Highlights 11/23 to 11/28

Veteran filmmaker Simon King takes on the role of mother to two cheetah cubs, Toki and Sambu, orphaned when a lion killed their mother. See this two-year emotional rollercoaster on Nature, Sunday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Contemporary tells the story of a major road accident and the 10 seemingly disconnected people involved. Beyond the chaotic landscape of corpses and crumpled cars, a series of invisible dramas unfold 8 p.m. Sunday.

In telling the story of Seabiscuit’s unlikely career Monday at 8 p.m., Seabiscuit: American Experience illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.

Elbert Hubbard: An American Original is a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century playing Monday at 9 p.m.

California Dreamin’ – The Songs Of The Mamas And The Papas highlights a wealth of classic television performances, rare home movies, and exclusive interviews with members 10 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday.

NOVA joins the leading dream researchers 7 p.m. Tuesday and witnesses the extraordinary experiments they use to investigate the world of sleep.

As credit card companies face new regulation from Washington and a potential perfect storm of economic bad news, Frontline examines the future of the massive consumer loan industry and its impact on a fragile national economy 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Examine our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them on Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Jim Thorpe: The World’s Greatest Athlete
chronicles the sports superstar’s remarkable life—from his boyhood in Oklahoma and his gold-medal wins at the 1912 Summer Olympics to his subsequent fall from grace and later, his advocacy of American Indian rights and self-sufficiency 10 p.m. Tuesday.

What began as a typical day in Mumbai devolved into a nightmare of explosions, gunfire, and death when terrorists attacked. Told completely from the victims’ perspective, Secrets From the Dead captures the desperation and courage of ordinary people and how social media became a survival tool 7 p.m. Wednesday.

American Masters profiles Woody Guthrie’s complex story filled with frenetic creative energy and a treasure trove of cultural history – as well as personal imperfections and profound family tragedy 8 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s been eighteen years since Richard Linklater’s indie film Slacker brought fame to the director and a certain slice of Austin. Linklater’s next project, Me and Orson Welles, hits theaters November 25, 2009. Texas Monthly Talks gets the inside scoop on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Catch Downtown’s new special, the “Best of Downtown” 7:30 p.m. Thursday profiling the unique people, places and stories that make downtown Austin as diverse as those who live, work, play, and develop here.

Sting welcomes the holidays on Great Performances with a musical performance that conjures the moods and spirits of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols, and lullabies spanning the centuries 8 p.m. Thursday.

Magic Moments –The Best of 50’s Pop mixes live performances and archival footage to bring viewers back to the 1950s pop days with classic moments from Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, The McGuire Sisters and more 9 p.m. Friday.

Doo Wop 50 reunites more than 100 original performers, the biggest and best, to sing their mega-hits 6 p.m. Saturday.

Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time whose songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. See Leonard Cohen Live in London 9 p.m. Saturday to experience his overwhelmingly emotional crooning live.