AMERICAN MASTERS: Decoding Watson
Airs Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV + Friday, Jan. 4 at Noon on KPBS 2
—James Watson, the Man Behind the Double Helix, Confronts His Complex Legacy—
His discovery of DNA’s structure, the double helix, revolutionized human understanding of how life works.
With unprecedented access to Watson, his wife Elizabeth and sons Rufus and Duncan over the course of a year, AMERICAN MASTERS explores Watson’s evolution from socially awkward postdoc to notorious scientific genius to discredited nonagenarian, also interviewing his friends, his colleagues, scientists and historians.
Controversial and unapologetic, Watson still thrives on competition and disruption.
The film uncovers his signature achievements, complexities and contradictions, including his penchant for expressing unfiltered and objectionable points of view.
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A production of ROOM 608 INC. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s AMERICAN MASTERS for WNET. Directed and produced by Mark Mannucci. Hannah Meagher is co-producer. Alex Ricciardi is editor. Scott Sinkler is director of photography. For ROOM 608 INC., Jonathan Halperin is executive producer. For AMERICAN MASTERS, Michael Kantor is executive producer.