Highlights September 6 to September 12

KLRU Highlights

Spend a day at Prune as Gabrielle cooks smoky eggplant, celery salad and sweetbreads on The Mind of a Chef Prune at 5:30 pm on Sunday.

On Great British Baking Show Cakes at 6 pm on Sunday, meet the 13 bakers who make simple sandwich cakes in the Signature challenge, angel food cakes in Mary’s Technical challenge and all things chocolate in the Showstopper.

Asked to clear a man convicted of animal mutilation, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finds there’s more to the case than meets the eye on Masterpiece Arthur & George Part 1 at 7 pm on Sunday.

Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Empty Hearse at 8 pm on Sunday.

The gang decides to join Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class on Vicious Ballroom at 9:30 pm on Sunday. Nimble on his feet, Stuart quickly becomes teacher’s pet, leaving Freddie in a huff, while Violet becomes a hit with the amorous teacher in other ways.

When an alcoholic woman is found drowned near her home, Father Brown suspects murder, although the police think it’s an accident on Father Brown The Flying Stars at 10 pm on Sunday.

Many years have passed since Dr. Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be on Doctor Blake Mysteries Still Waters at 11 pm on Sunday.

Antiques Roadshow Myrtle Beach Hour 3 at 7 pm on Monday visits the Waccamaw River with host Mark L. Walberg and militaria appraiser Christopher Mitchell as they discuss an important 19th-century blockade rifle. Other discoveries include an 1884 Courier & Ives print; a Pennsylvania folk art whirligig; and a 1936 first edition of Gone With the Wind, valued at $12,000-$15,000.

Beginning with an examination of slavery, Civil War The Cause – 1861 at 8 pm on Monday looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states’ rights. Significant events include John Brown’s rebellion at Harper’s Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln, the firing on Fort Sumter and the jubilant rush to arms on both sides.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier-not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his “high-tech” command center: the War Department Telegraph Office, America’s first “Situation Room.” Lincoln@Gettysburg at 10 pm on Monday will unfold the greatest turning point in American history: the rebirth of a nation and the dawn of the information age.

Follow Muhammad Ali’s path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson’s disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics on In Their Own Words Muhammad Ali at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Civil War A Very Bloody Affair – 1862 at 8 pm on Tuesday, see the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln’s war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Then, on Civil War Forever Free – 1862, convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation.

Watch interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories at 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

Legend paints the wolverine as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. Nature Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom at 7 pm on Wednesday takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is.

On Civil War Simply Murder – 1863 at 8 pm on Wednesday begins with the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and follows two clashes: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. Then, on Civil War The Universe of Battle – 1863, learn how the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday talks with Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy.

Since 1995, Rude Mechanicals have created original theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. On Arts In Context Rude Mechs at 7:30 pm on Thursday, learn how the group has jumped into the national spotlight.

Civil War Valley of the Shadow – 1864 at 8 pm on Thursday begins with a biographical comparison of Grant and Lee and then chronicles the series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. Then, Civil War Most Hallowed – 1864 teaches you how the presidential campaign of 1864 set Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan.

William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea brings war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy on Civil War War Is All Hell – 1865 at 8 pm on Friday. Then, Civil War The Better Angels of Our Nature – 1865 recounts the final days of the war, the capture of John Wilkes Booth and the fates of the series’ major figures.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business at 10:30 pm on Friday. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record, Essential Tremors. Then, ACL features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands on Saturday at 7 pm.

How do organic techniques improve homegrown food? Learn more, plus see how gardens help a high school keep students at risk for graduation on Central Texas Gardener Why Grow Organically at noon on Saturday.

Highlights August 30 to September 5

KLRU Highlights

Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service at 7 pm on Sunday lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall at 8 pm on Sunday and 9 pm on Saturday.

On Vicious Sister at 9:30 pm on Sunday, Violet panics when her wealthy sister Lillian, whom she hasn’t seen in years, announces a visit. Then, at 10 pm on Sunday, feeling unfit, Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness instructor persuades the pair to sign up for an expensive membership on Vicious Gym.

