Nature follows intrepid researchers and cameramen on Sunday at 7 p.m. as they track skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio to determine how they hunt, forage, mate and raise their young.
“The 39 Steps,” an adaptation of the popular John Buchan adventure novel originally popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, set on the eve of World War I. This 90-minute Masterpiece drama follows mining engineer Richard Hannay who gets caught up in a conspiracy following the death of a British spy found in his apartment at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Style icon, extravagant hostess, humanitarian, doting mother, trusted political advisor, and diplomat are all the roles we now expect in a First Lady, roles created by President James Madison’s wife, Dolley. Dolley Madison: American Experience, airing at 8 p.m. Monday, features Eve Best as Dolley and Jefferson Mays as James Madison.
Morristown: Where America Survived at 9:30 p.m. Monday revisits the “hard winter” of 1779-80, when General George Washington’s troops arrived at the densely wooded area south of Morristown to build a log hut city for their camp.
When the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the center of a firestorm led by angry, Pluto-loving elementary school students. Tag along as Nova follows Tyson’s study of the solar system’s best-loved non-planet Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late stages of painful, terminal illness? The questions, debated for centuries, have only grown more pressing in recent years as medical technology has allowed us to live longer lives, and several U.S. states have legalized physician-assisted suicide. Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday looks at the issue.
Independent Lens offers an up-close look at four teens who have all lost their sight. Tuesday at 9 p.m., get an extraordinary peek into the world of the blind and consider how crossing an intersection, cooking a meal, or navigating unfamiliar areas can be the most challenging part of your day.
The Jazz genre is experiencing a revival in Austin and In Context goes behind-the-scenes to explore local talent at 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday. Performances include the stalwart of the Austin jazz scene–pianist James Polk, vocalist Pam Hart, the gypsy-jazz inspired Continental Graffiti.
Episode four of Faces of America takes up the search for the guests’ ancestries and offers a compelling and thought-provoking meditation on the importance of ancestry, the meaning of family and the role of both in creating identity Wednesday at 7 p.m.
A stubborn iconoclast fights a lonely battle on behalf of a species nearly everyone hates on National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and America’s “Last Frontier” becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
As one of Country music’s premier singer/songwriters, Kenny Chesney has reigned as a chart-topper and award-winning favorite for music lovers and critics alike. See him on the Austin City Limits stage Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.
Sit down with host Evan Smith for in-depth interview with PBS’s David Brancaccio as he discusses the future of media on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics at 7 p.m. Saturday presents classic song performances from 1963-1968 from The Beatles, Doors, Rolling Stones and more.
Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert at 9 p.m. Saturday features performances by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Madeleine Peyroux, “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas, Bela Fleck, and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas.