Highlights May 24-30

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Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Airs Sunday at 7 pm, 8:30 pm, and Monday at 10 pm.

On Monday at 8 pm, view intimate portraits of America’s military families on Homefront, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military.

The Storm, episode 4 of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, tells the story of Franklin Roosevelt’s political career, from his 1920 vice presidential run to his election as president, and the hardships he faced in between. Airs Tuesday at 7 pm.

Tuesday at 9 pm, go inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria. With interviews from key military and diplomatic leaders, Frontline Obama At War examines the hard choices facing the president as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict.

Tuesday at 10 pm, Independent Lens Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of one of the most internationally celebrated Chinese artists of the modern era. Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Wednesday explores how technology can save injured animals. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out on NOVA First Man On The Moon, Wednesday at 8 pm.

John Glenn: A Life of Service, Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn’s distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues

Thursday’s Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm features Cokie Roberts, best-selling author, contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and Political Commentator for ABC News.

Arts In Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday profiles Songwriting With Soldiers, an organization that offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Sausage, often a BBQ afterthought, is now finding reason to take center plate. Aaron makes sausage from scratch and visits some folks who are pushing the boundaries of artisan sausage-making on BBQ With Franklin: Sausage, Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas.” On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere on The Daytripper Devil’s River at 8:30 pm.

Admissions On Trial, Thursday at 9 pm takes an in-depth look at the debate over how universities choose their students and the role of race in the process.

Great Performances: Boston Symphony Orchestra is a wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrating the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra. AIrs Friday at 8 pm.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a front yard’s become the family’s new playground since they swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture, and cozy hangouts.

Back-to-back episodes of Mother’s Son air Saturday beginning at 8:50 pm. This gripping drama depicts a dilemma no parent wants to face. When a teenage girl is murdered, Rosie, a divorced mother of two, suspects with horror that her teenage son, Jamie is involved. How far will a family go to protect their son?

 

Highlights May 17-23

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On Call The Midwife Sunday at 7 pm, Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia team up to support a deaf mother-to-be, while a case of morning sickness proves more serious than initially suspected.

With the deadline of his hasty promise looming, Harry stocks the store for the ultimate sale. As other businesses accuse him of playing unfairly, the public and the shareholders are worked into a frenzy, and Harry must prepare for the worst in the thrilling Season 3 finale of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

In 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of damning secret files and shared them with the public and the press. Now, for the first time, they tell their story on Independent Lens 1971, Monday at 9 pm.

War For Guam, Monday at 10:30 pm, is a documentary about World War II and its enduring legacy in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898. It tells the extraordinary story of how the Native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under a brutal Japanese occupation, only to be later stripped of much of their ancestral lands by the American military.

Frontline Secrets, Politics And Torture Tuesday at 9 pm, investigates the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture, through recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry who fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler’s Third Reich. Four-Four-Two, F Company At War follows the exploits of the company through the letters of 1st Sergeant Jack Wakamatsu and interviews of five “F” Company veterans. Airs Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank joins Overheard With Evan Smith. Frank is known as one of the most prominent gay politicians in American history and was the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Arts In Context A Light In The Dark, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles Gail Chovan, whose locally made, handcrafted clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty.

Thursday at 8 pm on BBQ with Franklin: Brisket, learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.

On The Daytripper: Schulenburg, Thursday at 8:30 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel.

Operation Appreciation follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood, America’s largest military base. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project, Thursday at 9:30 pm, tells the story of the iconic art piece at the historic pool. Integrating art therapy with local workshops, Wanda Montemayor and her team spent nearly four years planning, developing and creating each of the countless individual tiles that would become part of the colossal mosaic mural at Deep Eddy Pool.

Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, 8 pm Friday, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos and more on Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House Friday at 9 pm.

See how ponds, fountains, and backyard streams make a splash with wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a DIY pond joined by a greenhouse and corral for rescued goats.

Highlights April 26-May 2

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Sister Julienne questions the nature of absolute faith when she meets a Christian Science couple who refuse medicine for their newborn on Sunday’s episode of Call The Midwife at 7 pm.

On season 3, episode 5 of Mr. Selfridge at 8 pm Sunday, a new Head of Display arrives, and manages to both infuriate and delight the staff. Both Gordon and Mr. Grove adjust to personnel changes, as the young heir narrowly avoids a scandal.

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, failing to produce Henry’s longed-for male heir. Cromwell demands the nobility and church swear an oath acknowledging Anne as lawful queen, but will Thomas More agree? Find out on episode 4 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Race, class, culture – the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation. Airs Monday at 8 pm.

On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, Monday at 9 pm, examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”

At 10 pm Monday, Stateless follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States.

In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. The Day The 60s Died returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago on Tuesday evening at 7.

Last Days in Vietnam recounts the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, when North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Nature Monkeys of Shangri-La, Wednesday at 7 pm, is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind.

Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack? NOVA Manhunt: Boston Bombers searches for the answers at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

James Ellroy is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Don’t miss his appearance on Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Produced locally and created by hand, Gail Chovan’s rich, textural clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm profiles Chovan and her evocative, intriguing pieces.

