KLRU is thankful for YOU


Thanksgiving… a day full of good food, great company and maybe even a little football. But it’s also a day to reflect on what we’re grateful for… and KLRU cannot emphasize enough how sincerely grateful we are for YOU!

As we jump into the holiday season, and our Winter Fund Drive, we’re thankful that your thoughtful feedback and support enables KLRU to keep more of your regular schedule on-air, with fewer interruptions, during fundraising drives.

And with just 2 weeks to raise $220,000, will you share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a gift to show us how grateful you are for KLRU’s commitment to local productions, community outreach, and unrivaled television that entertains, educates and inspires?

During this season of gathering together… eating Thanksgiving dinner together, watching PBS together—YOU have the power to ensure that KLRU will always be a gathering place for your community.

Thank you for giving generously. 

Highlights Nov. 27-Dec. 3

KLRU Highlights

Rick Steves’ Guide To Cuba at 7 pm and 11 pm Sunday and 10 pm Thursday showcases the well-preserved colonial town of Trinidad and the verdant national park at Vinales, featuring scenic horse rides and rustic tobacco farms.

An enraged mob threatens George and Elizabeth, and Ross and Demelza confront their demons on the new episode of Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies on Great Performances Sunday at 9 pm and Thursday at 8 pm.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Experience the concert film on Last Waltz Monday at 8 pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made – as well as the obstacles that remain, this week on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Get an all-access pass to the seminal moments in recorded music with this compilation special with Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltrey, Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Niles Rogers and more on this weeks episode of Great Moments from Soundbreaking Tuesday at 9:45 pm.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before and for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. Catch the Super Hummingbirds Wednesday on Nature at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius on Genius at 8:30 pm on Wednesday.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird,” Thursday at 7 pm on The Daytripper.

Great Performances follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it this Friday at 8 pm.

On Last Of The Breed, savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price. The treasure trove of honky-tonk hits and Texas swing tunes turned the album Last of the Breed into a major-selling hit on Friday at 10 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage on I Miss Downton Abbey! Saturday at 9:30 pm.

MY MUSIC Presents The Carpenters: Close to You, a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business airing Saturday at 11 pm.

Schedule your #GivingTuesday donation today!

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You can redefine the giving spirit this season by joining #YourKLRU on Tuesday, November 29th for #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday brings together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things. Help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

And you don’t have to wait until November 29th to give! Schedule your donation now on the form below and we’ll process your gift at 3am on #GivingTuesday. Your gift will go a long way in helping reach our $30,000 goal!

Help put YOUR community-supported public television station on the map as a shining example of Central Texas generosity. Everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community -allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

2016 Austin City Limits / KLRU Holiday Gift Fair 12/6


Get yourself or your loved ones a special Austin City Limits holiday ornament, limited edition poster, t-shirt or one of the many other items available for purchase at our annual Holiday Sale, free and open to the public from 5:30-8pm!

Free beverages from Shiner, Texas Coffee Traders and more! Enjoy live music from Ama and a solo performance by Lauren Burton of Lola Tried.

This special event will feature a silent auction of one of the retired audio boards from legendary Studio 6A. This Yamaha PM3500M was used as the monitor board for most Austin City Limits tapings from 2006-2010 and for all other music events in the studio from 2006-2016. We will also auction a few more classic 80s and 90s amplifiers from our backline. Take a piece of Austin music history home with you!

5:30pm doors open
5:40pm Lauren Burton
6:35pm Ama (solo)
7:10pm Ama (full band)

Lauren Burton:
Lauren Burton currently leads four-piece rock n’ roll band Lola Tried, who will soon release a new EP.  Their song, “Blue and Green,” was a KUTX Song of the Day earlier this year. You may have seen this singer/songwriter perform solo or in her former project, Wicker.

Ama is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Austin that Blair Robbins started with the help of her friends as a vehicle for her songwriting. With a live lineup featuring Ray Garza on bass, Evan Kaspar on drums, and Alex Peterson on guitar, Ama achieves new nuance and dynamic, moving between doubt/certainty, tension/release, and melody/ambience.

Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Meet the Patels 12/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Meet the Patels. This free event takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

meet-the-patelsRavi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents’ wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life — love.

We’ll have guests from Indie Meme at the event to talk about that group’s work showcasing the best of South Asian indie cinema. They will be screening the film Island City on Dec. 4th at  Southwest Theaters in Austin. Get more details about that event

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody kicks off KLRU’s 2016 Winter Fund Drive

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KLRU has some amazing programming lined up for our Winter Fund Drive. Starting us out is Lang Lang Live from Lincoln Center. This young man has built an enviable classical career and keeps surprising audiences with his energy and expertise on the piano.

Before tuning in, why not see how much you know about Lang Lang? Take our quiz and test your knowledge!

Highlights Nov. 20-26

KLRU Highlights

Big plans are afoot, but the Durrells can’t decide whether to proceed on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Saturday.

Elizabeth postpones a big event and Demelza toys with temptation on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

Aafrin tries to stop Alice and Charlie from leaving for England, but a fateful roadblock awaits on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers on the multi-part series Soundbreaking. Meet the pioneers of hip hop and explore how sampling created a new genre of music that took over the world; including Public Enemy, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Beck and more, Monday at 9 pm. Trace the rise of MTV and see how music videos transformed our experience of music on Tuesday at 9 pm. From LPs to cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s, discover how listening formats determine how and where we listen to the music we love on Wednesday at 9 pm.

In Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss on Arts In Context at 10 pm Monday.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Experience their story on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape and equality, speaking with Eric Holder, Shonda Rhimes and DeRay McKesson  Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Tuesday at 7 pm.

Explore what happened to the USS Oklahoma and hear stories from Oklahoma survivors and families of those lost on Pearl Harbor USS Oklahoma at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona as state-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack on Pearl Harbor Into The Arizona Wednesday at 8 pm.

Enjoy the best performances from the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony including Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Billy Bragg on ACL Presents Americana Music Festival Wednesday at 10 pm.

Savor a new adaptation of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew, played by Martin Sheen on Anne of Green Gables Thursday at 7 pm.

Enjoy an adaptation of the children’s classic novel Pollyanna, about the young orphan whose effortless charm captures the hearts of family, friends and strangers alike on Pollyanna at 8:30 on Thursday.

Chet visits Conroe, TX, a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag on this episode of The Daytripper Thursday at 10:30 pm.

Watch as internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang performs a love letter to New York in this Live From Lincoln Center special on Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody Friday at 8 pm.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Experience the concert film on Last Waltz Friday at 9:30 pm.

At the Arnosky Family Farms near Blanco, meet Pamela and Frank Arnosky who restored the Texas cut flower industry on Central Texas Gardener Saturday at noon.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow Saturday at 7 pm.

From the late 1940s ’til the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” This installment in the MY MUSIC series presents classic song performances from 1963-1968. Watch The Beatles, The Doors, and more on Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics Saturday at 10 pm.

Austin Revealed: Food As Community


Food brings people and communities together and as part of a new Austin Revealed series, we set out to bring you the stories behind some Austin immigrants and how they have built unconventional families and communities using cuisine from their homeland.

Taste of Ethiopia

Woinee always wanted to open up a restaurant, but she had no idea it would be in Texas, or that it would end up serving a host of local families who have adopted children from Ethiopia. Now Woinee’s dream is helping dozens of children discover—and taste—their heritage and culture.

In this explainer, learn about injera—a staple item of Ethiopian cuisine—and how to make it.

Peace Bakery & Deli

Nuha says that while she was never treated differently in her small east Texas town, she felt wearing her hijab set her apart, making her stand out. But after opening her first restaurant, her culture has only helped her connect with more and more people from a variety of backgrounds.

Tropicana Cuban Cafe

Enrique Reyes spent his childhood helping in his family’s bakeries and restaurants in Miami, so it’s little wonder he set up shop when he moved to Texas. What is surprising is what happens when the kitchen closes and the floor opens up. Tropicana transforms into a dance hall, where a particular Cuban style of salsa is taught—after some Cuban coffee, of course.

Get a little boost with this explainer on Cuban cafécitos, a caffeinated treat that’s different from your regular espresso shot.

Little Mama’s Authentic Filipino Cuisine

Nita and Joanna have always been close, but after opening up a restaurant featuring food from her mom’s home country, the two have become even tighter knit. It’s become a way to share a future together and reflect on a past that stretches back to Spanish colonization.

You’ve probably never had dessert like this before! In this explainer learn about some of the most popular Filipino desserts.

Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

With start times as early as 6 a.m., it’s hard to be a soccer fan living in central time zone. So what is it that pulls these fans out of bed and into the pub? A sense of community. Owner Alfredo Cedrone modeled the bar off locations in his native Scotland, where pubs aren’t just where you watch the match—it’s where the local community gathers.

Roland’s Soul Food & Fish

Austin Revealed went live on Facebook for lunch from Roland’s Soul Food & Fish. We tried different dishes from pork chops to fried catfish and bbq to oxtails. Experience it with us in the video below.

What restaurants make you feel like you’re home?

In the studio: Thomas Haden Church tapes Overheard 11/17


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Thomas Haden Church on November 17 at 1:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 12:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Thomas Haden Church is an actor who first gained attention for six seasons on NBC’s sitcom Wings, followed by two seasons starring opposite Debra Messing on Fox’s Ned & Stacey.

Other film and television rolls have included parts in Spider-Man 3, Easy A and most recently the HBO TV series Divorce.

Church won an Academy Award for his role in Alexander Payne’s 2004 film Sideways.

Thursday, November 17 at 1:45pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 12:45pm
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 Thomas HadenChurch. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Be extraordinary this #GivingTuesday – Schedule your donation today!

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Join KLRU on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 for #Giving Tuesday. Help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

#GivingTuesday brings together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things. Unite with KLRU this #GivingTuesday by donating to your only community-supported public television station. You can redefine the giving spirit this season by helping KLRU reach our $30,000 goal! Here’s how:

  1. Save the Date to GIVE! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 29th to donate online at klru.org to help us reach our $30,000 goal. Add it to your google calendar as a reminder or get updates through our Facebook event! Don’t want to wait? Schedule your donation today! 
  2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join KLRU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – be sure to retweet, reshare and regram our posts with #yourklru and #GivingTuesday. Your shares will boost KLRU’s visibility and help drive more donations!
  3. Does your business want to get involved? Consider becoming a business partner and providing generous matching support for #GivingTuesday! KLRU will post your company’s logo and message your matching contribution by email and social media. Email me at swinslow@klru.org for more information.

Viewers like you serve the BIGGEST IMPACT on #GivingTuesday. Help put YOUR COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED public television station on the map as a shining example of Central Texas generosity. Everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community, allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.