Rafting Alaska's Wildest Rivers PBS, 10 p.m. Check local listings

Expert rafters ride the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers, as well as the Kongakut River, which is in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a proposed site for some drilling.


This Week in History: Statue of Liberty History Channel, 8 p.m.

This “world premiere” episode in the “This Week in History” series asks whether the French Catholic politician Edouard de Laboulaye, who in 1865 gave Frederic Auguste Bartholdi the idea for what became the Statue of Liberty, wanted it to be a monument to freed slaves. Laboulaye did head the French AntiSlavery Society; he also revered the American Revolution and France's role in it. Rebecca Joseph, head anthropologist of a National Park Service probe into the matter, discusses indications so far.


Journey through the Rockies History Channel, 10 p.m.

This installment in the new travel-adventure series “The Greatest Journeys on Earth” takes us through the Rocky Mountains. The series inspects major locations, conducts interviews and visits current cultural, social and historical celebrations.


A Capitol Fourth PBS, 8 p.m.

“A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums, / A flash of color beneath the sky: / Hats off! The flag is passing by!” These patriotic lines by Henry Holcomb Bennett spring to life on the U.S. Capitol's West Lawn every Independence Day when the National Symphony Orchestra salutes America's fight for liberty. Erich Kunzel conducts. Guests include the Pointer Sisters, Donny Osmond, Luther Vandross and the Irish tenors Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan and Finbar Wright.


They Drew Fire PBS, 10 p.m.

In World War II, the War Department asked certain outstanding American artists to create a permanent pictorial record of the conflict. This one-hour documentary shows many of the remarkable paintings and drawings that resulted.


Super Saints EWTN, 1 p.m.

On the feast day of St. Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr, Bob and Penny Lord tell the story of her purity, her love for Jesus and the Blessed Mother, and her murder at age 11 in Nettuno, Italy, a century ago. Her mother, Assunta, attended her child's canonization by Pope Pius XII in 1950, the first such occasion in history. (To be rebroadcast at 6:30 p.m.)


Save Our History: America's Most Endangered, 2001 History Channel, 10 p.m.

This special inspects the 11 historical sites that the National Trust for Historic Preservation says are most in jeopardy this year. The organization cites the biggest dangers as uncaring government policy, “inappropriate” private development, deterioration, poor maintenance and lack of funding. The sites were not announced as of the Register's deadline.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.