Highlights December 14-20

KLRU Highlights

Enjoy and entire evening watching Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey on KLRU. Episodes 3, 4 and 5 begin airing at 7 pm on Sunday.

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

We’ll show you what that means for one dedicated group of students, rehearsing and performing in some of George Balanchine most celebrated works on Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Monday at 9 pm.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 7 pm goes with a group of active duty and retired U.S. military, wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other American wars, as they travel to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in southwest France in search of healing.

In a second hour of Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 8 pm, Feiler circles the island of Shikokyu in Japan, following a pilgrim trail that’s taken by hundreds of thousands of Japanese and international pilgrims every year, a Buddhist pilgrimage that welcomes pilgrims of all faiths.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014 Tuesday at 9 pm promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.

In celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert on Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts Tuesday at 10 pm.

“Born Free” – a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife, marked its 50th anniversary of the publication in 2010. Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story Wednesday at 7 pm revisits the story.

In a mini-series, Nova Wednesday at 8 pm and 9 pm, New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue takes a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation.

Famed Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performs a unique fusion of flamenco, jazz and rock on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Martin Amis, a celebrated and prolific author whose credits include London Fields, The Rachel Papers, Time’s Arrow and The Information, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Blue Lapis Light transforms urban environments into works of art on Arts and Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Thursday at 8 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Chet on Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm heads to Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season.

On Great Performances Thursday at 9 pm, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and celebrated cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings.

Catch-up on this week’s news with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday at 7 pm and Moyers and Company at 7:30 pm.

On Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Friday at 8 pm, Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the choir and orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir Friday at 9 pm was filmed in Trondheim, Norway’s magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world.

Mingle herbs for food, wildlife flowers and what ails you into your waterwise scheme on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit a gardener who removed grass for a menu that serves up art, food, and wildlife invites.

Prepare yourself for a Downton Abbey marathon! Episodes 1-4 of the fourth season with be airing Saturday at 7 pm to midnight.

Highlights December 7-13

KLRU Highlights

This season of Downton Abbey finds aristocrats coping with last season’s shocking finale. Watch episodes one and two Sunday starting at 7 pm.

Newly-assembled Rock Rewind 1965-1967 (my Music) Sunday at 10 pm and Thursday at 7 pm has archival performances of hits that still resonate nearly half a century later.

We all have financial issues and problems. Suze Orman’s latest special, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You Saturday at 8, sharply focuses on her helping individual viewers “find financial solutions for you.”

Celebrate the joys of the holiday season with Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas Tuesday at 7 pm by sharing a new tradition with your family and friends.

The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York Tuesday at 8 pm.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only Tuesday at 9:30 pm, Friday at 10 pm and Saturday at 7 pm features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Dr. Fuhrman’s End Dieting Forever Wednesday at 7 pm lecture about a lifestyle where you seek foods, recipes and menus that are nutrient rich, so that your body is supplied with its nutritional needs for optimum health, disease prevention, and maximum lifespan.

BrainChange with David Perlmutter, MD Wednesday at 8 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.

Victor Borges’s Timeless Comedy! Wednesday at 10:30 pm features the legendary Victor Borge and featuring his funniest and most memorable skits – a truly timeless collection viewers will not want to miss!

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Agatha Christie’s Poirot Thursday at 8:30 pm confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Thursday at 10:30 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

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

Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming Back to Brooklyn airing Friday at 8 pm at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years.

Being Poirot Saturday at 8:30 is a fitting tribute to the end of an era in public television, and to a character millions have come to love yet know remarkably little about.

Highlights November 30-December 6

KLRU Highlights

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home – to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that is – to perform music from her career on Kristen Chenoweth – Coming Home Sunday at 6:30 pm.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Sunday at 8 pm, Thursday at 9 pm and Saturday at 8:30 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Watch the next episode of Father Brown Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm has more appraisals than ever to share from the 8 cities it visited during its newly-expanded Season 18 tour.

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary Monday at 8 pm 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.

American Masters | Bing Crosby Rediscovered Tuesday at 7 pm reveals a man far more complex than his public persona.

Gail “Hal” Halvorsen and his Air force buddies dropped 20 tons of treats on handkerchief parachutes and delivered 6,500 pounds of chocolate bars to the 1948 West Berlin children’s Christmas parties on the ground on Candy Bomber Tuesday at 9 pm.

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Tuesday at 10 pm is a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas.

Celebrate the natural world with Nature’s Best of Birds Wednesday at 7 pm, a catalogue pledge special featuring some of the most memorable bird scenes from Nature’s award-winning library.

Nova | First Man on the Moon Wednesday at 8 pm presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews with Neil Armstrong’s family and friends.

Historian and archetypal Englishman Julian Davidson travels from the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, sampling the delights of some of the most dramatic and fascinating Great Railway Journeys of Europe Wednesday at 9:30 pm.

Don’t miss the Arts In Context Special on KLRU Thursday at 7 pm.

The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York Thursday at 8 pm.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company begins Friday at 7 pm.

Recorded at the 2013 MusiCare’s Man of the Year Bruce Springsteen benefit, Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Friday at 8 pm features the industry’s biggest names performing The Boss’ biggest hits.

On Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! Saturday at 7 pm, the duo performs swinging selections from their latest collaboration.

 

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.