Highlights 2/1 to 2/7

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday follows the wild herds of majestic red deer in the Austrian Alps, while examining the variety of other mountain wildlife.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part one of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” the story of two sisters and their journeys to find love.

American Experience “The Polio Crusade” at 8 p.m. Monday chronicles the American experience and decades-long crusade to eradicate polio, one of the 20th century’s most dreaded diseases.

Forgotten Ellis Island at 9 p.m. Monday documents the now-abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island that provided defense against contagious, often virulent diseases.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Friday exposes the world of the National Security Agency, the world’s largest intelligence agency focused on eavesdropping on all things from cell phones to pay phones to emails both foreign and national.

Journalist Dave Iverson sets out on a personal journey to explore the debate that surrounds Parkinson’s, a disease at the center of the ongoing controversy over embryonic stem cell research, in Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday looks at the life of Petey Greene, whose language and brash style unsettled the establishment as he battled both the system and his own demons to become a leading activist during some of the most tumultuous years in recent history.

Gwen Ifill talks with legendary performer Eartha Kitt about her stage, dance and acting career in Evening with Eartha Kitt at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Great Lodges of National Parks at 7 p.m. Wednesday journeys to the desert landscape of Death Valley to the Furnace Creek Inn and the Lake Quinault Lodge in the heart of the Olympic National Forest, among others, touring America’s national parks and their historic lodges.

Entertainers Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Margaret Cho and others honor the late George Carlin, recipient of the 11th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in George Carlin: The Mark Twain Prize at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A Moveable Musical Feast at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday follows Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt as she embarks on her 2007 An Ancient Muse tour, offering a rare backstage look at one of contemporary music’s most interesting acts.

British songwriting legend Nick Lowe performs followed by Oscar-winners Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, aka the Swell Season, in Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson discusses politics on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Austin-based graphic designer and children’s book author Emma Virjan discusses her new book Nacho the Party Puppy in Docubloggers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

In Context at 8:30 p.m. Thursday visits Berlin Painter Edward B. Gordon, Austin singer Chrysta Bell and Mazatlan’s Delfos contemporary dance company.

Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers perform followed by alternative country singer Ryan Bingham in Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.