Highlights November 23-29

KLRU Highlights

The special, Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize Sunday at 7, celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Richard Pryor: Icon Sunday at 9 pm surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.

Father Brown Sunday at 10 pm and the following Saturday at 8:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

In a new special, Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident. Following, Roadshow travels to Madison, Wisconsin.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm.

On Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races.

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts Of Christmas Eve Tuesday at 8 pm and Thursday at 9:30 pm takes on a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas.

Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special on 60s Pop, Rock and Soul Tuesday at 9 pm.

After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed on Nature | My Life as a Turkey Wednesday at 7 pm.

Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds on Nature: An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday at 8 pm.

Working with scientists, special camera equipment, and deer experts and devotees of every kind, Nature Wednesday at 9 pm reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light.

Husband and wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley who formed the band Yo La Tengo join Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers on Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Home For Christmas Thursday at 8 pm reveals for Celtic Woman what will be their newest chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company starting at 7 pm on Friday.

On Kristin Chenoweth – Coming Home Friday at 8 pm, Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home – to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that is – to perform music from her career.

Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour Friday at 9 pm being presented by PBS is an entire concert from the extraordinary 2007 Troubadour Reunion that brought them all together again.

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, explores how nature-deficit disorder impacts our children on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Agatha Christie’s – Poirot Sunday at 9:30 pm confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders.

Highlights November 16-22

KLRU Highlights

Your favorites The Paradise, Season 2-Part 8, Worricker and DCI Banks air Sunday starting at 7 pm.

Two episodes of the Antiques Roadshow begin at 7 pm on Monday. They head to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm travels to Laya to visit Pyanki, a nine-year-old monk. They document Pyanki’s experiences when he receives electricity and television for the first time.

LaDonna Harries: Indian 101 Monday at 10 pm profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Finding Your Roots “Ancient Roots” Tuesday at 7 pm traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life.

Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history – the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on Cold War Roadshow: American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.

In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. Nature  Invasion of the Killer Whales investigates Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA  Killer Landslides Wednesday at 8 pm, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr on To Catch a Comet Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, runoff candidates for Austin City Council District 6, 7, 8 and 10 sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit.

Don’t miss this week’s news conversation on Washington Week and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Runoff candidates for Austin Mayor sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit Friday at 8 pm.

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters, Cats, returns to Great Performances Friday at 9 pm for an encore presentation.

ACL Presents Saturday at 7 pm shows highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded in Nashville.

Agatha Christie’s-Poirot and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

KLRU-Q is all about food 11/12

KLRU Q Featured

Don’t miss KLRU-Q’s programs on Wednesday (11/12) evening! Here’s the line-up:

8 pm: On Globe Trekker Food Hour, Bobby samples oysters in Galway, fishes for salmon in Connemara, plays a tune or two with The Chieftains in Westport, visits the Nenagh Agricultural Show, judges a baking competition in Tipperary and learns the history of Guinness in Dublin.

9 pm: Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience shows why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin’s food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.

10 pm: The Maryland Harvest is a delicious documentary about farms, farmers, and the chefs who love them!

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights November 9-15

KLRU Highlights

Paradise, Season 2-Part 7 airs Sunday evening at 7!

On Worricker Sunday at 8 pm, Johnny Worricker escapes to the distant islands of Turks & Caicos, where an order from the CIA unexpectedly puts him back to work.

The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson on DCI Banks Monday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow takes us to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin Monday at 7 pm for two hours.

Watch a portrait of the U.S. sled hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Ice Warriors – USA Sled Hockey Monday at 9 pm.

On this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, they research the descendants and ancestors of the English who invaded America.

Navy Seals-Their Untold Story Tuesday at 8 pm recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts – including that of a D-Day demolition team member – and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes.

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA: Emperor’s Ghost Army Wednesday at 8 pm, in central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife.

Steve Johnson discovers the unsung heroes of sound Wednesday at 9 pm on How We Got to Now.

Explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Katha Pollitt, an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation, sits down with Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

The Daytripper travels to El Paso and Lubbock Thursday starting at 8 pm.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Hitmakers Friday at 8 pm 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.

What makes a compelling story? Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm discerns not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.

What story does your garden tell you? Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday takes a soulful look at your garden. Visit a garden where a family’s muse led to front yard food and backyard playground for them and the wildlife.

