The toy behind Michael Tilson Thomas's love of dissonance

Meet Toodles, the toy behind Michael Tilson Thomas's love of dissonant music. The Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer helped set the standard that an American orchestra should champion modern American music. "American Masters—Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is" premieres nationwide Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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Discover insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

American Masters Episodes

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

S34 Ep6 | 1h 23m 37s

Discover the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer.

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Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip

S34 Ep5 | 53m 57s

Meet the columnist who pioneered the fast-paced journalism that dominates today.

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Unladylike2020: Unsung Women Who Changed America

S34 Ep4 | 53m 55s

Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women.

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Mae West: Dirty Blonde

S34 Ep2 | 1h 23m 32s

Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking entertainer Mae West.

American Masters Extras

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Keith Haring's brush with celebrity culture

S34 Ep9 | 1m 17s

As Keith Haring became more famous, he got to know the biggest celebrities of the era.

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Meet Keith Haring's art dealer, famous for defacing Picasso

S34 Ep9 | 2m 55s

Keith Haring's choice for an art dealer was known for defacing a famous Picasso painting.

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Michael Tilson Thomas on what he learned from James Brown

S34 Ep6 | 2m 17s

MTT talks about the James Brown song that caused him to pull the car over as a teenager.

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Walter Winchell and the "trial of the century"

S34 Ep5 | 2m 6s

How Walter Winchell used the "trial of the century" to blend news and entertainment.

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