Caritas of Austin Words of Hope Dinner 9/14

Tomi and Pete Winstead

KLRU is proud to be a media sponsor of this year’s Words of Hope dinner on September 14, 2017. The Words of Hope dinner is Caritas’ largest annual fundraising event featuring an author or prominent figure whose story reflects Caritas’ mission and work. The event honors Tomi and Pete Winstead with the 26th Annual Harvey Penick Award for “Excellence in the Game of Life.”

For 30 years, Pete and Tomi have been inspiring change and empowering good in Central Texas through their leadership and philanthropy. Together, the couple has been deeply involved with the Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, KLRU-TV Public Television, and Ronald McDonald House. They have also supported Caritas of Austin’s work and mission for over 20 years.

Pete played key leadership roles in the development of the first YMCA in East Austin, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, and the creation of many of Central Texas’ newest toll roads which has helped dub him the “Mayor of Mobility.” He has served as the Chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, President of the Real Estate Council of Austin, and currently serves as a Board member for the American Heart Association, St. Edward’s University, and the Austin Area Research Organization. Pete is also the founding shareholder of Winstead PC law firm.

Tomi’s leadership in the community began in the 1980s serving on the Board of organizations like CASA, KLRU-Public Television, and chairing the Board of Austin Family House and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Some of her proudest accomplishments include serving as co-chair of the capital campaign to build the new Ronald McDonald House at the Dell Children’s Hospital Campus and her involvement with the opening of Austin City Limits’ new site at the Moody Theatre.

Tomi and Pete will be married 38 years this April. They are grateful to be a part of making Austin the thriving city it is today, and they are proud parents to 5 children and grandparents to 10 grandchildren.

Tickets for the dinner at the JW Marriott are still available at

Highlights Sept. 3 to 9

KLRU Highlights

See how whispers of a cursed hospital ward and a seemingly innocuous death begin a chain of events lead to Endeavour’s investigation of the hospital, staff and patients on Endeavour Season 4 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy on POV The Grown-ups at 9 pm Monday.

Explore the complex life and enduring legacy of the iconic filmmaker on part two of Walt Disney: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday.

“The Man Who Knew,” the extraordinary tale of the life and death of FBI Special Agent John O’Neill on Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday. n expert on counterterrorism, O’Neill had long believed the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda could launch a devastating attack on America.

See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water on Earth’s Natural Wonders at 7 pm Wednesday.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday explores the forces behind deadly landslides—and the danger zones for the next big one.

India – Nature’s Wonderland at 9 pm Wednesday continues exploring India and meet a man who spent 30 years planting his own rainforest.

Alt.rock superstar Beck performs on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur.

Living Springs at 7:30 pm Thursday examines the history, science and culture of Austin’s iconic Barton Springs.

Chet heads to San Saba and Taylor on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Discover the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese-American painter on American Masters Friday at 8 pm.

Brie Arthur turns yards into foodscapes and volunteers change a food desert with a food forest and vegetable gardens on Central Texas Gardner at noon Saturday.

Highlights Aug. 27-Sept. 2

KLRU Highlights

When morality advocate Joy Pettybon receives a death threat, Endeavour must protect her at all costs on Endeavour Season 4 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural North Carolina on POV at 8 pm Monday.

An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers on Walt Disney: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday.

Frontline League Of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis at 8 pm Tuesday the National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime.

Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Kilimanjaro on Earth’s Natural Wonders at 7 pm Wednesday.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday reveals the untold story of the biggest flying machines ever made: Germany’s war zeppelins.

Join a journey through India to discover its rich culture and rare wildlife on India – Nature’s Wonderland at 9 pm Wednesday.

Revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features T.C. Boyle, an author who has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool on Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 7:30 pm Thursday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Chet visits Laredo and Glen Ross on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Take an unconventional look at the fiercely independent filmmaking style that emerged in the late 1980s-90s on Richard Linklater: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Author Shelley Cramm unites gardens and faith and tour a design that feeds both soul and body on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Alt.rock superstar Beck performs on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

Highlights August 20-26

KLRU Highlights

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century on Africa’s Great Civilizations starting at 11 am Sunday. All six hours air back-to-back.

Follow Endeavour, who while struggling with Joan Thursday’s sudden departure, is consumed by a nightmarish hunt for a serial killer on Endeavour Season 4 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation on NOVA Eclipse Over America at 8 pm Monday and 7 pm Wednesday.

