2 Hours to the Finish Line! Help Amplify KLRU!

It’s Amplify’s Home Stretch—KLRU’s success depends on YOU!
ONLY 2 HOURS LEFT to raise $10,970 and meet our $60K goal!


You can make a difference right now! But once the clock strikes 6 p.m., no more Amplify dollars can be counted. KLRU is so thankful for all the Central Texans who helped us meet the Equistar Wealth Management match, and we know we can count on your generosity to help push KLRU the rest of the way to $60K!

Don’t forget, Google Fiber is offering a $10,000 matching grant to all participating education non-profits, like KLRU, until the very end of Amplify! Your gift to KLRU before 6 p.m. tonight equals extra dollars. Don’t let this moment slip away.

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KLRU is a window to our neighborhood and the world—from local productions to national PBS programming. KLRU broadcasts the highest quality education and news content. We entertain. We inspire. And all this content is available to everyone for free. Plus KLRU provides an important space for public voices and public interest, because we don’t have advertisers. When you Amplify KLRU right now, you give a gift to the entire Central Texas community.

Make a gift now, boost KLRU’s race to $60K, and become a public television hero. Not a bad way to end a Friday!

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Highlights March 4-10

KLRU Highlights

Little Women: A Timeless Story at 7 pm Sunday features a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming series. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the series features an all-star cast including Emily Watson, Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury.

David Suchet  returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in “The Big Four” based on the novels by Agatha Christie on Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot at 8 pm Sunday.

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966 on Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years at 10 pm Sunday.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a documentary and interactive project that explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history on Independent Lens at 8 pm Monday.

Queen Rock The World at 10 pm Monday and 7 pm Saturday features the British band playing their greatest hits in a never-before-seen film of their 1977 tour.

Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago on Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like at 7 pm Tuesday.

Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine at 8:30 pm Tuesday charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers.

Born inside a sanctuary in the wilderness of Botswana, Naledi the baby elephant loses her mother and faces the world alone on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

“Incredible Aging: Adding Life to Your Years” hosted by Meredith Vieira, sheds light on the complex and sometimes confusion information around healthy aging at 8:30 pm Wednesday.

Ireland’s Wild Coast at 10 pm Wednesday takes a personal journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Nikki Giovanni, a poet, writer, activist and educator.

In a town that epitomize Texas Bar-B-Q, Chet interviews 3 different pit masters, each with their own spin on Texas que on The Daytripper at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Zainab Salbi and guests discuss how to move forward, and dare to ask the questions others are afraid to ask on #MeeToo Now What at 7:30 pm Friday.

Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago on Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like at 8 pm Friday.

Only 10 Hours to Amplify KLRU + Google Fiber Challenge!

KLRU has just 10 hours left to reach our $60,000 goal!

Last night 229 amazing donors helped us meet our full $2,500 match from Equistar Wealth Management, raising a total of $32,942! With that, KLRU is relying on you to help us secure $27,058 more before 6 p.m. tonight

Google Fiber is offering a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations during Amplify’s 24 hours. Non-profits, like KLRU, will receive these funds on a pro-rata basis, which means the more dollars you donate, the more Google Fiber will contribute to our goal!

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With your support, the KLRU Educational Services team combines the power of national PBS youth programming with localized outreach, providing face-to-face support where it’s needed most.

Your gift today empowers KLRU to continue to provide each year:
• 2,800 parents and teachers with hands-on educational workshops
• 100 local events on civic discourse and cultural understanding
• 4,000 children with educational books and digital resources
• 80+ PBS Kids Playtime Tablets to underserved families living in Central Texas

Did you know that KLRU PBS KIDS is ranked #1 for preparing school readiness? That’s right, when you give to public television in Central Texas, the power of your dollars expands with every child that benefits from this station.

If you value what KLRU means to our community, now is the time to give. Take advantage of our Google Fiber booster funds and truly Amplify this community space.

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2 Hours to Double Your Dollars!

Amplify Austin has officially begun!
The clock is ticking. ⏰
KLRU’s goal: $60,000 in just 24 hours!

Make your gift between 6 p.m and 8 p.m. and your dollars will be doubled with a $2,500 challenge match! Equistar Wealth Management has generously put up these matching funds, effectively doubling your gift! Donate now and you’ll help KLRU raise $5,000 in just 2 hours!


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The impact of your doubled dollars is a more informed, connected community. Children watch KLRU to learn and engage in a safe setting. Others rely on the thorough, balanced reporting from our PBS news and public affairs programming. Individuals and families across Central Texas enjoy highest quality art, fascinating science discoveries and epic storytelling broadcast directly into their homes.

