A powerful connection with KLRU


Christy Carpenter, daughter of Liz Carpenter and  KLRU Board Member & Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

I cannot imagine life without public television – it provides essential daily nourishment for my mind and spirit. It’s my go-to place to gain a clearer perspective and better understanding of my community and my world. From public affairs to history to culture to entertainment and more – it enhances and enriches my life. It’s like a good friend that I can count on.

The fact that KLRU is not commercially driven makes all the difference. It addresses us as citizens rather than as consumers and focuses on quality rather than ratings. KLRU provides a kind of community glue – tying us all together, celebrating what makes Austin unique, keeping us informed about Central Texas issues and healing us in times of tragedy. Moreover, the station’s educational outreach and area partnerships magnify its impact in ways not visible on the screen. This kind of connection is powerful and unique.

Your donation helps KLRU produce outstanding programming right here such as Austin City Limits, Overheard with Evan Smith and BBQ with Franklin – showcasing Austin life and culture to viewers not only in Central Texas but throughout the country. Your support also helps bring PBS programming to our entire community, reaching all ages, from our youngest learners to our long-time fans.

These are the reasons I’m committed to supporting KLRU during this fundraising drive, and I’m asking you to join me. As a Board Member, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 challenge match from the KLRU Board of Directors. For every dollar you donate, KLRU’s Board will contribute the same amount up to $50,000, potentially raising $100,000 for the station during this drive!

Supporting KLRU is a way of demonstrating your appreciation for what makes our public television station so special. Won’t you make your gift today so everyone in Central Texas can continue to benefit from KLRU’s quality, educational and informational programming?


Christy Carpenter
KLRU Board Member
Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Daughter of Liz Carpenter & Fifth-Generation Texan


Special offer: Tickets to see Andrea Bocelli Live in Austin


This December, don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli when he performs at the Frank Erwin Center as part of only 8 concert dates on his U.S. tour. KLRU is in the midst of a fundraising drive and we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our viewers to attend this exclusive performance on December 8th at 7:30pm.

Donate $500 today for a pair of upper level tickets. Donate $650 today for a pair of lower level P2 tickets. Or donate $1,000 today to receive a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the show.

Want to make it a true night on the town? Be one of five people who donate $1,500 today for a gift certificate for “dinner for two” at The Capital Grille and a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the performance – some of the best seats in the house!

These are special seats reserved just for KLRU donors! Tickets are limited so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see Andrea Bocelli onstage with conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez.

Give to #YOURKLRU today for a chance to win ACL Fest passes!

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Photo by Roger Ho

KLRU is offering our viewers a special incentive this August! GIVE any amount via the form below and you will be entered in to the giveaway for a pair of passes to an ACL weekend! That’s ALL 3 days! Choice of weekend one or two winners are selected at random.

Here is how it works:
Post your favorite ACL Fest photo to Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag @klru and use the hashtag #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winners on September 6th!

Preschool Years


AmGradIcon-ResourcesBuilding a foundation for school success starts with the earliest days of life. Early childhood education is a major focus of PBS so we have lots of resources to share. KLRU also has deep connections with the Central Texas early childhood educational community.

If you are looking for quality early childhood programs for your child, or to help you raise your child or someone else’s, we suggest you call United Way’s 211 telephone number. They receive current information on open slots in high-quality child care programs, home visiting programs, and parent/family workshops.  They can also provide information on how to get support for more basic life needs, such as:

  • hunger
  • curious georgehomelessness
  • medical care
  • mental health care
  • vision/hearing

This tool provides ideas for building children’s readiness for Kindergarten:

E3 School Readiness Parent Guide 

Are you a parent, teacher, or educator looking for fun, safe, high-quality educational media for kids?  KLRU Kids has games, videos and much, much more. 

For more fun and learning with young children, we suggest the following free/low-cost options:

smart screen time

Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.

Ways Adults Can Help


Take the next step, get involved!  Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement. Having adults who are both caring and consistent can help keep youth on the path to graduation. Be a mentor!

