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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Explore the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
Season 35 Episode 5 Length 1:49:28 Premiere: 04/09/21

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Explore the life of violinist Itzhak Perlman, a polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. Conversations with musicians, friends, and his wife of 50 years tell the story of this transcendent performer.

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Season 35 Episodes

Becoming Helen Keller (Extended Audio Description Version)

S35 E12 Length 1:36:11 Premiere Date 10/19/21

Becoming Helen Keller

S35 E11 Length 1:22:50 Premiere Date 10/19/21

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

S35 E10 Length 1:28:42 Premiere Date 10/05/21

Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away

S35 E9 Length 1:22:31 Premiere Date 07/27/21

Ballerina Boys

S35 E8 Length 53:26 Premiere Date 06/04/21

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

S35 E7 Length 1:39:47 Premiere Date 05/03/21

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (Audio Descriptive Version)

S35 E6 Length 1:49:28 Premiere Date 04/09/21

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

S35 E5 Length 1:49:28 Premiere Date 04/09/21

Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

S35 E4 Length 1:23:55 Premiere Date 04/02/21

Twyla Moves

S35 E3 Length 1:22:31 Premiere Date 03/26/21

Flannery

S35 E2 Length 1:23:23 Premiere Date 03/23/21

How It Feels To Be Free

S35 E1 Length 1:53:19 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Specials

Jacques Pépin Makes Spaghetti with Basil Pesto

Length 08:09 Premiere Date 08/11/22

Jacques Pépin Makes Lemon Posset for Dessert

Length 04:16 Premiere Date 07/25/22

Jacques Pépin Makes Ice Cream French Toast

Length 03:33 Premiere Date 07/20/22

How Harry Belafonte embraced Black culture in music

Length 16:49 Premiere Date 07/12/22

Baayork Lee on becoming a Broadway star at age 5

Length 12:24 Premiere Date 05/25/22

I. M. Pei on sculpture

Length 07:26 Premiere Date 05/18/22

Gloria Steinem on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe

Length 11:00 Premiere Date 03/24/22

Laura Linney on mastering acting at Juilliard

Length 15:07 Premiere Date 03/17/22

Patti Smith on Lou Reed and rock and roll

Length 15:35 Premiere Date 03/04/22

Herbie Hancock on jazz and Quincy Jones' influence

Length 15:39 Premiere Date 02/25/22

Gloria Naylor on the American dream

Length 15:16 Premiere Date 02/25/22

Jacques Pépin Makes Cold Tomato-Cucumber Soup

Length 05:15 Premiere Date 12/02/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Moules Two Ways

Length 05:22 Premiere Date 12/02/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Kale Soup

Length 05:30 Premiere Date 12/02/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Tomato Toasts

Length 06:41 Premiere Date 12/02/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Clam Fritters

Length 05:40 Premiere Date 12/02/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Quiche Lorraine

Length 12:09 Premiere Date 12/02/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Beef Carpaccio

Length 05:13 Premiere Date 11/19/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Onion Soup Gratinée

Length 06:49 Premiere Date 11/18/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Length 02:31 Premiere Date 11/18/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Shrimp-Stuffed Portobello

Length 07:24 Premiere Date 11/18/21

Jacques Pépin Makes Fresh Corn Purée

Length 04:09 Premiere Date 11/18/21

Lights, Camera, Acción

Length 24:25 Premiere Date 10/05/21

William Dorsey Swann: The first "Queen of Drag"

Length 04:39 Premiere Date 10/01/21

Jean Malin: Queen of the Pansies

Length 05:57 Premiere Date 09/03/21

Flawless Sabrina: Queer Icon and Star of 'The Queen'

Length 06:30 Premiere Date 08/20/21

Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and Queer Activist

Length 05:52 Premiere Date 07/27/21

Renegades Pilot: Kitty O'Neil [Open Captions]

Length 08:55 Premiere Date 07/26/21

Gladys Bentley: Drag King of the Harlem Renaissance

Length 05:57 Premiere Date 06/25/21

Amyra León: Strange Grace

Length 15:18 Premiere Date 10/14/20

Damon Davis: Apologue for the Darkest Gods

Length 11:52 Premiere Date 10/05/20

Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance

Length 08:00 Premiere Date 10/05/20

Anik Khan: Street Level

Length 13:09 Premiere Date 10/05/20

Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon

Length 11:54 Premiere Date 10/05/20

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The New Chief

Length 11:20 Premiere Date 10/05/20

Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near

Length 11:01 Premiere Date 10/05/20

Jacques Pépin makes an easy cream cheese soufflé

Length 03:28 Premiere Date 09/04/20

Jacques Pépin makes easy and delicous crêpes

Length 06:05 Premiere Date 09/04/20

Jacques Pépin makes buttermilk pancakes

Length 03:03 Premiere Date 09/04/20

Jacques Pépin makes cocotte eggs

Length 03:48 Premiere Date 09/04/20

Jacques Pépin makes fried eggs

Length 03:21 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Jacques Pépin makes Eggs Jeannette

Length 06:27 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Jacques Pépin makes a country omelet

Length 06:06 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Jacques Pépin makes a seafood omelet

Length 06:40 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Jacques Pépin makes classic scrambled eggs

Length 04:55 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Jacques Pépin makes rice cakes with eggs

Length 03:22 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Martha Hughes Cannon: The First Woman State Senator

Length 12:23 Premiere Date 07/29/20

The First American Indian Doctor

Length 11:37 Premiere Date 06/17/20

Annie Smith Peck: Record-Breaking Mountaineer

Length 10:40 Premiere Date 06/10/20

The First American-Born Chinese Woman Doctor

Length 10:18 Premiere Date 05/27/20

She was a leader of the American labor movement

Length 10:59 Premiere Date 05/20/20

She was an American Cinema Pioneer

Length 12:12 Premiere Date 04/29/20

The First Woman to Lead Arctic Expeditions

Length 10:00 Premiere Date 04/22/20

Anna May Wong: The first Asian American Movie Star

Length 11:25 Premiere Date 04/08/20

Lillian Gilbreth: Pioneering Inventor

Length 10:20 Premiere Date 03/25/20

Grace Abbott: Social Work Pioneer

Length 09:04 Premiere Date 03/11/20

Aviator Bessie Coleman

Length 09:03 Premiere Date 03/04/20

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