Our Frontline picks


It’s hard to watch the news nowadays and not hear the word ‘ISIS’ fall out of the mouth of the commentator. With each new terrorist attack ISIS seems to be at the top of the suspect list.

But how much do we know about the terrorist group? Why is it taking so long to defeat them? These Frontline documentaries go in-depth to show you what and who ISIS is and how they operate.

PBS’ premier public affairs series, Frontline’s stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience.

Frontline has built a reputation for powerful reporting that tackles the tough, controversial, and complex stories that shape our times. The show remains committed to providing a primetime venue for engaging reports that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times.

Who Was the Founder of ISIS? 

A video-store clerk turned radical jihadist, Abu Musab al-Zarqaqi,  was the mastermind behind the sectarian warfare that tore Iraq apart after the U.S. invasion, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.



How U.S. Prisons in Iraq Became “Jihadi Universities” for ISIS


The Secret History of ISIS 

This documentary examines the role that America’s invasion of Iraq have played in the terror group’s brutal rise.

ISIS in Afghanistan

ISIS is making a name for themselves in Afghanistan and their focus is on creating new generation of jihadists.

A Conversation With Teens in Training as ISIS Suicide Bombers 

Watch this firsthand look exploring the state of a nation and how terrorist group is expanding its rule over the Islamic State.

Q Night At The Movies 5/28: Meet John Doe & More

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Witness the talent of Gary Cooper this week with Q Night At The Movies. First, we highlight his legacy as an actor who mastered the Western Hero archetype. Then, we’ll see him play a man who a newspaper hired to impersonate a made-up man in Meet John Doe.

On Hollywood Idols Gary Cooper: The Face Of A Hero, learn about Cooper’s personal connection to the roles he played onscreen at 7 p.m. Known for his personification of the Western Hero, it was Montana-born Gary Cooper’s horse-riding skills that first brought him bit parts in movies – and he never lost his love of the great American outdoors.

On Story 7:30 p.m. 

In Corinth Films Collection Meet John Doe, fired reporter Ann Mitchel (Barbara Stanwyck) prints a fake letter from unemployed “John Doe,” who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby (Gary Cooper) to impersonate “Doe.” Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story, until the made-up “John Doe” philosophy starts a whole political movement. This riveting film airs at 8 p.m.

Science Night 3/2

Go to infinity and beyond with KLRU for Science Night this week! At 7 pm, see how Scott Kelly’s year in space compares to his twin’s year back on Earth. Then at 8 pm, get a close look at who Neil Armstrong was outside of the astronaut suit. Finally at 9 pm, learn about the Air Force scientists who took the first steps to getting to US into space.

Year In Space at 7 p.m.
Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly. Watch KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith interview with Mark Kelly.

NOVA First Man on the Moon at 8 p.m.
He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong?

American Experience Space Men at 9 p.m.
Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

Q Night at the Movies 1/2

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Pioneers Of Television Sitcoms at 6pm
This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The last remaining Honeymooner, Joyce Randolph, offers surprising insights into the mind of Jackie Gleason. Similarly, Marlo Thomas speaks candidly about her father, Danny. Andy Griffith offers forceful opinions about the people and techniques that made his show work. In a rare occurrence, both Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke recount their years on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Hundreds of episodes were culled for the most entertaining clips – including one particularly side-splitting bit by Don Knotts.

Pioneers Of Television Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies at 7pm
This program is comprised largely of material from the “Funny Ladies” episode that led off season 3 of PIONEERS OF TELEVISION. The program focuses on Carol Burnett’s television comedy career and the funny ladies of television who joined her in paving the way for today’s TV comediennes.

On Story Exporting Comedy at 7:30 pm
Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal discusses the (not so) universal language of comedy in his documentary EXPORTING RAYMOND with KISS KISS BANG BANG writer/director Shane Black. Followed by the charming Danish short film FIRST ANDERS by writer/director Kristian Ussing Anderson about a well-meaning father who attempts to teach his artistic and bullied young son a valuable lesson.

Feature film: Moonstruck at 8 pm
An Italian-American widow (Cher), engaged to a reticent suitor, falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage).

Italian Americans The American Dream at 9:45 pm
In post-war America, Italian Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define American cool, but even as Frank Sinatra skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Can Italian Americans fit into 1950s America or will the specter of organized crime always plague them?

Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time at 10:45 pm
Hosted by singer Mel Torme, this documentary chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films, interspersed with comments by Torme and excerpts from interviews with lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Touching briefly on his personal life, the program chronicles Sinatra’s rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. Songs performed include “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Fly Me To The Moon” “Ol’ Man River”, “Stardust”, “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” ,”I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Come Fly With Me” , “One For My Baby” and many more.


Did you know that Nature has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations? This series has won 10 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club.

PBS fuels curiosity at any stage of life by giving everyone the opportunity to explore the world of science and nature. With so much investigation and new thinking happening every day, PBS stays on top of the news in science, technology, medicine and nature and shares these ground-breaking investigations with curious minds of any age, everywhere. But none of it happens without your involvement. Please keep the adventures coming by making your contribution below.

