KLRU Selected to Support Early Learning with New Digital Content

KLRU and four other public television stations will train teachers and families to use educational content developed through the Ready To Learn Initiative

KLRU is one of five stations partnering with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS KIDS to provide educational multimedia content to low-income communities.  The station will receive $109,318 from CPB to test the effectiveness of digital content developed through Ready To Learn (RTL), a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, to test the effectiveness of digital content developed through the program in supporting the development of early math and literacy skills for children ages 2-8 in low-income families.

Over the next year, KLRU will provide RTL content and resources at two sites in the community: SafePlace, which provides residential services to victims of family violence, and Foundation Communities, which offers housing and family-centered educational services to low-income families. The station will train highly qualified educators/education service providers to use RTL content so they can support the children and families who use the facilities at SafePlace and Foundation Communities. Through family-focused community events, KLRU will also demonstrate RTL to other community educators/education service providers, children, and parents/caregivers in the Austin area.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has set the standard for investment in the future of our young learners,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “Through initiatives such as this CPB is continuing its leadership into the digital world, and KLRU is proud to be at the forefront of this technology. We’re excited to get to partner with SafePlace and Foundation Communities but also to provide these tools for learning to our entire community.”


Celebrate National Poetry Month with KLRU!

Discover, write, recite, and celebrate National Poetry Month with KLRU! Thanks to the Academy of American Poets and their initiative to highlight and introduce the pleasures of poetry, April has been dedicated to explore the art since 1996.  KLRU works to support the local arts through our programming and partners with other local arts organizations. He

Spoken 4 All on Arts In Context
Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts. Also known as “slam poetry,” spoken word is an oral performance of extemporaneous or composed pieces of free poetry. Austin has a number of venues that present spoken word, this program highlights the ranging styles of poets at an all-age program hosted monthly at Mitchie’s Gallery. This event features several artists who were involved with the Austin Neo Soul Team that placed 4th in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

Austin Poetry Slam on KLRU Collective
Austin Poetry Slam events take place each Tuesday at the 29th Street Ballroom (located at 29th and Fruth Street). The Austin Poetry Slam (APS) is one of the longest running poetry venues in Texas. Founded in 1994 by Wammo of the Asylum Street Spankers and helmed for 15 years by former Poetry Slam, Inc. president, Mike Henry, Austin Slam is renowned for memorable and often raucous performances by many of the best poets in the slam poetry world. Get details about how to attend the next Austin Poetry Slam

In the Studio: Larry Wilmore tapes Overheard 4/5

Overheard taping announcement

* RSVPs are now closed. If you would like to see Larry Wilmore, he will be at an Austin Film Festival event on Saturday, April 6th, at the Harry Ransom Center. Details for the AFF event.

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Larry Wilmore

LW_7620_hiresDate: April 5
Time: at 8:15pm (Doors open at 7:45pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Larry Wilmore is “Senior Black Correspondent” for The Daily Show, along with being a television writer and producer. He started his career as an actor and stand-up comic before he began writing in the early 90s on shows like In Living Color and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He also created The Bernie Mac Show. Recently he is a consulting producer on The Office. Wilmore is in town for a conversation on writing and producing comedy, presented by the Austin Film Festival on Saturday.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a third season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

Dinosaur Train “Dancing with Dinosaurs Week”


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.

Sid Movie Was a Hit!

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Thanks to all the families that joined us for the Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Slaughter locations on Saturday.

Before the movie, we had fun playing catapult games in the lobby, posing for photos with Sid, and meeting Clifford the Big Red Dog!

See photos from both locations: Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere | March 30, 2013

Be a part of future KLRU kids events by signing up as a KLRU Explorer.

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.

WILD KRATTS “Rainforest Week”

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In a week of episodes set in the rainforest, three new WILD KRATTS episodes featuring rainforest creatures premiere on April 1-3.

Monday, April 1, 4pm
Bugs Or Monkeys? — A miniaturized Martin wants to check out insects in the rainforest, but Chris wants to investigate the world of the Spider monkey. Chris wins when he puts “mini” Martin in his pack back and heads off through the treetops.

Tuesday, April 2, 4pm
Shadow: The Black Jaguar — Martin and Chris are trying to decide on their next wild cat adventure when they learn that Zach Varmitech has decided to “catnap” a Black Jaguar to use as a symbol for his new spybots.

Wednesday, April 3, 4pm
Rainforest Stew — When Chris and Martin go in search of an obscure rainforest creature to add to their Life Lists, the Wild Kratts becomes embroiled in the complex relationships of a tropical rainforest.

Thursday, April 4, 4pm
Walk On The Wetside — When Chris and Martin locate an amazing water-walking Basilisk lizard in Costa Rica, they try to replicate its actions in order to learn how this rare lizard is able to walk on water. They discover that by using its wide feet, churning its legs to create water pockets and keeping up a certain speed, the Basilisk is able to run on water in order to escape from predators. And when Donita Donata begins capturing basilisks, Martin and Chris us their new water walking powers to rescue these rare lizards.

Friday, April 5, 4pm
Kerhonk — When Martin’s and Chris’ Creature Power Suits unexpectedly get jammed in Proboscis monkey mode and the top monkey of the troop is injured protecting a youngster from a crocodile, the Kratt brothers find themselves stepping into the injured monkey’s role. While Aviva nurses the monkey back to health, Chris and Martin must keep the troop together and soon discover the important communication function of the proboscis monkeys strangest feature – his huge, droopy, bulbous nose! They uncover some of the different methods animals utilize to communicate important information to each other.


