KLRU Kids Holiday Programming 2014

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Here’s the complete list of KLRU Kids holiday programming. Select clips and full episodes will also be available on pbskids.org, the PBS Kids Video App and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. To learn more about holiday specials for the entire family, see this family-friendly list. 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas 
November 26 at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm; November 27 at 2:00 pm; November 28 at 2:00 pm December 17 at 2:00 pm and December 25 at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for the Man who has everything. Maybe you can help!

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodDaniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
December 17 at 9 am

“Daniel’s Winter Adventure” – Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. Later, Daniel ice-skates for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard.

“Neighborhood Nutcracker” – Daniel is going to see a show called The Nutcracker Ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first, but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on! Strategy: If something seems hard to do, try it a little bit at a time.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
Tuesday, December 23 at 7:00 am; Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 am; Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 am and Friday, December 26 at 7:00 am.

There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale.  Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby, and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley,Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends will learn to believe in Christmas miracles. Featuring: “Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!” Today Elmo is thinking about… Christmas! Join Elmo as he visits Santa and learns all about the Christmas spirit and celebrating with family and friends. Educational

 Odd Squad Reindeer Games
premieres December 1 at 3:30 pm.

In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa’s naughty list.

Peg + Cat “Peg + Cat + Holidays” one-hour special
premieres December 17 at 11:00 am and Friday, December 19 at 11:00 am.

“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”

Thomas & Friends “Christmas Cheer
premieres December 17 at 12:30 pm.

“Duncan The Humbug” – Everyone is happy at Christmastime except Duncan, the Scottish narrow gauge engine, who seems to be grumbling even more than usual. Victor offers Duncan a new coat of paint if he can refrain from grumbling for one whole day. Duncan rises to the challenge, but it is not so easy for an engine who likes to grumble to give up a lifetime habit.

“The Perfect Gift” – The whole island is celebrating Christmas and there are decorations everywhere. But it doesn’t look very Christmas-y at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up. But Reg only seems happy about scrap. Percy discovers that Reg is celebrating Christmas in his own way and has been making decorations from the scrap.

Coming Home for Christmas
premieres December 18 at 12:30 pm

“Last Train for Christmas” – It’s Christmas Eve and a lot of passengers are coming home to Sodor for the holiday. Connor can’t carry all the passengers who are trying to get on his train. He promises to come back and pick them up, but the snow keeps falling and the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. It becomes a race against time, and the engines have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas.

“Long Lost Friend” – Gator returns to the Island of Sodor after being away for a long time. He is looking forward to seeing his old friend Percy. When Percy hears that Gator is back, he is very excited and immediately heads off to see him. But the two engines keep missing each other. They both have doubts they’ll see each other, but finally they connect and have a wonderful reunion.

Holiday Programming 2014

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Enjoy the holidays with KLRU. We’ll be providing festive programming for the entire family. Get the complete list of KLRU Kids holiday specials. Here’s the list for musical and other specials for the entire family:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Tuesday, November 25 at 8 pm and Thursday, November 27 at 9:30 pm.
It also repeats on Tuesday, December 2 at 10 pm. Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, this a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. A runaway little girl decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker (Davis), who guides her on her journey. The caretaker brings the theater to life through musical performances by singers Jewel, Michael Crawford and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Celtic Woman:  Home for Christmas
Thursday, November 27 at 8:00 pm and repeats Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Home For Christmas reveals for Celtic Woman what will be their newest chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. Home For Christmas stars vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, performing timeless holiday favorites (“Silent Night,” I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” “Joy To The World”) with their signature Celtic twist under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.

Renee Fleming – Christmas in New York
Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 pm and repeats Tuesday, December 9 at 8:30 pm.
The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York. For this holiday special, American soprano Renee Fleming and special guests bring the iconic Christmas season in New York to homes across America. Live musical performances, interviews and scenes filmed around the city during the holidays make this an unforgettable musical experience.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
Tuesday, December 16 at 9:00 pm.
This special promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family. Tuesday, December

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 pm
In celebration of the release of his album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.  JOSHUA BELL PRESENTS MUSICAL GIFTS recreates Bell’s personal tradition of hosting friends and family at his home during the holidays. The salon-style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season. The 10-song set list features holiday standards, including “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with pianist and vocalist Frankie Moreno, Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn’s “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, “Let it Snow” with guitarist/violinist Rob Moose, and a heartwarming rendition of “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York. Bell also performs two classical pieces – “Devil’s Trill Sonata” and “Polonaise Brillante” – alongside pianist Frederic Chlu.

