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Love, Jamie

19m 45s

Jamie Diaz is a 66-year-old Mexican-American trans woman and self-taught artist who has spent nearly 30 years in a men’s prison in Texas. See how her enduring friendship with Gabriel Joffe, a volunteer who happened upon one of her works, has helped Jamie’s art reach far beyond the prison walls.

Episodes

  • The Incomparable Mr. Buckley: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Incomparable Mr. Buckley

    S38 E3 - 1h 40m

    Discover the intellectual evolution and political legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr. See how the author and commentator, one of the foremost public intellectuals in American history, galvanized the modern conservative movement.

  • Moynihan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Moynihan

    S38 E2 - 1h 43m

    Discover the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Going beyond the “Moynihan Report,” President Joe Biden, Ta-Nehisi Coates and others reflect on his decades-long fight to end national poverty.

  • HOPPER: An American love story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HOPPER: An American love story

    S38 E1 - 53m 3s

    Discover the secrets behind Edward Hopper’s most iconic and enigmatic works. Known for “Nighthawks” and other evocative paintings of American life, Hopper has left a lasting impression on our culture. Meet the man behind the brush, and see how his marriage to fellow artist Josephine Nivison Hopper shaped his art and career.

Extras + Features

  • The Incomparable Mr. Buckley: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Incomparable Mr. Buckley

    S38 E3 - 2m 31s

    Discover the intellectual evolution and political legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr. See how the author and commentator, one of the foremost public intellectuals in American history, galvanized the modern conservative movement.

  • The Incomparable Mr. Buckley (AD + ASL + OC Trailer): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Incomparable Mr. Buckley (AD + ASL + OC Trailer)

    S38 E3 - 2m 47s

    Discover the intellectual evolution and political legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr. See how the author and commentator, one of the foremost public intellectuals in American history, galvanized the modern conservative movement. This version contains audio description, open captions and ASL interpretation.

  • Buckley's Yale criticism fueled the conservative movement: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Buckley's Yale criticism fueled the conservative movement

    S38 E3 - 1m 47s

    William F. Buckley, Jr. was tapped to speak at the Alumni Day Speech at Yale University in 1950. However, Yale administration feared his outspoken criticism of the university and asked Buckley to pare back his speech. Buckley refused and later wrote a book about his experiences at the school.

  • Exclusive Preview: Who was William F. Buckley, Jr.?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Exclusive Preview: Who was William F. Buckley, Jr.?

    S38 E3 - 10m 12s

    Watch the first ten minutes of The Incomparable Mr. Buckley in this sneak preview. Discover how political commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. galvanized the modern conservative movement. The preeminent public intellectual grew up on a sprawling estate in Sharon, Connecticut, where his father's own idea of pedagogy had a lasting impact on his future ideals.

  • When William F. Buckley, Jr. ran for mayor of New York City: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    When William F. Buckley, Jr. ran for mayor of New York City

    S38 E3 - 2m 56s

    In an effort to drive votes away from "liberal Republican" John Lindsay, William F. Buckley, Jr. ran for mayor of New York City under the Conservative Party. The columnist Pete Hamill said of Buckley at the time, "This is the first person we've ever seen in politics with a genuinely original mind."

  • 5 Firing Line moments that are still relevant today: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    5 Firing Line moments that are still relevant today

    S38 E3 - 15m 34s

    William F. Buckley, Jr. hosted Firing Line for 33 years. During his tenure as host, he debated a number of influential public figures on topics ranging from comedy to imperialism. This compliation shows Buckley in conversation with five of his most memorable guests on matters that are still important today.

  • William F. Buckley, Jr.'s early childhood life: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    William F. Buckley, Jr.'s early childhood life

    S38 E3 - 3m 4s

    William F. Buckley, Jr. grew up in Great Elm, a sprawling estate located in Sharon, Connecticut. At the 114 room home, the Buckley family had tutors on a variety of academic subjects and activities including horseback riding and ballroom dancing. His father, William Francis Buckley, was devoted to his own idea of pedagogy, and acted as a "headmaster of this academy."

  • William F. Buckley, Jr.'s relationship with wife Patricia: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    William F. Buckley, Jr.'s relationship with wife Patricia

    S38 E3 - 2m 5s

    William F. Buckley, Jr. and his wife Patricia had a brazen, but loving relationship. The two "annoyed each other intensely and absolutely adored each other." They held grand parties at their home with many distinguished guests.

  • Moynihan

    S38 E2 - 2m 49s

    Discover the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Going beyond the “Moynihan Report,” President Joe Biden, Ta-Nehisi Coates and others reflect on his decades-long fight to end national poverty.

  • Moynihan on working with Nixon across party lines: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Moynihan on working with Nixon across party lines

    S38 E2 - 2m 23s

    Against the advice of his family and friends, Daniel Patrick Moynihan took a job with the Nixon administration as Richard Nixon's domestic advisor. Although Moynihan didn't necessarily agree with all of Nixon's politics, he felt a duty to serve the American public. His impact as domestic advisor was wide-ranging, including creating the Council on Urban Affairs.

  • Explaining the "Moynihan Report": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Explaining the "Moynihan Report"

    S38 E2 - 6m 3s

    In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan released his report on the Black family, titled "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action." Through structural and cultural analysis, the "Moynihan Report," as it was known colloquially, detailed "the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family." The report caused controversy upon its release.

  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan on going "beyond the melting pot": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan on going "beyond the melting pot"

    S38 E2 - 2m 40s

    In 1963, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and sociologist Nathan Glazer published their book, "Beyond the Melting Pot," which transformed how ethnicity was viewed in America, from a homogenized country to one of jostling ethnic groups.

Schedule

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    Keith Haring: Street Art Boy

    Friday
    Jun 14

    1 Hour

    Artist Keith Haring blazes a trail through the art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionizes pop culture.
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    Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and Roll

    Saturday
    Jun 22

    2 Hours

    Celebrating the life and influence of Little Richard as well as his role in rock history with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
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    Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and Roll

    Saturday
    Jun 22

    2 Hours

    Celebrating the life and influence of Little Richard as well as his role in rock history with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
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    Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and Roll

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    2 Hours

    Celebrating the life and influence of Little Richard as well as his role in rock history with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
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    American Masters

    Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and Roll

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    2 Hours

    Celebrating the life and influence of Little Richard as well as his role in rock history with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
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    James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Author James Baldwin, as revealed in his written and spoken words and in interviews with friends and colleagues, including William Styron, Maya Angelou and Bobby Short.
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    James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Author James Baldwin, as revealed in his written and spoken words and in interviews with friends and colleagues, including William Styron, Maya Angelou and Bobby Short.

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