PBS LearningMedia launches ELECTION CENTRAL

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As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced additional details about ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination for educators to teach students about the political process.

The new site, created in collaboration between PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour, will help teachers engage students in the political process, provide virtual field trip ideas and share a collection of election-themed resources to support history, civics and English curricula throughout the election year.

Among the main features of ELECTION CENTRAL will be an interactive map of the United States, providing educators with opportunities to engage students in various aspects of the political process. The map will also display important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur — for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NewsHour
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

Additional student-focused projects will be announced throughout the election year, including the Meet Me in DC contest, for which K-12 students design an election poster focusing on issues that are important in their local communities. Two grand prize winners (one K-5 and one K-6) will win a trip for two to Washington, DC, to tour the White House, explore the National Archives, watch Congress in session and visit the set of PBS NewsHour. Another contest, 50 for 50 , encourages students to write open letters to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on what needs to change in government. PBS will provide Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 with a toolkit with resources to host in-class debates and give students the opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers.

For more information and educational resources, visit PBS LearningMedia’s website.

Outside the Box

Outside the Box, a collection of stories that profiles teens challenging gender stereotypes, is available to watch online now! The stories were made by the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. This series introduces viewers to Shantell, the 16-year-old commanding officer of her high school’s JROTC program. We discover Zack’s passion for designing clothes, which ultimately lands the teen a spot on “Project Runway Junior.” And we get to know youth like Semra and D.J., who by exploring their identities challenge those around them to think #outsidethebox. Watch all the Outside the Box videos now

Two videos were produced by area schools as part of KLRU’s work with the Newshour Student Reporting Lab.

Fix all of it from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Luisa Garcia and Karen Lopez, students at Manor High School in Manor, Texas.

What’s it like to be a female mechanic? Sofia Rodriguez is an 18-year-old Texas native who currently works at both Jiffy Lube and Dynamic Motor Repair. Working in a male-dominated field can be challenging however, Sofia says “bring it on.”

Gamemaker from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Patrick Cadet, Isaiah Cavanaugh, Andrew Duncan, Alyssa San Miguel, Ashley Tamez, students at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Despite what many people assume because of her gender, Jazsmin Burton enjoys coding and wants to study game design in college so she can develop games herself.


P1215 Thank You

If you are one of the more than 1500 Central Texans who supported our Winter Fund Drive, please accept our sincerest thanks. Because of YOU, we were able to meet our $220,000 goal AND end our drive early! Every contribution you make to YOUR KLRU strengthens your community through quality public television and vital community services.

And if you made a gift during this drive or anytime in 2015, consider doubling the impact of your dollars with a match from your employer! Visit klru.org/match for a list of businesses that generously support your investment in KLRU.

Thank you and happy holidays from all of us at KLRU!

Gifts, giveaways and more!

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Support KLRU today and we’ll thank you with gifts and giveaways!

This holiday season, give the gift of KLRU to YOUR community and we’ll thank you with gifts and giveaways galore!

When you support the programs you enjoy on PBS and KLRU, you also give back to your friends and neighbors in Central Texas. From Masterpiece Theater, Nature and biographical documentaries, like In Their Own Words Jim Henson, to Ken Burns documentaries, NOVA and our award-winning local productions like Austin City Limits, you can directly support the shows you love with donations at various levels and we’ll thank you with a corresponding gift.

What’s more is that you can stay tuned to the KLRU Blog, Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win some incredible giveaways like a Heart of Texas Wine Tour for 10, a Roku 3, tickets for a Meet & Greet with the Kratt Brothers at Wild Kratts Live and even a chance to attend a taping of CTG in the KLRU studios!  All you need to do is make a gift of any amount through our blog or keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for ways to engage with us.

Over 85% of KLRU’s annual funding comes from the local community, but only 3% of KLRU’s weekly viewers make an annual donation to the station. We can’t do this without you!  

You helped KLRU exceed our #GivingTuesday goal and raise over $34,000!


