Science Night: Aftermath of September 11 9/7

Wednesday Science Night on September 7th spotlights the aftermath of September 11th from a scientific stance by examining the restoration of a destroyed wildlife habitat in the Middle East and the construction of the new Freedom Tower and World Trade Center Memorial.

Nature: Braving Iraq 7 pm
In the early 1990s, Saddam Hussein destroyed the Mesopotamian Marshes when its inhabitants rebelled against him. Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this beautiful “Garden of Eden” was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth and was thought to have been destroyed forever. But one man is making an extraordinary effort to restore both animals and people to the scene of one of the greatest ecocides of the 20th century. Is it a dream too far? Can man and animal live again in what remains one of the most politically troubled and dangerous places on earth?

Nova: Engineering Ground Zero 8 pm
This program is an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Rebuilding Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial. NOVA captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers with the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient, “green” architecture and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. In September 2011, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, this program will culminate with the topping off ceremony at the Freedom Tower and the opening of the memorial.

Q Night at the Movies for September

KLRU Q Night at the Movies now spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month our feature films will be:

September 3: Fiddler On The Roof
A poor Jewish milkman (Topol) and his wife (Norma Crane) try to marry off their five daughters while antisemitic forces threaten their home in pre-revolutionary Russia.

September 10: The Madness of King George
The 18th-century British monarch (Nigel Hawthorne) loves his devoted queen (Helen Mirren) but illness dramatically affects his mind and eventually his position of power.

September 17: Never on Sunday

An American intellectual (Jules Dassin) tries to reform a happy prostitute (Melina Mercouri) with whom he is infatuated in Greece.

September 24: Thelma & Louise
An Arkansas waitress (Susan Sarandon) and a housewife (Geena Davis) shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird in an escape from their troubled and caged lives.

PBS KIDS Eat Smart for a Great Start 2011

Eat Smart for a Great StartAs children head back to school, PBS KIDS makes it easy for families to stay healthy and active with the PBS KIDS Eat Smart for a Great Start initiative.  To help start the school year off right, PBS KIDS has developed themed television programming, online content, and partnerships with and Produce for Kids® — to provide kids and parents with resources that support health and physical activitity. These resources are available on

SESAME STREET: What are Super Foods? Join Elmo and the Sesame Street gang as they learn.
4230 – Saved by Super Foods!   (Tuesday, September 13, 2011)
4254 – The Cookie Touch (Wednesday, September 14, 2011)
4232 – Veggies Revolt (Sunday & Monday, September 18 & 19, 2011)

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT: Learn about milk, honey, and more with the Cat in the Hat.
120 – Finola’s Farm (Wednesday, September 7, 2011)
119 – Thump (Friday, September 9, 2011)
117 – The Tree Doctor (Thursday, September 15, 2011)
101 – Show me the Honey (Monday, September 19, 2011)
105 – Flower Power (Monday, September 26, 2011)

SUPER WHY!: The Super Readers learn about sharing and getting active in these episodes of SUPER WHY!.
128 – Sleeping Beauty (Monday, September 26, 2011)
130 – The Goose & The Golden Eggs (Wednesday, September 28, 2011)
131 – The Magic Porridge Pot (Friday, September 30, 2011)

WILD KRATTS: Creature adventures await with Martin and Chris Kratt!
120 – The Blue and Gray (Friday, September 9, 2011)
110 – Honey Seekers (Monday, September 12, 2011)

ARTHUR: Get moving with Arthur and friends!
116 – Arthur & the Crunch Cereal Contest (Wednesday, September 7, 2011)
119 – DW Rides Again & Arthur Makes the Team (Thursday, September 15, 2011)
1410 – The Long Road Home (Tuesday, September 20, 2011)
1403 – The Play’s the Thing (Thursday, September 29, 2011)

SID THE SCIENCE KID: Get movin’ and groovin’ with Sid the Science Kid as he explores topics ranging from muscles to what makes a ball bounce.
136 – Special Mom Day Meal (Tuesday, September 6, 2011)
137 – I Have Muscles Where? (Wednesday, September 7, 2011)
138 – Sid’s Amazing Lungs (Thursday, September 8, 2011)
139 -  How Did My Dog Do That? (Friday, September 9, 2011)
203 – That’s the Way the Ball Bounces (Monday, September 12, 2011)
205 – Sid’s Super Kick (Thursday, September 15, 2011)
203 – That’s the Way the Ball Bounces (Friday, September 16, 2011)

DINOSAUR TRAIN: In “Triceratops for Lunch,” the Pteranadon family eats lunch with a Triceratops and learns what it means to be a herbivore.
102 – Triceratops for Lunch (Friday, September 9, 2011)

CURIOUS GEORGE: Monkey around with Curious George as he learns all about exercising and more!
402 – Juicy George/The Big Picture: Juicy George (Tuesday, September 13, 2011)
401 – Personal Trainer/Sprout Outing:  Curious George, Personal Trainer  (Wednesday, September 14, 2011)
404 – Inside Story/Little Fish, Big Pond: The Inside Story  (Thursday, September 15, 2011)
304 – Mulch Ado About Nothing/What Goes Up (Thursday, September 29, 2011)

MARTHA SPEAKS: Join Martha for adventures in the kitchen and more!
122 – Ice Scream (Monday, September 12, 2011)
124 – Alice Twinkle Toes and Martha Fails the Course (Wednesday, September 14, 2011)
128 – T.D. and the Steak Tree/T.D. and Martha Gopher Broke  (Thursday, September 22, 2011)
131 – Martha Bakes (Wednesday, September 28, 2011)

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG: Clifford has some “food for thought” in these food-related episodes.
222 – Food for Thought/Friends 4 Ever (Wednesday, September 7, 2011)
104 – Clifford’s Carnival and Clifford’s Doggy Reunion (Monday, September 19, 2011)
105 – The Great Race/Tummy Trouble (Tuesday, September 20, 2011)
106 – Cleo Comes to Town & False Friends  (Wednesday, September 21, 2011)
108 – A New Friend for Clifford (Friday, September 23, 2011)

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KLRU Programming for Hispanic Heritage Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Latin American culture.

