List of Frontline (PBS) episodes

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The following is a list of programs from the Public Broadcasting Service's public affairs television documentary series Frontline. All episodes, unless otherwise noted, run 60 minutes in length.

Topics in the journalistic series cover a broad range of subjects, including: Afghanistan/Pakistan, Biographies, Business/Economy/Financial, Criminal Justice, Education, Environment, Family/Children, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Government/Elections/Politics, Health/Science/Technology, Iraq/War on Terror, Media, Race/Multicultural, Religion, Social Issues, and Sports.

Season 1

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
An Unauthorized History of the NFL January 17, 1983 Sports A look at the connections between organized crime, gambling and professional football in the United States.
88 Seconds in Greensboro January 24, 1983 Extremism, violence James Reston, Jr. investigates a police informant's involvement with a group of Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members who killed 5 civil rights demonstrators in a November 1979 incident in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In the Shadow of the Capitol January 31, 1983 Poverty Charlie Cobb explores a rarely seen side of Washington, D.C., where poverty is widespread among the population (75% of which is black).
A Chinese Affair February 7, 1983 Asian politics A look at Taiwan's political struggle in determining their relations with communist mainland China.
God's Banker February 14, 1983 Finance Jeremy Paxman explores the career of banker Roberto Calvi, his relations with the Holy See and secret Italian society, and the mystery of his June 1982 death.
Pentagon, Inc. February 21, 1983 Finance, military An investigation into the power of the Pentagon as a business and economic force in U.S. economy.
Gunfight USA February 28, 1983 Gun control An exploration into the underlying fears that make gun control an emotional issue.
Children of Pride March 7, 1983 Biographies The story of Kojo Odo, a 42-year-old single black man who opened his home to 21 children with physical or mental handicaps.
A Journey To Russia March 21, 1983 US/USSR relations A young, three-person debate team from America travels to the Soviet Union to meet young Russians whose world views contradict their own.
Daisy: Story of a Facelift March 28, 1983 Health A look into the world of plastic surgery focuses on a 55-year-old woman's desire to undergo a facelift.
Space: The Race For High Ground April 11, 1983 Science, military A look at the battle between the U.S. and Soviet Union to turn outer space from a world of exploration to one of strategic defense, including the then-recent introduction by U.S. President Ronald Reagan of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Abortion Clinic April 18, 1983 Health An intimate look at the values and decisions both sides hold in the abortion debate.
Crisis in Zimbabwe April 25, 1983 African politics Charlie Cobb explores how a rift between two of Zimbabwe's leaders threatens to divide the country among tribal lines.
Air Crash May 2, 1983 Air safety How human greed and legal machinations led to the July 1982 crash of Pan Am Flight 759.
Looking For Mao May 9, 1983 Asian politics A look at a new cultural revolution inside China, one that finds political and social relaxations that run counter to Mao Zedong's anti-capitalist dictates.
Israel: Between The River and The Sea May 16, 1983 Biographies The story of Rafik Halabi, the only Arab reporter working in the Hebrew section of Israeli Television, and how his identity and loyalty became a national controversy.
In Our Water May 23, 1983 Health This Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the Kaler family's 6-year battle with local and federal officials over contamination (from a nearby landfill) of their water well in South Brunswick, New Jersey.
Vietnam Memorial May 30, 1983 War memories A look at the October 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the pain and emotions that survivors, parents, and friends of the memorialized still feel about the war.
For the Good of All June 6, 1983 Land development Jessica Savitch looks at the National Park Service's controversial reclamation of land to make way for the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in Ohio.
The Russians Are Here June 13, 1983 US/USSR relations A look at Russian emigrants to the U.S. and their difficulties in adjusting to American society.
Who Decides Disability? June 20, 1983 Health A look at the Reagan administration's effort to remove tens of thousands of people from Social Security disability rolls.
Crossfire In El Salvador June 27, 1983 Central America A look at the deadly civil war in El Salvador, where death, torture, and disappearances are everyday occurrences.
Sanctuary July 4, 1983 Central America A look at the plight of people seeking refuge from US-allied governments in Central America focuses on a Guatemalan family's journey through a new "underground railroad."
Moneylenders July 11, 1983 Finance Anthony Sampson looks at the difficulties developing countries have in repaying loans to Western banks, who fear financial catastrophe as a result.
Klaus Barbie: The American Connection July 18, 1983 War crimes A collaboration with the BBC looks into how U.S. intelligence relied on Klaus Barbie in their anti-Communist efforts, and whether the government was culpable in protecting the former Gestapo officer from being brought to justice for his crimes in World War II.[1]

Season 2

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Crisis at General Hospital January 16, 1984 Health & medicine An examination of how many investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains are aggressively marketing themselves to treat only insured or wealthy patients.
We Are Driven January 23, 1984 Business/economy/financial A look at tough management style of Nissan Motor Company in its operations in both Japan and Smyrna, Tennessee.
The Old Man and the Gun February 6, 1984 Foreign affairs A look at the support Irish Americans have for the IRA and its violent strategy in the catholic-Protestant conflict in Northern Ireland.
Give Me that Big Time Religion February 13, 1984 Religion An investigation into whether money raised by televangelists goes toward "God's work" or towards keeping the preachers on the air.
The Campaign for Page One February 27, 1984 United States presidential election, 1984 An inside look at the presidential candidates and the reporters who cover them.
The Mind of a Murderer
Part 1
Part 2
March 19, 1984
March 26, 1984
Crime A two-part look into the case of Kenneth Bianchi, who committed murders in Los Angeles (as the "Hillside Strangler") and Bellingham, Washington yet sought to avoid trial by claiming mental incompetence.
The Struggle for Birmingham April 2, 1984 United States elections, 1984 A look at the modern-day black political movement in Birmingham, Alabama.
Captive in El Salvador April 16, 1984 Foreign affairs Ofra Bikel looks at the politics and people of El Salvador that the U.S. lends support to.
Chasing the Basketball Dream April 23, 1984 Sports Charlie Cobb looks at the successes and failures of inner-city blacks seeking to make it big by playing basketball.
The Other Side of the Track May 7, 1984 Sports A look at two racetracks on opposite ends of the thoroughbred racing spectrum, the famed Belmont Park in suburban New York area and the struggling Great Barrington Fair in Western Massachusetts.
Return of the Great White Fleet May 14, 1984 Military A profile of Navy Secretary John Lehman and his efforts to build a "600-ship Navy."
Warning from Gangland May 21, 1984 Social issues A look at efforts in Los Angeles to counter its street gang problem, where violent conflicts have claimed the lives of gang members and innocent bystanders alike.
Bread, Butter, and Politics June 4, 1984 Social issues A look at the human and political aspects of hunger in the United States.
Man's Best Friends June 18, 1984 Health & medicine A look at the medical necessities and ethical arguments over the use of animal testing in American laboratories, hospitals, and medical schools.
So You Want to Be President October 9, 1984 United States presidential election, 1984 A look at the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Colorado Senator Gary Hart.
Welcome to America October 16, 1984 Biographies Profiles of 4 people who fled the repression of Communist Poland for a better life in Chicago.
Not One of the Boys October 23, 1984 United States elections, 1984 Judy Woodruff looks at the role of women in politics in 1984.
Living Below the Line October 30, 1984 Business/economy/financial A profile of Farrell Stallings, newly laid off from his place of employment and venturing into the bureaucratic maze of the welfare system.
The Arab and the Israeli November 13, 1984 Foreign affairs Two men (one Palestinian, the other Israeli) journey to America to promote a solution for the hotly debated West Bank territory.
Better Off Dead? November 20, 1984 Health & medicine An intimate look into the issues regarding medical treatment for infants born with severe physical and mental damage.
Cry, Ethiopia, Cry November 27, 1984 Foreign affairs A look at the famine in Ethiopia.
Red Star Over Khyber December 11, 1984 Afghanistan/Pakistan A look at Pakistan's acceptance of Afghani refugees from the war-torn country.
Marshall High Fights Back December 18, 1984 Education A look at Chicago's Marshall Metropolitan High School and its struggles to upgrade its academic standards.

