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The two most dazzling life performances I have ever seen or will ever see were both by Janis Joplin. This week, the PBS American Masters series is her story. Here she is at the Monterey music festival.

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Singer-songwriter Carole King tells her own story in a new documentary that weaves previously unseen and rare performances and home movies with a new, exclusive interview with King, friends, fellow songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, “Tapestry” producer Lou Adler, […]

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No writer has influenced me more than Louisa May Alcott, and it runs in the family. My mother’s name is Josephine, like Alcott’s most famous (and most autobiographical) character, and she was inspired by Little Women to insist on being […]

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The PBS series “American Masters” pays tribute to 10 great American women in honor of Women’s History Month.  Here is one of my favorites, about Aretha Franklin.

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at just ten of its artists and advocates who shaped America’s culture, changed the course of history, and in particular, took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and […]

Tonight on most PBS stations is the premiere of a new episode of the American Masters series, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” in honor of the acclaimed author’s 70th birthday and Black History Month. Walker is the first African-American woman to […]

American Masters salutes Mel Brooks on May 20 (check your local PBS station listings for details).  I love this photo of Brooks with his 2000 Year Old Man collaborator (and fellow Sid Caesar “Your Show of Shows” writer) Carl Reiner. […]

Tonight on PBS, the “American Masters” series will show “Inventing David Geffen,” the story of the agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist who has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. Notoriously […]