Take a peek into driest inhabited continent on the planet as Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday explores the Australian outback as a amalgamation of pelicans migrate once every ten years in the midst of flooding to feed on washed up crustaceans and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.
Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents “The 39 Steps“, an adaptation of the popular John Buchan adventure novel filled with romance and humor.
American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday tells the story of First Lady Dolley Madison whose political acumen helped legitimize the nation’s new capital and set her apart in a time when women held no overt political power.
Morristown: Where American Survived at 9 p.m. Monday revisits the “hard winter” of 1779-80, when General Washington’s troops arrived to build a log hut city for their winter camp, and reveals an eye-opening look at how the camp saved the army – and the American Revolution – from the brink of disaster.
Lafayette: The Lost Hero at 10 p.m. Monday traces the life and legend of the Marquis de Lafayette and tells the story of his quest to bring democracy to America and France, through the eyes of Sabine Renault Sabloniere, a 21st century descendant.
Experience North America’s highest peak from your cozy cabin and enjoy the magnificent view at the foot of Grand Teton as Great Lodges of the National Parks at 7 p.m. Tuesday takes you on a journey from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains in search of the national treasures that showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of America’s national parks.
Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday continues its monthly magazine format with the lead story “Money and March Madness,” an inside look at the multi-billion dollar business of the NCAA and its brand of amateur college sports.
Independent Lens presents the extraordinary story of a mother and daughter reunited after a decade separated by violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo civil war in “Pushing The Elephant” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Images of Tony Gleaton at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday showcases Gleaton’s award-winning photography of black and American Indian cowboys, the African diaspora in Latin America, and the assimilation of Asians, Africans and Europeans with indigenous Americans while emphasizing the connections he makes with his subjects to achieve a one-of-a-kind image.
Nature at 7 p.m. Wednesday introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film the Birds of Paradise, the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers, on “Birds Of The Gods”.
The tsunami slammed Japan’s coast with 30 feet-high waves that traveled 6 miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of minutes. Nova on Wednesday at 8 p.m. combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.
Shot on location around the world and featuring some of the world’s most original and influential thinkers, Journey To Planet Earth at 9 p.m. Wednesday provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable sources of energy as well as case studies documenting realistic strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming in “Plan B: Mobilizing To Save Civilization”.
Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters perform songs from their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.
Performances and interviews from the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention and competition, the largest gathering of the classical guitar industry in the world on In Context at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
In the premiere of The Austin Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Chet Garner travels to Waco, Texas; home of Baylor University, Dr. Pepper, and exceptional mountain biking right in the middle of the city.
The Legacy of Jim Croce at 9 p.m. Thursday presents a retrospective of Croce’s impressive and enduring musical work with a moving acoustic performance by the late great singer-songwriter.
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff performs his greatest hits and songs from his LP Existence on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.