Local Teacher Named 2018 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star

Julie Hildebrand a teacher at Patton Elementary in Austin was selected as one of 30 educators from across the country for the first PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program.

Hildebrand is a first grade teacher at Patton and has been teaching for 11 years. In addition to her general education students, she also serves Gifted and Talented students, as well as English as a Second Language students. Julie’s primary goals have been to increase student achievement in literacy and technology skills in and out of her classroom. In addition to being a Heart of Texas Writing Project Teacher Consultant, Julie is also a Discovery Education Ambassador and serves on the KLRU Education Committee.   Each of the Digital Innovator All-Stars was selected from a cohort of extraordinary educators who are doing innovative work in their schools and districts, and were previously recognized as part of the PBS Digital Innovator Program, which began in 2013. The PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program expands on this influential work, deepening these educators’ roles as leaders in integrating technology and digital media into the classroom —supporting students’ learning through increasingly important media literacy skills.

As an exclusive part of the program, Hildebrand will have access to virtual and in-person events, including the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Summit, to connect and learn with peers and station representatives from across the country.

The PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including passion for their role as an educator, outcomes from their time as PBS Digital Innovators, connections to their communities and service to under-resourced families.

Q Night at the Movies features director Sidney Lumet 3/25

Science Goes To The Movies Physics And The Flash at 7 pm
Co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. Guests are drawn from different scientific disciplines, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films.

On Story Frank Marshall On Producing From The Creative Side at 7:30 pm
The producer behind Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, The Sixth Sense, and more talks about starting his career with Spielberg, Coppola, and Lucas, the creativity in producing, and working with writers.

Sidney Lumet: American Masters at 8 pm
Journey through the life’s work of the socially conscious director of Serpico, 12 Angry Men and Network in a never-before-seen interview. With candor, humor and grace, Sidney Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being.

Variety Studio: Actors On Actors at 10 pm
Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) with Holly Hunter (The Big Sick), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet, (Wonder Wheel) Hong Chau (Downsizing) with Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) with Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) and Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) with Robert Pattinson (Good Time).


Highlights March 25 to 31

KLRU Highlights

Lucille is called from her sick bed to assist with a breech birth  on Call the Midwife at 7pm Sunday. Sister Winifred is keen to have fathers be more involved in the care of their babies on Call the Midwife at 8 pm.

Joanne Froggatt, Anna on “Downton Abbey,” stars in a totally different role in this spine-tingling drama – the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer – on Dark Angel On Masterpiece  at 9 pm Sunday.

Robert, Earl of Grantham, and his American-born wife Cora live with their three daughters and domestic staff at Downton Abbey on Downton Abbey Season 1 On Masterpiece at 11 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

Learn how an astrophysicist, preacher, philosopher and artisanal mortician grapple with universal questions of mortality on Into The Night: Portraits Of Life And Death at 8 pm Monday.

Decibel  at 11 pm Monday and 10 pm Friday looks at the surge of women running in the 2018 election, the search for solutions to the opioid epidemic in Texas and the healing power of hugs.

Hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm on Makers at 7 pm Tuesday.

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century on Independent Lens at 8 pm Tuesday and 8 pm Friday.

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming. Find out more on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe on NOVA The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Learn how Japan, in a bid to dominate the Pacific, builds the biggest battleship in the world on WWII Mega Weapons at 9 pm Wednesday.

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Sally Kohn, a writer, activist and political commentator.

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. The show airs Thursdays at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to Abilene to explore the history of the wild Texas frontier on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

In the current moment, when sexual harassment is at the forefront of the national conversation, Metoo, Now What? at 7:30 pm Friday aims to take the discussion to another level, engaging both women and men  from all generations and walks of life in dialogue about these difficult issues.

Style up indoors with plant panache and tour a small lot makeover that brought design up to date on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Get A Shirt, Save The Drive!

Will you help us catch up?

KLRU eliminated an entire weekend of on-air interruption, ending our fund drive two days early! That means we still have $12,000 more to raise! Can we count you in?

And when you give a gift equal to or more than $10/sustaining or $120/one-time, you can receive KLRU’s schnazzy soft cotton baseball tee as our thank you!

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KLRU is free to everyone, with no commercial influence. Without donor support, we wouldn’t exist. This spring, every child who acquires a new skill from PBS KIDS, every adult who gains broader perspective from NewsHour or Decibel and every low-income family who engages in STEM-based community workshops will benefit with your commitment to this PBS station.

