KLRU Passport Highlights – April 2018

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Buzzworthy New Show: Jamestown 

Available exclusively online and from the producers of Downton AbbeyJamestown takes viewers back to 1619 in the New World. Virginia, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn are among the first women to arrive in the English colony and their presence causes disruption. Contracted to marry men who have paid for their passage, they have little idea of what their futures hold. Follow our heroines as they are thrust into a tangle of desire and power. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to thrive in their new home. Watch all eight episodes of Season 1 now!

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The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the Homeland

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One of our most popular documentaries is now available! The film tours 15 famous painted churches found throughout Texas. Constructed by 19th century immigrants, nearly every internal surface of the churches, from the baseboards to the apses, are covered in bright paint.

Once taken for granted, these painted churches of Texas are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. German and Czech inscriptions on the walls stand out as reminders of how far these architects traveled to find a new life in Texas.

Get inspired for your next weekend destination with this and other
local programs exclusive to KLRU Passport:

• Las Misiones: Missions of Texas
• Wine Roads of Texas

Inside the Musical
Great Performances: Hamilton’s America

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Go behind-the-scenes with this documentary that blends footage of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s writing process and scenes from the musical. Explore the stage show alongside the legacy of Alexander Hamilton. This pop culture Broadway phenomenon is the winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

From the Archives
Royal Wives at War

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The British royal family is torn apart and an empire is thrown into crisis. This drama-documentary reveals a fierce rivalry between the Queen Mother and American socialite Wallis Simpson, alongside the cultural and constitutional repercussions from their bitter feud.

⭐ Staff Pick
The Tunnel

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Adam from our Development Team is currently catching his thrills with The Tunnel. He’s been binging the entire series in preparation for the full release of Season 3 on KLRU Passport this July 1.

Starring Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), this geo-political crime drama moves between the coasts of Kent and Northern France via the Eurotunnel, against a backdrop of a continent in crisis. Intricately plotted, this series reveals how the vulnerable and powerless become mere commodities in an underworld of ideological predators.

Coming Next Month
Little Women

Watch The Trailer
May 13, 2018 — See all 3 Episodes on KLRU Passport
the same night as the on-air premiere of Part 1.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage. This three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife is directed by Vanessa Caswill (ThirteenMy Mad Fat Diary).

Joining KLRU Passport is easy!
Become a member at $60/year or $5/month and you’ll qualify.

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

 

Roadtrip through Texas when you join KLRU Passport!

Now is a great time to become a KLRU Member! When you make a gift of $60/year or $5/month, you’ll qualify for KLRU Passport
and receive exclusive content. 

Kickstart your spring Texas-style with three local Texas productions,
only available on KLRU Passport. Each program gives fascinating insight into some of the special places found along the mighty plains of our Lone Star State.

You might just find the perfect weekend destination.

Start your exploration with the hidden masterpieces inside The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the HomelandFound within 15 churches constructed by 19th century immigrants, nearly every surface, from the baseboards to the apses, are covered in paint.

Once taken for granted, these painted churches of Texas are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. German and Czech inscriptions on the walls stand out as reminders of how far these architects traveled to find a new life in Texas.

Produced by the award-winning filmmaker who brought you The Painted Churches of Texas, Tom Spencer presents Las Misiones: Missions of Texas. This moving documentary showcases the architectural beauty and historical significance of missions in San Antonio, El Paso and Goliad.

These Texas wonders are important religious and community gathering places, many of which are still functioning churches more than 300 years into their history!

Wine Roads of Texas is a breathtaking video travel guide for those interested in exploring the ever-growing and award-winning Texas wine industry. 

Narrated by the Grammy Award winning lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Benson, the series boasts gorgeous Texas scenery and a beautiful musical soundtrack. Each episode even offers tips on selecting the best Texas varietals, so you can begin testing regional wines at home!

Remember, become a KLRU Member at
$60/year or $5/month and you’ll qualify for KLRU Passport!

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

Get A Shirt, Save The Drive!

Will you help us catch up?

KLRU eliminated an entire weekend of on-air interruption, ending our fund drive two days early! That means we still have $12,000 more to raise! Can we count you in?

