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S31 Ep2
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.
Premiered February 21, 2017
Video expires June 17, 2020
S34 Ep4
Unladylike2020
Unladylike2020
Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American Masters — Unladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century. Coming this summer on PBS.
Encored March 4, 2020
Premieres July 10, 2020
S34 Ep1
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Passport
Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews.
Premiered February 25, 2020
S33 Ep12
N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear
N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear
Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for “House Made of Dawn” and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature.
Premiered November 18, 2019
Video expires August 30, 2020
S33 Ep11
Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous
Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous
Explore the life of the celebrated artist whose luminous color field paintings helped define the abstract expressionist movement, which shifted the art world epicenter from Paris to New York. Featuring original scenes with Alfred Molina.
Encored October 26, 2019
Premiered October 25, 2019
Video expires August 30, 2020
S33 Ep10
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Explore a warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Filled with passion, determination and joy, Juliá’s brilliant and daring career was tragically cut short by his untimely death 25 years ago, at age 54.
Encored September 14, 2019
Premiered September 13, 2019
Video expires August 30, 2020
S33 Ep9
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Explore the remarkable life and legacy of late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin whose groundbreaking work, including “The Left Hand of Darkness,” transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the literary mainstream.
Premiered August 2, 2019
Video expires August 30, 2020
S33 Ep7
Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices
Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices
Passport
Trace the journey of one of America’s greatest choral music conductors. With no formal training, Robert Shaw was legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s choral masterpieces and inspired generations of musicians with the power of music. Directed by Pamela Roberts (American Masters – Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel) and Peter Miller (Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story).
Premiered June 21, 2019