Your support truly allows KLRU to inspire…to educate… to thrive.

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PBS Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators

KLRU and Child Inc. partnered together to hold our first ever PBS Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators, Saturday, February 17th from 10am to 2pm. We were thrilled that 125 registrants participated when we had planned for 80!

This free “unconference” provided educators who work with children in child care centers, homes, head start classrooms, and school districts with a space to share, collaborate and learn from each other while fostering a sense of community.

Participants proposed topics they wanted to discuss or learn more about, built the agenda and then chose sessions to attend based on their interests and experiences. PBS Education and Edcamp staff were on hand to guide the participants through the process.

Participants were able to connect with colleagues facing similar challenges, learn new tips, share ideas, and in some cases, relate emotional experiences.

One participant said, “I thought this Edcamp was really valuable. When I came, my expectation was to get more ideas or listen to the facilitator or the presenter … but I got most of my ideas and things that I’m going to take back to my program from listening to the professionals that were right there in the room with me…This is the first time that I have ever been to a workshop like this — where they listen to US!”

KLRU and PBS will be offering a “lite” Edcamp during SXSWedu on March 6th from noon-5pm! Contact Mary Alice Appleman, 512-475-9051 for more information.

You Amplify KLRU!

Our goal is 100 Scheduled Donations—make your Amplify gift before March

Amplify Austin is ONE WEEK away! Can we count on you to invest in our community?

KLRU’s goal is to receive 100 scheduled donations before March 1—so far, we have only 25. You can help us get the 75 more we need! If we reach the most scheduled gifts before March 1, your only community-supported public television station will be awarded a $5,000 booster prize! Schedule your donation today and kick-start our progress toward our $60,000 Amplify goal!

Your support allows KLRU to bring vital educational content and community services to Central Texas. Here is a snapshot of what your dollars do everyday:

$50 – 1 hour of PBS Kids programming, like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad

$150 – 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening in libraries and other community spots

$250 – ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming, like PBS Newshour and Frontline

$500 – 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a local summer STEM program

$1,000 – 1 hour of arts and cultural programming, like Masterpiece and Great Performances

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You have just 24 hours—from 6 p.m. March 1 to 6 p.m. March 2—to make a difference in the lives of all Central Texans. Your gift ensures that KLRU can continue to bring quality educational programming to all of your family, friends and neighbors.

Highlights Feb. 25- March 3

KLRU Highlights

Victoria and Albert deal with their worst nightmare as parents on Victoria Season 2 On Masterpiece The Luxury Of Conscience at 7 pm Sunday.

Albert is intent on re-creating the Christmastime joy he remembers from his youth on Victoria Season 2 On Masterpiece Comfort And Joy at 8 pm Sunday.

KLRU’s Decibel at 6 pm and 9:30 pm Sunday and 11 pm Tuesday looks at the surge of women running in the 2018 election, the search for solutions to the opioid epidemic in Texas and the healing power of hugs.

Trace the history of Baltimore through this provocative film that uses the rat to chronicle the systemized oppression in impoverished communities on Independent Lens Rat Film at 9 pm Monday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize at 10 pm Monday.

Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy cross party lines to ask what ideals we share on American Creed at 7 pm Tuesday.

See part two of a special series about how two rivals have plunged the Middle East into sectarian war on Frontline Bitter Rivals: Iran And Saudi Arabia at 8 pm Tuesday.

Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter on Nature Snowbound at 7 pm Wednesday.

Discover how predictions underpin nearly every aspect of our lives and why some succeed spectacularly while others fail on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

The Singularity: Will We Survive Our Technology? at 9 pm Wednesday is a compelling documentary, exploring the impact of rapid-fire technological advances on humanity.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon Ms. Lauryn Hill  on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father, author, and a Constitutional Rights Advocate.

New series! SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. The show airs Thursdays at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to a small town in the shadow of Houston to explore a living history park full of reenactors and a local swamp full of alligators on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

In the current moment, when sexual harassment is at the forefront of the national conversation, Metoo, Now What? at 7:30 pm Friday aims to take the discussion to another level, engaging both women and men  from all generations and walks of life in dialogue about these difficult issues.

Frontline at 8 pm Friday explores how Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades.

Grab a bit of history for your rose garden and tour a romantic garden carved into flooding terrain on Central Teas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor an hour with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum Southern country rock act Zac Brown Band on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966 on Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years at 8:30 pm Saturday.

