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  • Poor Kids
    Episode 11.20.12
    11/20/12
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    These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. Home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation's breadbasket, it's also an area deeply scarred by the recession. FRONTLINE follows three young girls growing up amidst their families' struggles against financial ruin. This an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it's rarely seen, through the eyes of children. With one in five American children living below the poverty line, "Poor Kids" is an unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children -- and to the country's future.moreless
  • The Suicide Plan
    Episode 11.13.12
    11/13/12
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    WARNING: This program contains graphic footage - Viewer Discretion is advised. You have an incurable illness, you want to die and you want help dying — what can you do? The terminally ill who live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who are suffering turn in secret to friends, family and even activist organizations. FRONTLINE explores this shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred, taking viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time — told by the people choosing to die, and by their “assisters,” individuals and right-to-die organizations at risk of prosecution for their actions.moreless
  • Big Sky, Big Money
    Episode 10.30.12
    10/30/12
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    In a special investigation in collaboration with Marketplace, FRONTLINE travels to the remote epicenter of the campaign finance debate for a tale of money, politics, and intrigue. How has the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America? Ask Montana, which has tried to challenge the ruling in court, is investigating alleged campaign abuses, and is playing host to a bitter race that could decide control of the U.S. Senate. FRONTLINE correspondent and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal reports. Also this hour: PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan reporting for FRONTLINE goes deep inside the Romney and Obama campaigns to uncover how data collected from millions of Americans is being used by both camps to target their messages, get out the vote, and shape the election.moreless
  • Climate of Doubt
    Episode 10.24.12
    10/23/12
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    Four years ago, climate change was a hot issue and politicians from both sides seemed poised to act. Today public opinion on the climate issue has cooled considerably. Politicians either ignore it or proclaim their skepticism. What'?s behind this massive reversal? FRONTLINE goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate.moreless
  • The Digital Campaign
    The Digital Campaign
    Episode 10.23.12
    10/22/12
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    "PBS Newshour" correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, reporting for FRONTLINE, goes deep inside the Romney and Obama campaigns to uncover how data collected from millions of Americans is being used by both camps to target their messages, get out the vote and shape the election.
  • 10/9/12
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    From PBS and Frontline: The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. In this special investigation, FRONTLINE and prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their forthcoming book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth (Crown Archetype, October 2013). What did the NFL know and when did it know it? What's the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death, and other devastating consequences for some of football's all-time greats.moreless
  • The Choice 2012
    Episode 10.10.12
    10/9/12
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    A journey into the places, people, and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates '? and our choice this November.
  • La Alternativa 2012
    La Alternativa 2012
    Episode 10.09.12
    10/9/12
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    Un viaje a los lugares, personas y momentos decisivos en la formación de los dos hombres que compiten por la presidencia. Cientos de horas de investigación y decenas de entrevistas revelan nuevos ideas y detalles sobre los dos candidatos '? y nuestra decisión este noviembre.
  • Dropout Nation
    Episode 09.26.12
    9/25/12
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    Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas - an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. FRONTLINE takes you inside a former "dropout factory" in Houston, Texas, for an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily struggle to get them to graduation.moreless
  • The Regime Responds
    The Regime Responds
    Episode 09.19.12
    9/18/12
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    "FRONTLINE examines how Syrian president Assad is holding on to power.
