Highlights May 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there’s joy all around at a wedding reception on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

With his memory failing, Wallander draws on primal instincts to crack a decades-old submarine mystery on Wallander on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

POV The Return at 9 pm Monday explores the ramifications when California amended its “Three Strikes” law, shortening the sentences of thousands of “lifers.”

Allison Orr finds the poetry of motion in unusual places and uses non-traditional choreography to celebrate everyday life. For nearly two years Orr has been shadowing and observing technicians, linemen and machines at a power company on Arts In Context Power Up at 10:30 pm Monday.

Follow genealogists as they trace stories about Pocahontas, a Cuban grandfather’s secret past, the impact of WWII on a Filipino family on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join Stephen Hawking on Genius at 8 pm Wednesday as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all?

Margaret Atwood, award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, talks about storytelling on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Sleep deprivation affects everything, from memory to mood to decision making.

In our 36hour No Sleep Challenge, researchers track 4 participants to see just how vital sleep is to your mental health on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on The Highwaymen: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 9 pm.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony at 7pm Saturday.

Highlights May 15-21

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Witness Dr. Turner’s excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy’s struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

A knife-slashed corpse takes Wallander on a chase for the victim’s missing daughter. Increasingly forgetful, he breaks a cardinal rule of policing on Wallander at 8 pm Sunday.

Josie takes on a new role and Whiteleys’ troubles lead Jimmy and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk on Mr Selfridge at 9:30 pm Sunday.

Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, California on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

‘The World Before Her’ is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls. Watch on POV Monday at 10 pm.

Trace a woman’s connection to a Native-American code talker and more on Genealogy Roadshow in Albuquerque Tuesday at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Back-to-back episodes of Genius By Stephen Hawking air at 7 pm and 8 pm Wednesday.

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast, talks about technology on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Highly personal stories exploring suicide, from a family recovering from a son’s suicide, to five women who choose to live on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday. Then at 8 pm, three people in different times of their lives use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: British Invasion at 8 pm Friday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

The best of Austin and Texas musicians perform classic psychedelic songs on All ATX: Austin Gets Psychedelic at 9 pm Friday. Featuring Bubble Puppy, The Black Angels, Hayes Carll, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore, David Grissom, Gina Chavez, Max Frost, Israel Nash, The Bright Light Social Hour and more.

Refresh yourself and wildlife with water designs from ponds and fountains, even in small spaces on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Highlights May 8-13

KLRU Highlights

On Call the Midwife Episode #506, see the consequences of a woman’s decision not to report a rape and a mother’s decision to conceal her daughter’s pregnancy. Sunday at 7 p.m., Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path on Wallander Season 4 On Masterpiece The White Lioness. Worst of all, he’s having blackouts.

The Whiteleys deal starts to look bad on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 7. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae also retire. Tune in Sunday at 9 p.m.!

On Independent Lens Peace Officer, Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the increasingly militarized state of American police. Monday at 8 p.m., learn how he established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff.

Meet two Christians – an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered – who find common ground in the fight against the rising tide of gun violence on Independent Lens The Armor Of Light Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Carlos Watson, founder of the the news site Ozy.com, Point Taken Episode #105 will feature a debate about current hot-button issues Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett. experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

On Overheard with Evan Smith Jeffrey Goldberg, Smith interviews the a national correspondent for The Atlantic Thursday at 7 p.m. Goldberg’s most recent Atlantic article was a long-read on President Obama’s foreign policy legacy called “The Obama Doctrine.” It appears in the magazine’s April 2016 issue.

On Stories of the Mind The Critical Years, four stories from young adults show a range of mental health experiences Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This is a critical age, marked by major life transitions at a time when many disorders tend to manifest.

Stories of the Mind Ways To Wellness will show you five ways for every viewer to achieve optimum mental fitness, told through the personal experiences of fascinating, diverse characters Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper New Braunfels, Tx, Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Watch Civic Summit Austin’s Latino Identity, a townhall examining challenges and celebrating contributions made by Austin’s Latino population Thursday at 9 p.m.

On Austin Revealed El Despertar, explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture Thursday at 10 p.m.

On American Masters Janis Joplin, observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer Friday at 8 p.m.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from a Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights May 1-7

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On Call the Midwife Episode #505, learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred’s oversight of Violet’s shop and how a new mother’s past wreaks havoc on her family Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sidney seeks oblivion on Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 6. His friend Sam seeks forgiveness. A dead girl’s parents seek revenge. Amanda seeks Sidney. Leonard finally takes a stand Sunday at 8 p.m.