Programs that have a mentoring component:

enrollmentPaid Opportunities
Americorps– engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. (MS/HS)
Breakthrough-provides out-of-school learning and academic case management for middle school-college students
CARY– (Council on At Risk Youth)- partners with school districts, youth service agencies, universities and juvenile justice agencies toward achievement of the objectives of prevention of youth violence, drug abuse and delinquency. (MS/HS)
College Forward-builds trust, bolster motivation, and deliver personalized strategies that help each student get into and complete college. For 11th grade-college students.

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ACE (Architecture. Construction. Engineering)-Students in the ACE program typically work closely with their mentors on projects that provide hands-on experience in solving the types of design, engineering and construction challenges industry professionals confront every day. (HS)
Austin Partners in Education– APIE mentors work one-on-one and help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence (any grade within Austin ISD). 
Big Brother, Big Sister– nurture children and strengthen communities through an array of programs such as the Community Based Program, Juvenile Justice Initiative, School-to-Community Program, Military Mentoring and Program Building Our Future – The Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center. (all ages) 
Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA– volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. (all ages)
E4 Youth– helps bridge the gap between underserved youth and creative commercial arts careers; Identify, nurture, and promote talent through training, mentoring and internships. (MS/HS)
Explore Austin– combines the benefits of mentoring and outdoor adventure in a six-year program for underserved youth (6th-12th grade).
ICUSP– to promote academic achievement and child well-being in central Texas by bringing together resources from the local community, the University of Texas, and local schools.  (MS/HS)
OutYouth– promotes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well being of sexual and gender minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. (MS/HS)
Project Males– (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) This project connects undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin with Austin-area high school males. (HS)
Southwest Key Programs– connects adults with youth who are involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. (10-17 yrs).
VICTORY– (Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth) Offers free tutoring to students at designated branches of the Austin Public Library. Students are matched on a 1:1 basis with volunteers from the greater Austin community (1st-12th grade).  
YES (Youth Empowerment & Success) Mentoring-Partnerships for Children– aimed at improving youth’s self-esteem and enhancing their ability to make responsible decisions through training, mentoring and financial support. (MS/HS) 
Youth Advocacy– a service-minded group of people focused on intervention services and substance abuse prevention with a primary focus on children and their families in urban and low-income areas (10-14 yrs of age and reside in or go to school in 78744).

Programs with a particular focus on either boys or girls: 

COBRA- (Community of Brothers in Revolutionary Alliance) is a mentoring program for high school boys (9th -12th grade).
Communities In Schools: XY-ZONE Program
– supports and guides adolescent males as they journey into manhood.  It is a leadership development and peer support program that develops productive life skills in high school-age, at-risk males.
Project MALES– (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) This project connects undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin with Austin-area high school males.
100 Black Men of Austin –  to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. (all ages) 

Girls:Explorer DC 6
Ann Richards School– an all-girls public school for the Austin Independent School District (6th-12th grade). 
Con Mi Madre-Young Latinas and their mothers enroll and are offered an array of services including: mother-daughter conferences, college visits, campus meetings, community service activities, counseling, and mentoring throughout the year (6th- 12th grade).
GENAustin to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood (3rd-12th grade).
Girl Start– Provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs (K-12 girls).
Latinitas– empower Latina youth through media and technology (12-17 yrs).
VOICES-(Verbally Outspoken Individuals Creating Empowered Sisters) is an academic leadership program for high school girls (9th-12th grade).

Watch videos about the difference adult participation can make.

For more information about mentoring programs in Central Texas, search the Youth Services Mapping database.



Pathways to Success


The road to success is paved differently for everyone but thankfully, Central Texas offers many different pathways and supports toward high school graduation and beyond.

