Highlights Feb. 21-27

KLRU Highlights

A car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 7. On Sunday at 7 pm, Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson, things get serious for Edith and Robert gets a surprise gift.

On Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 8, two romances get complicated, Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs and Thomas takes a fateful step. Watch  Mrs. Patmore provoke and scandal and Isobel put her foot down on Sunday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Sunday at 9:15 pm and Thursday at 9 pm on Mercy Street Diabolical Plot, President Lincoln’s visit sparks a plan amongst the rebels and offers an opportunity to free James Sr.

On Independent Lens (t)error, a longtime counterterrorism informant invites filmmakers on what he says is his last job. Tune in on Monday at 9 pm as he befriends a suspected jihadist without telling his superiors.

On Arts In Context Masters of Ceremony, husband and wife duo, Riders Against The Storm, build a community centered around healing and the love of hip-hop. At 10:30 pm on Monday, join them as they seek to enlighten their audience.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, see how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers on Finding Your Roots The Pioneers.

Frontline Chasing Heroin follows four heroin addicts in Seattle. Tune in Tuesday at 8 to see what happens when this powerful addiction is treated as a public health crisis rather than a crime.

At 10 pm on Tuesday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed. discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

Nature Snow Chick tells the story of an Emperor penguin from the time it hatches to when it leaves its parents in adolescence. Tune in Wednesday at 7 pm to witness the chick’s journey to independence.

On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Rise Of The Robots introduces the most human-like robots around and shows how they interact outside of the lab.

Catch Human Face of Big Data  on Wednesday at 9 pm as it explores the promises and perils of the technology revolution.

On Wednesday at 10 pm and Saturday at 11 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

At 7 pm on Thursday, author of Finale: A Novel Of The Reagan Years, Thomas Mallon appears on Overheard with Evan Smith. Mallon frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic.

Texas Promise on Thursday at 7:30 pm focuses on education in Texas. This documentary is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Aired from the East Room, Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles artists pay tribute to the music of Ray Charles with their own interpretations of it on Friday at 8 pm.

On Fats Domino: American Masters, see how Fats Domino shifted rhythm and blues into rock ‘n’ roll and how that aided integration in a pre-civil rights America. Don’t miss it Friday at 9 pm!

On Friday at 10 pm, Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears tells the story about Johnny Cash’s little known Native-American concept album.

Find out how to grow olive trees and visit a low-lawn updated design and backyard kids’ zipline on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits, Ed Sheehan and Valerie June perform their hits. Catch these dynamic performances Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights Feb. 14-20

KLRU Highlights

The hospital war reaches a climax and Violet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 7 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

At 8 pm on Sunday, a car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 7. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

This week on Mercy Street, the unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray on Sunday and Thursday at 9 pm. Meanwhile, Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

On Independent Lens, the documentary Watch The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil highlights the journey of a civil rights leader who was both celebrated and controversial at 9 pm on Monday.

At 10 pm on Monday, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of a now-91 year-old woman and how she challenged the status quo in her lifetime as an African-American woman.

Sean Combs and LL Cool J, two hip hop legends, discover their family roots via DNA technology on Family Reunion Finding Your Roots at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will take you back to the 60s when the Black Panther Movement made a monumental splash in the realm of identity politics.

In 1973, Tom Bradley broke racial boundaries as the first African-American mayor in a majority white, major U.S. city. On Tuesday at 10 pm, Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley And The Politics, will discuss his successes and failures during his time as mayor of Los Angeles.

Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Wednesday at 7 pm, Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant will walk you through what this and other discoveries about this species means, and by the end reveal what the giant looked like.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Iceman Reborn will shed light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm, Austin City Limits presents the Grammy Award-winning group, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians, the band will showcase their latest record, Let Me Get By.

On Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard with Evan Smith will feature award-winning author, Margaret Atwood. She’s best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed.  discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx explores the history of this west Texas town as well as its present day attractions on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet visits a brothel museum and Fort Concho, mountain bikes and searches for fresh water pearls. He fuels up by trying stuffed avocados and donut sandwiches.

On Friday at 8 pm, Carole King: American Masters delves into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.

