Highlights April 3-9

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m. on Call the Midwife Episode #501, witness a couple’s disagreement over the future of their child, born without arms and legs. Patsy, elated to find Delia fully recovered from her accident, is dismayed to learn that Delia’s mother wants her to move back home to Wales.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 2, a professor dies in a suspicious fall and a government agent warns Geordie to back off the case. Meanwhile, Sidney is warned off an old flame, but finds a new prospects Sunday at 8 p.m.

To Gordon’s horror, Harry and Jimmy make a high-risk deal on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 2. Meanwhile, Harry courts one of the Dolly twins, Jimmy courts Mae and Elizabeth Arden courts Kitty Sunday at 9 p.m.

Monday at 7 p.m., discover hidden treasures in Tucson, such as a Jackie Robinson archive from around 1938, a 1960 GMT Master model Rolex with the original box and papers, and diamond and onyx jewelry, ca. 1920 on Antiques Roadshow Tucson, Hour Two. Can you guess the top find of the night?

On Antique Roadshow Detroit, Hour One, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley head to the Motown Museum to discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors Monday at 8 p.m.

Independent Lens Welcome To Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by a notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb and his followers Monday at 9 p.m. As their behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the longtime Leith residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbors.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m. on 10 Homes That Changed America, visit homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th-century New York.

On Secrets Of Saint John Paul, examine previously unknown correspondence between Pope John Paul II, now a saint, and an American woman Tuesday at 8 p.m. Through hundreds of letters, a deep relationship begun between then-cardinal Wojtyla and Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka continued after he became pope.

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

Arts In Context Watch Out Of Your Head will take viewers inside the booming improv comedy scene of Austin, Texas where entertainers are turning heads all across the nation. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., the episode will bring insight into how this citywide movement got its start as well as the many factors that have influenced its incredible rebirth.

Nature Saving Otter 501 is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded, newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, Nature follows as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild Wednesday at 7 p.m.

They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. On NOVA Vikings Unearthed, Dr. Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Beck, the genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Overheard with Evan Smith has historical documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, on as a guest. Many of his films and series have appeared on PBS. The next one, Jackie Robinson will air on PBS April 11 and 12.

DeBakey 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 Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

On The Daytripper Balmorhea, Texas, Chet heads to the desert to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool. He eats homemade gas-station burritos and authentic West-Texas tacos. Finally, he goes rock hunting for some of the area’s famous blue agate Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m. on All ATX: A Celebration Of Austin Musicians, the best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Featuring Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX bands.

Road to Austin is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The finale features Kris Kristofferson and the entire cast performing “Me and Bobby McGee Friday at 9 p.m.

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

Highlights March 27-April 2

KLRU Highlights

New season of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester begins Sunday at 8 pm. Sidney is suspected of murder. But then, so are a fellow priest, a photographer and a classmate of the victim.

Season four of Mr. Selfridge begins on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. Wheeler-dealer Jimmy Dillon makes his cocky entrance. The Groves are at loose ends. Harry has a run-in with the Queen of Time. The Dolly sisters mar Mae’s fashion show.

Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed “honest liar” who dedicated his life to exposing frauds on Independent Lens Honest Liar at 9 pm Monday.

Texas Promise at 10 pm Tuesday is a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe on Nova The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Journey through space, the human body, disappearing landscapes and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the search for life beyond earth and the science of light on Ted Talks at 9 pm Wednesday.

Wendell Pierce, actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire,” talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Austin Revealed Chicano Civil Rights at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the city’s civil rights movement and the people who worked to make change.

Glen Campbell: Good Times Again at 8 pm Friday presents the biggest stars and the best musical performances from the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour from the 70s.

Dump invasive plants for beautifully beneficial options and visit a shady, compact, low-care garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Highlights March 20-26

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On Sunday starting at 7 p.m., there’s a Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester marathon! Join us for 4 back-to-back episodes of Clergyman Sidney Chambers solving  mysteries.