Meet The Stanton Family

What do science lessons and family bonding have in common? For Patrick, Lucinda and Naomi Stanton, the connection comes from their time together at the Ruff Ruffman Family & Community Learning workshop.

The Stantons participated in this four week series along with other area families. Designed to spark STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) interest in young children, the workshop also empowers parents like Patrick and Lucinda to support their child’s education both at school and home.

“With the four weeks of science projects and doing things and meeting different people, Naomi learned a lot. It was awesome!” Patrick’s observation of his daughter’s time at the Ruff Ruffman workshop is a testament to what a valuable experience these sessions are for kids and parents alike.

Low-income and underserved households are often less equipped to address learning gaps. KLRU’s collaboration with key community partners addresses critical needs in early education by presenting lessons through play and hands-on activities. Research-based, engaging outreach to Central Texas families provides practical tools that these participants can continue to utilize well beyond the workshop.

Miriam Mendoza, KLRU’s Project Director for Ready To Learn says “I just like those little moments where the parent realizes ‘Wow, my child can learn through playing and I can be a part of that.’”

Each session starts with a meal, giving the adults the chance to talk and connect with neighbors who also have young families. Spending quality time with neighbors expands the support network for all these parents, which in turn supports all the children in their STEM progress.

Lucinda was particularly excited about the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad Naomi received after graduating from Ruff Ruffman. “It has a lot of learning apps: reading, drawing, spelling. It’s helping her to get more familiar with computers because they use them at school. And it actually helped me out too.” For some families, this is the first device they’ve brought home. This access lets kids hone technology skills and engage in creative, thoughtful play.

The Stantons gained the confidence at our Family & Community Learning workshop to tackle hands-on engineering projects together. KLRU’s Ready To Learn promotes early learning and school readiness while striving to build a more informed and connected Central Texas. And from Naomi’s smiles, this is just the first of many exciting STEM discoveries that she’ll make with her parents there to cheer her on.

“We’re thankful for the educational workshops KLRU provides in the community.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help at klru.org.value

Family & Community Learning (FCL) workshops are part of the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project through the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.


Get to know KLRU’s early childhood community partners: Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. These local organizations are essential to the success of our workshops! They recruit families like the Stantons, they provide the space and their staff lead instruction.

Check out additional information about KLRU’s time at the Ruff Ruffman camp.

Read more about KLRU’s involvement with Ready To Learn (RTL) and Family & Community Learning (FCL).

Highlights March 18-24

KLRU Highlights

With permission from Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s Garden at 7 pm Sunday covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart, the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson on Royal Wives At War at 8 pm Sunday.

In Jesus: Countdown To Calvary at 9 pm Sunday Hugh Bonneville, well-known actor and a Cambridge theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem in search of answers about Jesus of Nazareth.

The documentary Hawking at 10 pm Sunday takes an intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life.

In this Ken Burns film, Jackie Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve. Part 1 at 8 pm Monday and Part 2 at 8 pm Tuesday.

Art In The Twenty-first Century Chicago at 10 pm Monday features Nick Cave, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware and more.

The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, Al Capone: Icon at 7 pm Tuesday explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

Art In The Twenty-first Century Mexico City at 10 pm Tuesday features Damian Ortega, Pedro Reyes and Natalia Almada.

Wednesday is Science Night featuring Nature Forest Of The Lynx at 7 pm, NOVA Roman Catacomb Mystery at 8 pm; WWII Mega Weapons The Tunnels Of Okinawa at 9 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Amy Bloom, Author.

Muons detectors are elementary particles used by researchers to look inside ancient pyramids. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin are using these detectors to explore the Mayan pyramids in Belize on SciTech Now at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the “oldest town in Texas” to learn its history, go zip lining in the piney woods, and eat at a historic hotel on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo at 8 pm Friday is an innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta – best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist-provocateur, Hunter S. Thompson.

Brie Arthur swaps homegrown tips with an urban farmer and an Indian couple grows ethnic tastes on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album, Post Pop Depression, accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

Give today and shorten the KLRU Spring Fund Drive by an entire weekend!

