Travel with intention: Win this Rick Steves how-to guide!

Get tips on how to get more out of your next international trip!

KLRU is giving away a copy of Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act, a guide which The Society of American Travel Writers named “Travel Book of the Year.” Rick Steves shares his decades of world-wandering experience, providing lessons on how to “sightsee with an edge” as he reflects on deeply integrating, learning and connecting while out of his comfort zone.

Tonight on KLRU, travel to Germany and learn more about Martin Luther, no stranger to political acts himself. Tune into Rick Steves’ Special: Luther and The Reformation at 10:30 p.m.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite travel destination—whether it’s a place you’ve been or want to go to—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

See Broadway in Austin: BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical!

Don’t miss your chance to see the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom!

Donate $250 today
and we’ll thank you with a pair of tickets to the opening night of Beautiful at Bass Concert Hall on March 21st at 8pm.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL, the musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

Tickets are limited so you won’t want to miss this joyous celebration about the life and career of Carole King…you’ll see how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Giancarlo Esposito & Timothy Simons 3/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for back-to-back interviews with Giancarlo Esposito and Timothy Simons on March 14 at 11:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 11:15 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

giancarlo esposito Giancarlo Esposito is an Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Gustavo “Gus” Fring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Esposito’s film and television credits also include The Usual Suspects, The Jungle Book and Revolution. He won the 2012 Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of “Gus” in Breaking Bad.

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Timothy Simons is an actor, comedian and writer who is best known for his work on HBO’s television series Veep. His role in the series has gained him both an EWwy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He has also appeared in the films The Interview, Christine and most recently Gold.

Tuesday, March 14 at 11:30 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 11:15 a.m.
RSVP
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 Giancarlo Esposito and Timothy Simons. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Science Night Mar. 15

Science Night check off list: Cats, Origami, Europe. This week, take a look at a variety of topics, including the evolution of some of the fastest species, into our favorite domesticated cat that we know and love. Then, we see how the ancient paper folding craft is being used for science and technology advancement. Finally, end the night with Rick Steves as he takes you on a European Journey.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats. Watch The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. Watch The Origami Revolution at 8:00 pm.

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, RICK STEVES SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures, airing at 10:00 pm.

 

Highlights March 12-18

KLRU Highlights

GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more, airing Sunday night at 7:00 pm.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. Amid the upheaval the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother’s mysterious death. Doctor Blake Mysteries airs Sunday at 9:00 pm and again Thursday night at 8:30 pm.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes, on Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30, airing at 10:30 pm Sunday night.

The series, Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as a guide, host Jonathan Phillips traces the life of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection. Watch the first episode of the series Monday at 8:00 pm.

Meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. Journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten and on the brink of death. The second episode of Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine begins Monday at 9:00 pm.

In RICK STEVES SPECIAL: LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION, travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. This episode airs at 10:30 pm Monday night.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Cactus Jack airs at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. Maya Angelou: American Masters airs Tuesday at 8:30 pm.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats. Watch The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa, beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. Watch The Origami Revolution Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, RICK STEVES SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures, airing Wednesday at 10:00 pm.

Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. She has won three Grammy awards, including one for Song of the Year for her hit “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s new album, titled “Colvin & Earle”, was released last month. Watch Colvin on Overheard With Evan Smith, Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers. He starts at the oldest bakery in Texas and then heads to a museum and learns why the Germans picked this area, on The Daytripper, airing at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Placido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square. Il Volo pays tribute to the Three Tenors with songs in true operatic style. Il Volo Notte Magica airs at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last Of The Breed, airing Friday night at 8:00 pm.

Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host This Land Is Your Land, airing at 9:30 pm Friday.

Low Phone Battery? Let KLRU give you a boost!

KLRU is giving away PBS NewsHour Weekend Jolt Triangle Suction Chargers— perfect for giving your smartphone a boost on the go. Never be stuck with a dead phone again!

What does it do?
• Provides a 2,200 mAh charge when plugged into your smartphone
• Functions as a phone stand
• Includes a USB to Micro USB cable which can be used to recharge the power bank
• Shows off your PBS love

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, simply share something you love about KLRU. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Your gift to KLRU now has twice the power

Lonnie & Polly Cooper, longtime supporters of KLRU, challenge you to support KLRU. In their own words, here’s why:

I’ve been asked many times why I believe in KLRU and the power of public television. My strong support for KLRU can be summed up in just a few words: constant, reliable and trustworthy.

KLRU & PBS allow us the opportunity to see the world from an honest perspective, presenting a multitude of viewpoints in their programming. I’m reminded of what I saw the first time I watched Sesame Street… I saw different types of people that did not always agree, but accepted each other for who they were and never stopped loving them. Without PBS, my family and I would likely not have the same understanding of the importance of diversity and positive conflict resolution.

This is why my wife, Polly, and I are pleased to present KLRU with a $10,000 matching gift promise and challenge YOU to support quality public television in Central Texas. Your gift of any amount will have twice the power to build a more informed, connected and educated community thanks to this dollar for dollar match.

KLRU is a promise. The good kind. When I turn on KLRU, there has never been a time that I’ve had to ask myself, is this something I can watch with my family?

Won’t you join us in helping ensure this promise remains for years to come?

Sincerely,
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Lonnie & Polly Cooper
Longtime Supporters of KLRU

Wanna monkey around this spring? Win a Family 4 Pack to the Austin Zoo!

Engage with KLRU to win passes to Austin Zoo! 

KLRU airs Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries tonight at 7 p.m. This groundbreaking production sent spycams disguised as animatronic animals into natural animal habitats. The intimately recorded videos show behaviors in the wild that are rarely observed. Luckily, Austin has a zoo where you can watch a wide variety of wildlife up close and we want to send one lucky family of four to check it out.

Austin Zoo’s main mission is to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need. Located on the southwest edge of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is at the gateway of the Hill Country. Enjoy educational zookeeper talks and see remarkable animals, such as lions and tigers and bears! Between taking in the many creatures and the beautiful scenery, you can even settle down for a nice meal as outside picnics are welcome.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win an Austin Zoo Family 4 Pack. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, share a “SPY IN THE WILD” photo. Maybe your dog is hiding in some bluebonnets? Maybe you’ve spotted a bird with your binoculars and you’re not afraid to selfie that moment? 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Chuck Todd 3/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Chuck Todd on March 14 at 10:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

ChuckToddcrop Chuck Todd is the moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. He is also an on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and TODAY and serves as MSNBC’s go-to for all aspects of the network’s political coverage. In 2005 and 2009 Todd was named one of the Washingtonian’s Best Of Journalists. He has won numerous Emmy Awards for his reporting while at NBC.

Tuesday, March 14 at 10:15 a.m.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 9:45 a.m.
RSVP
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 Chuck Todd. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Indie Lens Pop-Up screening: The Bad Kids 3/7

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

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Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It’s their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combatting the crippling effects of poverty.

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.