⌚ Been waiting long? Last chance to support #YourKLRU!

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Over 750 Central Texans have stepped up to support KLRU’s transformational second annual online giving drive and helped raise over $89,000 in just 4 days! But we still have $11,000 to raise to meet our goal! And we can’t do it without YOU!

What’s more is that we have a really fun giveaway to encourage YOU to make that gift of support now! James Taylor & His All-Star Band is coming to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday June 22nd at 8:30pm and we want YOU to be there! Donate any amount until midnight tonight to be entered into a giveaway for 2 tickets!

So far, you’ve been able to help us meet over $23,000 in challenge matches and raise over $2,700 for Overheard with Evan Smith, $100 for PBS Kids programming, $1,100 for Central Texas Gardener and $290 for NEXT, KLRU’s Young Professionals group.

With less than 12 hours to go, this is your last chance to show your support for more programs and fewer interruptions! Can I count on you to get us to our $100,000 goal by midnight tonight?

Highlights June 12-18

KLRU Highlights

In three back-to-back episodes of Crimson Field Sunday at 7 pm, Joan finds herself in trouble as soldiers return home. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient calls everyone’s loyalties into question. Later, a series of events draw Joan into danger, risking her job and maybe her life. Joan’s actions have her facing a lifetime in prison, and Kitty’s wracked with guilt.

On Monday at 9 pm, follow the story of Pam White, 61, after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. POVThe Genius of Marian” tells a complex story of White and her family as they struggle to come to terms of the disease.

Next at 10:30 pm Monday, follow Sharon Marroquin, am Award-winning dancer and choreographer, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Arts In ContextHold My Hand,” shows Marroquin’s use of art as an expression of her personal struggle and her relation between the choreographer and the dancer.

On Tuesday, don’t miss as genealogists travel to iconic Faneuil Hall to explore the mysteries related to the Salem Witch Trials, orphan trains, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and the small pox epidemic. And later, the genealogist research a link to the founders of Boston. Watch at 7 pm on Genealogy Roadshow.

Following at 8 pm Tuesday, The Draft tells the story of how one controversial issue continues to define a nation. This episode features interviews with people who fought the draft, supported it and lived through its realities.

On Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday, follow the inside politics of America’s gun debate. Join veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk as he investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation. Watch at 9 pm.

On this special of Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now at 10 pm Tuesday, re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. At 10 pm, explore how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

At 10:30 pm Tuesday, join volunteer retirees from Georgetown, Texas as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood Army base. In Operation Appreciation, the viewers will also hear from the troops that receive the treats, and find out how the kindness of strangers affects them.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts on June 15 as they travel to Monterey Bay, California on an episode of Best of Big Blue Live. Tune in at 7 pm Wednesday to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

In exclusive coverage, follow a camera crew and a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. On NOVA Deadliest Earthquakes at 8 pm Wednesday, it is a race against time as they hunt for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake. Tune in at 8 pm.

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. On  Life on Fire Phoenix Temple at 9 pm Wednesday discover how in this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Next at 10 pm, don’t miss an encore episode of Austin City Limits with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. Catch this episode again on Wednesday at 9 pm.

On Thursday, Tom Hayden sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Hayden, an anti-war activist and author, is best know for speaking out on the Vietnam War and served 18 years on the California legislature. Today, he is a member of the editorial board and a columnist at The Nation and is Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California.

After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old boy in Austin, Texas writes and produces a play from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who plays his mother on stage deepens, he changes his perception of who he thought his father was and the preconceptions of who he thought his mother was. Watch at 7:30 pm.

At 8 pm Thursday on Juneteenth Jamboree learn how history can connect communities and families in a celebration of Texas’ African American heritage.

Join Chet on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday as he travels to Corpus Christi, Texas to tour an aircraft carrier, walk around Columbus’s ships and learn about Texas’s one-of-a-kind surfing culture.

On this highly anticipated show, George Michael: Live In London, don’t miss Michael perform his hit tracks “Father Figure,” “Faith,” “Amazing,” and “Freedom 90.” Watch on Friday at 8 pm.

