You are extraordinary – Thank You!

Your generous donation to KLRU on #GivingTuesday helped us exceed our $50,000 goal and raise over $60,000! Thank you!

The momentum from your gift was part of a global chain reaction – millions gave back in a single day, making a huge impact on non-profits worldwide. YOUR community-supported public television station would not exist without viewer support, and because of you, KLRU can continue our mission.

Meeting our #GivingTuesday goal allows KLRU to keep our commitment for a short winter fund drive with minimal on-air interruption. In the longer term, we can continue supporting more local productions and planning for new content. KLRU is committed to providing Central Texas with inspiring, educational and entertaining programming. Your gift makes this possible.

Thank you also to our KLRU Business Supporters


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Help us raise $12,000 more by midnight with our last matching challenge!

There’s still time to join KLRU for #GivingTuesday. TODAY is the day when families, businesses and individuals from around the globe make a difference by raising awareness and funds together. KLRU has until midnight tonight to raise $12,000 more to reach our $50,000 goal!

Why donate today? #GivingTuesday dollars have the biggest impactthere’s heightened awareness around the community and beyond, which means fundraising momentum is on our side. Better yet, when you give your gift right now, your dollars are DOUBLED because of a generous challenge match from Austin Community College District.

For every dollar received until 11:59 p.m. tonight, ACC will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000!

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KLRU is a window to the world, available to everyone for free. And we’re an important voice for the public interest, because we don’t have advertisers. We are public television, supported by and in service to YOU. Can I count on your generosity now to help redefine the giving spirit and bring the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming to all Central Texans?

Thank you so much!

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Our morning match will double your dollars!

#GivingTuesday is here! November 28 is the day your gift to KLRU makes the most impact.

Today the worldwide conversation is “How can I help?” It doesn’t get more inspiring than that.

Join KLRU as we sprint to raise $50,000 by midnight tonight. Your support toward our goal will inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to give, which is exactly why #GivingTuesday is such a powerful philanthropic movement.

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And when you give your gift now, your dollars are DOUBLED because of a generous challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter Wilson Goldrick Realtors. For every dollar received today until 2 p.m., Wilson Goldrick will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, for a potential total of $5,000!

KLRU is your only community-supported public television station. From our on-the-ground outreach with youth organizations to our trusted, educational and inspiring slate of programming, all of this is possible because of wonderful people like YOU. Everything you give today goes directly back to serving Central Texans.

Together our goodwill makes a difference. Thank you!

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We have a #GivingTuesday match – double your gift right now!

#GivingTuesday has officially begun! This is it. KLRU has 24 hours to raise $50,000.

It’s so exciting to be part of this global day of giving! Together we can harness the power of philanthropy to make the biggest impact. Embrace this moment of worldwide generosity and help us reach toward our $50,000 goal in the earliest moments of #GivingTuesday!

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And when you show your support now, your dollars are DOUBLED because of a generous challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter EntergyFor every dollar received this morning until 8 a.m., Entergy will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, for a potential total of $5,000!

Remember, everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community. KLRU’s mission—to bring the best in educational, entertaining and inspiring programming to Central Texas—thrives because of YOU.

Together our goodwill makes a difference. Thank you!

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The Beatles + Ticket Offers – we love them, yeah, yeah, yeah!

This November KLRU is committed to cutting 10 days from our drive, and we’ve packed in a lot of fun, including three exciting ticket offers!

Tune in November 25th when it’s all about The Beatles! Catch the fab four at 7 p.m. in the Ron Howard film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week followed by Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 9:30 p.m. During the broadcasts we’ll have two special ticket packages to see Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at ACL Live on April 3, including one opportunity for dinner at The Capital Grille before the show.

Donate now and you can receive one of the following gifts: The Eight Days a Week Combo with DVD and U.S Tour Book, the “I Watch KLRU Eight Days a Week” Tote or the The Eight Days a Week Full Combo which includes a Deluxe DVD Set, Tour Book, Tote and The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl CD.


KLRU needs to raise $220,000 this season, and YOUR support is absolutely key to our success. Help keep our on-air drives short and our music programming strong. Support the public television station you love and score seats to some fantastic concerts while you’re at it. Thank you!

P.S. Want more music? Make sure to check out KLRU’s other rockin’ ticket offers, including The Moody Blues 50th Anniversary Tour at the HEB Center at Cedar Park on January 21 and Joe Bonamassa at ACL Live on May 25.

Highlights Nov. 26 – Dec. 2

KLRU Highlights

In Jane Austen’s parody of gothic fiction, Felicity Jones plays Catherine Morland, whose budding romance with Henry Tilney in a medieval country house is cut short on Northanger Abbey Sunday at 7 pm.

Follow along with Father Brown as he uses intuition and psychology to investigate crime on Father Brown The Mask of the Demon Sunday at 9 pm.

Travel expert Rick Steves explores Germany’s culture in Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Nurnberg in Rick Steve’s Europe: Great German Cities Sunday at 10:30 pm.

