New season of Midsomer Murders starts 3/23 on KLRU

Now in its 11th season in England, MIDSOMER MURDERS has become an international phenomenon. The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters (frequently wealthy eccentrics), and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the MIDSOMER MURDERS investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by actor John Nettles (Bergerac).

Local PC Ben Jones steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house. The owner is anxious to sell, but the estate agent, Harriet Davis, who is representing Jack Magwood, seems reluctant to let anyone see the property. The House In The Woods, Part 1 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:00 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 9:50 PM. The House In The Woods, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:50 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 10:40 PM.

The mother of a deceased one-time carnival queen is found dead in a stream. Once again, Barnaby must dig up the past to solve the case. Barnaby is convinced he has seen two people from an earlier mystery around the village. He is puzzled because the people in question were brutally murdered. Is Barnaby seeing ghosts? Catch Dead Letters, Part 1 Thursday, March 30th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 10:38 PM. Dead Letters, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 30th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 11:30 PM.

Wealthy, eccentric, obese aristocrat Freddy Butler drops dead after gathering all three of his wives at his hall. Although the cause of death is revealed to have been natural causes, the case is far from simple when, soon after, his solicitor is killed in a house fire. Vixen’s Run, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 10:38 PM. Vixen’s Run, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 11:30 PM.

Blackmail, revenge and, of course, murder strike again in Midsomer. Barnaby has plenty of suspects with motives but no real proof. For once his investigations take him beyond the confines of Midsomer, with trips to the seaside – where he even takes time out for a paddle. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 10:39 PM. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:48 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 11:37 PM.

#TBT – Win this Retro PBS Logo Tote Bag

It’s almost the 50th anniversary of PBS and KLRU is celebrating with a Throwback Thursday giveaway!

PBS is dusting off some of its classic television moments to commemorate nearly 50 years on the air. Take a look at some of the featured old school episodes here.

And what better way to show off your enduring love for PBS than by rocking our retro cotton canvas bag?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU and this hip and helpful tote could be yours. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite classic PBS show and you’ll be entered.

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.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, simply comment with your favorite current show on any one of KLRU’s 4 channels. We want to know what you love!

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.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Win this Prickly Pear Tea Towel!

Who is Cactus Jack and how did he get such an odd nickname?

John Nance Garner IV, or “Cactus Jack” as he was known, was a Texas politician, a presidential contender in 1932 and our 32nd Vice President under FDR. While Garner was in the Texas House of Representatives, the legislature worked to choose a state flower, and he lobbied hard for the prickly pear cactus. Of course, it was the bluebonnet that won out, but hence was born his nickname Cactus Jack.

To commemorate Texas and the prickly pear cactus that Garner so loved, we’re giving away this adorable tea towel. This item is locally made by Austin artist Carolyn Kimball and provides the perfect pop of whimsy for any kitchen.

Tune into KLRU for Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating man. 

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
the Prickly Pear Tea Towel. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your choice for Texas state flower and you’ll be entered. Had you been able to cast a vote in 1901, what would you have picked?
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.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Travel with intention: Win this Rick Steves how-to guide!

Get tips on how to get more out of your next international trip!

KLRU is giving away a copy of Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act, a guide which The Society of American Travel Writers named “Travel Book of the Year.” Rick Steves shares his decades of world-wandering experience, providing lessons on how to “sightsee with an edge” as he reflects on deeply integrating, learning and connecting while out of his comfort zone.

Tonight on KLRU, travel to Germany and learn more about Martin Luther, no stranger to political acts himself. Tune into Rick Steves’ Special: Luther and The Reformation at 10:30 p.m.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite travel destination—whether it’s a place you’ve been or want to go to—and you’ll be entered.
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.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

See Broadway in Austin: BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical!

Don’t miss your chance to see the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom!

Donate $250 today
and we’ll thank you with a pair of tickets to the opening night of Beautiful at Bass Concert Hall on March 21st at 8pm.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL, the musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

Tickets are limited so you won’t want to miss this joyous celebration about the life and career of Carole King…you’ll see how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Low Phone Battery? Let KLRU give you a boost!

KLRU is giving away PBS NewsHour Weekend Jolt Triangle Suction Chargers— perfect for giving your smartphone a boost on the go. Never be stuck with a dead phone again!

What does it do?
• Provides a 2,200 mAh charge when plugged into your smartphone
• Functions as a phone stand
• Includes a USB to Micro USB cable which can be used to recharge the power bank
• Shows off your PBS love

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, simply share something you love about KLRU. 

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.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Does winning a copy of Hamilton: The Mixtape = Instant Cool? Kinda.

KLRU is not giving away its shot to share the Hamilton love!
BUT we ARE giving away a copy of Hamilton: The Mixtape! This compilation takes the soundtrack from the groundbreaking Broadway musical and interprets it with a whose who of cover artists, including The Roots, Sia, Ben Folds, Kelly Clarkson and so many more.

