Native American Heritage Month programs

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Native American culture.

Our celebration begins with a screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 on November 5th. Find out more here

Warriors Return
Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

Across The Creek
Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 pm
This program is a half-hour conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse, and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future. Across the Creek was produced by independent filmmaker John Cournoyer.

LaDonna Harris:  Indian 101
Monday, November 17 at 10 pm
Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm
This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism. Her national work began when President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course was called “Indian 101″ and was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation, such as land return claims to the Taos Pueblo Tribe and Native tribes of Alaska, as well as returning federal recognition for the Menominee Tribe. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 was produced by independent filmmaker Julieanna Brannum.

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
Sunday, November 23 at 1 pm
This compelling documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the United States Midwest.  It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make great contributions to society.


POV “Up Heartbreak Hill”
Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

Spirit in the Glass:  Plateau Native Beadwork
Sunday, November 23 at 4 pm
Celebrate the spectacular beadwork and culture of the Columbia River Plateau People through the eyes and hearts of the artists. Together, they share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together.

 

Highlights October 19-25

KLRU Highlights

As usual, three of your favorite television series, The Paradise, Inspector Lewis and DCI Banks are airing Sunday evening starting at 7 pm.

Enjoy two hours of Antiques Roadshow beginning at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, two twin sisters, who were separated at birth, are still unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other.

Follow Tom Xia’s journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings on Xmas Without China Monday at 10 pm.

This week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm: three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives – and America’s cuisine. Featuring Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez.

Makers  Women in War Tuesday at 8 pm looks at American women’s increasing participation in war–from Vietnam to present–as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Frontline  Losing Iraq Tuesday at 9 pm examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict.

On Nature  A Murder of Crows Wednesday at 7 pm, crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

NOVA  Ben Franklin’s Balloons Wednesday at 8 pm evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass on How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Evan Smith interviews Ian McEwan, a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, Thursday at 7 pm on Overheard.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Austin Film Society has set out to create the best little art house in Texas to help foster the next generation of film lovers.

Chet heads to Kemah and Port Lavaca, Texas on Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm and 8:30 pm.

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions Thursday at 9 pm leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money

Catchup on your news for the week Friday at 7 pm on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and again at 7:30 pm on Moyers and Company.

Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live! Friday at 8 pm from the stage of Rose Theater at New York City’s Time Warner Center.

Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Find out on Art in the Twenty-First Century Friday at 9 pm.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs live on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

The television series Inspector Lewis and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

Stories of Service presents Makers: Women in War on Oct. 21

On Tuesday, October 21, from 8 pm to 9 pm, KLRU will be honoring American women and their increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Makers: Women in War is a program that’s part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Among those featured on Makers: Women in War are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  More programming is planned for later this year including Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

Makers is a program that depicts history of the modern women’s movement, featuring first-person accounts from movement leaders; opponents; celebrities; political figures; business leaders; and ordinary women.

Highlights October 12-18

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, part three of the hit series The Paradise is airing at 7 pm. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Following at 8 pm on Sunday, watch another Masterpiece Mystery! favorite: Inspector Lewis.

On Sunday’s episode of DCI Banks at 8:30 pm, Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy, so he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim.

On Monday starting at 7 pm, enjoy two hours of the Antiques Roadshow. They travel to Jacksonville, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm shows teachers and parents addressing bullying in schools.

Three guests’ families on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors.

Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program on Makers Women in Space Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.

Two episodes of On Story begin at 10 pm. One features Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, the other includes deconstructing a sci-fi classic.

Nature Animal Mistfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Two episodes of How We Got To Now With Steven Johnson air at 8 pm on Wednesday. Johnson explores the unsung heroes of clean and of time.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June grace the stage at Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and and Friday at 11 pm on KLRU.

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times, is on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Hear viewpoints from across the state on water use and its economic impact, water supply/acquisition and water conservation on Texas Perspective: Water Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper’s Chet heads to Lubbock and explores the Texas High Plains Thursday at 8:30 pm.

BrainChange Thursday at 9 pm reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday at 7 pm!

Following at 7:30 pm on Friday, Bill Moyers joins us with Moyers and Company.

Watch Porgy and Bess, an American musical theater staple about an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. It’s brought to us by the San Francisco Opera Friday at 8 pm.

Let your lettuce and broccoli mingle with wildlife food plants and winter’s dormant perennials on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit a modern-styled new build where raised food gardens join native plants against a recycled fence design.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Get your Inspector Lewis, a television series via Masterpiece Mystery!, fix Saturday at 8 pm.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Highlights October 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 2 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

The seventh season of Masterpiece Mystery | Inspector Lewis awaits! It airs Sunday at 8 pm and the following Saturday at 8 pm.

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30 pm, a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter.

Enjoy 2 full hours of Antiques Road show starting at 7 pm on Monday.

POV  The Act of Killing Monday at 9 pm explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns.

Join three iconic storytellers as they uncover mysteries about their ancestors on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment, on Makers  Women in Hollywood Tuesday at 8 pm.

On Frontline Death By Fire 2 Tuesday at 9 pm, several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it’s the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham — convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children — that’s now at the center of the national debate.

Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling on On Story Tuesday at 10 pm.

Get a unique, up-close glance into the lives of baby penguins Wednesday at 7 pm on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane.

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of the Atlantic Wall. Learn more about this fascinating history on Nazi Mega Weapons Wednesday at 9 pm.

