Giveaway Michael Feinstein 9/8

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like Arts In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with Texas Performing Arts to bring you tickets to a live performance from Michael Feinstein on Thursday, September 8, at 8 pm at Bass Concert Hall. Post a comment below about your favorite arts program on KLRU and PBS and you’ll be entered to win tickets. We will let winners know on Friday, Sept. 2. Buy tickets now at

Michael Feinstein—long a champion of the Great American Songbook—opens Texas Performing Arts’ 30th anniversary season by paying tribute to the ultimate interpreter of song, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. The Sinatra Project is an evening based on Feinstein’s hit album of the same title. Backed by a 17-piece big band, Feinstein focuses on songs written for Sinatra that were never recorded during his golden years at Capitol Records, and includes classics such as Begin the Beguine, Under My Skin, Fools Rush In, I’ve Got a Crush on You, and many more. “For years I’ve had the desire to celebrate Sinatra’s musical sensibilities, but had no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to explore his style of singing and his style of music,” says Feinstein.

KLRU presents a day of Mystery! 9/4

KLRU presents a day of Mystery! for Labor Day weekend. The Masterpiece Mystery! Marathon will be Sunday, Sept. 4, 3:30 to 11 pm. Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway are back for more Oxford University-based whodunits a complete list of the episodes playing are below.

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The murder of a small-time criminal leads Lewis and Hathaway to a prominent Oxford don-turned-celebrity atheist, who years earlier had been the intended target of a botched murder attempt. Could these isolated incidents be connected?

While on a routine disturbance call, Lewis is shocked to encounter a rock star he once idolized, who was believed to have died years ago. Could her sudden reappearance and attempt at a comeback album have any connection to the murder of a young orphan nearby? Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) guest stars.

The discovery of a body on an Oxford bus leads Lewis and Hathaway to a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his childhood. Guest stars include Nathaniel Parker (“The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”) as a house guest with suspiciously close ties to the estate owner’s wife.

When the Master of Gresham College, an amateur astronomer, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis and Hathaway find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff.

A reunion at Oxford’s remaining all-female college ends with the murder of a prominent student, which may be connected to a similar, decade-old case. Lewis and Hathaway must delve into the mystery of the college and its secrets to find the culprit. Juliet Stevenson co-stars. A reunion at Oxford’s remaining all-female college ends with the murder of a prominent student, which may be connected to a similar, decade-old case. Lewis and Hathaway must delve into the mystery of the college and its secrets to find the culprit. Co-starring Juliet Stevenson.

Say Goodbye to Between the Lions & Hello to Wild Animal Baby Explorers

Today will be the last day you and your child can watch BETWEEN THE LIONS on KLRU and all PBS stations across the country due to the expiration of its broadcast rights.  PBS KIDS Ready To Learn set a new standard for excellence in educational children’s television by funding the development of award-winning programs such as BETWEEN THE LIONS back in 2000. Now PBS has a set of new literacy series with  Super Why!, World Girl, Word World, and The Electric Company.

Wild Animal Baby Explorers

In its place, KLRU will be airing a new series, WILD ANIMAL BABY EXPLORERS every Monday-Thursday from 12:30-1pm.

Join intrepid adventurers Skip, Izzy, Benita and Sammy, along with their supportive and spirited guide Miss Sally, as they travel by land, sea and air to investigate the wonders of the natural world. Based on the award-winning preschool magazine of the same name, the series helps children ages 2 to 4 learn about animals and their habitats, develop crucial problem-solving skills and nurture their strong, personal connection with wildlife and nature. WILD ANIMAL BABY EXPLORERS reveals the natural world in high-definition detail through 3-D animation and live-action footage. Cameras soar with eagles, touch wind-tossed redwood trees, greet the sun with meerkats, dive deep underwater with dolphins, bellyflop on the ocean ice with penguins, swing on vines with kinkajous and buzz with a hive of bees.

The Winkler Family Foundation Renews Their Support

KLRU has just received $50,000 in unrestricted funding from the Winkler Family Foundation.  The Foundation’s renewed generosity will help support all the ways that we serve Central Texans.

We acquire meaningful content through a variety of sources, including PBS and the local creative community.  In addition, we offer pioneer productions on a wide variety of interests including education, the arts, our local community and public affairs.  Finally, we provide authentic engagement opportunities around community, cultural and educational topics.

KLRU brings viewers informative and impartial news reporting through PBS NewsHour, Frontline, American Experience, Washington Week and Overheard with Evan Smith.

KLRU is Austin’s largest stage.  We ensure the worlds of music, theater, dance and art are freely accessible on-air and online to all Central Texans – many of whom might never have the opportunity to experience them otherwise.

KLRU is also Austin’s largest classroom.  We offer a full slate of trusted and educational content for viewers of all ages.

Finally, KLRU encourages viewers to embrace their inner explorers through NOVA, Nature, American Masters, Central Texas Gardener and The Daytripper with Chet Garner.  PBS won 9 Peabody awards for programs such as these in 2010.

A teacher journeys with her students to the edge of the universe.  A child experiences ballet for the first time.  Austin music is shared with the world.  A parent learns to read to his child and discovers the joy of reading for himself.  And artist discovers their creative outlet.  A community comes together to discuss challenging issues.

We feel grateful to serve Central Texans in so many ways, and thank The Winkler Family Foundation for their continued support of our mission!

Science Night: Becoming Human 8/31

Wednesday Science Night presents a comprehensive three-part, NOVA special investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human.