This Bluegrass Underground Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Johnnyswim, Lee Ann Womack, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Davina & The Vagabonds and more at 10 pm on Friday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

Highlights Feb. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 7 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

The hospital war reaches a climax andViolet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 8 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help him escape on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater on Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale” at 9 pm Monday.

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Re-examine the shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it on Perfect Crime: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Get the results of the New Hampshire Primary on a PBS Newshour Special Report at  10 pm Tuesday.

Celebrate the anniversary of Arlo Guthrie’s iconic song on Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert at 9 pm Wednesday.

Robert Reich, a leading expert on work and the economy, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas on his trip to Sulphur Springs on The Daytripper at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PBS Newshour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the DNC-sanctioned debate on Thursday at 8 pm.

Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career at 8 pm Thursday through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

See how to make lots of hummingbird friends and visit a tiny garden that wildlife call home on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By, on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 8 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

Dr. Foster confronts his family’s divided loyalties when his mother and wounded Confederate brother arrive on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

No More Babies investigates the history of Mexican-American women who were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

A wrap-up of the first state to cast votes in the 2016 presidential primary season on PBS Newshour at 10 pm Monday.

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath on American Experience Death of a President at 8 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Mike Nichols at 9 pm Tuesday showcases one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) with new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday takes a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, a comedian and actress, talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX British Invasion at 7:30 pm Thursday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, and more.

Chet heads to the desert of Balmorhea to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Andrea Bocelli joins Renee Fleming, 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winner Jamie Barton and a formidable array of opera superstars for this perennial high point of the opera season on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Grow gorgeous gardens with a lot less water and visit an urban contemporary makeover on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights January 24 to January 30

KLRU Highlights

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3, Sunday at 7 p.m., a wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

Sunday at 8 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Confederate belle Emma nurses her wounded friend on Mercy Street The Haversack, Sunday at 9 p.m. Dr. Foster wrestles with his marriage and career as Mary tries to improve her patients’ lives with Samuel’s help. Aurelia submits to Silas’ advances in exchange for his help.

Sunday at 10 p.m., a famous rock ‘n’ roll singer comes to Ballarat to perform, and the town goes wild for him on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Food Of Love. But when the star dies in an alleyway outside the venue, it falls to Dr. Blake to investigate the mystifying circumstances, see past the murky intrigue of the singer’s life and find the truth. (via BBC One)

Travel to Antiques Roadshow Little Rock, Hour One and discover finds like an Olin Travis Ozark hilltop painting, a 1936 Lou Gehrig autograph and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand, ca. 1730. Which one is appraised for $80,000 to $ 120,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

In Antiques Roadshow El Paso, Tx – Hour Two, Monday at 8 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Chris Mitchell explore how the innovative “Mississippi” rifle dramatically changed the odds in the Mexican-American War, as well as the current market for this weapon.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life on Finding Your Roots Tragedy + Time = Comedy, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century on Mine Wars: American Experience. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

The final episode of the three-part Nature: Natural Born Hustlers: Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks concludes Wednesday at 7 p.m. which explores sneaky mating techniques. It’s a tough world out there, so it’s not surprising that crafty animals turn to disguise, illusion, duplicity and mimicry to beat the odds and live another day. (via Thirteen)

Join scientists on NOVA Nepal Earthquake, Wednesday at 8 p.m., as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

Revel in the high-energy performance of the African singer/songwriter on Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo, Wednesday at 10 p.m. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Overheard with Evan Smith Kim Gordon airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on The Daytripper Rockport-Fulton.

Mercy Street The Haversack airs again Thursday at 9 p.m.

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London on Doctor Who Deep Breath, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combusions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? Thursday at 10 p.m.

Meet one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) Friday at 8 p.m. on Mike Nichols: American Masters. Nichols discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, from comedy duo Nichols and May to Charlie Wilson’s War. See new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

On Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, Friday at 9 p.m., view dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

Relish the best in smart indie rock on Austin City Limits Sleater-Kinney/Heartless Bastards, Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love. Austin rockers Heartless Bastards showcase their latest LP, Restless Ones.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

On Father Brown The Judgement Of Man, Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary Flambeau, who intends to use the priest and his friends to help him settle an old score. Saturday at 9 p.m.

Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting that they would be given homework on Doc Martin Education, Education, Education, Saturday at 10 p.m. Peter Cronk, now 15, approaches Louisa to ask if Martin will allow him to do work experience at the Surgery.

Highlights January 17 to January 23

KLRU Highlights

Wedding plans hit a snag on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 2, Sunday at 7 p.m. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

Then on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3, Sunday at 8 p.m., a wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

On the first episode of PBS’ first scripted drama in a decade, Mercy Street The New Nurse, New England nurse Mary Phinney begins her duties in Mansion House. Sunday at 9 p.m.,  Mansion House owner James Sr. struggles to preserve the family fortune as daughter Emma secretly searches for her beau.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Heart Of The Matter, Sunday at 10 p.m. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be.

Journey to Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour Three, Monday at 7 p.m., to learn about treasures like a 1938 Snow White banner, a Chinese huanghuali cosmetic case and an 1860 John J. Audubon chromolithograph.

In Antiques Roadshow El Paso, Tx – Hour One, Monday at 8 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Buxton head to the Centennial Museum to check out beautiful pre-Columbian pottery from the Casas Grandes culture.

Monday at 9 p.m., March examines the 1963 March on Washington, its history and how it nearly did not take place.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she’s always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret about her real father’s identity. Independent Lens Little White Lie is Monday at 10 p.m.

Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gains a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory on Finding Your Roots In Search Of Freedom, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, Tuesday at 8 p.m. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Tuesday at 9 p.m., follow an investigation of the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with only limited FDA oversight, on Frontine Supplements and Safety. Explore the risks of taking mega-doses of vitamins and examine how they are marketed and regulated.

DeBakey, Tuesday at 10 p.m., is an inspiring documentary about the life of famed heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, produced by Dr. Tony Herring, a student of DeBakey’s in the 1960’s. Through his rare interviews with Dr. DeBakey, he takes viewers on a journey to learn about the incredible life and career of his mentor and teacher.

Animals the world over have adapted their bodies or behavior in extreme ways to create a tantalizing trap, as shown on Nature Natural Born Hustlers: The Hunger Hustle, Wednesday at 7 p.m. It’s all the result of millions of years of artful adaptation – all in the name of luring in the next meal.

Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica’s under-ice landscape with a team of scientists as they search for the mystery killer that’s decimating the population of delicate shrimp-like creatures at the foundation of the Antarctic food chain on NOVA Mystery Beneath The Ice, Wednesday at 8 p.m.

On Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders Of Water, Wednesday at 9 p.m., see wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.

Enjoy intimate performances on Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves, Saturday at 10 p.m. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort, And the War Came.

Overheard with Evan Smith Ambassador Ron Kirk, Former U.S. Trade Representative, airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Kirk served as the 16th U.S. Trade Representative and served in President Obama’s Cabinet. He negotiated trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet heads to the “Lavender Capital,” harvesting it from the field and drinking it in lemonade on The Daytripper Blanco, Tx. He explores the historic courthouse used in the movie “True Grit” and a buggy museum that’s supplied Hollywood with all its western needs for years.

Mercy Street The New Nurse airs again Thursday at 9 p.m.

Examine Austin’s first year of geographic representation in this townhall conversation on Civic Summit 10-1 Revisited: A Year of Austin’s New Government Friday at 8 p.m.

Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

Get tips for gardeners on the move and easy water-saving tricks for organic vegetables on Central Texas Gardener at noon Sunday.

Revel in the high-energy performance of the African singer/songwriter on Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo, Saturday at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

When a body is discovered in a vineyard on Father Brown The Truth In The Wine, Saturday at 9 p.m., Father Brown must search for the murderer amongst a group of suspects all seeking to reinvent themselves.

Saturday at 10 p.m., Martin has decided he will be the one to move out of the Surgery to allow Louisa the space she needs, which Louisa does really appreciate. Louisa is intrigued to meet Martin’s therapist, Dr. Rachel Timoney, but is not quite so happy when Rachel suggests that they should have therapy as a couple on Doc Martin It’s Good To Talk.

