POV “After Tiller” at 9 pm Monday presents a probing portrait of four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.
Cuban Missile Crisis Tuesday at 7 pm tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.
Fidel Castro Tapes Tuesday at 8 pm uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century.
Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence.
Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run on Earthflight: A Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. Soar with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.
Nova at 8 pm Wednesday looks inside Machu Picchu, the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca.
Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday.
Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.
Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features a conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The Octopus Project expresses the meaning of “multi” media by creating lively art through music, film and technology on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.
Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel Thursday at 8 pm uses great old master paintings and some modern paintings to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally familiar, but are now regularly disregarded.
David Suchet In the Footsteps of St. Paul part 1 at 9 pm Thursday begins on the path of St. Paul traveled throughout the Middle East/Asia Minor from Jerusalem to Turkey.
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace at 8 pm Friday offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.
American Masters “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” at 9 pm Friday tells the life story of the flamboyant African-American gospel superstar.
Since it’s the season to plant, fall into perennials with Nathan Uncleback from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how dump claustrophic exotic shrubs for an updated native look. Out in the vegetable garden, John Dromgoole plants garlic.
Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.