Friday at 10 pm, rock out with U.K. rockers alt-J performed an intense, moody set at Los Angeles’s Hollywood American Legion for an episode of Live from the Artist Den. The group offered up 18 songs to a crowd of 550 invited guests, veering between its eclectic new album, This Is All Yours, and its 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave.

On Saturday at noon, dial up your pictures for good shots and polishing effects on an episode of Central Texas Gardener.

Austin City Limits welcomes Australian rock group Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to stage has they perform hits across their 30-year career. Tune in at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night 6/15

Endangered ecosystems, earthquakes and volcanos oh my! Join KLRU on Science Night for a lineup of three back-to-back special programs starting at 7 pm.

Best of Big Blue Liveairs at 7 pm 

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

NOVADeadliest Earthquakes‘ – airs at 8 pm

In exclusive coverage, a NOVA camera crew follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. In a coastal town devastated by the rushing wave, NOVA follows a team of geologists as they battle aftershocks to measure the displacement caused by the earthquake. Could their work, and the work of geologists at earthquake hot-spots around the U.S., one day lead to a breakthrough in predicting quakes before they happen? NOVA investigates new leads in its investigation of a deadly scientific conundrum.

Life On FirePhoenix Temple‘ – airs at 9 pm 

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Meet the Match with Happy Little Trees! 🌳

Shape the Future of #YourKLRU

It’s time to give to Shape the Future of #YourKLRU!

Hi, I’m certainly glad you could join us today.

Are you ready to do a fantastic little painting? Good! I’ll tell you what, let’s get started!

We’re 4 days into our online drive and thanks to YOU, we’ve raised over $70,000, but we still need to raise another $1,000 to meet the $10,000 challenge match from Lonnie & Polly Cooper. When we meet the match, that will put us less than $20,000 from our goal!

On The Joy of Painting, Bob Ross let’s you decide how many happy little trees to paint and where to put them on your canvas. The same goes for KLRU’s second annual online giving drive…YOU decide how much to give and what programs you’d like to support!

With less than 48 hours to meet our $100,000 goal, can we count on you to make broad, bold brushstrokes to help Shape the Future of #YourKLRU?

From all of us here…happy painting! 🎨

PS – See how easy that is…you can do it! And when you do, be sure to donate $60 or more (or become a sustaining member of $5 or more a month) to receive instant access to KLRU Passport, our newest on-demand member benefit that allows you to stream even more of your favorite KLRU and PBS programs

Twice as nice for #YourKLRU!

Shape the Future of #YourKLRU

Double your donation in support of more programs and fewer interruptions!

Three days in and we’ve already raised over $32,000 during our second annual online giving drive! And thanks to Lonnie and Polly Cooper, our $100,000 goal is within reach!

When asked why he and his wife feel so strongly about supporting KLRU, Lonnie said “It’s simple. I believe in the value and inspiration of public television.” He went on to say, “KLRU and PBS have earned my trust and appreciation in a mounting world of noise and political agendas. It’s important to me that PBS presents a multitude of perspectives on a viewpoint, issue or event in history.”

This is why Lonnie and Polly Cooper have kindly put up a $10,000 challenge match to the Central Texas community to Shape the Future #YourKLRU. For every dollar received today, the Coopers will contribute the same amount up to $10,000, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $20,000 today!

Now it’s your turn! Will you step up and see your dollar effectively doubled in an instant to support more programs and fewer interruptions by this generous match?

P.S. – Best of all, donate $60 or more (or become a sustaining member at $5 or more a month) and you’ll receive instant access to KLRU Passport – our newest member benefit that provides on-demand access to even more KLRU and PBS programming!

Save the Date: POV Screening ‘All the Difference’ 6/27

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Festival on June 27 as we preview the POV documentary   All the Difference. The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here.

AllthedifferenceWeb-300x225The lives of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago comes to life in this film, which follows Robert and Krishaun as they pursue a college education. Statistics predict that they will not make it past high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.

The screening takes place at the Google Fiber Space at 7pm June 27. RSVP here.

