KLRU and Community Partners host Family Creative Learning workshops

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a robot chef that could make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? You would have to program it by giving it very specific instructions.

That is how children and their parents start learning about coding in the Family Creative Learning (FCL) PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshops.  The families learn to animate their favorite PBS KIDS characters using the PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. app on Playtime Pads, a tablet that they get to keep at the end of the workshop.

KLRU and our local children’s museum, Thinkery, hosted a fun FCL PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshop in October. Nine young children and their parents learned concepts of coding by  reading books and participating in fun movement activities. They built paper airplanes to practice using the design engineering process (imagine, plan, build, test, repeat).

The children and their parents created animation projects together.  Parents learned from their kids as much as the kids learned from their parents. You could see a lot of smiles in the room.

One child was very excited when he shared: “Now my mom knows technology & can do it with me!”

We hope that all families feel just as empowered that they can now create their own animations.

KLRU also partners with Communities In Schools (CIS) to host workshops. This month, 8 families that are part of their ASPIRE family literacy program are currently participating in a Family Creative Learning PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshop.  Those families are just as excited and are having a blast learning how to code.

Click here if you would like to use the FCL Scratch Jr. workshop materials to help your own child learn how to code: https://klru.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-kids-family-creative-learning/

Also, this month 8 additional families are participating in the new Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Family Creative Learning workshop at Thinkery. The Ruff Ruffman FCL workshop will help children learn science by playing with mixtures, investigating material science, exploring force and motion, and creating structures.

They will also learn about those topics by watching short Ruff Ruffman videos and playing digital games on Playtime Pads (tablets that they will get to keep).

The Ruff Ruffman science activities, videos, and games can be found here:  https://klru.pbslearningmedia.
org/collection/ruff-ruffman-show/

 

FCL workshops are part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Department of Education and administered by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and PBS.  Our Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project brings RTL science and literacy content to children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households as well as their families and educators.  KLRU partners with local community organizations to host workshops at their sites for the children that they serve.  Our partners are Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.

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The Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act 11/3

This Friday, November 3, The Library of Congress will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the act established public broadcasting as it is organized today and also authorized the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish and maintain a library and archives of non-commercial educational television and radio programs.

The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in D.C. at the Library and livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress

Here is the lineup:

1PM  –  Introductions and Welcoming Remarks
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH
Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, CPB
Sen. Ed Markey, AAPB adviser

1:15 PM  – Origins
Nicholas Johnson, FCC commissioner, 1966-73
Bill Siemering, NPR co-founder, creator of “All Things Considered”
Newton Minow, FCC chairman, 1961-63, via video
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser (moderator)

2:10 PM –  News and Public Affairs Talk Shows
Jim Lehrer, co-anchor, “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour”
Dick Cavett, host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1977-1982
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser
Hugo Morales, co-founder, Radio Bilingüe
Sharon Percy Rockefeller, CEO, WETA-TV
Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” (moderator)

3:10 PM – Documentaries: Style and the Use of Archives
David Fanning, creator, “FRONTLINE” Clayborne Carson, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Research and Education Institute; senior adviser, “Eyes on the Prize”
Stephen Gong, director, Center for Asian American Media
Margaret Drain, former executive producer of “American Experience”
Patricia Aufderheide, university professor of Communication Studies at American University (moderator)

4:10 PM –   Educational Uses of Public Broadcasting
Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator, “Sesame Street”
Paula Apsell, executive producer of “NOVA”
Kathryn Ostrofsky, instructor, Angelo State University, Department of History
Jennifer Lawson, founding chief programming executive, PBS (moderator)

Highlights Nov. 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Larry is recovering from the mumps, and Aunt Hermione arrives with a spiritualist friend who tries to get in touch with Louisa’s dead husband on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Rev. Whitworth tortures Morwenna, Aunt Agatha and George cross swords in a deadly match, and Demelza’s lover owes his life to Ross on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

On a weekend at his partner’s chateau, Paul expels unwelcome guests, Charlotte makes her move, and Nina shames Billy on Collection on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When a dead man is found inside a locked bank vault, Father Brown must solve the mystery to save an innocent man on Father Brown The Paradise of Thieves Sunday at 10 pm.

