Science Night 10/7


On this week’s Science Night, Nature explores flightless birds – an evolutionary joke? Then, boatbuilders make their own Ark during a NOVA that explores a new version of the Biblical flood story. Finish the night with an expedition to the ancient stone city of Petra.

Nature Big Birds Can’t Fly at 7 p.m.

This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things – feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing, and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Is this an evolutionary joke? Flightless birds include ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis, and, interestingly, all have evolved independent of each other on different continents.

NOVA Secrets of Noah’s Ark at 8 p.m.

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Following the directions, expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.

NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone at 9 p.m.

How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

Science Night September 23


On this week’s Science Night, we bring you into stories of second chances and mysterious circumstances. On Nature, watch wild orphans get a chance at a new life, and on NOVA, dive into an expedition that took a mysterious turn. To wrap up the night, Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story takes a look at the man who inspired the book and film adaptation, Into the Wild.

Nature Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances at 7 pm
Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

NOVA Arctic Ghost Ship at 8 pm
Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships—a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition.

Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story at 9 pm
Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie, Into the Wild.

Science Night September 16

This week’s Science Night takes you on the land, in the sea and everywhere in between. Nature tells the story of the animals living in the sagebrush sea—a place that’s anything but empty. Then, NOVA dives down to explore shiny, shimmering sea life, and Particle Fever captures the thrill of discovery during the building of the Large Hadron Collider.

Nature The Sagebrush Sea at 7 pm
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. Learn how the sagebrush is losing ground contending with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below.

NOVA Creatures of Light at 8 pm
Take a dazzling dive with NOVA and National Geographic to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Particle Fever at 9 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

In this clip, theoretical physicist David Kaplan discusses the making of the documentary, Particle Fever.

Science Night September 9

This week’s Science Night takes you into the world of a mysterious creature and a historic war. On Nature, the complex image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge. And then, Ken Burns’ The Civil War examines the pivotal year of 1863.

Nature Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom at 7 pm
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untamable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. Enter the secretive world of the wolverine to find out who this dynamic little devil truly is.

The Civil War Simply Murder – 1863 / The Universe of Battle – 1863 at 8 pm
In this piece of Ken Burns’ Civil War, Simply Murder covers the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and follows two clashes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. Then, in The Universe of Battle, learn how the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war.

In this interview, watch Ken Burns discuss his revolutionary documentary, The Civil War.

Big Blue Live

This summer, PBS and BBC invited you to dive into the deep blue sea with their live television and multimedia event, Big Blue Live.

Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together for two amazing live weeks in late August and early September to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California.

ABOUT-Humpback-Whale2Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures – humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans – convene in this once-a-year confluence.

In the television feed, as well as streaming online and in social media, viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality” shows delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves.

KLRU presents the three-night live special beginning on Monday, August 31.

Science Night September 2

This week’s Science Night brings you larger than life specials featuring some of the most fascinating creatures to walk—or swim—the earth. In the third episode of a live three-part special, Big Blue Live transports you to California to witness marine life in its natural habitat. Then, in partnership with National Geographic, NOVA shows you how archaeologists are piecing together one of the great mysteries of the dinosaur world.

Big Blue Live Episode Three at 7 pm
Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in the third and final episode of a three-part live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs.

Episode One: Monday, August 31 at 7 pm
Episode Two: Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm

NOVA Bigger Than T.Rex at 8 pm
Meet Spinosaurus—the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur ever. Can a new discovery resurrect the earth’s largest predator?

Science Night August 26


This week on Science Night, we take you through the worlds of mammals, medicine and machines. Nature takes you into Russia to find the elusive Siberian Tiger, NOVA explores the history of vaccines and Nazi Mega Weapons shoots you into the world of long-range rockets.

Nature Siberian Tiger Quest at 7 pm
Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world’s biggest cat.

NOVA Vaccines: Calling the Shots at 8 pm
Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases and the risks of opting out.

Nazi Mega Weapons V2 Rocket at 9 pm
The first ever long-range rockets were designed and built by the Nazis in a network of top-secret research labs, underground silos and hi-tech launch pads. This is the story of how scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.

Science Night August 19


On this week’s Science Night, Nature takes you into the strange lives of cross-species animals in love. Then, NOVA explains why monarch butterflies can fly further than most of our roadtrips, and How We Got to Now explores the vast uses of sound.

Nature Animal Odd Couples at 7 pm
Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? This episode investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

NOVA The Incredible Journey of Butterflies at 8:05 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision.

Before the episode, learn more about tracking monarch migration in a PBS interview with director and cinematographer of the episode, Nick de Pencier.

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Sound at 9:30 pm
Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with Johnson to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where he finds the first traces of the desire to record sound – 10, 000 years ago. He also learns about the difference that radio made in the civil rights movement and discovers that telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell thought that the best use for his invention was long-distance jam sessions. During an ultrasound on a pregnant dolphin, he realizes just how big a role sound has played in medicine.

Science Night August 12


On this week’s Science Night, Nature takes you inside the lives of disabled animals and shows you what it takes to help them thrive. Then, after NOVA takes you into the stars to explore the history of the Hubble Space Telescope, How We Got to Now leaves you out in the cold. But in a good way.

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm
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The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8:05 pm
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Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos.

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Cold at 9:30 pm
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Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how mastery of cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way.

Science Night August 5


On this week’s Science Night, a brand new episode of Life on the Reef takes you into the lives of the many residents of North Queensland as they prepare for disaster. Then, a double-header of NOVA explores objects that have stood the test of time: the viking sword and the stone statues of Easter Island.

Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the third episode, see how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. And as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive. In this clip, hear from those who ensure the full diversity and functionality of the reef.

NOVA Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 pm
A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared.

NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.