American Master Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize

American Master Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize

The Swedish Academy announced today that the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to poet, political activist, and American Master Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” For more than 50 years, through poetry, folk and blues, Dylan has told the story of civil unrest. His writing helped elevate the discussion around […]

Norman Lear’s Unforgettable Characters

Norman Lear’s Unforgettable Characters

American Masters — Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, the first documentary about 94-year-old television legend Norman Lear, premieres nationwide Tuesday, October 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). To some, the name Norman Lear might be unfamiliar. But his characters – those larger-than-life personalities that lit up TV screens every night for decades – […]

A New Look for American Masters

 A New Look for American Masters

As American Masters celebrates its 30th anniversary year, we are unveiling a new redesign – featuring a new “clapperboard” logo, a revamped website, a quicker on-air introduction with a new musical theme, and branding across all our social media outlets. If you saw Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You in theaters, you may have […]

Screenings & Showings: October 2016

Screenings & Showings: October 2016

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 October: THEATRICAL SCREENINGS Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Oct. 14 (EAST […]

Celebrating: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Celebrating: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

On September 24, 2016, the first national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture will be opening. In honor of this momentous addition to the Smithsonian Institution, we wanted to highlight some of the inspiring African Americans featured throughout the years on American Masters. Whether it’s through the words of Maya Angelou, […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, and in order to celebrate, we are making one of our favorite American Masters films, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, available for streaming. Watch it in English or Spanish anytime through Oct. 15. In addition, PBS is turning its lens onto viewers this September and October, through a new social media campaign: #MiHistoria. Access hours of film and television from your favorites like American […]

Favorite Quotes from American Master Bob Dylan

Favorite Quotes from American Master Bob Dylan

On May 24, 1941, American Master and the “Voice of a Generation,” Bob Dylan, was born. In addition to spending the last five decades writing and performing record-breaking music, Dylan has emerged as a quintessential American artist who combined different music genres and wrote lyrics that freely expressed his political stance — ultimately inspiring others to […]

Merle Haggard: In Memoriam

Merle Haggard: In Memoriam

Merle Haggard, a country singer-songwriter best known as “the poet of the common man” and for his role in the outlaw country movement, died on Wednesday, April 6, on his 79th birthday.

B.B. King Tribute at Grammy Awards

B.B. King Tribute at Grammy Awards

Three nights after the broadcast premiere of B.B. King: The Life of Riley on PBS (February 12, 9/8c), the legendary blues guitarist B.B. King will be paid tribute at the Grammy Awards on CBS.