All times eastern

SUNDAY, Jul. 22, 7 p.m.

Wild Kingdom

ANIMAL PLANET In Borneo, field researcher Englebert Dausip gets to know endangered pygmy elephants, which average three feet shorter than their African counterparts.

MONDAY, Jul. 23, 8 p.m.

Cities of the Underworld: Cappadocia

HISTORY CHANNEL Around 2000 B.C., the Hittites began carving underground cities out of the soft volcanic rock of Cappadocia, in Asia Minor, present-day Turkey. Persecuted early Christians hid there and then settled. The Romans, Persians, Byzantines and Ottomans all made their own physical imprints on the area. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY, Jul. 25, 9 p.m.

American Masters: John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

PBS John James Audubon (1785-1851), a self-taught artist, decided to paint all the birds of North America in a true-to-nature style and reproduce them in one volume. Sadly, he had to kill many birds to obtain specimens. Copies of his The Birds of America, a series of 435 life-size prints, now sell for at least $100,000 apiece. Advisory: TV-PG.

SUNDAY, Jul. 29, 9 p.m.

Cool Fuel: Food & Veggie Oil

SCIENCE CHANNEL At the historic Café Du Monde in New Orleans, beignets and other foods are ground up for fuel to power a Humvee. In Texas, vegetable oil fuels a van.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 8 p.m.


EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s guest is Bishop John Yanta of Amarillo, Texas.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 8 p.m.

To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig

PBS Rick Sebak visits marketplaces and farmers’ markets from Lancaster, Pa., to Santa Monica to profile and interview people who grow, sell and buy fresh foods.

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 11 p.m.

Mega Movers: Army Mega Movers

HISTORY CHANNEL Military forces have always had to move troops and materiel in large quantities and quickly, from Hannibal and his elephants in 218 B.C. to the Allies who in 1944 built giant harbors for D-Day in only two weeks. In a mercy mission in October 2005, U.S. forces put four CH-47 helicopters inside two C-5 cargo planes and flew them from Hawaii to earthquake-stricken Pakistan to speed delivery of relief supplies.

SATURDAY, Aug. 4, 3:30 p.m., live

The Hambletonian

NBC The Hambletonian, a harness racing classic, features 3-year-old standardbred trotters. At $1.7 million, now the richest trotting race in North America, it began in 1926 and has been at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., since 1981.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.