Season 3

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Vietnam Under Communism January 15, 1985 Post-war Vietnam A rare look inside Vietnam 10 years after the fall of Saigon and the tangible and emotional legacies of the war on the country.
Shootout on Imperial Highway: Part 1 January 22, 1985 Gang violence Part 1 of a 2-part report into gang wars in the Watts section of Los Angeles focuses on the efforts of James Hawkins, Sr. and his family to combat youth gangs and their criminal activities.
Shootout on Imperial Highway: Part 2 January 29, 1985 Gang violence Part 2 of a 2-part report focuses on gang members, why they form their groups, and the threat they pose to the general public.
The Lifer and the Lady February 5, 1985 Prisoner reform The story of the relationship between convicted murder Ron Cooney and prison volunteer Lesley Earl.
The Child Savers February 12, 1985 Child abuse A profile of New York's Emergency Children's Service and their efforts to confront child abuse cases.
Down for the Count February 19, 1985 Sports A look at the world of boxing; the fighters, promoters, and fans who love it; and the critics who want to ban it.
Retreat from Beirut February 26, 1985 Foreign affairs One year after the U.S. withdrawal from Lebanon (the result of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings), William Greider examines the withdrawal and its repercussions.
Buying the Bomb March 5, 1985 Foreign affairs The story of a Pakistani businessman who tried to ship electrical devices which can be used as nuclear bomb triggers out of the US to Pakistan.
A Class Divided March 26, 1985 Social issues William Peters follows up on his 1970 TV documentary Eye of the Storm, which chronicled Jane Elliott's dividing her otherwise homogeneous 3rd grade class by their eye color in a lesson on discrimination.
Potomac Fever April 2, 1985 United States Congress Profiles of two freshmen members of the United States House of Representatives
Crisis in Central America Part 1: Yankee Years April 9, 1985 Foreign affairs Part 1 of a 4-part look at the history of US relations in Central America and the Caribbean profiles American preeminence in the region from the Spanish–American War in the 1890s through the mid-1950s.
Crisis in Central America Part 2: Castro's Challenge April 10, 1985 Foreign affairs A profile of the Cuban Revolution and the communist country's troubled relations with the United States.
Crisis in Central America Part 3: Revolution in Nicaragua April 11, 1985 Foreign affairs A look at the U.S. involvement in and struggle for control of the Nicaraguan Revolution
Crisis in Central America Part 4: Battle for El Salvador April 12, 1985 Foreign affairs A look at the evolution of the Salvadoran Civil War and U.S. relations with El Salvador.
Men Who Molest April 16, 1985 Child sexual abuse, criminal reform An examination of a Seattle program aimed at adults who sexually abuse children and the issue of whether they should be punished, treated, or both.
Catholics in America: Is Nothing Sacred? April 23, 1985 Religion A look at the conflict American Catholics have with church doctrine.
The American Way of War April 30, 1985 Military The relationship between the United States Army, its doctrine in modern warfare, and the American government and citizens.
Memory of the Camps May 7, 1985 World War II The premiere of footage from an unfinished 1945 documentary made by British and American filmmakers (Alfred Hitchcock among them) who followed Allied armies into Nazi concentration camps to capture post-liberation images
You Are in the Computer May 14, 1985 Housing, renting Robert Krulwich investigates computerized information systems and their roles in landlords denying rentals to prospective tenants.
What About Mom and Dad? May 21, 1985 Senior care A profile of the decisions and issues adult children face in caring for their aging parents.[2]
Breaking the Bank May 28, 1985 Finance Judy Woodruff investigates the cases of Oklahoma City-based Penn Square Bank and Chicago-based Continental Illinois and their implications on the broader U.S. banking system.

