Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Sunday delves into actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s American roots in early colonial communities, and we meet their Eastern European Jewish ancestors, who share almost identical migration stories.
Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday presents part one of “Birdsong”, an adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s best-selling novel about lovers torn apart by World War I. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wrayford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches.
Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context at 9:30 pm Sunday on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins.
Arts In Context at 9 pm Monday presents the story of Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren and how she inspired Ballet Austin’s Creative Director Stephen Mills to create the “Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.”
Narrated by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now) and with Sam Waterston providing the voice of President Lincoln, “Jewish Soldiers In Blue & Gray” at 10 pm Monday chronicles Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s infamous 1862 mandate to expel Jewish residents from Union-controlled land and shares the story of President Lincoln’s doctor-turned-Union spy.
Crash of 1929: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday chronicles the year the boom went bust through the words and experiences of the descendants of the titans of finance.
Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street at 8 pm Tuesday investigates how two U.S. administrations have confronted the financial crisis while dealing with sharp internal divisions and a relationship with Wall Street marked by mistrust and dependence, mutual interests and competing goals.
Nature at 7 pm Wednesday documents the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the “dead zone” that still surrounds the remains of Chernobyl in “Radioactive Wolves”.
Nova at 8 pm Wednesday reveals a bright new dawn in our understanding of our nearest star-one that might help keep our planet from going dark in “Secrets Of The Sun.”
Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand our modern power grid’s intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year on “America Revealed: Electric Nation” at 9 pm Wednesday.
Rock and funk collide with Alejandro Escovedo and Trombone Shorty on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday.
Fans of writer Susan Orlean trust her to take them deep into each subculture she explores, giving her readers intimate access to worlds they would otherwise never see. She discusses her career and latest work on “Overheard with Evan Smith” at 7 pm Thursday.
Angie Dickinson, Meat Loaf, Barry Corbin, Danny Trejo and Douglas McGrath are honored at the 2012 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards presented by the Austin Film Society at 7:30 pm Thursday.
Join Chet Garner as he heads to Wimberley, Texas for a day of glassblowing, handcrafted tamales, a hike up Mt. Baldy and a dip in Blue Hole on “The Daytripper” at 8:30 pm Thursday.
Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “Facing The Storm: Story of The American Bison”, a documentary that introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America.
On “Art In The Twenty-First Century” at 9 pm Friday, artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovi? play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic “truth” and create narratives based on personal experiences.
Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents a special digitally remastered and edited version of Roy Orbison’s 1982 live performance on the show.
Sherlock and Watson must follow the clues that lead to an underground crime gang when a banker is found dead inside his locked apartment on “The Blind Banker” on Masterpiece Mystery! Presents Sherlock at 8 pm Saturday.