American Masters

Buddy Guy singing into microphone and playing guitar while sitting on chair
Courtesy / PBS

Tue. Jul. 27 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Dive into the career of the legendary blues guitarist, a pioneer of Chicago’s West Side sound.

Ballerina Boys | American Masters

Jun 1, 2021
Courtesy of Merrywidow Films LLC Photographer credit: Laura Nespola / PBS

Fri. Jun. 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life | American Masters

Mar 29, 2021
Black-and-white photograph of Oliver Sacks, dressed professionally, smiling and writing in journal while on train
Courtesy of Lowell Handler / PBS

Fri. Apr. 9 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Dive into the life of the neurologist and author who helped redefine our understanding of the brain.

Twyla Moves | American Masters

Mar 19, 2021
Twyla Tharp dancing with arms extended in front of her and legs in slight lunge to side
Courtesy of Stick Figure FIlms LLC / PBS

Fri. Mar. 26 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Explore the career of modern dance pioneer Twyla Tharp with first-hand glimpses at her process.

Flannery | American Masters

Mar 19, 2021
Flannery O’Connor sitting in chair by window and smiling
Courtesy of Joe McTyre / PBS

Tue. Mar. 23 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Explore the world of a literary icon whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before.

How It Feels To Be Free | American Masters

Jan 12, 2021
Cicely Tyson smiling and raising arms in air
Courtesy of Dennis Oulds/Hulton Archive via Getty Images / PBS

Mon. Jan. 18 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of six iconic African American entertainers—Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier—who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.

Portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Courtesy of LIW Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO / PBS

Tue. Dec. 29 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Explore the life, times and controversial legacy of the writer of the "Little House" series.

WATCH LIVE: Raúl Juliá - Conversation and Q&A FREE – Thu. Oct. 10, 7pm at WKAR | Join the conversation as WKAR presents a free screening of the American Masters documentary examining the life and career of renowned actor Raúl Juliá. Q & A with filmmaker Ben DeJesus. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Maya Angelou | American Masters

Feb 14, 2018
Dr. Maya Angelou
Courtesy of Getty / PBS

Fri., Feb. 16 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Journey through the prolific life of the ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

Tyrus | American Masters

Sep 6, 2017
Portrait of Tyrus Wong.
Courtesy of Unkown / PBS

Fri., Sept. 8 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Discover the art, life and enduring impact of the Chinese American painter behind “Bambi.”