KLRU & Austin City Limits Holiday Sale 12/12

Get yourself or your loved ones an Austin City Limits 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 on Tuesday, Dec. 12th in KLRU’s Studio 6A!

Free beverages from Shiner, Texas Coffee Traders and more! Enjoy live music from Cecilia + The Broken Hearts and a holiday-themed mix set from DJ Santa Smooth.

This special event will feature a silent auction of one of the retired audio boards from KLRU’s legendary Studio 6A. This Yamaha PM-1800 was used as the front of house board for most Austin City Limits tapings from 1990-2010 and for all other music events in the studio from 1990-2016. Also, we will auction a full set of Season 43 limited edition Austin City Limits taping posters. Take some incredible pieces of Austin music history home with you!

5:30pm doors open
5:40pm DJ Santa Smooth
6:25pm Cecilia + The Broken Hearts

Cecilia and the Broken Hearts
Cecilia + the Broken Hearts are an Afro-Chicano Futurism band formed in Austin, TX. They have been featured on NPR’s Alt-Latino and in 2016 performed at the Cactus Cafe as part of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest Tour. Their musical focus is based on traditional Latin rhythms that are layered underneath melodic three part vocal harmonies, and complemented by driving guitars, accordion, flute and synth. From Rumba to Cumbia to Conjunto, Cecilia + the Broken Hearts is working to push the boundaries of Latin music and create a perfect amalgamation. Members include Mincho Jacob (bass), Melanie Morgan (accordian, flute, vocals), Estrella De Leon (vocals), Jay Bernal (vocals, guitar, percussion), Fabian Rincon (drums), Joseph Loney (percussion), Joe Rocha (guitar, synth).

DJ Santa Smooth
DJ Santa Smooth is a former college radio DJ and current xmas enthusiast who will be introducing shoppers to the soulful side of the holiday season.

Highlights Dec. 10-16

KLRU Highlights

See the timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between a Jewish widow and an African American man who works as her chauffeur, on Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy Sunday at 7 pm.

Based on the novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, Making of a Lady tells the story of the well-born, educated but penniless Emily, who marries her employer’s wealthy nephew, but seeks solace elsewhere, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of a soul – the passions, dark secrets, and hidden desires. He is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice on Father Brown The Hangman’s Demise Sunday at 10 pm.

Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Rosie Sayyah head to Joseff Jewelry to discuss Hollywood costume jewelry on Antiques Roadshow Anaheim, Hour Three Monday at 7 pm.

In Richmond, Virginia, Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Reid Dunavant travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to talk about silver coffee and teapots on Antiques Roadshow Monday at 8 pm.

Third grader Jose Ansaldo was born in Mexico but imagines a life beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. Watch his cruel circumstances play out, and understand what it means when children like Jose are denied opportunities on Independent Lens East of Salinas Monday at 9 pm.

Join narrator Neve Campbel for interviews with the creative team that reimagined an original tale, telling the story of how Marie fell asleep on Christmas Eve and dreamed of the World’s Fair on Making a New American Nutcracker Monday at 10 pm.

Three guests of disparate Southern backgrounds find astonishing tales of bondage in their family histories on Finding Your Roots Southern Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay and Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged on Finding Your Roots The Vanguard Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline tells the story of how Russian President Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy, and why he targeted the American election Tuesday at 9 pm.

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out who we really are by examining self-assembling machines and light-up bacteria on Genius By Stephen Hawking Are We Alone? Tuesday at 10 pm.

Get an intimate look at elephants through the lens of the greatest storytellers of natural history on Nature Soul of the Elephant Wednesday at 7 pm.

Uncover traces of the Allies’ devastating planting of explosives under German territory during WWII and learn why it failed to break the deadlock of trench warfare on NOVA Secret Tunnel Warfare Wednesday at 8 pm.

Explore the basic principles of flight to see how leapers and gliders become airborne – and how they overcome the powerful force of gravity on Supernature – Wild Flyers Defying Gravity Wednesday at 9 pm.

Welcome up and coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. See her on Overheard With Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Examine the transformation of Houston’s most glamorous address, from early settlers to shopping mecca and urban oasis on Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to the “Pecan Capital of the World” where he learns about the 1000 or so different varieties of this nut on The Daytripper San Saba, TX, Thursday at 8:30 pm.

The late mistress of Manderley, Rebecca, casts her irresistible spell from beyond the grave in this adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novel on Rebecca, Thursday at 9 pm.

Go on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of Houston’s stunning skyline, historic homes, and quirky structures on The Art of Architecture: Houston Thursday at 10:36 pm.

