Command and Control screening 1/12 with Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser

American Experience will present the powerful documentary Command and Control on KLRU Jan. 10th at 8 pm. They are also giving Austin a special opportunity to see the film with the author of the book the film is based on in attendance.

On Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum (1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX), there will be a special screening followed by a conversation between Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser about the film and book. Tickets are available for purchase now.

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Command and Control is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense— chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.

Explore the Right to Assemble in Central Texas

A student is arrested at a sit-in.

A student at a sit-in for the Gay Liberation Front is arrested in the UT Ballroom.

Protests have been dominating the news. Between the Standing Rock protests and anti-Trump rallies that have cropped up in the wake of the election, images of marches and protest signs seem to be everywhere.

But how has marching for a cause impacted people’s lives here in Austin? And how can exercising that First Amendment change Central Texas?

This week, we want to have a discussion. We want to talk with you about how assembling for a cause has impacted life in Austin, and why you feel like protesting is or isn’t important. Have you marched for something? Has civil action impacted your life? Do you feel like protesting addresses the issues?

To help spark the conversation, we’ll be posting thought-provoking videos throughout the week.

The Snapshot: Right to Assemble gives a brief overview of protests in Austin that helped propel big social changes, from desegregation to recognition of LGBTQ groups.

Austin Revealed will present the stories of people who decided to personally take a stand against prejudice, from people who pushed back against segregation at Austin’s public pools to an in-depth look at the Chicano Civil Rights Movement here in Austin.

We’ll have more content throughout the week, so stay tuned! Tell us what you think about the right to assemble in the comments!

Give the gift of KLRU! End our Fund Drive early!

Give the gift of KLRU this holiday season! We have gifts, giveaways and heaps of cheer to say thank you!

Oh, and guess what? We have less than $10,000 left until we hit our goal. If we reach $220,000 by midnight tonight, we’ll end our Winter Fund Drive ahead of schedule and return to your regular, uninterrupted programming tomorrow.
YOUR support could end the drive one day early! It’s not too late to make an impact and get a thank you gift (or two) for yourself and loved ones.

Gift exchanging time is closing in and KLRU has some great offers! Some of the most popular thank you gifts of the drive have literally been flying off the shelves—like Nature Super Hummingbirds. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price together—if you’re a fan of classic outlaw country, then Last of the Breed is for you! And Downton Abbey—It will always set the bar. It will always be worth re-watching. And Lady Mary will always look fabulous while being terrible to Edith.

Everyone loves a giveaway, and we have LOTS! There’s a chance to win tickets to see Odd Squad Live! at the Long Center or warm up this winter drinking from your own Mr. Rogers sweater changing mug! Love Hamilton? Because KLRU certainly does. Enter to get a copy of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new Hamilton Mixtape. Some lucky Masterpiece fan out there will scoop up Seasons 1 & 2 of Poldark. We’ve even got a drawing for portable phone chargers—they sure do come in handy while traveling. And, of course, any true public television fan wants to throw a hat in the ring for a retro PBS tote bag! Those groceries aren’t going to carry themselves! (Entries close December 15.)

Your support will truly ensure that YOUR KLRU has a holiday season that is merry and bright! Now here’s to enjoying some eggnog, hanging some lights and maybe even putting on a Christmas episode of Downton Abbey!

KLRU wants to give your phone a CHARGE!

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. 

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: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Highlights Dec. 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants on Manners of Downtown Abbey: A Masterpiece Special Sunday at 7 pm.

On this week’s Great Masterpieces, the King is dead and England is in crisis, and the scene is set for Civil War on The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I on Sunday at 8 pm.

Take an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney on Walt Disney: American Experience Monday at 9 pm.

View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman on Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with Sesame Street and “The Muppet Show” on In Their Own Words airing Tuesday at 8 pm.

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity on From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians special, airing Tuesday at 9 pm.

This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses, named the Legendary White Stallions, and their caregivers on this week’s episode of Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. Watch as NOVA follows the experts in Mystery Of A Masterpiece airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Generations have theorized about what really happened to Van Gogh on December 23, 1888, in the French town of Arles, but no one has been clear on the details-until now. Discover the theories on Secrets of the Dead airing Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy intimate performances from singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits airing Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Join Evan Smith on Overheard, as he discusses old classics and new stories with R.L. Stine, a novelist, short story writer, and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps, Rotten School, and The Nightmare Room series. This Thursday at 7 pm.

