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.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Dean Baquet 3/12

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Dean Baquet on March 12 at 3 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Dean Baquet Overheard Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The New York Times. He is the first African-American to hold the position. In 1988 Baquet won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of city council corruption in Chicago. During his nearly 40-year career, Baquet has worked for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 2:30 p.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 Dean Baquet. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Mister Rogers Sweater Changing Mug Giveaway!

Show off your love for a PBS classic while drinking out of this Mister Rogers mug!

It’s the first week of KLRU’s 2017 March Fund Drive, which means time for fun giveaways! Sure, it’s almost spring, but it’s not too hot (yet) to enjoy a nice, warm beverage. And best of all, Mister Rogers changes his sweater on the mug once hot liquid is poured in!

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, just send us a picture of you or someone you know in a cozy sweater, just like Mister Rogers used to wear. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @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.

Does winning a copy of Hamilton: The Mixtape = Instant Cool? Kinda.

KLRU is not giving away its shot to share the Hamilton love!
BUT we ARE giving away a copy of Hamilton: The Mixtape! This compilation takes the soundtrack from the groundbreaking Broadway musical and interprets it with a whose who of cover artists, including The Roots, Sia, Ben Folds, Kelly Clarkson and so many more.

And be sure to check out Hamilton’s America tonight on KLRU at 11 p.m. This behind-the-scenes documentary is sure to bump up your dinner party conversation game.

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

Comment about what you love about Hamilton—the musical or the man—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @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.

Thank you for amplifying #YourKLRU!

Thank you, Central Texas, for stepping up and answering our call to amplify #YourKLRU! We are truly humbled by the community’s outpouring of support for public television during Amplify Austin.

In just 24 hours, YOU helped raise over $62,000 to build a more informed, connected and educated Central Texas. Not only that, but your enthusiastic response during the 11am hour secured KLRU a $1,000 booster prize for the most donors! All in all, more than 640 donors helped to ensure KLRU remains your trusted window to the world, telling stories that matter to you, enriching your life with experiences and events and educating your community with workshops that reach 5,000 local children every year.

KLRU is truly community-supported, and we thank you for stepping forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

Don’t miss American Masters “Patsy Cline” and more during Women’s History Month 2017

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Women’s History Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a special lineup of programs including:

American Masters “Patsy Cline” airs Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm.  Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music, featuring interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire and others.

American Masters “Maya Angelou” airs Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30 pm.  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.

American Masters # 2704 “Dorothea Lange” airs Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.  Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

My Love Affair with The Brain…Dr. Marian Diamond airs on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 pm.  Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows Dr. Marian Diamond over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career.

To Walk Invisible:  The Bronte Sisters airs on Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 pm.  Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, all unmarried, faced a bleak future. Unable to rely on their alcoholic brother or near-blind father to provide for them, they worked as governesses to privileged and often unruly children. This is the story of how — against all odds — their genius for writing romantic novels was recognized in a male-dominated, 19th-century world.

Independent Lens # 1811 “Ovarian Psycos” airs on Monday, March 27 at 9:00 pm.  Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

 

KLRU Q will feature:

On Janis Joplin: American Masters, intimate letters and rare footage shed light on the life of iconic rock singer Janis Joplin, Sunday, March 5 at 9:00 pm.

Patsy Cline: American Masters honors the life and legacy of the groundbreaking singer who defined modern country music, airing Sunday, March 12 at 9:00 pm.

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story is a story about Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, a female radio operator and British spy during World War II, which airs at Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 pm.

Rebel: Voces Special Presentation #105 features Loreta Velasquez, a woman and a Cuban immigrant, secretly served as a soldier during the Civil War, airing at Sunday, March 19 at 6:00 pm.

Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power is a provocative three-part series in which Professor Amanda Vickery tells the story of the long war to give women an equal share of power in Britain. It was the Edwardian suffragettes who won the vote, but Vickery reveals that they were part of a much longer struggle started in the 18th century. She shows how bloody revolution, working class radicals, love-struck philosophers, campaigners in the sex industry, and, even the humble bicycle, all played a part in tackling the most enduring social injustice. It’s a story that puts the battle for the vote at the turn of the twentieth century in its true context. Vickery argues it’s a war that’s still going on today. This series airs Sunday, March 19. Individual episodes include:

  • 7:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #101 — The suffragette campaign was the conclusion of a fight women had been waging for hundreds of years.
  • 8:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #102 — During Queen Victoria’s reign, extraordinary women changed the opportunities of their gender.
  • 9:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #103 — A look at how the Edwardian suffragette movement became a quasi-terrorist organization.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing is a feature that tells the story of a Victorian-era British socialite, Ada Lovelace, who was one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers, and airs at 10:00 pm.