Season 4

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Hostage in Iran January 21, 1986 Iran hostage crisis Five years after their release, those held hostage in Iran by Islamic revolutionaries tell the story of their 444-day ordeal.
Sue the Doctor? January 28, 1986 Health an inside look at the battle between doctors and lawyers over medical malpractice suits.
Growing Up Poor February 4, 1986 Poverty Profiles of children in Chester, Pennsylvania growing up in impoverished conditions.
Russia: Love It or Leave It February 11, 1986 US/USSR relations A group of American tourists escape a government-managed tour of the Soviet Union in an effort to gain insight from everyday Soviets.
Tobacco on Trial February 18, 1986 Health Judy Woodruff looks at a trio of lawsuits filed by lifelong smokers seeking damages from tobacco companies over their declining health.
Divorce Wars February 25, 1986 Family life Profiles of the couples, lawyers, judges, and children caught in divorce proceedings.
Who's Running this War? March 18, 1986 Foreign affairs A probe into the legality of covert aid provided by the U.S. to contra rebels in Nicaragua.
AIDS: A National Inquiry March 25, 1986 Health A 2-hour look into the AIDS crisis begins with the case of a homosexual prostitute who, before he succumbed to the disease, continued to have unprotected sex with several men. In the second hour, Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson moderates a discussion on issues of civil liberties, public safety, education, and medical progress in relation to AIDS.
Standoff in Mexico April 1, 1986 Foreign affairs A look at growing unrest in Mexico caused by election fraud and corruption involving the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party
Inside the Jury Room April 8, 1986 Criminal justice An exclusive look inside a jury room during deliberations in a criminal trial in Wisconsin.
Taxes Behind Closed Doors April 15, 1986 United States Congress, lobbying William Greider offers a behind-the-scenes look at Congressmen and lobbyists involved with the politics of tax reform.
The Disillusionment of David Stockman April 20, 1986 Economics Former OMB Chairman David Stockman offers a candid look at the "free lunch fiscal policy" of the Reagan Administration.
Vision of Star Wars April 22, 1986 National defense Bill Kurtis heads a Frontline/Nova collaboration examining the scientific and political implications of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Hollywood Dreams May 13, 1986 Entertainment A look into the fantasy and reality of the multibillion-dollar movie industry.
The Bloods of 'Nam May 20, 1986 United States Military; discrimination Wallace Terry interviews black veterans of the Vietnam War who fought three battles—against Communist forces, discrimination in the military, and post-war disillusionment at home.
A Matter of the Mind May 27, 1986 Health An examination of mental illness from the point of view of residents in a Saint Paul, Minnesota home dealing with their psychological demons as well as social stigma.
Holy War, Holy Terror June 3, 1986 Foreign affairs John Laurence examines how Iran's war with Iraq is a steeping stone in spreading a radical brand of Islam throughout the world.
Will There Always Be an England? June 10, 1986 Econommics Ofra Bikel looks at the strained social structure in Great Britain, where unemployment is common in northern areas but power and privilege prevail in the south of the country.
Assault on Affirmative Action June 17, 1986 Affirmative action A look into the 20-year conflict over affirmative action policies in the U.S.
Comrades I: The Education of Rita July 1, 1986 Biography A multi-episode series profiling citizens of the Soviet Union that originally aired on Britain's BBC begins with a young graduate beginning her first teaching job.
Comrades II: Hunter and Son July 8, 1986 Biography The story of a hunter and his young son hunting for sable and other valuable fur animals in the Siberian wilderness.
Comrades III: All that Jazz July 15, 1986 Music A look at musical subcultures (jazz and rock) unapproved by Soviet government features the performances of Sergey Kuryokhin.
Comrades IV: The Trial of Tamara Russo July 22, 1986 Criminal justice The Soviet justice system is examined through the trial of a hospital orderly accused of theft and the female judge presiding over the case.
Comrades V: Master of Samarkand July 29, 1986 Religion A look at Muslim life in the USSR focuses on a master craftsman of Uzbek heritage who for 35 years has been restoring the great Islamic mosques in Samarkand.
Comrades VI: Pacific Outpost August 5, 1986 Biography A profile of a workaholic communist official; her husband, who cares for their two daughters; and their lives in the town of Nakhodka, a town on the Soviet Pacific coast.
Comrades VII: Steel Mill Soccer August 12, 1986 Biography; sports The lives of players on a factory soccer team in Azerbaijan as they fight for the town championship.
Comrades VIII: Doctor in Moscow August 19, 1986 Biography A day in the life of a successful, well-to-do Moscow eye surgeon reveals what life is like for privileged Soviet citizens.
Comrades IX: Baltic Chic August 26, 1986 Biography A look at a fashion designer in Tallinn, Estonia examines the influences of Western culture on Soviet society and fashion.
Comrades X: Soldier Boy August 26, 1986 Biography A look at the exertion and boredom of basic Soviet military training focues on an 18-year-old recruit and his parents who worry he may be sent to fight in Afghanistan.
Comrades XI: October Harvest September 2, 1986 Biography A look at the daily lives of a family who live and work on a collective farm in southern Russia.
Comrades XII: Leningrad Movie September 9, 1986 Entertainment A profile of a director in the state-funded film industry who controversially dares to depart from the state-approved script.

Season 5

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
The Real Stuff January 27, 1987 Science A look at the problems and politics plaguing NASA one year after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
The Earthquake Is Coming February 3, 1987 Science A look at the wide-ranging effects that could occur if and when a devastating earthquake strikes California.
Stopping Drugs
Part 1
Part 2
February 10, 1987
February 17, 1987
Health A two-part examination of America's War on Drugs. Part 1 looks at the effectiveness of drug treatment programs and addicts' struggles. Part 2 looks into the effectiveness of anti-drug efforts in schools.
The Nazi Connection February 24, 1987 Science, foreign affairs An examination of Operation Paperclip, in which the US Government brought scientists, engineers, and technicians from Nazi Germany after World War II for government projects, and whether some of their connections to the Nazi government were "sanitized."
Desperately Seeking Baby March 3, 1987 Family life A look into the practice of childless couples turning to private adoption deals brokered by lawyers and counselors, and the ambiguity and heartbreak that can result.
Street Cop March 31, 1987 Law enforcement A look at street cops in one of Boston's busiest and most violent police districts.
The Secret File April 14, 1987 National security The story of Penn Kimball and his efforts to clear his name after the US Government had branded him a national security risk.
War on Nicaragua April 21, 1987 Foreign affairs William Greider looks into how the US Government began and continues its support of Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
The Bombing of West Philly May 5, 1987 Police, racial tensions A look into tensions between Philadelphia's police and the black liberation group MOVE that led to a May 1985 standoff, which ended with police bombing MOVE's compound.
In Search of the Marcos Millions May 26, 1987 Wealth An investigation into where Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos hid millions of dollars after the former Philippine first couple left in exile in 1986.
Israel: The Price of Victory June 2, 1987 Middle East A look into Israel's struggles with image and democracy on the 20th anniversary of the Six-Day War.
Death of a Porn Queen June 9, 1987 Biographies The life and suicide of a young girl involved in the porn industry.
Keeping the Faith June 16, 1987 Religion, civil rights Roger Wilkins looks at the evolution of the black church in a time of a growing black middle class.
The Politics of Greed June 23, 1987 Politics A look at the effects of corruption on a city government's day-to-day operations.
Apartheid Part 1: 1652-1948 December 14, 1987 Racial segregation Part 1 of a 5-part look at the history of Apartheid in South Africa spans the country's early history, from colonial settlements to the rise of the ANC, Afrikaner nationalism, and the early use of apartheid.
Apartheid Part 2: 1948-1963 December 14, 1987 Racial segregation Institutionalized apartheid begins, including racial classification, separate-and-unequal schooling, and the forced removal of blacks; black resistance and Nelson Mandela's prominence increase.
Apartheid Part 3: 1963-1977 December 15, 1987 Racial segregation The South African government's establishment of rural bantustans and the rise of black resistance to homeland policy, culminating in the Soweto uprising.
Apartheid Part 4: 1978-1986 December 15, 1987 Racial segregation P. W. Botha implements reforms to maintain white supremacy in South Africa, moves that provoked negative reactions from Afrikaners and blacks alike.
Apartheid Part 5: 1987 December 16, 1987 Racial segregation A look at an unprecedented meeting in Dakar, Senegal where dissident white Afrikaners and black leaders from the ANC met to discuss strategies for change in South Africa.

