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The best programs on TV this week


This provocative documentary contends that “a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy” keeps gay politicians in the closet—and that closeted politicians are the ones most ardently opposed to gay-rights legislation. Former Sen. Larry Craig, ex–New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, and others come under scrutiny from director Kirby Dick, a 2005 Oscar nominee for his film Twist of Faith. Monday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m., HBO

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times

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For four generations, the Chandler family of southern California controlled not only the Los Angeles Times newspaper but also much of L.A. itself, becoming involved in everything from the development of the city’s industries to the aqueduct scandal that inspired the film Chinatown. Drawing on unprecedented archival access, this documentary chronicles the lively histories of both the family and its most famous progeny. Monday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Craft in America

The Peabody-winning series about American craft culture returns with two new episodes. “Origins” looks at artists who preserve old techniques, from a South Carolina blacksmith to a Kiowa beadworker. “Process” shows how people learn such crafts as ceramics, bookbinding, and jewelry making. Both episodes are visually sumptuous, particularly in high-def. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Man Shops Globe

“I have the greatest job in the world,” says Keith Johnson: He’s a buyer-at-large for specialty retailer Anthropologie, and this colorful new eight-part series follows him around the world. The premiere takes him from a Paris flea market to the antiques shops of Provence, where he dickers and deals for furniture and found objects. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10 p.m., Sundance Channel

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect

Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world last year, Koolhaas is the Pritzker Architecture Prize–winning designer of such distinctive buildings as the Seattle Public Library and Beijing’s CCTV building. He’s also a discerning social critic and urban planner. This German documentary interviews Koolhaas, his clients, and his peers as well as show­casing his works. Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., Sundance Channel

Other highlights

Dirty Jobs

Host Mike Rowe travels to Miami and tries his hand at marine salvaging, then heads to a San Francisco recycling center to separate the reusable parts of a mattress. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m., Discovery

Art in the 21st Century

Season 5 begins with profiles of artists who address social issues: South Africa’s William Kentridge, American photographer Carrie Mae Weems, and Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Ultimate Factories: Rolls-Royce

National Geographic visits factories in England and Germany to chronicle the construction of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Thursday, Oct. 8,

at 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel

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