KLRU and Alamo Drafthouse present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 5/20 & 5/21

KLRU and the Alamo are heading to DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD as part of the ongoing PBS KIDS at the Alamo series. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-5, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at KLRU. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Screenings take place at Mueller, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane theaters. Reserve your spot today

This endearing show was inspired by the beloved “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and its relationship to this iconic kids’ series gives parents good reason to tune in with their tots. Children have taken an immediate shine to new neighbors Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Miss Elaina, and Prince Wednesday. Offering a kid’s eye view of his world, Daniel invites families into his neighborhood where life’s little lessons await. With its catchy, musical strategies and engaging stories, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” provides a special experience that preschoolers and parents alike can share!

Meet Robert Costa, new Washington Week moderator

From Washington Week ….

Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa has been named the new moderator of Washington Week. Robert has been a frequent guest on Washington Week since 2014 and has been a guest moderator in recent weeks. Learn more about Robert’s life and reporting.

Plus, read the letter Robert Costa wrote to introduce himself to long-time Washington Week viewers.

Indie Meme South Asian Film Festival 4/20-23

KLRU is proud to support independent film by being a sponsor of the second Indie Meme South Asian Film Festival at the Regal Arbor on April 20th-23rd.

Unique, bold, contemporary films from India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar & Afghanistan! Come watch the many faces of the region.  Tickets are on sale now

The 4 day event features film premiers, red carpet events, filmmakers in person & via skype, member mixers, panel & audience discussions, networking events and parties. Last year, Indie Meme Film Festival was host to 11 critically acclaimed, thought-provoking films and post-screening discussions and was awarded the “Best International Passport” by The Austin Chronicle.

“This year the festival plans to screen 14 to 16 films from South Asia. We select meaningful cinema that brings to light remarkable issues worthy of opening a dialogue in the audience.” said Alka Bhanot, Founder, Indie Meme.org. “It is also our endeavor to get participation from various organizations – local and international – working in the field on various issues, to help further awareness & discussion.” added Tripti Bhatnagar, co-founder, Indie Meme.org.


In the Studio: Overheard tapes Matt Lewis 4/21

4/19/2017 Update: Unfortunately due to travel complications Lydia Polgreen won’t be able to join us for the taping Friday morning.

We hope you’ll still be able to join us for a conversation with Matt Lewis from The Daily Beast April 21 at 9 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. You’re receiving this email because you RSVP’d to the back-to-back Polgreen/Lewis taping. If you already RSVP’d, no need to do it again—you’re still in the system! If not please complete the form here to RSVP. 

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Matt Lewis on April 21 at 9:00 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:30 a.m.The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

Matt LewisMatt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast and a CNN political commentator. Lewis has written for GQ, The Washington Post and Politico, among other publications. Lewis was also a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. He has been named one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” by RightWingNews for the past four years.


Friday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 8:30 a.m.
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 Lydia Polgreen and Matt Lewis. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Indie Lens Pop-Up screening: National Bird 4/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary National Bird. This free event takes place Tuesday, April 4th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.

We will have special guest Alan Pogue sharing his experiences after the film.  Alan Pogue was drafted into the U.S. Army in the summer of 1966 and volunteered to be a medic. After medic training he was asked to be a chaplain’s assistant. He volunteered to go to Vietnam as a chaplain’s assistant. After a short time in Vietnam he volunteered to be a combat medic with the 198th Light Infantry, near Chu Lai. As a combat medic he witnessed not only the death and wounding of fellow soldiers but also the gratuitous murder and general harm done to the Vietnamese population by indiscriminate assault, napalm, bombs of all kinds and sizes, and the poisoning of the countryside with Agent Orange. Once back in the United States he soon joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. His interest in photography started in Vietnam and so the documentation of social injustice became central to my photography. In 1998 the American Friends Service Committee asked him to visit Iraq and document the sufering of the general Iraqi population due to the embargo basic food and medical supplies.Voices in the Wilderness, an anti-snactions group, asked him to return to Iraq for the missile strikes on Baghdad. He photographed the the effects of indiscriminate missile strikes on hospitals, neighborhoods and the resultant maiming and death. Veterans for Peace asked him to help in the rebuilding of a water treatment plant in southern Iraq which had fallen into disrepair because the parts need were embargoed. There he met Asraa, a ten year old girl whose arm had been blown off by a U.S. Navy jet that fired a missile near her middle school. He met Mustafa who was harmed and his brother Haider killed in a similar missile strike in Basra. Later he met Asraa, three years old, whose eyes were struck by tiny metal fragments from a tank round fired into her home by the U.S. Army. He helped bring these three children to the United States for medical care. He also saw hundreds die who were beyond help. Many of these children could have lived with proper medical care but neither the medicine nor the medical equipment was there because of the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Britain. Often groups he was with brought in medicine even though bringing the medicine was against U.S. law. Some of his friends were prosecuted for helping sick and dying children.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

It’s no joke! KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 starts April 1st

We have heard from the community that families want our fun, educational programming in the evening hours and at different times, such as when kids are sick or when mom and dad are making dinner. In response to this community need, on April 1st at 6 am we’ll launch a brand new channel featuring your favorite PBS Kids shows 24 hours a day.