Monday at 9 p.m., tune in for Independent Lens The Graduates, a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation’s public education system, but also a story about the American future.

Independent Lens Wonder Woman! traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman on Monday at 10 p.m. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., Last Days In Vietnam: American Experience tells a story set during the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands.

Frontline Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections Tuesday at 9 p.m. Fueled by decades of antibiotic overuse, the crisis has deepened as major drug companies, squeezed by Wall Street expectations, have abandoned the development of new antibiotics. Without swift action, the miracle age of antibiotics could be coming to an end.

At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Genius Of Marie Curie tells the story of first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize. In her lifetime, Marie Curie became a rare thing: a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip, fascinated by a woman winning prestigious awards and making groundbreaking discoveries.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Nature Snow Monkeys observes a troop of snow monkeys in the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands who make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place.

On NOVA Secrets Of Noah’s Ark, a 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Wednesday at 8 p.m., watch expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., Secrets of the Dead The Lost Gardens Of Babylon examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing. But they were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed.

Overheard with Evan Smith will feature Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter, Ethan Hawke on Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Daytripper East Austin, Texas, Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” Tune in Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as he visits the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

David Suchet In The Footsteps Of St. Peter (Parts 1 & 2) confronts the fact that Saint Peter is perhaps one of the most puzzling characters in history. For many people, he is the most important disciple and the “rock” of the Catholic church. But on Thursday at 8 p.m., learn how how a simple Galilean fisherman become the first Pope.

On Friday at 8 p.m., watch Time for Three In Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The concert features a blend of pop, classical and folk music arranged in unique mash-ups. Vocalists include Joshua Radin and Lily & Madeleine.

On Friday at 9 p.m., tune in for Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over and find out more about the first English group to tour America in May of 1964 and how they laid the groundwork for the “British Invasion” of rock & roll.

Saturday at 7 p.m., Austin City Limits presents Sam Smith and Future Islands as they play some of their biggest hits.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester Part 6 Geordie’s life hangs in the balance, so Sidney has to defy police to stop a killing spree. Saturday at 8 p.m. watch as Sidney’s romantic life falls apart.

Highlights March 13-19

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Parts one and two of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! air back-to-back starting at 8 pm Sunday. James Norton stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances.

Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine at 8pm Monday charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world. Parts one and two air back-to-back.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances on In Their Own Words at 7 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Loretta Lynn Tuesday at 8:30 pm explores the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom.

Go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time on Inside Mercy Street at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, Nature My Bionic Pets at 7 pm Wednesday shows how humans can help animals through technology.

Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world on The Brian at 8 pm Wednesday.

Coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones tracee America’s love affair with the bean and the amazing story of its origins on Coffee: The Drink That Changed America at 9:30 pm Wednesday.

President Obama talks about civic engagement on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Music for All at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Austin Soundwaves, a group offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back at 8:30 pm Thursday celebrates the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss and more.

Survey five pivotal years in David Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him on David Bowie: Five Years at 8 pm Friday.

Eric Clapton: Slowhand At 70 at 9:10 pm Friday celebrates the legendary guitarist’s 70th birthday with this concert in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Grow the tastiest, top-performing tomatoes and visit a romantic garden and Chicksville hen house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time at 7 pm Saturday celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in a truly spectacular fashion in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam.

 

Highlights Mar. 6-12

KLRU Highlights

BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey  Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after six passionate and poignant seasons, the curtain comes down on “Downton Abbey.” How will fate resolve the stories of Edith, Mary, Thomas, Anna, Robert, Cora, Daisy, Carson, Violet, Isobel and all the other occupants of this unforgettable house on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 9?

On Inside Mercy Street, go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time. Sunday at 10 p.m., the special features interviews with the creative team, video clips and footage showcasing the compelling themes of this powerful drama.

Sunday at 11 p.m. on John Denver: Country Boy, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Monday at 8 p.m., toast the culinary legend with chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai as they prepare a celebratory feast for Pepin on Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration. During preparations, the chefs and friends share memories, anecdotes from their kitchen experiences and lots of laughs.