Beginning at 8, Chet travels to historic Port Lavaca on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Kingsville, home of the legendary King Ranch.

On El Poeta, Friday at 9 pm, meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

Go for the bold with palms, large and small, that stand out in sun and shade on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, shade meets slopes where art and cozy patios frame serene contemplation under arching trees.

Alt.rock superstar Beck performs on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

 

 

Stories of Service

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In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, KLRU presents programing throughout the month of May celebrating veterans and their families.

Operation Appreciation – May 21 at 9 pm, May 24 at 6 pm
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday. Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war.

Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family – May 22 at 8 pm
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House – May 22 at 9 pm
President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer will offer a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our troops and the often overlooked contribution of their families back home.

We Served Too: The Story of Women’s Air Force Service Pilots – May 24 at 1:30 pm
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes…the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

Dick Winters: “Hang Tough” – May 24 at 3 pm
Hang Tough honors one of World War II’s most respected combat leaders – Major Richard D. Winters. Emmy-winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland), narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. “Hang Tough” traces Winters’ formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters’ own recollections, original members of Winters’ unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism and his legacy.

Day of Days: June 6, 1944 – May 24 at 4 pm
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over the ensuing hours and days, the men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, Mass. to share their experiences from that fateful “Day of Days.” Cameras eavesdrop on their conversations as they vividly recall details from their ordeal – from the perils of the amphibious assault to the invasion’s gruesome aftermath. Their interactions with one another yield long-buried, and often painful, memories. They recount their transformations from boys to men, reveal their uneasiness with the term “hero,” and grapple with why they survived when so many others did not.

National Memorial Day Concert – May 24 at 7 pm and 8:30 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.

Homefront – May 25 at 8 pm
View intimate portraits of America’s military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

Arts In Context: In Their Own Words – May 28 at 7:30 pm
Darden Smith had never had a real conversation with a U.S. military service member until he met Lt. Col. Fred Cale. He quickly realized that they had much in common – both were music lovers. Through this meeting, Smith realized that the divide between soldier and civilian was not what he thought it was. He saw the potential for music and songwriting to help soldiers transition back into civilian life. Songwriting With Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters. Equal parts cathartic release and creative endeavor, SongwritingWith: Soldiers offers a chance at healing to the people who need it most.

Q Night At The Movies April 18

This week on Q Night At The Movies: Go inside the mind of Mad Men’s anti-hero Don Draper with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner on an all-new On Story. Plus, Harry Knowles chats with horror director Wes Craven, and our feature film follows a convent of nuns to a desolate valley in the Himalayas in the psychological drama Black Narcissus.

On Story Mad Men: A Conversation with Matthew Weiner at 7:30
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner dissects the culture, identity and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved anti-hero Don Draper. Followed by Faraday Okoro’s short film, Full Windsor, about a young boy’s quest to preserve a meaningful piece of his past.

Feature Film Black Narcissus at 8 pm
Anglican nuns face a variety of pressures as they attempt to maintain a convent school and hospital in the Himalayas.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Wes Craven at 9:30 pm
Horror guru Wes Craven, Director A Nightmare on Elm St/Scream franchises, and Harry explore the world of horror and discuss early battles with censors to the current trend on television with shows like The Walking Dead, which seem to have no limits with graphic content. Viewers will enjoy rare behind the scenes anecdotes into the making of The Swamp Thing and his lesser known art film The Fireworks Woman.

Film School Shorts When We Were Young at 10:15 pm
Blue Boy (UCLA) — Credited with saving a kid’s life, a teenage lifeguard decides to act on his romantic obsession with a gorgeous country club wife. Directed by Alex Jablonski. Bombshell (NYU) — All Daisy wants to do is be one of the boys, but when she tags along with her brother and his troublesome friends, she realizes where her heart really lies. Written and directed by Erin Sanger.

Highlights April 19-25

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Sister Winifred’s eyes are opened to Poplar’s seedy underworld when she cares for an expectant prostitute on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

On Season 3, Episode 4 of Mr. Selfridge: Divided public opinion keeps tensions high, with many pointing fingers at Selfridge’s. As the executives shield Kitty from anonymous hate mail, Connie whispers in the wrong ear. Sunday at 8 pm.

With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies on episode 3 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

At 9 pm on Monday, The Great Invisible explores the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath, and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature.

The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. National Mall: America’s Front Yard, Tuesday at 7 pm, reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

What drove a company of American soldiers –ordinary young men from around the country deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor — to dehumanize and murder more than 300 unarmed civilians? My Lai: American Experience investigates the the 1968 massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline American Terrorist investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai on Tuesday at 9 pm.

For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Nature’s Animal Cities at 7 pm on Wednesday takes a look at the communities animals form to keep themselves safe, or to have a predatory edge.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm Wednesday tells the remarkable story of the Hubble Telescope, a groundbreaking achievement that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.

Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line airs at 9 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith features Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Airs Thursday at 7 pm.

With the simple notion that music should be for everyone, Golden Hornet Project seeks to bring excitement and energy back to the world of classical music. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles this group’s fresh take on classical music.

