American Masters Episodes

1986, TV Show

Episode Detail: Walter Cronkite: Witness to History - American Masters

A wealth of archival footage accents this genial profile of former “CBS Evening News” anchorman Walter Cronkite, which also serves as a look at TV news history. The episode highlights Cronkite's coverage of the U.S. space program; his visits to Vietnam and 1968 commentary critical of the war; and the 1968 Democratic National Convention; Insights are provided by Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, Don Hewitt, Robert MacNeil, Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl and Mike Wallace.

Episodes: American Masters (221)

11/29/2014: Bing Crosby Rediscovered    Season 28, Episode 9
9/23/2014: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work    Season 28, Episode 8
9/23/2014: The Boomer List    Season 28, Episode 7
8/29/2014: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning    Season 28, Episode 6
6/20/2014: Tanaquil LeClercq: Afternoon of a Faun    Season 28, Episode 5
5/16/2014: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself    Season 28, Episode 4
4/22/2014: A Fierce Green Fire    Season 28, Episode 3
2/7/2014: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth    Season 28, Episode 2
1/21/2014: Salinger    Season 28, Episode 1
12/27/2013: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love    Season 27, Episode 6
11/5/2013: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'    Season 27, Episode 5
9/10/2013: Billie Jean King    Season 27, Episode 4
5/20/2013: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise    Season 27, Episode 3
3/29/2013: Philip Roth: Unmasked    Season 27, Episode 2
2/22/2013: Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll    Season 27, Episode 1
12/28/2012: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance    Season 26, Episode 8
11/20/2012: Inventing David Geffen: American Masters    Season 26, Episode 7
9/24/2012: The Day Carl Sandburg Died    Season 26, Episode 6
5/14/2012: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night    Season 26, Episode 5
4/2/2012: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel    Season 26, Episode 4
4/2/2012: Harper Lee: Hey, Boo    Season 26, Episode 3
2/27/2012: Cab Calloway: Sketches    Season 26, Episode 2
1/23/2012: Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune    Season 26, Episode 1
12/19/2011: Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter    Season 25, Episode 8
11/21/2011: Woody Allen: A Documentary    Season 25, Episode 7
11/20/2011: Woody Allen: A Documentary    Season 25, Episode 6
11/11/2011: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man    Season 25, Episode 5
10/21/2011: Pearl Jam Twenty    Season 25, Episode 4
6/1/2011: James Levine: America's Maestro    Season 25, Episode 3
4/18/2011: John Muir in the New World    Season 25, Episode 2
3/2/2011: Troubadours: Carole King, James Taylor and the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter    Season 25, Episode 1
1/12/2011: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides    Season 24, Episode 8
12/27/2010: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould    Season 24, Episode 7
11/22/2010: LENNONYC    Season 24, Episode 6
10/4/2010: A Letter to Elia    Season 24, Episode 5
9/20/2010: Cachao: Uno Mas    Season 24, Episode 4
7/21/2010: Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself    Season 24, Episode 3
5/12/2010: The Doors: When You're Strange    Season 24, Episode 2
3/31/2010: I.M. Pei: Building China Modern    Season 24, Episode 1
1/11/2010: Sam Cooke: Crossing Over    Season 23, Episode 9
12/28/2009: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women    Season 23, Episode 8
10/14/2009: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound    Season 23, Episode 7
9/2/2009: Trumbo    Season 23, Episode 6
7/1/2009: Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes    Season 23, Episode 5
6/10/2009: Neil Young: Don't Be Denied    Season 23, Episode 4
5/27/2009: Hollywood Chinese    Season 23, Episode 3
4/8/2009: Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts    Season 23, Episode 2
2/18/2009: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About    Season 23, Episode 1
9/25/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: The Big Tent (1980-Present)    Season 22, Episode 9
9/25/2008: The Brothers Warner    Season 22, Episode 8
9/24/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Woodstock Notions (1970-89)    Season 22, Episode 7
9/24/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A New Reality (1950-70)    Season 22, Episode 6
9/24/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A New Reality (1950-70); Woodstock Notions (1970-89)
9/23/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-50)    Season 22, Episode 5
9/23/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story; You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1923-35)    Season 22, Episode 4
9/23/2008: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story; You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1923-35); Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-50)
5/7/2008: Marvin Gaye: What's Going On    Season 22, Episode 3
4/9/2008: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun    Season 22, Episode 2
2/27/2008: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song    Season 22, Episode 1
11/5/2007: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character    Season 21, Episode 8
10/29/2007: Good Ol' Charles Schulz    Season 21, Episode 7
9/19/2007: Orozco: Man of Fire    Season 21, Episode 6
9/12/2007: Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends    Season 21, Episode 5
7/25/2007: John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature    Season 21, Episode 4
7/18/2007: David Hockney: The Colors of Music    Season 21, Episode 3
7/11/2007: Les Paul: Chasing Sound    Season 21, Episode 2
5/2/2007: Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built    Season 21, Episode 1
1/3/2007: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens    Season 20, Episode 9
9/27/2006: Sketches of Frank Gehry    Season 20, Episode 8
9/21/2006: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film    Season 20, Episode 7
9/20/2006: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film    Season 20, Episode 6
8/2/2006: Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter
7/26/2006: Walter Cronkite: Witness to History    Season 20, Episode 5
7/19/2006: Marilyn Monroe: Still Life    Season 20, Episode 4
7/12/2006: Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home    Season 20, Episode 3
5/17/2006: The World of Nat King Cole    Season 20, Episode 2
