Special programs in honor of Earth Day this April

Join KLRU and KLRU Q in celebrating our planet with environmental related programs honoring Earth Day! PBS also offers even more programs online only on pbs.org

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Tuesday, April 8 at 10 pm on KLRU
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN
FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels With A Cause
Tuesday April 15 at 9:30 pm on KLRU
Narrated by
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America’s system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. REBELS WITH A CAUSE documents a fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans – our public lands.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire 
Tuesday, April 22 at 8 pm on KLRU
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future — and succeeding against all odds. The film is directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties,and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solutions 
Tuesday, April 22 at 10 pm on KLRU
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods.  Drought.  Overloaded sewers.  Acres of pavement.  Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

On KLRU-Q:
Ecosense for Living Take Back the Farm
Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
There’s a “growing” awareness in the U.S. about our food…where it comes from, how it’s grown, and what exactly it takes to feed all of us nutritious, earth-conscious meals. In this episode, we explore farmers of all types in all kinds of situations. From Ron Finley, a renegade gardener in south central Los Angeles to south Georgia farmer, Will Harris, we’ll meet people who are changing the way we think about and consume food. Lawn and garden expert Paul Tukey gives us some surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. We’ll get the story from a suburban man who became a local outlaw for “growing too many vegetables.” We wrap with a quick trip to Chipotle, a national chain that’s taking a local approach to their food supply.

Ecosense for Living Food Fight 
Saturday, April 5 at 6:30 pm on KLRU Q
The quality and accessibility of food has been a hot button issue throughout the ages. Lack of secure food has been the source of revolutions and toppled governments. In “Food Fight,” we look at the tug of war over America’s diet. From questions plaguing genetically-modified ingredients to wheat-free/gluten-free concerns to the rapid decline of bees, we explore pressures on the safety and security of our food supply. Rich Food, Poor Food authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, guide us through a grocery store and reveal how to make smart choices and avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, tells us his surprising results after removing wheat from his patients’ diets. Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Siefert tells his journey trying to understand the impact of genetically-modified food on his children’s health. Bee experts sound the alarm about the decline of our most valuable pollinators and what we can do to make sure they continue supplying us with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Sunday, April 6 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
From the filmmakers of the beloved THE GREATEST GOOD comes the 2012 Emmy-Award winner Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, the first high definition documentary made about the famed father of conservationism, Aldo Leopold. Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, premiere screenings in select cities will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that lead to the creation of many of our eastern national forests, and sparked the long-term effort to replant and restore forests that still continues today.

Saving the Bay Marvel Of Nature (Prehistory-1848)
Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
In the first episode, photo-realistic animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. This hour introduces the first inhabitants along the Bay’s shores, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region.

Saving the Bay Harbor of Harbors (1849-1906)
Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
The second hour follows San Francisco’s “rapid monstrous maturity” into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush (1849-1906) . Establishing the infrastructure to support the instant city meant radical change for San Francisco Bay. By the century’s end, San Francisco Bay was the center of a broad economic empire on the Pacific.

Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter
Friday, April 11 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this program follows the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Idaho, and explores why the wolf remains a controversial animal.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era In Ocean Stewardship
Friday April 12 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. OCEAN FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Rebels with a Cause
Sunday, April 13 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco. Beginning in the 1950s, ordinary citizens from all walks of life, concerned by the intentions of residential land developers and the environmental cost of “progress,” began banding together to save a vast stretch of Northern California coastline. Their passionate activism at both the local and federal level helped create Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These precedent-setting efforts also raised Californians’ awareness of their power to promote change, fostered a national movement to preserve open spaces, and shaped the environmental movement of today.

Saving the Bay Miracle Workers (1906 – 1956)
Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm on KLRU Q
The third hour begins with the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the rise of California’s water re-distribution projects and the Bay’s transformation into the world’s greatest shipbuilding center by the close of World War II.

Saving the Bay Bay in the Balance (1906 – Present)
Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
In the final episode, the very survival of the Bay is threatened by the postwar boom and the issue becomes how best to balance the competing demands of a major urban center set amidst an environmentally significant landscape.

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators
Friday, April 18 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs – could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back — from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. LORDS OF NATURE: Life in a Land of Great Predators tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished.