Season 6

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Praise the Lord January 26, 1988 Wealth, religion The rise and fall of Jim & Tammy Bakker and why government agencies failed to investigate claims of corruption within their evangelical empire.
Operation Urgent Fury February 2, 1988 Foreign affairs Seymour Hersh investigates the US Military's October 1983 invasion of Grenada.
The Man Who Shot John Lennon February 9, 1988 Biographies A portrait of Mark David Chapman and his motivations for murdering John Lennon in 1980.
Your Flight Is Cancelled February 16, 1988 Transportation A look at the difficulties facing the air traffic system, an environment of delays, cancellations, and near-collisions post-deregulation.
Shakedown in Santa Fe February 23, 1988 Law enforcement A profile of a New Mexico prison that was the site of one of the most violent prisoner uprisings in US history.
Let My Daughter Die March 1, 1988 Health The complex legal and moral issues surrounding the case of Nancy Cruzan, the subject of what would become the Supreme Court's first right to die case.
Back in the USSR March 29, 1988 Culture Twenty years after moving to Moscow on assignment for TIME journalist Jerry Schecter and his family return to renew friendships and explore the USSR under glasnost.
Poison and the Pentagon April 5, 1988 Military, health An investigation into the US Department of Defense's poor record of cleaning up the ground water pollution it has caused.
To a Safer Place April 12, 1988 Family After years of therapy, Shirley Turcotte confronts the mother and other adults who failed to protect her from sexual abuse by her father.
Murder on the Río San Juan April 19, 1988 Terror A look at the motives of possible conspirators in a 1984 bombing that targeted contra leader Edén Pastora.
American Game, Japanese Rules April 26, 1988 Culture Profiles of Americans living and working in Japan and trying to adjust to the country's culture.
Racism 101 May 10, 1988 Social issues An examination into the increase in racial incidents and violence on America's college campuses.
Guns, Drugs, and the CIA May 17, 1988 Foreign affairs A look into the CIA's long history of involvement with drug smugglers in trouble spots around the world.
The Defense of Europe May 24, 1988 Foreign affairs A Frontline/TIME joint examination into the new realities facing NATO following the American-Soviet nuclear arms treaty.
Trouble in Paradise May 31, 1988 Foreign affairs A look at attempts by the US Government to forge a military pact with Palau and how it has affected the Pacific Ocean country.
Who Pays for AIDS? June 7, 1988 Health How caring for patients with AIDS is affecting communities nationwide.
Our Forgotten War June 14, 1988 Foreign affairs A fresh look at the civil war in El Salvador and how it is affecting the US Government's involvement in the conflict.
Indian Country June 21, 1988 Social issues How business and treaty success of the Quinault Indian Nation is countered by issues of poverty and unemployment among its people.
My Husband is Going to Kill Me June 28, 1988 Social issues How the justice system in Colorado failed to protect Pamela Guenther from her violent husband, who murdered her in front of their children in February 1987.

Season 7

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
The Politics of Prosperity October 10, 1988 Economics In the last weeks of the 1988 presidential campaign, correspondent William Greider explores the private but increasingly intense debate about what the next president should do to avoid economic disaster, how and when should he do it, and who will be asked to bear the burden. Frontline focuses on four communities that have not shared in the prosperity of the Reagan years.
The Choice October 24, 1988 Biographies Profiles of presidential candidates George Bush and Michael Dukakis.
The Real Life of Ronald Reagan[3] January 18, 1989 Biographies A profile of Ronald Reagan on the eve of his departure from the US presidency.
The Spy Who Broke the Code January 24, 1989 National security An assessment of the damage to US national security from John Anthony Walker's spying for the Soviet Union.
The Battle for Eastern Airlines January 31, 1989 Transportation Robert Kuttner looks at the management and labor struggles plaguing Eastern Air Lines.
Running with Jesse February 7, 1989 Politics A look at the 1988 presidential run of Jesse Jackson.
Children of the Night February 14, 1989 Social issues The problem of teenage runaways and suicides as seen through the case of Iain Brown, who left home at 13 for the life of a male hustler in San Francisco.
Who Profits from Drugs February 21, 1989 War on drugs How the American economy uses the profits from the illegal drug trade.
Prescriptions for Profit March 28, 1989 Health, business The practice of pharmaceutical manufacturers marketing and influencing doctors to prescribe medications.
The Dallas Drug War April 4, 1989 War on drugs How one Dallas neighborhood is struggling to combat the drugs and violence plaguing its community.
Murder in the Amazon April 11, 1989 Environment The life of Brazilian trade union leader and environmentalist Chico Mendes, and how his December 1988 murder put a focus on the ecological pillage of the Amazon rainforest.
The Shakespeare Mystery April 18, 1989 Biographies A look at whether Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the real William Shakespeare.
Extraordinary People May 2, 1989 Health Judy Woodruff profiles three Canadian children who had malformations caused by their mothers' use of thalidomide during pregnancy.
Yellowstone Under Fire May 9, 1989 Environment How accelerated natural resource development during the Reagan Administration affected Yellowstone National Park.
Israel: The Covert Connection May 16, 1989 Foreign affairs The history of the US government's defense and intelligence alliances with Israel from the 1950s to the present.
Remember My Lai May 23, 1989 Defense A look at the My Lai Massacre from the surviving US soldiers and Vietnamese who were there.
Babies at Risk May 23, 1989 Health How political and bureaucratic neglect fueled the high rate of infant mortality in some Chicago neighborhoods.
Death of a Terrorist June 13, 1989 Biographies The life and death of Irish Republican Army terrorist Mairead Farrell and how the British government deals with political terrorism.
Who's Killing Calvert City? June 20, 1989 Environment A look at the struggles of Calvert City, Kentucky, a town plagued by pollution and toxic waste generated by the chemical plants that drive its economy.

