Interviews

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb, author of the critically acclaimed She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True and former Director of Creative Writing at  University of Connecticut, discusses Scout’s universally sympathetic voice and the ways in which To Kill a Mockingbird and all literature can act as an agent of change. Harper Lee: Hey Boo […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Mark Childress

Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama, describes how Harper Lee’s protagonist Scout Finch, the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, was a radical voice of change in the segregated south of his childhood. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Mark Childress: Yeah I always have. I […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Richard Russo

Novelist Richard Russo describes how he reluctantly read To Kill a Mockingbird as a student in Catholic school. Russo explains how the relationships described in the book influenced him as a writer and provided inspiration for his own characters in his Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Empire Falls. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: James McBride

James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, discusses how Harper Lee used the voice of her protagonists in To Kill a Mockingbird to bravely provide an accessible and radical point of view about racism in 1960. He describes and how today’s authors can expand upon Lee’s views. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs […]

John Muir in the New World

Outtakes: The Alaskan Expedition

Hear stories from one of John Muir’s expeditions in Alaska with his colleage and companion S. Hall Young, including a tale of Muir’s rescue of Young during a very near brush with death in these outtakes from the documentary John Muir in the New World. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 at […]

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

Interview with filmmaker Morgan Neville

Neville discusses his editing process and the relationship it has to the way he makes a mix-tape; elements of the film that serve as a ode to Los Angeles; and more.

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

Outtakes: Life at the Troubadour

In these deleted scenes from Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, Roger McGuinn, former Troubadour staff, photographer Harry Diltz, Cheech & Chong, and Bonnie Raitt tell stories about the incredible energy and community that centered around the nightly performances and daily club life, including the time Joni Mitchell surprised […]

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Interview with Jeff Bridges

How much of “The Dude” is still in Jeff Bridges? In this interview, he talks about the surprising reasons why he agreed to be the subject of an “American Masters” documentary. Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Interview with Filmmakers Peter Raymont & Michèle Hozer

Read an interview with the filmmakers of American Masters Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould about the process making the film, editing a documentary, and interviewing people with passionate stories to tell about the iconic musician.

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Outtakes: Jack Douglas

Record producer Jack Douglas talks about meeting John Lennon and the experience of producing Imagine.