As families prepare for a new school year, parents can ease the transition by initiating some conversations and trying new routines.
Premieres Friday, August 20th, 9:30-10:30am
Climb aboard as Buddy and the entire Pteranodon family board the DINOSAUR TRAIN to embark on their first underwater adventure in the new one-hour special “Dinosaur Train Under the Sea,” airing Friday, August 20 on KLRU. The Pteranodon family learns about new aquatic creatures when they ride the train through a glass-encased time tunnel that dives down under the sea to explore the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic oceans. The train also features the new Aquacar, and open car filled with sea water for carrying their new friends.
Meet Our New Underwater Friends!
Elmer Elasmosaurus: The Dinosaur Train’s new Aquacar gets its first passenger when the Pteranodon family helps transport Elmer back to his home in the ocean. This long-necked, giant marine reptile is a deep-sea diver with a special talent for holding his breath.
Carla Cretoxyrhina: On their underwater excursion, the Pteranodon family meets up with a young shark named Carla Cretoxyrhina, who turns out to be much nicer than her reputation suggests.
The Amazing Michelinoceras Brothers: Buddy and his family continue their underwater adventure by traveling deep underwater on the Dinosaur Train to view two backwards-bounding brothers named Max and Mitch Michelinoceras.
Paulie Pliosaurus: The Pteranodon family wrap up their Dinosaur Train underwater exploration with a visit to a marine reptile called Paulie Pliosaurus, a creature known as the “T. rex of the Ocean.”
There’s great reproducible activity sheet for children and a step-by-step instruction sheet for parents and caregivers on conducting a watery science learning activity with kids. Dinosaur Train colorful hypothesis
A brand-new season of WordGirl launches August 23 with the premiere of the end of summer/back-to-school episode #301 “Bummertime/The Homerun King.”
Six new episodes will broadcast throughout the fall
NOVA “Four-Winged Dinosaur”
7-8 pm, Tuesday, August 24th
Imagine a moment from the age of dinosaurs frozen in time: primitive birds, bees, insects, early mammals, the first known flowering plants and of course, dinosaurs, all exquisitely preserved in fine-grained fossils from China’s Liaoning Province. Volcanic eruptions killed and buried victims quickly in this dinosaur Pompeii, capturing soft, fragile features not normally preserved in fossils – notably the feathers on animals that had never been known to have them before. Now, with state-of-the-art animation to bring this lost world to life, NOVA investigates the mysterious feathered dinosaurs that are challenging old ideas about the origin of bird flight. The central character in this drama is a strange little dinosaur with wings on its legs as well as its arms. The pigeon-sized microraptor is the smallest adult dinosaur ever found, perhaps the first known tree dweller. But could it really fly? Is it the key to understanding the origin of flight or merely an evolutionary dead end unrelated to the ancestry of birds? To help solve the riddle, NOVA assembles a team of top paleontologists, aeronautical engineers and paleo-artists to reconstruct microraptor and build a sophisticated model for a wind tunnel experiment. The results have surprising implications for long-accepted ideas about how winged flight began.
For more information, go to the NOVA website.
1-2 & 4-5 a.m., Wednesday, August 25
3-4 a.m. & 6-7 p.m., Sunday, August 29
The Charlie Rose Brain Series explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain.
Charlie will interview the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode will examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity.
We will also look at scientific discovery and advances in technology, in the hope that someday terrible illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s will be history.
Our special colleague on this journey is Dr. Eric Kandel.
He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
He received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2000 for his research into the biological mechanisms of learning and memory.
- The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain
- The Perceiving Brain
- The Acting Brain
- The Social Brain
- The Developing Brain (great program for parents)
- The Aging Brain
- The Emotional Brain
- The Anxious Brain
- The Mentally Ill Brain
Programs may be viewed online or check out the broadcast schedule on KLRU.
July 20: The Disordered Brain
September 28: The Deciding Brain
October: The Artistic Brain
November: The New Science of the Mind
July 19: Episode 225 – NEW episode featuring Seymour Smooth and Ms. Question
July 20: Episode 226 – NEW episode featuring Amazing Rope Guy
July 21: Episode 217 – Featuring Nocan the Contrarian and The Butcher’s Dad, Kid Potato
July 22: Episode 224 – Featuring Seymour Smooth, Lady Redundant Woman and Royal Dandy
Monday, July 12th & Friday, July 16th
SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery takes our superheroes on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt, complete with clues, pirates and buried treasure.
X marks the spot! Whyatt and the other fairytale buddies have found a clue leading to treasure and they need a little help! So the superhero readers fly into The Beach Day Mystery where they set off on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt adventure filled with clues, pirates, and of course, treasure! Will Super Why and his friends be able to outsmart the trickiest pirate of them all?
Educational Objectives: To learn how to figure out clues. Kids will follow the alphabet, rhyme with AIL words, and use the power to read to change the story!
The Cyberchase Summer Challenge premieres on June 29, featuring eight straight weeks of new and encore episodes, new interactive content and new outreach initiatives to help kids overcome the summer slump in math and gear up for the new school year. Tune in every Tuesday at 4pm.
Summer is a time when children are at risk for losing gains in math learning if not offered educationally sustaining activities — and the risk is greater for losing math skills than reading skills. The Summer Challenge will provide eight weeks of fun and free resources to strengthen kids’ involvement with math and problem solving all summer long.
- An all-new gaming component will reveal new challenges every week to keep kids actively engaged at home.
- Storytelling features will motivate kids to share their Summer Challenge experiences with others.
- The PBS KIDS GO! video player will feature Summer Challenge video clips and full episodes.
- Eight new printable activities for teachers, parents and kids will deliver fun, STEM-based challenges for real world application.
- Teachers and parents can also access free, downloadable video clips and episodes to support their Summer Challenge activities.
- Additional printable activities for kids will offer extra summer fun.
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros
(Day of the Child / Festival of Books)
When: Saturday, April 24, 10am -2 pm
Where: J.J. Pickle Elementary School, St. John Community Center, 7500 Blessing Avenue
Join Clifford and Maya & Miguel in enjoying stories, dancers, music, free snacks, free books and much more! KLRU will have a fun activity for children to do along with a free book to take home.