KLRU’s BIG DEAL Raffle is… BIG!

KLRU’s Big Deal Raffle Opens Today!

For just $25 a ticket, you can be THE Big Deal in 2018. 
One lucky Texan will be awarded an entire year’s worth of prizes,
all while supporting public television in Central Texas.

The Big Deal is a year full of incredible experiences, all awarded to one lucky winner, including:

  • Two (2) VIP Passes to the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Two (2) Music Badges to the 2018 SXSW Conference
  • Two (2) VIP 4-Day Tickets to the 31st Old Settler’s Music Festival
  • Two (2) Producers Badges to the 2018 Austin Film Festival
  • Four (4) Passes to an Austin City Limits Season 44 taping
  • Two (2) Passes to the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival
  • Two (2) Badges to the 2018 ATX Television Festival
  • Two (2) Tickets to the 2018 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Ceremony
  • Two (2) Hospitality Passes to the 2018 KGSR Blues on the Green Season
  • Two (2) Satellite Badges to the 2018 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • Two (2) Tickets to Foreigner at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on February 25, 2018

Buy your tickets to support KLRU today!

All proceeds from the raffle benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

Save November 28 for #GivingTuesday!

Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday on November 28! Join millions worldwide during this global day of philanthropy. Help KLRU raise $50,000 in 24 hours, and together we can continue providing programming that enriches your world.

It’s easy to give back on #GivingTuesday—just take a moment to schedule your donation right now. Get your good deed done early—and on November 28, your gift will immediately post toward KLRU’s goal!

You can also give the gift of your time: join us on #GivingTuesday for a KLRU volunteer opportunity. Every act of generosity counts, and each act means even more when we give together. What better way to embrace the season and #GivingTuesday? Sign up here to help with a holiday mailing project.

Your participation on #GivingTuesday will inspire others to join in and give back. Community-supported public media depends on you!

Thank you for helping us give together.

November 7th marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Austin City Limits honors the milestone signing in the non-performer category this year. The landmark act was signed into law in November 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson who remarked at the time, “We want most of all to enrich man’s spirit. That is the purpose of this act.” The Act stipulates that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

The act was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October. The award accepted by Catherine Robb, Attorney, Former KLRU Board President and founder of the LBJ Future Forum and Amy Barbee, Executive Director of the LBJ Foundation.

KLRU and Community Partners host Family Creative Learning workshops

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a robot chef that could make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? You would have to program it by giving it very specific instructions.

That is how children and their parents start learning about coding in the Family Creative Learning (FCL) PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshops.  The families learn to animate their favorite PBS KIDS characters using the PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. app on Playtime Pads, a tablet that they get to keep at the end of the workshop.

KLRU and our local children’s museum, Thinkery, hosted a fun FCL PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshop in October. Nine young children and their parents learned concepts of coding by  reading books and participating in fun movement activities. They built paper airplanes to practice using the design engineering process (imagine, plan, build, test, repeat).

The children and their parents created animation projects together.  Parents learned from their kids as much as the kids learned from their parents. You could see a lot of smiles in the room.

One child was very excited when he shared: “Now my mom knows technology & can do it with me!”

We hope that all families feel just as empowered that they can now create their own animations.

KLRU also partners with Communities In Schools (CIS) to host workshops. This month, 8 families that are part of their ASPIRE family literacy program are currently participating in a Family Creative Learning PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshop.  Those families are just as excited and are having a blast learning how to code.

Click here if you would like to use the FCL Scratch Jr. workshop materials to help your own child learn how to code: https://klru.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-kids-family-creative-learning/

Also, this month 8 additional families are participating in the new Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Family Creative Learning workshop at Thinkery. The Ruff Ruffman FCL workshop will help children learn science by playing with mixtures, investigating material science, exploring force and motion, and creating structures.

They will also learn about those topics by watching short Ruff Ruffman videos and playing digital games on Playtime Pads (tablets that they will get to keep).

The Ruff Ruffman science activities, videos, and games can be found here:  https://klru.pbslearningmedia.
org/collection/ruff-ruffman-show/

 

FCL workshops are part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Department of Education and administered by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and PBS.  Our Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project brings RTL science and literacy content to children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households as well as their families and educators.  KLRU partners with local community organizations to host workshops at their sites for the children that they serve.  Our partners are Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.