5/10/2006: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend    Season 20, Episode 1
9/27/2005: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan    Season 19, Episode 10
9/26/2005: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan    Season 19, Episode 9
9/14/2005: Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea    Season 19, Episode 8
9/7/2005: Willa Cather: The Road Is All    Season 19, Episode 7
8/17/2005: Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds    Season 16, Episode 3
7/20/2005: Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned    Season 19, Episode 6
7/13/2005: George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey    Season 19, Episode 5
7/7/2005: Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong
6/29/2005: Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice    Season 19, Episode 4
5/25/2005: Cary Grant: A Class Apart    Season 19, Episode 3
5/11/2005: James Dean: Sense Memories    Season 19, Episode 2
8/18/2004: Julia! America's Favorite Chef    Season 19, Episode 1
6/23/2004: Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues    Season 18, Episode 6
4/28/2004: Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire    Season 18, Episode 5
2/25/2004: Judy Garland: By Myself    Season 18, Episode 4
1/14/2004: Balanchine    Season 18, Episode 3
10/29/2003: James Brown: Soul Survivor    Season 18, Episode 2
9/3/2003: Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin    Season 18, Episode 1
7/30/2003: The Education of Gore Vidal    Season 17, Episode 8
5/28/2003: Robert Capa: In Love and War    Season 17, Episode 7
4/23/2003: Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied    Season 17, Episode 6
4/2/2003: Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind    Season 17, Episode 5
3/19/2003: Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution    Season 17, Episode 4
1/29/2003: Julliard    Season 17, Episode 3
10/30/2002: Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces    Season 17, Episode 2
10/2/2002: Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving    Season 17, Episode 1
3/1/2002: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer    Season 16, Episode 8
2/19/2002: Ralph Ellison: An American Journey    Season 16, Episode 7
12/16/2001: Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance    Season 16, Episode 6
11/28/2001: Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records    Season 16, Episode 5
11/18/2001: Quincy Jones: In the Pocket    Season 16, Episode 4
10/14/2001: F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams    Season 16, Episode 2
10/7/2001: Goldwyn    Season 16, Episode 1
4/23/2001: Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians
4/18/2001: A Conversation with Gregory Peck
4/16/2001: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye
2/14/2001: Bob Marley: Rebel Music
12/1/2000: Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy, an American Masters Special
11/22/2000: George Cukor: On Cukor
10/5/2000: Mailer on Mailer
9/26/2000: Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
4/12/2000: Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso
2/3/2000: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light
1/6/2000: Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
12/10/1999: Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
11/25/1999: Norman Rockwell: Painting America
11/1/1999: Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood
8/19/1999: Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley
5/13/1998: Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes
2/7/1996: James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket
11/29/1995: Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval
1/3/1992: Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul
8/22/1988: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
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Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
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A Duke Named Ellington
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The Unknown Chaplin
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Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
Rivera in America
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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow
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Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow
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Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer
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You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story
Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter
A. Einstein How I See the World
D.W. Griffith: Father of Film
George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic
D. W. Griffith: Father of Film
Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
D. W. Griffith: Father of Film
Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul
Rediscovering Will Rogers
Placido Domingo: A Musical Life
Buckminster Fuller: Thinking out Loud
Danny Kaye: Legacy of Laughter
Lena Horne
William Styron: The Way of the Writer
Nichols and May: Take Two
Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde
Jack Paar: As I Was Saying ...
Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper
Vaudeville
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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow
The Lives of Lillian Hellman
Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy
Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed
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The Unknown Chaplin
A Duke Named Ellington
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Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter
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Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
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Aaron Copland
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
Dashiel Hammett: Mystery Writer
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Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
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Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage
D. W. Griffith: Father of Film
Alexander Calder
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Premiered: 1986, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: 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 Ball, Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish and Leonard Bernstein (among others) won Emmys, and a study of the Algonquin Round Table won a 1987 Academy Award.

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