KLRU Q Saturday at the Movies – 3/30

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

7:00 – Just Seen It Episode #111
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where film school graduates and working entertainment professionals review the newest in theaters, on TV and cable as well as offer industry interviews.

7:30 – On StoryBased on a True Story
The challenges of making true life stories compelling on the screen are discussed by THE FIGHTER’s Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver, Academy Award-nominated scribe Nicholas Kazan (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, AT CLOSE RANGE), Pamela Gray (CONVICTION), Academy Award-winner Ron Howard and the team behind APOLLO 13. Followed by OVERNIGHT STAY, directed by Daniela Sherer.

8:00 – Hollywood Stars Film Package “Eight Men Out
Disgruntled Chicago White Sox players stand trial for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series for mobster Arnold Rothstein. Cast: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner.

10:01 – Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, JEWS AND BASEBALL: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY explores the connection between Jewish Americans and America’s national pastime. The feature- length documentary tells a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions and the shattering of stereotypes. JEWS AND BASEBALL interweaves powerful personal and historical stories with an extraordinary collection of rare archival footage and photos, and a musical score ranging from Benny Goodman to Yo-Yo Ma to Rush.

Science Night 4/3

What Plants Talk About at 7 pm
This program integrates hard-core science with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the  stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and sometimes, wage all-out war.

NOVAAncient Computer at 8 pm
In 1900, a storm blew a boatload of sponge divers off course and forced them to take shelter by the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Diving the next day, they discovered a 2,000-year-old Greek shipwreck. Among the ship’s cargo they hauled up was an unimpressive green lump of corroded bronze. Rusted remnants of gear wheels could be seen on its surface, suggesting some kind of intricate mechanism. The first X-ray studies confirmed that idea, but how it worked and what it was for puzzled scientists for decades. Recently, hi-tech imaging has revealed the extraordinary truth: this unique clockwork machine was the world’s first computer.  NOVA follows the ingenious sleuthing that finally decoded the truth behind the amazing ancient Greek computer.

Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosleyat 9 pm
Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight. But he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. And he thinks he’s found the answer — the ancient idea of fasting. Could the powerful new science behind this idea lead to a longer, healthier life? Mosley thinks he’s found a way of fasting that still allows him to enjoy his food. It sounds too good to be true. So he decides to take a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can make you younger — and of course — to try out some of this new science for himself.


Highlights: March 31 to April 6

KLRU Highlights

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents The Joy of Song With Katherine a Jenkins  at 2 pm Sunday features the talents of the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Welsh classical artist Katherine Jenkins.

Painted Churces of Texas: Echoes Of The Homeland at 3 pm Sunday tells the story of the Painted Churches of Texas that were built by 19th century immigrants with an unexpected profusion of color.

Las Misiones: The Missions of Texas at 4 pm Sunday gives a visual celebration of the structures as historic monuments, religious symbols, and important centers of community and fellowship.

Masterpiece at 8 pm on Sunday presents Mr. Selfridge, Part 1. This mini-series is a dramatization of the real-life story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, the flamboyant and visionary American founder of the famous London department store that revolutionized the modern shopping experience.

With Kind Hearted Woman filmmaker David Sutherland (The Farmer’s Wife, Country Boys) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Part one airs at 8 pm on Monday and Part two airs at 8 pm Tuesday.

Dangerous Edge: A Life Of Graham Greene at 10 pm on Monday presents a film that is a portrait of a writer Graham Greene. It explores how Greene’s life both inspired great writing and drove him to attempt suicide.

History Detectives Episode #1008 at 7 pm Tuesday investigates four stories from the American West including stories of  Kit Carson, Yakima Canutt, and a mysterious inscription on sheet music of the popular western song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.”

Nature presents What Plants Talk About at 7 pm on Wednesday, where the program integrates hard-core science with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are.

NOVA explores the unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck that turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world’s first computer on  Ancient Computer at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley at 9 pm Wednesday explores Michael Mosley’s method of fasting in order to live longer, stay younger and lose weight.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday presents the Georgian jam band Widespread Panic, as they celebrate its 25th anniversary with songs from across their career.

Actor Michael McKean talks about his movie and television career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Arts In Context presents Mother Falcon at 7:30 on Thursday. This episode documents the inspiring story of one of Austin’s beloved bands.

The Mind of a Chef presents Smoke at 8 pm Thursday, as David Chang profiles regional BBQ in North Carolina, Texas and Kansas City and the other-worldly smoky bacon from Allen Benton in Tennessee.

Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury and Christine Ebersole appear in Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook  at 9 pm Friday about great American musicals.

Feinstein explores the marriage of music and choreography, unearthing rare home movies of Astaire rehearsing on set, and never-before-seen footage of Gene Kelly’s Broadway debut in the original Pal Joey on Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook Let’s Dance at 10 pm Friday.

Author and designer Pam Penick illustrates how to go lawn gone and a gardener shows how she replaced grass with water-wise vegetable beds on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents Bon Iver at 7 pm Saturday, as he performs material from his self-titled second album.