A former employee is laid to rest Sunday at 9 p.m. on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 6. Kitty and Frank reach an understanding. Grove confronts Tilly. Jimmy thinks he’s a hunted man, even as he makes the deal of his life.

Monday at 9 p.m., meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths on Independent Lens My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did. Through frank interviews, the men reflect on their fathers’ character and crimes and on the price of forgiveness.

Our American Family: The Furutas Monday at 10:30 p.m.

On American Masters Janis Joplin, observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Follow journalist Feras Kilani on the ground in war-torn Benghazi, birthplace of Libya’s uprising and now besieged by ISIS and warring militias on Frontline Benghazi in Crisis. Also this hour, Safa Al-Ahmad makes a dangerous trip to report on the fighting in Yemen Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., Point Taken Episode #104 debates current, controversial issues in America’s political sphere.

Tune in for Through The Eye Of The Needle: The Art Of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. In this award-winning 28-minute documentary film, a Holocaust survivor’s remembrances, told in uniquely beautiful stitched images, bring an uplifting life story to the screen.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation on Nature Orangutan Eden.

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers Wednesday at 8 p.m. as they race to rescue this national treasure on NOVA Lighthouse Rescue.

On NOVA Pera: Lost City of Stone, learn how early engineers carved tombs into rock cliffs and funneled water to this desert city Wednesday at 9 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Sarah Jarosz/The Milk Carton Kids, multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones and the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Diverse Americans share personal stories of mental health and wellness, to enlighten and inspire on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 and 8 pm Thursday. On Overcoming Depression at 7:30 pm, a writer, a musician and a video blogger find three surprising paths to recovery. On Veterans at 8 pm, three veterans use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement of the 60s and 70s as the Mexican-American community in Austin unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture on Austin Revealed  El Despertar at 9 pm Thursday.

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) at 10 pm Thursday.

Pop it up all summer with beat-the-heat showoffs and garden design recycling pizzazz on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Highlights April 24-30

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See how Sister Julienne’s faith is tested by and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The case of a suspicious death takes a surprising turn on Grantchester at 8 pm Sunday.

Jimmy comes up with a plan to save Harry’s bacon on Mr. Selfridge at 9 pm Sunday.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea
 Monday to Saturday at 8 pm. works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters — some famous, most not, from every walk of life — who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some— but not all — of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 7 pm Tuesday shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Anthony Foxx, 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is the featured guest on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

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 on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate Wildflower Week to spare water and nurture us and wildlife, even in a side yard meadow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids.

 

 

 

Highlights April 17-23

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Learn why the pressure is on at Nonnatus House to find the source of a dangerous case of typhoid on Call the Midwife Episode #503. Witness the reactions to an unwed schoolteacher’s pregnancy Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., an apparent suicide leads Sidney to perform an exorcism on Grantchester Season 2 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Gary goes on trial. Leonard bets on a longshot. Margaret makes her move. Amanda confronts her lost love.

On Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 4, Grove and Josie make a new start. Frank is in the doghouse. Movie mogul Harry courts trouble with a mob boss and a press lord Sunday at 9 p.m.

Watch history being made on Independent Lens Democrats/Soft Vengeance as Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution. Filmed over three years, see how this riveting account of a country’s challenging first steps towards democracy plays like a true-life political thriller Monday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., visit influential towns across the country on 10 Towns That Changed America. From Greenbelt, Maryland, and Seaside, Florida, to Riverside, Illinois, and Levittown, New York, learn about the places that had a lasting impact on the way our cities and suburbs are designed.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., join the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s grave, Shakespeare’s Tomb, which reveals fascinating new evidence about what lies beneath the infamous “curse stone” – a warning against any man who “moves [my] bones.”

Tuesday at 9 p.m., follow four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo and their escape to a new life in Germany with Frontline Children of Syria. The program films the family over three years, from the siege of their city to the kidnapping of their father to the struggle of becoming refugees.

Point Taken #102 debates hot-button issues in a passionate, but respectful manner Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Dropping Back In Building A Better Life sheds light on the fact that there are two million jobs available today that are going unfilled because there are no skilled workers available. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., this new program in the series looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs preparing under-educated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching valuable skills.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., learn about how a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages on Nature Leave it to Beavers.

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NOVA Wild Ways.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food on Best Of Big Blue Live.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

Overheard with Evan Smith President Barack Obama features the 44th President of the United States Thursday at 7 p.m.

Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Grove, Texas is a microcosm of Texas history–a scene of pioneers and cotton gins, gristmills and gunfights, and even a bank robbery. Over the next 37 years, this dedicated historian proceeded to create a living museum using The Grove as a backdrop. Learn all about it Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx, Chet dives into town’s wild west history with stops at Fort Concho and a brothel museum. Watch him eat donut sandwiches and stuffed avocados, mountain bike the scrubby landscape and look for fresh water pearls dug from a local river Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek” on Jackie Robinson Part Two. After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

On Austin City Limits Eric Church, the country superstar performs hits and tunes from his bestselling album The Outsiders Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights April 10-16

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Sunday at 7 p.m., Barbara is caught between a stressed expectant mother and her impecunious husband on Call the Midwife Episode #502. Sister Evangeline’s vocal objection to the sale of baby formula distresses a new mother who’s unable to breastfeed.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 3, Sidney and Geordie answer a false alarm, which turns into a real murder investigation. Amanda gets into trouble. Things get more serious with Margaret Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 9p.m., Frank turns into prey at a swank junket for the press on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 3. Josie arrives to console Grove. Harry faces a choice: settle a gambling debt or bankroll the Dolly twins’ dream job.

In the inspiring documentary, Jackie Robinson Part 1, Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve Monday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city Monday at 10 p.m.

On Arts in Content Masters of Ceremony, Riders Against The Storm build a community around a love of hip-hop and healing. Their bombastic music leads the charge as they seek to enlighten their audiences. This husband and wife duo envision themselves not as mere performers but as a vehicle for connection Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, from Savannah’s elegant squares to a park built over a freeway in Seattle to New York’s High Line on 10 Parks That Changed America.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Jackie Robinson Part Two, Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in east and central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 years Tuesday at 10 p.m. Reporter Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owner James K. Tomlinson, confronts the shame and guilt he feels from his ancestry and digs deeper into the real legacy of the area.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions on Nature India’s Wandering Lions. Once on the brink of extinction, these lions now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.

Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Wednesday at 8 p.m., join scientists on NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains on Ride The Tiger. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.

On Austin City Limits Nine Inch Nails, this rock band makes a rare television appearance, taking the ACL stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks. Don’t miss it Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m.!

Overheard with Evan Smith Richard Linklater, Filmmaker features a director whose film, Boyhood, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing Thursday at 7 p.m. Linklater’s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, is in theaters April 2016.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas, on The Daytripper Sulphur Springs, Texas. He visits a historic square with a see-through public restroom and then explores a museum dedicated to the dairy business.

On Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights April 3-9

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Sunday at 7 p.m. on Call the Midwife Episode #501, witness a couple’s disagreement over the future of their child, born without arms and legs. Patsy, elated to find Delia fully recovered from her accident, is dismayed to learn that Delia’s mother wants her to move back home to Wales.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 2, a professor dies in a suspicious fall and a government agent warns Geordie to back off the case. Meanwhile, Sidney is warned off an old flame, but finds a new prospects Sunday at 8 p.m.

To Gordon’s horror, Harry and Jimmy make a high-risk deal on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 2. Meanwhile, Harry courts one of the Dolly twins, Jimmy courts Mae and Elizabeth Arden courts Kitty Sunday at 9 p.m.

Monday at 7 p.m., discover hidden treasures in Tucson, such as a Jackie Robinson archive from around 1938, a 1960 GMT Master model Rolex with the original box and papers, and diamond and onyx jewelry, ca. 1920 on Antiques Roadshow Tucson, Hour Two. Can you guess the top find of the night?

On Antique Roadshow Detroit, Hour One, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley head to the Motown Museum to discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors Monday at 8 p.m.

Independent Lens Welcome To Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by a notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb and his followers Monday at 9 p.m. As their behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the longtime Leith residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbors.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m. on 10 Homes That Changed America, visit homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th-century New York.

On Secrets Of Saint John Paul, examine previously unknown correspondence between Pope John Paul II, now a saint, and an American woman Tuesday at 8 p.m. Through hundreds of letters, a deep relationship begun between then-cardinal Wojtyla and Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka continued after he became pope.

Frontline Putin’s Way investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin’s Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Arts In Context Watch Out Of Your Head will take viewers inside the booming improv comedy scene of Austin, Texas where entertainers are turning heads all across the nation. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., the episode will bring insight into how this citywide movement got its start as well as the many factors that have influenced its incredible rebirth.

