Eight Haunting Quotes from ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

Lorraine Hansberry was not yet 30 when she completed the manuscript for "A Raisin in the Sun," a play that went on to premiere on Broadway in 1959 and earn the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award. She was the first Black playwright and the youngest person to win the honor. An activist whose circle of friends included luminaries such as James Baldwin, Hansberry leveraged […]

Three Ways that James Beard Subverted the Status Quo

James Beard didn’t reach icon status by playing it safe. From his culinary career to his personal life, Beard led a life that was authentic, bold, and in many ways, ahead of his time. Here are three ways that Beard demonstrated how to pursue a life fully lived. To learn more about the legendary chef, tune in to […]

How Julia Child Empowered Women in the Kitchen and Beyond

For a woman born in 1912, when words like "feminist” and “disruptor" were not a part of the American lexicon, Julia Child was a woman ahead of her time. After all, how many women in the early part of the 20th century volunteered during World War II, wanting to be a spy? Julia was the first woman to have a television show and the first […]

Screenings & Showings: May 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 May: James Beard: America’s First Foodie May 5 Portland Art Museum Beth […]

Two Tasty Recipes that Reflect the Organic Approach of Alice Waters

For those of us who enjoy the abundance of  restaurant menus touting food that’s fresh, locally sourced and easy on our palates, we have Alice Waters to thank. Nearly half a century ago, the Berkeley, California-based chef helped launch a movement that forever changed the culinary course of America. At the center of Waters’ legacy […]

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 Watch the full episode online now! Experience a century of […]

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.