John Muir in the New World

Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (Apr. 21, 1838 - Dec. 24, 1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska.

Premiered April 18, 2011

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

American Masters 25th anniversary season included Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, a first-hand account of the genesis and blossoming of this 1970s music movement, centering on King and Taylor's historic collaboration and the Los Angeles nightclub Troubadours that nurtured a community of gifted young artists and budding critical and commercial sensations.

Premiered March 2, 2011

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Called "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived," this 2010 Oscar-winning best actor embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor. He is an exceptional musician, a photographer, an occasional vintner and a storyteller.

Premiered January 12, 2011

A Letter to Elia / Reflecting on Kazan

Martin Scorsese pays tribute to the life and work of film director Elia Kazan. Composed of clips, stills, readings from Kazan’s autobiography and his speech on directing, a videotaped interview done late in Kazan’s life, and Scorsese’s commentary, the film looks at the life of art and its creation,

Premiered October 4, 2010