“KLRU is a community in the virtual space.”

Amy Wong Mok of the Asian American Cultural Center believes that media doesn’t have to be divisive. As a KLRU board member, she’s proud to support programming that lives up to her values.

“I like to use [as an] acronym: the Chinese chi,” she says. “Throughout KLRU or PBS programming, they have these three characters, civility, humanity and integrity.”

In fact, the need for civil, trustworthy reporting led to the creation of KLRU’s Decibel earlier this year. In addition to national PBS news and public affairs programs, KLRU knows local audiences also want to watch local stories.

Hosted by Judy Maggio, Decibel produces television specials and short videos that help connect viewers to complex local issues while highlighting the real people whose lives are impacted by current events.

Amy says this kind of reporting can actually help strengthen rather than divide—because the community can’t grow until people really see, hear and feel the things that lead others to think differently.

“I think diversity can only enrich our life,” Amy says. “[KLRU] is a community in the virtual space, and I think it’s very important.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

We want to thank you…

As a supporter and fan of quality public television, we want to thank you with more of what you love.

We want to thank you with KLRU Passport—a new member benefit providing extended access to an on-demand library of PBS programs like VictoriaAntiques RoadshowFinding Your RootsDownton Abbey, Season 4 of SherlockThe Great British Baking Show and so many more.

And with your sustaining gift of $5 or more a month or a $60 one-time contribution, you can support your local PBS station and enjoy more of the great programming you’ve helped make possible.

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Catch up on programs you missed, watch brand-new episodes on your own schedule, or relive some of your favorites, all using your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device.

And we’re thrilled to announce that today, Ken Burns’ latest epic The Vietnam War is now available in its entirety on KLRU Passport. And for Poldark fans, binge-watch the whole series—including all eight episodes of Season 3 airing now, Sundays on KLRU.

Become a member now with a gift of $5 or more per month!

We hope you’ll enjoy the KLRU Passport member benefit as our thanks to you!

KLRU Passport Questions? Check here!

KLRU Passport is a streaming benefit available to any KLRU member who gives at least $5/month or $60/year. The magic of having thousands of PBS and local productions available anytime is a wonderful resource… but sometimes it’s less than intuitive. We’ve heard your KLRU Passport feedback and have come up with a list of some frequently-encountered problems and answers that might help.

Take a look! And thank you for your support!

Need to contact KLRU Passport? Have more KLRU Passport questions? Email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F).
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     1. I believe I should qualify for KLRU Passport, but I am not in the Member Lookup.

This likely means one of two possibilities:

a) We do not have an email address on file for you. The KLRU Passport ID is your valid email. Please email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 and we’ll add your email address as your login.

b) You’ve already activated your KLRU Passport benefit with an email address different from the one you are attempting to log in with now (this happens a lot!). You may have used an old or different email address, or, perhaps a different member of the household activated the account with his or her separate email. Try logging in again with an alternative email address in your rotation. If that does not work, please email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 for additional support.

     2. I signed up for and activated KLRU Passport, but every time I click on a video I get one of two responses: I have to be a KLRU Passport member in order to view this video or I am already activated.

When activating KLRU Passport, you were prompted to sign in using either a Google account, a Facebook account or a PBS account. That login information is now linked to your account and you must always use that exact same login information when signing in to KLRU Passport. If you do not remember which option you chose, you can try each of them without doing harm to your accounts.  If you need to, you can reset your password.

Because KLRU Passport accounts and PBS accounts are separate, it is possible to have another PBS account that is not connected to your login for KLRU Passport. Therefore, you must ensure that you are using the account you signed in with when you originally activated KLRU Passport.

The PBS Helpline for KLRU Passport can help if you continue to have problems. Email help@pbs.org or call (844) 704-5578 (9 a.m. – 10 p.m., M-F). 

     3. I’m having trouble accessing KLRU Passport from my Roku.

Follow the instructions from this Roku setup link.  After that your Passport should be connected to your Roku!

