRU at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Science Night 5/28

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature American Eagle at 7 pm
Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation, as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. Photographed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this first-ever HD hour on bald eagles focuses on the drama of the nest. Even in the best of times, it’s a surprisingly tough struggle to maintain a one-ton home and raise chicks until they can hunt on their own. This is an intimate portrait of these majestic raptors’ lives in the wild.

NOVA D-day’s Sunken Secrets at 8 pm
On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 ships crossed the English Channel, along with thousands of tanks and landing craft and nearly 200,000 men. Throughout the operation hundreds of ships sank running the gauntlet of mines and bunkers, creating one of the world’s largest underwater archaeological sites. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archaeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads. Dive teams, submersibles, and underwater robots discover and identify key examples of the Allied craft that fell victim to German shellfire, mines and torpedoes. The team uses the latest 3D mapping tools to plot the relics on the sea floor. Highlighting the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses, “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets” unfolds a vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and reveals how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

Giveaway: Mariachi Vargas en Concierto on June 7th

The world-renown, 115-year-old mariachi band Mariachi Vargas is inducting its sixth generation of members with a special performance at the Long Center in Austin on June 7th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Long Center

Our friends at Mariachi Vargas have given KLRU a limited number of tickets to giveaway to our viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org by 9 am on May 30th. We will randomly choose three winners who will each receive two tickets to the performance.

Mariachi Vargas en Concierto captivates heart and soul with a live concert experience of Mexico’s finest music with El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, and some Texas favorites! Mariachi Vargas is one of the world’s most influential and revered mariachi groups, and has been since 1898. There have since been five generations of musicians. It’s time to introduce the sixth generation of Mariachi Vargas under the direction of the new violinist, vocalist and director, Carlos Martínez, nephew of the previous director José “Pepe” Martínez.

The award-winning Austin area performers Mariachi Nueva Generación from Texas State University and the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.” William “Carlton” Gálvez from Kyle, Texas will start off the concert. A special guest appearance of the 11-year-old singing prodigy Angélica Vargas will launch her first recording for her self-titled CD.