Highlights October 20 – 26

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Watch Dr. Kevin Michael Foster advocate for community-engaged scholarship and Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig offers a community grounded vision for accountability in schools on Blackademics TV Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Dr. Omi Jones discusses the experience of being a black female professor and Dr. Aimee Cox discusses women’s empowerment and dance on Blackademics TV Sunday at 2 pm.

Discover the Secrets Of Henry VIII’s Palace Sunday at 7 pm. Take a tour of the ultimate Royal pleasure place that embodies the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII.

Masterpiece presents The Paradise, Part Three Sunday at 8 pm. ”The Paradise” follows Denise Lovett who lands a job as a shop girl and finds herself facing a future filled with never-before-imagined opportunities.

Downton Abbey, Series 2 – Part Two  on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm. Downton is turned into a convalescent home with Thomas in charge. Meanwhile, Lavinia and Sir Richard’s secret comes out, Anna tracks down Bates and Branson seizes his chance to strike a blow for Ireland.

Follow a kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community with Father Brown on Sunday at 10 pm. Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.

Join Antiques Roadshow for Miami Beach, Florida – Hour One Monday at 7 pm. Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Karen Keane scout for mid-century modern bargains at some of Miami’s antiques and thrift shops.

Miami Beach, Florida – Hour Two of Antiques Roadshow discusses tips about how to buy and sell gold Monday at 8 pm.

The Waiting Room premieres on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm. Follow the story of Highland Hospital, a vital part of the city of Oakland, California and the surrounding county, as it is stretched to the breaking point.

African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross presents The Black Atlantic Tuesday at 7 pm. The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people.

Held Hostage premiers Tuesday at 8 pm. “Held Hostage” tells the story of the January 16, 2013 siege where a gang of Al Qaeda terrorists took control of a gant gas facility in Algeria in a siege that lasted four days and led to the deaths of 37 expatriate workers.

Frontline investigates the frightening new threat spreading quickly in hospitals, communities, and across the globe as they present Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria Tuesday at 9 pm.

The Mind of a Chef focuses on the heavy influence of Louisiana cuisine on Sean Tuesday at 10 pm.

On Story explores the Elements of Great Horror Tuesday at 10:30 pm. Professional horror writers discuss the style and techniques used to invoke fear, suspense and thrills that linger long after the credits roll.

The UK platinum-selling superstar and Tony-Award winner Alfie Boe brings his second concert on Alfie Boe – Storyteller at the Royal Albert Hall Wednesday at 7 pm.

Take a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation with David Pogue as NOVA presents Making Stuff: Wilder Wednesday at 8 pm.

Raw To Ready presents Bentley Wednesday at 9 pm. It’s a century-old obsession to find the right raw materials to build a car that is fit for both king and race car driver – perfectly luxurious and perfectly fast.

Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, Lawrence Wright, visits Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Explore the history of Austin through the music of its diverse communities as Arts In Context presents Tardeadas Thursday at 7:30 pm.

 The Art Of Architecture: Houston takes viewers on a journey of Houston’s unique architectural landscape Thursday at 8 pm.

The Daytripper visits Houston, Texas for Dim Sum in Houston’s Chinatown, parks in the Museum District, and the artistic Montrose area on Thursday at 8:30.

Take a quest to uncover the truth behind the world’s most elusive author in Last Will. & Testament Thursday at 9 pm.

Raisin In The Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle At Centerstage premieres Friday at 9 pm. This performance documentary captures the history and legacy of Raisin in The Sun and the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.

Join Rick Steves’ Europe for European Travel Skills, Part III Saturday at 10:30 am. Cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, staying safe and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience abroad.

Central Texas Gardener visits a no-lawn courtyard garden that rarely needs water with Time To Plant Trees on Saturday at noon and 4 pm.

Indie rock bands Vampire Weekend / Grizzly Bear perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.



October 13 – 19

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Dr. Heather Pleasants and Dana Salter present their findings on digital media youth and the creation of new narratives on Blackademics TV  Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Join Kevin Cokley on Blackademics TV  as he discusses the academic achievement of black students and students of Dr. Gloria Quinlan perform as she explains the work of teaching voice at Historically Black Universities Sunday at 2 pm.

In Performance At The White House presents Musica Latina Sunday at 2:30 pm. Gloria Estefan and Arturo Sandoval join President and Mrs. Obama as they welcome a host of today’s most celebrated Latino American performers.

