Highlights 9/9 to 9/15

Broadway or Bust at 7 pm Sunday tracks the real-life stories of America’s top high school musical performers, vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation’s best young rising stars.

With Wallander’s work now getting too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that become increasingly entangled on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Sunday.

The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world’s greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring Cycle on Great Performances at the Met on Monday at 8 pm. This documentary is followed by the complete Ring Cycle performance on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm.

Nova “Engineering Ground Zero” at 7 pm Tuesday captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers with the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient, “green” architecture and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife, Nature at 7 pm Wednesday returns to tell the story of the lions profiled. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film?

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins.

See how to grow olive trees for silvery leaves and maybe a few olives on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a lawn-reduction makeover with drought tough plants.

Modern rock band Wilco returns to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday with tunes from its LP The Whole Love.

Highlights: July 1-7

On Queen and Country at 7 pm Sunday presenter Trevor McDonald as he reports on the tradition of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visits Horseguards to meet the man who is in charge of the troops who guard the queen.

Before Inspector Lewis, there was Inspector Morse, and before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Sunday.

Mysterious Lost State of Franklin at 9:30 pm Sunday looks at the end of the American Revolution as frontier settlers beyond the Appalachian mountains broke away from North Carolina to form their own government.

Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work at 9 pm on Monday tells the story of four party guests as they savor each moment of a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Manifest Destiny at 10 pm on Monday focuses on the Spanish-American War of 1898 when the United States under President William McKinley and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

On Michael Wood’s Story of England at 7 pm Tuesday historians recover the lost history of the first thousand years of Kibworth, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and evidence of life after the Norman Conquest. Michael Wood’s Story of England at 8 pm Tuesday charts events in the village leading to the people’s involvement in the Civil War of Simon de Montfort and follow the story of Kibworth as it reaches the catastrophic 14th century.

In an encore presentation from the acclaimed series “Money, Power and Wall Street,” Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores how an “epidemic of greed” spread from financial institutions in the United States to Europe and back.’

On Story at 10 pm Tuesday features Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack and NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch discuss the inspiration behind creating classic film and television characters.

A Capitol Fourth at 7 pm and 8:30 pm on Wednesday features live musical performances by some of the country’s best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the ACL stage with a selection of his greatest tunes on Austin City Limits at 9 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday.

Evan Smith talks with writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context on Thursday at 7:30 pm on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins

At 8 pm on Thursday documentary Operation Appreciation features the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base.

Follow The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday as he heads to South Padre Island to build sandcastles, snorkel the bay, and bungee jump.

Filmmaker Ian Cheney embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners on POV at 9 pm Thursday.

At 7 pm Friday Gwen Ifill hosts PBS’ longest-running public affairs series, Washington Week , features Washington’s top journalists analyzing the week’s top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans.

Need to Know on Friday at 7:30 pm features an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project, uniting broadcast and web in an innovative approach to newsgathering and reporting.

Join host Bill Moyers and a range of guests for in-depth conversations about life and the state of American democracy on Moyers and Company at 8 pm Friday.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World celebrates the artistic legacy of the Muslim world at 9 pm on Friday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to ACL to showcase songs from his latest, Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.

Sir Charles Cartwright hosts a cocktail party at his home where a local Reverend chokes to death. Murder seems impossible, but when a second guest dies under similar circumstances, the Belgian sleuth investigates further on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Saturday.

On Doc Martin at 9 pm on Saturday Dr. Ellingham asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise their child.

Highlights 10/9 to 15

Through DNA analysis and other research, Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society on part two of “Dogs That Changed The World”.

On Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday, Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis for the fourth season of the detective series “Inspector Lewis”.

“The War of 1812″ at 8 p.m. Monday explores this significant event from divergent points of view. Leading historians, battle re-enactors and historic images help bring this defining conflict to life.

Las Misiones the Missions of Texas at 10 p.m. Monday is a visual celebration of the structures as historic monuments, religious symbols, and important centers of community and fellowship.

