Highlights February 15-21

KLRU Highlights

It’s the quarter-finals of the Great British Baking Show and only five bakers remain. Mary and Paul up the ante to see which bakers will rise to the challenge of creating 36 showstopping doughnuts and more on Sunday at 7 p.m.

On season 5, episode 7 of Downton Abbey, Bates’ train ticket returns to the spotlight. Isobel encounters a surprising obstacle to happiness. An arrival brings new hope, while departures bring both relief and sorrow on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

Episode 5 of Grantchester finds Sidney and Geordie on holiday in London where they happen upon a murder, allowing them to show Scotland Yard a thing or two. Masterpiece Mystery! airs Sunday at 9 pm.

Independent Lens feature Through A Lens Darkly tells the story of the pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. Through A Lens Darkly airs Monday at 9 pm.

Explore Thurgood Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in the compelling biography Mr: Civil RIghts: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP on Monday at 10 pm.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Genealogy Roadshow Philadelphia, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Italian Americans, on Tuesday at 8 pm, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today. This series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural takes us on a journey from inception through dedication of the 1,200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy Pool. Get a peek behind the curtain to understand what it takes to create of a truly monumental work on Tuesday at 10 pm.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Find out on Nature Owl Power Wednesday at 7 pm.

In a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone on NOVA Petra – Lost City of Stone at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Earth A New Wild Oceans, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. Airs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Highlights from the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater on Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.

Chet heads to Athens and Kingsville on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX – The British Invasion, Thursday at 9 pm.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters – August Wilson captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Airs Friday at 8 pm.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, on at 9:30 pm on Friday, features interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Pull together spots for sun or shade with companions that grow together on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes on Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights February 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Week seven in the tent sees bakers tested on all kinds of weird, wonderful pastries on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm on Sunday.

Violet gets a new maid and a dramatic revelation. Bates and Anna may prove unable to sustain their secrets. And surprises—both exciting and heartbreaking—rock Downton Abbey on Downton Abbey season 5, episode 6 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

A shocking murder reveals the depths of homophobia in Cambridge, and Geordie crosses swords with Sidney over conduct of the investigation in part 4 of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 pm on Sunday.

More finds from Antiques Roadshow’s trip to Austin, including World War II scrapbook originally belonging to one of the “Monuments Men” and valuable jade ring, on Antiques Roadshow, Austin Hour Three at 7 pm on Monday.

In this Black History Month special, Antiques Roadshow Celebrating Black Americana appraisal highlights include a 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color and more at 8 pm on Monday.

Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in Kenya on part three of A Path Appears at 9 pm on Monday.

Independent Lens All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts tells the story of the “Girls,” a group of morbidly obese women who have been friends for years. But having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love. Independent Lens airs at 10:30 pm on Monday, and again at 9 pm on Thursday.

At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri on Genealogy Roadshow St. Louis at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Tuberculosis is the deadliest killer in human history, responsible for one in four deaths for almost two centuries. Forgotten Plague: American Experience investigates the impact of TB at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline Being Mortal teams up with writer and surgeon Atul Gawande to examine how doctors care for terminally ill patients at 9 pm on Tuesday.

The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me highlights memorable shuttle missions such as the return of Senator John Glenn to space and the construction of the International Space Station. Airs Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature at 7 pm on Wednesday explores unlikely cross-species relationships the potential animal emotions that make them possible.

Archaeologists and engineers team up to recreate mechanisms from one of ancient history’s most recognizable — and gruesome — stadiums. NOVA Colosseum – Roman Death Trap airs Wednesday at 8 pm.

Journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there on Earth A New Wild Forests at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to the Austin City Limits stage at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Award-winning author Ian McEwan appears on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Blue Lapis Light transforms urban environments into works of art with their aerial routines. Arts In Context Here and Beyond profiles the dance company at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Chet pays a visit to Houston and Baytown on back-to-back episodes of Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

Kim Cattrall looks for the truth behind Shakespeare’s “Middle-Aged” love story on Shakespeare Uncovered Anthony and Cleopatra at 8 pm on Friday. At 9 pm, Joseph Fiennes examines re-imagines of Romeo and Juliet to understand why the love story remains the most adapted and performed of all of Shakespeare’s works.

Grow up with vines to screen, shade, and attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.

Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights Feb. 1-7

KLRU Highlights

The remaining bakers now face three European cakes on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm Sunday.

Rosamund is suspicious, Edith is desperate, and Branson is pressured to choose his allegiances on part 5 of Downton Abbey season 5 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday.

An old woman tells Sidney that someone wants her dead on Masterpiece Theater Granchester part 3 Sunday at 9 pm.

Hour two of Antiques Roadshow in Austin Monday at 7 pm travels to the Texas State Library and Archives to learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents.

A Path Appears part two at 9 pm Monday joins New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in West Virginia, Colombia and Haiti.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

In the Summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history had profound consequences. Learn how this event changed the shape of America on Big Burn: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers.