Travel across America and back in time with appraisals of items from all 50 states in the part two of the Antiques Roadshow special Monday at 7 pm.

Explore the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from its troubled beginnings of the 1920s to the modern VA system in VA: The Human Cost of War Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a portrait of a remarkable jazz artist, and reveals his critical events, passions, and challenges, Monday at 9 pm.

Faced with the unique challenge of having a name that occasionally sparks controversy, indie rock band Migrant Kids must reckon with a culture clash that most bands never have to think about on Arts in Context Monday at 10:30 pm.

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee, and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry on Finding Your Roots Black Like Me Tuesday at 7 pm.

Draft-age Americans face wrenching choices, Nixon wins the presidency, and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery on Vietnam War The Veneer of Civilization Tuesday at 8 pm.

A group of Vietnam veterans from Texas fights for recognition on the Texas Capitol grounds in a journey would take nearly as long as the war itself, and result in a long overdue tribute to a generation on Texas Welcomes Them Home Tuesday at 10 pm.

Wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter reveals in intimate detail cheetah cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them on Nature The Cheetah Children Wednesday at 7 pm.

Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world on NOVA Killer Floods Wednesday at 8 pm.

When disaster strikes, who profits? Follow an investigation of the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions after Superstorm Sandy on Frontline Business of Disaster Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy a show-stopping hour with country superstar Miranda Lambert in her third appearance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been called “the most interesting person you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post; see him on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Seeking to make a positive impact on his community, spoken word artist, poet and educator empowers others to tell stories in their own ways on Arts in Context Oh Snap, My Alien Children are Trying to Kill Me Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet explores Austin’s swimming areas, goes wake surfing, and dines at the “Sunset Capital of Texas” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet wanders off the beaten path of Houston, going underground to an ancient cistern and finding authentic eats in the Indian district on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

When a doctor is killed in a hit and run, Barnaby and Jones discover the dead man had once been accused by his business partner of stealing from their medical practice on Midsomer Murders Death and Dust Thursday at 9 pm.

Journalists host a roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Iconic interviewer Charlie Rose brings his unique style to PBS prime time with the best stories and interviews of the past seven days on Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

 

Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida: A Day of the Dead Tradition

“… it’s just part of learning from our ancestors and learning who we were and where we’re heading to,” says Nayeli Miranda, a sugar skull instructor for the ESB-MACC. With the intent of preserving and sharing her culture, Miranda teaches the art behind sugar skulls, along with its rich history within the Day of the Dead celebration.

 

“KLRU is a community in the virtual space.”

Amy Wong Mok of the Asian American Cultural Center believes that media doesn’t have to be divisive. As a KLRU board member, she’s proud to support programming that lives up to her values.

“I like to use [as an] acronym: the Chinese chi,” she says. “Throughout KLRU or PBS programming, they have these three characters, civility, humanity and integrity.”

In fact, the need for civil, trustworthy reporting led to the creation of KLRU’s Decibel earlier this year. In addition to national PBS news and public affairs programs, KLRU knows local audiences also want to watch local stories.

Hosted by Judy Maggio, Decibel produces television specials and short videos that help connect viewers to complex local issues while highlighting the real people whose lives are impacted by current events.

Amy says this kind of reporting can actually help strengthen rather than divide—because the community can’t grow until people really see, hear and feel the things that lead others to think differently.

“I think diversity can only enrich our life,” Amy says. “[KLRU] is a community in the virtual space, and I think it’s very important.”

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Strange Town and more this Halloween on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has an evening of scary fun planned to help you celebrate Halloween. As the trick or treaters knock on your door you can be watching …

Birth Of The Living Dead at 7:59 pm
In 1968 George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla-style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend at 8:55 pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

Frankenstein & The Vampyre at 9:55 pm
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories and the night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 10:50 pm
A half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country. Going back in time the program introduces you to the people and places that existed in Peyton Colony also known as Freedman’s Colony, a settlement established by former slaves after the Civil war.

Strange Town  Bridge To The Other Side at 11:20 pm
Legend goes that a man was hung from the Moore’s Crossing bridge in Austin, TX. It is said that at Midnight you can see him hanging from the highest crossbeam, with the woman he loved watching from below. Strange Town visited the bridge and stayed late into the night to see for themselves whether or not this long standing tale holds any truth.

