Highlights August 20-26

KLRU Highlights

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century on Africa’s Great Civilizations starting at 11 am Sunday. All six hours air back-to-back.

Follow Endeavour, who while struggling with Joan Thursday’s sudden departure, is consumed by a nightmarish hunt for a serial killer on Endeavour Season 4 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation on NOVA Eclipse Over America at 8 pm Monday and 7 pm Wednesday.

Follow two Native-American judges who reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for their youth on POV Tribal Justice at 9 pm Monday.

Twenty years after Princess Diana’s death, Diana – Her Story at 7 pm Tuesday reveals her story in her own words. What emerges is the narrative of a shy young girl who stepped onto the world stage in 1980 and departed in 1997 as its most famous woman.

Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. Find out more on Farthest – Voyager In Space at 8 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Steve Case is Co-Founder of AOL and a venture capitalist.

Chet visits Big Bend, Terlingua, Moutn Pleasant and Palestine on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Meet a 9th-grader growing food for the hungry and a Vietnamese immigrant in her culinary garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

You could win it all! ACL All Access

KLRU is selling 400 ACL All Access raffle tickets each ticket is priced at $100. Get your tickets now! Four lucky winners will win an October filled with Austin City Limits prizes including:

  • Two (2) VIP Badges for Weekend One or Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival,
    October 6 – 8 or October 13 – 15
  • Two (2) Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration,
    Wednesday, October 25
  • Two (2) Passes to EVERY Austin City Limits taping in October
  • Current tapings include:
    Herbie Hancock on Thursday, October 12
    More to be announced!

You could win it all! Raffle will launch on August 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. COMPLETE RAFFLE RULES

Highlights August 13 to 19

KLRU Highlights

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 3 pm and 10 pm Sunday and 8 pm Friday is a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Witness Heathcliff and Cathy’s fiery romance in this adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel on Wuthering Heights at 7 pm Sunday.

Bob Ross: the Happy Painter Monday at 8 pm presents a behind-the-scenes look at the beloved public television personality’s journey from humble beginnings to an American pop-culture icon.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last Of The Breed at 9:30 pm Monday.

Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns on Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller at 8 pm Tuesday.

Enjoy performances from Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more in this presidential gala event taped in 1961 but never broadcast on television on the JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala at 10 pm Tuesday.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature at 8:30 pm Wednesday.

The Piano Guys bring their artistry to the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado for this all-new music special at 10 pm Wednesday.

Chet heads to Big Bend on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Local PC Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday and 10 pm Saturday.

Join the legendary Paul Simon at 9:30 pm Friday on a trip through his extensive songbook in this 2012 concert recorded in London’s Hyde Park.

Create a room of your own with She Sheds author Erika Kotite and tour a colorful cottage garden at noon Saturday on Central Texas Gardener.

Savor songs from Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, Cass County, which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

KLRU visits Back To School Fairs

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KLRU will be participating in two Back To School Fairs to launch the 2017-2018 school year!

Please look for our booth at the following events for great information to help you and your children have a jump on being school ready. We will have great information on our 24/7 Kids channel, free app information, activity sheets, frisbees and books to distribute.

If you miss these two events, you can catch us at:

UPDATE: Sustainer Challenge

With less than 3 days left to take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge, only 40 more Sustainers are needed to meet the goal by this Friday!

Because of your overwhelming response, we met our original goal of 200 and have a new stretch goal to reach 350 sustainers by THIS FRIDAY!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Together, we can meet this stretch goal and ensure that KLRU continues to thrive!

Solar Eclipse Resources for Families & Educators

The solar eclipse on August 21st is fast approaching.  You can watch it live on KLRU Q starting at 1:30 pm.
Follow the links to explore ways to engage kids as they learn about the solar eclipse. And by all means, do NOT let them look directly at the eclipse when it occurs without special protection!

In addition to the above resources, NOVA will be airing a special episode called Eclipse Over America on Monday, August 21 at 8:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU. It will air 2 days later on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU.

For younger students, you may want to show the kids the 13 minute Ready Jet Go! Total Eclipse of the Sunspot episode that teaches kids about the solar eclipse and how to create a pinhole box viewer to be able to see the eclipse without hurting their eyes. Airtimes

  • Tuesday, August 15th at 1:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU
  • Tuesday, August 15th at 5:30 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Friday, August 18th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Saturday, August 19th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Sunday, August 20th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Thursday, August 31st at 5:30 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Monday, September 25th at 1:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU

Here is the Pinhole Eclipse Projector activity sheet from Ready Jet Go:

We hope you’ll be able to guide your students in their discoveries about the solar eclipse!

Thank you for making an impact!

Thank you Central Texas for making an impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving!

With the generous support of over 200 donors, KLRU was able to meet the $20,000 challenge match made possible by Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation. Not only that, but YOU helped raised over $55,000 to help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community.

Everything we do at KLRU is possible because of you! Thank you for standing with us.

Science Night Aug 9th

India: Nature’s Wonderland at 7 pm Wednesday take a journey through India to discover its rich culture and rare wildlife. Experience a ritual tiger dance and see lions, elephants and India’s only ape – the hoolock gibbon. Then climb to the Himalayas where the Ganges River begins.

Retrace the thought experiments that inspired his theory on the nature of reality on Nova Inside Einstein’s Mind at 8 pm Wednesday.

In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find: the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Find out more on Secrets of the Dead “Resurrecting Richard III” at 7 pm Tuesday and  9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights Aug 6 to 12

KLRU Highlights

The late mistress of Manderley, Rebecca, casts her irresistible spell from beyond the grave in this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novel on Rebecca in two parts airing back-to-back starting at 7 pm Sunday.

Boys Of ’36: American Experience at 8 pm  Monday tells the story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

POV Iris at 9 pm Monday pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find: the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Find out more on Secrets of the Dead “Resurrecting Richard III” at 7 pm Tuesday and  9 pm Wednesday.

Ireland’s Wild Coast at 8 pm Tuesday joins Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson on an authored journey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast, providing insights into the wild animals and wild places of the island he calls home.

India: Nature’s Wonderland at 7 pm Wednesday take a journey through India to discover its rich culture and rare wildlife. Experience a ritual tiger dance and see lions, elephants and India’s only ape – the hoolock gibbon. Then climb to the Himalayas where the Ganges River begins.

Retrace the thought experiments that inspired his theory on the nature of reality on Nova Inside Einstein’s Mind at 8 pm Wednesday.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Australian group’s set ranges across their 30-year career, from their first album to their latest, Push the Sky Away.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Ethan Hawke, Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter.

Chet heads to Glen Rose and  Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm.

In Jane Austen’s gentle parody of gothic fiction, Felicity Jones plays romance addict Catherine Morland on Northanger Abbey  at 8 pm Thursday.

Conversation With Bill Moyers at 8 pm Friday features th award-winning journalist, political commentator and author as he reflects on his life and storied career, from his days as White House Press Secretary for President Johnson to network news reporter to host of numerous programs for PBS.

Celebrate 125 years of live entertainment at the Ryman with Emmylou Harris at 9:30 pm Friday and 7 pm Saturday. This concert is a re-creation of their mesmerizing 1991 concert, which helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old home of the Grand Ole Opry.

See how easy DIY rain gardens catch and control rainfall and visit an heirloom quilt garden design on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last of the Breed at 8:30 pm Saturday. The treasure trove of honky-tonk hits and Texas swing tunes turned the album Last of the Breed into a major-selling hit.