On This Land Is Your Land (my Music), take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., learn how Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, who last shared the screen together in 1969, also share a history of tragic deaths in their families that played major roles in shaping future generations on Finding Your Roots Maps Of Stars.

Coffee: The Drink That Changed America explores America’s love affair with the red bean and the amazing story of its origins. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones trace the drink’s path from Ethiopia to Europe to the Caribbean to today’s 21st-century coffee palaces.

Rick Steves Special European Easter brings a new light to the timeless holiday of Easter. The special highlights villagers blessing olive branches and coming together in age-old processions. Viewers will feel the emotion of this special time as Andalusians carry towering parade floats, and Greek priests toss showers of flower petals. Tuesday at 10 p.m., explore a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale.

On Nature Soul Of The Elephant, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. On In Defense Of Food, Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

my Music Presents The Carpenters: Close To You is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits. Don’t miss it Thursday at 7 p.m and Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by singer Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. Airing Friday at 8 p.m., the program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, touching briefly on his personal life, and chronicles his rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time – Live in Amsterdam 2015 celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam Friday at 9:30 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, country legends return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights Feb. 28- Mar. 5

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., two romances get complicated on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 8. Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs. Thomas takes a fateful step. Mrs. Patmore provokes a scandal. Isobel puts her foot down.

On More Manners Of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special, return to the world of manners with Alastair Bruce, “Downton Abbey’s” historical adviser at 8 p.m. on Sunday. With interviews with cast members like Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, the program navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s.

Sunday at 9 p.m., President Lincoln’s visit sets in motion a diabolical rebel plot and offers an opportunity to free James Sr. on Mercy Street The Diabolical Plot.

On Independent Lens Wilhelmina’s War, a Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south, where living with HIV is a grim reality. Don’t miss it Monday at 9 p.m.!

Monday at 10 p.m., don’t miss Texas Promise, a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy. When the state of Texas cut $5.4 billion from public schools, affecting 5 million students, Texans protested and districts sued the state and won.

On Finding Your Roots The Long Way Home, discover how actress Julianna Marguiles, author Azar Nafisi and chef Lidia Bastianich are bound together by their ancestors’ singular and deeply human desire to preserve their most cherished traditions Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Space Men: American Experience, Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

Frontline spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families’ struggles against financial ruin. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, “Poor Kids” is an is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children. Catch Tuesday at 9 p.m.

The NewsHour will provide coverage of Super Tuesday primaries Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Year In Space Wednesday at 7 p.m. follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NOVA First Man on the Moon.

On Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 p.m., singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform. Sheeran lights up hits “Sing!” and “A-Team,” while June burns through material from her acclaimed LP Pushin’ Against a Stone.

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 p.m. presents Jon Meecham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling, presidential historian.

Painted Churches Of Texas: Echoes Of The Homeland pays tribute to the Painted Churches Of Texas on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Daytripper Schulenburg, TX, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel. He also visits the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum honoring the iconic company that made model planes right in town.

Thursday at 9 p.m., go beyond the pretty faces to explore how wildflowers impact our food chain and their symbiosis to a healthy economy, wildlife, and ecological security on Wildflowers: Seeds of History.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill School on Doctor Who The Caretaker, the Doctor goes undercover. Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity on Thursday at 10 p.m and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

Watch Loretta Lynn: American Masters on Friday at 8 p.m. and explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom. From her Appalachian roots to the Oscar-winning biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later.

Friday at 10 p.m., discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter on John Denver: Country Boy. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Explore the healing power of gardens, be it cancer or other life-changing event on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits Sturgil Simpson/Asleep At The Wheel,  enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Saturday at 7 p.m.

Doc Martin — Seven Grumpy Seasons is public television’s third behind-the-scenes look at the international hit series. On Saturday at 10 p.m., this special features interviews with producers, cast members, and director Ben Gregor, this pledge special is an enjoyable sneak peek at what Martin Clunes – the Doc himself – is calling the “best” series yet.

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

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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.