Join the most interesting conversation of the week with a group of journalists participating in a roundtable discussion of the week’s major news events on Washington Week, Friday at 7 pm.

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. See her on Overheard With Evan Smith Friday at 7:30 pm.

Celebrate the holidays with Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle, a cross-cultural spectacular, featuring the world’s leading tenor Rolando Villazon, Friday at 8 pm.

Jordan Smith ’tis the Season showcases the season nine winner of The Voice and spotlights music from his new Christmas album, Friday at 9 pm.

Welcome up and coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Enjoy intimate performances from Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets and hidden desires of the criminal on Father Brown The Hangman’s Demise Saturday at 8 pm.

Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora, until a stranger walks into her life on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 9 pm.

Caroline is relieved to find that Greg is a natural with Flora and a positive influence on Lawrence on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 10 pm.

Caroline gets to the heart of the reason Gillian is reluctant to go through with the wedding, and Alan takes steps toward forgiving on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 11 pm.

Arts In Context: The Latino Comedy Project

“I looked at the absence of Latino voices as a reason to do what I was doing,” says Adrian Villegas, artistic director of The Latino Comedy Project. Living up to their mission of providing a voice for the Latino community, Adrian and the LCP troupe have been providing audiences with political satire that provoke big laughs and offer insight into societal issues affecting communities of color.


Make Your Year End Gift Today!

KLRU has already wrapped up our winter drive! We cut 10 days from our drive—in exchange for less on-air fundraising, KLRU relies on year-end gifts to make up the difference and head into the new year strong and ready to go!

Fewer on-air interruptions = ✔️
Amount KLRU still needs to raise by December 31 = $50,000

Year end is an ideal time to make final financial contributions and set new goals for next year’s giving. And that’s why KLRU wants to encourage you to become a Sustaining Member this month. Sustaining members make the most impact simply because monthly donations allow KLRU to plan ahead, knowing we have a steady revenue stream.


Already a KLRU Sustainer? Consider increasing your monthly gift. Remember that your generous support is the backbone of this public television station. We would not exist with you.

Increase Your Sustaining Monthly Amount

The resources we extend into the community come from your donation power. Your gift of any amount allows KLRU to give back, reach out and create a space for thoughtful discussion. Central Texas is merry and bright this season because of viewers like you!

P.S. Anyone who becomes a Sustainer at ANY amount or increases their monthly gift this month will receive our KLRU Fan Kit, with KLRU decals, a koozie and more!

You can also grab the new KLRU baseball tee when you become a Sustaining Member at $10/month or make a one time gift of $120.

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And it’s LAST CHANCE for our winter drive thank you gifts. Donate now and receive your choice of thank you item—there are over 130 to choose from, including our popular KLRU Beatles tote, music from The Moody BluesRick Steves’ Europe and more!

Last minute thank you gifts and tickets are still available!

We’ve cut a whole week off our winter fund drive—which means it’s already winding down! There are less than two days left, but we need to raise $50,000 to meet our goal! There’s still time to help us get there!

Donate now—don’t miss your chance to experience some of your favorite PBS shows in person, all while supporting KLRU! We have some fabulous live events, from rock ‘n’ roll to family fun! Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets to:

• See Broadway in Austin on the opening night of The King & I on December 12th
• Experience the Moody Blues at their special live 50th Anniversary Tour on January 21st
• Creature Power! The Kratt Brothers return to Austin for Wild Kratts Live on January 28th
• Hear Michael Pollan tell his story One Writer’s Trip – From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond on February 2nd
• Rock out with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa on May 25th (meet and greet package available!)


Giving the gift of KLRU is so much more than an ordinary present. Your gift brings PBS favorites to Central Texas screens, creates new and original programs and supports children, parents and teachers with educational media. Your support will truly ensure that your KLRU community has a holiday season that is merry and bright!

Free screening of The Chinese Exclusion Act 12/7 as part of the Austin Asian American Film Festival

Join us for opening night of the Austin Asian American Film Festival as we copresent the documentary film The Chinese Exclusion Act on 12/7 at 6:45 pm at AFS Cinema
6406 North Interstate 35. The event is free but an RSVP is required

In the late 1800s, anti-Chinese agitation led to federal laws targeting Chinese abroad and those already in the U.S. The Chinese Exclusion Act  looks far beyond the legislation of its title and weaves archival photos, historian interviews, and first-hand accounts into a sweeping chronicle of Chinese American life in an era that still informs American conceptions of national and ethnic identity. This film will air on PBS in 2018 as part of American Experience.

Join us for a reception before this special screening!