Highlights January 10 to January 16

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten the cast on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Wedding plans hit a snag on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 2, Sunday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – in 1890s London on Masterpiece Theatre The Abominable Bride Sunday at 9 p.m., Thursday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.

Discover fantastic finds on Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour Two, including a 1961-1963 JFK archive, a grotesque face jug and Gone with the Wind sketches. Can you guess which is valued at $60,000-$80,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

On Antiques Roadshow Pittsburgh, Pa – Hour Three host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Arlie Sulka at the Carnegie Museum of Art to explore the striking, vibrantly colored vases, bottles and jars made by glass master Maurice Marinot. Monday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 9 p.m., follow four adults on the autism spectrum as they open up their personal lives and navigate dating and romantic relationships. Independent Lens Autism In Love shows that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

Then, Monday at 10:30 p.m., preview upcoming independent documentary films airing on PBS in 2016 on PBS Previews: The Best Of PBS Indies.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots on Finding Your Roots The Irish Factor.

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Staying Alive, the first of this three-part series, offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. NOVA Life’s Rocky Start, Wednesday at 8 p.m., goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

On Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders, Wednesday at 9 p.m., visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

Overheard with Evan Smith Wendell Pierce, Actor And Author is Thursday at 7 p.m. Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” A New Orleans native, he starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about the city after Hurricane Katrina.

Civic Summit Stop The Drop: Engaging Students In Their Futures explores why some youth drop out of school. Texas boasts an 88% graduation rate, second only to Iowa. Those numbers are high, but why are some students still not graduating? Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom on The Daytripper Alpine, Tx.

Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 8 p.m features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon — with Don Was as music director (program subject to change).

Road to Austin, Friday at 9:30 p.m., is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The concert features Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel performing “Layla;” Bob Schneider singing “Flowerparts;” Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt performing “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from the Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar, Friday at 10:30 p.m. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.

See how to feed your family even in small gardens and visit a young family’s backyard vineyard on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy intimate performances on Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves, Saturday at 7 p.m. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort, And the War Came.

After Martin’s first session with Dr. Rachel Timoney on Doc Martin The Shock Of The New, we see he may have met his match: if anyone is going to be able to help Martin change, then Dr. Timoney seems well-qualified. Saturday at 10:35 p.m.

Highlights January 3 to January 9

KLRU Highlights

On Countdown to Downton Abbey, Sunday at 7 p.m., count down the moments till the final season begins, with cast and filmmaker interviews celebrating the global impact of the series. Don’t miss the chance to find out what surprising twists and turns lie in store for the beloved characters.

Sunday at 8 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten Downton Abbey on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Continue the excitement on Downton Abbey: A Celebration, Sunday at 9:15 p.m., as the final season begins and savor favorite moments from past seasons. Glean hints of what’s to come in clips from upcoming episodes, along with behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and producers.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary with treasures like a 1919 Belmont Stakes trophy, 1963 “The Avengers” comics and two Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso oil paintings on Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour One, Monday at 7 p.m. Which find is worth $200,000 to $300,000?

Monday at 8 p.m. on Antiques Roadshow Pittsburgh, Pa – Hour Two, appraiser Peter Shemonsky shows host Mark L. Walberg strikingly delicate examples of centuries-old jewelry fashioned out of steel and iron against the formidable backdrop of Pittsburgh’s former Homestead Steel Works.

See how the power of cinema ignited a revolution in 1980s Romania on Independent Lens Chuck Norris Vs Communism, as an intrepid VHS bootlegger and a brave translator brought western movies to audiences behind the Iron Curtain. Monday at 9 p.m.

How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin, Monday at 10 p.m., is the unknown story of how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system, airing Monday at 10 p.m. 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. Twenty-five years later, 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.”

Tuesday at 7 p.m., discover the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities on Finding Your Roots The Stories We Tell.

Trace the increasingly contentious relationship between America and Israel and their bitter clash over Iran’s nuclear program on Frontline Netanyahu At War, Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Banjo Romantika introduces the musicians who play this unique bluegrass hybrid. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political and the present into a lively musical tradition entirely its own. Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Nature Animal Odd Couples, Wednesday at 7 p.m., investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. NOVA Secret Tunnel Warfare explores the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in the biggest excavation ever undertaken on the Western Front. Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet on Particle Fever.

