Highlights 6/26 to 7/2

Fifty-four 4th to 8th graders will be vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship during the 2011 National Geographic Bee at 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 p.m. Monday.

From frogfish and hagfish to naked mole rats and elephant seals, from vultures and warthogs to proboscis monkeys and the ugliest bug in Oklahoma, Nature: The Beauty of Ugly at 7 p.m. Sunday shows how and why ugly can be beautiful.

Antiques Roadshow: Politically Collect at 8 p.m. Monday throws its hat in the ring with this special edition, a salute to the presidential election and the keepsakes of political battles long past.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: American Experience at 9 p.m. Monday illuminates the Lincoln’s tempestuous and passionate marriage: she has a temper; he suffers bouts of depression.

Wes Cowan decodes the message and the strategy behind a U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet and Gwen Wright traces a cherished family heirloom to the world of Tiffany stained glass on History Detectives at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

POV: My Perestroika at 9 p.m. Tuesday takes an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children. Five classmates go from living sheltered childhoods to experiencing the hopes of Gorbachev’s reforms and the confusion of the USSR’s dissolution to searching for their places in today’s Moscow.

Secrets of the Dead: Executed in Error at 7 p.m. Wednesday tells the story of Hawley Crippen, who was convicted of poisoning and brutally dismembering his wife in 1910. However, analysis of the remains done this year proves that not only was the body not his wife.

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday joins the leading dream researchers and witnesses the extraordinary experiments used to investigate the world of sleep in What are Dreams?

NOVA ScienceNow at 9 p.m. Wednesday investigates how the brain allows us to think, act, feel, behave and process the world around us.

Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday brings French/Spanish singer/songwriter and international star Manu Chao to the stage as he showcases politically charged, danceable rock ‘n’ roll from his album La Radiolina.

Evan Smith chats with author and historian Douglas Brinkley on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday. Brinkley’s books explore American history from old times to new, from one end of the country to the other, through profiles of events and people and institutions.

Back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper on Thursday from 7:30 to 10 pm.
Chet heads to College Station in search of the Spirit of Aggieland and explores the campus of Texas A&M University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Chet goes to Llano to dig into the town’s rock culture, view its winter bald eagles, and explore nearby Lake Buchanan at 8 p.m. Thursday. Chet heads to Galveston at 8:30 p.m. Chet travels to Mineral Wells at 9 p.m. Chet explores Austin south of the Colorado River at 9:30 p.m.

Meet NY Times best-selling author Amy Stewart for wicked plant revelations on this week’s episode of Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents Texas singer/songwriters with Robert Earl Keen and Hayes Carll. Veteran Keen precedes up-and-comer Carll at 7 p.m. Saturday.