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.

Highlights Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

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George rolls out Plan A to take care of Ross once and for all on Poldark on Masterpiece season 2 episode 1 at 7 pm Sunday.

Sooni and Ian compare notes to solve the mystery of Kaira’s murder on Indian Summer season 2 part 3 at 9 pm Sunday.

Live coverage of the 2016 Presidential debates at 7 pm Monday.

Explore the struggle of the 70s Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture on  El Despertar at 10 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Learn why successful governors of Massachusetts, Democrat Dukakis and Republican Romney, both competent contenders, were unprepared to combat the portraits their opponents painted of them on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Investigate where the two presidential candidates came from, how they lead and why they want to take on one of the most difficult jobs imaginable on Frontline The Choice at 8 pm Tuesday.Examine formative moments in their lives through interviews with those who know them best.

Anthony Foxx, the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, talks about the future of transportation on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet dives into town’s wild west history with stops at Fort Concho and a brothel museum on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace on Great Performances at 8 pm Friday.

Hispanic Heritage Awards at 9 pm Friday are among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos.The 2016 awardees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Leadership Award), Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz (Literature Award), Actress/Singer Angelica Maria (Legend Award), and Latin music’s breakout new superstar J Balvin (Vision Award).

Meet Hill Country flower farmers who brought the cut flower industry into “grow local” philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor a career-spanning set from Paul Simon on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The singer/songwriter legend performs his classics, songs from Graceland, Simon & Garfunkel tunes and tracks from his latest LP, Stranger to Stranger.

Highlights Sept. 18-24

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Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart, the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson on Royal Wives At War at 7 pm Sunday.

Follow the cast and crew of Poldark on location in beautiful Cornwall on Poldark Revealed at 8 pm Sunday.

Aafrin saves his friend’s life, but gets a gruesome payback on Indian Summer season 2 part 2 at 9 pm Sunday.

Take an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war on POV Kingdom Of Shadows at 9 pm Monday.

Learn about the outspoken doctor and five-term governor who became a force in Democratic politics and the equally outspoken conservative columnist and commentator who both ran for president hell-bent on restoring the America they thought was lost on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Dean / Buchanan – The Flamethrowers at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join an American couple’s courageous mission in 1939 to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe on Defying The Nazis: The Sharps’ War at 8 pm Tuesday.

When disaster strikes, who profits? Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the Business of Disaster, focusing on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: the thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, comedian and actress,talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, Children of Giant at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.

Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson on American Masters at 9 pm Thursday.

Art In the 21st Century at 8 pm Friday focuses on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States. Featured artists speak directly to the audience in their own words, reflecting on their lives, sources of inspiration, and working processes.

Design your own mini-meadow habitat to invite winter-to-spring pollinators on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to the rocking R&B sounds of Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights Sept 4-10

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With permission from Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s Garden at 7 pm Sunday covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

Secrets of the Manor House at 8 pm Sunday looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in these ancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants.

Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans, spends  months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create sake on POV The Birth of Sake at 9 pm Monday.

Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday showcases Songwriting With Soldiers, which 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 September 11, 2001, Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. What happened behind the walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light on that tragic day on 9/11 Inside the Pentagon at 7 pm Tuesday and 9 pm Wednesday.

Frontline The Man Who Knew at 8 pm Tuesday tells the story of John O’Neill, an FBI expert on Al Qaeda who warned it was a threat. He was forced out of the FBI and worked in security at the World Trade Center, where he died during September 11th, 2001 attack.

Learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength on America By The Numbers at 9 pm Tuesday.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines how radical organizations have grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers.

Ken Burns talks about creating documentary films on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday. Former US Representative for California’s 36th district Jane Harman discusses politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the “Lavender Capital” in Blanco at 8 pm and Richmond at 8:30 pm to explore a living history park full of reenactors and a local swamp full of alligators.

From the early settlers to shopping mecca and urban oasis, Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy at 9 pm Thursday examines the transformation of Houston’s most glamorous address.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, on Friday at 8 pm.

High school students taste the future of sustainability with hands-on growing and aquaponics on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By, at Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

 

Highlights August 28- Sept. 3

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On Sunday, revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey at 7 pm.

Next at 8:30 pm Sunday, relive the thrilling first season of Inside Poldark with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

Rick Stevens’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 pm Sunday distills Steves’ 30 years of travel experience into an information-rich two-hour special. Rick dispenses practical advice on enjoying a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on his favorite 3,000-mile “Best of Europe” loop – Amsterdam, Germany’s Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London – Rick shares the essential skills of smart travel.

Monday at 7 pm, travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now on Antiques Roadshow. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item’s value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?

Birth Of A Faith at 8 pm Monday begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as a guide, host Jonathan Phillips traces the life of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection.

Following at 9:15 pm on Ancient Roads From Christ to Constantine The Great Missionary meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. Journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten and on the brink of death.

On part two of Jackie Robinson at 7 pm Tuesday 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.

Later at 9:40 pm Tuesday, discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on Highwaymen: American Masters. Told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, tune into Nature Leave It To Beavers.’ A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

Next at 8:30 pm Wednesday, watch as NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

On Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum at 10 pm Wednesday Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema on Thursday at 7 pm, Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.

Later at 10:30 pm on The Daytripper, Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom.