Highlights 12/13 to 12/19

Find out how being born in the wild has evolved over time, and how animals interacting with their young, wrestling with the feelings and dilemmas that come with raising a baby, can mirror our own experiences Sunday at 7 p.m. on Nature.

Ken Burns’ The Civil War at 8:30 p.m. Sunday chronicles key battles in the war.

Anatomy of a Pandemic carefully examines the major issues surrounding the current H1N1 flu outbreak, and what the U.S. and other world governments should do to become better prepared to combat any widespread health emergency Monday at 8 p.m.

This encore Secrets of the Dead episode follows scientists who have been seeking to learn where the 1918 flu virus came from and what made it so deadly 9 p.m. Monday.

Highlighting the top performances from the LIVE 2008 Holiday Celebration at the Music Center of Los Angeles, L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009 reflects the cultural mosaic of Los Angeles as African, Asian, European and Latino performers join to express the joy of the season 10 p.m. Monday.

For the first time on television, Nova exposes the hidden world of high-tech, 21st-century eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA) 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity, exploring new evidence suggesting that Jesus’ followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Get in the mood for the upcoming holiday season Tuesday at 10 p.m. on National Christmas Tree Lighting 2009.

Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a magnificent Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Great Performances at the Met at 8 p.m. Wednesday presents “Tosca.” The Tosca opera tells the story of three people-a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter, and a sadistic chief of police-caught in a net of love and politics Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Col. Buzz Aldrin discusses his scientific contributions to space exploration on Texas Monthly Talks 7 p.m. Thursday, which include docking and rendezvous technology for spacecraft, innovation in underwater training for astronauts, and a master plan for missions to Mars.

Discover how Austin’s music venues and bands thrive in the new music model and why people travel across the globe to meet some of Lady Bird Lake’s most treasured residents – Carp! on Downtown Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Jerusalem is arguably one of the most fascinating and complicated cities in the world. Stroll through the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam 8 p.m. Thursday on Jerusalem: Center of the World.

Indie rock stars, The Decemberists, showcase their latest album and its distinctive storytelling prog-pop on their Austin City Limits debut. Next, instrumental quartet, Explosions in the Sky, affirms its power as a live act with tunes from its newest disk Friday at 9 p.m.

Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday features Kings Of Leon and Roky Erickson. Nashville band of brothers Kings of Leon rocks the ACL studio in support of its latest record Because of the Times. Psychedelic innovator Roky Erickson demonstrates why he’s a Texas rock & roll legend with songs from the length and breadth of his 40-year career.

Second Life is an online phenomenon – a virtual world that has millions of people around the globe living out their fantasy lives on the Internet. Ideal World illuminates this online community by utilizing video from the game, along with interviewing players and developers 10 p.m. Saturday.