 

 

Today on the French Chef…

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Give for more programs and fewer interruptions on #YourKLRU!

Welcome to the French Chef!

Today, not only will you learn how to roast a chicken, but you’ll also be helping Shape the Future of #YourKLRU!

We’re only 2 days into our 5-day online giving drive and we’ve already raised over $20,000 towards our $100,000 goal! Yesterday, we met the $10,000 challenge match from Claire & Carl Stuart. And today, we have a generous dollar for dollar $2,500 challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter, Chez Zee! Give now to double your dollar instantly.

Julia Child, PBS icon and cooking pioneer, once said “Learn how to cook – – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” To her point, KLRU is doing just that with our second annual online giving drive!

Won’t you join us at the table for a serving of more programs with fewer interruptions by making your gift today?

Bon Appetit!

PS – Hungry for more? Donate $60 or more (or make a $5 or more ongoing monthly gift) to receive instant access to KLRU Passport, our newest member benefit and on-demand service that allows you to watch even more of your favorite PBS & KLRU shows!

Let’s Double it for #YourKLRU

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Dollar for dollar match when you support KLRU today!

We all know that Austin and the Central Texas community is growing…and where there is growth, there is change too. This is why public television, and specifically KLRU, has an ever increasingly important role to play in our community.

So many people are moving here from around the country and around the world and they don’t have roots in Central Texas. They don’t understand the art and culture of the area or the politics and current affairs. KLRU helps build context by offering a place to explore big issues facing Central Texas, by providing insight into the lifestyles and cultures of our region and by celebrating the rich creative community that makes our city so vibrant.

Last June, my wife, Claire, and I supported KLRU with a matching gift promise during the transformational 5-day online giving drive, #YourKLRU. We were delighted to hear of the resounding success of this campaign and the role it has since played in helping KLRU make some important changes to their fundraising efforts.

Today, Claire and I are pleased to support KLRU’s second online giving drive with another $10,000 matching gift promise. Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity and the impact of your gift on our growing community.

KLRU is kicking off the online drive today and they need to raise $100,000 in just 5 days! Will you join me in shaping the future of #YourKLRU by making your gift of support right now?

Sincerely,
Carl Stuart
KLRU Board Member & Longtime Supporter

P.S. – What’s more, when you donate $60 or more (or make a $5 or more ongoing monthly gift), you’ll receive instant access to KLRU’s newest member benefit! KLRU Passport is an on-demand service that allows you to watch your favorite PBS & KLRU shows whenever and wherever you want.

Science Night 6/8

This week on Science Night, go deep into the Sahara Desert and discover a 10,000-year-old human civilization, uncover the chilling reality of cyberwar and explore the data revolution.

Join Paul Sereno on Skeletons Of The Sahara at 7 pm as he and a team of archeologists discover remnants of people that lived 10,000 to 5,000 years ago. This program reveals to us what it was like for the two civilizations that once thrived in what is the world’s biggest desert.

Next on Science Night, tune into  at 8 pm and uncover the unreported detail in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to attacks.

Closing Science Night at 9 pm, the future of nanotechnology, search for life beyond earth and the science of light are discussed on Ted Talks Science and Wonder.

Q Night At The Movies 6/4

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If you’ve ever wondered who started the pixie-cut trend you might want to tune into Q Night At The Movies on Saturday. First, we highlight film and Broadway actress Shirley MacLaine taking you through her career as an actress. Then, stay tuned for a discussion on the challenges that come with running your own webseries. Later, don’t miss the 1940 film The Shop Around The Corner.

Shirley MacLaine, long-legged and strawberry brown pixie haired, was called to stardom in 1955 and was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry.” MacLaine has starred among the most popular leading men of the time such as Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum. MacLaine’s films include The Apartment, Two For The Seesaw, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and many more. Tune in on Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels at 7 pm.

Next at 7:30 pm on Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation With Issa Rae, join Rae as she tells us about the challenges that come with creating your own webseries, the freedom of doing it your own way and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content.

Closing the night with The Shop Around The Corner, the more Budapest co-workers (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) fight, the more they fall in love as secret pen pals.