Channel Videos from American Masters PBS

Martha Hughes Cannon: The First Woman State Senator | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
207 views - 07/29/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) completed medical school,...
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Mae's West Power Walk | Mae West: Dirty Blonde | American Masters | PBS
361 views - 07/22/20
Fashion journalist André Leon Talley on how West's walk was unique in modern film making. watch this outtake from "American Masters – Mae...
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She was a Daredevil Performer & Advocate for the Blind | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
723 views - 07/15/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS After answering an ad seeking a "young woman who can swim and...
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Mary Church Terrell: Co-Founder of the NAACP | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
170 views - 07/15/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) became a national leader as...
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The First Woman to Swim Across the English Channel | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
701 views - 07/08/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Gertrude Ederle made history in 1926 as the first woman to swim...
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Two Things That Gave Carl Reiner the Most Pleasure in Life | American Masters | PBS
123 views - 07/02/20
Comic legend Carl Reiner describes the two things that gave him the most pleasure in life. Watch Reiner talk about his best friend Mel...
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Queen Lili‘uokalani - The First and Last Queen of Hawai‘i | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
1,125 views - 07/01/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters | #unladylike2020PBS Queen Lili‘uokalani was the first sovereign queen, and the...
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Sissieretta Jones was a Trailblazing Black Opera Singer | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
37,591 views - 06/24/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Sissieretta Jones was the first Black woman to headline a...
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Unladylike2020: The Changemakers | Official Trailer | American Masters | PBS
821 views - 06/18/20
Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women who shaped American politics. Unladylike2020: The Changemakers is...
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The First American Indian Doctor | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
32,272 views - 06/17/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first American Indian woman...
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Clip | Mae West Made this Insane Film at Age 87 | American Masters | PBS
4,649 views - 06/16/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/maewest | #MaeWestPBS The film "Sextette," which Mae West made at age 87, was actually a "radical...
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Clip | The Mae West Film that Helped Save Paramount Pictures | American Masters | PBS
768 views - 06/16/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/maewest | #MaeWestPBS The Mae West film "She Done Him Wrong" was credited with helping to bring...
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Annie Smith Peck: Record-Breaking Mountaineer | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
26,188 views - 06/10/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Annie Smith Peck was one of the first women in America to...
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Gladys Bentley: Gender-Bending Performer and Musician  | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
185,811 views - 06/03/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Gladys Bentley (1907-1960) joined New York’s Harlem Renaissance...
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am | Official Trailer | American Masters | PBS
681 views - 06/01/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/tonimorrison | #ToniMorrisonPBS An artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller that...
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Mae West: Dirty Blonde | Official Trailer | American Masters | PBS
19,550 views - 05/28/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/maewest | #MaeWestPBS Dive into the life of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star...
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The First American-Born Chinese Woman Doctor | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
7,331 views - 05/27/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020 Margaret Chung overcame great racism and sexism to become the...
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She was a Leader of the American Labor Movement | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
59,457 views - 05/20/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Rose Schneiderman began working in a factory at age 16, and...
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The First Chinese American Woman to Vote in the U.S. | Unladlylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
41,340 views - 05/13/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Tye Leung Schulze resisted domestic servitude and an arranged...
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This astronomer discovered over 300 stars during her career| Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
39,340 views - 05/06/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Williamina Fleming went from doing domestic work to being...
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The First American Woman to Direct a Feature-Length Film | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
134,858 views - 04/29/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Lois Weber was an early film pioneer as the first American...
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Louise Arner Boyd: First Woman to Lead Arctic Expeditions | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
35,480 views - 04/22/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylik2020PBS Louise Arner Boyd was a self-taught polar scientist, photographer...
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Meta Warrick Fuller: Trailblazing African American Artist | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
52,174 views - 04/15/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Meta Warrick Fuller's artwork celebrated African American...
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Anna May Wong: The first Asian American Movie Star  | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
124,144 views - 04/08/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Anna May Wong spent her acting career resisting racism and...
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Ynés Mexía: Mexican-American Botanist and Adventurer | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
35,514 views - 04/01/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Ynés Mexía became one of the most accomplished plant collectors...
