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!


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.

Vietnam War documentary screening 10/4 at VFW Post #10427 in Leander

VFW Post #10427 and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS invite you to a screening of clips from the PBS documentary series THE VIETNAM WAR on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm.

VFW Post #10427 is in Leander at  8760 Ranch Road 2243, Leander TX 78641.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR,tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, andcontroversial events in American history as it has never before been told onfilm. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of thewar through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from allsides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well ascombatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Last Chance! Take KLRU’s Annual Survey before it closes!

Hurry! You have one more day to take KLRU’s Annual Viewer Survey. The survey will close on October 1st 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 now!

Thank you so much for participating!

“I am still a PBS Kid.”

As Jessica Michallick recently told KLRU, being visually impaired meant missing out on certain experiences, when she was in school.

“I didn’t get to participate in the science fair,” she recalls. “I didn’t get a chance to do experiments in school.”

It’s no surprise that this memory still stands out to her. One of Jessica’s favorite shows at the time was Bill Nye the Science Guy on her local PBS station.

“[It] just gave me such interest in science. I would do little experiments at home. My parents would always find weird things that I was freezing to see what would happen to them.”

At school, Jessica also experienced bullying from other students, but another PBS favorite, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, provided a sense of acceptance and belonging.

“[Mister Rogers] did a song called ‘It’s You I Like’ . . . I felt like he was really my friend. Like I would communicate with him through the TV.”

Like Jessica, many of us still remember exactly how it felt to be bullied as kids—even decades after the fact. Furthermore, as parents, many of us are now guiding our own children through struggles with bullying.

Jessica is a member of KLRU today because she knows firsthand that PBS provides space for all children to feel care and respect—and to learn how to deal with differences.

Parents can count on KLRU for children’s media that communicates empathy and builds self-esteem—all without advertising. In fact, parents continue to rate PBS KIDS as the most trusted and safe channel for children to watch. Read more about how PBS KIDS benefits children and parents. And PBS KIDS is now available 24/7!

Today, Jessica is all grown up, but she hasn’t forgotten what a difference these programs made in her life.

“I am still a ‘PBS Kid,’ ” she says.


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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