American Masters Podcast
About This Show
The American Masters Podcast by acclaimed PBS series American Masters is hosted by executive producer Michael Kantor. Each episode features a previously unreleased interview from the series’ 30+ years of award-winning documentary films. Watch videos of these masters at PBS.org/AmericanMasters, and subscribe now!
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S01 Episode 07: Women on Women – Nina Bernstein and June Norton on Ella Fitzgerald
Before jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald became the First Lady of Song and earned 13 Grammy Awards, she spent much of her teenage years as an orphan, finding odd jobs to get by and, at times, living on the street. Filmmaker Charlotte Zwerin interviews journalist Nina Bernstein and Fitzgerald’s longtime friend June Norton, who discuss one of the singer’s most difficult periods. Enduring harsh conditions at an abusive reformatory program in Hudson, New York, Fitzgerald faced prejudiced policies common in the institutional racism of the 1930s child welfare system. She battled through this adversity to achieve a career driven by sheer determination and talent [American Masters – Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (1999)].