And when you give a gift equal to or more than $10/sustaining or $120/one-time, you can receive KLRU’s schnazzy soft cotton baseball tee as our thank you!

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KLRU is free to everyone, with no commercial influence. Without donor support, we wouldn’t exist. This spring, every child who acquires a new skill from PBS KIDS, every adult who gains broader perspective from NewsHour or Decibel and every low-income family who engages in STEM-based community workshops will benefit with your commitment to this PBS station.

Give today and shorten the KLRU Spring Fund Drive by an entire weekend!

You can help us cross the finish line!! Just 12 days ago, we set out with an ambitious but necessary goal to raise $220,000 during our Spring Fund Drive. Your contribution can make this goal a reality and allow KLRU to remain on-air, online and in the community.

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And if you give today, we can reduce our drive by two days! KLRU wants to thank all the wonderful viewers who have shown support this March by ending our fundraising drive on Friday. That means giving back our entire weekend of programming with no on-air interruptions! In order to cut off two days, we must meet our goal—can we count you in?

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As a reminder of how your dollars impact KLRU and the Central Texas community, here’s a practical breakdown of real costs and effects.

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KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, opening doors to art, entertainment and discovery. Protect this community space where everyone is welcome—your support of KLRU nurtures a Central Texas that learns and grows together.

Here’s your chance to see KLRU shows live, in person!

There’s just a week left of KLRU’s Spring Fund Drive, which means time is running out to donate toward one of the limited ticket packages we’re offering this season. Tickets are going fast—don’t wait and risk missing out!

Starting this month PBS favorites will be live in our community. KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, straight from the livingroom to the stages of Austin! Five world class shows are coming to The Long Center and ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment and know that your donation allows this community-supported public television station to thrive.

• Learn about this bestselling author’s approach to holistic well being and personal transformation with Deepak Chopra on March 31.

• Don’t miss the arresting voice of the multi-talented songwriter, pianist and guitar player Brandi Carlile as she tapes Austin City Limits on April 10.

• Catch Joe Bonamassa, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, as he tours around his newest album Blues of Desperation on May 25.

• Witness the deep influence of Nat “King” Cole on display in jazz talent Gregory Porter as the two-time-Grammy winner performs from his fifth album on June 20.

• Experience Killer Queen, named “Worldwide Best Tribute Band”, as they recreate the brilliant music and magical stage presence of the real Queen on July 28.

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Won’t you join us for a live performance? Help KLRU move toward our $220,000 goal with your gift today. Think of how important KLRU is to you and the rest of our neighbors. From Wild Kratts to Nature, to Overheard with Evan Smith and NewsHour, this is a space where there is something for everyone, no matter age or background. It’s a great time to show your support for KLRU this spring!

KLRU Brings The World To Your Neighborhood!

Happy 50th Anniversary to
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS!

It’s a beautiful day in the Central Texas neighborhood… because of YOU!

There’s a lot to celebrate this March at KLRU! We’re six days into our Spring Fund Drive and on March 20th we commemorate Mister Rogers’ birthday and his 50 groundbreaking years on public television.

The man who taught millions of young viewers that they should be loved exactly as they are has nurtured kindness in generations. Mister Rogers’ thoughtful lessons emphasized the great importance of a safe, educational space like PBS—made available for free to every American. KLRU is proud to be a part of this legacy.

If Mister Rogers inspired your love of PBS…if you believe that the quality content on KLRU is worth funding and protecting…consider making a gift during the KLRU Spring Drive!

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Make sure to tune-in to KLRU tonight at 7 p.m. for Mister Rogers: Its You I Like
As a tribute on this 50th Anniversary of Fred Rogers on PBS—and after nearly 900 episodes—stars like Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Silverman and more reveal some of their favorite Mister Rogers’  Neighborhood moments.

P.S. KLRU has some exclusive online only Mister Rogers gifts. Rock a retro PBS look around town with one of these fun thank you items when you donate!

$5/month or a one-time $60 donation – receive a set of our enamel cast Mister Rogers pins
$7/month or a one-time $84 donation – receive the “It’s you I like” zippered tote bag

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Neighbors, give yourselves a standing ovation!

You helped raise $10,353,937 for Central Texas
Thank you!

