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


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.)
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!


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.)
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!

KLRU Kids Holiday Programs

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KLRU KIDS celebrates the season with holiday episodes and movies, including:

In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. “A Creature Christmas” airs December 23 at 6:30 am & 4:00 pm;  and December 25 at 8:00 am.

George and The Man with The Yellow Hat are having a very merry time counting down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. Help Curious George in his holiday special, A Very Monkey Christmas, airing on December 16 at 7:30 am and 1:30 pm; December 18 at 7:30 am; December 24 at 7:00 am and December 25 at 7:00 am.

In this holiday special of The Cat in the Hat, the adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!, airs December 17 at 6:00 am and December 25 at 6:00 am.

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem,” and “The Penguin Problem. ” Peg + Cat + Holidays, airs December 13 at 1:30 pm.

On Thomas & Friends, cheeky little Tank Engine, and his friends, Edward, James, Gordon, Percy, Henry and Toby, plus Emily, set out on their holiday adventures. Thomas & Friends premiers a week of new holiday episodes the week of 12/12-12/16 airs at 11:30 am weekdays.

Join Bob the Builder and all of his friends on his new holiday episode on December 5 at 10:30 am; December 9 at 10:30 am; December 15 at 10:30 am; December 19 at 10:30 am; December 21 at 10:30 am; and December 23 at 10:30 am.

This is it…#GivingTuesday!

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Now’s the time for YOU to help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season.

Join #YourKLRU and the #GivingTuesday movement as we bring together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things, TODAY! Your support towards our $30,000 goal will help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

And best of all, you can double your dollar and your impact by giving your donation during the generous challenge match from  local business supporter, Wilson Goldrick Realtors.

For every dollar received this morning until 11am, Wilson Goldrick will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000! 

Remember, everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community – allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming to everyone in Central Texas.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

Generous matching support provided by:


KLRU Holiday Programs


KLRU Christmas Eve Programming:

In the countdown to Christmas on the Great British Baking Show “Christmas Master Class”, Paul bakes St. Lucia buns and mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary tackles French galette, Genoa cake, and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, which airs Saturday, December 24 starting at 4:30 pm.

The one-hour music special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE BOSTON POPS showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Featuring plenty of Christmas classics, Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops airs Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 pm

Tune in to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir repeats on Saturday, December 24 at 8:00 pm

Three Tenors Christmas encores on Saturday, December 24 at 9:00 pm. Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs, including “Let It Snow”, “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”. 

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, JORDAN SMITH ‘TIS THE SEASON, which encores on Saturday, December 24 at 10:00 pm.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. Rick Steves’ holiday episode, # 106 “European Christmas”, encores on Saturday, December 24 at 11:00 pm.

Christmas Day Programming:

On the Christmas Day special of Great British Baking Show “Christmas Master Class”, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. “Christmas Master Class” airs Sunday, December 25 starting at 1:00 pm

KLRU Q Holiday Programming

KLRUQ offers a month of holiday themed programming
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.
Sunday, Dec. 11
10:30 pm  European Christmas Markets
Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
11:00 pm  Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
n celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.
Saturday, Dec. 17
6:00 pm   Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience – The Spirit Of The Season
Emmy-winning tenor Shaun Johnson – a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa – goes solo in a spirited holiday special.
Monday, Dec. 19
Austin’s own Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis perform a unique blend of country and Christmas tunes at The Paramount Theater.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
10:00 am   European Christmas Markets
10:30 am   Christmas on the Danube
A companion to European Christmas Market documentary.It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well.
1:00 pm    European Christmas Markets
1:30 pm    Christmas on the Danube
Saturday, Dec. 24
5:00 am   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program.
6:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Sunday, Dec. 25
5:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
5:55 pm   Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine marathon, episodes #101-106 — ends at 11:40 pm
Charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers

KLRU is thankful for YOU


Thanksgiving… a day full of good food, great company and maybe even a little football. But it’s also a day to reflect on what we’re grateful for… and KLRU cannot emphasize enough how sincerely grateful we are for YOU!

As we jump into the holiday season, and our Winter Fund Drive, we’re thankful that your thoughtful feedback and support enables KLRU to keep more of your regular schedule on-air, with fewer interruptions, during fundraising drives.

And with just 2 weeks to raise $220,000, will you share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a gift to show us how grateful you are for KLRU’s commitment to local productions, community outreach, and unrivaled television that entertains, educates and inspires?

During this season of gathering together… eating Thanksgiving dinner together, watching PBS together—YOU have the power to ensure that KLRU will always be a gathering place for your community.

Thank you for giving generously.