Strange Town Old Yoakum Hospital at 11:29 pm
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

Highlights Oct. 29-Nov. 4

KLRU Highlights

A birthday party for Louisa leaves her brooding about her age, and Vasilia offers her a diabolical deal on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

George is driven to the breaking point and decides to set a trap for Drake, and Dwight’s prison experience threatens his relationship with Caroline on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Inspector Bompard tightens the noose on the Sabines, Paul concocts false evidence, and Claude has a new lover on Collection Sunday at 9 pm.

A death in a polio-stricken village leads Father Brown to believe dark forces are at work and another sacrifice may be imminent on Father Brown The Standing Stones Sunday at 10 pm.

Celebrate America’s hidden treasures from all 50 states in part one of this two-hour special on Antiques Roadshow 7 pm Monday.

Explore the misinterpretations of Poe and discover how he tapped into what it means to be human in a sometimes frightening world on Edgar Allan Poe: American Masters Monday at 8 pm.

When skeletal remains of at least ten people turned up in Benjamin Franklin’s basement, people wondered if the Founding Father had a much darker side on Secrets of the Dead Ben Franklin’s Bones Monday at 9:30 pm.

Discover the middle school Barton Hills Choir and learn how they’ve performed at SXSW and ACL and with acts like Pink Floyd on Arts In Context Let All The Children Boogie Monday at 10:30 pm.

Actors Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro gain greater understanding of the unique challenges their ancestors faced by way of prejudice and poverty at home and abroad on Finding Your Roots Immigrant Nation Tuesday at 7 pm.

Seeing the violence and brutality of the Tet Offensive unfold on television, Americans begin to doubt Johnson’s promise of “light at the end of the tunnel” on Vietnam War Things Fall Apart Tuesday at 8 pm.

Learn about how ending the draft has created a citizenry completely disconnected from the soldiers who experience the burdens of war on Draft Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Screenwriter Mark L. Smith discusses adapting The Revenant from book to screen, working with Alejandro Inarritu, and getting that famous bear attack right in On Story Script to Screen: The Revenant Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Author Helen Macdonald digs deeper into the world of hawks by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own on Nature H is for Hawk: A New Chapter Wednesday at 7 pm.

Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane on NOVA Killer Hurricanes Wednesday at 8 pm.

Investigate how revenge may have motivated Putin to target American democracy, and hear U.S. responses under Presidents Obama and Trump on Frontline Putin’s Revenge, Part 2 Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy an unforgettable hour with dynamic performances from acclaimed singer-songwriters Norah Jones and Angel Olsen on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Evan Smith talks with Jason Kander, a former Army captain, President of Let America Vote, and Missouri’s 39th Secretary of State on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Faced with the unique challenge of having a name that occasionally sparks controversy, indie rock band Migrant Kids must reckon with a culture clash that most bands never have to think about on Arts in Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet explores a small town that’s known as the home of “Billy the Kid” and uncovers the story of whether or not Billy died in New Mexico on The Daytripper Hico, TX Thursday at 8 pm.

Join Chet for a trip to Lake Travis, where he tries his hand at wake surfing and then dines at the “Sunset Capital of Texas” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Barnaby is delighted that his favorite band is reuniting to play at the Midsomer Rocks festival until a string of bizarre incidents culminate in a backup singer dropping dead on Midsomer Murders The Axeman Cometh Thursday at 9 pm.

Join a conversation featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Charlie Rose discusses the week’s defining moments in news, sciences, the arts, and entertainment in Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

Enjoy legendary Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline in Noel Coward’s backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis in Great Performances Noel Coward’s Present Laughter Friday at 8 pm.

Spend an unforgettable hour with dynamic performances from acclaimed singer-songwriters Norah Jones and Angel Olsen on Austin City Limits Friday at 10:30 pm.

Savor a show-stopping hour with country superstar Miranda Lambert in her third Austin City Limits appearance as she performs hits from her acclaimed LP The Weight of These Wings Saturday at 7 pm.

A death in a polio-stricken village leads Father Brown to suspect that dark forces are at work and that another sacrifice may be imminent on Father Brown The Standing Stones Saturday at 8 pm.

