Meet the young migrants in a Swiss integration class, who have made long and arduous journeys for a new life on POV Neuland at 9 pm on Monday. Separated from their families, they struggle to learn a new language, prepare for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams. Then, at 10:30 pm on Monday, POV Point and Shoot lets you ride shotgun with Matt VanDyke, who films his self-transformation from a timid 26-year-old to a motorcycle-driving rebel, fighting in the Libyan revolution.
Come along on a tour of fruity and creamy pie shops from Maine to Alaska on Few Good Pie Places at 7 pm on Tuesday. Meet crusty and flaky cooks who know how to make dough, add spices to fillings and crisscross a lattice top. It’s a celebration of apple, berry and sweet potato slices!
Few Great Bakeries at 8 pm on Tuesday explores warm, toasty, small bakeries from Massachusetts to California. Find out how a business that makes cakes, pies, bread and bagels can become a neighborhood landmark. Celebrate beautiful icing, gooey treats and skillful bakers!
Frontline The Trouble with Chicken at 9 pm on Tuesday investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in meat – particularly poultry – and why the food-safety system isn’t stopping the threat. Focusing on an outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg at one of the nation’s largest poultry processors, the documentary reveals how contaminants are evading regulators and causing more severe illnesses as Americans consume more chicken than ever.
Sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to memorialize five birds – the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen – driven to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are charted on The Lost Bird Project at 10 pm on Tuesday. The captivating nature documentary follows McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy, as they embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of the birds and seek permission to install McGrain’s six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites.
Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests on Nature Siberian Tiger Quest at 7 pm on Wednesday.
NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots at 8 pm on Wednesday examines the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases and the risks of opting out.
The first ever long-range rockets were designed and built by the Nazis in a network of top-secret research labs, underground silos and hi-tech launch pads. Nazi Mega Weapons V2 Rocket at 9 pm on Wednesday explores the story of how scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.
Noir rock hits Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Australian group’s set ranges across their 30-year career, from their first album to their latest, Push the Sky Away.
On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with James Ellroy, an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Some of his past works have been adapted into Hollywood successes including the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia.
After creating Red vs. Blue, the longest running webseries in the world, Rooster Teeth is ready to tackle their first feature-length film, Lazer Team. On Arts in Context People’s Choice at 7:30 pm on Thursday, learn how engaging with their now-vast community has always been a priority for this dedicated team of creators, and how that paid major dividends while crowdfunding for Lazer Team – to the tune of nearly $2.5 million. Then, at 8 pm on Thursday, Arts in Context The Intergalactic Nemesis explores the first Live-Action Graphic Novel. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.
Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas in Schulenburg, Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He also visits the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum honoring the iconic company that made model planes right in town.
Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn’t earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. Who Cares About Kelsey? at 9 pm on Thursday is the story of Kelsey’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman.
Great Performances Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 at 8 pm on Friday is under the direction of guest conductor Zubin Mehta and features internationally acclaimed pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist in Edvard Grieg’s powerful Piano Concerto. The concert opens with a festive Fanfare that was written especially for the orchestra by Richard Strauss, and includes such favorite compositions as Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite and Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia.
On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall at 10:30 pm on Friday, get a look at PBS’ fall 2015 programs, including Walt Disney: American Experience, Indian Summers on Masterpiece, Gorongosa Park, American Epic, Earth’s Natural Wonders, NOVA, Nature, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having and the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
See how to transition from tomatoes to lettuce on Central Texas Gardener Summer to Fall Vegetables at noon on Saturday. Then, on tour, meet incredible succulents and cacti.
Austin City Limits at 7 pm on Saturday showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. The Avett Brothers perform tunes from their LP Magpie and the Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their comeback album, A Dotted Line.
On Masterpiece Mystery!: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia at 8 pm on Saturday, Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage – love?
Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments – top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use on Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock – The Hounds of Baskerville at 9:30 pm on Saturday. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.