And be sure to check out Hamilton’s America tonight on KLRU at 11 p.m. This behind-the-scenes documentary is sure to bump up your dinner party conversation game.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win Hamilton: The Mixtape. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

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.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Don’t miss American Masters “Patsy Cline” and more during Women’s History Month 2017

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Women’s History Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a special lineup of programs including:

American Masters “Patsy Cline” airs Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm.  Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music, featuring interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire and others.

American Masters “Maya Angelou” airs Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30 pm.  Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

American Masters # 2704 “Dorothea Lange” airs Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.  Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

My Love Affair with The Brain…Dr. Marian Diamond airs on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 pm.  Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows Dr. Marian Diamond over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career.

To Walk Invisible:  The Bronte Sisters airs on Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 pm.  Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, all unmarried, faced a bleak future. Unable to rely on their alcoholic brother or near-blind father to provide for them, they worked as governesses to privileged and often unruly children. This is the story of how — against all odds — their genius for writing romantic novels was recognized in a male-dominated, 19th-century world.

Independent Lens # 1811 “Ovarian Psycos” airs on Monday, March 27 at 9:00 pm.  Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

 

KLRU Q will feature:

On Janis Joplin: American Masters, intimate letters and rare footage shed light on the life of iconic rock singer Janis Joplin, Sunday, March 5 at 9:00 pm.

Patsy Cline: American Masters honors the life and legacy of the groundbreaking singer who defined modern country music, airing Sunday, March 12 at 9:00 pm.

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story is a story about Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, a female radio operator and British spy during World War II, which airs at Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 pm.

Rebel: Voces Special Presentation #105 features Loreta Velasquez, a woman and a Cuban immigrant, secretly served as a soldier during the Civil War, airing at Sunday, March 19 at 6:00 pm.

Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power is a provocative three-part series in which Professor Amanda Vickery tells the story of the long war to give women an equal share of power in Britain. It was the Edwardian suffragettes who won the vote, but Vickery reveals that they were part of a much longer struggle started in the 18th century. She shows how bloody revolution, working class radicals, love-struck philosophers, campaigners in the sex industry, and, even the humble bicycle, all played a part in tackling the most enduring social injustice. It’s a story that puts the battle for the vote at the turn of the twentieth century in its true context. Vickery argues it’s a war that’s still going on today. This series airs Sunday, March 19. Individual episodes include:

  • 7:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #101 — The suffragette campaign was the conclusion of a fight women had been waging for hundreds of years.
  • 8:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #102 — During Queen Victoria’s reign, extraordinary women changed the opportunities of their gender.
  • 9:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #103 — A look at how the Edwardian suffragette movement became a quasi-terrorist organization.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing is a feature that tells the story of a Victorian-era British socialite, Ada Lovelace, who was one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers, and airs at 10:00 pm.

Q Night At The Movies Mar. 4: SXSW Flashback Marathon

This week’s KLRUQ Night At The Movies has a special theme. Start off with a documentary about marijuana, then spend the rest of the night watching Lone Star Emmy Award-Winning SXSW Flashback of previous years in preparation for this year’s Annual South By Southwest celebration. Between episodes, we’ll feature new short videos from 2016’s SXSW.

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at Mount Sinai, explains how addiction impacts the lives of many, movie portrayals accuracies and just how little we know about drugs like marijuana. Science Goes To The Movies airs at 7:00 pm.

2010 SXSW Flashback airs at 7:30 pm.
You’ll see a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW. Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

2011 SXSW Flashback airs at 8:30 pm.
KLRU pulled out all the stops in covering SXSW 2011. Why you ask? So you can experience the Interactive, Film, and Music portions like never before, and hear from the biggest peeps at the festival. Where else can you see Mike Tyson, Moby, Danny DeVito, Bun B, Black Joe Lewis, Paul Giamatti, teenage film directors, Conan O’Brien, Rosario Dawson, and Ted Nugent in the same show? This one, friends.

2012 SXSW Flashback airs at 9:30 pm.
SXSW Flashback 2012 gives viewers one hour of SXSW excitement, once again featuring a wide variety of interviews. Highlights for 2012 include Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more, discussing their experiences during SXSW.

2013 SXSW Flashback airs at 10:30 pm.
We take viewers back to March for a half hour of highlights, including 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen, and many, many more. Learn about their experiences here visiting Austin during SXSW.

2014 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:00 pm.
See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

2015 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:30 pm.
Droves of people travel to Austin from all over the planet to attend SXSW every March. Why do they come here?! What are they doing?! See the world interact with Texas, and Texas interact with the world, during 2015’s festival. Highlights include: Wolf Alice, Ex Machina, Satellite Sky, Tomi Fujiyama, Suboi, Luke Drozd, Gloria Trevi, The Barberettes, Los Master Plus.

2016 videos: