Q Night at the Movies features Cocoon 4/28

Q Night at the Movies presents the 80’s sci-fi hit Cocoon. We’ll also explore the not-so-sci-fi aspects of the new fantasy movie A Wrinkle in Time. And catch some great conversations about screenwriting and acting before and after the feature film with some of this year’s biggest names in Hollywood. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Astrophysics and Cell Biology at 7 p.m.
Did you know Madeline L’Engle’s fiction predicted real scientific discoveries? Take a closer look at the hard science in A Wrinkle in Time with Matt O’Dowd, a CUNY Astrophysicist and host of the popular PBS series Space Time and Natasha Pavlova, a Research Fellow at Thompson Laboratory for Cancer, Biology & Genetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

On Story A Conversation with Kenneth Lonergun at 7:30 p.m.
Academy Award-winning writer-director Kenneth Lonergan compares screenwriting with playwriting, protecting his personal relationship with his work and being open to mistakes. With over 90 nominations for his work, a resume that includes Manchester by the Sea, Gangs of New York and You Can Count on Me, this conversation with a master storyteller is not to be missed.

Feature Film Cocoon at 8 p.m.
Ron Howard’s Oscar-winning tale about Florida retirees who find the fountain of youth in a pool filled with alien pods is great comedy and great drama wrapped into one.

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 10 p.m.
Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) with Holly Hunter (The Big Sick), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel), Hong Chau (Downsizing) with Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) with Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) and Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) with Robert Pattinson (Good Time).

Vehicle Donation is OIL the Rage!

The Big Spring Clean – It’s Simple

Break ups can be hard, but sometimes that vehicle just needs to go. Let the beauty of spring inspire you to get rid of the car, truck, RV, boat or motorcycle that’s just taking up space! 🌷

Clean out your yard or garage all while knowing you’re making a big difference to your only community supported public television station. 

KLRU takes care of everything, from initial pick up to sending out final tax documentation. No matter what condition your vehicle is in, we can retrieve and put it directly toward the quality programming and vital services Central Texans depend on.

Getting the process started is super easy too! Just fill out this short online form or call us directly at 855-996-KLRU (5578).

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Your thoughtful gift to KLRU this spring ensures that your neighbors—families that attend our educational workshops, individuals who rely on our news and public affairs programming, fans who watch Masterpiece just for the pleasure of a fun drama—will always have this space to be educated, entertained and inspired.

Thank you!

Q Night at the Movies features Network 4/21

Q Night at the Movies presents the ever-relevant film Network. Winner of four Academy Awards and a constant on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films list, it’s a must-see. Catch a conversation with groundbreaking entertainer Keenen Ivory Wayans beforehand, then stick around for a deeper look into one of Network’s stars, William Holden. It all starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

On Story A Conversation with Keenen Ivory Wayans at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment trailblazer writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans achieved national prominence when he created the culturally groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning, black-oriented comedy satire In Living Color. In this episode, Wayans talks about his circular path to Hollywood and how In Living Color paved the way for so many artists and subsequent projects.

Feature Film Network at 8 p.m.
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Hollywood Idols William Holden: The Golden Boy at 10 p.m.
Academy Award winner William Holden was handsome, charming and unconventional and never lost his power to enchant an audience. Included are scenes from: Golden Boys, The Country Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The World of Suzie Wong and Network. Interviewees include actors Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Susan Strasberg and directors Sydney Lumet, Blake Edwards and Robert Wise.

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 10:30 p.m.
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

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.

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Overheard tapes Lee Ann Womack 04/20

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lee Ann Womack on April 20 at 1:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack is a country music singer and songwriter who came to fame in 2000 with her single I Hope You Dance. Womack has won five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards and one Grammy Award and has sold over six million albums. Her latest album, titled The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, is a hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues.

Friday, April 20 at 1:15 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors for KLRU members at 12:15 p.m.
Doors for general admission at 12:45 p.m.
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Entrance is based upon capacity.

NEW entry procedures:
• KLRU members receive early studio access. This benefit is available only to current members with valid RSVP for up to 5 total guests in each party.
Not a member? Donate here.
• General admission begins 30 minutes after KLRU member entry. Priority access for members also ends at this time (no jumping the line).
• All attendees are still required to RSVP as usual. If the deadline has passed, walk-up admission may be offered on a space-available basis.
• Lobby doors will remain closed until published entry times. Lines will form outside on the plaza, rain or shine; please prepare accordingly. KLRU personnel will be available to assist guests with accessibility needs.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up its eighth 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 Lee Ann Womack. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Q Night at the Movies features Cat On a Hot Tin Roof 4/14

Q Night at the Movies presents the classic Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize winning play-turned-movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Before the film, get in touch with your emotions as Lewis Black discusses the animated hit Inside Out, followed by a look into the career of actress and director Greta Gerwig. Watch starting at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Inside Out and The Science of Comedy at 7 p.m.
Comedian Lewis Black (the voice of Anger) talks about Disney’s Inside Out and the neuroscience of comedy. Does laughter hit a particular part in our brain that infiltrates our deep rooted biases?

