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2019

2 Jan. 2019
James Watson: Decoding Watson
Thrust into the limelight for discovering the secret of life at age 25 with Francis Crick, influential Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has thrived on making headlines ever since. His discovery of DNA's structure, the double helix, revolutionized human understanding of how life works. He was a relentless and sometimes ruthless visionary who led the Human Genome project and turned Harvard University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory into powerhouses of molecular biology. With unprecedented access to Watson, his wife Elizabeth and sons Rufus and Duncan over ...
 
19 Feb. 2019
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory.
 
12 Apr. 2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
Discover the man behind the award. A journalist who became a media mogul with an outspoken, cantankerous editorial voice and two best-selling newspapers, Joseph Pulitzer championed what he regarded as the sacred role of the free press in a democracy.
 
19 Apr. 2019
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
Discover the life and work of Garry Winogrand, the epic storyteller in pictures who harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s-70s. His "snapshot aesthetic" is now the universal language of contemporary image making.
 
14 Jun. 2019
Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
Playwright, librettist, scriptwriter and outspoken LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally has long believed in the power of the arts to transform society and make a difference. The film lifts the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant Emmy- and four-time Tony Award-winning writer.
 
21 Jun. 2019
Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices
Narrated by David Hyde Pierce, "American Masters: Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices" traces the journey of one of America's greatest choral music conductors. Renowned for his interpretations of classical music's choral masterpieces, Robert Shaw (April 30, 1916 - January 25, 1999) had no formal training yet inspired generations of musicians with the power of music. Known as the "dean of American choral singing," Shaw's career spanned six decades. He sold millions of recordings and received 16 Grammy Awards, a George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music ...
 

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