Mark L. Walberg joins an appraiser at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to learn about the photography of Dorothea Lange on Antiques Roadshow Kansas City, Hour Three Monday at 7 pm.

Explore the entertainer’s life with unprecedented access to his personal archives including writings voiced by Billy Crystal and clips from his work on Bob Hope: American Masters Monday at 8 pm.

Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to The Three Kings of the Blues at the legendary Greek Theatre, filmed in August 2015, on Monday at 10 pm.

Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, and North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon with overwhelming force on Vietnam War The Weight of Memory Tuesday at 7 pm.

Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker on Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller Tuesday at 9 pm.

Meet the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space on Beyond A Year In Space Wednesday at 7 pm.

Learn how NASA’s epic 1977 Voyager mission revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Urans, and Neptune, and how 2012’s Voyager 1 ushered humanity into the interstellar age on Farthest – Voyager in Space Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

The Wild Kratt team is led on a wild chase as they follow the difficult and incredible journey of a Sockeye salmon on the “Salmon Run” on Wild Kratts Alaska Hero’s Journey Thursday at 7 pm.

Chet heads to West Texas to explore one of the most beautiful and remote national parks in the U.S., from desert to mountain hikes on The Daytripper Big Bend National Park Thursday at 8 pm.

Great Performances follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it, with interviews from Presidents Obama and George W. Bush on Hamilton’s America Thursday at 9 pm.

Washington Week delivers a conversation of the week’s events with a roundtable group of journalists, Friday at 7 pm.

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

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon and Grammy winner Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance on Austin City Limits Friday at 10:30 pm.

Experience the memorable 50th anniversary performance of the band’s seminal album, including “Knights in White Satin,” recorded live with full orchestra on Great Performances The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live Saturday at 7 pm.

Follow along with Father Brown as he uses intuition and psychology to investigate crime on Father Brown The Mask of the Demon Saturday at 9 pm.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick Steves’ European Christmas celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent on Rick Steves’ Specials European Christmas Saturday at 10:30 pm.

It’s a match when you schedule your #GivingTuesday gift today!

#GivingTuesday is only a week away and KLRU is gearing up for this global event. KLRU has set a goal to raise $50,000 in just 24 hours on November 28! Millions of people giving back on the same day sends a powerful message, and a gift on #GivingTuesday makes the most of your dollars.

Today, we’re announcing a special opportunity for donors who schedule #GivingTuesday gifts in advance. Thanks to a generous contribution from Amish Furniture of Austin, all scheduled gifts will be matched up to $1,500!

Schedule your gift right now, while you’re thinking of it—give a head start to KLRU’s #GivingTuesday goal, and make sure your gift is matched!

The display of support from our viewers last year made it possible for us to cut back on-air fundraising, while growing our programming and community outreach. KLRU is committed to providing more high-quality, educational content with less interruption. And your help is vital!

THANK YOU for believing in the PBS mission. Together we can harness community philanthropy and keep KLRU a strong, inspiring resource for all Central Texans.

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PBS KIDS Rings in the Holiday Season with a Full Slate of Programming for the Whole Family

Shorter days and colder nights offer a good reason to cozy up with family to enjoy holiday favorites on PBS KIDS. Beginning this month and running through the end of the year, kids and families can celebrate the joy of the season with holiday-themed specials every weekend as part of Family Night, a special viewing destination on the KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. This includes the Primetime Emmy- and WGA Award-winning ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS, THE GRUFFALO and new holiday-themed episodes from READY JET GO!, SPLASH AND BUBBLES and CYBERCHASE. Holiday-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also air on PBS stations and stream on and the PBS KIDS Video app throughout December. For additional programs airing, check out

Premieres and streams November 22, 23, 24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night); December 4, 11-15, 18
A bedtime story for Elmo recalls a gloomy time when Sesame Street was devoid of holiday spirit until a distant relative brought tidings of comfort and joy to its residents.

Airs December 1-3 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
A cunning mouse goes for a walk through the forest and has to outwit a succession of predators.

Airs December 8-10 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 12, 14, 16, 26
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

SPLASH AND BUBBLES: Whitebeard/Coral Day – NEW
Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Whitebeard” – Ripple is excited because, according to legend, tonight is the night that Whitebeard, a mysterious creature who lives at the North Pole, sails over Reeftown, singing his beautiful music. She tries to convince the other Reeftown friends to stay up and watch for him to appear.
“Coral Day” – It’s the holiday season in Reeftown as everyone gets ready for Coral Day, a celebration of the wonderful coral that makes up their home. Splash, new to Reeftown and its traditions, wonders what he can contribute to the festival.

Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 26
“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.
“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and deliver them using 100 sleighs.
“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under” and “in between.”

READY JET GO!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace – NEW
Premieres and streams December 11, December 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 1” – Jet pitches an idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant, and not only is it accepted, he gets to direct it! He casts Sean, Sydney, Mindy and Sunspot as characters in the play and hires Mitchell Petersen to help him find this elusive thing called “Christmas Spirit.”
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 2” – Jet is looking for the Spirit of Christmas, something intangible that Sean and Sydney can’t quite define. Mitchell wants to belong to the group, but doesn’t know how to do it. Both kids get their answer in a heartfelt conclusion.