SXSW Edu Conference & Festival 3/5 to 3/8

KLRU is proud to support SXSW Edu Conference & Festival, taking place March 5 to 8 at the Austin Convention Center. This year’s opening keynote features storytelling phenomenon and renowned podcast, The Moth, with a dynamic storytelling showcase featuring educators and their teaching journeys – inside and outside the classroom.

Other keynotes include researcher and media literacy expert Dr. danah boyd with What Hath We Wrought? and Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, with WE over Me: From College to MovementRegister today.

PBS will also be in attendance with the PBS Teachers’ Lounge all days of the festival from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 13AB. There you’ll be able to fuel-up with fresh-brewed coffee. Connect with peers and explore ways PBS can support your heroic work in the classroom.

KLRU and PBS serve teachers by providing quality resources to amplify and extend instruction. KLRU serves the Central Texas community providing teachers with free, trustworthy, standards-aligned resources that can engage learners in class, at home, and on the go. To learn more go to klru.org/education.

Picnic & more on this week’s Q Night at the Movies 2/24

Our Q Night at the Movies feature film for Feb. 24th is Picnic! Here is the complete lineup:

7 pm Science Goes To The Movies – The Drama Of Space Travel
Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. Guests are drawn from different scientific disciplines, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films like Interstellar, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Into the Woods, and more.

7:30  pm On Story – John Patrick Shanley: Writing For The Stage And Screen

8 pm Picnic
A handsome drifter (William Holden) provokes explosive emotions in citizens (Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell) of a small Kansas town at a Labor Day festival. Based on William Inge’s play.

9:55  pm Hollywood Idols – William Holden: The Golden Boy
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.

10:25  pm Variety Studio: Actors On Actors

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 & BGCAA: Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp

KLRU and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area joined forces to offer a fun 4-day Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp for 10 kids ages 5-8 at Meadowbrook Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) club. The children learned about science through hands-on projects, digital games, and videos that revolve around one of our favorite PBS KIDS characters, Ruff Ruffman. The kids learned to think like scientists as they engaged in the engineering design process which focuses on identifying real-world problems and designing solutions.

It’s great to be able to listen to the children’s perspective on their camp experience. Brittany Gant, the Boys & Girls Clubs STEM Coordinator, came up with the idea of having the kids vlog.  She wanted them to be comfortable when talking about what they learned. Brittany explains that she “allowed club members to be in their element, technology based social media, and integrate it with what they were learning at the Ruff Ruffman camp so that they could connect it to their lives in a meaningful way.”

We asked three 8 year old girls about their science camp experience. Meet Karlee, Ferrah, and Brooklyn! Watch the video above to hear them talking about the camp!

Both Ferrah and Brooklyn mentioned that the camp reinforced their strong work ethic and helped them learn the value of persistence, two important life skills that will serve them into adulthood. Ferrah later shared with KLRU that she learned to plan before creating something new.  Karlee valued the opportunity to work in small groups to collaborate and problem-solve as a team.

In a moment of self-awareness, Ferrah acknowledged her inquisitive nature and her ability to use her imagination to be innovative.  Brooklyn revealed her aptitude for resolving investigations.

The camp revolves around the PBS KIDS character, Ruff Ruffman, and as Ferrah excitedly shared, “he is a great scientist!” Brooklyn points out that he is very knowledgeable. It’s wonderful that these kids now have a role model. Perhaps they will be inspired to follow in his footsteps and become scientists themselves!

As the KLRU Project Director for Ready to Learn, I was present at the camp and was particularly impressed by Ferrah. I asked Lauren Jarvis, the Club Director, to tell me more about her.  Lauren shared that Ferrah “really likes doing new things” and “likes everything science and technology.” Even though she is only 8 years old, Ferrah participates in Google’s CS First, a computer science program designed for 9 to 14 year old children.  Lauren has observed that she completes the lessons and understands the material and the processes being used. Ferrah also participates in Hour of Code alongside her friends, Karlee and Brooklyn. Ferrah is also very creative and artistic. Lauren thinks that “she is very special and has a bright future ahead of her.”  Here at KLRU, we couldn’t agree more! It is our hope to continue to support children like Ferrah to be successful in school and life.

The Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp is part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.  Our Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project brings RTL science and literacy content to children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households.  KLRU partners with local community organizations to host camps and workshops at their sites. Our partners are Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.

Please visit the PBS Learning Media Ready to Learn portal to learn more about this initiative and to access resources for families and educators.