What can we say other than wow! Your wonderful support allowed KLRU to raise over $73,500 in just 24 hours! KLRU surpassed our $60K goal because of your generosity, but beyond that, your participation in Amplify helped elevate the profile of the over 700 other participating area non-profits. Everyone benefits when community comes together.

A big thank you to NetApp whose considerable gift pushed us past our goal in a big way! And again, KLRU is so grateful to matching sponsor Equistar Wealth Management who spurred our flurry of matching contributions! Thank you also to grant sponsor Google Fiber for contributing to our fundraising efforts.

Most Americans have a connection to PBS, from learning lessons alongside Mister Rogers to lavishing in the drama of Downton Abbey. In fact, over the course of a year, 82% of all U.S. television households—that’s 200 million people—tune into PBS. As your Central Texas PBS station, KLRU is that connection.

KLRU’s mission to inform, educate and inspire continues because of YOU. Thank you for Amplifying your only community-supported public television station.

With special thanks to

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2 Hours to the Finish Line! Help Amplify KLRU!

It’s Amplify’s Home Stretch—KLRU’s success depends on YOU!
ONLY 2 HOURS LEFT to raise $10,970 and meet our $60K goal!

 

You can make a difference right now! But once the clock strikes 6 p.m., no more Amplify dollars can be counted. KLRU is so thankful for all the Central Texans who helped us meet the Equistar Wealth Management match, and we know we can count on your generosity to help push KLRU the rest of the way to $60K!

Don’t forget, Google Fiber is offering a $10,000 matching grant to all participating education non-profits, like KLRU, until the very end of Amplify! Your gift to KLRU before 6 p.m. tonight equals extra dollars. Don’t let this moment slip away.

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KLRU is a window to our neighborhood and the world—from local productions to national PBS programming. KLRU broadcasts the highest quality education and news content. We entertain. We inspire. And all this content is available to everyone for free. Plus KLRU provides an important space for public voices and public interest, because we don’t have advertisers. When you Amplify KLRU right now, you give a gift to the entire Central Texas community.

Make a gift now, boost KLRU’s race to $60K, and become a public television hero. Not a bad way to end a Friday!

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Google Fiber

Only 10 Hours to Amplify KLRU + Google Fiber Challenge!

KLRU has just 10 hours left to reach our $60,000 goal!

Last night 229 amazing donors helped us meet our full $2,500 match from Equistar Wealth Management, raising a total of $32,942! With that, KLRU is relying on you to help us secure $27,058 more before 6 p.m. tonight

Google Fiber is offering a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations during Amplify’s 24 hours. Non-profits, like KLRU, will receive these funds on a pro-rata basis, which means the more dollars you donate, the more Google Fiber will contribute to our goal!

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With your support, the KLRU Educational Services team combines the power of national PBS youth programming with localized outreach, providing face-to-face support where it’s needed most.

Your gift today empowers KLRU to continue to provide each year:
• 2,800 parents and teachers with hands-on educational workshops
• 100 local events on civic discourse and cultural understanding
• 4,000 children with educational books and digital resources
• 80+ PBS Kids Playtime Tablets to underserved families living in Central Texas

Did you know that KLRU PBS KIDS is ranked #1 for preparing school readiness? That’s right, when you give to public television in Central Texas, the power of your dollars expands with every child that benefits from this station.

If you value what KLRU means to our community, now is the time to give. Take advantage of our Google Fiber booster funds and truly Amplify this community space.

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2 Hours to Double Your Dollars!

Amplify Austin has officially begun!
The clock is ticking. ⏰
KLRU’s goal: $60,000 in just 24 hours!

Make your gift between 6 p.m and 8 p.m. and your dollars will be doubled with a $2,500 challenge match! Equistar Wealth Management has generously put up these matching funds, effectively doubling your gift! Donate now and you’ll help KLRU raise $5,000 in just 2 hours!

 

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The impact of your doubled dollars is a more informed, connected community. Children watch KLRU to learn and engage in a safe setting. Others rely on the thorough, balanced reporting from our PBS news and public affairs programming. Individuals and families across Central Texas enjoy highest quality art, fascinating science discoveries and epic storytelling broadcast directly into their homes.

Your support truly allows KLRU to inspire…to educate… to thrive.

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