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Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Greenfield-Sanders’ new film.
Discover the violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students and archival performances.
The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson.
Meet 19 iconic baby boomers from this influential generation born between 1946 and 1964.
The ballerina's career, struggle with polio, and influence on great choreographers.
Journalist George Plimpton was a writer, Paris Review editor, amateur sportsman and more.
The definitive film about the legendary rock musician, Jimi Hendrix.
Mel Brooks: The 2000 Year Old Man.
Patti Smith talks about her dream of a label-free future.
Fran Drescher talks about how the character of Lucy resonated with women across America.
Betty White talks about comedian, actor, singer and writer Carol Burnett.
Lena Horne talks about racial equality in her lifetime and in generations to come.
Bernadette Peters talks about meeting Mel Brooks.
Gloria Steinem remembers Marilyn Monroe.
Herbie Hancock remembers the first time he met Quincy Jones.
Find out why The Highwaymen were often called "The Mount Rushmore of Country Music."
Trailer for the American Masters film Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.
Trailer for In Their Own Words, the American Masters digital archive project.
The story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup.
Late, great director Mike Nichols, Janis Joplin, Fats Domino, Maya Angelou and more.
Janis Joplin thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27.
Director Amy Berg talks about bringing Janis Joplin back to life in her documentary.
Ric Burns’ documentary on the rich, 75-year history of the preeminent ballet company.
"The Queen of Country Music” is still going strong after more than 50 years of music.
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