We want to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who joined the movement and supported KLRU’s #GivingTuesday campaign. In just 24 hours, YOU helped us surpass our goal and raise over $34,000 from over 200 people in the Central Texas community!

You gave more, gave smarter and gave great! And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

Just hours left to show your support for #GivingTuesday

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Can we reach $30,000 by midnight? With your help, YES WE CAN!

There are just hours left for you to join the movement and show your support for #yourklru and #GivingTuesday.

Thanks to you, earlier today we met the $2,500 challenge match from Wilson Goldrick Realtors! But we still have a few hours until #GivingTuesday ends at midnight tonight and we’ve made it our goal to hit $30,000. If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift in support of #yourklru, now’s the time!

And if you have made your gift, I’d like to thank you and encourage you to share on your social media networks why you gave to #yourklru on #GivingTuesday. Your support multiplies when you show your love for KLRU, inspiring your friends, family and neighbors to give too!

And for a little extra encouragement, we have one final challenge match from McGinnis Lochridge. They have kindly stepped up with a $1,500 challenge match to the Central Texas community to help us reach our $30,000 goal by midnight.

For every dollar received until 9pm tonight, McGinnis Lochridge will contribute the same amount up to $1,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $3,000!

Can we count on your support right now to get us to our goal of $30,000 by midnight?

 Generous matching support provided by:

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Now’s the time! #GivingTuesday is here

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Give more, give smarter, give great! Give to #yourklru now!

Today is the day! And now is the time to give more, give smarter and give great.

#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving for everyone worldwide to celebrate generosity and embrace charitable giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! Which means YOU can be part of the celebration by giving back to YOUR KLRU and YOUR COMMUNITY.

Join us by making your gift right now to help us reach our $30,000 #GivingTuesday goal! If you can’t give a gift then help us promote #GivingTuesday and engage with #yourklru on social media. We will be posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the day and we’re counting on you to share our efforts and help us inspire Central Texas to give!

Best of all, we will be rolling out matching contributions from generous local businesses throughout the day on social media. Make your donation during one of these challenges and your dollar, and it’s impact, will instantly be doubled!

First up, Wilson Goldrick Realtors have kindly given a $2,500 challenge match to the Central Texas community in support of #GivingTuesday.

For every dollar received this morning until 11am, Wilson Goldrick will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000!

Will you embrace the spirit of #GivingTuesday and make your gift in support of YOUR KLRU right now?

P.S. Want to be a part of this national movement and share your enthusiasm for #GivingTuesday? Post an #UNselfie! The #UNselfie is the selfless selfie and a powerful way to show how your giving and why giving is important to you. Take a “selfie” with a caption explaining how or why you are giving this year, use the hashtags #UNselfie, #GivingTuesday and #yourklru, then post to Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter!

 Generous matching support provided by:

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Don’t Forget! Join the Movement this #GivingTuesday

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KLRU Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

KLRU has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

As YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station, we ask you to join the movement and help promote our efforts! Whether you choose to give, become a personal fundraiser or share our social media posts – YOUR KLRU needs your support! Help us reach our goal of $30,000 and build community right here in Central Texas.

We encourage you to join the movement and choose KLRU as your organization to support on December 1st!

Here’s how you can support KLRU this #GivingTuesday:

1. Get involved and become a fundraiser!  Currently, we need 10 more people to sign up as fundraisers in order to meet our $30,000 goal! Encourage your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to give on your behalf to YOUR KLRU on #GivingTuesday. Sign-up is easy (it takes less than 1 minute!) and we will even provide you with email messages, social media content and a timeline on when to communicate. More info here: www.supportklru.org/register

2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join KLRU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – be sure to retweet, reshare and regram our posts with #yourklru and #GivingTuesday. Your shares will boost KLRU’s visibility and help drive more donations!

3. Does your business want to get involved? Consider becoming a business partner and providing generous matching support for #GivingTuesday! KLRU will post your company’s logo  and message your matching contribution in email messaging and social media. Your matching dollars serve a bigger impact! Contact Susannah Winslow, Director of Membership at swinslow@klru.org for more information.

