Highlights: March 17 to March 23

KLRU Highlights

Actor, director, and producer Bob Balaban talks about his newly-published book, The Creature From the Seventh Grade, on Overheard with Evan Smith at 12:30 pm Sunday.

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 at 6 pm Sunday celebrates the opera’s 25th birthday with an extraordinary one-off concert at the O2 Arena in London.

POV presents Patti Smith: Dream of Life at 9 pm Monday, a documentary that reflects an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist. The film is an impressionistic journal of a multi-faceted artist that underscores her unique place in American culture.

American Masters features Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound at 7 pm Tuesday, a film that displays Baez’ may years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced.

Singer and songwriter, Elle King, perform live in KLRU’s historic Studio 6A at 8:30 pm Tuesday on Arts In Context.

On Story presents Creators at 10 pm Tuesday, where Bones creator Hart Hanson and Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas discuss the creation of a successful TV series. Followed by the short films “0507” by Ben and Chris Blaine and “Smile” by Lauren Elmer.

Arts In Context presents Design at 10:30 pm Tuesday and demonstrates how artists focus their talents on designing many of the spaces often taken for granted.

Nature‘s The Loneliest Animals at 7 pm Wednesday presents the most endangered species on the planet.

NOVA Smartest Machine On Earth at 8 pm Wednesday takes viewers inside an IBM lab where a crack team has been working for nearly three years to perfect a machine that can answer any question and present the exclusive inside story of how the IBM team developed the world’s smartest computer from scratch.

Secrets of the Dead The World’s Biggest Bomb at 9 pm Wednesday tells the story of the dangerous race that engaged in the beginning of the 1950s between American and Soviet scientists to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses.

Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta and a rising star in the Democratic Party, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context presents Hold My Hand at 7:30 Thursday. The film shares the story of Sharon Marroquin, an Award-winning dancer whose life drastically changed when she was diagnosed with cancer and how she uses her art as an expression of her personal struggle.

On The Mind of a Chef at 8 pm Thursday, savor an entire episode devoted to Soy. David Chang visits tofu and miso factories in Japan, Chef Christina Tosi makes burnt miso apple pie, Laurent Gras takes on tofu, Chang makes his classic corn miso and the Torrisi boys compare making tofu to making mozzarella.

The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday travels to Bay Area Houston.

PBS Arts From Cleveland: Women Who Rock at 9 pm Friday traces the earliest women musicians from the 1920’s to the mega stars of today.

How can you grow your best vegetables? Horticulturist Greg Grant shows you how from the ground up on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music at 7 pm Saturday with The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers. The Civil Wars will play tunes fro their Grammy-winning album, Barton Hollow. Punch Brothers showcase their latest, Who’s Feeling Young Now?

Masterpiece features Sharpe’s Challenge at 8 pm Saturday. Sean Bean returns as British soldier-hero Richard Sharpe, a rough diamond who has risen through the ranks of the army on the back of his brave exploits. A year after the battle of Waterloo, dispatches from India warn that a local Maharaja is threatening British interests. Sharpe is sent to what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date in “Sharpe’s Challenge.”