Bubble hurricanes, bug eating and Pokemon: This week on PBS Digital Studios

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Big news in the PBS Digital Studios world this week! The Physics Girl, an MIT graduate and YouTuber who posts physics videos, is now a member of the Digital Studios team. To celebrate, let’s check out her latest video.

Make a hurricane on a bubble – The Physics Girl

…What? Yeah, you read that right. Scientists actually use bubbles to mimic the physics of a hurricane. Crazy, right? As they heated up the soap film from the bubble, convection from the bubble shell caused vortices to form, which mimic hurricanes and cyclones. Researchers actually use bubbles for other research, too — but before we get into that, let’s all go try to make a hurricane in the kitchen. (But be careful, it gets hot…potholders and oven mitts are your friends!)

Why you should eat bugs – The Good Stuff

Yeah, you read that one right, too. Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on our planet, and they could make up a significant portion of our diet. Should you be eating bugs? Is eating bugs better for the environment? Are bugs good for us? Watch Craig with The Good Stuff taste test some bug dishes and learns about the benefits of eating our six-legged friends.

Why are there so many Pokemon? PBS Game/Show

The question that every 90s kid has been asking themselves for years: There are now more than 700 critters in the Pokemon universe – WHY SO MANY?! Actually, there are more than 1.7 million species of animals on Earth — and that’s only the ones we know about. So why shouldn’t there be that many Pokemon? On this week’s episode of Game/Show, Jamin, joined by special host Joe Hanson from It’s Okay To Be Smart gives us a pretty good answer as to WHY EXACTLY there are so many Pokemon.

National Gallery

National Gallery journeys behind the scenes of a London institution, to the heart of a museum, filled with masterpieces of Western art, dating back to the Middle Ages. Frederick Wiseman’s film is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film.

Budd Wilkins of Slant Magazine says, “This is one of Wiseman’s richest and most thought-provoking films, and easily one of his best.”

National Gallery airs on KLRU at 8 pm on Friday, August 21.

NATURE and YOUR KLRU

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Did you know that Nature has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations? This series has won 10 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club.

PBS fuels curiosity at any stage of life by giving everyone the opportunity to explore the world of science and nature. With so much investigation and new thinking happening every day, PBS stays on top of the news in science, technology, medicine and nature and shares these ground-breaking investigations with curious minds of any age, everywhere. But none of it happens without your involvement. Please keep the adventures coming by making your contribution below.

Because of YOUR SUPPORT, KLRU allows us to expand our horizons and stretch the boundaries of our world.

Gary Clark, Jr. ACL taping GIVEAWAY!

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Earlier in our fund drive we were promoting advance tickets to the the Gary Clark Jr. taping on 08/24! Now YOUR KLRU is running a GIVEAWAY TODAY for one lucky winner to receive 2 passes. All you have to do is enter via your social media channels!*

Stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru. Guess the song based on the following lyric and you’ll be entered to win 2 passes! Be the first to comment on Facebook or RT on twitter below!

“After I was just sittin’ ’round
You know I started getting down
When they let me out
All I could do is scream and shout”

Because of viewer support, KLRU has been able to provide distinctive media experiences that matter, whether on the air, online or on the ground, while also reflecting Austin’s uniqueness and creativity to the world. Join the team that’s making a difference here in Austin by showing YOUR SUPPORT and donating today!

*Winners will be chosen at random and a photo ID will be required to pickup tickets. Winners will be notified by email. Passes are not transferable and cannot be sold. Standing may be required.

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End our August fund drive early – give to YOUR KLRU today for a chance to win weekend passes to ACL Fest!

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KLRU is offering our viewers a special incentive this August! GIVE any amount via the form below and you will be entered in to the giveaway for a pair of passes to an ACL weekend! That’s ALL 3 days! Choice of weekend one or two winners are selected at random.

You can also enter to win on social media! Post your favorite ACL Fest photo to Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag @klru and use the hashtag #yourklru.

YOUR SUPPORT this August allows YOUR KLRU to provide viewers like you with more and more offers and experiences such as this! What’s more, during this fundraising drive, we’re keeping your regularly scheduled primetime shows on every night. And best of all, if we raise $220,000 before August 20th, we’ll end our drive 3 days early! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru. ACL Fest

GIVE to KLRU to attend THE TENORS Under One Sky Tour 10/28

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The Canadian group has written a handful of songs for their previous three sets, but Under One Sky marks the first time their songwriting talents stand toe-to-toe with their vocal prowess. In the process, they’ve created a rich collection that expands on their earlier efforts, while delving deeper into their collective strength as artists.