When an ungodly man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock, Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows on Father Brown The Hammer of God at 10:30 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on Saturday.

PBS Previews – The Best of Fall 2015 brings you 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.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs in the three-episode live series, Big Blue Live. Episode one airs on Monday at 7 pm, episode two airs on Tuesday at 7 pm and episode three airs on Wednesday at 7 pm.

In the latest Roadshow’s Most Wanted segment at 8 pm on Monday, Antiques Roadshow Myrtle Beach Hour 2 investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina’s Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent.

POV Point and Shoot at 9 pm on Monday 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. Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry tells his amazing story.

Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years on In Their Own Words Queen Elizabeth II at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline Putin’s Way at 9 pm on Tuesday investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin’s Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.

Meet Spinosaurus—the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur ever on NOVA Bigger Than T. Rex at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits 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 at 9 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. Then, the best contemporary rock hits the ACL stage with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business at 7 pm on Saturday.

A dozen years ago, Andy Roddick was the number one men’s tennis player in the world – the last American male to hold that title, and the last to win a Grand Slam singles event. Overheard with Evan Smith Andy Roddick, Former Professional Tennis Player on Thursday at 7 pm features the TV sports commentator and philanthropist whose namesake foundation is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

Specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments – such as federal buildings, power plants, or scaffolding at the shores of Lady Bird Lake – Blue Lapis Light’s aerial dance creates what founder Sally Jacques describes as “prayers for the planet” on Arts In Context Here and Beyond at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch on BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad—Tomball, Texas. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber on The Daytripper Tomball, TX at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 9 pm on Thursday. Featuring Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX band.

Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s on American Masters Althea at 8 pm on Friday. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.

Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success at 10:30 pm on Friday traces Paul Newman’s legacy of giving. The half-hour documentary chronicles the path of the Newman’s Own Foundation food company—the brainchild of Newman and writer A.E. Hotchner—as it evolved and funded a variety of charities across the nation.

Get the color palette to attract butterflies and visit a City Hall where plants for drought and wildlife replace grass on Central Texas Gardener Gardening by Color for Butterflies at noon on Saturday.

Highlights August 23 to August 29

KLRU Highlights

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.

National Gallery

National Gallery journeys behind the scenes of a London institution, to the heart of a museum, filled with masterpieces of Western art, dating back to the Middle Ages. Frederick Wiseman’s film is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film.

Budd Wilkins of Slant Magazine says, “This is one of Wiseman’s richest and most thought-provoking films, and easily one of his best.”

National Gallery airs on KLRU at 8 pm on Friday, August 21.

Highlights August 16 to August 22

KLRU Highlights

Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, as he reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants, and above all why they behaved as they did in 1900s Britain on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special at 7 pm on Sunday.

Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten” on Masterpiece Mystery!: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia at 8:30 pm on Sunday. 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?

On Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park at 10:30 pm on Sunday, join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park. The concert features the pairs’ greatest hits, from “Mrs. Robinson” to “Sounds of Silence.”

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Independent Lens Muscle Shoals at 8:05 pm on Monday will also air with the short film “Waiting For A Train: The Toshio Hirano Story.”

On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall on Monday at 10:30 pm, 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.

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) at 7 pm on Tuesday. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government.

Hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm on Makers Women In Business at 9:30 pm on Tuesday. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven – on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own – that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? Nature Animal Odd Couples on Wednesday at 7 pm investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. Scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA The Incredible Journey of Butterflies at 8:05 pm on Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Sound at 9:30 pm on Wednesday to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where Johnson finds the first traces of the desire to record sound – 10, 000 years ago.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers 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 Arts in Context In Their Words at 7 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to the “Sports Capital of Texas”—Round Rock, Texas—on The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout.

On Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case at 9 pm on Thursday, after returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders. He must summon the last of his strength and push his “little grey cells” to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.

Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on National Gallery at 8 pm on Friday. The Frederick Wiseman film is the portrait of a place, its relations with the world, its staff, public and art.

Keep your plants and spare the water on Central Texas Gardener Drought Tips to Save Water at noon on Saturday. Then, tour artistic lifestyle outdoor living with succulents.

