Koko & Mister Rogers

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Tune into KLRU tonight at 7pm and watch Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.

This documentary is perfect for the whole family. Getting an in-depth look at Koko learning to communicate and connect with humans through sign language is incredibly powerful. With the help of her devoted teacher, Penny Patterson, this amazing animal truly built a bridge between our two species. The lessons we still learn from Koko about the threads that bind us all together are as important as ever.

Did you know that Koko is a huge Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan? The first time she met him, she sat down and took off his shoes—just like Mister Rogers did at the beginning of each of his shows. Koko even appeared on an episode in 1998!

To commemorate both Koko and Mister Rogers, we’re giving away a Sweater Changing Mister Rogers mug!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, just send us a picture of you or someone you know changing shoes. If you happen to be wearing a Mister Rogers type sweater while you do, all the better. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Tell us what you’re watching and you could win this fab tote!

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Giveaway survey! KLRU is more than halfway through our Winter Fund Drive! And we’re interested to learn what you’ve been tuning in to see. Tonight Part Two of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise airs. Maybe you caught Part One last Tuesday? Or perhaps another KLRU program grabbed your interest in the past week?

And don’t forget to look forward to the rest of the drive where we’ll be rolling out Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, NOVA: Great Human Odyssey and Il Volo Notte Magica, just to name a few of our great primetime options.

Whatever programs you’re enjoying on KLRU, we would love to know! Tell KLRU what your favorite episode of this 2016 Winter Fund Drive has been and you’ll be entered to win a Retro PBS Tote Bag. You clearly love PBS… might as well show that pride as you go about your day!

Just comment with your Winter Fund Drive 2016 highlight(s) and you’ll be entered.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

In the studio: David Fahrenthold tapes Overheard 12/12

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with David Fahrenthold on December 12 at 9:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.
David Fahrenthold is a reporter at The Washington Post and most recently covered the 2016 presidential campaign.

Since his time at The Post, Fahrenthold has covered Congress, the environment and D.C. police. Before graduating Harvard in 2000, Fahrenthold wrote for The Harvard Crimson.

Monday, December 12 at 9:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 8:15am
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with David Fahrenthold. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

The gift of KLRU

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Giving the gift of KLRU this holiday season is so much more than an ordinary present.

Your gift brings PBS favorites to Central Texas screens, creates new and original programs about your local community and supports children, parents and teachers with educational media. You ensure that enriching programming alongside impactful local engagement is available to everyone in Central Texas—all for free!

KLRU is more than halfway through our Winter Fund Drive and we have just 7 days left to raise over $40,000 to meet our $220,000 goal—so your contribution right now is the greatest gift of all!

When you give the gift of KLRU this holiday season, we promise to keep giving right back by continuing to make a difference in the homes, classrooms and communities of Central Texas.

Thank you.

Win Poldark Seasons 1 & 2! Perfect for cozy winter binge watching.

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The Season 2 closer of Poldark re-airs tonight! KLRU wants to make saying goodbye (for now!) to our tricorn-hat wearing hero a little easier… with a giveaway!

Two lucky winners will receive Poldark Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD or Blu-ray—winners’ choice. Add this PBS favorite to your video library and revisit Cornwall and all its sweeping imagery and adventure whenever you need an escape. What better way to fill the time as we wait for Season 3 to arrive?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. Enter all 4 ways to increase your odds!

The characters of Poldark are experts at smoldering looks. Share a picture of you or someone you know doing their best 18th century drama face and you’ll be entered! 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Hamilton: The Mixtape. (It’s so good.) Win a copy, join the revolution!

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How could KLRU not jump on the Hamilton bandwagon?!
This Broadway phenomenon has broken records and charmed America with its diverse casting and innovative style. If only high school history class had been so entertaining!

With Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda created a blend of Broadway bravado, rhythmic hip-hop and political intrigue that is massively entertaining, but why stop there? The Hamilton Mixtape is the newest effort from Miranda—an album of covers from the hit musical with a who’s who list of modern recording artists—and KLRU is giving away copies of the CD this December!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win The Hamilton Mixtape.

