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Turning plywood into dynamic sculptures

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Using a self-taught technique, David Knopp carves plywood laminate into fantastically abstract shapes, imbuing the rigid nature of wood with the fluidity of water. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Guitarist-singer-songwriter Lindsey Buckingham

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about reuniting with the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac, for its "On With The Show" concert tour. Continue


Bing Crosby's Innovations in Technology

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American Masters
PBS


Not only was Crosby a multimedia star, he advanced the technology to record music and make television --- such as the laugh track. Filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg describes how his crew was able to include in "American Masters - Bing Crosby Rediscovered" the private letters Crosby recorded on dictabelts. American Masters Executive Producer Michael Kantor adds perspective on Crosby's significance. Continue


Inside Melissa Etheridge's guitar case

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge shows the NewsHour's Gwen Ifill her extensive collection of guitars and told the story behind a few special instruments. Continue


Why adults want Samuel L Jackson to read to them at bedtime

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Adam Mansbach, author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep," explains why Samuel L Jackson was his first choice for the audio book in this online exclusive. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Bing Crosby, An All-Purpose Singer

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American Masters
PBS


Bing Crosby recorded thousands of songs during the height of his career. Singer and pianist Michael Feinstein and Ken Barnes, who wrote songs with Crosby in the 1970s, talk about Crosby's prolific output of songs and the variety of genres he recorded. Continue


Bing Crosby and David Bowie Christmas Duet

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American Masters
PBS


Bing Crosby and David Bowie sing a duet in Crosby's Christmas television special in 1977. See their performance of "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" and find out what it took to get Bowie to appear on the show. Two songwriters recount their quick turnaround of the song to win Bowie over. Bing Crosby Rediscovered premieres Dec. 2 on PBS at 8 pm; holiday encore on Dec. 26 at 9 pm. Continue


Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA. Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations. Continue


Filmmaker Interview: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

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American Masters
PBS


Director Robert Trachtenberg worked with the Bing Crosby estate to bring a wealth of audio recordings and images to the public from the first time. In this interview he speaks about the challenge of presenting the man who down-played how hard he worked to become a sensation in film, radio and television. American Masters - Bing Crosby Rediscovered premieres Tue., Dec. 2 at 8 pm on PBS. Continue


Jay Leno

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Mark Twain Prize
PBS


This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize. Continue


Bing Crosby Sings with the Crosby Boys

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American Masters
PBS


Bing Crosby sings the African-American spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" with three of his sons on his television special in 1960. Crosby's first four sons --- Gary, twins Dennis and Philip, and Lindsay --- created the The Crosby Boys quartet in 1959. This is a web-only full version of the performance, as seen excerpted in American Masters - Bing Crosby Rediscovered. Continue


Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier Duet

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American Masters
PBS


Legends Bing Crosby and French entertainer Maurice Chevalier sing "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" from the film "Gigi" on Bing Crosby's television special in 1961. This film outtake is from American Masters - Bing Crosby Rediscovered, directed by Emmy Award-winning director Robert Trachtenberg. Continue


Web Exclusive: Bing Crosby Roasts Film Director Raoul Walsh

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American Masters
PBS


In this exclusive outtake from Bing Crosby Rediscovered, hear never-before-released audio of Bing Crosby singing the lyrics he penned to roast Hollywood director Raoul Walsh. The filming of "Going Hollywood," starring Crosby and Marian Davies, had its obstacles. When Bing poked fun at the director and film, Louis Mayer at MGM Studios banned Walsh and Bing from future MGM productions. Continue


Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice - Trailer

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American Masters
PBS


This portrait of the inimitable magician Ricky Jay delves into the mysterious world of sleight-of-hand and its small circle of eccentric devotees. Jay is also a best-selling author, historian, actor and a leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts. Told largely in Jay’s own distinctive voice, the documentary traces the story of his achievement and that of other master magicians. Continue


Poet Mark Strand reads 'A Suite Of Appearances: 4'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand died on Saturday. We remember him with his reading of "A Suite Of Appearances: 4," given during an interview with the NewsHour in 1999. You can see the full interview and the text of the poem here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment-jan-june99-pulitzer_4-15/ More Poetry: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/poetry/ Continue


The Road Films: Bing Crosby and Bob Hope

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American Masters
PBS


At the age of 37, Bing Crosby had 24 films behind him and his Hollywood career was at a crossroads. He found the perfect comedic partner in Bob Hope, with whom he had first performed on stage in 1932. Starting in 1940, Hope and Crosby would star in seven "Road" films. This film excerpt from American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered is rich in archival footage of interviews and film. Continue


Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA. Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations. Continue


50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary

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PBS Specials
PBS


Celebrate the impact of the trio that provided America’s soundtrack for generations and combined artistry with activism for five decades. Continue


Mike Nichols on Directing: An In Memoriam Tribute

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American Masters
PBS


According to celebrated director Mike Nichols, "Plays and movies are not supposed to be answers to a thousand questions, but there's supposed to be a few unanswered questions that you can't get out of your head." Nichols (1931 - 2014) gave this interview for "American Masters: Inventing David Geffen." This web-exclusive outtake share his views about the role of the unconscious in film and drama. Continue


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