Nature Saving Otter 501 is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded, newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, Nature follows as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild Wednesday at 7 p.m.

They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. On NOVA Vikings Unearthed, Dr. Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Beck, the genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Overheard with Evan Smith has historical documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, on as a guest. Many of his films and series have appeared on PBS. The next one, Jackie Robinson will air on PBS April 11 and 12.

DeBakey is an inspiring documentary about the life of famed heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, produced by Dr. Tony Herring, a student of DeBakey’s in the 1960’s. Through his rare interviews with Dr. DeBakey, he takes viewers on a journey to learn about the incredible life and career of his mentor and teacher Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

On The Daytripper Balmorhea, Texas, Chet heads to the desert to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool. He eats homemade gas-station burritos and authentic West-Texas tacos. Finally, he goes rock hunting for some of the area’s famous blue agate Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m. on All ATX: A Celebration Of Austin Musicians, the best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Featuring Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX bands.

Road to Austin is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The finale features Kris Kristofferson and the entire cast performing “Me and Bobby McGee Friday at 9 p.m.

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

Highlights March 27-April 2

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New season of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester begins Sunday at 8 pm. Sidney is suspected of murder. But then, so are a fellow priest, a photographer and a classmate of the victim.

Season four of Mr. Selfridge begins on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. Wheeler-dealer Jimmy Dillon makes his cocky entrance. The Groves are at loose ends. Harry has a run-in with the Queen of Time. The Dolly sisters mar Mae’s fashion show.

Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed “honest liar” who dedicated his life to exposing frauds on Independent Lens Honest Liar at 9 pm Monday.

Texas Promise at 10 pm Tuesday is a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe on Nova The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Journey through space, the human body, disappearing landscapes and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the search for life beyond earth and the science of light on Ted Talks at 9 pm Wednesday.

Wendell Pierce, actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire,” talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Austin Revealed Chicano Civil Rights at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the city’s civil rights movement and the people who worked to make change.

Glen Campbell: Good Times Again at 8 pm Friday presents the biggest stars and the best musical performances from the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour from the 70s.

Dump invasive plants for beautifully beneficial options and visit a shady, compact, low-care garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Highlights March 20-26

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On Sunday starting at 7 p.m., there’s a Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester marathon! Join us for 4 back-to-back episodes of Clergyman Sidney Chambers solving  mysteries.

Monday at 9 p.m., tune in for Independent Lens The Graduates, a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation’s public education system, but also a story about the American future.

Independent Lens Wonder Woman! traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman on Monday at 10 p.m. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., Last Days In Vietnam: American Experience tells a story set during the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands.

Frontline Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections Tuesday at 9 p.m. Fueled by decades of antibiotic overuse, the crisis has deepened as major drug companies, squeezed by Wall Street expectations, have abandoned the development of new antibiotics. Without swift action, the miracle age of antibiotics could be coming to an end.

At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Genius Of Marie Curie tells the story of first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize. In her lifetime, Marie Curie became a rare thing: a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip, fascinated by a woman winning prestigious awards and making groundbreaking discoveries.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Nature Snow Monkeys observes a troop of snow monkeys in the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands who make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place.

On NOVA Secrets Of Noah’s Ark, a 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Wednesday at 8 p.m., watch expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., Secrets of the Dead The Lost Gardens Of Babylon examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing. But they were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed.

Overheard with Evan Smith will feature Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter, Ethan Hawke on Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Daytripper East Austin, Texas, Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” Tune in Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as he visits the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

David Suchet In The Footsteps Of St. Peter (Parts 1 & 2) confronts the fact that Saint Peter is perhaps one of the most puzzling characters in history. For many people, he is the most important disciple and the “rock” of the Catholic church. But on Thursday at 8 p.m., learn how how a simple Galilean fisherman become the first Pope.

On Friday at 8 p.m., watch Time for Three In Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The concert features a blend of pop, classical and folk music arranged in unique mash-ups. Vocalists include Joshua Radin and Lily & Madeleine.

On Friday at 9 p.m., tune in for Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over and find out more about the first English group to tour America in May of 1964 and how they laid the groundwork for the “British Invasion” of rock & roll.

Saturday at 7 p.m., Austin City Limits presents Sam Smith and Future Islands as they play some of their biggest hits.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester Part 6 Geordie’s life hangs in the balance, so Sidney has to defy police to stop a killing spree. Saturday at 8 p.m. watch as Sidney’s romantic life falls apart.