Highlight 10/18 to 10/24

One of Earth’s most abundant mammals is now on the brink of extinction. Sunday at 7 p.m., follow a team of experts who are working to protect rhinos from poachers and nurse this species back to a healthy existence on Nature.

Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday investigates the murder of a small-time criminal that leads Lewis and Hathaway to a prominent Oxford don-turned-celebrity atheist, who years earlier had been the intended target of a botched murder attempt.

Latin Music USA is a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Learn all about the Chicano wave Monday at 8 p.m. Chicanos–Americans of Mexican descent–have always been part of the United States, and their music tells a uniquely American story. The final episode of the series, at 9 p.m., focuses on Latin pop. With an all-American appeal, Latin Pop conquered the music world, while Reggaetón went from an underground Puerto Rican sound to the top of the dance charts.

Hear Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera, and other family, friends and colleagues pay homage to the late mambo and Latin jazz legend Tito Puente on Voces, Monday at 10 p.m.

Monitor lizards, the largest lizards to walk the planet, are blurring the lines between reptiles and mammals. NOVA follows expert lizard hunter Dr. Eric Pianka as he tracks the elusive creatures through Australia’s heartland with cutting-edge “lizard cam” 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline producer/director Michael Kirk discovers early warnings of the economic crash 8 p.m. Tuesday, revealing an intense battle among high-ranking members of the Clinton administration and uncovering a concerted effort not to regulate the derivatives markets, which would become the ticking time bomb within the American economy.

Immigrants from around the world flocked to work in the mines in Butte, Montana—but what they blasted out of the 10,000 miles of tunnels was more than just copper. It was the rise of unions and multinational corporations, and the seeds of the current debate over the environment 9 p.m. Tuesday on Independent Lens.

The Power of the Poor 10 p.m. Tuesday tells the story of how a small group of economists helped defeat Peru’s Shining Path terrorists, pressured the government into making legal reforms on poverty and, in the process, became repeated targets for bombing and assassinations.

Bursting on to the international scene in 1999 as the 18 year-old wunderkind conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel has taken the classical music world by storm and will become the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in fall 2009. Join the opening night festivities on Great Performances 7 p.m. Wednesday.

See how art adapts and changes over time on Art in the Twenty-First Century at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Go into the world of art transformation with filmmaker Paul McCarthy; photographer, filmmaker Cindy Sherman; and painter, sculptor, photographer, and batiker Yinka Shonibare.

Knoxville native Kenny Chesney has parlayed his average-guy/beach bum persona into a long line of hit singles, multi-platinum albums, sell-out arena tours and a staggering number of ACM and CMA awards. See a classic Chesney performance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.

Artist Julie Speed talks with Evan Smith on Texas Monthly Talks Thursday at 7 p.m. about the stories behind her art, her life in Austin and a book about her work.

Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday follow a group of Austinites as they enjoy downtown Austin on less than $25 a day and journey to the bowels of the Austin History Center and meet the keepers of the past.

Test the best ways to keep your brain in peak condition on Life (Part 2) at 8 p.m. and discover mechanics of aging as you step into “empathy suits” designed to simulate how it feels to be older at 8:30 p.m.

Catch the third episode of Winemakers Thursday at 9 p.m. and see what happens when a diverse group of twelve men and women head into one of the most uniquely challenging and rewarding professions in the world: the business of making wine.

From the well-known landmarks to the completely obscure dives and hideaways, join host Chet Garner on Austin Daytripper at 9:30 p.m. Thursday as he takes you on an adventure throughout Central Texas and then gets you back home before dark.

Evolving at a furious rate, Bird blends rock, pop and electronica in his polyglot stew. His latest album Noble Beast, Bird brings his knockout stage presence to Austin City Limits for his debut performance Saturday at 7 p.m.