Since their formation in 2007, The Tenors have performed more than 500 concerts on five continents and made over 150 television appearances, including on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Celine Dion), at the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House, at the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2012 Emmy Awards, the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle in England, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremonies. Among the artists with whom they have performed are Paul McCartney, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah McLachlan.

This August fund drive YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has a special ticket offer! GIVE $200 for a pair of tickets or $300 for a pair of tickets plus a meet & greet after the concert in the designated areas via the form below. The concert is on Wednesday, October 28th at 8pm! Tickets are limited so give now to attend!

 

Give to Your KLRU to attend Don Henley ACL taping on 09/01!

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Did you know that YOUR COMMUNITY supported KLRU station and home of the historic Austin City Limit’s studio 6A is designated as an official Rock & Roll Landmark by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum? Also, Austin City Limits has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, a Peabody Award, and was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time.

Because of viewer support, KLRU has been able to provide distinctive media experiences that matter, whether on the air, online or on the ground, while also reflecting Austin’s uniqueness and creativity to the world. Join the team that’s making a difference here in Austin by showing YOUR SUPPORT and donating today!

Interested in attending an Austin City Limits taping? We are offering passes well in advance of when they are open to the public. Make a $200 contribution to KLRU today and we’ll thank you with a pair of balcony passes to the Don Henley taping on 09/01! Quantities are limited.* Passes will be at Will Call the day of the taping, additional instructions will be sent via email a few days prior. Passes are non-transferable. acl-header-skyline-2015

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting donations for the Don Henley ACL taping on September 1st – all passes have been claimed. 

KLRU Education travels to the White House to share work on Play to Learn™

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, KLRU took part in a White House convening around the ConnectHome initiative, the plan to provide low-cost/free high-speed connectivity in over 275,000 low-income residences across the US and on tribal lands. Austin has been selected as the mentor city for the project due to collaborations including the City of Austin, HACA, Google, Austin FreeNet, United Way for Greater Austin, and KLRU, among others.

KLRU’s role in the panel was to share our work on Play to Learn™, the United Way-led initiative that brings parents and youth ages 2-4 together for a variety of fun learning activities, including the use of digital tablets. Throughout the ten-week program, the families take home books and learning materials and upon successful completion of the program, they take home a digital tablet loaded with educational apps for the whole family. We utilize PBS resources to illuminate at-home learning experiences, including video from PBS Kids, apps like PBS Parents Play and Learn and Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night, and KLRU’s own Smart Screen Time®/La Pantalla Inteligente messaging. Play to Learn™ is a powerful example of the kinds of programs that can occur once a low-income community gets reliable and affordable access to the Internet.

 

What’s happening this weekend: Aug. 14-16

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Stay cool (in more ways than one) with these Austin weekend events.

Get crafty at the Austin Music Hall

UB&B Productions presents the 4th Annual Summer Show in Austin, featuring Austin Craft Riot™ on Saturday at the Austin Music Hall. Check out talented artists, DIY, fun activities for the whole family, swag bags, food trucks, a cash bar and more! Before you go, check out PBS Parents’ Crafts For Kids for inspiration — learn how to make binoculars, a bird feeder and more with your kids! In the episode below, learn how to make a rocket.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

Mindful biking

Join Practice Yoga Austin for a “guided cycling yogi adventure” through downtown Sunday morning. The donation-based East Austin yoga studio is hosting a gathering of yogi cyclists, starting off with some morning sun salutations, followed by a bike ride, snacks and some stretching to end the two-hour event. Before you hop on your bike, check out this clip from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly featuring an exhibit outlining the history and culture of yoga. Namaste!

Hours: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Admission: Free. Details here.

Be a tourist in your own city!

How long has it been since you’ve taken in the sights and sounds of Austin? Check out Chet’s Austin episode of The Daytripper and be a tourist in your own city!

Hours: Whenever you want. Admission: Depends! Details here.

Support YOUR KLRU this August and WIN a private tour of The Moody Theater

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YOUR SUPPORT today enters you in for a chance to win an exclusive tour of the Austin City Limits Television show. See the legendary music photography of Scott Newton & Jim Marshall. Experience Music’s Best Address. This offer is for 5 guests total (including yourself) and lunch!*

Home of the KLRU-TV produced PBS program, Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. Experience an insider’s tour of the most famous address in music history!

Give a gift via the form below and you will be entered in the giveaway for a chance to tour the home of Austin City Limits! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru.

*One winner and 4 guests, tour scheduled Monday-Friday 11am-noon, lunch provided on site at the end of the tour.