Water Pressures
Saturday, April 19 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Water is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide – 1.2 billion – lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis. Hosted by actor-producer Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), WATER PRESSURES sheds light on this critical, complex issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. Students in a Northwestern environmental policy class see a model of conservation and community cooperation firsthand on a 10-day trip to India, where a leading nonprofit organizations illustrates the power of pairing traditional wisdom with simple teamwork to solve the water crisis in the Thar Desert. They also meet with political leaders, corporate executives and water experts to create their own local partnerships and try to make a difference in their own communities.

Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Friday, April 25 at 9 pm on KLRU Q
Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world.

Sky Island
Friday, April 25 at 9:30 pm on KLRU Q
In Northern New Mexico a range of mountains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. In “Sky Island,” filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems. The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

Water Blues Green Solution
Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
An Interactive Documentary Project telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods. Drought. Overloaded sewers. Acres of pavement. Pollution. We’re in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to “soak it up.” America’s deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. Water Blues Green Solutions tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia, New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

Turning The Tide
Sunday, April 27 at 6 pm on KLRU Q
Louisiana’s coastal marshes and wetlands cover 9,000 square miles, stretching 300 miles from east to west, and reaching 30 miles inland. Each year, hurricanes and other natural and manmade forces claim between 20 to 25 square miles of vulnerable coastline. Many believe these numbers constitute a national emergency, one which requires immediate scientific and public consensus to “turn the tide” on the problem. In the balance lay crucial ecosystems, Gulf seafood and fisheries, North American migratory bird and waterfowl populations, the nation’s energy infrastructure and national security, interior navigation and water transport for American produce and goods, and a unique American culture. The powerful documentary TURNING THE TIDE examines of viable strategies and innovative engineering techniques to help address Louisiana’s coastal erosion crisis. The world’s foremost authorities on the subject demystify the complex challenges facing Louisiana’s coast and reveal new (and sometimes unconventional) discoveries with the potential to change the course of the coast’s future.

California Forever The History of California State Parks
Sunday, April 27 at 7pm on KLRU Q
This program recalls the dramatic history and scenic beauty of California state parks — the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation.

California Forever Parks for the Future
Sunday, April 27 at 8 pm on KLRU Q
This program places the future of the parks within the context of trends that will soon threaten parks everywhere. Population growth, decline of native plants and animals, loss of open space and climate change all pose serious challenges to the integrity of parks, now and in the future.

 

 

KLRU Celebrates Earth Day 4/22

KLRU has Earth Day programming for both children and adults on Monday, April 22.

Curious George Swings Into Spring
Monday, April 22, 8:00 AM and 2 PM
It’s springtime! And a little monkey has a big case of spring fever. But serious lobby dogs like Hundley have no time for frolicking, especially when there’s a spring cleaning prize to be won. Hundley’s dreams are dashed when a burst pipe forces him to evacuate the building and join George in the country. Seeing such a down dog, George gets the idea to give his friend spring fever, but instead Hundley gets lost. Will George be able to rescue Hundley and lift his spirits?

Independent Lens The Island President
Monday, April 22 at 9 pm
President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is a man with a bigger problem than any other world leader has ever faced — the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, he must now ensure that his tiny country doesn’t disappear under rising sea levels. That means capturing the attention of global superpowers, forging alliances, persuading the skeptical, and learning the ropes of international political horse-trading. Despite the size of his country and his political challenges at home, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Sky Island
Monday, April 22 at 10:30 pm
In Northern New Mexico a range of moutains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby.  The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea.  In “Sky Island,” filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems.  The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

Earth Day on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has lots of programming in honor of Earth Day this month

Sunday, April 21
Redwood National Park: Preserving Ancient Forests at 2 pm
Redwood National Park is home to the tallest living things on earth – coast redwoods. Redwood National Park preserved nearly half the Earth’s remaining old growth redwoods (in the general age range of 700 to 2,000 years old.) Although ninety percent of California’s old growth redwoods had been harvested, the establishment of Redwood National Park in 1968, and the expansion in 1978 were controversial events in our local history. The program features interviews with local citizens who campaigned to save the redwoods.

Explore the Outdoors Programming

Explore the Outdoors! Click here to make any day a PBS KIDS day in the park.Leading up to Earth Day, KLRU will present four weeks of “Explore the Outdoors” themed programming from popular series including WILD KRATTS, DINOSAUR TRAIN, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, and CURIOUS GEORGE. Premieres include new episodes from WILD KRATTS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, CURIOUS GEORGE and a new Earth Day themed episode of ARTHUR, airing Monday, April 16.  On Friday, April 20 (the Friday before Earth Day), KLRU will also present a special line-up of environmentally-themed programs to gear kids up to celebrate Earth Day. Themed weeks include:

WILD KRATTS “Backyard Adventures Week”
March 26-30 at 4 p.m.

