Archive Highlights

Watch curated interviews from The American Masters Digital Archive. The full collection includes over 1,000 hours of never-before-seen, raw interviews: a treasure trove of the movers and shakers of American culture, including Maya Angelou, Patti Smith, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Matthew Broderick, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Dionne Warwick, Lee Grant, Sidney Lumet, Betty White and many others.

Video thumbnail: American Masters How Harry Belafonte embraced Black culture in music

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How Harry Belafonte embraced Black culture in music

Harry Belafonte speaks about Paul Robeson and Black culture in music.

How Harry Belafonte embraced Black culture in music

Video thumbnail: American Masters Tracey Ullman on Mel Brooks' intrinsically American comedy

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Tracey Ullman on Mel Brooks' intrinsically American comedy

Tracey Ullman discusses the joys of working with Mel Brooks.

Tracey Ullman on Mel Brooks' intrinsically American comedy

Video thumbnail: American Masters Baayork Lee on becoming a Broadway star at age 5

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Baayork Lee on becoming a Broadway star at age 5

Baayork Lee discusses starring on Broadway at age 5 and working with Richard Rodgers.

Baayork Lee on becoming a Broadway star at age 5

Video thumbnail: American Masters I. M. Pei on sculpture

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I. M. Pei on sculpture

I. M. Pei shares his thoughts on the relationship between sculpture and scale.

I. M. Pei on sculpture

Video thumbnail: American Masters Gloria Steinem on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe

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Gloria Steinem on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe

Gloria Steinem talks about Marilyn Monroe in relation to the women's movement.

Gloria Steinem on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe

Video thumbnail: American Masters Laura Linney on mastering acting at Juilliard

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Laura Linney on mastering acting at Juilliard

Laura Linney discusses her time at Juilliard and how it helped shape her as an actor.

Laura Linney on mastering acting at Juilliard

Video thumbnail: American Masters Patti Smith on Lou Reed and rock and roll

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Patti Smith on Lou Reed and rock and roll

Patti Smith shares her thoughts on Lou Reed and the 70s rock and roll scene.

Patti Smith on Lou Reed and rock and roll

Video thumbnail: American Masters Dionne Warwick on Lena Horne and her musical influences

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Dionne Warwick on Lena Horne and her musical influences

Dionne Warwick discusses Lena Horne and her other musical influences.

Dionne Warwick on Lena Horne and her musical influences

Video thumbnail: American Masters Herbie Hancock on jazz and Quincy Jones' influence

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Herbie Hancock on jazz and Quincy Jones' influence

Herbie Hancock discusses the producer's career and influence in the music industry.

Herbie Hancock on jazz and Quincy Jones' influence

Video thumbnail: American Masters Gloria Naylor on the American dream

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Gloria Naylor on the American dream

Gloria Naylor speaks about the American dream and Nella Larsen's "Passing."

Gloria Naylor on the American dream

Video thumbnail: American Masters Betty White talks about funny women in comedy history

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Betty White talks about funny women in comedy history

Betty White talks about funny women in comedy history like Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball.

Betty White talks about funny women in comedy history