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  • The Day Carl Sandburg Died

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    8/10/12

    Carl Sandburg was, as he said it, 'The Eternal Hobo.' For much of the 20th century, Sandburg was synonymous with the American experience, a spokesman on behalf of 'the people.' See the trailer for 'The Day Carl Sandburg Died,' which premiers nationally Monday, September 24, at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).moreless
  • Marilyn Monroe: Ballerina (silent)

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    7/20/12

    A silent short of Marilyn Monroe's 'Ballerina' outtakes. (Photos by Milton Greene.)
  • Marilyn Monroe: 'Identity' by Norman Mailer

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    7/20/12

    Norman Mailer, author of 'Marilyn: A Biography,' reads an excerpt on identity. (Photos by Roy Schatt.)
  • Marilyn Monroe: All alone in a white halter dress

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    7/20/12

    George Zimbel's photographs: Joe Dimaggio walking out on Marilyn Monroe. Zimbel was there on the street among several photographers to document what would become Monroe's most lasting image: a blowing white halter dress. More than the dress or the scene, Zimbel remembers a Joe Dimaggio that couldn't take all the bright lights that night. Voices: Family of Sam Shaw, Norman Mailer, Zimbelmoreless
  • Marilyn Monroe: Black Sitting

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    7/20/12

    How Milton Greene photographed Marilyn Monroe (voiced by Greene's first wife, Amy Greene). Greene was one of many photographers in and out of Monroe's life. But, they were closer than most. Monroe even lived with his family for a short time. More than anything, Greene shot her in such a prolific way. The 'Black Sitting' is just one of their many sessions.moreless
  • Marilyn Monroe: Sam Shaw Photos

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    7/20/12

    Sam Shaw's name isn't well known, but his photographs of Marilyn Monroe are. Here, Shaw's children reminisce about growing up around Monroe. Shaw was also the brainchild of the famous white halter dress shot from 'The Seven Year Itch.'moreless
  • Troubadours - Preview

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    12/30/11

    Trace the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centered on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor. 12/30/2011
  • Eames Outtakes: L.A. Unrestrained

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    12/19/11

    In archival footage from "An Eames Celebration," a film for WNET created in 1973, Charles Eames describes the city of Los Angeles as an illustration of what happens when design lacks constraints. Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Eames Outtakes: Pilgrimage

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    12/19/11

    Eames Demetrios, grandson of Ray and Charles and Richard Saul Wurman of TED Talk about how the eames house has lured people from all over the world and become a kind of pilgrimage site for modernists. Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Eames Outtakes: Scripts

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    12/19/11

    Art historian Judith Wechsler tells a story about the time Charles Eames threw out ONE OF her scriptS and taught her a valuable lesson in the process. Narrated by James Franco, Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

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    12/19/11

    Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's definitive documentary delves into the private world the Eameses created in their Renaissance-style, Venice Beach, California studio, where design history was born. Narrated by James Franco, the film premieres nationally Monday, December 19 from 10-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Eames Outtakes: Having Fun

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    12/19/11

    In archival footage from "An Eames Celebration," a film for WNET created in 1973, Ray Eames struggles to describe any activities that give her more joy than success in their projects and works. Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Woody's Improv: The Punatoriam

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    11/20/11

    Dick Cavett recalls Woody Allen's improvisation skills that rival the best of those of his peers and Woody improvises a sketch on 'The Punatorium' from The Dick Cavett show. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.moreless
  • Woody Allen vs Manhattan

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    11/20/11

    After critical success of Manhattan, Woody's emotions about his celebrated film are conflicted. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.moreless
  • Coronation of the King

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    Tonight Show writers Raymond Siller and Paul Block, Tonight Show musician Doc Severinsen, and Conan O'Brien remember how Johnny Carson psyched himself up before every show beofore he went on air, and how his comedy made him one of America's most trusted television personalities. Johnny Carson: King of late night airs Monday, May 14, 2012 (check local listings).moreless
  • Carson's Cellar

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    Dan Gingold, stage manager of "Carson'?s Cellar", and Dick Cavett describe Johnny Carson'?s tough and somewhat awkward beginnings as a TV personality on the show "Carson'?s Cellar". Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres May 14 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).moreless
  • Outtake: Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling

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    Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling talk about the time they went out to dinner with Johnny and discussed the unpredictability of show business. Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres May 14 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).moreless
  • Peabody win for 'Eames: The Architect & the Painter'

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    American Masters wins a Peabody for its documentary, 'Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect & the Painter.' Watch and listen as director Jason Cohn accepts the award.
  • Judy Garland: By Myself - Preview

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    Watch as Judy Garland gets center stage all to herself. 6/22/2012
  • Judy Garland Sings

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    Watch and listen as Judy Garland sings 'Look For The Silver Lining' from the 1946 MGM musical, 'Till The Clouds Roll By.' Judy Garland: By Myself airs Friday, June 22, 2012, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on PBS. Check your local listings.moreless
  • Judy Garland: Approach to the film

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    American Masters series creator and executive producer Susan Lacy revisits the film, JUDY GARLAND: BY MYSELF, which, in a national encore, will air Friday, June 22, 2012, at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).moreless
  • Baby Bottleneck / Boobs In the Woods

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    A post-war baby-boom era overworks the stork, and faulty deliveries are made. Directed by: Robert Clampett / Porky Pig tries to have a relaxing day out in the woods but Daffy Duck won't let it happen. Directed by: Robert McKimsonmoreless
  • Blowing in the Wind

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    11/11/11

    In this outtake from Bill T. Jones: A Good Man,the crew discovers that the curtains used for projections in Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray are subject to large movements from wind gusts in the open-air venue and finds a solution. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Bill T. Jones: Interview with the Filmmakers

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    11/11/11

    Co-directors Bob Hercules of Media Process Group and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films discuss their verite approach, how they learned to shoot dance-theater, and their favorite moments from the documentary. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Bill T. Jones: The Cutting Room Floor

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    11/11/11

    In this mini documentary, originally produced for ITVS, see how the director's chose which scenes and storylines to cut from the final edit of the film and see footage from one of the cuts that was made. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Collaborations in the Dance Company

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    11/11/11

    Creative Director Bjorn Amelan explains the process of collaboration between the production designers, technical crew, and artists when creating new work for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Eddie Vedder's Epic Stage Dives

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    10/21/11

    In this excerpt from Pearl Jam Twenty, the band reflects on Eddie Vedder's penchant for taking stage diving to new heights, plus a montage of some his greatest concert dives, including the 1992 Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf, Netherlands. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Chris Cornell on Temple of the Dog

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    10/21/11

    In this excerpt from Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty, Chris Cornell explains how the camaraderie and competition between Pearl Jam and his band, Soundgarden, in the 90s led to Temple of the Dog. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Pearl Jam "Do The Evolution"

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    10/21/11

    Check out Pearl Jam performing "Do the Evolution" from the Monkeywrench Radio Sessions in Seattle, 1998, shortly after the completion of their Yield album. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Guitarist Mike McCready

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    10/21/11

    Watch archival footage of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready solo "Nothing As It Seems" on stage as Eddie Vedder sing his praises in the narration in this clip from Pearl Jam Twenty. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
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