Earth A New Wild at 8 pm Wednesday is a new series, hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, that combines spectacular natural history images with compelling human stories.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business.

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

Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists to get an inside look at the lives of Drag Queens.

The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday travels to Abilene and Athens.

Morgan Freeman sets out to understand how and why The Taming of the Shrew, one of the Bard’s first works, was written on Shakespeare Uncovered at 8 pm Friday. At 9 pm, David Harewood unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout Othello.

Let’s grow some grapes for munching or signature homemade wine on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a Hill Country gardener captivates viewpoints from every angle where artwork frames food for family and wildlife.

Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to Austin City Limits at 7pm Saturday. The band, with special guests, features songs from the best-selling Sonic Highways.

 

 

Highlights Jan. 25-31

KLRU Highlights

Almost half-way through the baking competition, the remaining bakers face pies and tarts on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm Sunday.

As Edith’s access to Marigold slips away, news about Gregson arrives on Downton Abbey season 5 episode 4 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday.

Sidney’s former flame throws an engagement party that leads to murder on part 2 of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 pm Sunday.

Find out what the appraisers found when they visited Austin last summer. Antiques Roadshow Austin hour one airs Monday at 7 pm and Tuesday at 10 pm.

Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S. on part one of A Path Appears at 9 pm Monday.

At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

Edison: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the holder of 1,093 patents whose name was nearly synonymous with invention.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday takes viewers to the Antarctic Peninsula where there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday investigates the cause of giant sinkholes with compelling eyewitness video of collapsing sinkholes.

Secrets of the Dead Ben Franklin’s Bones at 9 pm Wednesday looks at the founding father’s illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.

Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to the Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

William Gibson, acclaimed science fiction novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, talks about his writing career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.

Chet goes to Orange and Port Lavaca on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Hugh Bonneville looks into the story behind A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Shakespeare Uncovered at 8 pm Friday. Christopher Plummer explores how King Lear might have been staged during Shakespeare’s time at 9 pm Friday.

Fend off disaster with Trisha Shirey’s top tips from her book, Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, Farmshare Austin accelerates its organic mission through on-site training for aspiring young farmers.

The best contemporary rock hits with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

 

Highlights Jan. 18-23

KLRU Highlights

The competition stiffens like whipped peaks as the contestants take on desserts on Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm.

Mary checks in to a hotel and checks out a potential mate and a secret from Violet’s past is revealed on Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey part 3 of season 5 at 8 pm Sunday and Saturday.

James Norton (Belle) stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. Chambers on part 1 of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester at 9 pm Sunday.

Venture behind closed doors to learn the harrowing story of a 21-year-old U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan on Independent Lens “The Kill Team” at 9 pm Monday. Followed by the animated short film “Confusion Through Sand,” which tells the story of a teenage military recruit alone and scared in a hostile desert.

Ripple of Hope at 10:30 pm Monday tells the story of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech on the night  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories in St. Louis on Genealogy Roadshow Tuesday at 7 pm.

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 8 pm.

Nature Dogs That Changed the World part 2 at 7 pm Wednesday examines how can we learn to cope with the hard-wired instincts of pet dogs.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands. UK sensation Smith sings “Stay With Me” and others from his debut. Future Islands features their single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” as well as other tunes from Singles.

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm features Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, journalist, author and op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm profiles Blue Lapis Light as the group transforms urban environments into works of art with their large-scale aerial dance productions.

The Daytripper heads to  Abilene and Lubbock in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent, answers questions from students, teachers and the community at large on Civic Summit at 9 pm Thursday.

Journey through the mysterious world of sleight-of-hand with multi-talented conjurer Ricky Jay on American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii at 9 pm Friday presents Elvis Presley at the pinnacle of his superstardom, giving one of the most outstanding concert performances of his career. Support KLRU and get tickets to see Elvis Lives at the Long Center.

Landscape architect students illustrate designs that face the future on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a multi-level design charmed anxious slopes for family living and habitat restoration.

Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to Austin City Limits Saturday at 7pm. Adams features songs from his self-titled album. Former Rilo Kiley star Lewis comes in support of her LP The Voyager.

 

 

 

Highlights Jan. 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants take on bread.

Rose tries to bring a wireless into the house and Violet plays cupid on episode 2 of season 5 of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theater Sunday at 8 pm.

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns to the scene of the crime to explore what led him to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas, through interviews with family, friends and mentors on Independent Lens Evolution of a Criminal Monday at 9 pm.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories in New Orleans on Genealogy Roadshow Tuesday at 7 pm.

Klansville U.S.A. on American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm investigates the reasons North Carolina became home to the largest Klan organization in the country during the 1960s.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia.

Nature Dogs That Changed the World part 1 on Wednesday at 7 pm chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society.

NOVA Big Bang Machine on Wednesday at 8 pm explores the deepest mysteries of the early universe and the quest to find the Higgs Boson.

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

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks about her critically-acclaimed career on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers. Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists and sheds light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career.

Chet travels to Lufkin and Marble Falls on The Daytripper at 8 and 8:30 pm Thursday.

