“KLRU programming was essential in forming my art.”

Local artist Hakeem Adewumi has been a creator for a long time, but he started out as another viewer like you.

“I grew up on PBS KIDS,” Hakeem tells KLRU. “I think all my friends did.”

Hakeem also distinctly recalls watching a civil rights program on KLRU that hit him hard, capturing a long history of racism and resistance.

“I really used that moment and experience,” he says. “I carry that with me to curate my art, to start talking about the importance of inclusivity and diversity and race, Black history and Black culture.”

Hakeem’s work has taken him all over the world, tracing the roots and pathways of the African diaspora. Last year, a KLRU documentary team followed Hakeem and collaborating artists for an episode of the original KLRU series Arts In Context.

Almost exactly a year ago, the episode premiered on PBS stations all over the country.

It’s something of a full circle for Hakeem: once, KLRU programming inspired and influenced him as an artist. Now, in turn, his story has become part of KLRU’s mission: to share history, art, culture and community with audiences near and far.

“My art is always with a Black lens, it’s always my perspective. But my goal at the end of the day is to always build community,” Hakeem says. “And that platform has been shared widely on KLRU. I’m super grateful for that.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

Members-only streaming access to Poldark, Vietnam, Sherlock & more!

There’s brand-new content available now on KLRU Passport!

Not sure what KLRU Passport is? It’s KLRU’s newest member benefit that provides extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming on your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device.

And with your sustaining gift of $5 or more a month or a $60 one-time contributionyou can enjoy these great new programs right away:

poldark.pngPoldark just kicked off Season 3—and all eight new episodes are available now on KLRU Passport, so you don’t have to wait another week. Binge-watch all three seasons, and gallop alongside Poldark for every thrilling, brooding moment!

vietnampassport.pngKen Burns’ The Vietnam War has captured the attention of audiences across the U.S., and with KLRU Passport you can dive deeper into this epic story. Watch the entire 18-hour documentary film series now—or catch up on episodes that you may have missed.   

Plus, over 1,000 episodes of other PBS favorites, like Antiques RoadshowFinding Your Roots, Season 4 of Sherlock and The Great British Baking Show, are available exclusively to members for streaming online and through your Apple TV or Roku device.

Become a member now with a gift of $5 or more per month!

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When you do, you can feel good about contributing to community-supported public television, and get on-demand access to some of your favorite PBS shows.

“I am still a PBS Kid.”

As Jessica Michallick recently told KLRU, being visually impaired meant missing out on certain experiences, when she was in school.

“I didn’t get to participate in the science fair,” she recalls. “I didn’t get a chance to do experiments in school.”

It’s no surprise that this memory still stands out to her. One of Jessica’s favorite shows at the time was Bill Nye the Science Guy on her local PBS station.

“[It] just gave me such interest in science. I would do little experiments at home. My parents would always find weird things that I was freezing to see what would happen to them.”

At school, Jessica also experienced bullying from other students, but another PBS favorite, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, provided a sense of acceptance and belonging.

“[Mister Rogers] did a song called ‘It’s You I Like’ . . . I felt like he was really my friend. Like I would communicate with him through the TV.”

Like Jessica, many of us still remember exactly how it felt to be bullied as kids—even decades after the fact. Furthermore, as parents, many of us are now guiding our own children through struggles with bullying.

Jessica is a member of KLRU today because she knows firsthand that PBS provides space for all children to feel care and respect—and to learn how to deal with differences.

Parents can count on KLRU for children’s media that communicates empathy and builds self-esteem—all without advertising. In fact, parents continue to rate PBS KIDS as the most trusted and safe channel for children to watch. Read more about how PBS KIDS benefits children and parents. And PBS KIDS is now available 24/7!

Today, Jessica is all grown up, but she hasn’t forgotten what a difference these programs made in her life.

“I am still a ‘PBS Kid,’ ” she says.

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

Your feedback is essential. Take KLRU’s Annual Survey!

