Highlights 11/15 to 11/21

Nature showcases the first year of a humpback whale’s life as she learns the lessons of humpback life from her mother 7 p.m. Sunday.

Masterpiece Contemporary’s “Collision – Part 1″ tells the story of a major road accident and the 10 seemingly disconnected people involved 8 p.m. Sunday.

They were called “Black Blizzards,” dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. Learn more on Surviving the Dust Bowl: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday.

Documenting the Face of America tells the inspirational stories from some of the most celebrated photographers in history 9 p.m. Monday. Narrated by Julian Bond, the program highlights the forgotten collective pieces of artists such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Marion Post Wolcott and Russell Lee.

Examine the visceral nature of war and the bravery of Native American veterans who valiantly served in the United States military during the wars of the 20th century on Way of the Warrior 10 p.m. Monday.

In the final installment of a three-part series, NOVA probes a wave of dramatic new evidence, based partly on cutting-edge DNA analysis that reveals new insights into how we became the creative and “behaviorally modern” humans of today Tuesday at 7 p.m.

At the height of the protests following Iran’s controversial presidential election this summer, a young woman, Neda Soltani was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran. Frontline investigates the woman whose image remains a potent symbol for those who want to keep the reform movement alive 8 p.m. Tuesday.

This Tuesday at 9 p.m., Independent Lens paints a portrait of the 50- year journey of two giants of modern image making and their deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary.

Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness zeros in on the situations that are playing out every day in homes, hospital ERs, city streets, school campuses, courtrooms, and jails as Americans struggle to face severe mental illness at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Explore the remarkable new archaeological discoveries in the world’s highest kingdom on Secrets of Shangri-La 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 p.m. Saturday.

In a remote corner of the Himalayas, Lost Cave Temples follows a team of climbers scale cliffs to reach mysterious caves where they discover ancient cave temples lost to the modern world 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mustang: Journey of Transformation tells the compelling story of efforts to rescue the Himalayan kingdom of Mustang from the brink of extinction and help spark a cultural renaissance 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Beyond India and Nepal’s crowded cities lie precious remnants of wild Asia where tigers, rhinos and bears still roam. Art Wolfe travels by elephant deep into Kipling country in search of the last of the planet’s Bengal tigers this week on Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Austin City Limits veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Thursday at 7 p.m., Texas Monthly Talks sits down with Taylor Branch who earned a Pulitzer Prize for Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, but is now becoming equally well known for his latest book based on eight years of secret conversations with President Bill Clinton.

Catch the “Best of Downtown,” Downtown’s new series profiling the special people, places and stories that make downtown Austin as diverse as the people who live, work, play, and develop here.

Once taken for granted, the Painted Churches of Texas, are now capturing the interest of designers, historians and ordinary tourists everywhere. See the exuberant murals, elaborate foliage, and wooden columns for yourself 8 p.m. Thursday.

Given a list of blending components, the three final Winemakers make their wine and a team of super tasters judge how close they have come to creating their target wine 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Austin Daytripper travels to Bastrop, Texas to conquer the mighty Colorado River, a mighty chicken fried steak, and Chet’s mighty beard at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Classic alternative rockers Pearl Jam take the Austin City Limits stage 7 p.m. Saturday with tunes from their latest album, Backspacer, as well as catalogue favorites.