Watch country superstar Eric Church perform tunes from his hit album The Outsiders on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

On Agatha Christie’s – Poirot Saturday at 8 pm, while Poirot investigates a famed psychiatrist’s murder, crime novelist Ariadne Oliver looks into a couple’s mysterious death.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Highlights November 2-8

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday at 7 pm and 8 pm, KLRU brings you episodes from two television series: Masterpiece’s Paradise, Season 2-Part 6 and Masterpiece Mystery’s Death Comes to Pemberley, Part 2 (also airing Saturday at 8 pm).

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30, the Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson.

Two hours of the Antiques Roadshow in Miami Beach, Florida and Atlantic City, New Jersey begins at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, in Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor and combats the first female chief of the electricity utility company.

In Tuesday’s episode of Finding Your Roots at 7 pm, we learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage, but a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition.

Makers Tuesday at 8 pm, highlights women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields.

PBS’ premier public affairs series, Frontline begins at 9 pm on Tuesday.

On Nature Wednesday at 7 pm, watch the story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.

On NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm, learn more about Spinosaurus, a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator to ever walk the Earth.

From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way on How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Ross Douthat, a conservative Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, go behind the scenes to witness the passion and energy required to create the successful music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The Daytripper travels to San Marcos and Marble Falls, Texas Thursday at 8 and 8:30 pm, respectively.

An aging spy stumbles on an international scandal that could bring down the British government on Page Eight Thursday at 9 pm.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company beginning at 7 pm on Friday.

Watch Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House Friday at 8 pm.

Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Wolfgang Laib use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain on Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm.

It’s time to plant trees, so let’s get to it with some of our best picks on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm, explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community Saturday at 9 pm.

 

Highlights October 26-November 1

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece brings us two of its television series, The Paradise and Death Comes to Pemberley, Sunday evening beginning at 7 pm.

When a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled, DCI Banks Sunday at 9 pm and his team quickly identify their prime suspect.

Two hours of the Antiques Roadshow begins at 7 pm on Monday.

Have the national virtues of punctuality and loyalty to protocol become societal impediments and even dangers to the people of Japan? Independent Lens Brakeless investigates Monday at 9 pm.

Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm traces three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation’s sense of itself.

On Makers Tuesday at 8 pm, hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS.

A troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm uncovers the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines.

On How We Got to Now with Steve Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm, Johnson relates the story of people who take us out of the dark and into the light.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm on Austin City Limits.

Bob Woodward, who worked with Carl Bernstein to investigate and report the Watergate scandal, which lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

On Arts in Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, born out of intense personal hardship, Les Rav – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter.

Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm explores the Spooky locations of Texas and then goes to Grapevine.

KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute present an Austin mayoral debate Thursday at 9 pm.

Your weekly Washington Week and Moyers and Company begins at 7 pm on Friday.

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines an all-star evening At The Rainbow Room Friday at 8 pm.

Elliott Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work on Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm.

Mingle herbs for food, wildlife flowers and what ails you into your waterwise scheme on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Noir rock hits Austin City Limits with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Saturday at 7 pm.

The televisions series Death Comes to Pemberley and Father Brown begin at 8 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively.

Highlights October 19-25

KLRU Highlights

As usual, three of your favorite television series, The Paradise, Inspector Lewis and DCI Banks are airing Sunday evening starting at 7 pm.

Enjoy two hours of Antiques Roadshow beginning at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, two twin sisters, who were separated at birth, are still unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other.

Follow Tom Xia’s journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings on Xmas Without China Monday at 10 pm.

This week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm: three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives – and America’s cuisine. Featuring Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez.

Makers  Women in War Tuesday at 8 pm looks at American women’s increasing participation in war–from Vietnam to present–as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Frontline  Losing Iraq Tuesday at 9 pm examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict.

On Nature  A Murder of Crows Wednesday at 7 pm, crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

NOVA  Ben Franklin’s Balloons Wednesday at 8 pm evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass on How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Evan Smith interviews Ian McEwan, a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, Thursday at 7 pm on Overheard.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Austin Film Society has set out to create the best little art house in Texas to help foster the next generation of film lovers.

Chet heads to Kemah and Port Lavaca, Texas on Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm and 8:30 pm.

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions Thursday at 9 pm leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money

Catchup on your news for the week Friday at 7 pm on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and again at 7:30 pm on Moyers and Company.

Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live! Friday at 8 pm from the stage of Rose Theater at New York City’s Time Warner Center.

Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Find out on Art in the Twenty-First Century Friday at 9 pm.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs live on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

The television series Inspector Lewis and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

Highlights October 12-18

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, part three of the hit series The Paradise is airing at 7 pm. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Following at 8 pm on Sunday, watch another Masterpiece Mystery! favorite: Inspector Lewis.

On Sunday’s episode of DCI Banks at 8:30 pm, Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy, so he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim.

On Monday starting at 7 pm, enjoy two hours of the Antiques Roadshow. They travel to Jacksonville, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm shows teachers and parents addressing bullying in schools.

Three guests’ families on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors.

Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program on Makers Women in Space Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.

Two episodes of On Story begin at 10 pm. One features Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, the other includes deconstructing a sci-fi classic.

Nature Animal Mistfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Two episodes of How We Got To Now With Steven Johnson air at 8 pm on Wednesday. Johnson explores the unsung heroes of clean and of time.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June grace the stage at Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and and Friday at 11 pm on KLRU.

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times, is on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Hear viewpoints from across the state on water use and its economic impact, water supply/acquisition and water conservation on Texas Perspective: Water Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper’s Chet heads to Lubbock and explores the Texas High Plains Thursday at 8:30 pm.

BrainChange Thursday at 9 pm reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday at 7 pm!

Following at 7:30 pm on Friday, Bill Moyers joins us with Moyers and Company.

Watch Porgy and Bess, an American musical theater staple about an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. It’s brought to us by the San Francisco Opera Friday at 8 pm.

Let your lettuce and broccoli mingle with wildlife food plants and winter’s dormant perennials on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit a modern-styled new build where raised food gardens join native plants against a recycled fence design.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Get your Inspector Lewis, a television series via Masterpiece Mystery!, fix Saturday at 8 pm.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Highlights October 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 2 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

The seventh season of Masterpiece Mystery | Inspector Lewis awaits! It airs Sunday at 8 pm and the following Saturday at 8 pm.

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30 pm, a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter.

Enjoy 2 full hours of Antiques Road show starting at 7 pm on Monday.

POV  The Act of Killing Monday at 9 pm explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns.

Join three iconic storytellers as they uncover mysteries about their ancestors on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment, on Makers  Women in Hollywood Tuesday at 8 pm.

On Frontline Death By Fire 2 Tuesday at 9 pm, several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it’s the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham — convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children — that’s now at the center of the national debate.

Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling on On Story Tuesday at 10 pm.

Get a unique, up-close glance into the lives of baby penguins Wednesday at 7 pm on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane.

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of the Atlantic Wall. Learn more about this fascinating history on Nazi Mega Weapons Wednesday at 9 pm.

Beck graces the stage of Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Lizz Winstead, co-creator, former writer and former correspondent for The Daily Show, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts in Context discovers the importance of keeping the Tejano musical tradition alive Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle Thursday at 9 pm provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century.

Watch Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” starring Nathan Lane on Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm.

Singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Highlights September 28 – October 4

KLRU Highlights

Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 1 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 8 pm, once again, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues to solve the mystery, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else in the world. He now wants to embark on a journey to learn more about the woman who created him on Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Senator Dan Patrick and Senator Leticia Van de Putte square off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor on Monday at 7 pm.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will be airing on Monday at 9 pm.

On Independent Lens Monday at 10 pm, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.

This week on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, three of America’s greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins.

Don’t miss Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis as they square off in The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor Tuesday at 8 pm.

Laugh with Makers | Women in Comedy Tuesday and Thursday at 9 pm as they track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like “Maude” to today’s multifaceted landscape.

Frontline Tuesday at 10 pm investigates the explosive growth of Macau as the gambling capital of the world and how major American casinos conduct business there.

Watched by spycams, penguins in Antarctica are caught taking their own first unsteady steps on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle Wednesday at 7 pm.

On Nova Wednesday at 8 pm, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Rise of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 goes into the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.

Watch Coldplay’s live performance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm!

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm meets with Lawrence Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker.

A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go to the Dance) Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Go to the State Fair of Texas with Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Austin City Limits Celebrates Forty Years of showcasing the best music on television with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Foo Fighters and more Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Beck performs live on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.