Airs December 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 25
In this one-hour special, it’s Christmastime and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. The Wild Kratts must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Premieres and streams December 29; 30-31 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
It’s almost Reboot Day – when all of Cyberspace celebrates a fresh start for the new year! It’s Delete’s favorite holiday, but Hacker is in a bad mood because he’s low on energy. Fortunately for Hacker, the blustery town of Bottawa has a powerful energy source he can steal. Unfortunately for Bottawa, this energy source raises the big ball at midnight on Reboot Eve, and the celebration is being broadcast live across Cyberspace! When Hacker goes through with his plan, Delete stays in Bottawa to join forces with the CyberSquad and save the holiday. Can they find a way to use Bottawa’s wind to raise the big ball by midnight? And will Hacker’s Reboot resolution bring Delete home?
Other new episodes include “Creech’s Creature Quandary” (December 26), “A Murky Mystery in Mermaidos” (Dec ember27) and “Plantasaurus!” (December 28).

Airs December 11, 15, 17, 25
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday programming on KLRU 2017

Great British Baking Show

KLRU presents special programing that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Rick Steves’ Special “European Christmas”
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 am and repeats on Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 pm; It Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm.
In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Friday, December 8 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Saturday, December 16 at 5:30pm
Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.

Great Performances “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm and repeats on Friday, December 22 at 8:00 pm.
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.

Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Specials
Sunday, December 17 and Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm
Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.

Great British Baking Show
Saturday, December 23 at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
In the first program, Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.  In the second program, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Monday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

Highlights Nov. 19-25

KLRU Highlights

With two women in labor plus a stabbing victim, Dr. Petrides has his hands full on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Elizabeth turns the tables on George, Rev. Whitworth is checkmated, and Poldark makes a vow on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Nina is torn between Claude, Billy and the baby she gave up for adoption, and Charlotte’s new business venture hits the rocks on Collection on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

A fugitive who takes sanctuary in St. Mary’s and asks for help turns out to be Inspector Sullivan on Father Brown The Owl of Minerva Sunday at 10 pm.

Hailed as one of the most innovative and influential broadcasters in the history of television, David Letterman receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Monday at 7 pm.

Based on Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book, Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade on Independent Lens Monday at 8:30 pm.

Film School Shorts Hidden Passions shows that we all harbor secrets we’re afraid to share with the world, but sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, Monday at 10 pm.

Learn about how Anuradha Naimpally started Austin Dance India 25 years ago to give girls and women a connection to their culture on Arts in Context Lift the Heart Monday at 10:30 pm.

Actresses Tea Leoni and Gabi Hoffmann are introduced to the stories of their ancestors, thanks to DNA and detective work on Finding Your Roots Relatives We Never Knew We Had Tuesday at 7 pm.

South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own suffer a defeat in Laos, and Nixon strikes a peace deal on Vietnam War A Disrespectful Loyalty Tuesday at 8 pm.

Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and baby boomers discuss the role of citizenship both then and now on ATX Together Lessons from Vietnam Tuesday at 10 pm.

Through firsthand accounts, Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam war on Austin Revealed Stories from Vietnam Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Discover epic survival stories of the world’s smallest animals, from a tiny sengi to the “cheetah” of the shrew world on Nature Miniature Miracles Wednesday at 7 pm.

Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether claws, horns, or fangs, but why are some armaments so huge and extreme? Find out on NOVA Extreme Animal Weapons Wednesday at 8 pm.

Follow the stories of three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families’ struggles on Frontline Poor Kids Wednesday at 9 pm.

Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and the recipient for a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. See her on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Experience Shen “Sunny” Jun’s first dance piece, an attempt to translate his emotions about adjusting from his old life in China to his new life in the United States on Arts in Context The Grit of Soul Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Anne Shirley’s free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible after she turns 13 on Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars Thursday at 8 pm.

The Bargo Brothers visit Texas to see the Johnson Space Center, eat at Mi Tierra in San Antonio, and climb up Texas’s highest point at Guadalupe Peak on Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers – Texas Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Chet goes on the “best little day trip in Texas” to paddle the Colorado River, explore Texas Czech culture and enjoy some kolaches on The Daytripper La Grange, TX, Thursday at 10 pm.

Join Betty White, Tina Fey, Margaret Cho, and many more as they recount backstage stories and their impact on American entertainment on Pioneers of Television Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies Thursday at 10:30 pm.

Journalists host a roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Join the award-winning journalist, political commentator and author as he reflects on his life and career on Conversation with Bill Moyers Friday at 8 pm.

Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to the Three Kings of Blues at the legendary Greek Theatre, filmed in August 2015, on Friday at 9:30 pm.

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 Saturday at 7 pm.

Look back at the creation and ongoing influence of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album on Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution Saturday at 9:30 pm.