Because of YOUR SUPPORT, KLRU allows us to expand our horizons and stretch the boundaries of our world.

GIVE to KLRU to attend THE TENORS Under One Sky Tour 10/28

The Canadian group has written a handful of songs for their previous three sets, but Under One Sky marks the first time their songwriting talents stand toe-to-toe with their vocal prowess. In the process, they’ve created a rich collection that expands on their earlier efforts, while delving deeper into their collective strength as artists.

Since their formation in 2007, The Tenors have performed more than 500 concerts on five continents and made over 150 television appearances, including on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Celine Dion), at the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House, at the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2012 Emmy Awards, the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle in England, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremonies. Among the artists with whom they have performed are Paul McCartney, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah McLachlan.

This August fund drive YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has a special ticket offer! GIVE $200 for a pair of tickets or $300 for a pair of tickets plus a meet & greet after the concert in the designated areas via the form below. The concert is on Wednesday, October 28th at 8pm! Tickets are limited so give now to attend!


What’s happening this weekend: July 31-Aug. 2

Now that the summer heat has arrived in full force, we know you’re looking for ways to stay cool this weekend. We’ve got some suggestions for you!

Check out the Texas Robot Roundup

Watch high school teams from across the state compete at the fifth annual Texas Robot Roundup at the Austin Convention Center Friday and Saturday. What’s cooler than watching smart young people show off their amazing creations? Before you go, get inspired by this clip from SciTech Now and watch elementary, middle and high school students take part in robots competitions through the nonprofit organization FIRST.

Admission: Free to spectators. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Details here.

Visit the Carver Museum’s newest exhibit
The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center’s newest exhibit, John Yancey’s Can u see, opened Thursday. Yancey is a Chicago artist who was influenced by social and political events of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s to create public murals and mosaics and commissioned sculptures and paintings. Yancey is currently a studio art professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Before you go, watch this clip from the 2012 episode of Juneteenth Jamboree, in which KLRU features the Carver Museum and its curator.

Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Details here.

Extreme bird-watching in the Capital Plaza Shopping Center
If you live in Austin, chances are you’ve watched the bats come out from the Congress Avenue Bridge. But have you ever watched purple martins roost at Capital Plaza? The Travis Audubon Society has hosted purple martin parties on Friday and Saturday nights this summer. Bring a lawn chair and watch hundreds of thousands of purple martins roost in the Live Oaks near Shepler’s Western Wear at Capital Plaza. The good news is the purple martins roost at dusk, so you don’t have to worry about the summer sun — and the Travis Audubon Society says it’s even better than watching the bats! If you’d like to know more about purple martins before you go, watch this video from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Admission: Free. Hours: 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Details here.

Landmarks Guided Tour of Bass Concert Hall
Escape the blistering summer temperatures and join The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts’ Landmarks for a docent-led tour of art in Bass Concert Hall on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features striking examples of postwar and contemporary sculpture from influential artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Check out Ursula von Rydingsvard’s artwork featured in Ecology, as artists explore how our understanding of the natural world becomes deeply cultural.

Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Details here.

Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Give Gift to KLRU

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have made a significant donation in honor of three key individuals who have tirelessly supported public broadcasting in Central Texas for more than 40 years:  Lady Bird Johnson, Sandy Youman and Catherine Robb.

“As a child of the LBJ administration, PBS is family for us.” said Luci Baines Johnson. “So it just seems right to make a gift in its honor, and to honor its dearest friends and ours: my mother Lady Bird, my niece Catherine, and our friend Sandy. We had intended to do this in our will, but decided we wanted to enjoy our station and celebrate our loved ones during our lifetime.”

The gift honors three notable women while extending the impact of public broadcasting in Central Texas:

Lady Bird Johnson served as First Lady when her husband, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law; she remained an avid viewer, supporter and friend of PBS throughout her lifetime.

Johnson family friend Sandy Youman has been associated with KLRU for over 20 years.  Retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle.  She continues to actively support KLRU’s work in the community.

Catherine Robb, granddaughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson and niece to Luci Baines Johnson, currently serves as Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, following many years of advocacy and volunteer service.

The Johnson-Turpin gift will support several key objectives at KLRU, strengthening the organization’s future and advancing innovative new projects.  Johnson also expressed the hope that this gift will serve as inspiration for the public to join her in giving generously to KLRU.

“We are so grateful to Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin for their generosity to KLRU with this gift.” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “And we are even more pleased that it recognizes three women who have worked so tirelessly on behalf of public broadcasting to ensure that President Johnson’s vision continues for many more decades to come.”

The final stretch of #yourklru

We’re in the final stretch of this historic fundraising drive, #yourklru, and we couldn’t be more inspired by the response we’ve seen from Central Texans to this campaign. You’ve embraced this new way of giving to your only community-supported public television station and for that, we are so very grateful.

