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.

Call for Applications 2018: KLRU’s Community Advisory Board

KLRU is now accepting applications for consideration of membership to our Community Advisory Board (CAB) until March 30, 2018. You can apply at the link below.


About the KLRU Community Advisory Board
The KLRU Community Advisory Board (CAB) is one of two boards that guide the work of KLRU. The CAB is composed of up to 30 individuals who reflect the diverse interests, concerns, organizations, issues and populations of the Central Texas community. Membership in the CAB is open to anyone who lives in the designated market area for KLRU and who has demonstrated an interest in KLRU. Members are selected by the existing CAB after being nominated by the staff, or the CAB, or they may nominate themselves. The role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff of KLRU. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term. The CAB meets on the third Wednesday, every third month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at KLRU’s Studio 6A.

For a list of current members go to the KLRU Community Advisory Board page.

The duties of the CAB are:

  • Act as a liaison between KLRU and the community.
  • Raise community awareness about KLRU, its programming and its services.
  • Advise KLRU on issues of importance in the community where KLRU may have an impact.
  • Encourage community involvement in KLRU projects, activities.
  • Ensure that the content of the programming reflects the community.

Selection of KLRU Community Advisory Board Members
Applications should be submitted by March 30, 2018 and will be reviewed by the CAB Nominating Committee. The election of new members will occur at the regularly scheduled August CAB meeting.

Applications should be accompanied by a resume.
After completing the application, please email your resume to:
Maury Sullivan

KLRU Brings The World To Your Neighborhood!

Happy 50th Anniversary to
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS!

It’s a beautiful day in the Central Texas neighborhood… because of YOU!

There’s a lot to celebrate this March at KLRU! We’re six days into our Spring Fund Drive and on March 20th we commemorate Mister Rogers’ birthday and his 50 groundbreaking years on public television.

The man who taught millions of young viewers that they should be loved exactly as they are has nurtured kindness in generations. Mister Rogers’ thoughtful lessons emphasized the great importance of a safe, educational space like PBS—made available for free to every American. KLRU is proud to be a part of this legacy.

If Mister Rogers inspired your love of PBS…if you believe that the quality content on KLRU is worth funding and protecting…consider making a gift during the KLRU Spring Drive!


Make sure to tune-in to KLRU tonight at 7 p.m. for Mister Rogers: Its You I Like
As a tribute on this 50th Anniversary of Fred Rogers on PBS—and after nearly 900 episodes—stars like Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Silverman and more reveal some of their favorite Mister Rogers’  Neighborhood moments.

P.S. KLRU has some exclusive online only Mister Rogers gifts. Rock a retro PBS look around town with one of these fun thank you items when you donate!

$5/month or a one-time $60 donation – receive a set of our enamel cast Mister Rogers pins
$7/month or a one-time $84 donation – receive the “It’s you I like” zippered tote bag

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Hugh Bonneville presents Jesus: Countdown to Calvary

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, there is no denying the impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on world history, particularly the events surrounding his death. In Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, Hugh Bonneville,well-known actor and a Cambridge theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem in search of answers. Meeting with academic experts and spiritual leaders, Bonneville deconstructs the week leading up to Jesus‘s death and untangles the complex factors that resulted in his crucifixion. Exploring questions that have provided more than 2000 years of debate, the documentary offers fascinating insight from both religious and historical angles.

The show will air on KLRU Q Thursday, March 29, at 8 pm and Saturday, March 31, at 5  pm. Or watch now:

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Neighbors, give yourselves a standing ovation!

You helped raise $10,353,937 for Central Texas
Thank you!

What can we say other than wow! Your wonderful support allowed KLRU to raise over $73,500 in just 24 hours! KLRU surpassed our $60K goal because of your generosity, but beyond that, your participation in Amplify helped elevate the profile of the over 700 other participating area non-profits. Everyone benefits when community comes together.

A big thank you to NetApp whose considerable gift pushed us past our goal in a big way! And again, KLRU is so grateful to matching sponsor Equistar Wealth Management who spurred our flurry of matching contributions! Thank you also to grant sponsor Google Fiber for contributing to our fundraising efforts.

Most Americans have a connection to PBS, from learning lessons alongside Mister Rogers to lavishing in the drama of Downton Abbey. In fact, over the course of a year, 82% of all U.S. television households—that’s 200 million people—tune into PBS. As your Central Texas PBS station, KLRU is that connection.

KLRU’s mission to inform, educate and inspire continues because of YOU. Thank you for Amplifying your only community-supported public television station.

With special thanks to


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