Join Masterpiece for The Paradise, Part Two on Sunday at 8 pm. Follow the life of Denise Lovett who lands a job as a shop girl and finds herself facing a future filled with never-before-imagined-opportunities.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey, Series II – Part One Sunday at 9 pm. Two years into World War I, Downton Abbey is in turmoil, as Matthew and other young men go to war – or avoid it.

Antiques Roadshow continues in Harford, Connecticut Monday at 7 pm and find a sign of the times at the Connecticut Historical Society.

Genealogy Roadshow heads to Austin Monday at 8 pm and finds secrets involving football, politics, and home-state pride.

56 Up premiers on POV on Monday at 9 pm. Director Michael Apted returns to film the same subjects after their last meeting seven years ago.

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle presents Truth, Justice, And The American Way  Tuesday at 7 pm. Explore the popularity of dozens of superhero characters that opened the door for a new generation of artists and writers during the Depression.

Discover the essential role of rice in Southern cuisine as The Mind of a Chef presents Rice Tuesday at 10 pm.

Re-Imagining The Classics explores how writers keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version at Tuesday at 10:30 pm on On Story.

Follow the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter as Nature presents Saving Otter 501 Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA follows David Pogue as he begins the quest for ultimate speed in Making Stuff Faster Wednesday at 8 pm.

Raw To Ready presents Komatsu, the story of a giant 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck that is used to extract precious metals found beneath the earth on Wednesday at 9 pm.

New York staff writer CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm to talk about his book, The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court.

Marching To Nowhere premieres on Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm. The film follows a low-income high school marching band and explores the financial challenges that face all music programs in the state.

San Marcos, Texas gets a visit from The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm. Explore with Chet the history of Aquarena Springs and take a stab at whitewater rafting.

Civic Summit presents Healthcare Reform and You Thursday at 9 pm to clear up the confusion surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Plainspirits premiers Thursday at 9:30 pm features the first-hand paranormal experiences of dozens of Kansans.

Join Great Performances for their 40th Anniversary Celebration Friday at 9 pm.  A stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

Rick Steves’ Europe presents European Travel Skills, Part II Saturday at 10:30 am. The second episode continues Rick’s tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

Central Texas Gardener presents Brent Heath’s Naturalizing Bulbs Saturday at noon & 4 pm. Visit an old garden makeover that peps up its look with water conservation and wildlife plants.

The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope bring the best in Americana to the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights October 6 – 12

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Masterpiece presents The Paradise, Part One Sunday at 8 pm. This adaptation of the French novel by Emile Zola follows Denise Lovett who lands a job as a shop girl and finds herself facing a future filled with never-before-imagined opportunities.

Tune in for Masterpiece‘s Downton Abbey – Part 4 on Sunday 10 pm. Rumors fly about Mary’s virtue and her Sybil takes a risk in her secret political life. Meanwhile, Anna unearths Bates’ mysterious past and O’Brien and Thomas plot their exit strategy.

Travel back to 1998 Monday at 7 pm with Antiques Roadshow as it visits a Vintage San Francisco. The City by the Bay provides a modest-looking Eskimo hunting helmet and a 1385 silver spoon.

Genealogy Roadshow heads to San Francisco Monday at 8 pm. The team reveals stories tying citizens to the 1906 earthquake, notorious gangsters, war heroes and two brutal murders.

Watch the story of five young chess players Monday at 9 pm as POV presents Brooklyn Castle. Discover how chess became the school’s unlikely inspiration for academic success.

Frontline investigates The National Football League’s and brain injuries in League Of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Criss Tuesday at 8 pm.

The Mind of a Chef presents Sean Brock on Tuesday at 8 pm. Seeds explores how Brock and partners preserve Southern food heritage and revive lost crops in the South

On Story presents Explosive Action! Tuesday 10:30 pm. Watch the writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot.

Go behind-the-scenes with Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation Wednesday at 7 pm. Flying High looks at how Earthflight was made and the extraordinary relationships between people and birds.

NOVA follows up on Hurricane Sandy in Megastorm Aftermath Wednesday at 8 pm. A fresh investigation will uncover the critical questions raised by tis historic storm.

Secrets of the Dead presents The Man Who Saved The World Wednesday at 9 pm. The episode follows the drama and debate that surrounded the most critical point in the Cold War.

Richard M. Daley, Former Mayor Of Chicago, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Students all over Texas dream of having their compositions performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in the Texas Young Composers Concert at the Long Center, a special concert presenting new orchestral works composed by Texas students age 18 and younger. Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday takes you through the selection process and accompanies the chosen students as they travel to Austin on this once in a lifetime journey.