Science Night Mar. 8

This science night takes you on a journey through the jungle and back and forth through time. Watch monkeys and super batteries, then end your night with a nostalgic trip back in time to the ’70s when traveling was much, much different.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys! Catch the Love installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Mini Series, airing at 7:00 pm.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet, on Search For The Super Battery, airing at 8:30 pm.

Journey back to a simpler time-before the Internet, GPS or airline security lines-when the roadtrip and hitchhiking reigned both at home and abroad. In this nostalgic special, Traveling In The ’70s, host Dean Cycon explores how travel has changed over the past 50 years, airing at 10:00 pm.

 

Highlights Mar. 5 – 11

KLRU Highlights

After Antietam, the Greens suffer a setback and Pinkerton’s inquiry heats up. Foster and Samuel visit Foster’s family plantation, where they intervene in a difficult labor. Catch Mercy Street, this Sunday at 7:00 pm.

The Young England episode of Victoria airs Sunday night at 8:00 pm and again Saturday night at 8:30 pm.

Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades on John Denver: Country Boy, which airs at 9:30 pm on Sunday.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as The Band’s “farewell concert appearance,” and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young and more. Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978. The Last Waltz has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. The Last Waltz airs at 8:00 pm on Monday and again at 9:30 pm on Saturday.

Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D’Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others. Patsy Cline: American Masters airs Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

In Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller, join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker and an exclusive look at the upcoming production THE VIETNAM WAR, airing at 8:30 pm on Tuesday.

Carl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, airing at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys! Catch the Love installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Mini Series, airing at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet, on Search For The Super Battery, airing Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Journey back to a simpler time-before the Internet, GPS or airline security lines-when the roadtrip and hitchhiking reigned both at home and abroad. In this nostalgic special, Traveling In The ’70s, host Dean Cycon explores how travel has changed over the past 50 years, airing at 10:00 pm on Wednesday.

Thomas Haden Church is an actor best known for his roles in Spider-Man 3, Easy A and most recently the HBO TV series Divorce. Find out more about Church on Overheard with Evan Smith, airing Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird”, on The Daytripper, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Known for his chart-topping hit songs “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” singer and songwriter Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album as the only artist to have won all four major Grammy categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Now, Cross returns to the spotlight in CHRISTOPHER CROSS AND FRIENDS, a concert special recorded live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas for Austin City Limits Live (ACL Live). See the special airing Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990, in Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, airing at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

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 7:00 pm Friday night.

Brit Floyd celebrates the amazing musical legacy of Pink Floyd in truly spectacular fashion in front of sell out audiences in Liverpool, Red Rocks and Amsterdam. Combining the latest state-of-the-art technology and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle lighting design, Brit Floyd creates a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome, with brand new behind the scenes footage and interviews. Watch Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, which airs Friday at 9:30 pm.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last Of The Breed, airing Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

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 Saturday night at 8:00 pm.

 

This is it… let’s #AmplifyATX & #YourKLRU!

This is it! Are you ready to #AmplifyATX and #YourKLRU?

KLRU and more than 600 Austin area non-profits are amplifying Austin to help raise $9 million for Central Texas in just 24 hours. And KLRU has made it a goal to raise $50,000 by 6pm tomorrowYour gift during Amplify Austin will help us meet our goal and build a more informed, connected and educated community.

So what are you waiting for? See the impact your gift can have on Central Texas today:

  • $50 = 1 hour PBS KIDS programming, like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • $150 = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening in libraries and other neighborhood spots
  • $250 = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming, like PBS NewsHour
  • $500 = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a local summer STEM program
  • $1,000 = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

And help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – repost, retweet and regram KLRU’s Amplify Austin social media posts! Use #YourKLRU to show your support for public television in Central Texas and help expand our reach.

Thank you for amplifying your community-supported public television station, YOUR KLRU!

6th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW 3/16

Join Austin City Limits and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS at the 6th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW on Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m in the  GSDM courtyard. The event is free but you must RSVP to attend.

This year’s lineup is our biggest yet and in keeping with Austin City Limits tradition of bringing audiences “Great Music. No Limits,” includes some of music’s most buzzed about artists from across the globe and stateside: blues revivalist duo Little Hurricane, Canadian country standout Colter Wall, U.K. rockers Sundara Karma, Third Man recording artist Lillie Mae, Minneapolis breakout rapper/singer Lizzo, Australian indie-folk up-and-comer Slow Dancer and veteran indie music outliers R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner.

Even better, you can listen to music while enjoying free (while supplies last!) Bloody Marys from Tito’s Vodka, beer from Shiner Beer and breakfast tacos from Tacodeli. Bloody Mary Morning is brought to you by our friends The Guild, NetApp and YETI. So make it a Bloody Mary Morning like Willie would want you to!

You don’t need to be a SXSW badgeholder to attend – Bloody Mary Morning is free and open to the public. You can RSVP here. Please join us!