George is driven to the breaking point and sets a trap for Drake, and Dwight’s prison experience threatens his relationship with Caroline on Poldark Saturday at 8:50 pm.

Sarah gets sick and fears for the life of her baby, and George wonders if the baby could be his on Place to Call Home In the Heat of the Night Saturday at 9:50 pm.

Barnaby is delighted that his favorite band is reuniting to play at the Midsomer Rocks festival until a string of bizarre incidents culminate in a backup singer dropping dead on Midsomer Murders The Axeman Cometh Saturday at 10:47 pm.

Highlights Oct. 22-27

KLRU Highlights

Louisa’s idea to boost Larry’s writing career doesn’t go well, and Pavlos tries to inspire Margo’s spiritual side on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Ross and Drake take a desperate gamble to rescue Dwight from a French prison, and George jockeys for a triumph in politics on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Paul presents his collection of gowns, a rival tries to sabotage Nina’s starring moment, and the body found at Paul’s cottage makes more trouble on Collection on Masterpiece 9 pm Sunday.

Father Brown visits Jacob, who is determined to prove that his father was killed by a family member who used his time machine on Father Brown The Time Machine Sunday at 10 pm.

Head to Port Hudson with Mark L. Walberg and appraise a Civil War hand grenade, Confederate letters and a $75,000 oil painting on Antiques Roadshow Baton Rouge Monday at 7 pm.

Mark L. Walberg travels to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to see a one-of-a-kind, signed baseball on Antiques Roadshow Kansas City Monday at 8 pm.

See what it’s like to train a camera on a boxing match in Brooklyn or on the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife on POV Cameraperson Monday at 9 pm.

Learn how artist Calder Kamin sculpts animals from plastic bags to send her message that all things organic are being replaced by synthetics on Arts In Context Plastic Planet Monday at 10:30 pm.

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their ancestors challenged on Finding Your Roots The Vanguard Tuesday at 7 pm.

American and enemy body counts mount as GIs chase an elusive foe and face deadly ambushes, and Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive on Vietnam War This is What We Do Tuesday at 8 pm.

Remember the Vietnam War and its impact on America on the 40th anniversary of its official end on Dick Cavett’s Vietnam Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

The Decibel team talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about the making of the epic Vietnam War documentary and profiles local veterans who served on Decibel Vietnam Special Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Follow the story of three otter orphans with filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James on Nature Charlie and the Curios Otters Wednesday at 7 pm.

Join NOVA and a team of volcanologists looking for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze on NOVA Killer Volcanoes Wednesday at 8 pm.

Investigate Vladimir Putin’s mounting grievances with the U.S. and his efforts to exact revenge leading up the presidential election on Frontline Putin’s Revenge Wednesday at 9 pm.

Spend an hour with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum Southern country act Zac Brown Band on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders; see Domenech on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover the middle school Barton Hills Choir and learn how they’ve performed at SXSW and ACL and with acts like Pink Floyd on Arts In Context Let All The Children Boogie Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Check out the Texas Surf Museum, kite surfing and the original Whataburger with Chet as he travels to North Padre in The Daytripper North Padre Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet explores a small town that’s known as the home of “Billy the Kid” and uncovers the story of whether or not Billy died in New Mexico on The Daytripper Hico, TX Thursday at 8:30 pm.

When a family glassware business collapses following the death of one of its partners, Barnaby investigates allegations of financial irregularities, love triangles, and a string of murders on Midsomer Murders King’s Crystal Thursday at 9 pm.

Journalists host a roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Iconic interviewer Charlie Rose brings his unique style to PBS prime time with the best stories and interviews of the past seven days on Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

The Falsettos is a poignant and hilarious look at modern family dynamics centered around a gay man, his wife, and his lover in the midst of the emerging AIDS crisis on Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm.

Spend an hour with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum Southern country act Zac Brown Band on Austin City Limits Friday at 10:30 pm.

Arts In Context Shorts: Belonging

“Everything is here for a reason,” says Sally Jacques, artistic director of Blue Lapis Light. Using a combination of stunning aerial dancers swinging from stacks, ground dancers, and haunting projections, Blue Lapis Light’s latest piece “Belonging: Part One” explores the beauty of the earth and the interconnectedness of all life.

 

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