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The Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act 11/3

This Friday, November 3, The Library of Congress will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the act established public broadcasting as it is organized today and also authorized the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish and maintain a library and archives of non-commercial educational television and radio programs.

The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in D.C. at the Library and livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress

Here is the lineup:

1PM  –  Introductions and Welcoming Remarks
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH
Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, CPB
Sen. Ed Markey, AAPB adviser

1:15 PM  – Origins
Nicholas Johnson, FCC commissioner, 1966-73
Bill Siemering, NPR co-founder, creator of “All Things Considered”
Newton Minow, FCC chairman, 1961-63, via video
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser (moderator)

2:10 PM –  News and Public Affairs Talk Shows
Jim Lehrer, co-anchor, “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour”
Dick Cavett, host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1977-1982
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser
Hugo Morales, co-founder, Radio Bilingüe
Sharon Percy Rockefeller, CEO, WETA-TV
Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” (moderator)

3:10 PM – Documentaries: Style and the Use of Archives
David Fanning, creator, “FRONTLINE” Clayborne Carson, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Research and Education Institute; senior adviser, “Eyes on the Prize”
Stephen Gong, director, Center for Asian American Media
Margaret Drain, former executive producer of “American Experience”
Patricia Aufderheide, university professor of Communication Studies at American University (moderator)

4:10 PM –   Educational Uses of Public Broadcasting
Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator, “Sesame Street”
Paula Apsell, executive producer of “NOVA”
Kathryn Ostrofsky, instructor, Angelo State University, Department of History
Jennifer Lawson, founding chief programming executive, PBS (moderator)

“KLRU is a community in the virtual space.”

Amy Wong Mok of the Asian American Cultural Center believes that media doesn’t have to be divisive. As a KLRU board member, she’s proud to support programming that lives up to her values.

“I like to use [as an] acronym: the Chinese chi,” she says. “Throughout KLRU or PBS programming, they have these three characters, civility, humanity and integrity.”

In fact, the need for civil, trustworthy reporting led to the creation of KLRU’s Decibel earlier this year. In addition to national PBS news and public affairs programs, KLRU knows local audiences also want to watch local stories.

Hosted by Judy Maggio, Decibel produces television specials and short videos that help connect viewers to complex local issues while highlighting the real people whose lives are impacted by current events.

Amy says this kind of reporting can actually help strengthen rather than divide—because the community can’t grow until people really see, hear and feel the things that lead others to think differently.

“I think diversity can only enrich our life,” Amy says. “[KLRU] is a community in the virtual space, and I think it’s very important.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

We want to thank you…

As a supporter and fan of quality public television, we want to thank you with more of what you love.

We want to thank you with KLRU Passport—a new member benefit providing extended access to an on-demand library of PBS programs like VictoriaAntiques RoadshowFinding Your RootsDownton Abbey, Season 4 of SherlockThe Great British Baking Show and so many more.

And with your sustaining gift of $5 or more a month or a $60 one-time contribution, you can support your local PBS station and enjoy more of the great programming you’ve helped make possible.

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Catch up on programs you missed, watch brand-new episodes on your own schedule, or relive some of your favorites, all using your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device.

And we’re thrilled to announce that today, Ken Burns’ latest epic The Vietnam War is now available in its entirety on KLRU Passport. And for Poldark fans, binge-watch the whole series—including all eight episodes of Season 3 airing now, Sundays on KLRU.

Become a member now with a gift of $5 or more per month!

We hope you’ll enjoy the KLRU Passport member benefit as our thanks to you!

KLRU Passport Questions? Check here!

KLRU Passport is a streaming benefit available to any KLRU member who gives at least $5/month or $60/year. The magic of having thousands of PBS and local productions available anytime is a wonderful resource… but sometimes it’s less than intuitive. We’ve heard your KLRU Passport feedback and have come up with a list of some frequently-encountered problems and answers that might help.

Take a look! And thank you for your support!

