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The American Masters Podcast features new interviews with contemporary artists and cultural figures, along with previously unreleased material from the American Masters series’ 30+ years of award-winning documentary films for PBS. Powered by PRX. Subscribe now!

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The American Masters Podcast features new interviews with contemporary artists and cultural figures, along with previously unreleased material from the American Masters series’ 30+ years of award-winning documentary films for PBS. Powered by PRX. Subscribe now!

    44. Writer and director Noah Baumbach

    44. Writer and director Noah Baumbach

    Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Margot at the Wedding,” “The Meyerowitz Stories”) talks about how and why he makes movies. Through equal parts comedy and drama, Baumbach’s films frequently deal with the pains of family life with stunning clarity. His most recent film “Marriage Story,” now nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, explores the complicated fallout of a failing coast-to-coast marriage.

    • 25 min
    43. Playwright Lynn Nottage

    43. Playwright Lynn Nottage

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage talks about the origin of her Broadway play, “Sweat,” and the time she spent developing the story through her conversations with working class residents in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her focus on the struggles of this de-industrialized Rust Belt town predicted a national conversation around identity, race and economy that remains a focal point of political discussions today.

    • 37 min
    42. Actor Ethan Hawke

    42. Actor Ethan Hawke

    Actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke (“Before Sunrise,” “Training Day,” “First Reformed,” “Boyhood”) talks with his close friend and fellow actor Josh Hamilton about formative projects from Hawke’s career, reflecting on his own origin story and musing on how one can prioritize life goals and discover meaning through artistic pursuits. Hawke and Hamilton also discuss Malaparte, the theater company they co-founded in the 1990s to stage their own independent productions.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    41. Actress and filmmaker Lee Grant

    41. Actress and filmmaker Lee Grant

    Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant (“Shampoo,” “In The Heat of the Night,” “Valley of the Dolls”) sits down with American Masters creator Susan Lacy for an in-depth conversation about her upbringing, surviving years on the Hollywood blacklist during the McCarthy era, and her career as an actress and documentary filmmaker. Grant describes how key moments of difficulty in her life emboldened her toward new heights.

    • 42 min
    40. Playwright and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney

    40. Playwright and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney

    Academy Award-winning writer and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney talks about his semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” and the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight” that followed. He discusses the centrality of Florida to his work, and the importance of building a sense of community above all else. McCraney’s recent work includes the TV series “David Makes Man” on the OWN Network, the Broadway play “Choir Boy,” and a run of shows as part of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

    • 45 min
    39. Poet Joy Harjo

    39. Poet Joy Harjo

    In 2019, Joy Harjo became the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States. She joins us from her hometown Tulsa, Oklahoma to talk about the responsibilities that come with this honor and the importance of representing rich Native American storytelling traditions. She talks about the transcendent nature of language, our human origins as storytellers, our innate connection to the Earth, and lessons she learned from one of her inspirations, writer N. Scott Momaday.

    • 33 min

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