Highlights August 9 to August 15

KLRU Highlights

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey” on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special at 7 pm on Sunday. Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered at 8:30 pm and 10 pm on Sunday and 8:30 pm on the following Saturday will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage, and will be hosted by a well-known actor to provide a seamless flow of fondly remembered moments from the show.

On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall on Sunday at 11:30 pm, Tuesday at 10:30 pm and Thursday at 10:30 pm, 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 PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Pyanki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Pyanki has never left his village. In 2012, however, Laya will be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Pyanki’s eyes. Learn how these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity on Independent Lens Happiness at 8:05 pm on Monday.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers 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 Arts in Context In Their Words at 9:10 pm on Monday.

Hitmakers at 10 pm on Monday is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process.

On Ken Burns: The Civil War at 7 pm on Tuesday, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series in September 2015 with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. On Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience at 8:30 pm on Tuesday, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands.

The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. On Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm on Wednesday, 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.

Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos on NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8:05 pm on Wednesday.

Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Cold at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment.

On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with S. C. Gwynne, best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book Empire of the Summer Moon was a New York Times best-seller and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ on BBQ with Franklin Brisket at 7:40 pm on Thursday. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary at 8:30 pm on Thursday is a documentary that celebrates the impact of the preeminent trio that brought folk music to America’s mass audiences, combining their artistry with their activism and inspiration over the last 50 years. The program will feature powerful, moving, performances by Peter, Paul and Mary starting with the era of the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village through the Civil Rights and anti-war eras.

Join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park during Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park at 8 pm on Friday. The concert features the pairs’ greatest hits, from “Mrs. Robinson” to “Sounds of Silence.”

Soar with the perfect harmony of the charming trio as they pay homage to their home country. The young tenors perform classic Italian favorites and original songs in Il Volo: Live From Pompeii at 9:30 pm on Friday, filmed in the spectacular ancient ruins of Pompeii.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener Succulent Companions at noon on Saturday. Then, on tour, a front yard has become the family’s new playground since homeowners swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture and cozy hangouts.

Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits at 7 pm on Saturday with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Highlights August 2 to August 8

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Caroline gets to the heart of the reason Gillian is reluctant to go through with the wedding on Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, with Celia’s encouragement, Alan takes the first step toward forgiveness.

On Poldark on Masterpiece Part Seven at 8 pm on Sunday, when Verity makes her move, Poldark is blamed and events spiral out of control. Then, an epidemic leads to tragedy, and a shipwreck is both a blessing and a curse.

After an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce, Foyle examines her Special Operations Executive activities during the war and rumors of a traitor on Foyle’s War Elise at 9:30 pm on Sunday.

With permission from Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s Garden at 8 pm on Monday 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.

Learn how music and dance bind a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region, where the people of the Blue Nile celebrate their survival and fight to maintain their heritage, even as bombs drop all around them on POV Beats of the Antonov at 9 pm on Monday.

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin at 10 pm on Monday tells the unknown story of how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system. Leslie Woodhead first met the Beatles in 1962 when he worked on a film in the Liverpool Cavern Club before the world had heard of the Fab Four. When Woodhead began to make films in the Soviet Union, he became aware of how the Beatles legend had soaked into the lives of a generation of Soviet kids — even though they were barred from playing “Back in the USSR.”

Secrets of the Dead JFK: One PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday at 7 pm recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

President LBJ is chiefly remembered for the Vietnam War. But 50 years ago, he engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. JKF & LBJ: A Time for Greatness on Tuesday at 8 pm examines how LBJ transformed America.

Frontline Gunned Down at 9 pm on Tuesday goes inside the politics of America’s gun debate. Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation.

The rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago is recounted on Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial at 10 pm on Tuesday. Learn how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States.

On the third episode of Life on the Reef at 7 pm on Wednesday, see how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. Then, as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive.

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared on NOVA Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 pm on Wednesday. Then, a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica on NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits Spoon/White Denim at 10 pm on Wednesday. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.

On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with Katha Pollitt, an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been made into books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time.