4. Save the Date to GIVE! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 1st to donate online at www.supportklru.org. Add to your google calendar or Facebook events.

Embrace the spirit of  #GivingTuesday by helping us reach our $30,000 goal!  Will you do your part and make a gift in support of #yourklru this #GivingTuesday?


Thanksgiving recipes from PBS


Gobble gobble! Get your Thanksgiving recipes here, courtesy of KLRU, PBS Food and BBQ With Franklin!

The main course:

First, check out these turkey tips from BBQ With Franklin: Learn how to brine and smoke a turkey, make smoked garlic mashed potatoes, a grilled green bean shishito pepper side dish and gravy with smoked butter. Aaron Franklin will also teach you how to tell when your turkey’s done and what to do in the last hour of smoking. (Disclaimer: Don’t watch while hungry.) You can also go here for tips on turkey-cooking from PBS Food!

Here’s another suggestion from BBQ With Franklin: “Cowboy style” barbecuing and other Texas traditions!

If your family isn’t crazy about turkey, make this apple cranberry and cornbread stuffed pork tenderloin with an apple cider glaze, this roasted beef with caramelized shallots, or this cranberry chicken.

Delicious sides:

Twice-baked streusel sweet potatoes 


Creamy brussels sprouts and bacon gratin with shallots and gruyère (from KQED)


Wild rice arugula salad with maple glazed acorn squash


Soft and buttery sweet potato dinner rolls (from KQED)


Rich, moist cornbread


The best part…dessert (the unpredictable ones! Because everyone eats pumpkin pie):

Pecan pie bars

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You can search or browse more recipes here on PBS Food or search the hashtag #ThanksgivingPBS on social media. You can also click here to watch how-to videos! If you try any of these recipes, make sure to tweet them at us @klru. Happy Thanksgiving!

KLRU Kids gets a crazy new schedule

Ch-ch-ch-changes! The KLRU Kids schedule will be revamped starting Nov. 2. Sesame Street will air at 9 a.m. on weekdays while Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood move up one hour. In the afternoon, Arthur moves up one hour.

Brand new episodes of Bob the Builder start Nov. 2. To celebrate, KLRU is airing classic episodes of Bob adventures Oct. 18 and Oct. 26. Check out what the new Bob will look like below:

Nature Cat is a new show debuting Nov. 25. The show follows a house cat named Fred who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. It will air every Monday and Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Learn more about Nature Cat here.

The new schedule in full:

Weekdays             Monday – Friday

6:30 am                 Wild Kratts

7:00 am                 Curious George/Nature Cat (Mondays & Wednesdays)

7:30 am                 Curious George

8:00 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

8:30 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

9:00 am                 Sesame Street

9:30 am                 Peg + Cat

10:00 am              Dinosaur Train

10:30 am              Bob the Builder

11:00 am              Super Why!

11:30 am              Thomas & Friends

12:00 pm              Signing Time

12:30 pm              Cat in the Hat/Space Racer (Friday only)

1:00 pm                 Curious George

1:30 pm                 Peg + Cat

2:00 pm                 Arthur

2:30 pm                 Arthur/ Nature Cat (Mondays & Wednesdays)

3:00 pm                 Odd Squad

3:30 pm                 Odd Squad

4:00 pm                 Wild Kratts

4:30 pm                 Wild Kratts

5:00 pm                 Martha Speaks/Biz Kid$ (Friday only)


5:00 am                 Thomas & Friends

5:30 am                 Bob the Builder

6:00 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

6:30 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:00 am                 Cat in the Hat (Repeat)

7:30 am                 Curious George/Nature Cat

8:00 am                 Wild Kratts

8:30 am                 Wild Kratts

9:00 am                 Odd Squad

9:30 am                 Arthur


5:00 am                 Sid the Science Kid

5:30 am                 Dinosaur Train

6:00 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

6:30 am                 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:00 am                 Cat in the Hat (Repeat)

7:30 am                 Curious George/Nature Cat

8:00 am                 Wild Kratts

8:30 am                 Wild Kratts