On History Detectives at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a one-of-a-kind photograph poses a jarring question: Is the African American wearing a Confederate uniform slave or free? And, did Hollywood treat the Native Americans listed in this payment ledger fairly?

Women, War & Peace at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “I Came to Testify”, the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law.

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs and revealing implications for the evolution of human culture on “Dogs Decoded”.

Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence at 9 p.m. Wednesday documents Ohio’s annual Ferret Buckeye Bash, the largest and most popular ferret show in the country.

R&B grooves the ACL stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday features John Heilemann, a sharp observer of U.S .politics who always seems to have a piece of inside knowledge and a surprising new scoop.

Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts on Arts In Context Spoken 4 All at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Live from Lincoln Center joins Jazz at Lincoln Center for Wynton Marsalis’ 50th birthday celebration at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Canyon Lake, Texas to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, ride through the Wildlife Ranch, and take a dip in the lake on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Thursday presents “Wham! Bam! Islam!”: When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he runs up against suspicion from Muslims and the harsh realities of the global marketplace.

PBS Arts from Minnesota presents a new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater at 8 p.m. Friday. Infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sullivan’s memorable melodies — ranging from big band swing to classic pop — H. M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone!

Georgian jam band Widespread Panic celebrates its 25th anniversary with songs spanning across their career on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights 6/20 to 6/26

Nature at  7 p.m. Sunday follows a group of individuals working to provide proper care and freedom for captive chimpanzees.

Miss Marple accompanies Lady Virginia Revel to a weekend party at her family home of Chimneys and uncovers a decades-old murder on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday season premiere launches into space for an exhilarating hour exploring the excitement, promise and ingenuity that fueled America’s foray into space exploration.

Korean War veterans recount their memories of America in the late 1940s and early 1950s on Unforgettable: The Korean War at 9 p.m. Monday.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday gets up close and personal with Cuttlefish, one of the strangest animals on our planet.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday goes behind the scenes at Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die since 1998, to explore the question of do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable.

POV’s new season begins with William Kunster: Disturbing the Universe at 9 p.m. Tuesday. William Kunstler’s two daughters seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.

Craig Ferguson hosts this star-studded 125th anniversary celebration of the Boston Pops, telling the story of the orchestra’s transformation from summertime entertainment for Bostonians to the national icon it is today at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday.

Every three years the world’s best young harpists face-off in the USA International Harp Competition. Harp Dreams at 8 p.m. Wednesday follows several contestants from Russia, France, Switzerland Japan and the United States, as they hone their skills to compete for the grand prize.

British songwriting legend Nick Lowe surveys his 30-plus year catalog with classics and new tunes on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Also, Oscar-winning Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, aka the Swell Season, perform cuts from the soundtrack of their movie Once.

Montrose, Texas tells the story of one of the most colorful and legendary neighborhoods in Texas at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Texas-born actor Thomas Haden Church discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Musician Billy McLaughlin astounded audiences with his innovative guitar technique and composing style. This documentary at 9 p.m. Thursday chronicles his unlikely attempt to re-claim his career by re-training himself to become a left-handed guitarist after loosing use of his right hand to an incurable neuro-muscular disorder.

Sarah McLachlan graces the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday in support of her greatest hits set, Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan. Also, British rising star Duffy follows with grooving pop soul.

Austin winemaker on The Winemakers

The Winemakers
The six part series airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on KLRU

Watch as Austin-area winemaker Ross Outon and others compete in a national competition to launch their own wine label nationwide. In each episode they will face challenges on every aspect of wine making from viticulture and enology to sales and marketing, but in the end only one contestant will win the title of Wine Maker.

Meet the cast:

Highlights 9/20 to 9/26

See how Hawaii’s breathtaking beauty was sculpted by earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes on land and sea at 7 p.m. Sunday on Nature.

Lewis and Hathaway track down the prime suspect in the assault of a teenage girl on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday revealing a web of intrigue and sordid secrets that expose the Oxford elite.

History Detectives research the truth behind Thomas Edison’s PsychoPhone, a device believed to have the ability to record messages from the afterlife, Monday at 8 p.m. more