On Story A Conversation with Greta Gerwig at 7:30 p.m.
In our season 8 premiere episode, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig talks about her theatrical beginnings, what she learned working with filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills and others in such films as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women and taking the leap to write and direct her own film, the critically acclaimed Lady Bird.

Feature Film Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at 8 p.m.
Two brothers, one an alcoholic (Paul Newman) who resents his devoted wife (Elizabeth Taylor), visit their dying millionaire father (Burl Ives) in the South.

What Is KLRU Play To Learn?

Story by Marianne Nguyen, Play To Learn Program Director

They call me “maestra” (teacher) but really I’m just a facilitator. Because it is them, the parents and caretakers, who do the hard work. They may not know this yet, but they have everything they need to be their children’s first teachers. While they’re already so busy running a house in difficult financial circumstances, they are also taking care of the basic needs of their young children and they still manage to make time to join us at our Play To Learn workshops. They are unmistakably there every week, ready to sing our songs, get down at kid level, and further their knowledge about parenting with other families of the community.

This week, my hat’s off to the 40 families who graduated from Play To Learn and, in doing so, earned a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad tablet.

KLRU is proud to host Play To Learn for the 6th consecutive year with funding from the City of Austin and additional support from the United Way for Greater Austin. This year, over 70 families graduated in the 6 groups we formed in areas of Austin where Kindergarten readiness is a critical factor for school success. The children who participate in Play To Learn are between 2 and 4 years old and are not signed up in any formal school or daycare. So for most of these kiddos, this is their first exposure to a “class” setting.

So what is Play To Learn exactly?

Play To Learn is about school readiness, about communicating the latest trends in early childhood (EC) education to those who need it most (60% of low income kids enter school not ready). It’s also about the smart use of screen time with little ones in these rapidly changing times. But most of all it’s about community.

Each weekly two-hour session follows a routine including a time for free play, a circle time, different centers every week to explore various early childhood concepts, a story time, a dance/movement component and an app to help further those skills. We spend a portion of each class working with the Playtime Pads that they will keep when they graduate. This allows them to familiarize themselves with the device and get support if needed.

The 10-week program is composed of 8 classes, one orientation session at the beginning, and a graduation at the end. In only 8 classes, we explore an exhaustive list of early childhood topics: Fine Motor Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Language Development, Early Literacy, Social-Emotional learning etc… and how those skills can be strengthened at home with very few resources. And the best part about these classes is that they are meant for both the child AND the caretaker. Each week, they get a take home bag with a book and basic materials for additional activities at home. And I even give them homework for the following week! It’s the beginning of a long relationship between school and home which we hope will remain healthy for years to come. But for some of them, it’s also a new way of looking at school and learning: it doesn’t have to be intimidating, difficult or boring. These families now know that the best way to learn is by playing and enjoying themselves together! The Playtime Pads that they take home at the end of the program come with a long list of educational apps from Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS already installed. Therefore, if their child wants to use technology, they can be assured to always have a safe and educational option to offer them.

I must admit that I am amazed at the progress that can be observed in such a short amount of time. I have seen kiddos come to their first class hiding behind their moms and not even wanting to look me in the eyes. And after the first high five in second class, the metamorphosis to the time they graduate is incredible. When we say our goodbyes at graduation, they righteously feel so proud of their accomplishments and are ready to give me a big hug!

This proves the importance of early childhood learning. While a lot of children’s first exposure to an education professional usually occurs when they enter the public school system (typically at 4-5 years old), the latest research shows that it is between the ages of 0 to 5 that the human brain develops the most connections. And the exposure to positive human interactions during this crucial time has a tremendous effect on the quality of those connections. By playing, singing, reading, discussing with their young ones, these caretakers are doing the most important work for their children.

This is why I am so proud of the families who graduated from our workshops. We at KLRU are happy to be a part of their lives. We hope they continue to grow together as their child advances through their years in school, and that we will remain a trusted resource for them along the way. I wish these kiddos all the success in the world. They are already equipped with amazing support to get there!

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.