Overheard with Evan Smith brings you in-depth interviews with today’s most fascinating public figures. You’ll meet politicians, authors, artists, actors, journalists, business people – anyone who’s at the center of things. Join us Thursday at 7 p.m. for Overheard with Evan Smith Episode #609.

The Raising Of America: Early Childhood And The Future, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., looks inside the brain and brings to life recent scientific research that reveals how early experiences, beginning in the womb, can alter brain architecture and developmental trajectories. Through the stories of families from different walks of life, researchers discover how the lack of paid parental leave and high-quality affordable childcare, stagnant wages and overcrowded housing, depression and social exclusion, and perhaps most of all the time crunch, too often undermine the efforts of parents and caregivers struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive.

Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president on The Daytripper Granbury, Tx, Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., President and Mrs. Obama host In Performance At The White House In Celebration Of Creativity, celebrating the cultural resonance of art and literature in unique American musical forms.

Grab a front row seat for First You Dream: The Music Of Kander & Ebb, one of the most thrilling Broadway concerts in memory. Friday at 9 p.m., an all-star cast performs “New York New York,” “Cabaret” and other classic songs by the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway songwriting team of Kander & Ebb.

Thrill to  rocking R&B sounds on Austin City Limits Alabama Shakes/Vintage Trouble, Friday at 10 p.m. The Shakes showcase their latest LP, Sound and Vision, during their second ACL appearance. Vintage Trouble make their debut emphasizing their most recent album, 1 Hopeful Road.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from a Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar. Saturday at 7 p.m., the Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.

Saturday at 8 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten the cast on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Preview upcoming independent documentary films airing on PBS in 2016 on PBS Previews: The Best of PBS Indies, Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Then, Doc Martin Episode 701 airs, Saturday at 10 p.m. Martin continues causing mayhem in the sleepy town of Portwenn.

 

Highlights December 27 to January 2

KLRU Highlights

Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special 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. Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9.

Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 on Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Sunday at 10 p.m. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.

Sunday at 11:30 p.m. on Vicious Holiday Special, Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 3 is a new episode with never-before-seen appraisals from Roadshow’s 2013 season, including a Myrtle Beach guest with a sports collection that would make any Celtics fan turn green with envy and a diamond and platinum ring in Corpus Christi. Monday at 7 p.m.

Monday at 8 p.m., travel through air, sea, land – and time – in Antiques Roadshow Treasures On The Move, featuring Art Deco travel posters, a Waltham railroad pocket watch, and a Lewis and Clark map. Which is appraised at $45,000?

East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance, airing Monday at 9 p.m.With little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico – and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that.

Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special airs Monday at 10 p.m. This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the Pioneers of Television series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him.

Pioneers of Television Standup to Sitcom features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program, which airs Tuesday at 7 p.m., reveals how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., Pioneers of Television Acting Funny peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They’re a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach.

Using undercover footage, Frontline Escaping ISIS presents the gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS – and follows an underground network that’s helping them escape. Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper in On Story Mad Men: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner.

Then, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. in On Story Groundhog Day: Deconstructing the Comedy Classic, Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy’s progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive, shown on Nature Animal Misfits, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan Wednesday at 8 p.m. on In Defense of Food, a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!” on Austin City Limits Phoenix, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Thursday at 7 p.m., ring in a new year with the Philharmonic and the sounds of Paris, featuring Alan Gilbert and Susan Graham in music by Ravel, Offenbach and Saint-Saens on Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris.

Then, Thursday at 9 p.m., keep ringing in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland and Leslie Odom from Smash. Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve At The Rainbow Room celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris airs again Thursday at 10 p.m.

The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet on Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host, touring the picturesque city. Friday at 6 p.m.

Masterpiece The Abominable Bride airs Friday at 8 p.m. The new Sherlock special marks the first time Sherlock premieres in the U.S. and U.K. the same day. The special finds Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) transported back in time to 1890s London.