From band posters to business logos, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Although ad agencies still loom large, learn how the proliferation of technology has allowed a growing contingent of DIY graphic designers on Arts in Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

When you’re cooking with fire, you’d better have good wood. Aaron covers the major types of wood used in Texas BBQ, gives some tips on building a fire and shows a twist on using smoke for more than cooking meat on BBQ with Franklin Fire & Smoke on Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet travels to the “Bayou City”—Houston, Texas—to hop amongst its neighborhoods on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He starts with a Asian market and Dim Sum in Houston’s Chinatown, follows it up with dinosaurs and parks in the Museum District and finishes up in Houston’s Montrose area, full of art, culture and delicious food.

Galveston Island explains the city of Galveston relating its history, culture and resiliency after Hurricane Ike at 9 pm on Thursday.

Thrill to the rich and soulful voices of the popular quartet as they sing world-class arrangements of classics, new compositions and some of the world’s most beloved songs, including “How Great Thou Art,” “Besame Mucho” and “You Are So Beautiful” on Tenors: Under One Sky at 8 pm on Friday.

Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter on John Denver: Country Boy at 9:30 pm on Friday. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

What’s a Master Naturalist and how you do it at home? Learn more on Central Texas Gardener Master Naturalists at noon on Saturday. Then, tour pond outdoor living that replaces lawn.

On the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special 2014, watch highlights from the first annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

Highlights July 26 to August 1

KLRU Highlights

Caroline is relieved to find that Greg is a natural with Flora and a positive influence on Lawrence on Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Alan begins to distance himself from Gary, while Gillian discovers that their private family matter has just gone public.

On Poldark on Masterpiece Part Six on Sunday at 8 pm, a mysterious smelting company challenges the local copper barons. Then, Poldark confronts the same cardsharp who swindled Francis.

As Joan faces a possible lifetime in prison, Kitty’s wracked with guilt that she knew about Joan but didn’t stop her on Crimson Field Episode Six at 9 pm on Sunday. Kitty is desperate for someone to trust, but will she turn to Thomas or Miles?

Monday at 9 pm on POV Tea Time, observe five Chilean women who gather monthly for a ritual that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change. See how a routine of tea and pastries helped them commemorate life’s joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death.

It All Adds Up on Monday at 10 pm profiles the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s “Math Corps,” an organization that partners struggling middle and high-school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the kids need to succeed.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm on Monday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

See how America developed the most destructive invention in human history – the nuclear bomb – how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives on Bomb at 7 pm on Tuesday. Hear from historians and those who experienced the dawn of the atomic age.

Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail Episode #101 at 9 pm on Tuesday reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth – uranium. And at 9 pm on Wednesday, join physicist Dr. Derek Muller in Episode #102 to unlock the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements.

Stephen Hawking is one of the most recognizable people on the planet, a superstar of the scientific world. But although Hawking is an iconic figure, who is the man behind the image? Hawking at 10 pm on Tuesday gives us a rare insight onto his life, both past and present.

Witness the explosion of life on the reef as the wet season approaches: corals spawn, sea birds nest and thousands of turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches. And soon, torrential rain and storms will bring change and upheaval to the delicate ecosystem on Life on the Reef Episode Two at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Four years ago, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. NOVA Nuclear Meltdown Disaster on Wednesday at 8 pm reveals the story of how Naohiro Masuda and his team averted disaster at Daini and how workers are struggling to clean up the mess at Daiichi.

At 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday, Austin City Limits showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones; the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

Arts in Context Music for All at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights Austin Soundwaves, a program that offers free, intensive music education to low-income youth from Travis and Hays County. Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts.

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin Leftovers at 8 pm on Thursday. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad – Tomball, Texas. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Watch the world’s best young pianists try to make a name for themselves at the Cliburn, a high-stakes piano competition that becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground on Virtuosity – The Cliburn at 8 pm on Friday. The winner is virtually guaranteed a performing career.

Shawna Coronado grows UP with living walls on Central Texas Gardener Living Vertical Walls at noon on Saturday. Then, tour American Botanical Council’s gardens for health.