You can help us cross the finish line!! Just 12 days ago, we set out with an ambitious but necessary goal to raise $220,000 during our Spring Fund Drive. Your contribution can make this goal a reality and allow KLRU to remain on-air, online and in the community.

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And if you give today, we can reduce our drive by two days! KLRU wants to thank all the wonderful viewers who have shown support this March by ending our fundraising drive on Friday. That means giving back our entire weekend of programming with no on-air interruptions! In order to cut off two days, we must meet our goal—can we count you in?

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As a reminder of how your dollars impact KLRU and the Central Texas community, here’s a practical breakdown of real costs and effects.

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KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, opening doors to art, entertainment and discovery. Protect this community space where everyone is welcome—your support of KLRU nurtures a Central Texas that learns and grows together.

Here’s your chance to see KLRU shows live, in person!

There’s just a week left of KLRU’s Spring Fund Drive, which means time is running out to donate toward one of the limited ticket packages we’re offering this season. Tickets are going fast—don’t wait and risk missing out!

Starting this month PBS favorites will be live in our community. KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, straight from the livingroom to the stages of Austin! Five world class shows are coming to The Long Center and ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment and know that your donation allows this community-supported public television station to thrive.

• Learn about this bestselling author’s approach to holistic well being and personal transformation with Deepak Chopra on March 31.

• Don’t miss the arresting voice of the multi-talented songwriter, pianist and guitar player Brandi Carlile as she tapes Austin City Limits on April 10.

• Catch Joe Bonamassa, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, as he tours around his newest album Blues of Desperation on May 25.

• Witness the deep influence of Nat “King” Cole on display in jazz talent Gregory Porter as the two-time-Grammy winner performs from his fifth album on June 20.

• Experience Killer Queen, named “Worldwide Best Tribute Band”, as they recreate the brilliant music and magical stage presence of the real Queen on July 28.

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Won’t you join us for a live performance? Help KLRU move toward our $220,000 goal with your gift today. Think of how important KLRU is to you and the rest of our neighbors. From Wild Kratts to Nature, to Overheard with Evan Smith and NewsHour, this is a space where there is something for everyone, no matter age or background. It’s a great time to show your support for KLRU this spring!

Build Hope, Not Walls with Arts In Context

How do you turn a symbol of division into a symbol of love? Nick Ramos created Build Hope, Not Walls to answer that question. Instead of using bricks to build walls, he’s invited 150 artists from across the United States to use them as their canvas. All 150 bricks are unique works of art representing the diversity and unique voices that make up American society.


Highlights March 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage on I Miss Downton Abbey!  at 7 pm Sunday.

David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in “Dead Man’s Folly,” based on the novels by Agatha Christie, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

Rick Steves goes to France’s Loire Valley to visit the Chateau Country, then to Italy’s Riveria on a journey through Cinque Terra, and and finally to Berlin to explore Germany’s historic and reunited capital Sunday at 10:30 pm.

Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine at 9 pm Monday charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers.

Join Tom Hanks and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker on Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller at 7 pm Tuesday.

Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago on Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like at 10 pm Tuesday.

Helen Macdonald’s best-selling book H Is for Hawk told the saga of a grieving daughter who found healing in training a goshawk. Now she digs deeper into the world of these raptors by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own on Nature
H is for Hawk: A New Chapter at 7 pm Wednesday.

Join host Maria Shriver to discover how to improve and maintain cognitive fitness and deal with aging on Brain Secrets With Dr. Michael Merzenich at 8 pm Wednesday.

Journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special on Ireland’s Wild Coast at 10 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Joan Walsh, The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent and an MSNBC political analyst.

Hear powerful personal stories from veterans, activists and refugees about their experiences related to the war on Stories From The Vietnam War at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago on Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like at 8 pm Thursday.

David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in “Dead Man’s Folly,” based on the novels by Agatha Christie, Thursday at 10 pm.

In the current moment, when sexual harassment is at the forefront of the national conversation, Metoo, Now What? at 7:30 pm Friday aims to take the discussion to another level, engaging both women and men  from all generations and walks of life in dialogue about these difficult issues.

Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singer Gregory Porter performs a sold-out show in front of a rapturous audience at the Berlin Friday at 8 pm.

Find out what to ask when installing rain collection and tour a yard updated with layers of depth on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in “Dead Man’s Folly,” based on the novels by Agatha Christie, Saturday at 8 pm.