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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:

Wilson Goldrick

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:

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 for more information.

4. Save the Date to GIVE! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 1st to donate online at 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

In the Studio: Overheard tapings during the Texas Book Festival


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for four tapings during the Texas Book Festival! All tapings happen in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm. They are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

MargaretAtwoodMargaret Atwood, Award-Winning Author
Friday, October 16, 2015
3pm (doors at 2:30pm)

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.


WendellPierceWendell Pierce, Actor and Author
Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:15pm (doors at 11:45am)

Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” He also starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans, which is Pierce’s hometown. His memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken was recently published.


SununuFormer Governor John Sununu, New Hampshire
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1pm (doors at 12:45pm)

John H. Sununu is the former Governor of New Hampshire. He was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. His memoir, The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, was published in June.


The Texas Book Festival brings more than 300 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds October 17-18th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment, and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule, by visiting

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience! And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

Photo of Wendell Pierce is courtesy Sean Hagwell Photography. Photo of Margaret Atwood is by Jean Malek. 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Hispanic experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community.

New programs for this September & October include the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.This program, airing on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 pm, examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home.

Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:

American Masters Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Friday, September 18 at 8 pm
This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Arts In Context Shorts Barrio Writers
By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it.  This writing community began with small workshops atEl Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week long, intensive programs on university campuses. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Watch more Barrio Writers videos from Arts In Context Shorts

POV Don’t Tell Anyone
Monday, September 21 at 9 pm
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. Hers is the quintessential America​n success​ story: Rivera is the author of the country’s first and only advice column for undocumented youth, and her YouTube channel boasts over 27,000 views as she comes out of the shadows to inspire her peers.

Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words
Monday, September 21 at 10:30 pm
Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, Bless Me, Ultima, in print since 1972. Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere – through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish – and in the end, succeed. Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic Of Words is a vital reference to the authentic culture of Hispanic New Mexico. And while the wellspring of Anaya’s stories is New Mexico, his insight is invaluable to understand the quest by all Hispanic Americans for cultural identity, recognition and respect.

Arts in Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday,October 1 at 7:30 pm
Through music and community, the band Los Pinkys is keeping the Conjunto musical tradition alive. Los Pinkys are a traditional-style conjunto formed in 1993 and have been performing around the United States ever since. The band is one of the few who continues the long tradition of the Sunday afternoon performance (Tardeadas). Elderly Mexican-American couples share the dance floor with a new crowd of revelers often experiencing their first sounds of conjunto music.

El Taller
Thursday,October 1 at 9 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 1 pm.
Proyecto Teatro aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society. For actor and director Luis Ordaz maintaining a space that leads to human development through the arts is his main reason to keep Talleres Infantiles alive. Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students. We follow Luis Ordaz and a group of theater students and volunteers as they work together to improve their community while keeping their culture alive.

Annual Imagen Awards
Friday, October 2 at 8 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
The 30th  Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS.  This year’s nominees include America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, the Children of Giant documentary by Hector Galan, Voces, Palmetto Scene: East coast Migrant Head Start, from South Carolina Educational Television and an on-air spot, Jessica Suarez PSA, out of Vegas PBS.

Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Monday, October 5 at 10:00 pm
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.  Film by Hector Galan.

Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson
Friday, October 9 at 8 pm
The PBS Arts Fall Festival is hosted by international superstar and Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan. The Festival begins October 9 and showcases such titles as Unity, which features 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and re-imagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.”

The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 9 at 9 pm
Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

Central Texas Gardener
Saturday, October 17 at noon
Meet effervescent Velia Sanchez who designed and maintains a front yard garden complete with colorful meditative nicho. Every month of the year, neighbors stroll through to gather serenity and wonder, along with handfuls of fresh herbs and flowers. Not only only does Velia teach young and old about the wildlife that visit, she also passes along knowledge of Mexican herbal remedies for health and good taste.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Thomas Mallon (9/15)

Overheard taping announcement

RSVP NOW to join us in studio when Thomas Mallon appears on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith, September 15 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

Photo Credit: William Bodenschatz

Photo Credit: William Bodenschatz

Thomas Mallon is a novelist and critic who has written 9 novels and 7 works of nonfiction. His 2012 novel Watergate was a finalist for the PEN /​ Faulkner Award. He frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic. His newest novel, Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years will be published September 15. After our taping Mr. Mallon will read and sign copies of Finale at BookPeople at 7pm.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Thomas Mallon. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015!  Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at