Monday, September 19th from 9:00-10:00 pm

The Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, not only
changed the course of Mexican history, but also profoundly impacted its relationships with the rest of
the world. This program looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces
that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced its course, and determined its consequences and legacy.

POV “The Learning”
Tuesday, September 20th from 9:00-10:30 pm

One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of
the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers.”The
Learning” is the story of four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach
in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families’ lives back in their
impoverished country. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of life in
America, which soon collide with Baltimore’s tough realities.

Wednesday, September 21st at 9:00 pm

In 2008 in Patchogue, NY, a series of attacks against Latino residents ended with the killing of 37- year-old Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived there for 13 years. Seven local high school students arrested for the crime admitted they were “looking for a Mexican” to beat up. Over a two-year period, the film followed Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri as he led a diverse group of residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town and repair the fabric of their community life. The victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and other Latino residents became leading voices for immigrants while working within the community to address local divisions. Faith leaders mobilized their congregations, and educators and school administrators developed anti-bias programs.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles”
Friday, September 23, 2011, 8 p.m.

Placido Domingo, one of the most popular and celebrated tenors of his generation, looks back and reflects on his favorite roles in opera houses around the world.

Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 pm

This KLRU production discovers the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through
the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage. To understand our present,
Arts In Context explores the fabric of our past. Although the philosophy behind Dia de los Muertos
(Day of the Dead) began in the Mexican culture, now it crosses all cultures as a ceremony to remember
and value the ones who led us to where we are today.

In the Studio: Overheard taping with John Heilemann 9/21

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with John Heilemann on September 21 at 9:00 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Heilemann writes about politics and business for New York Magazine, and his work also appears in other major publications nationwide. A sharp observer of US politics, Heilemann always seems to have a piece of inside knowledge and a surprising new scoop. His book Game Change, coauthored with Mark Halperin, documented the 2008 presidential campaign and became a bestseller. We’ll hear the latest political news and we’ll catch Heilemann’s take on the Republican primary race.

Join us as Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program.

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Joe Klein 9/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Joe Klein on September 14 at 2:00 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 1:30.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Joe Klein covers national and international politics in his award-winning column for TIME, called “In the Arena.”  He’s also the author of six books.  The most recent of those books is Politics Lost, which makes the argument that American politics has become more about keeping power than about serving the best interest of the country.  Klein’s most famous book is Primary Colors, a novel that took heavy inspiration from the Clinton administration – written by Klein under the pen name Anonymous.

Join us as Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida.  We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program.

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Margaret Hoover 9/2

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Margaret Hoover.
Date: Friday, September 2
Time: Taping starts at 10:30 am. Doors open at 10 am.
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form to the left to RSVP.

Margaret Hoover works as a political commentator for Fox News, and proudly wears the label of a champion of conservative causes. But she also expresses deep concern for the future of the Republican Party. Her new book, American Individualism, invites young Americans to embrace the Republicans, and offers a guide for the party to win the support of young voters. The key, she says, lies in politics that focus on individual freedoms and that end the outsize influence of social and religious conservatives in Republican politics and policy.

With this taping, Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at

End the Summer with KLRU Create marathons

Starting at 10 am each Saturday, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

September 3
Last of the Summer Fun

The unofficial end to summer is upon us, and grillmaster Steven Raichlen has fantastic tips for the grill just in time for your Labor Day barbecue. Fire up your BBQ with succulent seafood, racks of ribs and pork that’s just waiting to be pulled! Invite your friends and family over for the last of the summer fun!

September 10
Shopping Spree

Get ready…get set…SHOP! This Saturday’s shopping spree won’t take place at your local mall — we’re going worldwide! William Stubbs of “Moment of Luxury” takes us to the famed Sotheby’s in New York for some high-end bidding at an auction. Then, we are off to India with the Pat Johnson and Regina Fraser, the “Grannies on Safari,” to purchase craft fair goodies. No shopping spree is complete without some clothing and accessories, and Burt Wolf has you covered. He brings us to Rome to visit the finest fashion houses and tailors. Make sure you put away some extra spending cash
because we are ready to shop ’til we drop!

September 17
Paella, Please

The Spanish dish paella is enjoyed by millions around the world. Celebrate this flavorful and versatile meal with Create’s experts this Saturday. Steven Raichlen prepares paella on the grill and whips up a fantastic vegetable version of the dish, Andreas Viestad gives us his Norwegian-style paella and Hubert Keller gets in on the act with mounds of seafood to make his paella pop. After you’ve had your first bite of paella, you’ll be asking for more and more!

September 24
And the Winner is …

Three cheers and congratulations to Create’s 2011 Daytime Emmy-award winning programs, Eric Ripert’s “Avec Eric” and Joseph Rosendo’s “Travelscope.” This marathon is dedicated to the flavorful dishes and unbelievable excursions of these popular hosts. There’s no telling where in the world Eric and Joseph’s exploits will take you, so sit back and enjoy!