Screenings & Showings: June 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 June: EERO SAARINEN AIA SHANGHAI June 3 *Guest Speaker Director of Photography Eric […]

It’s Time to Recognize Sweet Honey in the Rock for their Essential Contributions to American Music

By Fredara Mareva Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology, Oberlin College [Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] The first […]

A Chefs 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 premiered in May and are available to stream online for the next month. American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie Watch the full episode online now! […]

Op Ed: Five of Dr. Maya Angelou’s Greatest Legacies

By Whitney McGowan [Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] Today marks the three-year anniversary of Dr. Maya Angelou’s death, […]

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

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] For those of us who enjoy the abundance of  restaurant menus touting food […]