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American Masters

"The Catcher in the Rye" as a Revolt Against the 1950s

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor Elizabeth Frank credits J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" with pointing out the dreariness and hypocrisy of the early 1950's. "I think that The Catcher in the Rye was a very revolutionary book for the America of of the early 1950's. It truly was an era of conformity. I remember the 50s and I'm glad that they're over with."

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Mike Nichols: American Masters

The late, great director (The Graduate, Angels in America) discusses his 50-year career.

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The Women's List

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

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Mike Nichols and "The Graduate"

Mike Nichols won an Academy Award for directing "The Graduate," his second film.

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Mike Nichols' Laugh

Stars of theater and film remember Mike Nichols' famous, uncontrollable laughter.

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Comedian Margaret Cho on Her Parents

Margaret Cho is an American stand-up comedian known for social and political critiques.

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