     4. I’m having trouble accessing KLRU Passport from my Apple TV.

Follow the instructions from this Apple TV setup link. After that your Passport should be connected to your Apple TV!

 

“KLRU programming was essential in forming my art.”

Local artist Hakeem Adewumi has been a creator for a long time, but he started out as another viewer like you.

“I grew up on PBS KIDS,” Hakeem tells KLRU. “I think all my friends did.”

Hakeem also distinctly recalls watching a civil rights program on KLRU that hit him hard, capturing a long history of racism and resistance.

“I really used that moment and experience,” he says. “I carry that with me to curate my art, to start talking about the importance of inclusivity and diversity and race, Black history and Black culture.”

Hakeem’s work has taken him all over the world, tracing the roots and pathways of the African diaspora. Last year, a KLRU documentary team followed Hakeem and collaborating artists for an episode of the original KLRU series Arts In Context.

Almost exactly a year ago, the episode premiered on PBS stations all over the country.

It’s something of a full circle for Hakeem: once, KLRU programming inspired and influenced him as an artist. Now, in turn, his story has become part of KLRU’s mission: to share history, art, culture and community with audiences near and far.

“My art is always with a Black lens, it’s always my perspective. But my goal at the end of the day is to always build community,” Hakeem says. “And that platform has been shared widely on KLRU. I’m super grateful for that.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

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!

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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.

“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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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

UPDATE: Sustainer Challenge

With less than 3 days left to take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge, only 40 more Sustainers are needed to meet the goal by this Friday!

Because of your overwhelming response, we met our original goal of 200 and have a new stretch goal to reach 350 sustainers by THIS FRIDAY!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Together, we can meet this stretch goal and ensure that KLRU continues to thrive!

Thank you for making an impact!

Thank you Central Texas for making an impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving!

With the generous support of over 200 donors, KLRU was able to meet the $20,000 challenge match made possible by Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation. Not only that, but YOU helped raised over $55,000 to help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community.

Everything we do at KLRU is possible because of you! Thank you for standing with us.

Challenge Match Deadline: Your participation is critical

KLRU’s Day of Giving ends at midnight tonight! This means you have less than 6 hours left to make an impact and help us meet our $60,000 goal.

With less than $30,000 left to raise, your participation in our Day of Giving is critical.

And you don’t want to miss out on our $20,000 challenge match going on right now – every dollar received up until midnight will be automatically doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Many thanks to Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation for making this possible.

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With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everythingKLRU does counts even more on community support.

And the best way to give is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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Your support is more important than ever! Thank you for standing with KLRU.

2x Challenge Alert: This news matters!

These days, as big events, big changes and big issues come at us fast, the trusted sources of news you find on KLRU take on even more value and importance.

PBS NewsHourFRONTLINE and Washington Week in Review offer the kind of reliable reporting and analysis you need – thoughtful, thorough, civil and TRUSTED.

At a time when the future of federal funding is in real danger, YOUR viewer support is absolutely vital! And longtime KLRU supporters Lonnie and Polly Cooper couldn’t agree more.

“In a mounting world of noise and political agendas, KLRU and PBS is one of the only media outlets that earns our trust and appreciation each and every day. It’s important to us that PBS presents a multitude of perspectives on a viewpoint, issue or event in history.”

This is why Lonnie and Polly Cooper are committed to making a big impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving with a $15,000 challenge match to the Central Texas community. For every dollar received today, the Coopers will contribute the same amount up to $15,000, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $30,000 (that’s halfway to our $60,000 goal)!

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Your ongoing monthly gift or one-time contribution will help ensure that the funding for this essential news coverage stays strong:

$20/month or $250 donation = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$40/month or $500 donation = 1 hour of trusted public affairs programming
$80/month or $1,000 donation = 2 hours of trusted public affairs programming

There’s simply no substitute for the independent, public mission that stands behind our commitment to bring the best in news and public affairs.

And there’s no substitute for YOU in this mission. YOU make these essential programs possible.

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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