Summer of Birds at 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of renowned naturalist painter, ornithologist and literary figure John James Audubon.
The discovery of a body on an Oxford bus leads Lewis and Hathaway to a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his childhood on Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis at 8 p.m. Sunday.
A document seems connected to an early controversial religion — the first religion founded by an American-born woman – on History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday.
Make No Little Plans at 9 p.m. Monday explores how the ideas of architect/planner Daniel Hudson Burnham shaped our nation’s future and how his ideas continue the debate today about what urban planning means in a democratic society.
Nova presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special – investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. Part two, “Birth of Humanity” at 7 p.m. Tuesday tackles the mysteries of how our ancestors managed to survive in a savannah teeming with vicious predators, and when and why we first left our African cradle to colonize every corner of the earth.
POV at 9 p.m. Tuesday features “Off and Running,” the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery as she struggles over her “true” identity and the circumstances of her adoption.
Through A Dog’s Eyes at 7 p.m. Wednesday focuses on dog trainer Jennifer Arnold, the service dogs she trains and the families whose lives they have changed.
Two episodes of the groundbreaking documentary Latin Music USA air back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Part one traces the rise of Latin Jazz and the explosion of the Mambo and the Cha Cha Cha as they sweep the US from East to West. Part two features Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York as they reinvent the Cuban Son and the Puerto Rican Plena, adding elements from Soul and Jazz to create Salsa, which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings burn up the stage with their modern take on classic soul and funk on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Texas treasure Carolyn Wonderland follows with her incendiary blend of rock, blues and soul.
Journalist Morley Safer discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Host Marco Werman travels deep into the heart of international music for Sound Tracks at 8 p.m. Thursday. Meet the living legacy of superstar Afrobeat creator Fela, examine the raging popularity of Vladimir Putin’s sexy propaganda song and other stories on international music.
Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday to showcase their acclaimed album Evil Urges.