Beck graces the stage of Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Lizz Winstead, co-creator, former writer and former correspondent for The Daily Show, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts in Context discovers the importance of keeping the Tejano musical tradition alive Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle Thursday at 9 pm provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century.

Watch Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” starring Nathan Lane on Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm.

Singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Highlights September 28 – October 4

KLRU Highlights

Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 1 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 8 pm, once again, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues to solve the mystery, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else in the world. He now wants to embark on a journey to learn more about the woman who created him on Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Senator Dan Patrick and Senator Leticia Van de Putte square off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor on Monday at 7 pm.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will be airing on Monday at 9 pm.

On Independent Lens Monday at 10 pm, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.

This week on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, three of America’s greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins.

Don’t miss Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis as they square off in The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor Tuesday at 8 pm.

Laugh with Makers | Women in Comedy Tuesday and Thursday at 9 pm as they track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like “Maude” to today’s multifaceted landscape.

Frontline Tuesday at 10 pm investigates the explosive growth of Macau as the gambling capital of the world and how major American casinos conduct business there.

Watched by spycams, penguins in Antarctica are caught taking their own first unsteady steps on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle Wednesday at 7 pm.

On Nova Wednesday at 8 pm, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Rise of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 goes into the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.

Watch Coldplay’s live performance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm!

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm meets with Lawrence Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker.

A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go to the Dance) Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Go to the State Fair of Texas with Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Austin City Limits Celebrates Forty Years of showcasing the best music on television with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Foo Fighters and more Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Beck performs live on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Highlights September 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Caribbean Mystery Sunday at 7 pm follows Miss Marple and a curmudgeonly business tycoon while they unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic” at a lavish tropical hotel.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly Sunday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 9 pm, Miss Marple unveils secrets of Greenshaw’s Folly while researching the death of the house’s loyal butler.

As Neil Barsky’s film recounts in POV Koch Monday at 9 pm, Mayor Ed Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated during his three terms in office, 1978-1989.

The miniseries Independent Lens: The Graduates Monday at 10:30 pm (in Spanish Tuesday at 10 pm) depicts an honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate and during an unforgiving global economy.

In Finding Your Roots In Search of Our Fathers Tuesday at 7 pm Stephen King, Courtney Vance and Gloria Reuben solve the mystery of their paternal ancestry and meet relatives they never knew they had.

Boomer List American Masters Tuesday at 8 pm provides insight into the boomer generation through intimate interviews that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created.

Laugh along with Carol Burnett and The Funny Ladies on Pioneers of Television Tuesday at 10 pm as they paved the way for today’s TV comediennes.

Penguins cross treacherous, frozen seas and avoid dangerous predators to reach their breeding grounds in Penguins: A Nature Special Wednesday at 7 pm.

Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers and keep our data safe.

In Secrets of the Dead Wednesday at 9 pm scientists test the bones found in 2011 of hunchbacked King Richard III, a fearsome warrior and evil king of England, to discover more information about his history.

Steve Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket all at Austin City Limits airing Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Jeffrey Tambor, a six-time Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show and George Bluth Sr. in Arrested Development, joins Evan Smith for an interview on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context | The Best Little Art House in Texas Thursday at 7:30 pm follows a group of passionate fans, who work to preserve the love of film and art house movie theaters in Austin.

Latino Americans | On the South Plains Thursday at 8 pm depicts a celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

During Daytripper | El Paso Thursday at 8:30 pm, travel to the edge of Texas to discover the Wild West history of this frontier town and learn why it is known as the “Boot Capital of the World.”

In El Taller Thursday at 9 pm Proyecto Teatro and director Luis Ordaz aim to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, for the purpose of encouraging human development, improving society and maintaining culture.

Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge are displayed on stage as Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm presents Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen takes place Saturday starting at 10 am. This national initiative features programs to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.  This full-day event is dedicated to engaging Austin around the dropout crisis and features local resources as well as documentaries on various topics.

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights September 14-20

KLRU Highlights

This week, KLRU presents Ken Burns’ newest documentary over the course of 7 nights. Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Get Action (1858-1901) Sunday at 7 pm and 9 pm explores the champion of a strenuous life, Theodore Roosevelt, as he becomes the youngest president in American history, while Franklin Delano follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination.

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency on Roosevelts: An Intimate History In The Arena (1901-1910) Monday at 7 pm and 9 pm. In the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Fire of Life (1910-1919) Tuesday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Eleanor discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Storm (1920-1933) Wednesday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) Thursday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR shatters the third-term tradition and struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) Friday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive.

Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator on Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) Saturday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world.

Highlights Sept. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Learn the stories behind these icons on Secrets of Westminster at 7 pm Sunday.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents an emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease on The Genius of Marian.

From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread.

SXSW Flashback 2014 at 10:30 pm Tuesday presents highlights from SXSW including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear.

Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar on Earthflight, a Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Nova at 8 pm Wednesday travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann talks about her career in music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles an Austin group that uses puppetry and physical theater to address the impact of climate change on traditional farming societies around the world on Tiny Puppets.

Chet heads to Orange to explore the swamps and waterways of this town on the Louisiana border on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty at 8 pm Friday examines the life and career of the man best known for the painting ”Whistler’s Mother.”

Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Great Performances at 7pm Saturday presents a star-studded celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem.

 

 

Highlights 8/31 to 9/6

KLRU Highlights

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.