Author and activist DeRay Mckesson
Season 3 | April 3, 2019
Author and activist DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson discusses his debut book “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.” He talks about his early days protesting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and the figures who have inspired him to take action. Mckesson presents an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement ...

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Season 3 | March 20, 2019
Filmmaker and artist Miranda July

Miranda July discusses how everyday connections, such as an unlikely friendship with her cab driver, can spark her creativity. She talks about some of her earliest works from childhood, explains her interdisciplinary approach to art and contemplates the double-edged nature of technology and social media.

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Sammy Davis, Jr.
Season 3 | March 6, 2019
Entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr., boldly strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me director Sam Pollard, writer and co-producer Laurence Maslon and executive producer Michael Kantor revisit some of his biggest controversies through rare ...

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Season 3 | February 12, 2019
American Masters Podcast Season 3: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

THIRTEEN’s American Masters series launches season three of the American Masters Podcast on Wednesday, February 20 through a new distribution partnership with PRX. Led by co-producer/actor Josh Hamilton (“Eighth Grade,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Blaze”), the original, interview-based podcast is available now on the American Masters website, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify ...

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Season 2 | December 21, 2017
The Poet: Dr. Maya Angelou

The venerable poet, writer, activist, dancer and singer Dr. Maya Angelou teaches that above all else, we are more alike than we are unalike. In this season's final episode, listen to Dr. Angelou share insights into her life as a teacher, what it takes to be courageous and an emotional ...

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Season 2 | December 12, 2017
The Poet: Tracy K. Smith

We sit down with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to discuss the ideas that drive her writing. Considered among the best poets of her generation, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for her collection, "Life on Mars," which melds science and science fiction with the discoveries, failures, and oddities of the human experience. She reads poems from her past collections and from her forthcoming book, "Wade in the Water," to be published in April 2018.

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Season 2 | November 30, 2017
The Songwriter: Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is a superstar of country music (“Red Headed Stranger,” “Shotgun Willie,” “Stardust”). He reinvented the genre as one of the founding fathers of outlaw country, forging a style of music that went against the convention of its time. Filmmaker Steven Cantor sat down with Willie to talk about how he got his start in this 2002 interview. [“American Masters – Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving” (2002)].

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Season 2 | November 10, 2017
The Songwriter: Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Will Oldham is an enigmatic singer/songwriter who commonly performs under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy. For decades, his music and lyrics have explored the human experience with great intensity and respect. With an ear finely tuned to history, Oldham speaks candidly about the role music plays in the past, present and future of our culture in this new interview.

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