Your support is more important than ever!

You have the power to keep public television in Central Texas thriving for years to come. So, we couldn’t be more thankful that YOU answered our call for support by making a gift during our Spring Fund Drive!

Because of YOU… KLRU raised over $243,000 for the programs you love to watch and the vital community services we provide to Central Texans. Not only that, you helped us meet the generous $10,000 challenge match from Lonnie & Polly Cooper in less than 24 hours, allowing us to end our fund drive one day early! All in all, more than 1,400 donors stepped forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

What’s more, we loved hearing why supporting KLRU and PBS is essential to YOU! Here’s what first time donor Jeni Williams shared with us when she made her gift:

“I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. This email was the perfect encouragement to do so, especially in the current political climate. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends, and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Now it’s your turn! Would you be willing to share why supporting public television is important to you or how KLRU/PBS has impacted your life? We’re collecting stories to be featured on-air and online. Tell us… What’s #YourKLRU?

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Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to public broadcasting. You’re truly the reason we’re able to be here to provide Central Texas with high quality, educational programming every day.

Win this shirt and show off your PBS nerd pride!

Turn heads in this fabulous green PBS Nerd Shirt. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

It’s the last day of KLRU’s 2017 March Fund Drive, but there’s still time for one more giveaway! Wear the PBS Nerd shirt and let everyone know that you support public television… and support wearing cool shirts.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win.

Have you ever noticed the profile “P-Head” in the PBS logo?  We tried to recreate it in our KLRU offices, and now we want you to try!

To enter, just send us your best “P-Head” PBS Logo profile picture. It’s fun!

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. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 24.

Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

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

To enter, simply comment with your favorite current show on any one of KLRU’s 4 channels. We want to know what you love!

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.

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.

See Broadway in Austin: BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical!

Don’t miss your chance to see the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom!

Donate $250 today
and we’ll thank you with a pair of tickets to the opening night of Beautiful at Bass Concert Hall on March 21st at 8pm.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL, the musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

Tickets are limited so you won’t want to miss this joyous celebration about the life and career of Carole King…you’ll see how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Giancarlo Esposito & Timothy Simons 3/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for back-to-back interviews with Giancarlo Esposito and Timothy Simons on March 14 at 11:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 11:15 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

giancarlo esposito Giancarlo Esposito is an Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Gustavo “Gus” Fring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Esposito’s film and television credits also include The Usual Suspects, The Jungle Book and Revolution. He won the 2012 Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of “Gus” in Breaking Bad.

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Timothy Simons is an actor, comedian and writer who is best known for his work on HBO’s television series Veep. His role in the series has gained him both an EWwy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He has also appeared in the films The Interview, Christine and most recently Gold.

Tuesday, March 14 at 11:30 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 11:15 a.m.
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh 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 Giancarlo Esposito and Timothy Simons. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Low Phone Battery? Let KLRU give you a boost!

KLRU is giving away PBS NewsHour Weekend Jolt Triangle Suction Chargers— perfect for giving your smartphone a boost on the go. Never be stuck with a dead phone again!

What does it do?
• Provides a 2,200 mAh charge when plugged into your smartphone
• Functions as a phone stand
• Includes a USB to Micro USB cable which can be used to recharge the power bank
• Shows off your PBS love

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, simply share something you love about KLRU. 

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. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 21.

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.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Chuck Todd 3/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Chuck Todd on March 14 at 10:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

ChuckToddcrop Chuck Todd is the moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. He is also an on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and TODAY and serves as MSNBC’s go-to for all aspects of the network’s political coverage. In 2005 and 2009 Todd was named one of the Washingtonian’s Best Of Journalists. He has won numerous Emmy Awards for his reporting while at NBC.

Tuesday, March 14 at 10:15 a.m.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 9:45 a.m.
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh 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 Chuck Todd. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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