Great Performances  “Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 pm
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and celebrated cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings. The music of Rejoice showcases the confluences between the violinist’s famed classical technique and Helfgot’s magnificent voice.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys
Friday, December 19 at 8:00 pm and Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
Friday, December 19 at 9:00 pm
This Christmas special was filmed in Trondheim, Norway’s magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Featured performers include the renowned voices of the St. Olaf Choir, the premier mixed voice choral ensemble from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, conducted by Anton Armstrong and Jentekor, the girl choir of Nidaros conducted by Anita Brevik.

Christmas in Alsace with Chef Hubert Keller
Saturday, December 20 at 4:30 pm
It’s a Christmas celebration with star chef Hubert Keller who is taking viewers on a special culinary journey to his homeland of Alsace. Visit the area’s famed Christmas markets and its top culinary hotspots. Highlights include: A tour through the beautiful village where Chef Keller grew up and its medieval Christmas market; stops at Chef Keller’s favorite cheese store and restaurant, plus an Alsatian winery; A finale at a spectacular Christmas dinner attended by Chef Keller’s family and friends.

Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Saturday, December 20 at 5:30 pm
Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It’s the stuff of holiday memories… with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season’s celebrations in this one-hour special – exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. A Chef’s Life Holiday Special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. “Deck the Halls Ya’all!”

First Silent Night
Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 pm
“The First Silent Night tells viewers a tale that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances and ends with the creation of the world’s most popular carol.” For close to two hundred years, one carol has occupied the heart of Christmas celebrations across the world. It has been translated into over 300 languages, performed by Symphony orchestras and celebrated international artists and soloists. Almost every Christmas music release annually includes a new recording of Silent Night. This holiday melody has echoed through the world’s shopping centres, exciting the minds of children. Its lullaby strains have drifted across battlefields, calming the hearts of warring nations. No composition, in the history of carols, can be said to have united so many people in the joys and meaning of Christmas. Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of Silent Night. Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favourite carol had its origins.

Christmas Carol: The Concert
Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 pm
“A Christmas Carol: The Concert” is a unique musical and television event — the first time Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. The stirring score recalls Broadway classics, and is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs. The story, quite faithfully and skillfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is dazzlingly performed by leading lights from the Chicago and New York theater world, including Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. Directed for the stage by Tony-Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company’s David Kersnar, lit and designed by 4-time Emmy Award-winner Todd L. Clark, and produced for television by the 17- time Emmy Award-winning creative team at HMS Media, “A Christmas Carol: The Concert” is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Thursday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert are underway, creating inconvenience for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Two unmarried patients are dispatched to York Lodge, a badly managed home for pregnant women. Chummy takes over running the facility after an outbreak of chicken pox there. Dr. Turner treats a destitute older couple, former residents of a mental hospital closed under the mental health reforms. As residents of Nonnatus welcome the New Year, the question on everyone’s mind is, what will 1960 bring?

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys
Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Global travel with KLRU Q 11/19

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Travel around the world with KLRU-Q Wednesday evening.

8 pm: On Globe Trekker, Merrilees takes a culinary tour around Scandinavia, a region infused with Viking history and heritage.

9 pm: In his latest Adventures With Purpose Special, adventurer Richard Bangs seeks out the modern-day “Viking Spirit” in Norway’s forbidding Arctic north, its mountainous sea coast and its bustling cities.

10 pm: On long with remarkable scenery and a real sense of journey, the viewer learns the history of The Nordlandsbanen – The Northern Railway – Norway’s longest rail line, from Trondheim, near the middle of the country, nearly 500 miles north to Bodø, on Norway’s rugged and mountainous Atlantic coast.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Vme Holiday Programs 2014

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Sing We Now of Christmas with Gladys Knight
Wednesday, December 24 at 9 pm
For decades Gladys Knight has thrilled audiences around the world, singing gospel, pop, Motown and spiritual tunes. Don’t miss “Sing We Now of Christmas” as she performs seasonal favorites with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. You won’t want to miss this night of traditional carols, spirituals, Tchaikovsky and more.

