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N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

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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 December 16, 2019

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

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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 December 16, 2019

Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous

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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. American Masters – Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous will be premiering nationwide Friday, October 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

Premiered October 25, 2019

Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go For It

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Beyond the racism she experienced as a Latina actor, AMERICAN MASTERS “Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go For It” (w.t.) will explore the lesser-known struggles Moreno faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and sexual abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and an attempted suicide a year before she won her Oscar.

Coming in 2020!

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

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American Masters and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES join forces to present the first documentary about Raúl Juliá, the versatile Puerto Rican actor whose work on stage and screen took the world by storm. Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage premieres Friday, September 13, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS, pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS Video App in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Premiered September 13, 2019

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

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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

Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices

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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

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

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Discover the life and work of Garry Winogrand, the epic storyteller in pictures who harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s-70s. His “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making.

Premiered April 19, 2019

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

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Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in the brutally segregated Mississippi Delta, Pride’s buttery voice, talent and steely resolve led him to the Country Music Hall of Fame. A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice. Directed by Barbara J. Hall (Patsy Cline: American Masters).

Premiered February 22, 2019