ITVS picks Tacos of Texas for digital series pilot

The team behind the recent book The Tacos of Texas, Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, have been selected for ITVS funding to develop a pilot episode for a new online series. If greenlit, the digital series will focus on the people, the places and the taco culture in the Great State of Texas.

The Tacos of Texas team will film the pilot episode in El Paso, Texas this summer. “Being a border town and this Taco Journalist’s hometown, I think it opens up a great story, not only on the love of tacos or it’s people but with issues associated with the region including the border wall, immigration and border-style cuisine.” “We’re excited to be part of ITVS and public media and share our taco love with the world!, ” says Rayo.

The core Tacos of Texas team include Mando Rayo, Producer/Co-Host; Jarod Neece, Co-Producer/Co-Host and Dennis Burnett, Director and with work with local teams and the Texas Taco Council for local knowledge and taco insights. “We are thrilled to be working with ITVS to develop this new series. We think it’s a great fit for our story and will help us reach a large and diverse audience,” says Neece. ITVS partnership comes through the Digital Open Call which offers research and development funding to pilot a series on public media platforms.  The Tacos of Texas aims to partner with local public television stations across Texas to showcase each city’s tacos through the eyes of taco fans across the state.

Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are the authors of the best-selling books, The Tacos of Texas (University of Texas Press, 2016) and Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day (The History Press, 2013) and founders of the blog Rayo is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency; Neece has been with SXSW since 2002 and is the Senior Film Programmer.

LBJ Presidential Library On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting exhibit opening event 6/24

Meet & Take Photos with walk around Elmo from Sesame Street, experience The Joy of Painting with Art by Bob Ross and remember A Prairie Home Companion at the LBJ Presidential Library On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting exhibit opening event on June 24th.

On June 24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. the LBJ Presidential Library will also feature free admission and parking and small Wonders Puppet Theater shows at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Plus enter for a chance to win two passes to attend a taping of the Austin City Limits TV show and behind-the-scenes tour. Walkaround Elmo will be visiting only on June 24.

Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Act established PBS and NPR as the national distribution networks for public television and radio, transforming our national media landscape.

The new exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting, is co-sponsored by KLRU-TV Austin PBS and NPR station KUT90.5. It brings iconic artifacts from treasured television and radio shows under one roof.

On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting runs through November 12, 2017. During that time, visitors can take photos with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Count von Count, on loan from Sesame Workshop. Turn the corner and there are more places to visit and take photos: visitors can stand by the Sesame Street stoop and step into Big Bird’s nest. Also featured in the exhibit are: Mister Rogers’ sweater, sneakers and trolley; artwork by The Joy of Painting host Bob Ross; and an autoharp used by Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion.

“Sesame Street was created to provide early access to education for all children, which is as vital now as ever,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President and Publisher of North America Media Products and Publishing. “PBS has made our program available to all Americans for almost 50 years, playing a vital role in helping the most vulnerable kids get access to quality preschool education. As a longtime partner of PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Sesame Workshop is proud to participate in this exhibit.”

Interesting facts:
• Sesame Street reaches children in 150 countries
• Each month, more than 95 million people watch their local PBS stations.
• The first show broadcast on NPR was All Things Considered on May 3, 1971
• More than 37 million people listen to NPR each month.
• The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides federal dollars to approximately 1,500 TV and radio stations.
• KLRU-TV Austin PBS provides a free 24/7 children’s programming live stream through and the PBS KIDS Video App.
• More than 600,000 people listen to KUT and KUTX in Central Texas each week.

Raising Bertie preview screening 7/10

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Raising Bertie from the documentary series POV. The screening is free with an RSVP and takes place July 10th at 7 pm at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Raising Bertie
July 10th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – August 28th
Filmmaker – Margaret Byrne

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

Science Night June 21

Go on adventure into the Pacific, Yellowstone and through the history of North America!

Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday plunges into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday journey  to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope

Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years on NOVA Making North America: Origins at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights June 18-24

KLRU Highlights

My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday follows the affairs of Englishwoman Rose Coyne (Hattie Morahan) and her family in Northern Ireland during World War II.

Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday begins with a new crime that has all the hallmarks of a years-old unsolved murder.

Independent Lens Real Boy at 9 pm Monday is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom.

Juneteenth Jamboree Spotlight On Unsung Heroes at 10 pm Monday explores the lives of African American heroes from Texas history.

Klan on Trial at 10:30 pm Monday tells the story of how a young district attorney took on the KKK in a Texas courtroom, obtaining a guilty verdict and prison sentence against its members for the first time in U.S. history.

