The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Examine the life and work of poet and novelist Carl Sandburg, as well as the controversy surrounding him. Sandburg was, as he said it, "The Eternal Hobo." For much of the 20th century, Sandburg was synonymous with the American experience, a spokesman on behalf of "the people."

Premiered September 24, 2012

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life on The Tonight Show. His life, career, and complexities are explored in Johnny Carson: King of Late Night.

Premiered May 14, 2012

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel engages leading historians, biographers and personal friends to reveal a complex woman who experienced profound identity shifts during her life and struggled with the two great issues of her day: the changing role of women and the liberation of African-Americans.

Premiered April 2, 2012

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

Three-time Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kenneth Bowser examines one of American history’s most iconic folk music heroes and political agitators. Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a revealing biography of a conflicted, truth-seeking troubadour who, with guitar in hand, stood up for what he believed in and challenged us all to do the same.

Premiered January 22, 2012

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented for the first time. Filmmaker Robert Weide followed the film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography.

Premiered November 19, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty

Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them — giving way to a work culture that would sustain them.

Premiered October 21, 2011