Highlights 9/6 to 9/12

Experience Death Valley, one of the most inhospitable places in the world, on Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tune into Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday  at 8 p.m. to watch Inspector Lewis investigate the death of a prominent Oxford don.

Find out if a newly discovered bridge in South Carolina marks the location where the Confederates burned the bridge to thwart General Sherman’s attempt to cross into Columbia to continue his scorch-and-burn campaign Monday at 8 p.m. on History Detectives.

Take a trip down the Colorado River from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park all the way down to Mexico on Wild River: The Colorado Monday at 9 p.m.

9.13.08 Hurricane Ike Monday at 10 p.m. takes you to Galveston, Texas to view the destruction of one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Texas.

Learn how a remote lake in Southeast Asia conceals evidence of Earth’s greatest volcanic cataclysm of the last 100,000 years. An eruption that may have caused of earth’s Ice Age and pushed ancestral human populations to the brink of extinction Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Nova.

Explore the vast geologic story of Yellowstone, from glaciation to mountain-building to the gigantic caldera of a volcano Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Yellowstone: Land to Life.

PBS Previews: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. presents a preview of the new Ken Burns documentary series; the story of an idea that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

Discover what it’s like to have power over life and death through the story of acclaimed British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who has traveled to Ukraine for 15 years to treat patients who have been left to die Tuesday at 9 p.m. on P.O.V.

Explore Alaska’s visually spectacular region of glaciers, peaks, dramatic valleys, wild rivers, and a variety of wildlife in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on Crown of the Continent 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Newshour coverage of President Obama’s address to the nation.

Your Life, Your Money at 8 p.m. Wednesday presents a broad range of fundamental financial information for young adults; from basic banking to credit debt and encourages young people to be smart and proactive when it comes to their money.

Wide Angle at 9 p.m. Wednesday continues it’s unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School. The series returns in 2009 with visits to seven classrooms in seven countries to offer a glimpse into the lives of seven extraordinary children who are struggling to get what nearly all American kids take for granted: a basic education.

Grammy Award-winning band, the Foo Fighters, rock the ACL stage with songs from their latest album on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and at 9 p.m. Friday.

Sit in with Texas Tech University head football coach, Mike Leach, on Texas Monthly Talks Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Take a closer look at downtown living and the concept of urban density at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Best of Downtown.

Get an insider’s perspective when Inside flies along with the world’s best aerobatic pilots as they twist and tumble through the sky Thursday at 8 p.m.

Live From the Artists Den at 9 p.m. Thursday profiles vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn and his anthemic, classic rock-inspired band The Hold Steady as they revisit their roots to bring the Old Emigrant Savings Bank Building to life again for this special performance.

Sarah McLachlan graces the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday in support of her greatest hits set, Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan. British rising star Duffy follows with grooving pop soul.