Highlights 11/1 to 11/7

The most important and most dangerous moments of an animal’s life is its birth. Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday follows the birth and first day of various animals ranging from marmoset to moose, to elephant and gorilla.

More than 40 years after the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl, the hunt for the killer resurfaces on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday when high-profile TV journalist, Catherine Heathcote begins to unravel the mystery.

Charles Mitchell, President of the National City Bank (now Citibank), and a small group of bankers, brokers, and speculators manipulated the stock market, grew wealthy, and helped create the economic boom of the Twenties. Monday at 8 p.m., American Experience: The Crash of 1929 captures the unbounded optimism of an age, at a time when the stock market promised permanent prosperity.

In March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide over three million jobs in natural resource conservation. Civilian Conservation Corps: American Experience tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments 9 p.m. Monday.

In 1913 Atlanta, 13-year old Mary Phagan, was found dead in the basement of the National Pencil Company and police focus on Phagan’s boss, Leo Frank, a Jewish engineer recently arrived from New York. Frank’s murder trial, People V. Leo Frank 10 p.m. Monday, becomes a free-for-all of racial stereotypes and contradictions.

NOVA presents the first of a three-part special that investigates new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human Tuesday at 7 p.m.. Becoming Human—Part 1 explores clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed “Lucy’s Child.”

With over four million children now on behavior modifying medications, Frontline continues its investigation into the controversial practice of medicating kids Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Independent Lens follows the efforts of American Indian tribes as they explore ways to bring renewable energy projects into their communities. Now for the first time in 60 years, Native Americans may receive some economic justice for the harm caused to their natural resources at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

In a celebration of womanhood, this Independent Lens follows contestants in their quest for the Miss Navajo Nation crown, and features personal stories of recent winners Tuesday 10 p.m.

Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize honors Bill Cosby with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A notable list of entertainers honor Cosby, a man who has dominated the field of comedy for 40 years.

M. Ward graduates from guest to his own headline performance, highlighting his latest LP, Hold Time with Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River following on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 p.m and Friday at 9 p.m.

Texas Monthly Talks at 7p.m. Thursday interviews Gail Collins, a popular columnist for The New York Times who recently finished her fourth book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.

Learn how you can make a big difference by making small changes to recycle, then check out Art City Austin, where hundreds of artists descend on Austin for the city’s largest and longest running outdoor art fair all on Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Catch Life (Part 2) Thursday to see how Baby Boomers on are re-inventing retirement with rewarding Encore Careers at 8 p.m. Then learn the pros and cons of either retiring in your same community or moving to a new place on Should I Stay or Should I Go at 8:30 p.m.

Winemakers at 9 p.m. Thursday proves that understanding wine’s relationship to food is essential if you want to become a good wine maker. Contestants work in teams of two and are given a challenging three-course menu, a $150 budget and an hour to find the right wines to pair with the meal.

For the season one finale of The Austin Daytripper at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Chet travels to Fredericksburg, Texas for German food, wineries, boutique shopping, and rock climbing—all in a day’s work.

Songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 p.m. to showcase songs from his latest Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.