What’s Streaming in November

What’s Streaming in November

As we prepare for the release of N. Scott Momaday: Word From a Bear at the end of the month, we’re sharing a collection of documentaries about your favorite American Masters writers. Watch the epic tale of Broadway’s first black, female playwright in Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart and learn how her upbringing led her […]

Screenings and Showings: November 2019

Screenings and Showings: November 2019

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or film festival, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. For Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am screenings throughout the United States, click here.  

A Conversation with Chris Gethard

A Conversation with Chris Gethard

In the fourth season of the American Masters Podcast, we look at origin stories: we hear from guests who have created bold new works through an investigation of their personal history. Last week, we were joined by stand-up favorite Chris Gethard, whose comedy special, Career Suicide, executive produced by Judd Apatow, invites a candid discussion […]

In Memoriam: Diahann Carroll

In Memoriam: Diahann Carroll

American Masters mourns the loss of pioneering actress Diahann Carroll, the Tony Award winner and first African American woman to star in her own television series. This interview was conducted in 2017, by director Yoruba Richen for the forthcoming program, “How it Feels to Be Free.”  

What’s Streaming in October

What’s Streaming in October

As we prepare for the release of Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous at the end of the month, we’re sharing a selection of our documentaries on visual artists and visionaries. Discover a vault of historical photos in this first film to focus on the larger than life photographer, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable. In […]

What’s Streaming in September

What’s Streaming in September

To complement the September 15 premiere of Ken Burns’s eight-part series, Country Music, we’re sharing a selection of our documentaries on musicians. Dive deeper into the rich history of the genre with Charley Pride: I’m Just Me and Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl. Itzhak Perlman is revered by Charlie Daniels in the new series; catch the doc on […]

5 Essential Reads for American Masters Fans

5 Essential Reads for <i>American Masters</i> Fans

Toni Morrison via Wikimedia Commons Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are five articles and essays we enjoyed recently. […]

Where to Start with Ursula K. Le Guin According to American Masters Fans

Where to Start with Ursula K. Le Guin According to <i>American Masters</i> Fans

Few writers have impacted a genre more than Ursula K. Le Guin. Through her advocacy, and her impressive output – she published 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, and six volumes of poetry – She helped bring science fiction into the literary mainstream. After watching American Masters […]

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

American Masters mourns the loss of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, she published 11 acclaimed novels that illuminated the experiences of black America and inspired generations of writers. She also received a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Medal of Distinguished […]

5 Essential Reads for American Masters Fans

5 Essential Reads for American Masters Fans

Louis Armstrong via Wikimedia Commons Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are five articles and essays we enjoyed recently. […]