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?

Win this Prickly Pear Tea Towel!

Who is Cactus Jack and how did he get such an odd nickname?

John Nance Garner IV, or “Cactus Jack” as he was known, was a Texas politician, a presidential contender in 1932 and our 32nd Vice President under FDR. While Garner was in the Texas House of Representatives, the legislature worked to choose a state flower, and he lobbied hard for the prickly pear cactus. Of course, it was the bluebonnet that won out, but hence was born his nickname Cactus Jack.

To commemorate Texas and the prickly pear cactus that Garner so loved, we’re giving away this adorable tea towel. This item is locally made by Austin artist Carolyn Kimball and provides the perfect pop of whimsy for any kitchen.

Tune into KLRU for Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating man. 

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
the Prickly Pear Tea Towel. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your choice for Texas state flower and you’ll be entered. Had you been able to cast a vote in 1901, what would you have picked?
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Travel with intention: Win this Rick Steves how-to guide!

Get tips on how to get more out of your next international trip!

KLRU is giving away a copy of Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act, a guide which The Society of American Travel Writers named “Travel Book of the Year.” Rick Steves shares his decades of world-wandering experience, providing lessons on how to “sightsee with an edge” as he reflects on deeply integrating, learning and connecting while out of his comfort zone.

Tonight on KLRU, travel to Germany and learn more about Martin Luther, no stranger to political acts himself. Tune into Rick Steves’ Special: Luther and The Reformation at 10:30 p.m.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite travel destination—whether it’s a place you’ve been or want to go to—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

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?

Sincerely,
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Lonnie & Polly Cooper
Longtime Supporters of KLRU

Wanna monkey around this spring? Win a Family 4 Pack to the Austin Zoo!

Engage with KLRU to win passes to Austin Zoo! 

KLRU airs Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries tonight at 7 p.m. This groundbreaking production sent spycams disguised as animatronic animals into natural animal habitats. The intimately recorded videos show behaviors in the wild that are rarely observed. Luckily, Austin has a zoo where you can watch a wide variety of wildlife up close and we want to send one lucky family of four to check it out.

Austin Zoo’s main mission is to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need. Located on the southwest edge of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is at the gateway of the Hill Country. Enjoy educational zookeeper talks and see remarkable animals, such as lions and tigers and bears! Between taking in the many creatures and the beautiful scenery, you can even settle down for a nice meal as outside picnics are welcome.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win an Austin Zoo Family 4 Pack. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, share a “SPY IN THE WILD” photo. Maybe your dog is hiding in some bluebonnets? Maybe you’ve spotted a bird with your binoculars and you’re not afraid to selfie that moment? 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Mister Rogers Sweater Changing Mug Giveaway!

Show off your love for a PBS classic while drinking out of this Mister Rogers mug!

It’s the first week of KLRU’s 2017 March Fund Drive, which means time for fun giveaways! Sure, it’s almost spring, but it’s not too hot (yet) to enjoy a nice, warm beverage. And best of all, Mister Rogers changes his sweater on the mug once hot liquid is poured in!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

To enter, just send us a picture of you or someone you know in a cozy sweater, just like Mister Rogers used to wear. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Does winning a copy of Hamilton: The Mixtape = Instant Cool? Kinda.

KLRU is not giving away its shot to share the Hamilton love!
BUT we ARE giving away a copy of Hamilton: The Mixtape! This compilation takes the soundtrack from the groundbreaking Broadway musical and interprets it with a whose who of cover artists, including The Roots, Sia, Ben Folds, Kelly Clarkson and so many more.

And be sure to check out Hamilton’s America tonight on KLRU at 11 p.m. This behind-the-scenes documentary is sure to bump up your dinner party conversation game.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win Hamilton: The Mixtape. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment about what you love about Hamilton—the musical or the man—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Thank you for amplifying #YourKLRU!

Thank you, Central Texas, for stepping up and answering our call to amplify #YourKLRU! We are truly humbled by the community’s outpouring of support for public television during Amplify Austin.

In just 24 hours, YOU helped raise over $62,000 to build a more informed, connected and educated Central Texas. Not only that, but your enthusiastic response during the 11am hour secured KLRU a $1,000 booster prize for the most donors! All in all, more than 640 donors helped to ensure KLRU remains your trusted window to the world, telling stories that matter to you, enriching your life with experiences and events and educating your community with workshops that reach 5,000 local children every year.

KLRU is truly community-supported, and we thank you for stepping forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

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!

You’re Invited: KLRU Amplifies Austin Kick Off Happy Hour 3/2

In just 2 days, KLRU will help raise $9 million for Central Texas in just 24 hours… and a collective effort of this proportion deserves celebrating!

Join KLRU and Domain NORTHSIDE on the patio of Paul Martin’s Austin Grill as we kick off Amplify Austin and 24 hours of giving on Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm. Come to support your local PBS station, stay for the complimentary bites and drinks. Best of all, Domain NORTHSIDE will be giving away a gift bag filled with goodies to the first 50 guests at the event!

Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm
Paul Martin’s Austin Grill
3120 Palm Way, Suite 130
Austin, Texas 78758
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KLRU has a goal to raise $50,000 during Amplify Austin and YOU can help us get there! If you can’t attend our Kick Off Happy Hour, please consider making a gift to #YourKLRU’s Amplify Austin campaign or better yet, scheduling your donation TODAY.

Support for this event is provided by:

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Additional support provided by:

Paul Martin’s Austin GrillKiehl’s, Whole Foods Market, NYX Professional Makeup, ErinCondren.com, diptyque, Golden Bones, Kittsona, Planet Blue, Jose Luis Salon & Boutique, Flower Child, Eliza Page, Birds Barbershop, Orangetheory Fitness, Sugarfina, Marmi, Hanna Andersson