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A portrait of Jovita Idár from 'Unladylike2020.' Artwork by Amelie Chabannes

Celebrating the 'Unsung Women Who Changed America' a Century Ago

Daniel Hautzinger

American Masters: Unladylike2020 encompasses a documentary and series of video profiles of 26 little-known women from the turn of the twentieth century who were pioneers in their fields and fought for civil rights.
Rita Moreno in "Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage." Photo: NGL Studios

PBS Announces Local Livestreaming and 2020 Shows

Daniel Hautzinger

PBS has announced a local livestreaming service in partnership with YouTube, as well as some exciting new shows coming in 2020, from WTTW's Prehistoric Road Trip to the five-part Asian Americans and a pair of new documentaries, about Rita Moreno and George W. Bush. 
A Pulitzer Prize medal

Chicago's Pulitzer Prize Winners in Journalism

Daniel Hautzinger

Over the 102 years that the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded, four distinct Chicago newspapers have won, for a total of 47 Prizes. Explore the journalism winners, from someone who received a Prize posthumously to the only person to receive two Pulitzers at a Chicago paper.
Sammy Davis, Jr. on Our People with Jim Tilmon in 1968

From the Archive: Sammy Davis, Jr. on the Civil Rights Movement

Daniel Hautzinger

Watch Sammy Davis, Jr. on the pioneering show "Our People," the first televised weekly forum for black issues, discuss the ongoing empowerment of African Americans in 1968. "Don't let 'em pigeonhole me, man, cuz I will not allow myself as a black individual to be pigeonholed," he says.
Lorraine Hansberry with her typewriter. Photo: David Attie

Lorraine Hansberry and the House That Inspired 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Daniel Hautzinger

The essential play A Raisin in the Sun is based on its playwright Lorraine Hansberry's own experience as a child moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood, a situation that produced a Supreme Court case. Revisit the story here.
Visual development for Bambi, 1942, in watercolor on paper. Image: Courtesy of Tyrus Wong

The People Who Bring Disney Films to Life

Daniel Hautzinger

Even though they're the ones who create what you see and love in Disney films, animators, designers, and art directors aren't household names. Discover the people responsible for Fantasia, Jafar, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and more, and learn about their adventurous lives.
Tyrus Wong in his kite studio. Photo: Ildiko Lazslo

Famous Artists Who Also Happen to Be Living Centenarians

Daniel Hautzinger

The Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, responsible for the artistic look of Bambi and subject of a new American Masters documentary, lived to be 106 years old. What famous artists born more than a century ago are still living – some even working – today?  
Richard Linklater. Photo: Courtesy Detour Films

The Unexpected and Varied Oeuvre of Richard Linklater

Daniel Hautzinger

You might have Richard Linklater pegged as a philosophizing director fixated on subdued, musing moments, but he's made a wide range of films. From School of Rock to Fast Food Nation to Bernie to Boyhood, explore some of his films, including two upcoming ones.
James Beard, Julia Child ,Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters

All of Playlist's Chef's Flight Content

Daniel Hautzinger

American Masters Chef's Flight is over, but you can still stream the documentaries and catch up on our posts with recipes, interviews, features and more about these four icons of American cuisine.
Jacques Pépin and his best friend Jean-Claude Szurdak. Photo: Eugene Cook

Jacques Pépin on American Food Since the '50s

Daniel Hautzinger

"It was another world," Pépin says of the American culinary scene when he first arrived here in 1959. “The cook used to be at the bottom of the social scale. Now we are genius.” 
Alice Waters. Photo: Courtesy Amanda Marsalis

Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution

Daniel Hautzinger

On Friday, May 26 at 10:00 pm, enjoy an American Masters film about Alice Waters, preceded by the premiere of Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft at 9:00 pm. Try some of Waters's fresh, ingredient-focused recipes here.
Jacques Pépin and Julia Child, c. 1980s. Photo: Courtesy Jacques Pépin

From the Archive: Julia Child

Daniel Hautzinger

In a 1978 interview with WTTW's John Callaway, Julia Child discusses food snobs, nutrition freaks, and children in the kitchen. "My point is to make cooking easy for people so that they can enjoy it and do it, rather than making it a kind of art for the 'we happy few,'" she says.
James Beard. Photo: Reed College

Chicago Chefs on the Influence of James Beard

Daniel Hautzinger

The American Masters documentary James Beard: America's First Foodie explores the life of one of the most important figures in America's culinary revolution. A James Beard Award winner and nominee share Beard's influence on them and their favorite Beard recipe.
James Beard, America's First Foodie. Photo: Dan Wynn

James Beard: America's First Foodie

Daniel Hautzinger

Enjoy recipes and witty quotes from James Beard: a pioneer of American cuisine and farm-to-table cooking, an influential teacher and cookbook author, the host of the first nationally televised cooking show, and a jovial, insatiable gourmand.
Patsy Cline. (Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises)

How Well Do You Know Patsy Cline?

Daniel Hautzinger

A new American Masters documentary explores the life and influence of Patsy Cline, one of country's biggest stars despite her brief career. 
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