Travel the back roads and highways spilling wildflower wonder for the secret stories behind the seeds of history that forecast the seeds for the future on “Wildflowers: Seeds of History” at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday explores Cuba’s varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics that have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere on “Cuba: The Accidental Eden”.
The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place with new characters in a three-part sequel to the much-loved Masterpiece Classic series “Upstairs Downstairs” from the 1970s at 8 p.m. Sunday.
In the premiere episode of The Artist Toolbox at 9 p.m. Sunday, come and listen to the gypsy strings of the dazzling David Garrett, whose violin can conquer the classical work of composers such as Bach and Chopin as effortlessly, as gracefully, as old-world Russian folk music, as well as the more contemporary sounds of Metallica and Led Zeppelin.
Great Famine: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday examines the devastating famine that descended on Soviet Russia in 1921 and America engaged with the distant and desperate people within the larger story of the Russian Revolution and the roots of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry.
“Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” at 9 p.m. Monday focuses on Hamilton’s character, his strengths and weaknesses, and what made him a great man.
National Geographic follows President Obama’s chief White House photographer Pete Souza behind-the-scenes for a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world on President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside The Oval Office at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday explores the increasing high profile of high school football as they examine one ambitious high school team working its way towards national renown and document a tragic story of heatstroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools.
Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents the story of an artistic wunderkind and phenomenon on “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”.
Secrets of the Dead: Battles for the Bible at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the dramatic, violent and world-shaking story of the most famous and widely-read book in history.
Nova presents “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, a two-hour special that breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible.
Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday brings Austin indie rockers Spoon to the stage to perform hits from their latest album “Transference”.
Federal judge Diane Wood talks about the U.S. court system on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Friday.
On the latest episode of The Austin Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Chet travels to Luling, Texas to sample some of Texas’s best Bar-B-Q and watermelon, followed by a visit to Shiner’s famous brewery to wash it all down.
Within the ornate and awe-inspiring New York Public Library, Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes perform new songs from their latest album “National Ransom” as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career on Live From The Artist’s Den at 9 p.m. Thursday.
Modern folk icons Avett Brothers introduce their trademark reverberation of rustic Americana intertwined with raw harmonic energy to the stage of Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 p.m. Austin-based band Heartless Bastards follows with their unique revival of southern garage rock.