Follow two Native-American judges who reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for their youth on POV Tribal Justice at 9 pm Monday.

Twenty years after Princess Diana’s death, Diana – Her Story at 7 pm Tuesday reveals her story in her own words. What emerges is the narrative of a shy young girl who stepped onto the world stage in 1980 and departed in 1997 as its most famous woman.

Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. Find out more on Farthest – Voyager In Space at 8 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Steve Case is Co-Founder of AOL and a venture capitalist.

Chet visits Big Bend, Terlingua, Moutn Pleasant and Palestine on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Meet a 9th-grader growing food for the hungry and a Vietnamese immigrant in her culinary garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

You could win it all! ACL All Access

KLRU is selling 400 ACL All Access raffle tickets each ticket is priced at $100. Get your tickets now! Four lucky winners will win an October filled with Austin City Limits prizes including:

  • Two (2) VIP Badges for Weekend One or Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival,
    October 6 – 8 or October 13 – 15
  • Two (2) Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration,
    Wednesday, October 25
  • Two (2) Passes to EVERY Austin City Limits taping in October
  • Current tapings include:
    Herbie Hancock on Thursday, October 12
    More to be announced!

You could win it all! Raffle will launch on August 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. COMPLETE RAFFLE RULES

Highlights August 13 to 19

KLRU Highlights

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 3 pm and 10 pm Sunday and 8 pm Friday is a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Witness Heathcliff and Cathy’s fiery romance in this adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel on Wuthering Heights at 7 pm Sunday.

Bob Ross: the Happy Painter Monday at 8 pm presents a behind-the-scenes look at the beloved public television personality’s journey from humble beginnings to an American pop-culture icon.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last Of The Breed at 9:30 pm Monday.

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 Ken Burns on Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller at 8 pm Tuesday.

Enjoy performances from Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more in this presidential gala event taped in 1961 but never broadcast on television on the JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala at 10 pm Tuesday.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature at 8:30 pm Wednesday.

The Piano Guys bring their artistry to the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado for this all-new music special at 10 pm Wednesday.

Chet heads to Big Bend on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Local PC Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday and 10 pm Saturday.

Join the legendary Paul Simon at 9:30 pm Friday on a trip through his extensive songbook in this 2012 concert recorded in London’s Hyde Park.

Create a room of your own with She Sheds author Erika Kotite and tour a colorful cottage garden at noon Saturday on Central Texas Gardener.

Savor songs from Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, Cass County, which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

KLRU visits Back To School Fairs

Young boy and yellow school bus

KLRU will be participating in two Back To School Fairs to launch the 2017-2018 school year!

Please look for our booth at the following events for great information to help you and your children have a jump on being school ready. We will have great information on our 24/7 Kids channel, free app information, activity sheets, frisbees and books to distribute.

If you miss these two events, you can catch us at:

UPDATE: Sustainer Challenge

With less than 3 days left to take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge, only 40 more Sustainers are needed to meet the goal by this Friday!

Because of your overwhelming response, we met our original goal of 200 and have a new stretch goal to reach 350 sustainers by THIS FRIDAY!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece


When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.


Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Together, we can meet this stretch goal and ensure that KLRU continues to thrive!

Solar Eclipse Resources for Families & Educators

The solar eclipse on August 21st is fast approaching.  You can watch it live on KLRU Q starting at 1:30 pm.
Follow the links to explore ways to engage kids as they learn about the solar eclipse. And by all means, do NOT let them look directly at the eclipse when it occurs without special protection!

In addition to the above resources, NOVA will be airing a special episode called Eclipse Over America on Monday, August 21 at 8:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU. It will air 2 days later on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU.

For younger students, you may want to show the kids the 13 minute Ready Jet Go! Total Eclipse of the Sunspot episode that teaches kids about the solar eclipse and how to create a pinhole box viewer to be able to see the eclipse without hurting their eyes. Airtimes

  • Tuesday, August 15th at 1:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU
  • Tuesday, August 15th at 5:30 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Friday, August 18th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Saturday, August 19th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Sunday, August 20th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Thursday, August 31st at 5:30 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
  • Monday, September 25th at 1:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU

Here is the Pinhole Eclipse Projector activity sheet from Ready Jet Go:

We hope you’ll be able to guide your students in their discoveries about the solar eclipse!