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.

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

 

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.

Meet The Stanton Family

What do science lessons and family bonding have in common? For Patrick, Lucinda and Naomi Stanton, the connection comes from their time together at the Ruff Ruffman Family & Community Learning workshop.

The Stantons participated in this four week series along with other area families. Designed to spark STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) interest in young children, the workshop also empowers parents like Patrick and Lucinda to support their child’s education both at school and home.

“With the four weeks of science projects and doing things and meeting different people, Naomi learned a lot. It was awesome!” Patrick’s observation of his daughter’s time at the Ruff Ruffman workshop is a testament to what a valuable experience these sessions are for kids and parents alike.

Low-income and underserved households are often less equipped to address learning gaps. KLRU’s collaboration with key community partners addresses critical needs in early education by presenting lessons through play and hands-on activities. Research-based, engaging outreach to Central Texas families provides practical tools that these participants can continue to utilize well beyond the workshop.

Miriam Mendoza, KLRU’s Project Director for Ready To Learn says “I just like those little moments where the parent realizes ‘Wow, my child can learn through playing and I can be a part of that.’”

Each session starts with a meal, giving the adults the chance to talk and connect with neighbors who also have young families. Spending quality time with neighbors expands the support network for all these parents, which in turn supports all the children in their STEM progress.

Lucinda was particularly excited about the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad Naomi received after graduating from Ruff Ruffman. “It has a lot of learning apps: reading, drawing, spelling. It’s helping her to get more familiar with computers because they use them at school. And it actually helped me out too.” For some families, this is the first device they’ve brought home. This access lets kids hone technology skills and engage in creative, thoughtful play.

The Stantons gained the confidence at our Family & Community Learning workshop to tackle hands-on engineering projects together. KLRU’s Ready To Learn promotes early learning and school readiness while striving to build a more informed and connected Central Texas. And from Naomi’s smiles, this is just the first of many exciting STEM discoveries that she’ll make with her parents there to cheer her on.

“We’re thankful for the educational workshops KLRU provides in the community.”

                                                                                                        – The Stanton Family————————————————————————

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Family & Community Learning (FCL) workshops are part of the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project through the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

          

Get to know KLRU’s early childhood community partners: Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. These local organizations are essential to the success of our workshops! They recruit families like the Stantons, they provide the space and their staff lead instruction.

Check out additional information about KLRU’s time at the Ruff Ruffman camp.

Read more about KLRU’s involvement with Ready To Learn (RTL) and Family & Community Learning (FCL).

Arts In Context Shorts: Stitched Together

While traveling across Europe, Mychal Mitchell thought she would be inspired by the architecture of the cities she visited but after having her journal stolen in a train station she soon discovered a bookbinding studio in Venice and fell in love with the old-world-style of handmade leather journals.

Handtorn paper“I discovered bookbinding kind of my accident,” Mitchell said. “About a week later, I was kind of flirting with this very handsome street artist and he ended up taking me to his friend’s little bookbinding studio and I ended up being blown away by what he was doing.”
Now, more than 20 years later, Mitchell continues to use the techniques she learned on her European trip and shares her beautiful handcrafted journals and photo albums with others in her East Austin Studio.

Cutting leather“It’s really inspiring to see the way that people use them,” she said. “Especially when people bring them back to me and they are all filled up…they’re gorgeous.”

 

 

KLRU Passport: New On-Demand Streaming

KLRU is pleased to introduce KLRU Passport, a new member benefit offering extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. KLRU Passport provides donors access to current and archival programs from both PBS and KLRU and is available via the KLRU website, PBS.org and other digital platforms.

There are over a thousand hours of content available to donors through KLRU Passport and the library will continue to grow over time. Current titles include Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall and other dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as favorites such as Vicious, Makers, Earth a New Wild, How We Got to Now, The Great British Baking Show, Austin City Limits Season 41 and many more.

