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!

Call for applications: KLRU’s Community Advisory Board

KLRU is looking for six new Community Advisory Board members. You can find the application at the link below.


About the KLRU Community Advisory Board
The KLRU Community Advisory Board (CAB) is one of two boards that guide the work of KLRU. The CAB is composed of up to 30 individuals who reflect the diverse interests, concerns, organizations, issues and populations of the Central Texas community. Membership in the CAB is open to anyone who lives in the designated market area for KLRU and who has demonstrated an interest in KLRU. Members are selected by the existing CAB after being nominated by the staff, or the CAB, or they may nominate themselves. The role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff of KLRU. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term. The CAB meets on the third Wednesday, every third month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at KLRU’s Studio 6A.

For a list of current members go to the KLRU Community Advisory Board page.

The duties of the CAB are:

  • Act as a liaison between KLRU and the community.
  • Raise community awareness about KLRU, its programming and its services.
  • Advise KLRU on issues of importance in the community where KLRU may have an impact.
  • Encourage community involvement in KLRU projects, activities.
  • Ensure that the content of the programming reflects the community.

Selection of KLRU Community Advisory Board Members
Applications should be submitted by April 7, 2017 and will be reviewed by the CAB Nominating Committee. The election of new members will occur at the regularly scheduled August CAB meeting.

Applications should be accompanied by a resume.
After completing this form, please email your resume to:
Maury Sullivan

Your support is more important than ever!

You have the power to keep public television in Central Texas thriving for years to come. So, we couldn’t be more thankful that YOU answered our call for support by making a gift during our Spring Fund Drive!

Because of YOU… KLRU raised over $243,000 for the programs you love to watch and the vital community services we provide to Central Texans. Not only that, you helped us meet the generous $10,000 challenge match from Lonnie & Polly Cooper in less than 24 hours, allowing us to end our fund drive one day early! All in all, more than 1,400 donors stepped forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

What’s more, we loved hearing why supporting KLRU and PBS is essential to YOU! Here’s what first time donor Jeni Williams shared with us when she made her gift:

“I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. This email was the perfect encouragement to do so, especially in the current political climate. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends, and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Now it’s your turn! Would you be willing to share why supporting public television is important to you or how KLRU/PBS has impacted your life? We’re collecting stories to be featured on-air and online. Tell us… What’s #YourKLRU?


Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to public broadcasting. You’re truly the reason we’re able to be here to provide Central Texas with high quality, educational programming every day.

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.

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.

Science Night Mar. 22

Science night is bringing a wide range of incredible topics, from Zebras to Nazi War Prisons, you won’t want to miss out.

Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes. Watch this episode of Nature at 7:00 pm.

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded. This episode of Nova airs at 8:00 pm.

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” My Love Affair With The Brain airs at 10:00 pm.

Be the power of public television!

What would the past year have been like without public television?

Imagine it — a year without Masterpiece, PBS NewsHour or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. No NOVA to help explain the latest scientific discoveries in the world. No American Experience to help us reflect on our shared history as a nation.

Unlike commercial stations, where advertisers hold the power, on KLRU the power resides with YOU!

As your local PBS station, we only have to answer to the community we serve… because it’s your support that makes all these programs possible!

You have the power to protect the present and future of your favorite PBS programs. Won’t you help KLRU and local public television continue to thrive by making a gift today?

Your gift to KLRU now has twice the power

Lonnie & Polly Cooper, longtime supporters of KLRU, challenge you to support KLRU. In their own words, here’s why:

I’ve been asked many times why I believe in KLRU and the power of public television. My strong support for KLRU can be summed up in just a few words: constant, reliable and trustworthy.

KLRU & PBS allow us the opportunity to see the world from an honest perspective, presenting a multitude of viewpoints in their programming. I’m reminded of what I saw the first time I watched Sesame Street… I saw different types of people that did not always agree, but accepted each other for who they were and never stopped loving them. Without PBS, my family and I would likely not have the same understanding of the importance of diversity and positive conflict resolution.

This is why my wife, Polly, and I are pleased to present KLRU with a $10,000 matching gift promise and challenge YOU to support quality public television in Central Texas. Your gift of any amount will have twice the power to build a more informed, connected and educated community thanks to this dollar for dollar match.

KLRU is a promise. The good kind. When I turn on KLRU, there has never been a time that I’ve had to ask myself, is this something I can watch with my family?

Won’t you join us in helping ensure this promise remains for years to come?

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Lonnie & Polly Cooper
Longtime Supporters of KLRU

This is it… let’s #AmplifyATX & #YourKLRU!

This is it! Are you ready to #AmplifyATX and #YourKLRU?

KLRU and more than 600 Austin area non-profits are amplifying Austin to help raise $9 million for Central Texas in just 24 hours. And KLRU has made it a goal to raise $50,000 by 6pm tomorrowYour gift during Amplify Austin will help us meet our goal and build a more informed, connected and educated community.

So what are you waiting for? See the impact your gift can have on Central Texas today:

  • $50 = 1 hour PBS KIDS programming, like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • $150 = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening in libraries and other neighborhood spots
  • $250 = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming, like PBS NewsHour
  • $500 = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a local summer STEM program
  • $1,000 = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

And help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – repost, retweet and regram KLRU’s Amplify Austin social media posts! Use #YourKLRU to show your support for public television in Central Texas and help expand our reach.

Thank you for amplifying your community-supported public television station, YOUR KLRU!

$50k in 1 day to Amplify #YourKLRU!

Are you ready to #AmplifyATX and #YourKLRU? Amplify Austin is just 10 days away, and KLRU is joining more than 600 Austin area non-profits to help raise $9 million for Central Texas in just 24 hours.

KLRU has a goal to raise $50,000 during Amplify Austin, March 2nd through 3rd, and we can’t do it without YOU! Your gift during Amplify will help build a more informed, connected and educated community. Better yet, amplify your community-supported public television station before everyone else by scheduling your donation TODAY OR helping us #AmplifyATX and #YourKLRU in one of the following ways:

Give! Donate online starting at 6pm on Thursday, March 2nd through 6pm on Friday, March 3rd. Or schedule your gift ahead of time so you don’t forget!

Engage! Join KLRU’s Facebook Amplify event to keep up to date on our campaign progress. Get the word out and spread the #YourKLRU love through email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or wherever you internet. You can even tell people in person!

Inspire! Get involved and fundraise with your OWN KLRU Amplify Campaign Page! You set the goal then share your KLRU passion and inspire others to support your campaign. Learn more here.

Attend! KLRU and Domain NORTHSIDE are teaming up to celebrate philanthropy in Central Texas. Join us on the patio of Paul Martin’s Austin Grill on Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm as KLRU kicks off Amplify Austin and 24 hours of giving. Come to support your local PBS station, stay for the complimentary bites and drinks.

Will you help #YourKLRU #AmplifyATX by scheduling your gift today?