The Best Of 50s Pop Friday at 8 pm presents the top pop hits of the Fifties, full of smooth harmonies, joyful melodies and warm vocals by singers and groups who brought songs of love and optimism to listeners tuned to their AM radios.

Rain’s a good thing unless its overflow heads for your house instead of the garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. See how to wrangle its direction to nurture native plants and homegrown food.

Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands. UK sensation Smith sings “Stay With Me” and others from his debut. Future Islands features their single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” as well as other tunes from Singles.

 

 

Highlights January 4-10

KLRU Highlights

On the Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants try to make the best biscuits in order to continue in the competition.

Season 5 of Downton Abbey begins Sunday at 8 pm as the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties.

Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey,  reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money on Manners of Downton Abbey at 9:15 pm Sunday.

Our Time Is Now at 9 pm Monday follows six New Mexico teenagers as they strive to finish high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams. This program is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative.

Follow three boys as they navigate the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence in an economically depressed Missouri town on Independent Lens Rich Hill Monday at 10 pm. Despite the isolation and deprivation, they long for the American Dream.

Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the Alaska gold rush of the 1890s on Klondike Gold Rush Tuesday at 7 pm.

Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Ripley Believe It Or Not on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the eccentric, globetrotting playboy who became an unlikely national celebrity.

With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Frontline Gunned Down Tuesday at 9 pm examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn’t acted.

Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests on Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday.

Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes on Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Novelist James Ellroy talks about his career writing noir-style crime fiction on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Les Rav, the classically-influenced experimental folk band, born from the intense personal hardship of songwriter Lauren Bruno.

Chet heads to Abilene to explore the history of the wild Texas frontier on The Daytripper at 8 pm. Then at 9 pm, he goes to the State Fair of Texas.

Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, Great Performances American Voices Friday at 8 pm is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm Friday tells the story behind Austin’s iconic mural.

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.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Highlights December 28 – January 3

KLRU Highlights

Follow 12 amateur bakers as they enter the competition tent for their first hurdle: cake on The Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm.

Watch Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 8 Sunday at 8 pm and also this upcoming Saturday at 8 pm.

Then catch Downton Abbey Rediscovered Sunday at 10 pm that combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abby” and “Upstairs Downstairs” for its new special.

In another episode of Antiques Roadshow Monday at 8 pm, host Mark L. Walberg visits Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork.

Hitmakers Monday and Thursday at 9 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.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey Monday at 10 pm follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

Every 12 years, tens of millions of men, women and children gather on the flood plain of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in Allahabad, India, for the world’s largest gathering for religious purposes on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 7 pm.

Again on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 8 pm, Feiler travels to Nigeria with a group of African-American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba goddess Osun.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews.

Continuing a broadcasting tradition, Live From the Lincoln Center Wednesday at 7 pm presents the annual New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve celebration concert.

Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein, and other celebrity performances on Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room Wednesday at 9 pm.

Bob Woodward, one of America’s most prominent investigative reporters and non-fiction writers, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

The cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic continues on Great Performances Thursday at 7:30 pm.

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

Music special, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Friday at 8 pm, honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s and Carole King’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Even if your garden isn’t Downton Abbey, most likely it has roots in English garden design. Find out why with from Dr. William C. Welch on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Jennifer and David Stocker built on childhood memories from across the pond when they designed their drought-tough garden on limestone. Find out why plants like peonies can’t make the move to the Southwest. Bring the garden indoors in low-care terrariums.

Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Highlights December 21-27

KLRU Highlights

The second half of our Downton Abbey marathon continues Sunday at 7 pm with episodes 5-7. Just in case you miss them, the episodes are also airing next Saturday at 8 pm.

Watch two full hours of Antiques Roadshow starting Monday at 7 pm.

A Salute to Vienna Monday at 9 pm is a lavish music and dance gala concert taped live at the historic Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria in April 2013.

On Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 7 pm, Feiler travels to Israel with Jewish and Christian pilgrims.

Millions of pilgrims gather in the valleys outside the city of Mecca in today’s Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual five-day pilgrimage every Muslim hopes to complete at least once on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity by drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence.

Nature Wednesday at 7 pm explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of the Himalayas starring the mysterious snow leopard.

Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry on Nova Wednesday at 8 pm.

On Nova Wednesday at 9 pm, the Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery.

Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm  presents highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded in Nashville.

Watch Call the Midwife‘s holiday special this Christmas, Thursday at 7 pm.

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat on Vicious‘ holiday special Thursday at 8 pm.

On Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Thursday at 9 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.

The weekly episodes of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company begins at 7 pm on Friday.

On American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered Friday at 8 pm, explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his immediate family and Tony Bennett.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered Friday at 9 pm will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Tom Waits performs in this classic episode of Austin City Limits from 1978, Friday night at 10.

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. Visit a young couple who built their garden with recycles and pass-along plants under native trees.

Alt rock icon Radiohead takes the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm.

 

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.