Visit the birthplace and hometown of Lyndon B. Johnson as The Daytripper travels to Johnson City, Texas Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Painted Churches Of Texas: Echoes Of The Homeland at 9 pm Thursday tours the historic buildings and tells the history of the people who built them.

Great Performances present The Hollow Crown: Henry V Friday at 9 pm. Henry V has settled onto the throne and has the making sof a fine king. Meanwhile, the French Ambassador brings a challenge from the French Dauphin.

Have your Perennials To Attract Butterflies with Geyata Ajilvsgi’s tips Saturday at noon and 4 pm on Central Texas Gardener.

French band Phoenix performs on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.


Highlights September 29 – October 5

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Join Peter Greenberg for a tour of Mexico through the eyes of its leader Sunday at 7 pm with Mexico: The Royal Tour. Led by President Calderon, travel to Mexico’s iconic spots and beyond with this television special.

Masterpiece Mystery! presents Foyle’s War, Series VII: Sunflower Sunday at 8 pm. Foyle is tasked with protecting Karl Strasser, a Nazi officer turned MI5 informant who believe he is in danger.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Sunday at 9:30. As Matthew grows into his role as heir, he brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith.

Visit Detroit with Genealogy Roadshow Monday at 8 pm. The team connects citizens to world events with ancestral findings at the Daley Rhea Mansion in “Motor City.”

Independent Lens  Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey Monday at 9 pm follows Arnel Pineda and traces his story of being plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

Travel back in time to 1981 with John Denver Rocky Mountain High Live In Japan Monday at 10:30 pm. This concert was from his seven-show tour of Japan that delighted an enthusiastic audience, including Japan’s Royal Family.

Latino Americans presents Pride And Prejudice/ Peril And Promise Tuesday at 7 pm. Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California and activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos.

Frontline goes inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Tuesday at 9 pm.    Watch the story of workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on march 11, 2011.

The Mind of a Chef presents Southerners Tuesday at 10 pm as Chef Sean Brock explores a few of the unique regional cuisines in the South.

On Story presents A Conversation With Chris Carter, Creator of the X-Files Tuesday at 10:30 pm. Discover how Carter stirred audiences using the power of mythology and how his use of the paranormal and search for the truth have become staples of popular culture.

Take a breathtaking voyage to Asia And Australia with Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA presents Inside the Megastorm Wednesday at 8 pm. Discover the impact of Hurricane Sandy and the future of storm protection.

Explore archaeological evidence from the Mayan society Wednesday at 9 pm with Quest For The Lost Maya.

Overheard with Evan Smith presents Her Excellency Joyce Banda, President Of Malawi Thursday at 7 pm. Malawian President Joyce Banda is the first female president of the African nation and the second female head of state.

Travel to El Paso, Texas with The Daytripper and discover the Wild West history of this frontier town Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Great Performances presents The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2 Friday at 9 pm. During the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, Northumberland learns of the death of his son and the frail King is reconciled to his son.

Rick Steves’ Europe presents London: Historic And Dynamic Saturday at 10:30 am. Ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, and discover treasures in the British Library.

Join Rick Steves’ Europe Saturday at 11 am for North England’s Lake District And Durham. Hike through the Cumbrian Lake District, tour a slate mine, and visit Durham’s Norman Cathedral.

 Fall Into Perennials with Central Texas Gardener Saturday at 12 pm. Pick a peck of perennials to plant now for attention this fall, spring and summer.

Austin City Limits presents Juanes / Jesse & Joy  Saturday at 7 pm. Juanes performs a high-energy set of his best, while Mexico City’s sibling duo Jesse & joy sing a selection of their greatest hits.

Watch Elton John In Concert Saturday at 8 pm. The legendary artists returns to the stage for a specially staged concert.

Highlights September 22-28

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Sunday at 7 pm a new episode of Last Tango in Halifax premiers. Celia and Alan decide on a civil marriage ceremony to be held at an eerie medieval hall near Halifax.

Foyle’s War, Series VII continues Sunday at 8 pm when Foyle discovers a mysterious military facility full of secrets that could threaten British Intelligence.

At the Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Genealogy Roadshow Monday at 8 pm uncovers fascinating stories and mysteries about Tennessee citizens and their enigmatic relatives.

POV‘s “Best Kept Secret” at 9 pm Monday centers around a teacher at a special-education needs school in New Wark, NJ as she tries to help her autistic students plan ahead after graduation.