Local programs that work directly with educators, families and youth to support youth, strengthen families, and improve schools: 

  • busAfrican American Youth Harvest Foundation offers programs and scholarships for African American youth and support for their families (K-12)
  • AchieveTexas – from the Texas Education Agency, guidance for 16 different career pathways (HS)
  • Austin Justice Coalition offers Saturday Schools for HS-age African-American Youth
  • Austin Voices for Education & Youth building community, family and youth leaders in schools, providing families additional supports to keep kids in school and healthy (MS/HS)
  • AVANCE – Austin  training and support for Spanish-speaking families with young child (ages 2-4)
  • AVID prepares students for college starting in their MS/HS courses
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas connects youth with adult mentors and supports the pairs in their experiences (ES/MS/HS)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area offers affordable/free after-school and summer programs that focus on academic success, physical health, developing community, and providing service to others (ES/MS/HS)
  • Breakthrough Austin finds youth in 6th grade and supports them through entrance into college (MS/HS)
  • CARY helping youth who have problems with discipline/attendance get back on track (MS/HS)
  • Changing Expectations supports schools, parents, and youth with programs and information about Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs (K-12)
  • Claim Your Destiny  – workshop series for youth to develop their leadership skills and college readiness (HS)
  • College Forward pairs HS students with young adults who can support them through one year of college-ready study
  • Communities in Schools of Central Texas supporting youth and their families in low-income communities and schools (PreK-12)
  • Con Mi Madre uses the power of the Latina mother-daughter bond to help see girls through HS and college graduation (6th grade – college)
  • Creative Action supporting academic learning through arts, creativity and socioemotional programs in schools, in after-school programs, and in community events (PreK-12)
  • E3 Alliance RAISEup Texas – Helping middle schools in Central Texas advance student learning for all, but especially for students who struggle to learn key skills. (MS)
  • Financial Aid Saturdays offered by the Austin Chamber of Commerce help HS seniors and their families complete the necessary paperwork for financial assistance from the government and/or the colleges they hope to attend.
  • Foundation Communities affordable housing communities with afterschool programs and additional supports (PreK-12)
  • ICUSP (Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships) offers mentoring programs for youth of color (MS/HS)
  • Latinitas helps Latina girls and teens to develop their voices in journalism, media production, and life through after-school and summer programs (ages 11 and up)
  • MindPop helping schools use creative teaching and learning as a way to build student success (PreK-12)
  • Muslim Youth of North America – Austin Chapter Young Muslim adults supporting Muslim teens as they navigate school and society (HS) 
  • No Place for Hate curriculum and support for schools to improve student harmony and decrease prejudice and bullying (PreK-HS)
  • 100 Black Men of Austin mentors African-American young men and offers workshops and additional resources for the whole family (MS/HS)
  • Project Males of the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is a mentoring program for Latino males and males of color that uses its research to improve graduation rates for males of color for both high school and college (PK-college)
  • Skillpoint Alliance – STEM Innovation Camps for youth ages 3-14, and Velocity Prep Summer Programs that offer HS youth the chance to solve community problems using cutting-edge technology and smart strategies. (PreK-12)
  • University Leadership Initiative is led by undocumented students at local colleges and universities. They share current information with undocumented high school students about their post-graduation options and how to prepare for college life. (HS)
  • Upward Bound at Texas State University works with local HS students from low-income and first generation HS families to develop their skills and confidence to succeed in college
  • YMCA offers free and low-cost programs for kids and families ages 2 and up, including preschool readiness, after-school care through 5th grade, and programs for teens. Contact your local YMCA to see what programs they offer (ages 2-adult).

Alternative pathways to a high school diploma:ExcelCenterGrad



Programs with a focus on health and well-being for youth and their families:

  • BRAIN DRAIN for webCaritas fights poverty, hunger, and homelessness
  • Foundation Communities offers affordable housing and additional family services
  • Life Works assists families and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse, and family conflict
  • The Settlement Home provides housing and support to youth removed from their families
  • Urban Roots uses food and farming to help youth inspire, engage, and nourish their communities
  • Ventanilla de Salud offers health education, free health screenings, and referrals to community health services in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin.

