There are few perfect things in this world, but one of them is a well-made biscuit. We’re not talking about the kind that comes in a can. We mean BISCUITS: cat-head-sized circles of pure love, rolled out on newspaper and cut with a jelly jar, baked in a sheen of lard until they’re golden brown approximations of manna from heaven. Slathered with butter, jelly or gravy — stuffed with sausage, cheese or ham — they’re the reason God taught man how to grind flour. Here, director Maryann Byrd Furrell takes viewers on a trip through biscuit history, tracing the development and perfection of this staple of the Southern breakfast table. Drawing on chats with chefs and historians, it’s sure to give you a rise. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
AN EVENING WITH
THE DIXIE CHICKS
8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Though their new album “Taking the Long Way” has been flying high at the top of the pop charts for weeks and everyone but Rush Lim-baugh has long since admitted that George W. Bush is a complete and utter retard, the country trio Dixie Chicks still can’t find airplay on the nation’s clodkicker stations three years after lead singer Natalie Maines dissed W. during a concert in London. Never fear. While the all-boots-no-balls crowd running Big Country Radio won’t let you enjoy their music, PBS has your Chicks fix, via a rerun of this 2002 concert in L.A. Featuring their hits “Long Time Gone,” “Take Me Away” and their beautiful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” it’s sure to be a good time. Watch, then go buy their new album — just to show Nashville where they can stick it.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
(Comcast Ch. 53)
While we’ve been heard to gripe about our jobs around here a time or three, writing for a newspaper is a fairly sanitary profession (until someone leaves half a burrito in the company refrigerator for a month, that is). Given that, let us take the time to say: God bless those who do the filthy jobs; the disgusting jobs; the jobs we wouldn’t take if you paid us in Exxon/Mobil stock. It’s enough for us to watch “Dirty Jobs” every week. One of our guilty pleasures, the show features host Mike Rowe trying out a number of stomach-churning professions. This season, watch for Rowe to try his hand at working in a garbage pit, collecting owl vomit, cleaning skulls and recycling uneaten ca-sino food into pig chow. Kinda makes you glad you went to college, doesn’t it?