American Masters has kicked off the second season of its podcast, which features “Revolutionary Writers” talking about their work in new as well as archival interviews.
The 10 biweekly podcast episodes from PBS’s cultural biography showcase will present playwrights, songwriters, poets and authors of the comedy and horror genres. New interviews will be paired with previously unreleased conversations from the series’ 30-year archives to explore each style of writing.
The first episode, released Tuesday, leads with a new interview with Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer Prize winner (Topdog/Underdog) and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. An archival interview with another Pulitzer winner, playwright Arthur Miller, highlights Episode 2. Miller discusses The Crucible’s themes and fear of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s blacklist with actresses Lee Grant and Madeleine Sherwood. That’s available Aug. 29.
Guest hosting this season is Anna Drezen, Saturday Night Live writer, comedian and author (How to Win at Feminism, How May We Hate You?, Reductress). Series Executive Producer Michael Kantor will also conduct some interviews.
The American Masters Podcast is available the show’s website, iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.