Highlights: February 17 – 23

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece Classic at 6 pm Sunday presents part six of Downton Abbey, Series III.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents part seven of Downton Abbey, Series III. All is not tranquil at Downtown Abbey as new romances flare up and a crisis unfolds as the Crawleys head to a Scottish hunting lodge and the downstairs staff stays behind at Downton Abbey.

On DCI Banks at 10 pm Sunday, when a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled, Banks and his team quickly identify their prime suspect. But the closer Banks seemingly moves towards a conviction, the more the course of the investigation distances him from Helen.

On Independent Lens at 9pm Monday, “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” follows the journey of Whitney Young, one of the most celebrated and controversial civil rights leaders as he fought to calm the fears of white allies, relieve the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders and respond to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story at 10 pm Monday reveals the story of William Still, one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad.

American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday tells the remarkable story of the young athlete, Jesse Owens, and his victories in the face of Nazi racism during the 1936 Olympics.

Guns In America at 8 pm Tuesday is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. Guns USA will trace the evolution of guns in America, their inextricable link to violence, and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the young man who left behind a trail of death and destruction. Frontline tries to discover his motives and life as the national conversation about guns in America continues and divides Newtown, in ”Raising Adam Lanza.”

On American Masters at 10pm Tuesday follows the life of Sam Cooke, the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts by placing the spirit of the Black church into popular music and forever altering the course of popular music and race relations in America, in “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over.”

Nature at 7pm Wednesday presents new captivating footage that demonstrate how crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world in ”A Murder of Crows.”

NOVA at 8pm Wednesday investigates new theories in order to explain the motivation behind the most destructive rampage killers. NOVA correspondent Miles O’Brien discusses if science can help us understand these horrific events and provide clues as to how to prevent them in the future in “Mind of A Rampage Killer.”

Austin City Limits at 10pm Wednesday and at 10pm Friday presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes. Austin guitarist Clark showcases his major label debut, while Alabama’s Shakes spotlight their critically acclaimed Boys & Girls.

On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7pm Thursday Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, discusses his latest book, Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

Arts In Context at 7:30pm Thursday explores Sky Candy, Austin’s first multi-disciplinary aerial arts school and performance group who expertly combine aerial silks, static trapeze, lyra, corde lisse, hammock, pole and more.

Enjoy The Mind of a Chef at 8pm Thursday as the episode centers around New York with the Torrisi boys, oysters, carrot dashi and farming. David Chang also visits native New Yorker Ivan Orkin in Tokyo, where he’s making ramen that is taking the city by storm.

On The Daytripper at 8:30pm Thursday, Chet heads to the hill country, eats at a Belgium bakery, swims in Hamilton Pool, climbs Reimer’s Ranch, and polishes the day off at Salt Lick.

Independent Lens at 9pm Thursday features “More Than a Month,” the quest and cross-country campaign of 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, Shukree Hassan Tilghman, to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, Tilghman investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a ”post-racial” America.

On American Masters at 9pm Friday explores the life of one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century, Sister Rosetta Tharpe as she introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock ‘n roll.

On Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday, see how to get rid of grass for new gardens, including tips for banishing Bermuda grass. On tour, visit a makeover that started in a field, now one of dreams, in “Turn Grass into Gardens.”

Austin City Limits at 7pm Saturday presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.