The Lullaby Project helps teen mothers compose lullabies for their babies in order to foster connection. Their latest endeavor, The Lullaby Project, helps teen mothers compose lullabies for their babies in order to foster connection and reflection in an incredibly stressful and vulnerable time which can be viewed on Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine. He pushes his adrenaline levels on an ATV, a stand-up paddleboard, and a hang glider on this episode of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Lubbock where he explores the Texas High Plains and Texas Tech University on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his immediate family and Tony Bennett on American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered this Thursday at 9 pm and Saturday at 10 pm.

Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Visit Germany, France and Switzerland on European Christmas Markets Thursday at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 11:30 pm.

Witness award-winning, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell lead a Live from Lincoln Center event with musicians from America and Cuba, building a bridge between cultures and artistry on Joshua Bell’s Seasons Of Cuba airing Friday at 8 pm.

Grab a front row seat for one of the most thrilling Broadway concerts in memory. An all-star cast performs “New York New York,” “Cabaret” and other classic songs by the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway songwriting team of Kander & Ebb on First You Dream: The Music Of Kander & Ebb this Friday at 9 pm.

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. In each episode, the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Watch Father Brown at 8 pm on Sunday.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. Watch the pathologist solve crimes on Doctor Blake Mysteries at 8:55 pm on Sunday.


Enter to win the entire series of Downton Abbey on Blu-ray!

I Miss Downton Abbey! airs tonight on KLRU at 9:30pm.

The title nicely sums up how so many of us feel. This favorite clips and interview show highlights the amazing production work that went into creating this spectacular series.

KLRU wants to make the lack of Downton Abbey easier on one lucky person. We’re giving away the entire series—Seasons 1 through 6—on Blu-ray.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, just comment with who your favorite Downton Abbey character is, and why.

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.)
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Koko & Mister Rogers

Tune into KLRU tonight at 7pm and watch Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.

This documentary is perfect for the whole family. Getting an in-depth look at Koko learning to communicate and connect with humans through sign language is incredibly powerful. With the help of her devoted teacher, Penny Patterson, this amazing animal truly built a bridge between our two species. The lessons we still learn from Koko about the threads that bind us all together are as important as ever.

Did you know that Koko is a huge Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan? The first time she met him, she sat down and took off his shoes—just like Mister Rogers did at the beginning of each of his shows. Koko even appeared on an episode in 1998!

To commemorate both Koko and Mister Rogers, we’re giving away a Sweater Changing Mister Rogers mug!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, just send us a picture of you or someone you know changing shoes. If you happen to be wearing a Mister Rogers type sweater while you do, all the better. 

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.)
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Tell us what you’re watching and you could win this fab tote!

Giveaway survey! KLRU is more than halfway through our Winter Fund Drive! And we’re interested to learn what you’ve been tuning in to see. Tonight Part Two of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise airs. Maybe you caught Part One last Tuesday? Or perhaps another KLRU program grabbed your interest in the past week?

And don’t forget to look forward to the rest of the drive where we’ll be rolling out Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, NOVA: Great Human Odyssey and Il Volo Notte Magica, just to name a few of our great primetime options.

Whatever programs you’re enjoying on KLRU, we would love to know! Tell KLRU what your favorite episode of this 2016 Winter Fund Drive has been and you’ll be entered to win a Retro PBS Tote Bag. You clearly love PBS… might as well show that pride as you go about your day!

Just comment with your Winter Fund Drive 2016 highlight(s) 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.)
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

In the studio: David Fahrenthold tapes Overheard 12/12

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with David Fahrenthold on December 12 at 9:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.
David Fahrenthold is a reporter at The Washington Post and most recently covered the 2016 presidential campaign.

Since his time at The Post, Fahrenthold has covered Congress, the environment and D.C. police. Before graduating Harvard in 2000, Fahrenthold wrote for The Harvard Crimson.

Monday, December 12 at 9:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 8:15am
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 David Fahrenthold. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at