2x Challenge Alert: This news matters!

These days, as big events, big changes and big issues come at us fast, the trusted sources of news you find on KLRU take on even more value and importance.

PBS NewsHourFRONTLINE and Washington Week in Review offer the kind of reliable reporting and analysis you need – thoughtful, thorough, civil and TRUSTED.

At a time when the future of federal funding is in real danger, YOUR viewer support is absolutely vital! And longtime KLRU supporters Lonnie and Polly Cooper couldn’t agree more.

“In a mounting world of noise and political agendas, KLRU and PBS is one of the only media outlets that earns our trust and appreciation each and every day. It’s important to us that PBS presents a multitude of perspectives on a viewpoint, issue or event in history.”

This is why Lonnie and Polly Cooper are committed to making a big impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving with a $15,000 challenge match to the Central Texas community. For every dollar received today, the Coopers will contribute the same amount up to $15,000, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $30,000 (that’s halfway to our $60,000 goal)!

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Your ongoing monthly gift or one-time contribution will help ensure that the funding for this essential news coverage stays strong:

$20/month or $250 donation = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$40/month or $500 donation = 1 hour of trusted public affairs programming
$80/month or $1,000 donation = 2 hours of trusted public affairs programming

There’s simply no substitute for the independent, public mission that stands behind our commitment to bring the best in news and public affairs.

And there’s no substitute for YOU in this mission. YOU make these essential programs possible.

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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24 hours to make an impact!

You have 24 hours to make an impact starting tonight at midnight!

Over the past several drives you’ve allowed KLRU to shorten the amount of hours spent fundraising on-air, giving you back more of the programs you love. And this August we’re doing it again by cutting a full week off the on-air drive! But we need your support to make it happen…

KLRU has just 24 hours to raise $60,000! August 1st begins KLRU’s Day of Giving and I’m officially challenging you to make an impact by making a donation.

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And the best way to accept this challenge is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and will make a lasting difference in your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Giving Day only gifts! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before they run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

The future of KLRU and its public mission belong to you. Please show your support for the programs you love on KLRU now with your contribution.

Highlights July 30 to Aug 5

KLRU Highlights

Airing live with hosts Martin and Chris Kratt, Wild Alaska Live at 7 pm Sunday will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast. This will air on both KLRU and KLRU PBS Kids at 7 pm Sunday.

Sidney, Geordie, Leonard and Mrs. Maguire all take steps in a new direction on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Find out what happened to Isha and Dorothea and why the police are questioning Tom on Remember Me at 9 pm Sunday.

POV Memories Of A Penitent Heart at 9 pm Monday follows filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s investigation-both a love story and a tribute-of a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death during a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin.

Boys Of ’36: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Travel with photographer Joel Sartore as he adds vibrant insects to his Photo Ark collection and searches for larger animals in Budapest and Prague on Rare – Creatures Of The Photo Ark at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday examines The Vaccine War, which is pitting the scientific establishment against a populist coalition of parents, celebrities, and activists.

Emmy award winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast on Ireland’s Wild Coast at 7 pm Wednesday.

Evidence discovered in the world’s highest tombs reveals ancient rituals and beliefs on Nova Secrets of the Sky Tombs at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Margaret Atwood is an award-­winning author.

Chet visits Palestine and Blanco on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Karl wonders if he’s being threatened and Elise and Eryka cross the line, but they could live to regret it on back-to-back episodes of Tunnel: Sabotage at 9 pm Thursday.

Join the four remaining bakers in the semi-final as they bash and fold pastry to achieve perfect lamination on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday. Then at 9 pm, find out who will be crowned the winner after the finalists wrestle with meringues.

Dynamic author Ann McCormick spices things up with herbs and gardeners recycle scavenges for art on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Noir rock hits ACL with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Tunnel: Sabotage back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

Quick. Easy. Take the challenge today!

We’re 5 days in and already halfway to our goal! Will you step up and take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge today?

With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everything KLRU does counts even more on community support.

Help us meet the Sustainer Challenge goal of 200 Sustainers by August 11th to keep this irreplaceable service strong and thriving.

Our form makes it quick and easy!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Your generous support now will return to you over and over, every time you turn to KLRU.

Science Night July 26

Airing live with hosts Martin and Chris Kratt, Wild Alaska Live at 7 pm Wednesday will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast.

Witness the perilous journey of thousands zebra who face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they brave a brutal Botswana wilderness on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species on NOVA Wild Ways at 9 pm Wednesday.

Swim Team preview screening 8/21

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Swim Team from the documentary series POVThe screening is free with an RSVP and takes place Aug. 21st at 7 pm at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Swim Team
August 21st – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – October 2nd
Filmmaker – Lara Stolman
RSVP FOR AUGUST 21st

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).
Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

 

Highlights July 23 to 29

KLRU Highlights

Airing live with hosts Martin and Chris Kratt, Wild Alaska Live at 7 pm Sunday will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast. Tune in Wednesday at 7 pm for part two of this live event.

Amanda gives Sidney an ultimatum on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

See how Hannah’s nightmares about water and drowning foreshadow events on Remember Me at 9 pm Sunday.

A donated violin forges an unexpected friendship between Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and Bronx schoolgirl Brianna Perez on POV Joe’s Violin / Shalom Italia at 9 pm Monday.

View a complex portrait of the notorious Haight-Ashbury event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement on American Experience Summer Of Love at 7 pm Tuesday.

Journey with Joel Sartore in Spain, where he photographs the alluring Iberian lynx, and to China to film the Yangtze giant softshell turtle on Rare – Creatures Of The Photo Ark at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria on Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections.

Witness the perilous journey of thousands zebra who face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they brave a brutal Botswana wilderness on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species on NOVA Wild Ways at 9 pm Wednesday.

Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to the Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features David Brown, a thirty-three-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.

Chet visits San Antonio and Austin in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Witness Elise’s struggle to face her past, while an unexpected revelation threatens to turn Karl’s life upside down on Tunnel: Sabotage. Back-to-back episodes air starting at 9 pm Thursday.

Follow the five remaining bakers as they attempt to re-create dishes fit for the Tudors on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Meet a 9th-grader growing food for the hungry and a Vietnamese immigrant in her culinary garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Tunnel: Sabotage back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

Are you ready to take the Sustainer Challenge?

Want to watch more of your favorite KLRU and PBS programs this August? Then take the Sustainer Challenge today!

Over the past several drives you’ve allowed KLRU to cut down our on-air fundraising, giving you back more of the programs you love. And this August we’re doing it again by cutting a full week off the on-air drive! But in return, KLRU must get 200 new Sustaining Members by August 11th.

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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Now more than ever, it’s important to support public media. If you love PBS and want more of your dollars going directly to quality educational programming and vital community services for Central Texans, take the Sustainer Challenge right now!

When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Will you be one of the 200 essential donors that joins the ranks of public television sustaining members by taking the Sustainer Challenge today?