Highlights Dec. 4-10

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Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage on I Miss Downton Abbey! Sunday at 7 pm and 10 pm, and Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Relive the thrilling first season of the swashbuckling romantic series with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark featuring cast and creator interviews and behind-the-scene interviews on Inside Poldark on Sunday at 8:30 pm.

While at his Nantucket home after his retirement from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers had a chance meeting with Benjamin Wagner, his next-door neighbor and an up-and-coming producer for MTV. The charming and philosophical documentary MISTER ROGERS & ME chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey Monday at 9 pm.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow at 10:30 pm on Monday.

Explore what happened to the USS Oklahoma, the only battleship to capsize during the Pearl Harbor attack on This weeks episode of Pearl Harbor – USS Oklahoma – The Final Story Tuesday at 7 pm.

On the eve of the 75th anniversary, join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona since the date that will live in infamy, as state-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack on Pearl Harbor – Into The Arizona Tuesday at 8 pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape-celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go on Black America: And Still I Rise at 9 pm Tuesday.

In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals. Watch the incredible journey on Koko – The Gorilla Who Talks this Wednesday at 7 pm.

From snowy Siberia to remote Pacific islands, discover how humans survived and thrived in every corner of the planet on NOVA: Great Human Odyssey Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Watch this weeks episode of Overheard With Evan Smith as guest star Diane Guerrero discusses her roles on Orange Is The New Black and Jane The Virgin, as well as her work with nonprofits for immigration, naturalization and citizenship on Thursday at 7 pm.

This episode of Arts In Context, “Passing It Forward”, features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America at 7:30 on Thursday.

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Placido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square on Il Volo Notte Magica Thursday at 8 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Celebrate Joan Baez’ birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon on this weeks episode of Great Performances Friday at 8 pm.

 

Highlights Nov. 27-Dec. 3

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Rick Steves’ Guide To Cuba at 7 pm and 11 pm Sunday and 10 pm Thursday showcases the well-preserved colonial town of Trinidad and the verdant national park at Vinales, featuring scenic horse rides and rustic tobacco farms.

An enraged mob threatens George and Elizabeth, and Ross and Demelza confront their demons on the new episode of Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies on Great Performances Sunday at 9 pm and Thursday at 8 pm.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Experience the concert film on Last Waltz Monday at 8 pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made – as well as the obstacles that remain, this week on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Get an all-access pass to the seminal moments in recorded music with this compilation special with Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltrey, Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Niles Rogers and more on this weeks episode of Great Moments from Soundbreaking Tuesday at 9:45 pm.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before and for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. Catch the Super Hummingbirds Wednesday on Nature at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius on Genius at 8:30 pm on Wednesday.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow at 10 pm on Wednesday.

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,” Thursday at 7 pm on The Daytripper.

Great Performances follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it this Friday at 8 pm.

On Last Of The Breed, savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price. The treasure trove of honky-tonk hits and Texas swing tunes turned the album Last of the Breed into a major-selling hit on Friday at 10 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage on I Miss Downton Abbey! Saturday at 9:30 pm.

MY MUSIC Presents The Carpenters: Close to You, a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business airing Saturday at 11 pm.

Highlights Nov. 20-26

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Big plans are afoot, but the Durrells can’t decide whether to proceed on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Saturday.

Elizabeth postpones a big event and Demelza toys with temptation on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

Aafrin tries to stop Alice and Charlie from leaving for England, but a fateful roadblock awaits on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers on the multi-part series Soundbreaking. Meet the pioneers of hip hop and explore how sampling created a new genre of music that took over the world; including Public Enemy, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Beck and more, Monday at 9 pm. Trace the rise of MTV and see how music videos transformed our experience of music on Tuesday at 9 pm. From LPs to cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s, discover how listening formats determine how and where we listen to the music we love on Wednesday at 9 pm.

In Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss on Arts In Context at 10 pm Monday.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Experience their story on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape and equality, speaking with Eric Holder, Shonda Rhimes and DeRay McKesson  Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Tuesday at 7 pm.

Explore what happened to the USS Oklahoma and hear stories from Oklahoma survivors and families of those lost on Pearl Harbor USS Oklahoma at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona as state-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack on Pearl Harbor Into The Arizona Wednesday at 8 pm.

Enjoy the best performances from the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony including Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Billy Bragg on ACL Presents Americana Music Festival Wednesday at 10 pm.

Savor a new adaptation of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew, played by Martin Sheen on Anne of Green Gables Thursday at 7 pm.

Enjoy an adaptation of the children’s classic novel Pollyanna, about the young orphan whose effortless charm captures the hearts of family, friends and strangers alike on Pollyanna at 8:30 on Thursday.

Chet visits Conroe, TX, a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag on this episode of The Daytripper Thursday at 10:30 pm.

Watch as internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang performs a love letter to New York in this Live From Lincoln Center special on Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody Friday at 8 pm.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Experience the concert film on Last Waltz Friday at 9:30 pm.

At the Arnosky Family Farms near Blanco, meet Pamela and Frank Arnosky who restored the Texas cut flower industry on Central Texas Gardener Saturday at noon.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow Saturday at 7 pm.

From the late 1940s ’til the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” This installment in the MY MUSIC series presents classic song performances from 1963-1968. Watch The Beatles, The Doors, and more on Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics Saturday at 10 pm.