We are thrilled that we can provide this new tool for all families in our 18 county viewing area – whether you’re at home, away from home, or on the go.

Watch KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 on TV channel 18.4
Download the free PBS Kids Video App

Research consistently shows that PBS Kids resources help prepare children of all backgrounds for school and that exposure to our programs builds literacy skills, boosts math learning and fosters social-emotional growth.

PBS KIDS Ranks #1 in Preparing Kids for Success in School and Life
For more than a decade, the American public has consistently ranked PBS KIDS as the number-one educational media brand for children.iii In a recent survey, PBS KIDS ranked first in school readiness among children’s TV networks. When asked how well networks prepare children for school, 81 percent of parents said PBS KIDS helps a lot/somewhat, topping the next closest network by 11 percent. Parents also credited PBS KIDS for more positive behavior exhibited by children after watching. PBS KIDS stands out as the most trusted and safe place for children to watch television and the best use of families’ screen time, according to the study. PBS commissioned the study with an independent research firm. More findings are available here.

Leading children’s media experts point to PBS KIDS as a trusted resource for families, too. “PBS KIDS’ series are consistently among the highest-rated shows that Common Sense Media reviews,” said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media. “Millions of children across our country stand to benefit from the increased access to PBS KIDS’ exceptional content with the launch of the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel.” Similarly, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in its recently updated guidelines for children’s media use, recommends PBS KIDS as the leading resource for quality, educational screen time. The new AAP guidelines also encourage parents to watch TV with their children and talk about it together.

Decades of research confirms that PBS KIDS media content helps children build critical skills – among them, early literacy, math and social-emotional skills – that enable them to find success in school and life, while also helping parents increase their own engagement in their children’s learning. A study conducted by WestEd found that PBS KIDS resources can help prepare children from low-income families for kindergarten.iv Additionally, parents’ awareness of their children’s math learning increased significantly – as did their use of strategies to support their children’s learning.v

“We know from years of research that PBS KIDS helps children build important social-emotional and school readiness skills, and that the learning potential of media is multiplied when parents co-view with their children,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “We are encouraged to see how much parents value family viewing time, ranking PBS KIDS as the number-one use of family screen time, because parent involvement is critical to our long-term vision of using the power of media to create a personalized learning experience that engages and meets the needs of kids, parents and teachers.”

Learning Opportunities for All

Live TV is the dominant way children access video, with most of kids’ TV viewing taking place on weeknights and weekends.vi This is true for all children, but especially for those in low-income families, who make up a significant percentage of PBS’ audience.vii The new PBS KIDS channel will be a critical resource for young children living in low-income households, who are more likely to rely on TV for educational content, and to be under-connected, with many families able to connect only via mobile devices and with inconsistent access to the internet.viii

iii Marketing & Research Resources, Inc. (M&RR), January 2017. Survey of 1,002 adults, 18 years of age and older, who participated via phone January 3-10, 2017. Results were weighted to be statistically representative of the adult U.S. population.

iv Learning with PBS KIDS: A Study of Family Engagement and Early Mathematics Achievement, WestEd, 2015.

v Learning with PBS KIDS: A Study of Family Engagement and Early Mathematics Achievement, WestEd, 2015.

vi Nielsen Total Audience Report 2Q2016.

vii Nielsen NPOWER Live PUT, 9/21/2015-9/18/2016, K2-11, K2-11 in HH w/Inc <$20K, select dayparts.

viii Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013, Common Sense Media; Opportunity for all? Technology and learning in lower-income families. A report of the Families and Media Project, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 2016.

KLRU Next Night 4/6: Central Texas Gardener!

You’re invited to our first NEXT Night of 2017!

On Thursday, April 6th, we’ll be at Springdale Farm (755 Springdale Road) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to celebrate beloved KLRU program Central Texas Gardener! Tickets are $15. Buy yours today

CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta will be on hand to answer your garden questions. Come build your own terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria, grab a drink from Live Oak Brewing Co. and Z Tequila and enjoy bites from Eden East. Baylor Scott & White Health will be on site giving healthy cooking and medicinal herb demos!

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Thank you to our sponsor for the evening, Baylor Scott & White Health!

KLRU seeking short independent films from local filmmakers

Local Austin-area independent filmmakers! Send us your short films!

Films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the sixth annual PBS Online Film Festival, a showcase for powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The festival has become a popular annual online event, attracting more than 6 million video views over the past five years, as well as nominations in the Webby Awards.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, Independent Lens and POV. Collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media have also been included.

Submissions should be 3-15 minutes in length and can be documentary or narrative. There are no requirements about the short films having premiered elsewhere, though they should be no older than 3 years old. PBS also needs to have non-exclusive rights to stream the films on all PBS platforms, including social platform.

Austin-area filmmakers, to have your short films considered, submit the following via email to JJ Weber jweber@klru.org with the subject line “2017 PBS Online Film Festival” by March 30th:

  • Title
  • Brief description
  • Online screener link
  • Information about the filmmaker

Filmmakers from other areas should contact their local PBS affiliate.

Dates for the 2017 PBS Online Film Festival and the featured films will be announced at a later time. The festival will be available for streaming via PBS and KLRU, Austin PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android and a wide range of OTT devices.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

About PBS
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.