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.)
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.)
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

6th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW 3/16

Join Austin City Limits and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS at the 6th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW on Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m in the  GSDM courtyard. The event is free but you must RSVP to attend.

This year’s lineup is our biggest yet and in keeping with Austin City Limits tradition of bringing audiences “Great Music. No Limits,” includes some of music’s most buzzed about artists from across the globe and stateside: blues revivalist duo Little Hurricane, Canadian country standout Colter Wall, U.K. rockers Sundara Karma, Third Man recording artist Lillie Mae, Minneapolis breakout rapper/singer Lizzo, Australian indie-folk up-and-comer Slow Dancer and veteran indie music outliers R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner.

Even better, you can listen to music while enjoying free (while supplies last!) Bloody Marys from Tito’s Vodka, beer from Shiner Beer and breakfast tacos from Tacodeli. Bloody Mary Morning is brought to you by our friends The Guild, NetApp and YETI. So make it a Bloody Mary Morning like Willie would want you to!

You don’t need to be a SXSW badgeholder to attend – Bloody Mary Morning is free and open to the public. You can RSVP here. Please join us!

It’s Okay To Be Smart – PBS Digital Studios

Do you find yourself asking a lot of questions that tend to incite responses like, “I don’t know, it just is,”? Well, PBS Digital Studios may have the answers you’re looking for. Host Joe Hanson, Ph.D., creates weekly videos with different topics about things we didn’t even know we were curious about.

When you grow up, more often times than not you learn about the Inuit and the traditional Igloo. Hanson tells us why they actually work, and the science behind heat that you didn’t even know existed.  

Owls, the source to that spooky hooting in the middle of the night, actually have a lot more to their existence than meets the eye – literally. Hanson tells us that even though some owls have superb eyesight, feathers all over the face can actually help them to hunt without using their eyes.

I’ve always wondered why salt and pepper could be found on any dining table around the western world. Hanson enlightens us about the natural chemical dependency humans have with salt, and how pepper made it’s way to become the great rock’s sidekick.

A legacy of trust for you to take action

Your world is much more than just today’s headlines … and PBS’ legacy of being America’s most trusted institution allows you to explore what’s next so you can take action now. Give now

Programs like PBS NewsHour explore key issues from as many viewpoints as possible, so that you can see and understand the bigger picture. Programs like Frontline have challenged conventional thinking, investigating issues before reaching national attention. KLRU news and public affairs programming covers a full spectrum of local and national issues. These programs — that serve as a constant, reliable source of trustworthy news for all Central Texans — are more essential now than ever before.

Your support is also more essential than ever before! Your investment is our commitment to superior, balanced journalism that you can trust. Your gift today will keep local public television thriving and bring you more quality, straight-forward reporting for years to come.

Overheard tapes John Doe 2/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with John Doe on February 14 at 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

John Doe John Doe is an actor and musician who co-founded the Los Angeles punk band X. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions including Great Balls of Fire!, Roadside Prophets, Roswell and more. His latest book, Under the Big Black Sun, explores the LA punk rock movement and its evolution.

Tuesday, February 14 at 11:15 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45 a.m.
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 John Doe. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Taste of Black Austin 1/31

KLRU is a proud supporter of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and its mission to promote the development of African American businesses in Central Texas. Join KLRU and Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce for the Taste of Black Austin on Jan. 31st at the Peaches Social House. Purchase tickets now

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.52.22 AMTaste of Black Austin is a culinary event that explores the narrative of economic development through the historical context of food. The event will open with an intimate reception on January 31, 2017 at Peached Social House featuring savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by nine of Austin’s favorite Black chefs and a curated photo exhibition showcasing Austin’s unique food history dating back to 1870.

Event tickets are available for $65 and community sponsor tickets are available for $120 and include a VIP cooking demonstration preceding the reception. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Roots. In 2008, Urban Roots began as a program of another youth development nonprofit to empower and develop Austin youth and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Taste of Black Austin allows guests the opportunity to taste various hors d’oeuvres that have been recreated to chronicle Black food history in Central Texas from 1870 to present. The menu will feature bite sized portions of dishes found in archived recipe books and historic menu selections.

KLRU and Community Partners: Families Creative Learning workshops

KLRU has partnered with the Thinkery, Boys & Girls Club, and Communities in Schools to bring Families Creative Learning workshops to low-income families with young children. Parents bond with their children as they both learn to code.  Using the Scratch Jr. PBS app, the families animate their favorite PBS characters. The parents have the wonderful opportunity to be active participants in their children’s learning. As supportive collaborators, parents encourage their children to problem solve and experiment while being persistent in their creative process.

Walk into a session and you’ll see friendly families sharing a meal. Afterwards, it’s time to reflect on what has been learned. Then parents work together with their children to create a project that tells a meaningful story.  It’s neat to see how imaginative the children can be as they express themselves using technology. The final projects are shared amongst the group and include animated greeting cards, stories about their family, and other wildly creative animations.

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What’s great is that families receive a tablet at the end of 4 weekly sessions. These tablets are a gateway to more learning using the many free PBS kids apps available. Families also receive books that they can enjoy at home as a vital component of at-home learning.

Educational experiences such as this empower parents to continue engaging in their children’s education. It inspires children to continue to explore and discover new ways of self-expression in today’s digital world.

Families Creative Learning is part of the Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media, funded by the US Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.



Give the gift of KLRU! End our Fund Drive early!

Give the gift of KLRU this holiday season! We have gifts, giveaways and heaps of cheer to say thank you!

Oh, and guess what? We have less than $10,000 left until we hit our goal. If we reach $220,000 by midnight tonight, we’ll end our Winter Fund Drive ahead of schedule and return to your regular, uninterrupted programming tomorrow.
YOUR support could end the drive one day early! It’s not too late to make an impact and get a thank you gift (or two) for yourself and loved ones.

Gift exchanging time is closing in and KLRU has some great offers! Some of the most popular thank you gifts of the drive have literally been flying off the shelves—like Nature Super Hummingbirds. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price together—if you’re a fan of classic outlaw country, then Last of the Breed is for you! And Downton Abbey—It will always set the bar. It will always be worth re-watching. And Lady Mary will always look fabulous while being terrible to Edith.

Everyone loves a giveaway, and we have LOTS! There’s a chance to win tickets to see Odd Squad Live! at the Long Center or warm up this winter drinking from your own Mr. Rogers sweater changing mug! Love Hamilton? Because KLRU certainly does. Enter to get a copy of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new Hamilton Mixtape. Some lucky Masterpiece fan out there will scoop up Seasons 1 & 2 of Poldark. We’ve even got a drawing for portable phone chargers—they sure do come in handy while traveling. And, of course, any true public television fan wants to throw a hat in the ring for a retro PBS tote bag! Those groceries aren’t going to carry themselves! (Entries close December 15.)

Your support will truly ensure that YOUR KLRU has a holiday season that is merry and bright! Now here’s to enjoying some eggnog, hanging some lights and maybe even putting on a Christmas episode of Downton Abbey!

KLRU wants to give your phone a CHARGE!

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. 

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: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!