Highlights Nov. 13-19

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Louisa’s aunt arrives from England to a string of mishaps on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

George is on the brink of success and the copper mine yields a glimpse of hope on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

With treason charges pending, Aafrin faces a dire fate and Alice’s prospects are no less grim on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers on the multi-part series Soundbreaking. Monday at 9 pm showcases The Recording Artists with George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more.  Tuesday at 9 pm learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument on Painting With Sound. Wednesday at 9 pm celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture–the vocal track on The Human Instrument. Thursday at 9 pm, from the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new sounds Going Electric. Friday at 9 pm, chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond on Four On The Floor.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made – as well as the obstacles that remain on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise – Out Of The Shadows / Move On Up at 7 pm Tuesday. Features conversations with Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Mike Love, singer/songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boy.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Learn about them on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Taylor and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Experience what The New York Times called “an emotional firestorm” as the award-winning television and Broadway star brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show on Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at 8 pm Friday.

Brighten up winter indoors with fragrant and deliciously diverse orchids on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the best performances from the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony. Featured artists include Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Billy Bragg and more.

Highlights Nov 6-12

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Leslie gets thrown out of the house and ends up in court with Theo and Spiros as his attorneys on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

xamine the ways the USO has lifted the spirits of American service personnel for more than 75 years on USO – For The Troops at 7 pm Monday.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Frontline The Choice at 8 pm Monday goes beyond the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

Under the starlit, intimate setting of Rain Lily Farm, En Route Productions presents Shakespeare on the Farm. By bringing theatre off of the stage and farming into the city, the two groups take their respective passions to the masses on Arts In Context Shakespeare On The Farm at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Watch live coverage of election results with co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter and Andra Gillespie on PBS Newshour starting at 7 pm.

Track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats Nature The Story Of Cats: Into The Americas at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Shawn Colvin, a multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

Chet heads to Big Bend in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy, about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame.

Squirrels, raccoons and mice like our comfy quarters, too. See how to keep them out of your house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights Oct. 30 – Nov 5

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Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background on Durrells On Masterpiece at  7pm Sunday.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate and the law hunts down free traders. Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Three rivals vie for Sooni and the Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Go inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village on POV  What Tomorrow Brings at 9 pm Monday.

The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the campaign strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants on Battle Of Chosin: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered.

Chet visits Conroe and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Join Lincoln Center at the Movies at 8 pm Friday as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre showcases its spectacular range, diversity and artistry in this special presentation, which includes the company’s signature work, Revelations, along with three other pieces.

Plant a permanent tree to celebrate your garden all year long on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights 23-29

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At wits’ end, Louisa orders her children to put food on the table Durrells On Masterpiece on Sunday at 7 pm.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece on Sunday at 8 pm.

Naresh executes a diabolical plan and Aafrin tries desperately to stop it on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife document their emotional journey with a video game on POV  Thank You For Playing at 9 pm Monday.

Passing It Forward features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Trace Geraldine Ferraro’s entrance onto the world stage and Sarah Palin’s added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Ferraro / Palin – The Trailblazers on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms on Norman Lear: American Masters at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

Overheard with Evan Smith features Steve Kornacki, host and political correspondent for MSNBC, at 7 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper goes to Taylor and Conroe in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 9 pm Thursday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.

Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday celebrates beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

See how to pick, plant, and care for your trees and visit an easy-care outdoor living room on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album, Post Pop Depression, accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

Highlights 16-22

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On Durrells On Masterpiece at 7pm Sunday, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children on this six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels.

Ross and George engage in a frank discussion and Demelza risks her neck before a blessed event on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm.

Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow Hooligan Sparrow and other activists across southern China seeking justice for schoolgirls allegedly sexually abused by their principal on POV at 9 pm Monday.

In Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top counter-terror officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Watch live coverage followed by analysis of the Presidential Debate at 8 pm Tuesday co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio and Newshour correspondent John Yang on location.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday featuresEvan McMullin, a former CIA operative who is currently running as the Independent candidate for President of the United States.

Chet heads to Big Bend and Tyler on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Road to Austin at 9 pm Thursday is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Discover the healing powers of cultivated and wild plants and why a family grows their own food on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul from Florence + The Machine followed by Andra Day on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Highlights Oct. 9-15

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With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 7 pm Sunday.

The PBS Newshour presents live coverage of the presidential candidates debates followed by analysis co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on Sunday at 8 pm.

Meet an American family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations on POV From This Day Forward at 9 pm Monday. Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, living as Trisha. Her mother stayed with him. Now Sharon wants to understand how the family survived intact.

Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola take a global tale and make it feel like home on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the U.S.-led efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS. Reporting from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, the film examines the successes, failures, and challenges of the fight, as ISIS loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Maureen Dowd, best-selling author and a columnist for The New York Times.

Chet heads to Big Bend in two back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances presents Grammy Salute To Music Legends Friday at 8 pm. This all-star concert salutes The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage and more.

Grow gorgeous with outdoor living and water thrifty plant designs that spark attention on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.

Highlights Oct. 2-8

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The romantic saga based on the novels by Winston Graham continues on Poldark on Masterpiece season 2 episode 2 at 8 pm Sunday.

Sooni confronts Aafrin and receives a shock and Madeline tries to line up a key ally for Ralph on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9pm Sunday.

Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle on Independent Lens Best Of Enemies at 8 pm Monday.

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:30 pm Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live coverage of the 2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates Tuesday at 8 pm.

Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, talks about the new feminism on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Alpine and Big Bend on back to back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm.

Getting Ahead at 8 pm Friday follows Tavis Smiley as he travels to Northern California, where the increases have been in place for at least a year, and offers a look at the real impact of higher wages on communities, businesses and employees.

Political comedian John Fugelsang hits the road to find out if the American Dream is alive or dead on Dream On at 9 pm Friday.

From shade trees to understory companions, grow a home-style forest for pollinators and birds on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut Chaos and the Calm. North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.