Season 8

  • The show began airing without a host.
Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Tracking the Pan Am Bombers November 28, 1989 Terrorism A look into the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in December 1988, including those suspected to be responsible and whether unheeded warnings and blunders by German police may have contributed to the tragedy.
The Right to Die? December 13, 1989 Social issues An expanded examination into the subject of Season 6's Let My Daughter Die, with Frontline and the Fred Friendly Media & Society series delving into the broad issues surrounding a right to die case argued before the US Supreme Court one week before this broadcast.
The Bombing of Pan Am 103 January 23, 1990 Terrorism The efforts of those who lost loved ones in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing to seek justice and to improve government efforts to counter terrorists and their supporters.
The Noriega Connection January 30, 1990 Foreign affairs The rise and fall of Manuel Noriega and the US' relationship with the Panamanian general they ousted from power in December 1989.
Miss USSR February 6, 1990 Culture A behind-the-scenes look at the Soviet Union's first beauty pageant and the broader struggles facing women in the communist country.
Throwaway People February 13, 1990 Race Roger Wilkins investigates the economic and social roots of the black underclass, focusing on the struggle of young black men in one Washington, DC neighborhood.
The Faces of Arafat February 27, 1990 Biographies A profile of Yasser Arafat and the PLO leader's newfound commitment to reject terrorism and accept Israel's right to exist.
Anatomy of an Oil Spill March 20, 1990 Environment How complacency and negligence by government agencies and oil companies helped lead to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Poland: The Morning After March 27, 1990 Economics A look at Poland's change from communism to capitalism in the months following the once-banned Solidarity trade union's rise to government.
Born in Africa April 3, 1990 Economics Peter Jennings narrates the story of Philly Bongoley Lutaaya and how he inspired his fellow Ugandans to fight the spread of AIDS before his death from the disease.
New Harvest, Old Shame April 17, 1990 Social issues Thirty years after Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame, David Marash looks at the continuing plight of migrant farm workers and explores the forces that keep their lives so desperate.
Hilary in Hiding April 24, 1990 Family/children A look at the case of Elizabeth Morgan, who served a 25-month jail term for civil contempt after refusing to divulge the whereabouts of her daughter, Hilary, who Morgan suspected had been sexually assaulted by Hilary's father.
Other People's Money May 1, 1990 Finance A look at the savings and loan crisis and the role of politics in the failure of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.
Plunder! May 8, 1990 Criminal justice An investigation into how ancient artifacts looted from pre-Columbian tombs in Latin America wound up in auction houses, galleries, museums, and private collections in the United States.
Seven Days in Bensonhurst May 15, 1990 Race Shelby Steele examines the dynamics of racial politics surrounding the 1989 murder of Yusef Hawkins by white youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Inside the Cartel May 22, 1990 War on drugs How the drug cartels in Medellín and Cali have become part of Colombia's political and economic life.
Teacher, Teacher June 12, 1990 Education The hopes and frustrations of public school teachers in one Midwestern town as they face the threat of funding cutbacks, the criticism of parents, and a growing number of troubled children from troubled homes.
The Arming of Iraq: Frontline Special September 11, 1990 Middle East Hodding Carter investigates the complicity of US and European governments and corporations in creating Saddam Hussein's military machine in Iraq.
Decade of Destruction Part 1: Ashes of Forest September 18, 1990 Environment Adrian Cowell's 4-part look at the destruction of the Amazon rainforest begins with the expansion of peasants into the Amazon, their slashing and burning of the forest land, and the natives' retaliatory actions against one settler's family. (2 hours in length)
Decade of Destruction Part 2: Killing for Land September 19, 1990 Environment Lawless battles break out between corporate owners of Amazon farmland (who want the land left idle for speculation) and the migrant peasants who farm the plots.
Decade of Destruction Part 3: Mountains of Gold September 20, 1990 Environment Prospectors illegally swarm over private gold reserves in the Amazon, with the government fighting to protect the untapped reserves.
Decade of Destruction Part 4: Chico Mendes September 21, 1990 Environment The rise of Chico Mendes, his unionization of rubber tappers, and his fight to halt the rainforest's devastation and create protective areas.
Global Dumping Ground: Frontline Special October 2, 1990 Environment Bill Moyers investigates the shipping of toxic waste from the US to third-world countries.

Season 9

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
When Cops Go Bad October 16, 1990 Criminal justice How the corrupting influence of drug money is affecting police forces in California, Florida, and New Jersey.
The Hunt for Howard Marks October 23, 1990 Biographies The story of Welsh drug smuggler Howard Marks and his capture by DEA agents.
Broken Minds October 30, 1990 Health A look the science and societal struggles behind schizophrenia, a disease that affects millions of Americans.
Betting on the Lottery November 6, 1990 Social issues James Reston, Jr. looks at the growing popularity of state lotteries in the US
Springfield Goes to War November 20, 1990 Military Bill Moyers holds a town meeting with residents of Springfield, Massachusetts grappling with the growing buildup of the Gulf War.
High Crimes and Misdemeanors November 27, 1990 Foreign affairs Four years after the story broke, Bill Moyers takes a full-view look at the Iran-contra scandal.
The Struggle for South Africa December 11, 1990 Race/multicultural David Dimbleby examines how fractures between and within Afrikaner and black groups threatens to disrupt negotiations for a new South Africa.
The Spirit of Crazy Horse December 18, 1990 Race/multicultural One century after the Wounded Knee Massacre, Milo Yellow Hair recalls the story of his fellow Sioux people from loss of land to invading whites to the present-day revival of Sioux cultural pride.
To the Brink of War January 15, 1991 Foreign affairs On the day a UN resolution for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait reaches its deadline, Hodding Carter examines US government decisions that brought the nation to the brink of war.
Cuba and Cocaine February 5, 1991 War on drugs A revelation how drug smuggling became a state policy in Cuba.
The Man Who Made the Supergun February 12, 1991 Biographies A profile of Gerald Bull, a designer of long-range artillery, and the questions surrounding his 1990 assassination.
Guns, Tanks, and Gorbachev February 19, 1991 Foreign affairs Hedrick Smith looks at recent violent occurrences in the Soviet Union and the ramifications in US/USSR relations.
The Mind of Hussein February 26, 1991 Biographies The personal and political history of Saddam Hussein.
Black America's War April 2, 1991 Gulf War Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree leads a town meeting exploring the attitudes of black Americans toward the Gulf War, a conflict in which nearly 30% of US soldiers were African American.
War and Peace in Panama April 9, 1991 Foreign affairs A look at the 1989 ousting of Manuel Noriega by US forces and its lingering impact.
The Election Held Hostage April 16, 1991 Foreign affairs Robert Parry investigates how the Carter and Reagan camps possibly sought deals to end the Iran hostage crisis during the 1980 presidential campaign.
Who Pays for Mom and Dad? April 30, 1991 Family/Children A look at the financial difficulties families face in seeking long-term care for elderly parents.
Innocence Lost May 7, 1991 Family/Children How an investigation into sexual abuse accusations at a daycare center divided the town of Edenton, North Carolina. (2 hours in length)
The Spy Hunter May 14, 1991 Biographies A look at James Angleton, ex-chief of counter-intelligence for the CIA, and his misguided pursuit of an agency mole.
To the Last Fish May 21, 1991 Environment How new technologies in the fishing industry are putting the world's fisheries into a dangerous state of decline.
The Color of Your Skin June 11, 1991 Race/Multicultural A look at a program at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute where students of all races confront each other with their racial anger and frustration.
The Gates Nomination July 15, 1991 Foreign affairs A profile of Robert Gates looks at the DCI nominee's role in the Iran-Contra affair. (30 minutes in length)

