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How It Feels To Be Free documentary

The inspiring story of how six iconic African American female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier – challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.
Preview Season 35 Episode 1 Length 00:30 Premiere: 01/18/21

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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 1:39:49 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 documentary

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Lena Waithe on why Cicely Tyson's hair was revolutionary

Clip Length 01:58 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Halle Berry on how seeing Diahann Caroll on TV changed her

Clip Length 01:57 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Alicia Keys doesn’t mind being compared to Lena Horne

Clip Length 02:01 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Diahann Carroll talks race and makeup while filming "Julia"

Clip Length 01:50 Premiere Date 01/18/21

The role of women entertainers in the civil rights movement

Clip Length 01:08 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Lena Waithe on mixed feelings towards Blaxploitation

Clip Length 01:59 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Why Cicely Tyson was selective about her acting roles

Clip Length 00:43 Premiere Date 01/18/21

Remembering Paula Wayne

Clip Length 03:09 Premiere Date 11/12/18

Artists Flight Series Promo

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 08/31/18

Remembering Neil Simon

Clip Length 01:04 Premiere Date 08/28/18

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Clip Length 00:24 Premiere Date 06/08/18

Against All Odds: Meet the Woman Behind American Masters

Clip Length 05:29 Premiere Date 03/09/18

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Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands - S33 E11

The film explores the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for civil rights.

  • Saturday March 2, 2024 8:00 pm ET on KETWORLD
  • Saturday March 2, 2024 7:00 pm CT on KETWORLD
  • Sunday March 3, 2024 12:00 am ET on KETWORLD
  • Saturday March 2, 2024 11:00 pm CT on KETWORLD

Becoming Helen Keller - S32 E12

Premiered On: 10/19/2021

Revisit Helen Keller's career and explore how she used her celebrity to advocate for human rights and social justice for women, the poor and people with disabilities.

  • Wednesday March 6, 2024 8:30 pm ET on KETWORLD
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How It Feels to Be Free - S33 E7

Premiered On: 01/18/2021

Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of iconic African American entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, and Pam Grier.

  • Saturday March 9, 2024 8:00 pm ET on KETWORLD
  • Saturday March 9, 2024 7:00 pm CT on KETWORLD
  • Sunday March 10, 2024 12:00 am ET on KETWORLD
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Mae West: Dirty Blonde - S30 E8

Premiered On: 06/16/2020

Explore the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer, and subversive star Mae West, who broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s.

  • Monday March 11, 2024 9:00 pm ET on KET2
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Roberta Flack - S35 E5

Follow the piano prodigy and one-time schoolteacher, from her start in a Washington, D.C. piano lounge through her skyrocketing into superstardom and becoming one of the most influential singers in American music history.

  • Friday March 22, 2024 9:00 pm ET on KET
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Moynihan - S36 E5

Explore the life of long-serving Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), considered to have one of the broadest public careers in U.S. political history.

  • Friday March 29, 2024 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Friday March 29, 2024 8:00 pm CT on KET
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  • Sunday March 31, 2024 1:00 am CT on KET

Groucho & Cavett - S35 E4

Discover the enduring friendship between television personality Dick Cavett and comedian Groucho Marx.

  • Monday April 1, 2024 9:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Monday April 1, 2024 8:00 pm CT on KET2
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Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands - S33 E11

  • Tuesday February 20, 2024 3:00 pm ET on KETWORLD
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Ailey - S31 E11

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Roberta Flack - S35 E5

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How It Feels to Be Free - S33 E7

  • Monday February 12, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KET
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James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket - S3 E9

  • Saturday February 10, 2024 8:00 am ET on KETWORLD
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Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes - S36 E3

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Miles Davis - S31 E9

  • Monday February 5, 2024 3:00 pm ET on KETWORLD
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Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and Roll - S34 E8

  • Monday February 5, 2024 10:00 am ET on KETWORLD
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N. Scott Momaday - S33 E3

  • Saturday February 3, 2024 12:00 pm ET on KETWORLD
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Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away - S32 E11

  • Monday February 26, 2024 10:00 am ET on KETWORLD
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Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story - S34 E2

  • Monday January 29, 2024 2:00 pm ET on KETWORLD
  • Monday January 29, 2024 1:00 pm CT on KETWORLD
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