This special week features five episodes all about venturing outside to explore the wonders that are as close as your own backyard. The week concludes with the premiere of a new episode, “Flight of the Pollinators,” on Friday, March 30, which explores the amazing delivery system of plants and their animal partners.

DINOSAUR TRAIN “Nature Trackers Week”
April 2-6 at 9:30 a.m.

This encore presentation of four “Nature Trackers” episodes of DINOSAUR TRAIN includes “Stargazing on the Night Train/Get Into Nature!,” “Shiny and Snakes/Tiny Flowers,” “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight” and “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden.” The storylines follow Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don as they make their own discoveries in nature.

The episodes encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! “Nature’s Know-How Week”
April 9-13 at 8:30 a.m.

The Cat, Nick and Sally go on a variety of outdoor adventures this week, including journeys to Drippety Dry Desert and Splishy Splashy Pond.  Two new episodes premiere: “Super Cleaner Uppers/Itty Bitty Water” on Monday, April 9, and “Amazing Eyes/Water Walkers” on Thursday, April 12.

ARTHUR “Prunella the Pack Rat/What’s in a Name?”
April 16  at 3 p.m.
(repeating April 20 at 3 p.m.)

Prunella the Packrat – Prunella saves everything – ticket stubs, quizzes from second grade, pencil stubs, broken shoe laces…you name it and it’s in her closet! Can Arthur help her break her packrat habits in time to put together the display for the school’s Earth Day fair? Or is Prunella doomed to drown in her clutter? What’s in a Name? – Binky find out that his real name isn’t Binky, it’s… Shelley?!! He’s certain he will have to leave town – or at least school – having this silly name. Until his mom tells him the story of his ancestor, Shelley Barnes, the greatest circus owner of his time…

CURIOUS GEORGE “Explore Your World Week”
April 16-20 at 8 a.m.

During this special week, everyone’s favorite monkey dabbles in a range of activities – from radio DJ-ing, to painting, to building a home for a squirrel.  The week includes three premiere episodes – “DJ George/Curious George Paints the Desert” on Monday, April 16, “No Knowing Gnocchi/Here Comes the Tide” on Wednesday, April 18, and “Junky Monkey/Jumpy Warms Up” on Friday, April 20.

Online and Mobile Resources for Families

KLRU and PBS KIDS are increasingly serving children wherever they live, learn, and play – online, on mobile devices, on TV, and in the classroom. Kids can continue their environmental exploration online at PBSKIDS.org/outdoors to find environmental and outdoor themed games, activities and videos and on mobile through the PBS KIDS Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

PBS Parents will provide resources for parents to explore the outdoors with their own families on PBSParents.org/outdoors. The site will provide activities from the on-air episodes, listings for PBS KIDS”Day in the Park” events, and ideas and resources that Central Texas families can use to explore the outdoors any time.

PBS KIDS "Share the Earth" celebration

PBS KIDS will host its sixth annual PBS KIDS “Share the Earth” celebration in honor of Earth Day by featuring new and favorite episodes encouraging children to care for and respect the environment. From April 18 - 22, families can view brand new eco-friendly episodes on-air from SID THE SCIENCE KID, CURIOUS GEORGE, MARTHA SPEAKS, WILD KRATTS, and ARTHUR, while learning about recycling, habitats, alternative energy and more. In addition, favorite Earth-focused episodes from SUPER WHY!, WORDGIRL, and more will also be airing throughout the week.

The “Share the Earth” celebration continues online for both kids and parents. PBSPARENTS.org will feature a special “Simple Ways to Protect the Earth” page with new ideas for activities parents can do with their kids in celebration of Earth Day, such as gardening and craft ideas. An Earth Day channel on both PBSKIDS.org/video and PBSKIDSGO.org/video will feature Earth-themed episodes from favorite shows such as THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! and WORDGIRL from April 15 through 22. In addition, a new web exclusive episode of DESIGN SQUAD NATION, “Sustainable South Bronx,” will run on PBSKIDSGO.org, along with accompanying eco activity ideas for kids.

Following is a listing of the episodes airing the week of April 18 -22: