Biography

Airs: February 07 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSAlice Walker, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature (for The Color Purple), is profiled in tonight’s edition of American Masters on certain PBS stations at 9:00, check local listings.  The film charts Walker’s journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Georgia, to the present.  Living through the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America, Walker overcame adversity to achieve international recognition as one of the most influential — and controversial — writers of the 20th century.

 

Airs: May 16 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSTonight’s episode of American Masters is :  Plimpton!  Starring George Plimpton as Himself, a look at the life of the famed journalist who, among other things, co-founded and worked as the editor of influential literary magazine The Paris Review for 50 years,  wrote for Sports Illustrated; hung out with U.S. Presidents and was part of the Kennedys’ inner circle; played quarterback for the Detroit Lions; got Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium; photographed Playboy models; played goalie for the Boston Bruins; performed with the New York Philharmonic; boxed against light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore; acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon; and authored more than 15 books.  Certain PBS stations have it at 9:00, check local listings.

 

American Masters
Airs: February 20 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSTonight’s episode of American Masters is a profile of the African-American playwright with August Wilson:  The Ground on which I Stand, on PBS at 9:00.

 

American Masters
Airs: April 16 at 10:30 PT/10:30 ET
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PBSThe violin master is profiled in Jascha Heifetz:  God’s Fiddler, part of American Masters on PBS at 10:30.

 

American Masters
Airs: September 04 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSTonight’s edition of American Masters is Althea, about Althea Gibson, the first black person to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe, on PBS at 9:00 (but check local listings).

 

American Masters
Airs: September 18 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSTonight’s edition of American Masters is Pedro E. Guerrero:  A Photographer’s Journey, a look a the life and work of the Mexican-American photographer, at 9:00 (check local listings).

 

American Masters – Carole King: Natural Woman
Airs: February 19 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSTonight’s edition of American Masters looks at singer/songwriter Carole King, on PBS at 9:00, check local listings.  Below, an excerpt from the show about the making of her Tapestry album.

 

Airs: August 31 (check local listings)
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PBSWoody Allen is profiled on American Masters on certain PBS stations tonight.  Check local listings.