  • The Battle for Syria
    Episode 09.18.12
    9/18/12
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    "As fighting rages in the streets of Syria\'s largest city, FRONTLINE producer Jamie Doran and correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad journey to the heart of the insurgency, inside the rebel groups that are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Within "liberated zones" near the city of Aleppo, the rebels not only fight the Syrian Army, but struggle against each other in a bitter rivalry between secular and Islamist fighters. "The Battle for Syria" is an unprecedented portrait of Syria\'s rebel leaders, the toll of the war on civilians, and the outlines of a potential struggle for power in post-Assad Syria. Also this hour: a look inside the House of Assad.moreless
  • Alaska Gold
    Episode 07.25.12
    7/24/12
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    Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild sockeye salmon fishery, and to mineral deposits estimated to be worth nearly $500 billion. FRONTLINE probes the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies pushing to extract the minerals and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.moreless
  • 7/17/12
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    July 17, 2012 magazine: Fast Times at West Philly High and Middle School Moment
  • 7/10/12
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    Every 10 minutes, someone in the U.S. contracts HIV. Half are black. A FRONTLINE special presentation, "ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America" is a groundbreaking two-hour exploration of one of the country's most urgent, preventable health crises. People on the front lines tell moving stories of the battle to contain the spread of the virus, and the opportunity to finally turn the tide of the epidemic.moreless
  • Dollars and Dentists
    Episode 06.26.12
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    Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can't afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Others kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid, or major surgery for preventable tooth infections. For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire - and bankrupting. While millions of Americans use emergency rooms for dental care, at a cost of more than half a billion dollars, corporate dental chains are filling the gaps in care, in some cases allegedly overcharging patients or loading them with high priced credit card debt. Correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates the flaws in our dental system and nascent proposals to fix them.moreless
  • Al Qaeda in Yemen
    Episode 05.30.12
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    In "Al Qaeda in Yemen," award-winning reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travels deep into Yemen's radical heartland to investigate how Al Qaeda and affiliated militants have seized control of parts of southern Yemen '? and are winning some popular support.
  • Al Qaeda in Yemen and The Interrogator
    May 29 Magazine: Al Qaeda in Yemen and a rebroadcast of The Interrogator
  • Al Qaeda in Yemen
    Episode 05.29.12
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    Since the death of Osama bin Laden, Yemen has become the hottest front in the war against Al Qaeda. Now, with headlines about a terrorist plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner, award-winning reporter and FRONTLINE correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travels into the heart of Yemen's radical heartland. His first hand report shows how members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken advantage of turmoil in the country to impose their rule on areas of south Yemen. As the US expands its drone war to prevent terrorists from establishing a new safe haven, FRONTLINE shows how AQAP is taking control of towns and cities in an attempt to establish its own state. Also in this hour, the story of Al Qaeda operative Fahd al Quso -- killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen early this month - as told by former FBI agent Ali Soufan who first interrogated him before 9/11.moreless
  • Cell Tower Deaths
    Episode 05.23.12
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    To satisfy the ever-increasing demand for cell phone service, tower climbers install and service cell antennas, a job that requires them to ascend hundreds of feet. Across the country, some of these workers have fallen to their deaths from cell phone towers. FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate this hidden and deadly cost of the smartphone revolution.moreless
  • Six Billion Dollar Bet
    Six Billion Dollar Bet
    Episode 05.23.12
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    The story of Jon Corzine, the former head of Goldman Sachs and political power broker, who took over MF Global in the spring of 2010 with oversize ambition and a passion for risk. But after a massive bet on European debt turned sour, the firm lay in ruins, with more than a billion dollars of customer funds missing.moreless
  • FRONTLINE probes a Wall Street culture that remains focused on risky trades. Bankers left an ugly trail of deals extending from small U.S. cities to big European capitals. For more than three years, regulators have tried to fix an industry steeped in conflicts of interest, excessive risk taking, and incentives to cheat. New regulations are being written, but can they fend off the next crisis?moreless
  • Money, Power and Wall Street: Part Three
    FRONTLINE goes inside the Obama White House, telling the story of how a newly elected president with a mandate for change inherited a financial crisis that would challenge his administration and define his first term. From almost the very beginning, there was a division inside the economic team over how tough the White House should be on the banks that were at the heart of the crisis.moreless
  • The FRONTLINE Interview: Robert Wolf
    Chairman of UBS's Group Americas division, Wolf was an informal adviser to then-Sen. Obama during his presidential campaign. During the financial meltdown, Wolf was often Obama's "inside source" on Wall Street's closed-door meetings during the crisis. Wolf is a member of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and formerly served on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.moreless
  • The FRONTLINE Interview: Austan Goolsbee
    A longtime economic adviser to Barack Obama, Goolsbee focused on developing economic arguments for tougher regulation of the financial industry.
