Highlights June 18-24

KLRU Highlights

My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday follows the affairs of Englishwoman Rose Coyne (Hattie Morahan) and her family in Northern Ireland during World War II.

Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday begins with a new crime that has all the hallmarks of a years-old unsolved murder.

Independent Lens Real Boy at 9 pm Monday is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom.

Juneteenth Jamboree Spotlight On Unsung Heroes at 10 pm Monday explores the lives of African American heroes from Texas history.

Klan on Trial at 10:30 pm Monday tells the story of how a young district attorney took on the KKK in a Texas courtroom, obtaining a guilty verdict and prison sentence against its members for the first time in U.S. history.

On Story Of China at 7 pm Tuesday historian Michael Wood explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight.

Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday plunges into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday journey  to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope

Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years on NOVA Making North America: Origins at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features David Brown, Retired Dallas Police Chief.

Yellowstone In Four Seasons at 7:30 pm Thursday in the park, Summer is for eating, Fall is for mating, Winter is for surviving and Spring is for re-birth.

Chet goes to Big Bend and Georgetown on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

See how the bakers tackle three of Paul’s toughest challenges ever: preparing a sweet dough with a twist on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys  performs in notable locations all around New York, including the world-famous Circle Line, the Unisphere and Harlem’s Apollo on Landmarks Live In Concert at 9 pm Friday.

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm

Thank you for contacting us to express your concern about School Inc.

KLRU, like all PBS stations, has aired a great many programs about education, ranging from our annual American Graduate Day programming to a wide range of documentaries exploring all aspect of the education system and process.  In this area, as in all of our programming, we strive to present different viewpoints that lead to constructive civic dialogue.  The viewpoints expressed in many of the programs we air do not reflect the opinion of the station or PBS, but we nevertheless strive for diversity in content and opinion.

School Inc. is an independent production with funders clearly identified.  An additional consideration in the case of School Inc. was that it featured KIPP Austin School. We aired this program in May.

We will share your email with the PBS Ombudsman’s office and with the producers.  We appreciate you sharing your opinion, and respect whatever decisions you make regarding your future support.

NEA Announces Grant to KLRU’s Considering Matthew Shepard television special

KLRU has received a  $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support post-production, distribution, and promotion costs for the television program Considering Matthew Shepard. Showcasing Composer and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson and the vocal ensemble Conspirare, the program will feature a performance of the concert-length work Considering Matthew Shepard, a reflection on Shepard’s life and death. The program will incorporate theatrical elements such as set design and projected images and will be offered for national broadcast.

As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announced on June 14th its second round of funding for FY 2017. This funding round includes partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA will award 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million to support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people from Idaho to Maine; in urban centers such as Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas; and in rural towns as different as Haines, Alaska and Whitesburg, Kentucky.

“The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”

NEA-funded arts activities are as diverse as the places that foster them. A folk festival in downtown Butte, Montana; a former gas station transformed into a glass foundry in Farmville, North Carolina; dance classes for children with special needs in Winter Park, Florida; and a playwrights workshop in New Harmony, Indiana are just a few of the projects included in the lists below. These lists are organized by:
State/jurisdiction and then by city/town and by;
Funding category (Art Works II, Our Town, Research: Art Works, and state and regional partnerships) and then artistic discipline/field, ranging from arts education to visual arts

Competition for NEA grants is significant. In this second funding round for FY 2017, the agency received 2,063 eligible applications. The value of NEA funding is not only its monetary impact but also its reputation. An NEA grant confers a seal of approval, allowing an organization to attract other public and private funds beyond the required 1:1 match. In 2016, the ratio of NEA dollars to matching funds was 1:9 or $500 million.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.

The Wild Kratts are coming back to Austin!

KLRU & Texas Performing Arts are proud to welcome back Wild Kratts Live! to Bass Concert Hall on January 28, 2018! Martin and Chris Kratt come to life at Bass Concert Hall in a classic Wild Kratts story.

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Tickets on sale this Friday, June 16th at 10am. For more information, please visit TexasPerformingArts.org.

KLRU NEXT Night: The Great British Baking Show! 6/15

A new season of The Great British Baking Show returns this summer to PBS and, to celebrate, we’re hosting a night where dessert comes first on the menu!  Our KLRU Next Night will take place clock Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mercury Hall, Get your tickets now!