Highlights Dec. 3-9

KLRU Highlights

Anticipate the return of this regal series with a look back at the romance and drama of Season 1, and get a sneak peek at Season 2 on Victoria Returns Sunday at 7 pm.

Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to Katherine of Aragon and its eventual failure when she failed to give Henry the son he desired on Secrets of the Six Wives Divorced Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, only to grow tired of her and marry Jane Seymour, who dies giving birth to his son on Secrets of the Six Wives Beheaded, Died Sunday at 8:44 pm.

The final three wives are presented: “ugly” Anne of Cleves, young Catherine Howard, and the far from saintly nurse Katherine Parr on Secrets of the Six Wives Divorced, Beheaded, Survived Sunday at 10 pm.

Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Philip Weiss travel to the Queen Mary to talk about ocean liner memorabilia, then to Rickenbacker International Corporation to discuss vintage guitars on Antiques Roadshow Anaheim Monday at 7 pm.

Meet 92-year-old Mimi, who is still caring for her 64-year-old disabled daughter Dona, and learn what happens when time is running out and a new home must be found for Dona on Independent Lens Mimi and Dona Monday at 9 pm.

Two short films follow families as they travel great distances, both physically and emotionally, to find a new home on Film School Shorts Border Crossings Monday at 10 pm.

Shen “Sunny” Jun’s first dance piece is an attempt to translate the emotions and conflicts he felt as the adjusted from his old life in China to his new life in the United States on Arts in Context The Grit of Soul Monday at 10:30 pm.

Uncover family mysteries about two hip hop legends, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology on Finding Your Roots Family Reunions Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men, Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear, and Bill Hader, on Finding Your Roots Tragedy + Time = Comedy Tuesday at 8 pm.

Investigate how the Bundy family’s fight against the government invigorated armed militias and “patriot” groups on Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius on Genius by Stephen Hawking Can We Time Travel? Tuesday at 10 pm.

Explore one of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent – a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West on Nature The Sagebrush Sea Wednesday at 7 pm.

Meet the world’s most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab and endeavor to become part of our everyday lives on NOVA Rise of the Robots Wednesday at 8 pm.

Get a rare insight into the life of superstar scientist Stephen Hawking, as his mind soars beyond the ordinary but is trapped inside a mostly immobile body on Hawking Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Join author Nicole Krauss as she talks about her latest novel Forest Dark, the role literature plays in our lives, and her creative process on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Visit Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, with the Bargo Brothers, then head to Johnson Space Center and Mi Tierra in San Antonio on Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to West Texas to explore one of the most beautiful and remote national parks on The Daytripper Big Bend National Park Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet and his crew head to Terlingua, where they explore the town’s old mining culture, eat at an old theater, and celebrate at the historic “La Kiva” bar on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

In this parody of Jane Austen’s gothic fiction, at a medieval country house, Catherine Morland invests in a budding romance with Henry Tilney on Northanger Abbey Thursday at 9 pm.

Learn how in Yellowstone National Park, summer is for eating, fall is for mating, winter is for surviving, and spring is for rebirth on Yellowstone in Four Seasons Thursday at 10:35 pm.

Washington Week delivers the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists in a roundtable discussion of major news events Friday at 7 pm.

Join author Nicole Krauss as she talks about her latest novel Forest Dark, the role literature plays in our lives, and her creative process on Overheard with Evan Smith Friday at 7:30 pm.

Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake on Great British Baking Show Christmas Masterclass Friday at 8 pm.

Rock with a great American stadium rock band, having sold 25 million records and won 11 Grammy awards on Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert Friday at 9 pm.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, and hidden desires on Father Brown The Brewer’s Daughter Saturday at 8 pm.

See how an unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past, making Gillian and Caroline anxious; meanwhile, Caroline and pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 9 pm.

Alan finally lets Celia into his secret about Gary, but is saddened when Celia punishes Caroline on her wedding day for his mistake on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 10 pm.

Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 11 pm.


Arts In Context Plastic Planet screening 12/3

Don’t miss a special screening of KLRU’s Arts In Context documentary Plastic Planet at 4 pm, Sunday, December 3, at Central Library Special Event Center (1st floor), 710 W. César Chávez St. Artist Calder Kamin and AIC producer Christopher Hwisu Kim will be in attendance at this free event.

Artist Calder Kamin always loved sculpting animals but it wasn’t until she started using plastic bags that her medium matched her message. The Plastic Planet project is a series of animal sculptures made entirely out of plastic bags, highlighting the fraught relationship between nature and humanity – all while making a positive impact on the environment.

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!

Make A Gift

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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