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Fridays, March 11 - 25, 2022 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

PBS NEWSHOUR’s arts and culture series BEYOND THE CANVAS returns for Season 2!

Hosted by Amna Nawaz, the series will continue to highlight the best reporting from NEWSHOUR’s multi-platform initiative CANVAS, including from anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff and chief correspondent for arts, culture and society Jeffrey Brown and more. The five-part series will feature interviews with compelling artists, including “Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio, naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough and singer Rhiannon Giddens


“I’m honored and excited to bring this second season to our audience at a time we’re all still missing the shared experience the arts can provide,” said Nawaz. “I’m particularly proud of this season’s focus on creators of color, including entire episodes devoted to Black artists and artists from Mexico. All the creators we feature – through their songs, their words, even their food – offer powerful reflections of our society right now. They spark joy. They inspire. And they remind us of all the things that tie us to one another.”


Episode 1: “World of Writers” Encore Friday, March 11 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Finding one’s voice as a writer takes dedication, courage, and a willingness to reimagine the world through words on a page. On this episode, we sit down with novelist Margaret Atwood, playwright Danai Gurira, and others to talk about finding meaning as a writer.

BEYOND THE CANVAS | Season 2 | Episode 1

Episode 2: “Visionaries of the Arts” on demand now - What does it take to make it to the top? We speak to visionaries recognized at the highest levels in their fields. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, filmmaker Sir David Attenborough, and others share what it takes to achieve excellence. 

BEYOND THE CANVAS | Season 2 | Episode 2

Episode 3: “Women of Wonder” Encore Friday, March 18 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 - BEYOND THE CANVAS honors five trailblazing women in the arts. The legendary Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, and other creators show us how the road to success wasn’t just one they walked, but one they paved themselves.

BEYOND THE CANVAS | Season 2 | Episode 3

Episode 4: “Making the Moment” Encore Friday, March 25 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 - What does it mean to deliver “a message with the music”? Sit down with Black musicians who bridge story and sound. The musical ensemble Ranky Tanky, singer Rhiannon Giddens and others share their belief in the power of music to honor the past and inspire the future. 

BEYOND THE CANVAS | Season 2 | Episode 4

Episode 5: “Modern Mexico” on demand now - We hear from some of Mexico’s most prominent figures, including “Roma” star and activist Yalitza Aparicio and chef Gabriela Cámara. This episode highlights Mexico’s emergence as a global arts center and shares updates on how some of the country’s creative innovators are surviving amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BEYOND THE CANVAS | Season 2 | Episode 5

Watch On Your Schedule:

The series is available on demand at and; and on the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Smart TVs.


Produced by PBS NEWSHOUR executive producer Sara Just, former executive-in-charge of production James Blue, senior coordinating producer Anne Azzi Davenport, senior content producer Adam Raney, arts editor Joshua Barajas and associate producer Patrick Smith; Second Peninsula executive producers Steve Goldbloom and Melissa Williams, producer Lindsay Blatt, project manager Ana Davila; and Amna Nawaz serves as the host, and was a contributor. Anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, chief correspondent for arts, culture and society Jeffrey Brown, and national correspondents William Brangham and John Yang also contributed to the reporting.