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American Masters
Genre: Arts
AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #2306
Lennon NYC
In October 2010, John Lennon would have beed 70-years old. In December 2010, he will have been dead for 30 years. Yet, his art still haunts us. It still matters deeply and it is still deeply relevant. It still speaks to millions of people. This film establishes Lennon as an American artist. It is, essentially, a classic immigrant tale: Lennon and Ono left London in 1971 in search of freedom, both artistic and personal. We hear Lennon's song New York City and follow into their life -- their commitment to peace and political activism, their struggles to remain in America and, of course, the greatest music from that period and the concert footage from Lennon's first two albums, Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. With unprecedented and exclusive cooperation from Yoko Ono, access to never-before-seen material from the Lennon archives and conversations with those closest to him -- Ono, Elton John, the photographer Bob Gruen, Ringo Starr -- AMERICAN MASTERS tells John Lennon's story as it has never been told before -- and as it will never be told again.
1 hour, 55 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #2605
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT's ever. Hit after hit -"The Way We Were," "Nobody Does It Better" and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line, made him the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers and the go-to performer for every president since Reagan. His streak was unprecedented. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch's classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his A-list collaborators, and cooperation from his family combine to tell this rich and engrossing story.
1 hour, 25 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #2404
Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and The Painter
From 1941 to 1978, this husband-and-wife team brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training, she was a painter and sculptor. Together they are considered America's most important and influential designers, whose work helped, literally, shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Ray and Charles Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum -- offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, the Eames have risen to iconic status in American culture. But their influence on significant events and movements in American life -- from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age -- has been less widely understood.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Aug 31st @ 2:30 pm

Episode #2601
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Discover the story of the first quintessentially American dance company. The Joffrey Ballet founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino pioneered a new dance philosophy by daringly combining modern and traditional techniques, art with social statement, and integrating pop and rock music scores. Tracing the struggles and triumphs of the Company from 1956 to the present, the film features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers, the breakthroughs of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, and rare archival performance footage, including excerpts from signature works "Astarte," "Trinity," and "Billboards."
1 hour, 25 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Aug 24th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #2703
Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun
Discover the inspiring story of the ballerina paralyzed by polio at age 27, who was muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and who influenced dance forever. See rare archival footage and interviews with Jacques d'Amboise and Arthur Mitchell.
1 hour, 25 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Episode #2401
Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise
In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore -- a style marked by vulnerable introspection, raw, naked emotion and young singer/songwriters who shared their most intimate thoughts, backed by little more than a lone acoustic guitar or simple piano. Never before in music had the line between the songwriters and the songs seemed so transparent. They descended on the old club the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the emerging center of the American music scene -- and the careers of James Taylor, Carole King, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens and so many others were launched. Carole King, one of the great songwriters of the '60s, started playing piano in James Taylor's band, creating a bond that they still share today. It is through them and their unique voices that we chronicle this group of musicians, who played before, after, and alongside them.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Episode #2303
Merle Haggard: Learning To Live With Myself
This candid documentary about Merle Haggard includes interviews with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams and Allison Krauss. The film reveals how the hardscrabble people with whom Haggard was raised -- his juvenile delinquency and incarcerations -- still inform his creativity and perspective. He hopped his first freight train at the age of 10, became a chronic truant and drinker and was locked up some 17 times as a youngster. Serious criminal charges followed and Haggard was an inmate in the audience in 1959, when Johnny Cash gave his New Year's Day concert in San Quentin -- and, as he's said repeatedly, "my life changed forever. " We have followed Haggard on camera for the past two years -- at home on the ranch and on tour at concerts. A kind of wandering troubadour, who's led his band The Strangers since 1965, Haggard is known as a singer's singer and a guitar player's guitar player -- his voice, his finger picking and his interpretations are like none others. At 72, he recently survived major lung surgery and is now in top physical shape, full of creative juices and hitting new artistic and commercial highs. His expressed concern for keeping his music honest in a changing industry and in a changing world is palpable.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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