It’s no joke! KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 starts April 1st

We have heard from the community that families want our fun, educational programming in the evening hours and at different times, such as when kids are sick or when mom and dad are making dinner. In response to this community need, on April 1st at 6 am we’ll launch a brand new channel featuring your favorite PBS Kids shows 24 hours a day.

We are thrilled that we can provide this new tool for all families in our 18 county viewing area – whether you’re at home, away from home, or on the go.

Watch KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 on TV channel 18.4
Download the free PBS Kids Video App

Research consistently shows that PBS Kids resources help prepare children of all backgrounds for school and that exposure to our programs builds literacy skills, boosts math learning and fosters social-emotional growth.

PBS KIDS Ranks #1 in Preparing Kids for Success in School and Life
For more than a decade, the American public has consistently ranked PBS KIDS as the number-one educational media brand for children.iii In a recent survey, PBS KIDS ranked first in school readiness among children’s TV networks. When asked how well networks prepare children for school, 81 percent of parents said PBS KIDS helps a lot/somewhat, topping the next closest network by 11 percent. Parents also credited PBS KIDS for more positive behavior exhibited by children after watching. PBS KIDS stands out as the most trusted and safe place for children to watch television and the best use of families’ screen time, according to the study. PBS commissioned the study with an independent research firm. More findings are available here.

Leading children’s media experts point to PBS KIDS as a trusted resource for families, too. “PBS KIDS’ series are consistently among the highest-rated shows that Common Sense Media reviews,” said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media. “Millions of children across our country stand to benefit from the increased access to PBS KIDS’ exceptional content with the launch of the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel.” Similarly, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in its recently updated guidelines for children’s media use, recommends PBS KIDS as the leading resource for quality, educational screen time. The new AAP guidelines also encourage parents to watch TV with their children and talk about it together.

Decades of research confirms that PBS KIDS media content helps children build critical skills – among them, early literacy, math and social-emotional skills – that enable them to find success in school and life, while also helping parents increase their own engagement in their children’s learning. A study conducted by WestEd found that PBS KIDS resources can help prepare children from low-income families for kindergarten.iv Additionally, parents’ awareness of their children’s math learning increased significantly – as did their use of strategies to support their children’s learning.v

“We know from years of research that PBS KIDS helps children build important social-emotional and school readiness skills, and that the learning potential of media is multiplied when parents co-view with their children,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “We are encouraged to see how much parents value family viewing time, ranking PBS KIDS as the number-one use of family screen time, because parent involvement is critical to our long-term vision of using the power of media to create a personalized learning experience that engages and meets the needs of kids, parents and teachers.”

Learning Opportunities for All

Live TV is the dominant way children access video, with most of kids’ TV viewing taking place on weeknights and weekends.vi This is true for all children, but especially for those in low-income families, who make up a significant percentage of PBS’ audience.vii The new PBS KIDS channel will be a critical resource for young children living in low-income households, who are more likely to rely on TV for educational content, and to be under-connected, with many families able to connect only via mobile devices and with inconsistent access to the internet.viii

iii Marketing & Research Resources, Inc. (M&RR), January 2017. Survey of 1,002 adults, 18 years of age and older, who participated via phone January 3-10, 2017. Results were weighted to be statistically representative of the adult U.S. population.

iv Learning with PBS KIDS: A Study of Family Engagement and Early Mathematics Achievement, WestEd, 2015.

v Learning with PBS KIDS: A Study of Family Engagement and Early Mathematics Achievement, WestEd, 2015.

vi Nielsen Total Audience Report 2Q2016.

vii Nielsen NPOWER Live PUT, 9/21/2015-9/18/2016, K2-11, K2-11 in HH w/Inc <$20K, select dayparts.

viii Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013, Common Sense Media; Opportunity for all? Technology and learning in lower-income families. A report of the Families and Media Project, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 2016.

KLRU Next Night 4/6: Central Texas Gardener!

You’re invited to our first NEXT Night of 2017!

On Thursday, April 6th, we’ll be at Springdale Farm (755 Springdale Road) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to celebrate beloved KLRU program Central Texas Gardener! Tickets are $15. Buy yours today

CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta will be on hand to answer your garden questions. Come build your own terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria, grab a drink from Live Oak Brewing Co. and Z Tequila and enjoy bites from Eden East. Baylor Scott & White Health will be on site giving healthy cooking and medicinal herb demos!