Thanks to you, we met yesterday’s $10,000 challenge match from Dr. Steven Ungerleider, putting us over $73,000! But we still have 15 hours until #yourklru ends at midnight tonight and we’ve made it our goal to hit $80,000. If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift in support of #yourklru, now’s the time!

Make a one-time gift or sustaining, monthly gift now!

And for a little extra encouragement, we have some great giveaways in store for our final day of #yourklru:

As the home of Austin City Limits, we’re excited to be giving away one pair of tickets to the ACL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert on Thursday, June 28th at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. We’ll be honoring some of ACL’s greatest performers with an all-star lineup of talent!

Interested in the future of Texas? Well, we’re also giving away 2 pairs of passes to The Texas Tribune Festival October 16-18th on the University of Texas campus. Join more than 3,000 attendees and 150 speakers, including House Speaker Joe Straus and University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves. Attendees will take advantage of 50 interactive events, enlightened discussion on 10 programming tracks, award-winning barbecue, networking opportunities, fun receptions and more.

Also, our friends at Alamo Drafthouse Austin are helping to support ‪#‎yourklru‬! For every online ticket purchased this weekend to a showing of LOVE & MERCYthey will donate $1 to #yourklru! Even better, your online ticket will enter you into a drawing for 2 tickets to the upcoming Brian Wilson show here in Austin, as well as the CD & DVD from his latest album! Up to 6 patrons can win!

Simply give any amount to #yourklru until midnight tonight and you just might find yourself at one of these great events! Can we count on your support of this transformational fundraising effort as we reach the final stretch of #yourklru?


yourklrugiveawaysheaderblogSupporting #yourklru should be fun, so we’re giving away some great things to sweeten the deal throughout the 5 day drive! Here’s what’s in store for today:

All day: Pair of tickets to the ACL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert + 2 pairs of passes to The Texas Tribune Festival
7am-10am: Sesame Street Bags
10am-12pm: Book – Viva Tequila by Lucinda Hutson
12pm-2pm: Roku 3
2pm-5pm: Pair of tickets to Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II at Austin 360 Amphitheater on July 12th
5pm-6pm: KLRU & Central Texas Gardener T-shirts
6pm-7pm: Newshour Bags, T-shirts & Mugs
7pm-8pm: Book – Boyhood by Matt Lankes and Richard Linklater
8pm-9pm: Book – Signed Franklin Barbecue + Brisket is my Spirit Animal T-shirt
9pm-10pm: ACL T-shirts
10pm-11pm: Book – Homegrown
11pm-12am: Book – Austin City Limits: A History + Lyle Lovett Posters

We encourage you to make a donation during the respective hours of each giveaway to be entered to win, however, if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, there will be other ways to win as well! Visit here for complete giveaway information.
Additional support for these giveaways comes from:
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The ripple effect of #yourklru

UPDATE as of 1pm – JUST CONFIRMED: $2,500 anonymous challenge match from a generous KLRU donor!
Give now and double the impact of your dollars in an instant!

We’re halfway through our online Summer fundraising drive and #yourklru is making waves on the internet! Thanks to you, we met yesterday’s $10,000 challenge match from Claire and Carl Stuart, putting us over the $35,000 mark! But we still need your help to spread the word about #yourklru and get it trending on social media!

For some inspiration, here’s a sampling of what some of your fellow viewers are saying about #yourklru:


We absolutely love how engaged the Central Texas community is in this campaign, but we can’t stop there. We’ve got to raise another $10,000 today in order to meet our goal of $50,000.

With your help #yourklru can bring about a wave of change to our fundraising drives! Can we count on you to make a gift in support of #yourklru today? 


Supporting #yourklru should be fun, so we’re giving away some great things to sweeten the deal throughout the 5 day drive! Here’s what’s in store for today:

7am-10am: Sesame Street Bags
10am-12pm: Book – Viva Tequila by Lucinda Hutson
12pm-2pm: Pair of passes to the ACL taping with Courtney Barnett on June 4th at 8pm
2pm-5pm: Pair of tickets to Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II at Austin 360 Amphitheater on July 12th
5pm-6pm: KLRU & Central Texas Gardener T-shirts
6pm-7pm: Newshour Bags, T-shirts & Mugs
7pm-8pm: Roku 3
8pm-9pm: Book – Boyhood by Matt Lankes and Richard Linklater
9pm-10pm: ACL T-shirts
10pm-11pm: Book – Homegrown
11pm-12am: Book – Austin City Limits: A History + ACL Lyle Lovett Posters
12am – 6am: KLRU T-shirts

We encourage you to make a donation during the respective hours of each giveaway to be entered to win, however, if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, there will be other ways to win as well! Visit here for complete giveaway information.
Additional support for these giveaways comes from C3 Presents and Live Nation:TTB_admat_600w

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
Tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, or call 1.800.745.3000 to charge by phone.