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Lillian Gilbreth: Pioneering Inventor | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
13,545 views - 03/25/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS Lillian Moller Gilbreth is the first woman elected to the...
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Entrepreneur Maggie Lena Walker | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
31,847 views - 03/18/20
Maggie Lena Walker was a civil rights activist and successful businesswoman. She gained national prominence when she became the first...
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Social Worker Grace Abbott | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
8,548 views - 03/11/20
Grace Abbott spent her life fighting for the rights of women, children and immigrants. Here is her story. Video shorts featuring unsung...
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Bessie Coleman: First African American Aviator | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
16,367 views - 03/04/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/unladylike2020 | #Unladylike2020PBS The first African American woman aviator was hailed as "the...
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Official Trailer | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
3,164 views - 03/03/20
Subscribe now for more stories of extraordinary women every Wednesday: http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 Illuminating the stories of extraordinary...
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Official Preview | Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool | American Masters | PBS
958 views - 02/20/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters | #Hashtag American Masters presents the broadcast premiere of award-winning...
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Clip | How Miles Davis recorded gems of spontaneity | American Masters | PBS
7,569 views - 02/19/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters | #MilesDavisPBS Miles Davis recorded tune after tune in order to fulfill his...
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Official Trailer | Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool | American Masters | PBS
12,677 views - 02/19/20
Official website: https://to.pbs.org/2R7jHGy | #MilesDavisPBS The definition of “cool” can be summed up by the name Miles Davis. The...
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Clip | Miles Davis Loved Playing this Prince Album on Repeat | American Masters | PBS
1,585 views - 01/24/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters | #MilesDavisPBS Miles Davis' son Erin talks about the Prince album that his father...
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Clip | How Miles Recorded Kind of Blue | Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool | American Masters | PBS
7,818 views - 01/10/20
Official website: http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters | #MilesDavisPBS Miles Davis didn't provide sheet music for his musicians during...
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Robert Redford and N. Scott Momaday on Oral Tradition
2,401 views - 12/05/19
N. Scott Momaday and Robert Redford discuss the evolving nature of oral storytelling. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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How N. Scott Momaday Connected with his Kiowa Ancestry
313 views - 11/27/19
On his horse, N. Scott Momaday used his imagination to connect with his Kiowa ancestors. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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How best-selling author R.O. Kwon finds meaning through writing
309 views - 11/26/19
R.O. Kwon on the American Masters Podcast Listen to the full conversation now! https://to.pbs.org/2WPcRs2 Please SUBSCRIBE if you...
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Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb on Creating Abstract Art
892 views - 11/14/19
When a New York Times art critic reviewed Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb's work, the artists responded with a letter that became a...
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Indigenous Groups at the Forefront of Climate Action
201 views - 11/14/19
N. Scott Momaday discusses the Native American tradition of protecting our planet. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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The First Native American to Win the Pulitzer
1,174 views - 11/04/19
Jeff Bridges, Robert Redford, and others explain the importance of Momaday's writing. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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How Abstract Expressionism Changed American Art
1,337 views - 10/18/19
See how Abstract Expressionism shifted the center of the art world from Paris to New York Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Why Mark Rothko Came to America
1,086 views - 10/16/19
Learn why Rothko's family emigrated from Russia to the United States. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info...
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Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous | Official Preview
426 views - 10/03/19
Discover the art world giant whose color fields changed art history, and now fetch millions. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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American Masters Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage Preview
1,405 views - 09/24/19
Explore the life of a versatile Puerto Rican actor whose performances shook the world. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage | Edward James Olmos on Raúl Juliá
780 views - 09/23/19
Edward James Olmos recalls watching Raúl Juliá perform Shakespeare on tabletops. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5...
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How Raúl Juliá Influenced Esai Morales
1,291 views - 09/16/19
Morales reflects on Raúl Juliá's craft and discipline as an actor. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info &...
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Ben DeJesus Sheds Light on Latino Stories
332 views - 09/10/19
Director Ben DeJesus discusses the importance of Raúl Juliá's story and cultural impact. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Raúl Juliá and Meryl Streep Go Head-to-Head
5,014 views - 09/09/19
Raúl Juliá and Meryl Streep mesmerize in the 1978 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Inside Look | Raúl Juliá
7,105 views - 09/05/19
Get an inside look at Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage from American Masters and VOCES. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Rita Moreno & Edward James Olmos on the discrimination Latinx Actors Faced
926 views - 08/30/19
Despite Raúl Juliá's talents, opportunities for Latino actors were scarce. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5...
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In Memoriam: Toni Morrison
6,904 views - 08/06/19
American Masters mourns the loss of the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Learn About Ursula K. Le Guin's Predecessor to Harry Potter | Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
3,222 views - 07/30/19
Explore the magical world Ursula K. Le Guin created in fantasy novel A Wizard of Earthsea. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Full Speech: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Passionate Defense of Art over Profits
1,983 views - 07/26/19
In 2014, when Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, she...
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Ursula K. Le Guin's Passionate Acceptance Speech | Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin | PBS
445 views - 07/22/19
Watch the acceptance speech that shook the literary world. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Choral Music Conductor Robert Shaw Was Self-Taught | Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices
1,823 views - 06/14/19
Despite a lack of formal training, Shaw inspired generations of musicians. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More...
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Robert Shaw Was an Early Champion of Civil Rights
643 views - 06/05/19
The story behind the Integrated Robert Shaw Chorale. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Rita Moreno on Terrence McNally, plus Steinbeck's advice | American Masters | PBS
405 views - 06/05/19
How Rita Moreno and John Steinbeck are connected to Terrence McNally. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info...
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Edie Falco on Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune | American Masters | PBS
667 views - 05/17/19
Edie Falco opens up about her experience in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Remembering I.M. Pei
908 views - 05/17/19
We mourn the loss of renowned architect I.M. Pei, subject of an American Masters documentary in 2010. In this clip from American...
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Garry Winogrand's Public Relations Project | American Masters | PBS
649 views - 04/09/19
Why "Public Relations" is considered to be at the cusp of postmodernism. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More...
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The Exhibition that Changed Modern Photography | American Masters | PBS
1,054 views - 04/05/19
The 1967 MoMA exhibition that established Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand as influential figures in photography. Please...
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Joseph Pulitzer and the Brooklyn Bridge | American Masters | PBS
799 views - 04/05/19
How Joseph Pulitzer challenged the one-penny pedestrian toll on the Brooklyn Bridge. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Garry Winogrand's Early Career | American Masters | PBS
796 views - 03/29/19
Garry Winogrand got his start as a photojournalist before becoming a fine art photographer. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem on Holly Near | Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives | American Masters
1,544 views - 02/27/19
Holly Near on the inspiration behind "I Am Willing". Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Sammy Davis, Jr.'s Close Call with Death
6,379 views - 02/13/19
The car accident that forced Sammy Davis, Jr. to reevaluate his life. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info...
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Holly Near on the story behind Singing For Our Lives
2,228 views - 02/11/19
Holly Near shares the story behind her anthem for the LGBTQ movement, "Singing For Our Lives." Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Charley Pride: I’m Just Me Trailer
7,241 views - 02/07/19
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated...
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Remembering Paula Wayne
623 views - 01/22/19
Paula Wayne starred alongside Sammy Davis, Jr., in the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Golden Boy” about a black boxer who falls for his...
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Remembering Carol Channing
5,578 views - 01/16/19
American Masters remembers Broadway legend Carol Channing. American Masters Executive Producer Michael Kantor interviewed Channing in...
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Norman Lear on how Sammy Davis, Jr. Broke Barriers on Television
671 views - 01/14/19
Norman Lear discusses Sammy Davis, Jr.’s groundbreaking guest appearance on All in the Family. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Sammy Davis, Jr. on His Greatest Fear
618 views - 01/14/19
Sammy Davis, Jr. reveals why “Mr. Bojangles” hit so close to home. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info &...