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Thank you to our sponsor for the evening, Baylor Scott & White Health!

Call for applications: KLRU’s Community Advisory Board

KLRU is looking for six new Community Advisory Board members. You can find the application at the link below.

APPLY HERE

About the KLRU Community Advisory Board
The KLRU Community Advisory Board (CAB) is one of two boards that guide the work of KLRU. The CAB is composed of up to 30 individuals who reflect the diverse interests, concerns, organizations, issues and populations of the Central Texas community. Membership in the CAB is open to anyone who lives in the designated market area for KLRU and who has demonstrated an interest in KLRU. Members are selected by the existing CAB after being nominated by the staff, or the CAB, or they may nominate themselves. The role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff of KLRU. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term. The CAB meets on the third Wednesday, every third month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at KLRU’s Studio 6A.

For a list of current members go to the KLRU Community Advisory Board page.

The duties of the CAB are:

  • Act as a liaison between KLRU and the community.
  • Raise community awareness about KLRU, its programming and its services.
  • Advise KLRU on issues of importance in the community where KLRU may have an impact.
  • Encourage community involvement in KLRU projects, activities.
  • Ensure that the content of the programming reflects the community.

Selection of KLRU Community Advisory Board Members
Applications should be submitted by April 7, 2017 and will be reviewed by the CAB Nominating Committee. The election of new members will occur at the regularly scheduled August CAB meeting.

Applications should be accompanied by a resume.
After completing this form, please email your resume to:
Maury Sullivan
msullivan@klru.org

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice starts 3/28 on KLRU

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice is a series which reveals how the model of justice conceived by the Allies in the wake of World War II has evolved into a standard by which all conflicts are judged. The series explores the origins of the Allied response to these unique situations, along with transformative conflicts and atrocities that have, for 70 years, shaped conceptions of war and peace.

See how laws and mechanisms for international justice are created in the wake of war crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. General Yamashita’s conviction for crimes against civilians establishes a command responsibility doctrine. The General’s Ghost airs Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM.

Learn how the Cold War obstructs postwar justice and how atrocities in conflicts with large civilian tolls-such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Guatemala-are concealed. Individuals make efforts to expose war crimes and identify the perpetrators. The Blind Eye airs Tuesday, March 28th at 8:00 PM.

See how postwar justice has been revitalized over the past two decades, but is limited in confronting the exponential rise in civilian tolls-sexual violence and genocide-occurring in the Balkans, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Sri Lanka and other countries. In Our Time airs Tuesday, March 28th at 9:00 PM.

KLRU’s Austin City Limits at Stony Point High School Rock History class

KLRU-TV and Austin City Limits paid a visit to the Junior Historians Chapter #900 at Stony Point High School, Round Rock, on March 9 to consult with the students on their competition project for the Texas State Historical Association’s Annual Meeting and History Fair covering the history of the Austin music scene.

ACL assistant producer and archivist Michael Toland discussed the rise of Austin as a music hub, starting in the sixties with the 13th Floor Elevators, before covering the various scenes and genres (progressive country, blues, New Sincerity, etc.) that made a mid-market college town into a hotbed for musicians and fans. Special attention went to Austin City Limits for its role in spotlighting Austin music on a national level and on how that helped Austin evolve into the musical powerhouse it is today. Guided by teacher and sponsor Mrs. Cheri Christian-Winne, the students were bright, inquisitive and insightful.

Your support is more important than ever!

You have the power to keep public television in Central Texas thriving for years to come. So, we couldn’t be more thankful that YOU answered our call for support by making a gift during our Spring Fund Drive!

Because of YOU… KLRU raised over $243,000 for the programs you love to watch and the vital community services we provide to Central Texans. Not only that, you helped us meet the generous $10,000 challenge match from Lonnie & Polly Cooper in less than 24 hours, allowing us to end our fund drive one day early! All in all, more than 1,400 donors stepped forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

What’s more, we loved hearing why supporting KLRU and PBS is essential to YOU! Here’s what first time donor Jeni Williams shared with us when she made her gift:

“I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. This email was the perfect encouragement to do so, especially in the current political climate. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends, and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Now it’s your turn! Would you be willing to share why supporting public television is important to you or how KLRU/PBS has impacted your life? We’re collecting stories to be featured on-air and online. Tell us… What’s #YourKLRU?