It’s time for KLRU’s Annual Viewer Survey and your feedback is essential!

Each year KLRU asks Central Texans to tell us what we’re getting right and how we can improve. These surveys allow us to both check in with individuals while also fine-tuning bigger picture ideas for the upcoming year. The more feedback we receive, the better we can serve the community.

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The survey should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Please note that all information collected for this survey is for internal use only and will not be shared or sold to anyone.

And be entered into a giveaway for a KLRU Fan Kit when you take the survey today!

Thank you so much for participating!

 

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

Challenge Match Deadline: Your participation is critical

KLRU’s Day of Giving ends at midnight tonight! This means you have less than 6 hours left to make an impact and help us meet our $60,000 goal.

With less than $30,000 left to raise, your participation in our Day of Giving is critical.

And you don’t want to miss out on our $20,000 challenge match going on right now – every dollar received up until midnight will be automatically doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Many thanks to Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation for making this possible.

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With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everythingKLRU does counts even more on community support.

And the best way to give is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing 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

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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Your support is more important than ever! Thank you for standing with KLRU.

2x Challenge Alert: This news matters!

These days, as big events, big changes and big issues come at us fast, the trusted sources of news you find on KLRU take on even more value and importance.

PBS NewsHourFRONTLINE and Washington Week in Review offer the kind of reliable reporting and analysis you need – thoughtful, thorough, civil and TRUSTED.

At a time when the future of federal funding is in real danger, YOUR viewer support is absolutely vital! And longtime KLRU supporters Lonnie and Polly Cooper couldn’t agree more.

“In a mounting world of noise and political agendas, KLRU and PBS is one of the only media outlets that earns our trust and appreciation each and every day. It’s important to us that PBS presents a multitude of perspectives on a viewpoint, issue or event in history.”

This is why Lonnie and Polly Cooper are committed to making a big impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving with a $15,000 challenge match to the Central Texas community. For every dollar received today, the Coopers will contribute the same amount up to $15,000, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $30,000 (that’s halfway to our $60,000 goal)!

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Your ongoing monthly gift or one-time contribution will help ensure that the funding for this essential news coverage stays strong:

$20/month or $250 donation = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$40/month or $500 donation = 1 hour of trusted public affairs programming
$80/month or $1,000 donation = 2 hours of trusted public affairs programming

There’s simply no substitute for the independent, public mission that stands behind our commitment to bring the best in news and public affairs.

And there’s no substitute for YOU in this mission. YOU make these essential programs possible.

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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24 hours to make an impact!

You have 24 hours to make an impact starting tonight at midnight!

Over the past several drives you’ve allowed KLRU to shorten the amount of hours spent fundraising on-air, giving you back more of the programs you love. And this August we’re doing it again by cutting a full week off the on-air drive! But we need your support to make it happen…

KLRU has just 24 hours to raise $60,000! August 1st begins KLRU’s Day of Giving and I’m officially challenging you to make an impact by making a donation.

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And the best way to accept this challenge is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and will make a lasting difference in 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

Giving Day only gifts! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before they run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

The future of KLRU and its public mission belong to you. Please show your support for the programs you love on KLRU now with your contribution.

KLRU NEXT Night: Going Batty on 7/27

Head down to the water at the beautiful Waller Creek Boathouse on Thursday, July 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to learn about the bats that help make Austin so unique.

Fly like a bat, explore a cave and more with Samsung’s exciting VR Gear. Then glide over and snap a photo with the Galaxy S8! Show off your best pose at our bat wing wall, and craft some batty accessories to take home. Enjoy beer, wine and tequila cocktails from Twin Liquors.

Did you know bats are prolific pollinators? Grab a popsicle from GoodPop, made of watermelon and agave, two ingredients we can thank bats for!

Then it’s time to fly – at the end of the night, head down to the dock for the best view in town to watch the 1.5 million bats take flight!

Cost for this event is $15 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today!

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