Season 10

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
In the Shadow of Sakharov October 15, 1991 Biographies The story of Andrei Sakharov, the nuclear physicist turned human-rights advocate who became the father of the Soviet democracy movement. (90 minutes in length)
The Great American Bailout October 22, 1991 Financial Robert Krulwich investigates the rising cost of the Savings and loan crisis; a co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The War We Left Behind October 29, 1991 Gulf War How the air war against Iraq led to a "slow-motion disaster" affecting the country's post-war utility infrastructure.
Don King, Unauthorized November 5, 1991 Biographies The life and career of boxing promoter Don King.
My Doctor, My Lover November 12, 1991 Criminal justice An investigation into the scandal surrounding a Colorado psychiatrist who had an affair with one of his patients, who ended up suing him for sexual abuse. (90 minutes in length)
Losing the War with Japan November 19, 1991 Business A look at the challenge Japanese-style capitalism poses to the US market, ending with a Robert Krulwich-led discussion into the issue.
The Secret Story of Terry Waite November 26, 1991 Foreign affairs Gavin Hewitt investigates the charge that Oliver North used Terry Waite, a Church of England envoy and recently released Lebanon hostage, to cover up the Iran-Contra affair; a co-production with BBC News.
Who Killed Adam Mann? December 3, 1991 Family/Children How New York City's child welfare service failed to protect four children from their abusive parents, who were sent to prison for the beating death of one of the children.
The Resurrection of Reverend Moon January 21, 1992 Biographies A profile of Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his reemergence from a prison sentence for conspiracy and false tax returns to become a notable figure in conservative politics and causes.
The Last Communist February 11, 1992 Biographies A look at Cuban leader Fidel Castro from his days as a revolutionary to his defiant leadership in present day.
Coming From Japan February 18, 1992 Business/Economy/Financial Shuichi Kato narrates over a controversial 30-year history between Matsushita Electric Company and the U.S.
After Gorbachev's USSR February 25, 1992 Russia Hedrick Smith follows up on his 1990 series Inside Gorbachev's USSR by reviewing how post-Soviet Russia is handling newfound freedoms and dealing with financial struggles.
Who Is David Duke? March 3, 1992 Biographies An examination of David Duke, his background in extremist ideology, and the reshaping of his image into a national political figure.
The Death of Nancy Cruzan March 24, 1992 Health The legal battle by the family of Nancy Cruzan, who was left in a persistent vegetative state after a 1983 auto accident and was the subject of the first right-to-die case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Saddam's Killing Fields March 31, 1992 Middle East Kanan Makiya secretly returns to Iraq to investigate rumors of an official extermination program aimed at the Kurdish people.
Investigating the October Surprise April 7, 1992 Iran hostage crisis A follow-up to Season 9's The Election Held Hostage investigates whether Ronald Reagan's campaign manager could have met with Iranian officials in the summer of 1980.
The Betrayal of Democracy April 15, 1992 Politics William Greider examines the widening divide between those in government and the citizens they serve and represent. (2 hours in length)
The Bank of Crooks and Criminals April 21, 1992 Finance How the Bank of Credit and Commerce International became a conduit for laundering money from criminal activities, and how it managed to elude regulatory review by US officials.
Who Cares About Children? April 28, 1992 Family/Children A look at Arkansas' child welfare crisis and the struggle to reform the system.
China After Tiananmen June 2, 1992 China How China is embracing economic reforms and open society even as a firm hold on political dissent remains in place three years after pro-democracy protests were brutally silenced. (90 minutes in length)
Dear Frontline June 2, 1992 Viewer interaction, follow-up reports A presentation of viewer responses to and updates on some of Frontline's reportage. (30 minutes in length)
A Kid Kills June 16, 1992 Criminal justice; social issues A look at the case of Damien Bynoe, a 15-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two Boston youngsters; the Boston gang culture; and the passage of juvenile crime laws in Massachusetts.
Your Loan Is Denied June 23, 1992 Finance The effects of discriminatory mortgage-lending practices by American financial institutions; a co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Season 11

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Thomas and Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain October 13, 1992 Race/Multicultural How the bitter issues surrounding Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearing affected black America.
The Politics of Power October 20, 1992 Energy A look at the issues plaguing America's energy policy; a co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The Choice 1992 October 21, 1992 Biographies Profiles of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush. (2 hours in length)
The Best Campaign Money Can Buy October 27, 1992 Politics A look into the money givers funding the 1992 presidential campaigns; a co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Monsters Among Us November 10, 1992 Criminal justice An examination of the sexual assault epidemic and Washington's decision to keep offenders locked up until they are no longer considered a danger to the public.
JFK, Hoffa and the Mob November 17, 1992 Criminal justice A look at Frank Ragano's allegations of mob involvement in the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa and in the CIA's plots to kill Fidel Castro.
In Search of Our Fathers November 24, 1992 Family/children Marco Williams explores his family's past to discover the circumstances surrounding his absent father.
Clinton Takes Over January 19, 1993 Government On the eve of Bill Clinton's inauguration, Hodding Carter offers an inside view of the new president's administration.
Journey to the Occupied Lands January 26, 1993 Middle East Michael Ambrosino explores life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and the territories' role in Arab-Israeli peace talks. (90 minutes in length)
What Happened to the Drug War? February 2, 1993 War on Drugs How flaws in the US Government's anti-drug defenses have allowed smugglers in Texas to gain the upper hand.
The Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover February 9, 1993 Criminal Justice How J. Edgar Hoover's private life may have led to the mafia going unchecked by the FBI for decades.
The Arming of Saudi Arabia February 16, 1993 Middle East A look into US efforts to strengthen Saudi Arabia's military defenses.
Apartheid's Last Stand March 2, 1993 Racial segregation A look into the progresses gained and compromises made in negotiations to peacefully end Apartheid rule in South Africa.
Choosing Death: Health Quarterly Special March 23, 1993 Health Roger Mudd anchors a look into the complexities and dilemmas of euthanasia, including issues about the practice in the Netherlands and an in-studio discussion about the euthanasia debate in the US. A Frontline/Health Quarterly co-production. (2 hours in length)
In Our Children's Food March 30, 1993 Health Bill Moyers reports on US Government failures to certify the safety of agricultural chemicals and why the pesticide industry is the only source of safety data.
The Trouble with Baseball April 6, 1993 Sports How the economic power struggle between Major League Baseball's owners and players is putting the sport on the brink of disaster.
Iran and the Bomb April 13, 1993 Middle East How Iran is quietly building an arsenal of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.
L.A. Is Burning: 5 Reports from a Divided City April 27, 1993 Social issues A look at Los Angeles one year after the riots through the eyes of five people who have thought and written about the city from the perspectives of its different communities, races, and classes. (90 minutes in length)
Ashes of the Cold War May 4, 1993 Economics How post-Cold War cutbacks in military spending have effected the industries and people whose livelihood was invested in the military-industrial complex.
The Health Care Gamble May 25, 1993 Health A look at President Bill Clinton's efforts to transform health care reform from a campaign issue to a social reality; produced in association with The Health Quarterly.
Innocence Lost: The Verdict
Parts I & II
Parts III & IV
July 20, 1993 (I & II)
July 21, 1993 (III & IV)
Family/Children A follow-up to 1991's Innocence Lost details the Little Rascals day care sexual abuse trial (at which owner Bob Kelly was convicted and sentenced to 12 consecutive life terms) and the lingering issues of dealing with child sexual abuse cases. Parts I & II uses previously aired and unaired footage to track the earliest days of the case. Parts III & IV explores testimony of the victims and actions by prosecutors, defense attorneys, and jurors. (each part 60 minutes in length)