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Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to public broadcasting. You’re truly the reason we’re able to be here to provide Central Texas with high quality, educational programming every day.

KLRU Q Night of mysterious royal deaths on 3/26

On March 26th, KLRU Q brings you mystery as each episode explores the ways of death of royalty and prominent English famlies, all by Hidden Killers.

While the Tudor era was a period of change and discovery, the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world still mired in the grime and filth of the medieval period. In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE TUDOR HOME, historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb identifies some of the most common Tudor killers: increased sugar consumption; new, unregulated building techniques and materials; and a lack of proper medical knowledge. The Tudor Home episode airs at 5:59 pm.

In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE VICTORIAN HOME, a genuine horror story, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. What new innovation killed thousands of babies? And what turned the domestic haven into a ticking bomb? Find out on the Victorian Home episode airing at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But, from the food they ate, to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorian’s were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? Find out on the a new episode continuation of the Victorian Home, airing at 8:01 pm.

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way people lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But, a lack of understanding the potential hazards meant these “advances” frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death. The new episode of The Edwardian Home airs at 9:02 pm.

This is the latest episode of Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb’s hugely popular Hidden Killers strand. Suzannah explores the time when the British embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a “modern” world of molded plywood furniture, fiberglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies, but, as Suzannah will discover, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home. The Post-War Home airs at 10:03 pm.

 

KLRU seeking short independent films from local filmmakers

Local Austin-area independent filmmakers! Send us your short films!

Films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the sixth annual PBS Online Film Festival, a showcase for powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The festival has become a popular annual online event, attracting more than 6 million video views over the past five years, as well as nominations in the Webby Awards.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, Independent Lens and POV. Collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media have also been included.

Submissions should be 3-15 minutes in length and can be documentary or narrative. There are no requirements about the short films having premiered elsewhere, though they should be no older than 3 years old. PBS also needs to have non-exclusive rights to stream the films on all PBS platforms, including social platform.

Austin-area filmmakers, to have your short films considered, submit the following via email to JJ Weber jweber@klru.org with the subject line “2017 PBS Online Film Festival” by March 30th:

  • Title
  • Brief description
  • Online screener link
  • Information about the filmmaker

Filmmakers from other areas should contact their local PBS affiliate.

Dates for the 2017 PBS Online Film Festival and the featured films will be announced at a later time. The festival will be available for streaming via PBS and KLRU, Austin PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android and a wide range of OTT devices.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

About PBS
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

New season of Midsomer Murders starts 3/23 on KLRU

Now in its 11th season in England, MIDSOMER MURDERS has become an international phenomenon. The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters (frequently wealthy eccentrics), and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the MIDSOMER MURDERS investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by actor John Nettles (Bergerac).

Local PC Ben Jones steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house. The owner is anxious to sell, but the estate agent, Harriet Davis, who is representing Jack Magwood, seems reluctant to let anyone see the property. The House In The Woods, Part 1 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:00 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 9:50 PM. The House In The Woods, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:50 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 10:40 PM.

The mother of a deceased one-time carnival queen is found dead in a stream. Once again, Barnaby must dig up the past to solve the case. Barnaby is convinced he has seen two people from an earlier mystery around the village. He is puzzled because the people in question were brutally murdered. Is Barnaby seeing ghosts? Catch Dead Letters, Part 1 Thursday, March 30th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 10:38 PM. Dead Letters, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 30th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 11:30 PM.

Wealthy, eccentric, obese aristocrat Freddy Butler drops dead after gathering all three of his wives at his hall. Although the cause of death is revealed to have been natural causes, the case is far from simple when, soon after, his solicitor is killed in a house fire. Vixen’s Run, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 10:38 PM. Vixen’s Run, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 11:30 PM.

Blackmail, revenge and, of course, murder strike again in Midsomer. Barnaby has plenty of suspects with motives but no real proof. For once his investigations take him beyond the confines of Midsomer, with trips to the seaside – where he even takes time out for a paddle. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 10:39 PM. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:48 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 11:37 PM.