Watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War on air or online

THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 across all platforms, broadcast, and digital. All episodes will be available until 10/4 online at and on station co-branded web and mobile platforms.

Watch Online:
Broadcast Version
Explicit Language Version
Spanish Version
Vietnamese Subtitles

Passport members have access to the entire film starting 9/17/2017 until 12/31/2017. Click here to learn more about our Passport member benefit.

Broadcast schedule:
18.1 airs Sept. 17-21 and Sept 24-28 starting at 7 p.m.
18.3 airs the nightly encore Sept. 24-28 and Sept. 24-28 at 8:30 p.m.

18.1 will air episodes weekly on Tuesdays in October and November.

Find episode details and the full schedule at this link.

To explore more about the film, get resources, share your story and watch additional videos go to can also find out how to host your own screening of the film. Make sure to check out our local Vietnam War productions from KLRU’s Decibel, Austin Revealed, and ATX Together.

Your feedback is essential. Take KLRU’s Annual Survey!

It’s time for KLRU’s Annual Viewer Survey and your feedback is essential!

Each year KLRU asks Central Texans to tell us what we’re getting right and how we can improve. These surveys allow us to both check in with individuals while also fine-tuning bigger picture ideas for the upcoming year. The more feedback we receive, the better we can serve the community.

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The survey should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Please note that all information collected for this survey is for internal use only and will not be shared or sold to anyone.

And be entered into a giveaway for a KLRU Fan Kit when you take the survey today!

Thank you so much for participating!


Celebrate the new season of KLRU’s Arts In Context 9/16

The multi-award-winning documentary series Arts In Context will begin airing new episodes on KLRU on October 5th! We’re giving you a sneak peek as we explore the process of creation through collaboration and examine what it’s like to be an artist.

Saturday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m.
AFS Cinema (Austin Film Society theater)
6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Enjoy a preview of episodes appearing in the new season of Arts in Context, including genre-defying musicians Magna Carda; Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang; artist Calder Kamin who makes animal sculptures out of plastic bags; the band Migrant Kids; poet, theater artist and educator Zell Miller III; Anuradha Naimpally founder of Austin Dance India; and Shen Jun whose dance translates the emotions and conflicts he felt as he adjusted from his old life in China to his new life in the United States.

Then stay to enjoy featured episode “Let All the Children Boogie.” Led by Gavin Tabone, the Barton Hills Choir – comprised of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students – has performed on the biggest stages in the world.

Thanks to our show sponsors!



KLRU NEXT Night: Strange Town on 10/3

Join us for the final NEXT Night of 2017! Strange Town is KLRU’s very own local production that investigates paranormal activity in and around Austin.

The Clay Pit is the haunted site of Episode 8, and where we’ll spend a spooky night with KLRU NEXT! Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn about the equipment used in the paranormal investigations, and see it used live in the room with Strange Town hosts Billy Driver and Mark Morrow. Tour underneath the restaurant to the basement wineroom, if you dare – this is where many of the paranormal encounters have taken place over the years! Taste bites from our favorite Indian food spot – that also happens to be our venue for the night – The Clay Pit.

Tickets available now!
$15 per person | Free for KLRU Next members

Thanks so much to our sponsor for the evening,
ABC Home & Commercial Services

Caritas of Austin Words of Hope Dinner 9/14

Tomi and Pete Winstead

KLRU is proud to be a media sponsor of this year’s Words of Hope dinner on September 14, 2017. The Words of Hope dinner is Caritas’ largest annual fundraising event featuring an author or prominent figure whose story reflects Caritas’ mission and work. The event honors Tomi and Pete Winstead with the 26th Annual Harvey Penick Award for “Excellence in the Game of Life.”

For 30 years, Pete and Tomi have been inspiring change and empowering good in Central Texas through their leadership and philanthropy. Together, the couple has been deeply involved with the Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, KLRU-TV Public Television, and Ronald McDonald House. They have also supported Caritas of Austin’s work and mission for over 20 years.

Pete played key leadership roles in the development of the first YMCA in East Austin, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, and the creation of many of Central Texas’ newest toll roads which has helped dub him the “Mayor of Mobility.” He has served as the Chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, President of the Real Estate Council of Austin, and currently serves as a Board member for the American Heart Association, St. Edward’s University, and the Austin Area Research Organization. Pete is also the founding shareholder of Winstead PC law firm.

Tomi’s leadership in the community began in the 1980s serving on the Board of organizations like CASA, KLRU-Public Television, and chairing the Board of Austin Family House and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Some of her proudest accomplishments include serving as co-chair of the capital campaign to build the new Ronald McDonald House at the Dell Children’s Hospital Campus and her involvement with the opening of Austin City Limits’ new site at the Moody Theatre.

Tomi and Pete will be married 38 years this April. They are grateful to be a part of making Austin the thriving city it is today, and they are proud parents to 5 children and grandparents to 10 grandchildren.

Tickets for the dinner at the JW Marriott are still available at

You could win it all! ACL All Access

KLRU is selling 400 ACL All Access raffle tickets each ticket is priced at $100. Get your tickets now! Four lucky winners will win an October filled with Austin City Limits prizes including:

  • Two (2) VIP Badges for Weekend One or Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival,
    October 6 – 8 or October 13 – 15
  • Two (2) Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration,
    Wednesday, October 25
  • Two (2) Passes to EVERY Austin City Limits taping in October
  • Current tapings include:
    Herbie Hancock on Thursday, October 12
    More to be announced!

You could win it all! Raffle will launch on August 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. COMPLETE RAFFLE RULES

KLRU visits Back To School Fairs

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KLRU will be participating in two Back To School Fairs to launch the 2017-2018 school year!

Please look for our booth at the following events for great information to help you and your children have a jump on being school ready. We will have great information on our 24/7 Kids channel, free app information, activity sheets, frisbees and books to distribute.

If you miss these two events, you can catch us at:

UPDATE: Sustainer Challenge

With less than 3 days left to take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge, only 40 more Sustainers are needed to meet the goal by this Friday!

Because of your overwhelming response, we met our original goal of 200 and have a new stretch goal to reach 350 sustainers by THIS FRIDAY!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece


When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.


Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Together, we can meet this stretch goal and ensure that KLRU continues to thrive!

Thank you for making an impact!

Thank you Central Texas for making an impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving!

With the generous support of over 200 donors, KLRU was able to meet the $20,000 challenge match made possible by Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation. Not only that, but YOU helped raised over $55,000 to help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community.

Everything we do at KLRU is possible because of you! Thank you for standing with us.

Challenge Match Deadline: Your participation is critical

KLRU’s Day of Giving ends at midnight tonight! This means you have less than 6 hours left to make an impact and help us meet our $60,000 goal.

With less than $30,000 left to raise, your participation in our Day of Giving is critical.

And you don’t want to miss out on our $20,000 challenge match going on right now – every dollar received up until midnight will be automatically doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Many thanks to Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation for making this possible.


With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everythingKLRU does counts even more on community support.

And the best way to give is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!


Your support is more important than ever! Thank you for standing with KLRU.