Durante décadas Gladys Knight ha fascinado al público por todo el mundo, cantando música gospel, pop, Motown y canciones espirituales. No te pierdas “Sing We Now of Christmas” donde ella interpreta con el reconocido Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón y la Orquesta de Temple Square los villancicos favoritos de la temporada. No querrás perder esta noche de villancicos tradicionales, espirituales, Tchaikovsky y más.

Carols Then and Now with Natalie Cole
Wednesday, December 24 at 9:30pm
Join internationally renowned recording artist Natalie Cole in “Carols Then and Now”, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as they celebrate the enchanting music of Christmas.

Acompaña a la internacionalmente reconocida cantante Natalie Cole junto con el Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón, en “Villancicos Entonces y Ahora”, en la celebración de la encantadora música Navideña.

A Wondrous Christmas with David Archuleta/Una Navidad Maravillosa con David Archuleta
Wednesday, December 24 at 10:00pm
Join international singing sensation David Archuleta and the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they perform the enchantingly beautiful music of the season in, A Wondrous Christmas, a Music and the Spoken Word special program.

Únete a la sensación musical internacional, David Archuleta y al mundialmente conocido, el Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón en su interpretación musical de una encantadora selección de villancicos navideños en Una Navidad Maravillosa. Este programa cuenta con música encantadora de la época y el programa especial de la Palabra Hablada.


A Tradition of Christmas

Wednesday, December 24 at 10:30pm
Performances of “Joy to the World” – “O, Come All Ye Faithful” – “Angels from the Realms of Glory” – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and other traditional favorites from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.

“Alegría al Mundo” – “¡Oh, Vengan Todos Los Fieles” – “Los ángeles de los reinos de la gloria” – “Escuche campanas en el día de Navidad” y más.

My Friend Bernard/Mi Amigo Bernard
Thursday, December 25 at 11 am
Sam is a shy boy who’s afraid of almost everything: those strange shadows in his room at night, that noisy street he has to cross on the way to the school, or to meet a small fierce dog. However, one day a mysterious man gives him a magic pendant with the best solution to his problems: meet Bernard and lose any fear of flying, extreme snowboarding… or facing up the worst monsters with comedy and humor! Sam and Bernard are going to live the funniest adventure of their life.

Sam es un chico tímido que le tiene miedo a casi todo: extrañas sombras nocturnas en su habitación, una calle muy ruidosa que tiene que cruzar camino a la escuela, o peor aún, conocer un pequeño perro muy feroz. ¡Todo le parece demasiado peligroso! Pero para su sorpresa, un día un hombre misterioso le da un collar mágico con la solución a todos sus problemas: conocer a un oso polar llamado Bernard y perder todos sus miedos como volar, practicar snowboard o afrontar los peores monstruos con comedia y humor! Sam y Bernard vivirán la aventura más divertida de sus vidas.

 
Handel’s Messiah: A United States Naval Academy Tradition / Mesías de Handel: Una tradición de la Academia Naval de los Estados Unidos
Thursday, December 25 at 11 pm
Presented by Maryland Public Television, The United States Naval Academy Glee Club, with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned guest soloists, create a unique performance of one of the greatest choral works in Western music. This amazing event was recorded inside the spectacular Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

El coro de la Academia Naval de los Estados Unidos e integrantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Annapolis se unen junto a solistas mundialmente reconocidos para crear un espectáculo único de musica coral occidental. Este maravilloso evento se gravo dentro de la espectacular capilla de la Academia Naval en Annapolis en el estado de Maryland.


A Decade of Christmas
Thursday, December 25 at midnight
Celebrate the past decade of Christmas music on Temple Square with special guest artists Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta and many more, as they join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square for “A Decade of Christmas,” a special Music and the Spoken Word Christmas program featuring the best performances of the last 10 years. 

Celebre la última década de la música navideña en Temple Square con artistas especiales invitados como Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta y muchos más. Estos se unen al mundialmente conocido Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón, la Orquesta Temple Square y las campanas del Temple Square para presentar “Una década de Navidad”, un programa especial de villancicos y música navideña con la colaboración de la Palabra Hablada de Navidad y las mejores interpretaciones musicales de los últimos 10 años.

Explore space on KLRU Q 11/18

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What’s happening on KLRU-Q Tuesday evening, November 18?

8 pm: The Race to the Moon documents the era of the 1950s and 1960s, as post-war America finds itself locked in an ideological struggle with the Soviet Union-an adversary whose philosophy promised the destruction of capitalism.

9 pm: Rocket Men is an inspirational portrayal of the triumphs and tragedies punctuating the first 50 years of NASA’s manned missions.

10 pm: Our host reaches for the final frontier with a group who has spent the past 30-years trying to get to space in a balloon on Floating to Space.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Brains & History on KLRU Q 11/17

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Here’s what’s happening on KLRU-Q Monday, November 17:

Beginning at 8 pm, on trial is Jimmy Moran, who at 18 took part in a store robbery during which the storeowner’s wife was shot and grievously injured. Presiding is distinguished U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has a longstanding interest in neuroscience and its conceivable effect on criminal law. The trial raises common questions: Is a witness lying? How reliable is eyewitness testimony? What’s the best way to avoid a biased jury? How well can the defendant’s intentions be judged? Alan Alda explores how brain-scanning technology is providing insights into these questions and discusses the implications of neuroscience entering the courtroom. This episode of Brains on Trial with Alan Alda showcases the guilt phase of Moran’s trial. We peer into the brains of others in the courtroom: the witnesses, judges and jurors.

At 9 pm, Edward & George: Two Brothers, One Throne tells the remarkable story of two brothers and two women at the heart of an infamous episode in British history. While the story of Edward and Wallis is fairly well known, the relationship between Edward and George has seldom been explored. The abdication marked the end of the fraternal friendship between the two – a friendship that would never be repaired. Using archival footage along with new interviews (including ones with Royal biographer Hugo Vickers and the Countess Mountbatten of Burma), we examine how, despite their differences, the brothers looked for similar qualities in the women they loved. These quests changed their relationship from one of love and loyalty to suspicion and betrayal.

Following at 9:55 pm, the documentary Hitler’s Favourite Royal tells the extraordinary story of the young English prince, Charles Edward, who became a forgotten footnote in the royal family’s history because of his relationship with Germany and, ultimately, Adolf Hitler. The program, narrated by Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton, features exclusive first-ever interviews with the convicted Nazi’s granddaughters.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Arts In Context Shorts I Am Who I Am

This month, Arts In Context Shorts profiles a musician who is creating her own style. Gina Chavez is exactly who she is supposed to be.  This award-winning Austin musician uses her multi-ethnic roots to create her own sound. Influenced by the music she heard and the people she met while traveling through Central and South America, Chavez delves into cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk. Singing in both English and Spanish, her contagious love of life shines through in her unique fusion of musical styles.

KLRU News Brief: Adler, Martinez Debate Leadership Qualities

On Thursday Austin Mayoral runoff candidates Steve Adler and Mike Martinez recorded Civic Summit: Mayoral Runoff Conversation, an hour-long discussion about the leadership qualities each would employ if they are elected on December 16. Our Sunday News Brief includes excerpts from that debate. The entire debate is online and will air on KLRU on Friday, November 21 at 8pm.

A point of discussion in this election has been what the mayor’s role will be in wrangling discussion and debate among the ten new city council members.

“Whether you’re a district council member from east or west Austin, your issues are going to be the same,” explained Martinez.  ”As mayor, you find that common ground, and you build on that common ground.”

“We have one city here,” said Adler.  ”And we either move together as a whole city or none of us are going to be moving together.

You can watch the entire debate online here.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

AISD Awards Belated Diplomas to War Veterans

It’s a graduation that’s been years in the making.  On Veterans Day, the Austin Independent School District awarded 11 veterans with diplomas from their respective high schools.  It’s a ceremony that AISD has held since 2002, offering veterans who did not finish high school and who served in any formally declared war or military engagement a chance to don the cap and gown.  For some, it’s a chance they’ve waited years to take.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Air Force veteran Doyle Hobbs.  ”It seemed like a gift from heaven.”

“I completed my G.E.D.,” recalled U.S. Military veteran Eugenio Gaona.  ”But I always wished I could get it converted so I could have a diploma from my hometown.  Now I’m happy. I have a high school diploma from my high school.”

Click here for more information on the AISD Diploma Award Ceremony and eligibility requirements.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend.