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American Masters

American Masters
Since its premiere in 1986, AMERICAN MASTERS has been the only PBS series committed to developing and producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

Latest Episodes

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Full Film Air date: 05-17-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365247027/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Co-founder of The Paris Review and a participatory journalist George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a fascinated journalist who lived fully, strangely and incredibly. With George Plimpton’s own narration, the film includes extensive archival footage of his sport stunts and participatory journalism gigs,... /episodes/get/12737 /episode/12737 American Masters: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Full Film /episode-player/12737
A Fierce Green Fire - Full Film Air date: 04-23-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365228305/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of activism. Chronicling the largest movement of the 20th century, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against the odds, from the Grand... /episodes/get/12465 /episode/12465 American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire - Full Film /episode-player/12465
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Full Film Air date: 02-08-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365171000/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is the first film biography of writer and activist Alice Walker. Most famous for her seminal novel "The Color Purple" for which she won a Pulitzer Prize, Walker was raised in poverty in the rural South during the violent and seismic social changes of mid-20th century... /episodes/get/11707 /episode/11707 American Masters: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Full Film /episode-player/11707
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Air date: 01-31-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365166823/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Pete Seeger helped introduce America to its own musical heritage, devoting his life to using the power of song as a force for social change. With his deeply-held beliefs, Seeger went from the top of the pop charts to the top of the blacklist and was banned from American commercial television for... /episodes/get/11643 /episode/11643 American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song /episode-player/11643
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Air date: 12-28-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365141872/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false “The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for "The Sting," "Sophie’s Choice" and the Broadway hit "A Chorus Line" made Marvin Hamlisch the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan, and concert halls worldwide. Hamlisch won four Grammys, four... /episodes/get/11178 /episode/11178 American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love /episode-player/11178
Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' - Director's Cut Air date: 11-06-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365238335/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Hear My Train A Comin’, directed by Bob Smeaton, traces the legendary guitarist’s remarkable journey from his hardscrabble beginnings in Seattle, through his stint as a US Army paratrooper and as an unknown sideman until his discovery and international stardom. With previously unseen footage of... /episodes/get/12563 /episode/12563 American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' - Director's Cut /episode-player/12563
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Cachao: Uno Mas
The Grammy-winning bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez died in Coral Gables, Florida in March 2008, almost 90-years old. A maestro of legendary status and ultimately considered one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time, he had made his home in the United States for the past four decades....
Air date: 09/20/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1595847416/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false The Grammy-winning bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez died in Coral Gables, Florida in March 2008, almost 90-years old. A maestro of legendary status and ultimately considered one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time, he had made his home in the United States for the past four decades.... /episodes/get/720 /episode/720 American Masters: Cachao: Uno Mas /episode-player/720
LENNONYC
Following the breakup of the Beatles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. American Masters' LENNONYC takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean,...
Air date: 11/22/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1657689250/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Following the breakup of the Beatles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. American Masters' LENNONYC takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean,... /episodes/get/12187 /episode/12187 American Masters: LENNONYC /episode-player/12187
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.
Air date: 01/12/2011
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1743456455/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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. /episodes/get/722 /episode/722 American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides /episode-player/722
Troubadours
American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor...
Air date: 03/02/2011
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1822435891/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor... /episodes/get/730 /episode/730 American Masters: Troubadours /episode-player/730
John Muir in the New World
Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838 - 12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited:...
Air date: 04/18/2011
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1883108297/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838 - 12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited:... /episodes/get/723 /episode/723 American Masters: John Muir in the New World /episode-player/723
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