Highlights 9/21 to 9/27

“Celtic Thunder” at 7 p.m. Sunday features five male vocalists taking part in a celebration of Celtic heritage.

The IRA expert shares strategies viewers can implement to safeguard their retirement savings on “Stay Rich Forever & Ever With Ed Slott” at 9 p.m. Sunday.

“Lifeguard” follows the influence of family, religion, and anti- communism on Ronald Reagan from his youth to presidency in “American Experience” at 8 p.m. Monday.

Flutist James Galway joins conductor Lorin Maazel in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony in “Live from Lincoln Center” at 10 p.m. Monday

“Nova” at 7 p.m. Tuesday reveals the dark secrets of black holes, from their birth to their destructive waves of energy.

The four brothers who founded the movie studio in 1923 and its early films and stars are explored in part one of “The Warner Bros. Story” in “American Masters” at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Warren Beatty and other industry insiders discuss the movie studio’s history and its best films in part two of “The Warner Bros. Story” in “American Masters” at 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Part three of “The Warner Bros. Story” in “American Masters” at 8 p.m. Thursday features Clint Eastwood, George Clooney and great movie clips.

Jim Lehrer interviews George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry and Al Gore in “Debating Our Destiny II” at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“Killer Stress: National Geographic” at 7 p.m. Wednesday reveals just how measurable and dangerous exposure to stress response can be.

John Mayer performs on the heels of his tour for his Grammy-winning album, Continuum, in “Austin City Limits” at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 11 p.m. Friday.

“Texas Monthly Talks” at 7 p.m. Thursday speaks with Houston-born musician Billy Gibbons, whose look is as distinctive as the songs he’s written and played with ZZ Top.

“Docubloggers” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday takes a peek at some local baby bald eagles before they take flight, and meets with Sheila Smith and her 75 cats at the Shadow Cats Sanctuary.

Directed by Hector Galan, “Los Lonely Boys Cottonfields and Crossroads” at 9 p.m. Thursday tells the story of the band from San Angelo. Los Lonely Boys have rocked their way to the top of the American music industry, determined to fulfill their father’s long-held dream.

“Spain… On the Road Again” at 10 p.m. Friday follows Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali as they visit Madrid and Toledo and have a cooking lesson with a top chef.

“Austin City Limits” at 7 p.m. Saturday presents performances from San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park.

Highlights 9/14 to 9/20

“American Soundtrack: Doo Wop’s Greatest Hits” at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday features favorite moments from other “American Soundtrack” specials including Doo Wop 50, Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop and Red, White and Rock.

Everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks help tell the story of the legendary folk artist’s experiences on “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” at 7 p.m. Monday.

Based on his book the Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer at 9 p.m. Monday takes viewers on an exploration of intention as seen through his fresh interpretation of scientific and metaphysical thinking.

“Brain Fitnness Program” at 7 p.m. Tuesday teaches viewers to drive beneficial chemical, physical and functional change in the brain.

The IRA expert shares strategies viewers can implement to safeguard their retirement savings on “Stay Rich Forever & Ever With Ed Slott” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Dan Rather host a look at the icon’s spiritual odyssey, featuring interviews and rare performances on “Gospel Music of Johnny Cash” at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

“Bob Dylan: Live in Newport” at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday captures performances of his greatest songs, including Mr. Tambourine Man and Blowin’ In the Wind.

“My Music: My Generation The 60s” at 7 p.m. Thursday focuses on the years 1965 – 1969 and includes essential 60s generation folk rock, R&B and pop.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen teaches how to optimize mental performance and overcome self-defeating behaviors on “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” at 9 p.m. Thursday.

“Now” at 7:30 p.m. Friday focuses on women and political power featuring special reporting by Maria Hinajosa.

Before dying of cancer, Randy Pausch gave an inspiring discussion of his life on “Last Lecture” at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Country music performers pay tribute to legendary outlaws of the Wild West in a spirited concert on “Outlaw Trail” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias

Program: Great Performances “Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias”
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 10
Time: 8 p.m.

When Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti’s peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this performance documentary looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. From his humble origins in Modena, Italy, “A Life in Seven Arias” follows “The King of the High C”’s meteoric rise, spanning his London debut in La Bohème , his triumph in La Fille du Régiment and his iconic rendition of “Nessun dorma.” In addition to a treasure trove of classic Pavarotti performances, also featured are new and archival interviews with many of the tenor’s friends and colleagues, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Plàcido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Juan Diego Floréz.

Ifill in the news

Gwen Ifill talks about her job moderating the upcoming Vice Presidential debates in a recent Washington Post article. Read the article here.

Be sure to watch Ifill tonight at 7 p.m. on KLRU as she kicks off the general election season with a special Campaign ’08 edition of Washington Week from The George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in front of a live audience.