Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday retells the confrontation between Ernest Thompson Seton and outlaw wolf Lobo and how they set in motion a change in American hearts and minds.
To mark the centenary of Alistair Cooke’s birth in 2008, Masterpiece Special at 8 p.m. Sunday tells the story of one of the most celebrated broadcasters of the 20th century.
Masterpiece Theatre at 9 p.m. Sunday reveals “The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton,” author of “Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” and the most famous cookbook author in British history.
Rape of Europa at 8 p.m. Monday tells the epic and miraculous tale of how Europe’s art treasures survived the systematic theft and deliberate damage perpetrated by the Third Reich during World War II.
Chihuly in the Hotspot at 10 p.m. Monday offers an intimate, close-up view of the artist’s process, from initial design to completed piece.
Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday investigates how warming seas and man-made pollutants are combining to unleash toxic algae blooms decimating whales, sea lions and other marine mammals.
Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday looks at Venezuela’s controversial and outspoken president Hugo Chavez and the revolution he claims is turning his country into an anti-capitalist beacon for Latin America and the world.
Independent Lens at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday examines 15 months at Fermilab as it scours the subatomic world for the Higgs boson particle in “The Atom Smashers.”
Amazon: Super River at 9 p.m. Wednesday explores the exciting life story of the river with the world’s most diverse ecosystem.
Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday brings Gnarls Barkley’s eccentric hip-hop and R&B sounds to the stage followed by psychedelic worldbeat electronica from Thievery Corporation’s new album, Radio Retaliation.
Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday talks to Rick Riordan, best-selling children’s author of The Lightning Thief series.
Novelist Sarah Bird talks about her books and her career on Writers @ Work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday learns how influences from live music venues such as the Vulcan Gas Co. and the Armadillo World Headquarters are such a part of Austin’s culture today.
In Context at 8:30 p.m. Thursday focuses on the creative process as artists share their stories.
Kenny Chesney presents contemporary country at its finest in an intimate studio setting in Soundstage at 9 p.m. Thursday.
America’s IRA expert Ed Slott gives financial tips on Stay Rich Forever and Ever at 9 p.m. Friday.
The Brain Fitness Program at 10 p.m. Friday gives tips for getting your brain in better shape and through beneficial chemical, physical and functional change in the brain.