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James Watson on X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin
2,727 views - 01/07/19
Rosalind Franklin’s work contributed to Watson and Crick’s discovery of DNA’s structure. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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DNA Discoveries Before Watson and Crick
4,675 views - 12/20/18
Watson and Crick discovered DNA’s structure, but other scientists paved the way for them. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Demystifying DNA Structure
613 views - 12/20/18
Scientists explain how DNA’s double helix structure makes each of us genetically distinct. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Itzhak I Alan Alda and Itzhak Perlman's Friendship
2,342 views - 10/11/18
Itzhak Perlman and Alan Alda on life, food and more. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Itzhak Perlman Plays Theme From Schindler’s List
16,354 views - 10/02/18
Violinist Itzhak Perlman plays "Theme From Schindler’s List"] Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info &...
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Basquiat and Warhol's Portrait
957 views - 09/12/18
How Basquiat amazed Andy Warhol with a portrait. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos below**...
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Andrew Wyeth on Christina's World
16,876 views - 09/04/18
The story behind Andrew Wyeth's iconic "Christina's World." Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Remembering Neil Simon
353 views - 08/29/18
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon reflects on his fantasies and career while shooting a game of pool in Simply Simon: Not Just...
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Basquiat's Childhood Accident
478 views - 08/24/18
On Jean-Michel's first and most vivid childhood memory. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Andrew Wyeth on Visiting the Kuerner Farm
2,529 views - 08/23/18
See the Kuerner farm, a magical place for Andrew Wyeth. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Elizabeth Murray on Using Bold Colors
713 views - 08/22/18
How Elizabeth Murray made abstraction personal in her art. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Elizabeth Murray on Being an Artist and Mother
834 views - 08/16/18
Elizabeth Murray designed a unique life for herself. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Eva Hesse on Painting
4,144 views - 08/16/18
Eva Hesse on painting against every rule. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos below** Eva Hesse...
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Why Eva Hesse Felt Like a Misfit
2,232 views - 08/15/18
Eva Hesse on what makes a true artist. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos below** Eva Hesse on...
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The Science of Hitting
2,833 views - 07/23/18
Ted Williams breaks down the science behind the perfect hit in his book, "The Science of Hitting." Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Never Before Seen Home Run Footage
19,480 views - 07/20/18
Watch never before seen footage of Ted Williams' last home run. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info &...
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Ted Williams in Korea
1,473 views - 07/18/18
Ted Williams' miraculous crash landing during the Korean War Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Ted Williams' Heart of Gold
1,879 views - 07/12/18
Ted Williams was a hero to millions of children suffering from cancer. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More...
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The Mythology of Ted Williams
2,780 views - 06/28/18
Ted Williams was "electric," "a baseball god" and his swing was "a work of art." Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5...
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Joe  DiMaggio and Ted Williams' friendship
3,264 views - 06/21/18
A closer look at Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams' healthy feud. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info &...
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Remembering Anthony Bourdain
987 views - 06/08/18
Anthony Bourdain offered his irreverent approach to life and food in Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft (2017). Please SUBSCRIBE if you...
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How Hedy Lamarr Developed a Secret Communications System
3,726 views - 05/14/18
The breakdown behind Hedy Lamarr's frequency hopping technology Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 Learn what...
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Actress Gillian Jacobs on Hedy Lamarr
2,005 views - 05/09/18
Gillian Jacobs on how she first learned about Hedy and the importance of women in STEM. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed!...
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Journalist Unearths Audio Taped Hedy Interviews
3,099 views - 05/01/18
Journalist Fleming Meeks unearths never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy Lamarr. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5...
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It's Hedley!
8,491 views - 04/26/18
Mel Brooks explains how he came up with "Hedley" Lamarr. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More info & videos...
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Interview with Director Alexandra Dean
1,215 views - 04/17/18
Director Alexandra Dean shares all the articles, photos and letters stashed away in her home that piece together the true story of Hedy...
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Hedy Lamarr and Howard Hughes' Relationship
9,089 views - 04/17/18
Hedy Lamarr and Howard Hughes' relationship was built on a love of invention. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5...
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Against All Odds: Meet the Woman Behind American Masters Susan Lacy
199 views - 03/12/18
How Susan Lacy got the world to see the untold stories of amazing artists. Please SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1JmUCu5 **More...
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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Visual Artist: “Stop Telling Women to Smile”
4,731 views - 01/17/18
Visual artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh created “Stop Telling Women to Smile,” an international street art series that tackles gender-based...
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