Other National Programs and Resources

Boys & Girls Club East

  • Better Make Room a text-message based program that helps HS youth get ready for college
  • Big Future college preparation for undocumented students (HS)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation college connections and funding for highly gifted HS youth
  • No Place for Hate curriculum and support for schools to improve harmony and decrease prejudice (PreK-12)
  • Phoenix House individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment

Watch videos about students on the path to success.

For more information about programs for youth in Central Texas, search the Youth Services Mapping database.

Highlights August 28- Sept. 3

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey at 7 pm.

Next at 8:30 pm Sunday, relive the thrilling first season of Inside Poldark with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

Rick Stevens’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 pm Sunday distills Steves’ 30 years of travel experience into an information-rich two-hour special. Rick dispenses practical advice on enjoying a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on his favorite 3,000-mile “Best of Europe” loop – Amsterdam, Germany’s Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London – Rick shares the essential skills of smart travel.

Monday at 7 pm, travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now on Antiques Roadshow. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item’s value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?

Birth Of A Faith at 8 pm Monday begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as a guide, host Jonathan Phillips traces the life of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection.

Following at 9:15 pm on Ancient Roads From Christ to Constantine The Great Missionary meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. Journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten and on the brink of death.

On part two of Jackie Robinson at 7 pm Tuesday Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Later at 9:40 pm Tuesday, discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on Highwaymen: American Masters. Told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, tune into Nature Leave It To Beavers.’ A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

Next at 8:30 pm Wednesday, watch as NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

On Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum at 10 pm Wednesday Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema on Thursday at 7 pm, Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.

Later at 10:30 pm on The Daytripper, Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom.


Science Night 8/31


Love animals? Make sure to catch our lineup of programs featuring beavers and creatures of the sea. Only on Science Night!

NatureLeave It To Beavers‘ – airs at 7 pm
Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

NOVACreatures Of Light‘ – airs at 8:30 pm
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Your choice is clear with KLRU


Matt Winkler,  KLRU Board Member and Chairman & Founder of Asuragen, shares why he’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

Here’s a question: where does a curious mind go for stimulation? With your TV remote in hand, there is so much out there competing for our attention, including KLRU. Why choose public television when there’s so much else? 

I believe viewers like you and I choose KLRU because it gives us a window to more—more choice, higher value and true discovery. I choose KLRU because I depend on its diverse and interesting content which is available nowhere else. Few have the freedom to travel the globe, but with KLRU we can all explore the world, be entertained with phenomenal international hits and dig into ground-breaking discoveries, all from home.

KLRU gives me the choice to support and enjoy a channel that is driven by community, not commercial interests. Perhaps KLRU has given you the choice to sit down with your child in front of programming you know is safe and educational. Or maybe KLRU has given you the choice to watch locally sourced and produced shows that highlight the diversity and beauty of our Central Texas home. For me the choice is clear. 

During this month’s fundraising drive I’m committed to supporting to KLRU, and I encourage you to join me. As a member of the Board of Directors, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 Board Challenge Match, so when you give a gift of any amount to KLRU, your donation, and its impact, will automatically be doubled.

Will you help our Central Texas community preserve our only public television station so we ALWAYS have this wonderful choice? Please make your gift of support now. 


Matt Winkler
KLRU Board Member
Chairman and Founder, Asuragen

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tickets + Meet & Greet!


The iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to One World Theater and we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, along with an exclusive Meet and Greet!

KLRU is so excited to share this wonderful opportunity to see the band that had such a huge hand in shaping the folk, country and rock movements of the 60s! Their music has been inspiring fans and musicians alike for over 50 years and they’re still going strong.

During this August Pledge Drive we’re airing Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back where this influential band is joined by special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

This music has been fundamental for multiple generations. Help us to continue bringing celebrated art to your screen and the KLRU community by donating now. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to meet Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and see them in concert October 20, 2016.

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing an album that has had a meaningful impact in your life.

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!