  • The FRONTLINE Interview: Terri Duhon
    Terri Duhon joined JPMorgan as a derivatives trader in 1994, after graduating from MIT. Four years later she was tapped to develop JPMorgan's credit derivatives business. She is managing partner of B&B Structured Finance.
  • The FRONTLINE Interview: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
    Vice chair of the House Republican Conference, Rodgers (R-Wash.) is very critical of President Obama's handling of the crisis. She says the president did not take a very cooperative approach with Republicans in developing a policy response to the crisis, and says his attitude on the stimulus bill was "take it or leave it."moreless
  • Beginning with the government bailout of the collapsing investment bank Bear Stearns in the spring of 2008, FRONTLINE examines how the country's leaders -- Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner -- struggled to respond to a financial crisis that caught them by surprise.moreless
  • The FRONTLINE Interview: Richard Kovacevich
    The former chair and CEO of Wells Fargo, Kovacevich was a strong opponent of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), under which his bank was forced to accept a $25 billion capital injection from the federal government.
  • The FRONTLINE Interview: Cathy O'Neil
    Cathy O'Neil taught mathematics at Barnard College before working as a "quant" (using statistical methods to predict patterns in the market) for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw. Disillusioned, she joined Occupy Wall Street and Occupy the SEC, where she hopes to devise an alternative banking system.
  • As Wall Street innovated, its revenues skyrocketed, and financial institutions of all stripes tied their fortunes to one another. FRONTLINE probes deeply into the story of the big banks -- how they developed, how they profited, and how the model that produced unfathomable wealth planted the seeds of financial destruction.
  • The Real CSI
    Episode 04.18.12
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    Evidence collected at crime scenes -- everything from fingerprints to bite marks -- is routinely called upon in the courtroom to prosecute the most difficult crimes and put the accused behind bars. And though glamorized on commercial television, in the real world it's not so cut-and-dried. FRONTLINE investigates the serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science.moreless
  • Murdoch's Scandal
    Murdoch's Scandal
    Episode 03.27.12
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    For more than a half-century, Rupert Murdoch's business acumen and political shrewdness built one of the world's most powerful media empires. Now his dynasty is under threat -- not from outside competition, but from shocking allegations of journalistic impropriety, obstruction of justice and bribery by employees and executives at Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World.moreless
  • Murdoch's Scandal
    Episode 03.27.12
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    Over half a century Rupert Murdoch's business audacity and political shrewdness built one of the world's most powerful media empires. Now his dynasty is under threat - not from outside competition, but from shocking accounts of bribery, blackmail, and invasion of privacy. The scandal has prompted criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic. It has also cracked open the insular world of the Murdoch family, its news executives, and the political elite who court their favor. Today, the 80-year-old owner of the Wall Street Journal and FOX News Channel is in the fight of his life. In a joint production with the CBC, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch's reputation and his family's fortunes.moreless
  • 2/28/12
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    In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. This is their story, with rare footage from inside the plant and eyewitness testimony from the people on the frontlines.moreless
  • The Interrupters
    Episode 02.14.12
    2/14/12
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    From acclaimed producer-director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and best-selling author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz ("There Are No Children Here"), an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.
  • Nuclear Aftershocks
    Episode 01.17.12
    1/17/12
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    FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O'Brien travels to three continents to explore the revived debate about the safety of nuclear power, the options for alternative energy sources, and questions about whether a disaster like the one at Fukushima could happen in the United States.
  • Opium Brides
    Episode 01.04.12
    1/3/12
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    Jan. 3 2012 magazine: The Secret War and Opium Brides.