NOVA Becoming Human: The First Steps 7 pm
In part one, “First Steps,” examines the factors that caused us to split from the other great apes. The program explores the fossil of “Selam,” also known as “Lucy’s Child.” Paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged spent five years carefully excavating the sandstone-embedded fossil. NOVA’s cameras are there to capture the unveiling of the face, spine, and shoulder blades of this 3.3 million-year-old fossil child. And NOVA takes viewers “inside the skull” to show how our ancestors’ brains had begun to change from those of the apes.

NOVA Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity 8 pm
The second segment, “Birth of Humanity,” the second program, tackles the mysteries of how our ancestors managed to survive in a savannah teeming with vicious predators, and when and why we first left our African cradle to colonize every corner of the earth. NOVA investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us–”Turkana Boy”–an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early humans are thought to have developed key innovations that helped them thrive, including hunting large prey, the use of fire, and extensive social bonds.

NOVA Becoming Human: Last Human Standing 9 pm
In the final program, “Last Human Standing,” NOVA probes a wave of dramatic new evidence, based partly on cutting-edge DNA analysis, that reveals new insights into how we became today’s creative and “behaviorally modern” humans and what really happened to the enigmatic Neanderthals who faded into extinction. How did modern humans take over the world? New evidence suggests that they left Africa and colonized the rest of the globe far earlier, and for different reasons, than previously thought.

#whyKLRU? You can give the gift that puts us over goal!

KLRU has reached the end of our August pledge drive and we are just $495 short our goal of $240,000. If you are among the thousands who have responded over the last 17 days, THANK YOU!

If you have not given yet, you have a unique opportunity to give the gift that puts KLRU over it’s goal. Give that gift right now!

During this drive we offered tickets to a number of one-of-a-kind KLRU experiences. As you think about how you would like to be thanked for your support, please consider joining us for one (or more) of these incredible events:

2 tickets to the Austin City Limits taping with Arcade Fire on September 17th

2 tickets to KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair (bring 3 treasures with you) on January 21st

2 tickets to spend the day on the set of Central Texas Gardener on October 6th

2 tickets to our BBQ bus tour – KLRU-Daytripper Meat-Up on October 1st

We hope you will make a donation, and perhaps join us for one of our events. Also, please consider inspiring others by sharing your reason for supporting KLRU at our Facebook page, or on Twitter – using the hashtag #whyKLRU.

Thank you for watching and supporting KLRU!

POV "Better This World" Screening 8/24

Monkey Wrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, will host a screening of the POV documentary “Better This World” on Wednesday, 8/24, at 8 pm. This film will air on KLRU Tuesday, 9/6, at 9 pm

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The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

Highlights 8/21 to 8/27

Masterpiece Classic “Upstairs Downstairs” at 8 p.m. Sunday continues the saga at 165 Eaton Place with new characters upstairs and down in a three-part sequel to the much-loved Masterpiece series from the 1970s.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook: Putting on the Tail Fins focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues 9 p.m. Monday.

RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope tells the unknown story of Robert Kennedy’s 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid 10 p.m. Monday.

History Detectives investigate the link between a basket and a woman Congress honored as a heroine of the Modoc Indian Wars. Then, the Detectives investigate the link between a woodcarving of Andrew Jackson and the Constitution 7 p.m. Tuesday.

High school football has never had a higher profile, but as high school players grow better, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players. Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday explores if the amped-up culture of high school football overshadowed necessary protections for the boys who play the game.

POV “Shortcuts: Big Birding Day” at 9 p.m. Tuesday offers a sneak peek into the world of competitive bird watching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours.

The creative minds behind Jarhead, The Company Men, Cast Away, and Falling Down discuss reflecting the real world in film during On Story: AFF 10 p.m. Tuesday. The creative minds behind Rambo, Lethal Weapon, and Braveheart discuss developing and understanding heroes and villains during this episode of On Story: AFF 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2011 presents an open-air concert in the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace 7 p.m. Wednesday.

American Masters “Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends” at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday offers reflection on Bennett’s life and music through personal interviews, and includes complete coverage of Bennett’s 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival performance.

Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin join forces as Them Crooked Vultures on Austin City Limits 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Evan Smith chats with Garrison Keillor, former host and writer of the long-running public radio show A Prairie Home Companion 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank-yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood. Operation Appreciation follows the volunteers as they collect baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Featuring a plethora of interviews ranging from the bona-fide stars to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, SXSW Flashback takes viewers back to March 2011 for one hour of SXSW excitement 8 p.m. Thursday.

Learn how to extend summer vegetables and get ready for fall crops on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit East Side Cafe, where organic gardens inspire daily recipes.

Austin City Limits welcomes rock icon Cheap Trick 7 p.m. Saturday. The band performs material from its acclaimed album The Latest and selections from their classic catalog.

#whyKLRU? Meat-Up with KLRU and The Daytripper!

Our August pledge drive is wrapping us this weekend, but we have more surprises in store for you!

Tonight is a special presentation of The Daytripper, featuring Chet’s best of Austin day trips! Chet will join us live in the KLRU studios starting at 7pm. In addition to watching great clips from some of Chet’s favorite close-to-home episodes, he’ll share behind-the-scenes stories and hopefully we’ll see some of that great Daytripper blooper reel!

As a thank you gift for folks who call in to support The Daytripper tonight, we are offering two tickets to the first ever KLRU-Daytripper Meat-Up, a bbq bus tour of some classic restaurants in Central Texas! You’ll have to tune in to find out more or go online to snag your seat right now!

Don’t miss The Daytripper special event tonight at 7pm – LIVE FROM THE KLRU STUDIOS!

Cities of Light will re-air Sunday 8/21 on Q!

By popular demand, we will re-air Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain this Sunday, August 21, at 5:00 PM on Q.

This film (from the producers of MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET) takes viewers on an epic journey back into one of the most captivating and important periods of world history — a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe and thrived.

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