On Story Of China at 7 pm Tuesday historian Michael Wood explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight.

Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday plunges into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday journey  to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope

Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years on NOVA Making North America: Origins at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features David Brown, Retired Dallas Police Chief.

Yellowstone In Four Seasons at 7:30 pm Thursday in the park, Summer is for eating, Fall is for mating, Winter is for surviving and Spring is for re-birth.

Chet goes to Big Bend and Georgetown on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

See how the bakers tackle three of Paul’s toughest challenges ever: preparing a sweet dough with a twist on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys  performs in notable locations all around New York, including the world-famous Circle Line, the Unisphere and Harlem’s Apollo on Landmarks Live In Concert at 9 pm Friday.

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm

Thank you for contacting us to express your concern about School Inc.

KLRU, like all PBS stations, has aired a great many programs about education, ranging from our annual American Graduate Day programming to a wide range of documentaries exploring all aspect of the education system and process.  In this area, as in all of our programming, we strive to present different viewpoints that lead to constructive civic dialogue.  The viewpoints expressed in many of the programs we air do not reflect the opinion of the station or PBS, but we nevertheless strive for diversity in content and opinion.

School Inc. is an independent production with funders clearly identified.  An additional consideration in the case of School Inc. was that it featured KIPP Austin School. We aired this program in May.

We will share your email with the PBS Ombudsman’s office and with the producers.  We appreciate you sharing your opinion, and respect whatever decisions you make regarding your future support.

NEA Announces Grant to KLRU’s Considering Matthew Shepard television special

KLRU has received a  $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support post-production, distribution, and promotion costs for the television program Considering Matthew Shepard. Showcasing Composer and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson and the vocal ensemble Conspirare, the program will feature a performance of the concert-length work Considering Matthew Shepard, a reflection on Shepard’s life and death. The program will incorporate theatrical elements such as set design and projected images and will be offered for national broadcast.

As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announced on June 14th its second round of funding for FY 2017. This funding round includes partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA will award 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million to support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people from Idaho to Maine; in urban centers such as Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas; and in rural towns as different as Haines, Alaska and Whitesburg, Kentucky.

“The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”

NEA-funded arts activities are as diverse as the places that foster them. A folk festival in downtown Butte, Montana; a former gas station transformed into a glass foundry in Farmville, North Carolina; dance classes for children with special needs in Winter Park, Florida; and a playwrights workshop in New Harmony, Indiana are just a few of the projects included in the lists below. These lists are organized by:
State/jurisdiction and then by city/town and by;
Funding category (Art Works II, Our Town, Research: Art Works, and state and regional partnerships) and then artistic discipline/field, ranging from arts education to visual arts

Competition for NEA grants is significant. In this second funding round for FY 2017, the agency received 2,063 eligible applications. The value of NEA funding is not only its monetary impact but also its reputation. An NEA grant confers a seal of approval, allowing an organization to attract other public and private funds beyond the required 1:1 match. In 2016, the ratio of NEA dollars to matching funds was 1:9 or $500 million.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit

KLRU NEXT Night: The Great British Baking Show! 6/15

A new season of The Great British Baking Show returns this summer to PBS and, to celebrate, we’re hosting a night where dessert comes first on the menu!  Our KLRU Next Night will take place clock Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mercury Hall, Get your tickets now!

Sample treats from some of our favorite pastry chefs and dessert spots in town:
Juliann Stoddart, Pastry Chef for Parkside Projects
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
SRSLY Chocolate
Soraiya Nagree, Owner of La Pâtisserie

Decorate your own dessert with Kellie’s Baking Co. while you sip rosé and drink beverages by local favorite Live Oak Brewing Company.

Cost for this event is $20 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services

Alamo Drafthouse & KLRU release A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story 6/14

On June 14, 2017, the Alamo Drafthouse and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the creator of Austin City Limits, will screen Keith Maitland’s feature length documentary A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY about the longest running music series on television. Called “a documentary 40 years in the making” by Paste Magazine, KLRU and Maitland’s film showcases the history and evolution of the series, featuring interviews with music luminaries including Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson. Tickets are on sale now

Screening at Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Kansas City, Omaha and Mason Park for one-night only, many of the screenings will also feature local musicians as a nod to the live performances made famous by AUSTIN CITY LIMITS television show.

Read more

Science Night June 14

Meet the monkeys of Shangri-la and explore the world of sharks!

Nature Mystery Monkeys Of Shangri-la at 7 pm Wednesday is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world.

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of the Great White Shark, an endangered predator, reduce deadly attacks on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat.