A Chef’s Flight of American Masters

Get to know some of America’s most iconic chefs through American Masters’ Chefs Flight: four documentaries on iconic chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters. The films will be broadcasting throughout the month of May. American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie Premieres Friday, May 19, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local […]

Our 5 Favorite Loretta Lynn Lyrics

Loretta Lynn is turning 85 this year, and we wanted to celebrate her birthday by making Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl available for public streaming for the next two weeks and by revisiting some of her classics. Her unforgettable lyrics are some of our favorites in country music. Whether she was singing about her husband, the […]

Legendary comedian Don Rickles dies at 90

Don Rickles, the comedian most known for his wit and mockery, passed away today at the age of 90. Interviewed in several American Masters documentaries to share his experiences working with Bob Newhart and Johnny Carson, Rickles brought with him an inimitable humor and point of view. His wisecracks were wisdom, and it was a high honor to be insulted by the great Don Rickles.

Screenings & Showings: April 2017

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery showing, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. Here are a few upcoming opportunities to join the conversation in April: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Sunday, Apr. 23 | 2 p.m. […]

Celebrating Maya Angelou’s Birthday

Recently, at the National Black Writers Conference, several professors, writers and poets shared their thoughts on the literary giant, Dr. Maya Angelou, and on how she impacted their lives and work. Watch the video here. Maya Angelou may have been best known as a poet, but she was truly a Renaissance woman. Born April 4, […]

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” Announced

Susan Sarandon‘s production company, Reframed Pictures, American Masters and Submarine are partnering on a feature-length documentary film about 1940s screen siren Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000).

Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks, the First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize

The 2017 National Black Writers Conference will recognize the enduring legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for updates and interviews from the event. Share your thoughts on Gwendolyn Brooks and other women in literature by using the hashtag #InspiringWomanPBS.

Commemorating Patsy Cline

On this day in 1963, at only 30 years old, Patsy Cline was killed in a multiple-fatality plane crash after performing to a packed house in Kansas City, Kansas. In her short career, Cline re-defined femininity, developing a unique sense of style while cutting a fiercely independent path for herself. Despite growing up in poverty with […]