Sample treats from some of our favorite pastry chefs and dessert spots in town:
Juliann Stoddart, Pastry Chef for Parkside Projects
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
SRSLY Chocolate
Soraiya Nagree, Owner of La Pâtisserie

Decorate your own dessert with Kellie’s Baking Co. while you sip rosé and drink beverages by local favorite Live Oak Brewing Company.

Cost for this event is $20 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services

Alamo Drafthouse & KLRU release A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story 6/14

On June 14, 2017, the Alamo Drafthouse and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the creator of Austin City Limits, will screen Keith Maitland’s feature length documentary A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY about the longest running music series on television. Called “a documentary 40 years in the making” by Paste Magazine, KLRU and Maitland’s film showcases the history and evolution of the series, featuring interviews with music luminaries including Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson. Tickets are on sale now

Screening at Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Kansas City, Omaha and Mason Park for one-night only, many of the screenings will also feature local musicians as a nod to the live performances made famous by AUSTIN CITY LIMITS television show.

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We did it! Thanks to YOU!

There’s no better way to say it… other than to say THANK YOU!

Raising $100,000 in five days, with no program interruption: that’s a tall order. But we saw firsthand how much public television means to Central Texans, raising over $108,000! You and 800 other donors gave because you believe that your only community-supported public television station is a vital local resource.

Your gift and and your stories made KLRU’s online fund drive a sincere success. The drive may be over, but the work of public television continues, and the challenges remain. Keep sharing “What’s #YourKLRU?” with others and we’ll continue responding with quality educational programming, local productions and important community services.

Thank you!

MATCH Alert: FINAL day to get $100k! What’s #YourKLRU?

It’s the last day of KLRU’s 5 day online fund drive and your last chance to help us reach $100,000 by midnight!

What’s more, to help ensure we get there KLRU has received one final $5,000 challenge match! Your response to these challenge matches truly make a difference – over $28,000 has been raised through matches thus far, with a potential to bring in over $38,000!

Many thanks to Myra Leo & Billy Atkins, Capital Grille, Emerson, Miller IDS, Valentine HR and Laura & John Beckworth & The Hobby Family Foundation for their generous matching gifts to #YourKLRU!

With just $20,000 more to go, right now your gift will effectively double in an instant putting us that much closer to our $100,000 goal!


And supporting public television is now more important than ever! Take it from KLRU Sustaining Members James & Linda Cannon.

“We are over 75-years-old, love to dance and also like to keep up with what is happening in the world.  So we record PBS NewsHour from an antenna, and when we come in after dancing until 2:00AM we watch the news. The night life is a very good life and it’s our life. Thank you for what you do, please keep it up!”

So it’s your turn! Will you step up to tell us What’s #YourKLRU and effectively see your dollar doubled in an instant by this generous match?

P.S. Do you love the informative News & Public Affairs programming found on KLRU every Friday evening? Then consider giving to KLRU’s News & Public Affairs fundraising page! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool swag like passes to the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or other PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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Science Night June 14

Meet the monkeys of Shangri-la and explore the world of sharks!

Nature Mystery Monkeys Of Shangri-la at 7 pm Wednesday is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world.

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of the Great White Shark, an endangered predator, reduce deadly attacks on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat.

2X Match: 48 hours left! $35k to go! What’s #YourKLRU?

Here’s another great testament to the importance of #YourKLRU from Nancy Pollard, Attorney and mom of three.

“KLRU is a truly invaluable asset to our entire family. Their educational resources for adults and children alike are unparalleled. I love that their educational apps are made available not just to our kids but also to kids throughout the community. We are lucky to have such a powerhouse public broadcasting organization serving our city.”

Stories like Nancy’s truly validate that public television is worthy of your support and vital to your community.

And supporting public television is now more important than ever! Did you know public television serves as America’s largest classroom? PBS provides 120,000+ trusted learning tools for teachers, parents and caregivers. Not only that, but 68% of all kids age two to eight and 82% of all U.S. television households watched their local public television station last year.


With less than 48 hours to go, we still need to raise $35,000 to reach our $100,000 goal! And right now we have an exciting $1,000 challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter Miller IDS.
Double your dollar and your impact now!

Can I count on you to help us reach our $100,000 goal and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”

P.S. Do you love the international drama programming like Masterpiece, Father Brown, Call the Midwife and more? Then consider giving to KLRU’s International Drama fundraising page! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool swag like the entire boxset of Downton Abbey on Blu Ray/DVD! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or other PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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KLRU is YOUR community-supported public television station

Additional support from:

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