Songwriter Kacey Musgraves sings tunes from her LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Dale Watson plays tunes from throughout his career on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights July 19 to July 25

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora, until a stranger walks into her life and may be the answer to her prayers.

Poldark and Demelza start a family on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Five at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza plays matchmaker, the miners riot and Francis takes desperate measures to recoup his losses.

Grace is threatened by an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander, while Joan waits anxiously for news from her fiance on Crimson Field Episode Five at 9 pm on Sunday. Then, a series of events draws Joan into danger, risking her profession and possibly her life.

POV Return to Homs at 9 pm on Monday brings you the transformation of 19-year-old Basset Saroot from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for reforms to armed insurgent. Get an inside look at the brutal war Assad’s regime has waged, a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 at 10 pm on Monday and 10:30 pm on Friday features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

Frontline Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty at 9 pm on Tuesday is a feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzman, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, he had been on the run from the U.S. and Mexican governments for over a decade.

Featuring cutting-edge science on gambling addiction, Growing Up Gambling at 10:30 pm on Tuesday takes viewers inside the brain of an online gamer and online gambler, telling the story of a student’s downward spiral into addictive online sports betting.

From the perspective of space, trace humankind’s journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. With mind-boggling data and CGI, Humanity From Space on Tuesday at 7 pm shows how we’ve transformed our planet and produced a world of extraordinary complexity.

Life on the Reef Episode One at 7 pm on Wednesday allows you to view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.

Find out the answer to the question, “Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace?” during NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm on Wednesday.Then, at 9 pm on Wednesday, a team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork on Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. On Saturday at 7 pm, ACL showcases acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones while the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

Arts in Context Somos Krudas at 7:30 pm on Wednesday highlights Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness that is seldom seen. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin Leftovers at 8 pm on Thursday. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.

In a triple header, Chet heads to Round Rock, Texas, the “Sports Capital of Texas,” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout. At 9 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas in Schulenburg, Texas. At 9:30 pm, Chet explores the history of Aquarena Springs tubes with the college students from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration brings you the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s gala celebration of Williams’ peerless achievements as it reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List.

See how to transition from tomatoes to lettuce on Central Texas Gardener Summer to Fall Vegetables at 12 pm on Saturday. On tour, meet incredible succulents and cacti.

Highlights July 12 to July 18

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations. Although relations with Caroline are still fraught, Celia doesn’t hesitate to stand by her side when she receives some devastating news.

The community awaits news of the fish harvest, and Poldark’s copper mine struggles on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Four at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza must get used to a new way of life.

The arrival of soldiers from her home town lifts Joan’s spirits, but she finds herself in trouble on Crimson Field Episode Four at 9 pm on Sunday. Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient causes ripples, calling everyone’s loyalties into question.

On POV Web Junkie at 9 pm on Monday, follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use. After, at 10 pm on Monday, in today’s China, an old city destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as POV Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch on Abolitionists The Abolitionists, Part Three at 7 pm on Tuesday. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war breaks out and the conflict unexpectedly drags on.

On Blackout: The American Experience at 8 pm on Tuesday, look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

Witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Then, find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

Join NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm on Wednesday for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. On Comet Encounter at 9 pm on Wednesday, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the Austin City Limits stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon on Wednesday at 10 pm and on Friday at 9:30 pm. On Saturday at 7 pm, Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, intensely immersive retreats offered to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Aaron tours Texas to research and then cook some beef ribs on BBQ with Franklin Pickin’ Beef at 8 pm on Wednesday. After a butchering and anatomy class in College Station, Texas, he receives some tips from a legendary Central Texas BBQ family.

Chet heads to the home of the King Ranch – Kingsville, Texas – covering approximately 1,300 square miles of South Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He explores downtown Kingsville eating at an old pharmacy and soda fountain, then heads to the King Ranch for a history and birding tour of the sprawling South Texas prairie.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 on Thursday at 9 pm and on Friday at 10:30 pm features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 9:30 pm on Thursday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy brings you performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

Get the latest guide for your to-do list on Central Texas Gardener Top Tips for Your Garden at noon on Saturday. Meanwhile, a library attracts new readers in a wildlife garden.