Highlights 1/31 to 2/6

Thick forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms – this is a wild, inaccessible place that belongs more to myth than reality. Explore the untouched Balkan landscape Sunday at 7 p.m. on Nature and see its wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe.

A fiercely funny adaptation of Jane Austen’s delightful love story of a young woman whose attempts to play Cupid go disastrously awry on part two of “Emma” at 8 p.m. Sunday on Masterpiece Classic.

The Storied Life of Millie Benson recounts the inspiring life story of author, reporter, and adventurer Mildred Wirt Benson, better known as Carolyn Keene, the ghostwriter of the first 23 Nancy Drew mysteries at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Of all the 19th-century pioneer stories, none exerts so powerful a hold on the American imagination as the tale of the Donner Party in the high Sierra Nevadas on their way to the “Promised Land” in the winter of 1846. See the triumphant story Monday at 8 p.m. on Donner Party: American Experience.

In Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes, viewers discover why Glacier and Yellowstone are so important to American Indians—for reasons far beyond their recent status as National Parks 9:30 p.m. Monday, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 8 p.m. Thursday.

On February 1, 1960, four college students staged a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. Independent Lens will find out what led these four friends to protest — and the impact it has had on their lives Monday at 10 p.m.

Nova joins a new generation of archeologists at 7 p.m. Tuesday as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven’t been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site.

Frontline teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff, to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier—from love affairs blossoming in virtual worlds, to the wired classrooms of the future, to military bases where the Air Force is fighting a new form of digital warfare at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Melville Herskovits, the controversial Jewish anthropologist in the 40s and 50s who challenged widely-held assumptions about race and culture by insisting we look at the world through each other’s lives and histories is featured in Independent Lens Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

Track remarkable new archaeological discoveries in the world’s highest kingdom on Secrets of Shangri-La at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes one of the national parks’ greatest champions; in Yellowstone, a magnificent species is rescued from extinction; and in Yosemite, John Muir fights the battle of his life to save a beautiful valley on National Parks: America’s Best Idea at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Steve Earle pays tribute to his mentor, legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt. Kris Kristofferson follows with tunes from his latest on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

For more than 15 years, E. J. Dionne has shared his opinions about politics, the media and the role of religion in public life with the The Washington Post‘s readers. Join Texas Monthly Talks to learn more about the latest news from Washington, and the latest opinions from Dionne 7 p.m. Thursday.

Arthouse at the Jones Center’s “A Cantata for Twelve Choirs and Several Salamanders” uses music, film and visual art to celebrate Austin’s Barton Springs Salamander and Sunken Gardens on Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

This episode Chet travels to Burnet, Texas to see the high cliffs above Inks Lake to the depths of Longhorn Cavern, along with some delicious Bar-B-Q and Tex Mex in between on The Austin Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

This episode of Soundstage highlight Americana music at its absolute best. Billed as “Three Girls and Their Buddy,” Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller present a versatile in-the-round set at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Singer/composer/bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding debuts on Austin City Limits with a mix of jazz, soul and Brazilian pop. Contemporary torch singer Madeleine Peyroux follows in support of her album Bare Bones at 7 p.m. Saturday.