Just comment about what you love about Hamilton—the musical or the man—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Bidi Bidi Banda

AICSBIDI 1Focusing on replicating the influential music of Selena, Bidi Bidi Banda discusses the Tejano star’s positive image for Latinas and Latinos, and her lasting impression on musicians and music fans. Bidi Bidi Banda’s live performances transport audiences, and give a new generation of Selena fans a glimpse into what her shows might have been like.

Highlights Dec. 4-10

KLRU Highlights

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage on I Miss Downton Abbey! Sunday at 7 pm and 10 pm, and Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Relive the thrilling first season of the swashbuckling romantic series with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark featuring cast and creator interviews and behind-the-scene interviews on Inside Poldark on Sunday at 8:30 pm.

While at his Nantucket home after his retirement from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers had a chance meeting with Benjamin Wagner, his next-door neighbor and an up-and-coming producer for MTV. The charming and philosophical documentary MISTER ROGERS & ME chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey Monday at 9 pm.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow at 10:30 pm on Monday.

Explore what happened to the USS Oklahoma, the only battleship to capsize during the Pearl Harbor attack on This weeks episode of Pearl Harbor – USS Oklahoma – The Final Story Tuesday at 7 pm.

On the eve of the 75th anniversary, join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona since the date that will live in infamy, as state-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack on Pearl Harbor – Into The Arizona Tuesday at 8 pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape-celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go on Black America: And Still I Rise at 9 pm Tuesday.

In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals. Watch the incredible journey on Koko – The Gorilla Who Talks this Wednesday at 7 pm.

From snowy Siberia to remote Pacific islands, discover how humans survived and thrived in every corner of the planet on NOVA: Great Human Odyssey Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Watch this weeks episode of Overheard With Evan Smith as guest star Diane Guerrero discusses her roles on Orange Is The New Black and Jane The Virgin, as well as her work with nonprofits for immigration, naturalization and citizenship on Thursday at 7 pm.

This episode of Arts In Context, “Passing It Forward”, features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America at 7:30 on Thursday.

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Placido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square on Il Volo Notte Magica Thursday at 8 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Celebrate Joan Baez’ birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon on this weeks episode of Great Performances Friday at 8 pm.

 

Thank you for giving together

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We are absolutely overwhelmed by your outpouring of support for KLRU’s #GivingTuesday campaign!

In less than 24-hours, with your support, we met our $30,000 goal and exceeded it to raise over $40,000! Thank you for joining the #GivingTuesday movement  — together, you and over 300 other Central Texans gave to do extraordinary things right here in the Central Texas community!

Special thanks to our #GivingTuesday Business Supporters, Wilson Goldrick Realtors, SVN Tamarack and Architecture Plus for providing challenge matches that helped raise $9,000 towards our #GivingTuesday efforts.

All the dollars raised on #GivingTuesday will go directly back to serving you and your community – allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming, as well as, vital community services to everyone in Central Texas.

THANK YOU again for helping us give together. 

Generous matching support provided by:

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KLRU wants to give YOU Odd Squad LIVE!

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Engage with KLRU and you might win Odd Squad Live tickets!

There is something a little odd happening in Austin, and we want YOU on the case. This winter the Odd Squad lands at The Long Center with new agents, new music and a set of mysteries the entire audience will help solve.
Ms. O will lead the investigation from headquarters, helping you and rookie Agents Orion and Oleanna use STEM skills to stop Father Time and Lady Terrible from carrying out their villainous deeds.

Want a chance to join in on the laughter and adventure?
There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Share a slightly odd picture from your life to social media and tag KLRU.

Does your sandwich have a hole in the middle?
Are you combing your hair with a fork?
If it’s fun and odd, we want to see it!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
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4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will receive 2 tickets to see Odd Squad Live January 15, 2017 at 5:30pm as well as one youth-sized Odd Squad t-shirt!

Good luck!
Winners will be notified on December 16th!