In addition to the KLRU website, KLRU Passport is also available to members when they identify KLRU as their local PBS member station on PBS.org and the PBS Video apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the PBS app on AppleTV. KLRU Passport will be available on more platforms in the future.

KLRU Passport is our newest member benefit available for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. Station members must activate their account before they can access KLRU Passport.

Here’s some FAQs to help YOU get started with KLRU Passport:

I am a member of KLRU and currently donate $60 or more a year. How do I access KLRU Passport?

Current members who donate $60 or more annually and have an active email address on file with the station will receive an email from PBS and KLRU inviting you to begin the activation process. There’s a chance the email may get filtered into your spam box so be sure to look for a message from PBS & KLRU with the subject line: Your KLRU membership now includes more on-demand programming. If you’re a current member and you don’t have an active email address on file with us, please contact Member Services at membership@klru.org or (512) 475-9032 to provide an email address and begin the activation process.

I think I am a current member of KLRU that qualifies for KLRU Passport, but I’m not sure. And I’m not sure you have my email address on file. How do I find out?

To see if your KLRU Passport membership has been activated, visit this site and enter your email address to see: http://www.pbs.org/passport/lookup/ Follow the instructions on the screen.

I am not a current member of KLRU. Can I donate to receive immediate access to KLRU Passport?

Yes. You can make your monthly ongoing or annual contribution on this donation form to immediately begin the activation process for KLRU Passport. You may also access this donation form through any video that has the KLRU Passport logo. Click “Sign up for KLRU Passport” and donate to begin the activation process.

Click here to see the complete KLRU Passport FAQ.

Outside the Box: Teens challenge gender stereotypes

Outside the Box, a collection of stories that profile teens challenging gender stereotypes, is available to watch online now! The stories were made by the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. This series introduces viewers to Shantell, the 16-year-old commanding officer of her high school’s JROTC program. We discover Zack’s passion for designing clothes, which ultimately lands the teen a spot on “Project Runway Junior.” And we get to know youth like Semra and D.J., who by exploring their identities challenge those around them to think #outsidethebox. Watch all the Outside the Box videos now.

Two videos were produced by area schools as part of KLRU’s work with the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab.

Fix all of it from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Luisa Garcia and Karen Lopez, students at Manor High School in Manor, Texas.

What’s it like to be a female mechanic? Sofia Rodriguez is an 18-year-old Texas native who currently works at both Jiffy Lube and Dynamic Motor Repair. Working in a male-dominated field can be challenging, however, Sofia says, “bring it on.”

Gamemaker from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Patrick Cadet, Isaiah Cavanaugh, Andrew Duncan, Alyssa San Miguel, Ashley Tamez, students at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Despite what many people assume because of her gender, Jazsmin Burton enjoys coding and wants to study game design in college so she can develop games herself.

Arts In Context Shorts: Sweet Art

AICS SWEET ART ANNIE DECORATINGEach time Annie Varghese starts a new cake, she feels like it’s her first one, and she won’t stop until she reaches perfection. She found her passion for cake sculpting from baking cakes for her children’s birthdays, and now she uses traditional flavors and ingredients to transform her cakes into a limitless, fictional world. She believes that every cake is a chance to explore her imagination, and she uses clean lines and balanced color tones to add details and create larger, more extravagant cakes. Her passion shows that cake isn’t just a sweet treat but an exciting art medium.

 

Austin Revealed: Pioneers From the East – The Wong Family

Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.

In this series of Austin RevealedPioneers From the East, we profile three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area. Learn about their cultures, their histories and how living in Austin has shaped their families in these short documentaries.

The Wong Family
Growing up as part of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin, Dr. Mitchel Wong “wasn’t looking for prejudice, wasn’t looking for any animosity, and didn’t see any animosity.” In this documentary, Wong recounts his family’s immigrant history as a member of the “Pershing Chinese” and his personal journey from grocery boy to ophthalmologist.

Check out the stories of two other local families of Chinese origin, the Sing family and the Lung family.