The next installment of Latino Americans on Tuesday at 7 pm traces the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands – yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

Frontline on Tuesday at 9 pm investigates America’s assisted living system, a multi-billion dollar, loosely regulated industry and how it’s putting seniors at risk.

On Story on Tuesday at 10:30 pm features David Magee as he discusses adapting Finding Neverland and Life of Pi, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen.

See South America like never before on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm. Earthflight gives a bird’s eye view of the continent.

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared on Nova Secrets of the Viking Sword Wednesday at 8 pm.

Skeletons of the Sahara at 9 pm Wednesday tells the story of scientist Paul Sereno’s amazing discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of one of the world’s most forbidding desert.

Actress Annette O’Toole talks about her career on Evan Smith Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Conjunto Los Pinkys are a traditional-style conjunto formed on East 6th Street in July of 1993 and are still performing today. Art in Context  on Thursday at 7:30 pm takes a close look at the history and culture of conjunto music.

A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience. Vamos al Baile Thursday at 8 pm hosts performances by award-winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests.

Arts in Context on Thursday at 9 pm features Peligrosa, a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America. 

The second part to the remake of Shakespeare’s four plays, The Hollow Crown: Henry Iv, Friday at 9 pm boasts yet another all-star cast and even more drama.

Central Texas Gardener on Saturday at noon and 4 pm will show you how to save Monarch butterflies and all butterflies and bees.

Watch Jack White of the White Stripes on Austin City Limits on Saturday at 7 pm perform music from his solo LP Blunderbuss.

Highlights September 15 to 21

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Last Tango in Halifax Sunday at 7 pm continues to follow Celia and Alan, the lovers reunited after 60 years though their daughters aren’t so keen on the new relationship.

Foyle’s War Series VII Sunday at 8 pm comes back to 1946-47 when Foyle and his loyal friend Sam find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5.

POV takes you into two conflicting worlds in India on Monday at 9 pm as you follow a hopeful beauty pageant winner and a militant leader of a fundamentalist group. These divergent realities create a portrait of the world’s largest democracy.

Survey the Latino history and people from 1565-1880 on Latino Americans airing Tuesday at 7 pm. The several part series covers the history, struggles, and successes of the Latino people.

Examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood with Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm. How did the Brotherhood lose control? Could the U.S. have done anything to alter the course of events in Egypt? Follow the Islamist movement as it plots its next move.

On Story on Tuesday at 10 pm combines screenwriters from past successful romantic movies to contemplate the important balance of relationship, conflict and originality when creating romantic comedies.  Immediately after at 10:30, another On Story premieres with an interview of Brian Helgeland.

Go on an European adventure and see Venice, Dover, Edinburgh Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary all through the vantage point of birds on Earthflight Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA investigates modern cruise ships and the safety of these sea behemoths that have double in size over the last 10 years on Wednesday at 8 pm.

The series, Brain On Trail with Alan Alda, continues Wednesday at 9 pm with a look into how young brains are more likely to make foolish choices and an in depth study of a judge’s brain.

End your Wednesday at 10 pm with The Black Keys and Sonic Youth on Austin City Limits. Sonic Youth showcases the avant-garde rock of its latest album The Eternal, while the Black Keys highlights the classic blues rock of its recent record Brothers.

Tony Hale is the guest on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday 7 pm. Best known for playing Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, Hale was recently nominated for an Emmy for playing Gary Walsh on “Veep”.

Arts in Context Thursday at 7:30 pm features Peligrosa, a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

Chet heads to Nacogdoches, the “oldest town in Texas”, to learn its history, go zip lining in the piney woods, and eat at a historic hotel on the Daytripper Thursday 8:30 pm.

Great Performances on Friday at 9 pm presents The Hollow Crown: Richard II. Featuring Patrick Stewart and David Morrissey, this adapted play from William Shakespeare comes alive with modern touches.

Get to know your butterflies from larval to adult stages and where they go in between seasons on Central Texas Gardener Saturday afternoon at noon and 4 pm.

Austin City Limits Satruday at 7 pm presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes. Austin guitarist Clark showcases his major label debut, while Alabama’s Shakes spotlight their critically acclaimed Boys & Girls.


Schedule Change 9/10

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Due to a PBS Newshour special, the September 10th KLRU schedule will change. The new schedule for the evening is as follows:

7 pm  POV‘s “Ping Pong”  follows eight table tennis players as they play in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China’s Inner Mongolia. This is an unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love – and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.

8 pm  PBS Newshour  “President Obama address”
Live coverage of President Obama’s address to the nation on the situation in Syria.