Season 12

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
The Heartbeat of America October 12, 1993 Industry A look into the financial turmoil surrounding General Motors; co-produced with the Center for Investigative Reporting (90 minutes in length)
Prisoners of Silence October 19, 1993 Health A look at the controversial practice of facilitated communication to assist those with autism who cannot verbally communicate.
Secrets of a Bomb Factory October 26, 1993 Military A look into why a federal grand jury investigating potential crimes at Colorado's Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant went public with what they learned while hearing secret testimony in the case. A co-production with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Showdown in Haiti November 9, 1993 Foreign affairs A look into the diplomatic confrontation between Haiti's military government and a Clinton Administration that wants to restore deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? November 16, 1993 Biographies An investigative biography examining the Kennedy assassination explores the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. (3 hours in length)
AIDS, Blood and Politics November 30, 1993 Health How the FDA and American Red Cross failed to safeguard the nation's blood supply from the AIDS virus in the early 1980s, and why some of America's largest blood banks are still not in full compliance with federal regulations on blood safety.
Behind the Badge December 14, 1993 Criminal justice Jack Newfield looks at the effects of police brutality and corruption cases on police officers themselves, specifically the rank and file of the New York City Police Department.
A Place for Madness January 18, 1994 Health; mental illness The balance of protecting rights of the mentally ill with safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and to others.
The Diamond Empire February 1, 1994 Business How South Africa's Oppenheimer family helped fuel a cartel that cultivated the scarcity myth (and inflated the monetary value) of the world's diamond supply. (90 minutes in length)
Tabloid Truth: The Michael Jackson Story February 15, 1994 Media Richard Ben Cramer looks at "the tabloidization of American television" through its coverage of sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.
Red Flag Over Tibet February 22, 1994 Asia Orville Schell chronicles the history and culture of Tibet and the issues surrounding its control by communist China.
Sarajevo: The Living and the Dead March 1, 1994 Bosnian War Radovan Tadic captures an intimate portrait of Sarajevans trying to live in the midst of a debilitating and depriving siege.
In the Game March 29, 1994 Sports A behind-the-scenes look at the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team and its quest for a national championship.
The Kevorkian File April 5, 1994 Biographies A profile of Jack Kevorkian and the right to die issue he has come to personify.
Mandela April 26, 1994 Biographies A look at the rise to post-apartheid political prominence of Nelson Mandela and former wife Winnie Mandela on the eve of free elections in South Africa.
The Struggle for Russia May 3, 1994 Russia A look at the economic, political, and social turmoil plaguing Boris Yeltsin's leadership in Russia. (2 hours in length)
Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo May 10, 1994 Bosnian War The stories of a young Bosnian couple — Serb Boško Brkić and Bosniak Admira Ismić — whose deaths by sniper fire, while trying to cross a bridge into Serb-held territory, led to one of the more widely-seen images from the Siege of Sarajevo. A Frontline co-production with Germany's WDR and Canada's CBC and NFB. (90 minutes in length)
Public Lands, Private Profits May 24, 1994 Business Robert Krulwich surveys the mining industry's practice of extracting millions of dollars in minerals and precious metals from public lands at no cost to them. A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Go Back to Mexico! June 7, 1994 Immigration William Langewiesche looks at how America can sustain an influx of immigrants, as well as its effects on economic, social, and political discourse.
The Trouble with Evan June 21, 1994 Family/Children Surveillance cameras record one family's difficulties in trying to reform their 11-year-old son's criminal behavior. (90 minutes in length)

Season 13

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
School Colors October 18, 1994 Education; social issues The lingering issues of school segregation along racial and ethnic lines, even 4 decades after Brown v. Board of Education, as seen in the lives of a Berkeley, California school. (2-1/2 hours in length)
Is This Any Way to Run a Government? October 25, 1994 Government How Congressional power has long stymied reform efforts within the United States Department of Agriculture.
Hot Money November 1, 1994 Finance How the practice of moving money to secret, low-regulated off-shore accounts has played a role in the crimes of money laundering, fraud, and tax evasion.
How to Steal $500 Million November 8, 1994 Criminal Justice The rapid rise and stunning fall of Phar-Mor, and how president/co-founder Michael "Mickey" Monus and other top executives were able to hide one of the largest corporate frauds in US history from the company's auditors.
Hillary's Class November 15, 1994 Biographies The lives of Hillary Clinton and her fellow graduates from the Wellesley College Class of 1969.
The Nicotine War January 3, 1995 Health A look at FDA commissioner David A. Kessler's efforts to regulate the tobacco industry.
Does T.V. Kill? January 10, 1995 Correspondent Al Austin examines how violence on TV affects real life.(90 minutes in length)
What Happened to Bill Clinton? January 31, 1995 Government A mosaic of perspectives and insights on Bill Clinton and his performance as US President.
The Godfather of Cocaine February 14, 1995 Biographies The life of Pablo Escobar and how he violently amassed a $4 billion fortune through international cocaine smuggling alliances. (90 minutes in length)
The Begging Game February 21, 1995 Social issues Deborah Amos explores the lives and backgrounds of New York City panhandlers.
Rush Limbaugh's America February 28, 1995 Biographies The rise of Rush Limbaugh and his influence on both his radio/TV audience and conservative politics.
Divided Memories
Part 1
Part 2
April 4, 1995
April 11, 1995
Health Ofra Bikel's 2-part look into the validity of repressed memories in sexual abuse cases. Part 1 examines how memory works and the different kinds of therapies used to help patients remember. Part 2 looks at how remembered abuse has affected families involved and how real memories are distinguished from those that are not true. (both episodes 2 hours in length)
The Homecoming April 25, 1995 Biographies Two decades after his exile from the USSR, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia, offering words of advice and courage to the struggling people he meets along the way.
When the Bough Breaks May 2, 1995 Family/Children Intimate hidden-camera looks into how children's behavior is affected by the fraying of the parent/child bond.
The Vanishing Father May 16, 1995 Family/Children A look at how living in fatherless households can adversely affect children's behavior.
The Confessions of RosaLee May 23, 1995 Media A look at a Washington, DC woman and the unending loop of crime, prostitution, and addiction surrounding her and her family, and how her Washington Post profile by Leon Dash influenced policymakers and community leaders.
Welcome to Happy Valley June 6, 1995 Health A look at Prozac and the practice by one Washington psychologist's controversial practice of prescribing it to all of his patients.
Currents of Fear June 13, 1995 Health A look into whether a high incidence of cancer in an Omaha neighborhood is due to an electric substation located there.

