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.
Austin City Limits showcases alternative rock with Bob Mould and Delta Spirit Saturday at 7 pm.
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?