Austin City Limits Phoenix airs again Friday at 9:35 p.m.

Join host Pete Evans on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking Austin, Texas Friday at 10:32 p.m. as he gets a taste of some authentic Texas cuisine with father-son chef duo Jack and Bryce Gilmore. Pete meets them at Urban Roots Farm, an organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people, where they pick vegetables and get honey right from the combs.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

American bands Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble perform their blues-rock and classic rock tunes on Austin City Limits Alabama Shakes/Vintage Trouble, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at 10 p.m., Louisa has shocking news for Martin on Doc Martin Departure, Bert and Jennifer’s party goes off with a bang, and Al has a business proposition for Ruth.

Highlights December 20 to December 26

KLRU Highlights

On Great Houses With Julian Fellowes Goodwood House, join Fellowes at Goodwood, for 300 years the home of the Dukes of Richmond. He learns how the house and family owe their existence to an affair between King Charles and a French spy and about the House Party, where illicit affairs were conducted. Sunday at 7 p.m.

Edith is found out on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 7, Sunday at 8 p.m. Mary finally shakes a suitor. Isobel and Lord Merton reveal their plans. Robert throws another guest out of the house.

Sunday at 9 p.m., it’s Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 8. Someone tries to derail Rose and Atticus’ happiness. Mrs. Patmore gets a surprise. Anna is in trouble. Robert has a revelation.

Sunday at 10:30 p.m., join host Hugh Bonneville on Salute To Downton Abbey to recall the high points of the series storyline and its memorable cast of characters. Watch interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the cast, clips from previous seasons and tantalizing previews of season 6.

Travel through El Paso, Atlanta and Minneapolis with Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 2 Monday at 7 p.m. to enjoy more new appraisals. A Missouri Regiment Colt Pistol worth more than $22,000, sapphire and diamonds from Tiffany, and Dr.Seuss’s signature are just a few of the finds revealed in this episode.

Join stage and singing star Santino Fontana, the Muppets from Sesame Street and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a concert that includes songs from Sesame and inspiring arrangements of sacred Christmas music. Monday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 9 p.m., nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present Christmas at Belmont, a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. The program features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and a mass choir.

This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features music legends Crosby, Stills & Nash, multi-platinum selling artists Fall Out Boy; retro-pop-soul singer Andra Day; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tori Kelly; musician and producer Trombone Shorty and a special appearance. Monday at 10 p.m.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows, Tuesday at 7 p.m., features classic clips from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters.

 

Join Texas country music’s first couple for this warm, wonderful holiday celebration. Singer-songwriters Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis—partners in life, love and parenthood—perform holiday favorites. Next Waltz Presents Bruce Robinson And Kelly Willis airs Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Nature Magic of the Snowy Owl, Wednesday at 7 p.m., takes us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly.

Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? NOVA Building the Great Cathedrals reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward. Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The Daytripper Grapevine, Tx heads to the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season Wednesday at 9 p.m. He visits main street to eat at a French bakery, tours a winery, sees amazing sculptures of ice at the Gaylord Texan, and finishes it off on the historic railroad bound for the North Pole.

Next Waltz Presents Bruce Robinson And Kelly Willi airs again Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Wednesday at 10 p.m., revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony on ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

Overheard with Evan Smith Mary Lynn Rajskub, Comedian and Actress airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Mary Lynn Rajskub is a comedian and actress, best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24 and roles on 2 Broke Girls, Californication and Arrested Development. Rajskub has also been seen in movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer.

Next Waltz Presents Bruce Robinson And Kelly Willis airs again Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8 p.m., Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs on Three Tenors Christmas.

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir airs again Thursday at 8:59 p.m.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows airs again Thursday at 9:58 p.m.

Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 on Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Friday at 8 p.m. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.

On Vicious Holiday Special, Friday at 9:30 p.m., Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!” on Austin City Limits Phoenix Saturday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 7 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 8 airs again Saturday at 9 p.m.

On Doc Martin Listen With Mother, Saturday at 10:30 p.m., Martin reluctantly agrees to help Louisa hand out awards at her school’s sports day. Ruth and Margaret have a showdown. Mike has a shady revelation from his past.