KLRU Passport Highlights – April 2018

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Buzzworthy New Show: Jamestown 

Available exclusively online and from the producers of Downton AbbeyJamestown takes viewers back to 1619 in the New World. Virginia, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn are among the first women to arrive in the English colony and their presence causes disruption. Contracted to marry men who have paid for their passage, they have little idea of what their futures hold. Follow our heroines as they are thrust into a tangle of desire and power. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to thrive in their new home. Watch all eight episodes of Season 1 now!

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The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the Homeland

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One of our most popular documentaries is now available! The film tours 15 famous painted churches found throughout Texas. Constructed by 19th century immigrants, nearly every internal surface of the churches, from the baseboards to the apses, are covered in bright paint.

Once taken for granted, these painted churches of Texas are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. German and Czech inscriptions on the walls stand out as reminders of how far these architects traveled to find a new life in Texas.

Get inspired for your next weekend destination with this and other
local programs exclusive to KLRU Passport:

• Las Misiones: Missions of Texas
• Wine Roads of Texas

Inside the Musical
Great Performances: Hamilton’s America

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Go behind-the-scenes with this documentary that blends footage of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s writing process and scenes from the musical. Explore the stage show alongside the legacy of Alexander Hamilton. This pop culture Broadway phenomenon is the winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

From the Archives
Royal Wives at War

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The British royal family is torn apart and an empire is thrown into crisis. This drama-documentary reveals a fierce rivalry between the Queen Mother and American socialite Wallis Simpson, alongside the cultural and constitutional repercussions from their bitter feud.

⭐ Staff Pick
The Tunnel

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Adam from our Development Team is currently catching his thrills with The Tunnel. He’s been binging the entire series in preparation for the full release of Season 3 on KLRU Passport this July 1.

Starring Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), this geo-political crime drama moves between the coasts of Kent and Northern France via the Eurotunnel, against a backdrop of a continent in crisis. Intricately plotted, this series reveals how the vulnerable and powerless become mere commodities in an underworld of ideological predators.

Coming Next Month
Little Women

Watch The Trailer
May 13, 2018 — See all 3 Episodes on KLRU Passport
the same night as the on-air premiere of Part 1.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage. This three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife is directed by Vanessa Caswill (ThirteenMy Mad Fat Diary).

Joining KLRU Passport is easy!
Become a member at $60/year or $5/month and you’ll qualify.

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

 

Roadtrip through Texas when you join KLRU Passport!

Now is a great time to become a KLRU Member! When you make a gift of $60/year or $5/month, you’ll qualify for KLRU Passport
and receive exclusive content. 

Kickstart your spring Texas-style with three local Texas productions,
only available on KLRU Passport. Each program gives fascinating insight into some of the special places found along the mighty plains of our Lone Star State.

You might just find the perfect weekend destination.

Start your exploration with the hidden masterpieces inside The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the HomelandFound within 15 churches constructed by 19th century immigrants, nearly every surface, from the baseboards to the apses, are covered in paint.

Once taken for granted, these painted churches of Texas are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. German and Czech inscriptions on the walls stand out as reminders of how far these architects traveled to find a new life in Texas.

Produced by the award-winning filmmaker who brought you The Painted Churches of Texas, Tom Spencer presents Las Misiones: Missions of Texas. This moving documentary showcases the architectural beauty and historical significance of missions in San Antonio, El Paso and Goliad.

These Texas wonders are important religious and community gathering places, many of which are still functioning churches more than 300 years into their history!

Wine Roads of Texas is a breathtaking video travel guide for those interested in exploring the ever-growing and award-winning Texas wine industry. 

Narrated by the Grammy Award winning lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Benson, the series boasts gorgeous Texas scenery and a beautiful musical soundtrack. Each episode even offers tips on selecting the best Texas varietals, so you can begin testing regional wines at home!

Remember, become a KLRU Member at
$60/year or $5/month and you’ll qualify for KLRU Passport!

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

Get A Shirt, Save The Drive!

Will you help us catch up?

KLRU eliminated an entire weekend of on-air interruption, ending our fund drive two days early! That means we still have $12,000 more to raise! Can we count you in?

And when you give a gift equal to or more than $10/sustaining or $120/one-time, you can receive KLRU’s schnazzy soft cotton baseball tee as our thank you!

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KLRU is free to everyone, with no commercial influence. Without donor support, we wouldn’t exist. This spring, every child who acquires a new skill from PBS KIDS, every adult who gains broader perspective from NewsHour or Decibel and every low-income family who engages in STEM-based community workshops will benefit with your commitment to this PBS station.

Give today and shorten the KLRU Spring Fund Drive by an entire weekend!

You can help us cross the finish line!! Just 12 days ago, we set out with an ambitious but necessary goal to raise $220,000 during our Spring Fund Drive. Your contribution can make this goal a reality and allow KLRU to remain on-air, online and in the community.

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And if you give today, we can reduce our drive by two days! KLRU wants to thank all the wonderful viewers who have shown support this March by ending our fundraising drive on Friday. That means giving back our entire weekend of programming with no on-air interruptions! In order to cut off two days, we must meet our goal—can we count you in?

