Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

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

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Winners will be notified by March 21.

Be the power of public television!

What would the past year have been like without public television?

Imagine it — a year without Masterpiece, PBS NewsHour or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. No NOVA to help explain the latest scientific discoveries in the world. No American Experience to help us reflect on our shared history as a nation.

Unlike commercial stations, where advertisers hold the power, on KLRU the power resides with YOU!

As your local PBS station, we only have to answer to the community we serve… because it’s your support that makes all these programs possible!

You have the power to protect the present and future of your favorite PBS programs. Won’t you help KLRU and local public television continue to thrive by making a gift today?

Win this Prickly Pear Tea Towel!

Who is Cactus Jack and how did he get such an odd nickname?

John Nance Garner IV, or “Cactus Jack” as he was known, was a Texas politician, a presidential contender in 1932 and our 32nd Vice President under FDR. While Garner was in the Texas House of Representatives, the legislature worked to choose a state flower, and he lobbied hard for the prickly pear cactus. Of course, it was the bluebonnet that won out, but hence was born his nickname Cactus Jack.

To commemorate Texas and the prickly pear cactus that Garner so loved, we’re giving away this adorable tea towel. This item is locally made by Austin artist Carolyn Kimball and provides the perfect pop of whimsy for any kitchen.

Tune into KLRU for Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating man. 

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the Prickly Pear Tea Towel. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your choice for Texas state flower and you’ll be entered. Had you been able to cast a vote in 1901, what would you have picked?
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Winners will be notified by March 21.

We Are All Newtown

It’s exciting to experience celebrity driven SXSW events. But during the more than two decades I’ve covered the festival, I’ve often found the most memorable and meaningful moments are not the high profile ones…they’re the ones that touch your heart. 

Last week was one of those “moments” that will stick with me for a lifetime. I had the honor of leading a panel following the screening of  “Newtown” by Director, Kim Snyder.

This is a difficult documentary to watch. We all remember that terrible day, December 14, 2012, when a troubled young man opened fire on first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 children and 6 educators were killed. This film follows the families of the victims and the lingering impact on them, the teachers, emergency workers and the entire community. While heartache is front and center, so is hope. 

Mark Barden’s son, Daniel, was one of the first graders gunned down in Newtown. When the panel members met for dinner, prior to the screening, Mark and I started chatting. He’s an accomplished guitar player and we discovered we had several common friends in the music business. He talked about playing Austin’s Saxon Pub in the 1990’s. For a little while, it felt as if I was just sharing a meal and music stories with a new friend.

As we all watched the film together at the screening, the emotions overwhelmed me. It’s one thing to view a gripping piece of work on your computer in the comfort of your home, and quite another seeing it on a big screen in the theater, sitting in front of a father whose heart will be forever broken. When the film ended, the entire audience was silent as everyone in the auditorium soaked in the collective trauma and grief of “Newtown”. 

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, many people, including President Obama, pushed for tougher laws dealing with guns. Stricter measures passed in Connecticut but not on a national level.

But Mark Barden still has hope. It would have been much easier for this loving husband and father to grieve the loss of his youngest child in private. Instead, he’s touring the country with this compelling documentary. He’s on a mission to help ensure no other parent endures the senseless loss of a child to gun violence. 

So as you trek from venue to venue, searching for the ultimate SXSW experience, don’t forget to wander off the beaten path, you may just make a discovery that leaves an indelible mark on your heart.

Newtown premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 3, 2017 at 8pm on KLRU-TV

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.
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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.

timothy simons

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
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OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 21.