Need to contact KLRU Passport? Have more KLRU Passport questions? Email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F).
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     1. I believe I should qualify for KLRU Passport, but I am not in the Member Lookup.

This likely means one of two possibilities:

a) We do not have an email address on file for you. The KLRU Passport ID is your valid email. Please email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 and we’ll add your email address as your login.

b) You’ve already activated your KLRU Passport benefit with an email address different from the one you are attempting to log in with now (this happens a lot!). You may have used an old or different email address, or, perhaps a different member of the household activated the account with his or her separate email. Try logging in again with an alternative email address in your rotation. If that does not work, please email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 for additional support.

     2. I signed up for and activated KLRU Passport, but every time I click on a video I get one of two responses: I have to be a KLRU Passport member in order to view this video or I am already activated.

When activating KLRU Passport, you were prompted to sign in using either a Google account, a Facebook account or a PBS account. That login information is now linked to your account and you must always use that exact same login information when signing in to KLRU Passport. If you do not remember which option you chose, you can try each of them without doing harm to your accounts.  If you need to, you can reset your password.

Because KLRU Passport accounts and PBS accounts are separate, it is possible to have another PBS account that is not connected to your login for KLRU Passport. Therefore, you must ensure that you are using the account you signed in with when you originally activated KLRU Passport.

The PBS Helpline for KLRU Passport can help if you continue to have problems. Email help@pbs.org or call (844) 704-5578 (9 a.m. – 10 p.m., M-F). 

     3. I’m having trouble accessing KLRU Passport from my Roku.

Follow the instructions from this Roku setup link.  After that your Passport should be connected to your Roku!

     4. I’m having trouble accessing KLRU Passport from my Apple TV.

Follow the instructions from this Apple TV setup link. After that your Passport should be connected to your Apple TV!

 

“KLRU programming was essential in forming my art.”

Local artist Hakeem Adewumi has been a creator for a long time, but he started out as another viewer like you.

“I grew up on PBS KIDS,” Hakeem tells KLRU. “I think all my friends did.”

Hakeem also distinctly recalls watching a civil rights program on KLRU that hit him hard, capturing a long history of racism and resistance.

“I really used that moment and experience,” he says. “I carry that with me to curate my art, to start talking about the importance of inclusivity and diversity and race, Black history and Black culture.”

Hakeem’s work has taken him all over the world, tracing the roots and pathways of the African diaspora. Last year, a KLRU documentary team followed Hakeem and collaborating artists for an episode of the original KLRU series Arts In Context.

Almost exactly a year ago, the episode premiered on PBS stations all over the country.

It’s something of a full circle for Hakeem: once, KLRU programming inspired and influenced him as an artist. Now, in turn, his story has become part of KLRU’s mission: to share history, art, culture and community with audiences near and far.

“My art is always with a Black lens, it’s always my perspective. But my goal at the end of the day is to always build community,” Hakeem says. “And that platform has been shared widely on KLRU. I’m super grateful for that.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

Members-only streaming access to Poldark, Vietnam, Sherlock & more!

There’s brand-new content available now on KLRU Passport!

Not sure what KLRU Passport is? It’s KLRU’s newest member benefit that provides extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming on your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device.

And with your sustaining gift of $5 or more a month or a $60 one-time contributionyou can enjoy these great new programs right away:

poldark.pngPoldark just kicked off Season 3—and all eight new episodes are available now on KLRU Passport, so you don’t have to wait another week. Binge-watch all three seasons, and gallop alongside Poldark for every thrilling, brooding moment!

vietnampassport.pngKen Burns’ The Vietnam War has captured the attention of audiences across the U.S., and with KLRU Passport you can dive deeper into this epic story. Watch the entire 18-hour documentary film series now—or catch up on episodes that you may have missed.   

Plus, over 1,000 episodes of other PBS favorites, like Antiques RoadshowFinding Your Roots, Season 4 of Sherlock and The Great British Baking Show, are available exclusively to members for streaming online and through your Apple TV or Roku device.

Become a member now with a gift of $5 or more per month!

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When you do, you can feel good about contributing to community-supported public television, and get on-demand access to some of your favorite PBS shows.