9 pm  American Masters “Billie Jean King” commemorates the 40th anniversaries of both the infamous Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs tennis match — the Battle of the Sexes — and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association, this film looks back to the 12-year old southern California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and unfairness and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy the situation.

10:30 pm Frontline The Suicide Plan explores the underground world of assisted suicide and takes viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time – told not only by the people choosing to die, but also by their “assisters,” individuals and right-to-die organizations that put themselves in legal jeopardy by helping others to die.

Schedule Change: Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President 9/9

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Charlie Rose has recorded an interview in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which will run in its entirety in a special presentation on PBS Monday, September 9, at 8 pm.

In the interview, Charlie Rose asks Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Charlie Rose interview with Assad will broadcast one night before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on his plans to respond to the situation in Syria. PBS NEWSHOUR will also air an interview with President Obama on Monday’s program, when he speaks with Gwen Ifill.

Highlights September 8 to 14

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Last Tango In Halifax on Sunday at 7 pm and Saturday at 8 pm follows childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years.

Masterpiece Mystery! on Sunday at 8 pm concludes “Silk,” a legal drama following the rivalries, passions and intrigues of criminal law.

SCHEDULE CHANGE for Monday and Tuesday

Charlie Rose Monday at 8 pm interviews Bashar al-Assad asking Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

POV‘s “Ping Pong”  at 9 pm Monday and 7 pm Tuesday follows eight table tennis players as they play in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China’s Inner Mongolia. This is an unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love – and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.

Age of Champions 10 pm Monday follows five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

Live coverage of President Obama’s address to the nation on the situation in Syria on PBS Newshour at 8 pm Tuesday.

American Masters ”Billie Jean King” 9 pm Tuesday commemorates the 40th anniversaries of both the infamous Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs tennis match with a documentary about the legendary tennis player.

Take a visit to Africa with Earthflight Wednesday at 7 pm. See the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes from an extremely unique perspective.

NOVA 8 pm Wednesday goes inside the construction of the new World Trade Center tower’s final floors and the installation of its soaring, 800-ton spire and beacon.

Is a witness lying? How reliable is eyewitness testimony?  Alan Alda in Brains on Trial explores how brain-scanning technology is providing insights into these questions and others on Wednesday at 9 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith has guest Marc Morial on Thursday at 7 pm. Marc Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. He assumed that post in 2003, after Morial serving as Mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002.

Every year a special concert presents the world premiere of nine new orchestral works composed by Texas students age 18 and younger. Arts In Context takes you through the selection process and accompanies the chosen students as they travel to Austin Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Thursday at 9:30 pm Chet and The Daytripper take you to Corpus Christy to tour an aircraft carrier, walk aboard Columbus’s ships, and learn about Texas’s one-of-a-kind surfing culture

Austin City Limits presents Esperanza Spalding, a jazz/soul singer/bassist, on Friday at 10:30 pm.

On Saturday at noon and 4 pm, Central Texas Gardener features Commander Ben, who goes after invasive plants to educate kids and adults.

Savor great moments from the series’ first two seasons on Downton Abbey Revisted  Saturday at 9 pm.

Highlights September 1-7

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When victory in Europe finally came, Churchill led the celebrations. In private, he was depressed, brooding about the dangers of Stalin and communism. Churchill at 7 pm Sunday examines this period of his life.

Masterpiece Mystery! Silk at 8 pm Sunday follows the rivalries, passions and intrigues of criminal law, starring Maxine Peake (Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (The 39 Steps) as rival barristers.

Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea tells the story of people who were willing to devote themselves to saving a portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. The film explores how the national parks came to be over the course of six episodes – The Scripture of Nature on Monday at 8 pm; The Last Refuge on Tuesday at 8 pm; The Empire of Grandeur on Wednesday at 8 pm; Going Home on Thursday at 8 pm; Great Nature on Friday at 8 pm and The Morning of Creation on Saturday at 8 pm.

American Experience on Tuesday at 7 pm tells the story of Mount Rushmore’s creation. It is the story of hucksterism and hyperbole, of a massive public works project in the midst of an economic depression.

Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish on Earthflight, A Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday.

Contemporary folk rock takes the stage with Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 11 m Friday.

Comedian, writer and musician Fred Armisen talks about his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday tells the story creation of Austin’s live-action graphic novel, The Intergalactic Nemesis.

Get ready to fill the kitchen with organic food all winter on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Plus, meet elementary school gardeners who can give you some advice, in Spanish and English.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.