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American Masters

James Baldwin: Writer, Teacher, Preacher

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Words -- both written and spoken -- were James Baldwin's greatest gift to America and to people of all races all over the world. He knew how to electrify readers, his insights about what it meant to be black in America were both intimate and accessible. He preached brotherhood, not violence, with searing honesty; his truth was laced with pain and anger. But he never lost hope.

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American Masters

The Women's List

Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Greenfield-Sanders’ new film.

54:14

The Women's List

54:14

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American Masters

Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler - Full Film

Discover the violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students and archival performances.

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Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler - Full Film

53:10

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American Masters

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Full Film

The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson.

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August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Full Film

1:24:40

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American Masters

The Boomer List

Meet 19 iconic baby boomers from this influential generation born between 1946 and 1964.

1:22:56

The Boomer List

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American Masters

Mel Brooks on Gene Wilder

“Everything Gene did for me as a film artist was angelic and supreme.”

Mel Brooks on Gene Wilder

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American Masters

Patti Smith on the Scene

Patti Smith talks about her dream of a label-free future.

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Patti Smith on the Scene

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American Masters

Fran Drescher on Lucille Ball

Fran Drescher talks about how the character of Lucy resonated with women across America.

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Fran Drescher on Lucille Ball

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American Masters

Betty White on Carol Burnett

Betty White talks about comedian, actor, singer and writer Carol Burnett.

Betty White on Carol Burnett

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American Masters

Lena Horne on Lena Horne

Lena Horne talks about racial equality in her lifetime and in generations to come.

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Lena Horne on Lena Horne

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American Masters

Bernadette Peters Talks about Mel Brooks

Bernadette Peters talks about meeting Mel Brooks.

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Bernadette Peters Talks about Mel Brooks

2:43

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American Masters

Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe

Gloria Steinem remembers Marilyn Monroe.

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Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe

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Video thumbnail: American Masters Herbie Hancock on first meeting Quincy Jones

American Masters

Herbie Hancock on first meeting Quincy Jones

Herbie Hancock remembers the first time he met Quincy Jones.

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Herbie Hancock on first meeting Quincy Jones

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Previews of American Masters83

Video thumbnail: American Masters Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Trailer

American Masters

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Trailer

Trailer for the American Masters film Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Trailer

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American Masters

In Their Own Words Trailer

Trailer for In Their Own Words, the American Masters digital archive project.

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In Their Own Words Trailer

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American Masters

The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End - Promo

The story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup.

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The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End - Promo

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American Masters

Season 2016 Overview

Late, great director Mike Nichols, Janis Joplin, Fats Domino, Maya Angelou and more.

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Season 2016 Overview

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