Highlights: May 27-June 2

At 7 pm Sunday, The National Memorial Day Concert honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The program repeats immediately after at 8:30pm.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday presents “Hell And Back Again.” In this program, two overlapping narratives are intercut — the life of a Marine at war on the front and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home — creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.

Historian Niall Ferguson explores philosophical and political developments that have enabled the Western hemisphere to dominate the globe for the past 500 years on Civilization: The West and the Rest part 2 at 7 pm Tuesday.

On Story: The Austin Film Festival Presents: Script to Screen at 10 pm Tuesday features a discussion on creating a film from script to screen between the writer/directors behind Slumdog Millionaire, Up In The Air, and The Brothers McMullen. Following at 10:30pm, working within the studio system is discussed by the local filmmakers behind Office Space, Lonesome Dove, and El Mariachi.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the Black Mamba, one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes known for being very aggressive when disturbed. Little has been known about the Black Mamba’s natural behavior in the wild, but a team of herpetologists attempt a six-week study that will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. But nature’s most destructive and extreme poisons could contain the building blocks for a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Contemporary folk rock takes the Austin City Limits stage with Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Award-winning writer Russell Banks discusses his career and newest novel, Lost Memory of Skin, on Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, Austin Deco takes Arts In Context on a journey through time as we tour some of the city’s most iconic Art Deco buildings. While many of Austin’s Art Deco buildings have been torn down, Austin Deco shows us that the city still boasts an impressive collection of this unique style.

Arts in Context at 8 pm Thursday explores the making of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists, while going behind-the-scenes with the group’s founder and some of the showcased artists.

Chet takes a trip to Marfa, Texas in this week’s episode of The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Tea & Justice at 9 pm chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s-the first Asian women to become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male.

Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony at 9 pm Friday features the Tony Award winning Broadway, television, and recording artist with an orchestra masterfully led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch from The Royal Conservatory’s beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses. The National plays songs from its acclaimed record High Violet, while Band of Horses highlights its latest LP Infinite Arms.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Miss Marple VI at 8 pm Saturday, Julia McKenzie is back as Agatha Christie’s detective with a gentle smile and probing mind in “The Pale Horse.” Miss Marple’s old friend is found murdered and, when she receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death, Miss Marple seeks justice.