Chet journeys to Orange at 8 pm Thursday on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Baytown to visit the San Jacinto Battlefield and more.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial provides the rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago, and how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

At 8 pm Friday on America’s Ballroom Challenge, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the five standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances.

Now En Español at 9 pm on Friday chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood and addresses issues of Latino identity and presentation through the lives of 5 dynamic women who dubbed “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Science Night April 22

Science Night this week celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of NASA’s most beloved projects – the Hubble Space Telescope – on NOVA. Plus: the final installment of Nature’s Animal Homes, and the story of Hitler’s Seigfried Line.

Nature Animal Homes: Animal Cities at 7 pm
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. From its inception through its early days, when a one-millimeter engineering blunder turned the telescope into an object of ridicule, to the five heroic astronaut missions that returned Hubble to the cutting edge of science, NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.

Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line at 9 pm
Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took six months and cost the American forces close to 140,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it and those who gave their lives fighting to defend it and destroy it.

Q Night At The Movies April 11

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This week’s Q Night at the Movies delves into the minds behind complex characters that challenge notions of right and wrong. Plus, a compilation of some of the greatest moments in MGM’s most beloved musicals, and Harry Knowles contemplates the Academy Awards.

America in Primetime: The Crusader at 6:30 pm
Delve into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Interviews include Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”); Steven Bochco and David Milch (“NYPD Blue”); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow (“24”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie (“House”), among others.

On Story Heroes and Anti-Heroes at 7:30 pm
The voices behind The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, and Rachel Getting Married deliberate how the most impressionable characters – both good and evil – are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths.

That’s Entertainment at 8 pm
Enjoy an unforgettable collection of sequences from MGM’s greatest musicals, including Anchors Aweigh, Babes in Arms, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz” and more. Astaire, Crosby, Kelly, Minnelli, Sinatra and Rooney host.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Academy Awards Special at 10:15 pm
Author Ernest Cline joins Harry to discuss problems with the Academy Awards’ system as well as the joy of loving the Oscars. Harry further explores the politics of the Academy Awards and offers a retrospective of over 80 years of cinema, including the process of judging and awarding the “best” in the business.

Highlights April 12-18

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A mother’s life is turned upside down when her husband is arrested on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Surprising accomplices turn up in the search for Kitty’s assailants. Agnes and Henri call it quits, and Harry and Nancy reach an understanding on season 3, episode 3 of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

Cardinal Wolsey has been forced to move to York, and Cromwell remains in London, seeking to return the cardinal to the king’s favor on episode 2 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Follow three smart and ambitious Chicago teens who brave frigid winters, high school pressures and homelessness as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future on The Homestretch, Monday at 9 pm.

On Twice Born, Tuesday at 7 pm, see Lilly’s plastic surgery procedure and Bobby and Shelly’s delivery of their baby girl, Luelle. Geneva and Reggie visit CHOP to seek help for their unborn child, who has developed a lower urinary tract obstruction.

Escape From a Nazi Death Camp uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story of 300 prisoners at the Nazi death camp of Sobibor in Poland. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

A landmark historical film discovered by Frontline in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by the series in 1985, Memory Of The Camps shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps on Tuesday at 9 pm.

American Jerusalem, Tuesday at 10 pm, tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco.

Find out how animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation on Animal Homes, Wednesday at 7 pm.

The Great Math Mystery leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour — a provocative exploration of math’s astonishing power across the centuries at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Kamikaze, Wednesday at 9 pm, experts uncover the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Wednesday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project.

Jascha Heifetz’s story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price. Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler airs Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday at 8 pm.

Thursday at 9:30, Jewish Journey: America tells a three part story of Jewish life in the old country, the reasons behind leaving their respective homes and journeying to the US and both the establishment of communities and the great accomplishments made in the US.

60 years after Hollywood descended on Marfa, Texas to film Giant, Children of Giant explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. Airs Friday at 9 pm.

Author, creativity expert and ecologist Fran Sorin explores how to unleash creativity in our gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, meet the next creative generation at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Science Night April 15

This week on Science Night: Not a “math person”? This week’s episode of NOVA might change that. The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm reveals how prevalent math is in our existence. Plus, Nature continues its look at animal homes, and Kamikaze investigates Japan’s WWII suicide bombers and their weapons.

Nature Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location at 7 pm
Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the right stream or tree, the right building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household a designer and engineer. Cameras chart the building plans and progress of beavers, tortoises, hummingbirds and woodrats, examining layouts and cross sections, evaluating the technical specs of their structures, documenting their problem-solving skills. Animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation.

NOVA The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm
We discover math’s signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson, and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind’s clever trick, or the language of the universe? The Great Math Mystery is a show for everyone: whether we think we’re good with numbers or not, we all use math in our daily lives. The Great Math Mystery sheds fascinating light on how math works in our brains and ponders the ultimate mystery of why it works so well when decoding the universe.

Kamikaze at 9 pm
As America threatened to invade Japan in 1944, the Japanese turned to desperate tactics: kamikaze suicide bombers. Now, experts are uncovering the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots. Exploring Japan’s coast, the experts uncover caves, overgrown bunkers and top-secret bases that hide the secrets to how kamikaze weapons were built and launched.