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As a reminder of how your dollars impact KLRU and the Central Texas community, here’s a practical breakdown of real costs and effects.

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KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, opening doors to art, entertainment and discovery. Protect this community space where everyone is welcome—your support of KLRU nurtures a Central Texas that learns and grows together.

Here’s your chance to see KLRU shows live, in person!

There’s just a week left of KLRU’s Spring Fund Drive, which means time is running out to donate toward one of the limited ticket packages we’re offering this season. Tickets are going fast—don’t wait and risk missing out!

Starting this month PBS favorites will be live in our community. KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, straight from the livingroom to the stages of Austin! Five world class shows are coming to The Long Center and ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment and know that your donation allows this community-supported public television station to thrive.

• Learn about this bestselling author’s approach to holistic well being and personal transformation with Deepak Chopra on March 31.

• Don’t miss the arresting voice of the multi-talented songwriter, pianist and guitar player Brandi Carlile as she tapes Austin City Limits on April 10.

• Catch Joe Bonamassa, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, as he tours around his newest album Blues of Desperation on May 25.

• Witness the deep influence of Nat “King” Cole on display in jazz talent Gregory Porter as the two-time-Grammy winner performs from his fifth album on June 20.

• Experience Killer Queen, named “Worldwide Best Tribute Band”, as they recreate the brilliant music and magical stage presence of the real Queen on July 28.

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Won’t you join us for a live performance? Help KLRU move toward our $220,000 goal with your gift today. Think of how important KLRU is to you and the rest of our neighbors. From Wild Kratts to Nature, to Overheard with Evan Smith and NewsHour, this is a space where there is something for everyone, no matter age or background. It’s a great time to show your support for KLRU this spring!

Become KLRU’s Sustaining Member Valentine

Hi neighbor, won’t you be a sustainer?

What do you ❤️ about KLRU? Is it the balanced news coverage? The safe, educational content on PBS KIDS? Maybe you just really love Victoria on Masterpiece? Consider the value of public television in your life, and become a Sustaining Member this Valentine’s Day!

Your gift ensures the KLRU programming you rely on stays on the air. Choose whatever amount works for you.

Become A Sustainer
Did you know your dollars have the most impact as a monthly gift? The reliable revenue stream from an ongoing donation allows KLRU to plan into the future for big projects and programming initiatives. Plus your membership is always current, saving KLRU from costly renewal fees.

The partnership you enter into as a KLRU Sustaining member supports the vast array of content we broadcast and so much more! Local screenings, educational workshops for low-income families and community-wide forums are all made possible because of YOU.

Thank you for sharing the love today!

P.S. There are Sustaining Member Perks!
• ALL KLRU Sustaining Members are granted anytime access to KLRU Passport, filled with a library of past and current series to enjoy on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
• ALL KLRU Sustaining Members get early access to every Overheard with Evan Smith taping in Studio 6A with an RSVP!

Win this shirt and show off your PBS nerd pride!

Turn heads in this fabulous green PBS Nerd Shirt. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

It’s the last day of KLRU’s 2017 March Fund Drive, but there’s still time for one more giveaway! Wear the PBS Nerd shirt and let everyone know that you support public television… and support wearing cool shirts.

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

Have you ever noticed the profile “P-Head” in the PBS logo?  We tried to recreate it in our KLRU offices, and now we want you to try!

To enter, just send us your best “P-Head” PBS Logo profile picture. It’s fun!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @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 24.

#TBT – Win this Retro PBS Logo Tote Bag

It’s almost the 50th anniversary of PBS and KLRU is celebrating with a Throwback Thursday giveaway!

PBS is dusting off some of its classic television moments to commemorate nearly 50 years on the air. Take a look at some of the featured old school episodes here.

And what better way to show off your enduring love for PBS than by rocking our retro cotton canvas bag?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU and this hip and helpful tote could be yours. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite classic PBS show and you’ll be entered.

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

Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

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

To enter, simply comment with your favorite current show on any one of KLRU’s 4 channels. We want to know what you love!

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

Win this Prickly Pear Tea Towel!

Who is Cactus Jack and how did he get such an odd nickname?

John Nance Garner IV, or “Cactus Jack” as he was known, was a Texas politician, a presidential contender in 1932 and our 32nd Vice President under FDR. While Garner was in the Texas House of Representatives, the legislature worked to choose a state flower, and he lobbied hard for the prickly pear cactus. Of course, it was the bluebonnet that won out, but hence was born his nickname Cactus Jack.

To commemorate Texas and the prickly pear cactus that Garner so loved, we’re giving away this adorable tea towel. This item is locally made by Austin artist Carolyn Kimball and provides the perfect pop of whimsy for any kitchen.

Tune into KLRU for Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating man. 

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
the Prickly Pear Tea Towel. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your choice for Texas state flower and you’ll be entered. Had you been able to cast a vote in 1901, what would you have picked?
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @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.