SEASON THIRTY-ONE

AMERICAN MASTERS

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BY SIDNEY LUMET

EPISODE 1

STORYLINE
In a 2008 interview, director Sidney Lumet talks about his life and career, which included 44 films in 50 years.


MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

EPISODE 2

STORYLINE
The life of author and activist Maya Angelou, with comments from Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton and others.


PATSY CLINE

EPISODE 3

STORYLINE
A profile of influential country singer Patsy Cline (1932-63), featuring archival performances of such songs as "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy"; and remarks from artists who knew her and others influenced by her.


JAMES BEARD: AMERICA’S FIRST FOODIE

EPISODE 4

STORYLINE
Experience a century of food through the life of one man, James Beard (1903-1985). Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard was a Portland, Ore., native who loved and celebrated the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. He spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the vernacular.


JACQUES PÉPIN: THE ART OF CRAFT

EPISODE 5

STORYLINE
Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pépin (b. December 18, 1935), a young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, and a mastery of cooking and teaching so breathtaking he became an early food icon—joining James Beard and Julia Child among the handful of Americans who transformed the way the country views the food world


RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY

EPISODE 6

STORYLINE
A trove of never-before-seen archival footage provides an unconventional look at the fiercely independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and 1990s with Linklater as its poster boy.


TYRUS

EPISODE 7

STORYLINE
The unlikely story of 106-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, and how he overcame poverty and racism in America to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and “Disney Legend” for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi.


EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE

EPISODE 8

STORYLINE
A profile of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49), who's best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem "The Raven." He also created the detective fiction genre with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in 1841; and published more comedies than horror. After Poe's untimely death, a literary rival penned a high-profile, decidedly unflattering obituary that made him sound like one of the narrators of his horror tales. The truth, of course, is far more complex. Here, Poe experts correct the record.


INSPIRING WOMAN WEB SERIES

EPISODE 9

STORYLINE
Six innovators tell their own stories and explain how they’re changing their respective industries: podcast host Tracy Clayton, Chef Angie Mar, JavaScript developer Sara Chipps, web-cam performance artist Molly Soda, entrepreneur Rakia Reynolds, and visual artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.


THIS IS BOB HOPE

EPISODE 10

STORYLINE
A candid look at a remarkable life with unprecedented access to Bob Hope’s personal archives, including writings voiced by Billy Crystal and clips from Hope’s body of work to reveal a gifted and very human individual who recognized the power of fame, embraced its responsibilities and handled celebrity with extraordinary wit and grace.


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Season Thirty-one