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An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal (more…)

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Season 27, Episode 2 Philip Roth: Unmasked

First Aired: March 29, 2013

A profile of literary lion Philip Roth. Interviewed at his New York City apartment and Connecticut farmhouse, he reflects on his upbringing in Newark, N.J., writing process and psychoanalysis, as well as the inspiration behind his most famous characters, including Alexander Portnoy, and his historical novels. The documentary also features insights from such friends as Mia Farrow; literary critic Claudia Roth Pierpont (New Yorker); and writers Jonathan Franzen, Nicole Krauss and Nathan Englander.

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Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

Season 27, Episode 3

May 20, 2013