Season 14

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Waco: The Inside Story October 17, 1995 Criminal justice New Yorker correspondent Peter Boyer probes the political infighting inside the FBI's Waco command center and the Justice Department's Washington offices during the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian's compound.
The Search for Satan October 24, 1995 Health A look into whether professed victims of secret cults and ritual abuse were helped by the psychiatric care they received.
High Stakes in Cyberspace October 31, 1995 Technology Robert Krulwich looks into the "land rush" to stake claims in cyberspace and how these changes will affect society.
Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch? November 7, 1995 Biographies A look at Rupert Murdoch's drive to establish the first global telecommunications network, and how his success in media has been dogged by controversy over journalistic standards and political influence. (90 minutes in length)
Natasha and the Wolf November 14, 1995 Criminal justice How a Russian gangster and killer charmed and seduced all who crossed his path, including the state prosecutor who aided in his escape from prison. (90 minutes in length)
Living on the Edge December 12, 1995 Social Issues Bill Moyers follows up with two Milwaukee families he first profiled in a 1991 documentary who, after suffering layoffs from blue-collar employment, now struggle to provide for their families while working less-secure jobs.
The Gulf War January 9, 1996 Middle East Five years after Operation Desert Storm, a look into the diplomatic maneuvering and military assaults in the Gulf War, as well as the post-war rebellion inside Iraq. (2 hours in length)
The Long March of Newt Gingrich January 16, 1996 Biographies An investigative biography of House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
So You Want to Buy a President? January 30, 1996 Politics Robert Krulwich looks into the expected flow of cash into the 1996 presidential campaigns and the interests of those who donate the money. (90 minutes in length)
Murder on 'Abortion Row' February 6, 1996 Criminal justice A look into what led abortion opponent John Salvi to carry out fatal shootings at two reproductive health clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1994. (2 hours in length)
Breast Implants on Trial February 27, 1996 Health A look into the medical and legal issues surrounding silicon breast implants. (90 minutes in length)
Smoke in the Eye April 2, 1996 Media An examination into the internal journalistic and corporate conflicts news organizations deal with in covering big business, centering on the legal battles surrounding ABC and CBS reports on the tobacco industry; a co-production with CBC Television's the fifth estate.[4]
Angel on Death Row April 9, 1996 Biographies A profile of Sister Helen Prejean, her role as spiritual advisor to death row inmates, and her crusade against the death penalty.
Shtetl April 16, 1996 Multicultural Marian Marzynski travels to Brańsk, a Polish town struggling to reconcile with its anti-Semitic World War II-era past. (3 hours in length)
The Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson April 30, 1996 Biographies An in-depth look at civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a portrait of race and politics in post-war America. (90 minutes in length)
The Kevorkian Verdict May 14, 1996 Health The saga of Jack Kevorkian and his role in how America thinks physician-assisted suicides about end-of-life issues.
Does America Still Work? May 21, 1996 Business Jeff Madrick looks behind the political rhetoric to see how companies, workers, and civic leaders are wrestling with global competition and the end of an era of industrial affluence.
The Gate of Heavenly Peace June 4, 1996 Foreign Affairs A meticulous chronology of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and a contextual look into the history of China's protest movement. (2-1/2 hours in length)

Season 15

Title Date Topic Description
The Choice 1996 October 8, 1996 Biographies Profiles of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
The Navy Blues October 15, 1996 Military The effect of the Tailhook scandal and the controversy over the introduction of women into combat roles and positions of greater military authority.
Why America Hates the Press October 22, 1996 Media With public respect for the press at an all-time low, several notable journalists take a self-examination into the dynamics of the news business and its effect on American politics.
Loose Nukes November 19, 1996 Foreign affairs How weapons-grade plutonium and uranium in the former Soviet Union has become vulnerable to theft.
Secret Daughter November 26, 1996 Biographies Frontline producer June Cross tells her story as the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father (vaudevillian Jimmy Cross), and how her mother kept June's parentage a secret to protect the career of June's white stepfather (actor Larry Storch). (2-1/2 hours in length)
Betting on the Market January 14, 1997 Business/finance A look at the seduction of playing the stock market and its implications on American finances.
Six O'Clock News January 21, 1997 Media Ross McElwee looks at the "nagging metaphysical questions" behind life-shattering events — the type covered (sometimes in graphic fashion) by TV news — and the individuals who lives were altered by the incidents. (90 minutes in length)
What Jennifer Saw February 25, 1997 Criminal justice Jennifer Thompson recounts her brutal 1984 rape and how she has dealt with the exoneration, thanks to DNA evidence, of the man she mistakenly accused of the crime.
Valentina's Nightmare April 1, 1997 Africa A profile of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath centers on a 13-year-old Tutsi girl and her struggle for survival after a machete attack.
Murder, Money, and Mexico April 8, 1997 Latin America How Mexico's monetary crisis was precipitated by corruption during the sexenio of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
The Fixers April 15, 1997 Biographies How a husband-and-wife team parlayed a handful of political contributions into millions in personal wealth — and multiple visits to the White House.
Nuclear Reaction April 22, 1997 Energy Richard Rhodes looks at how the general public's aversion toward nuclear power has derailed its progress as a vital energy source.
Little Criminals May 15, 1997 Criminal justice A look at violent crimes committed by young children centers on a Richmond, California case in which a 6-year-old badly beat an infant neighbor while stealing a tricycle from the infant's home.
The Opium Kings May 20, 1997 War on drugs Adrian Cowell looks at the international heroin business, centering on the case of Shan warlord Khun Sa.
Innocence Lost: The Plea May 27, 1997 Criminal justice A revisiting of the Little Rascals day care sexual abuse trial focuses on the fates of the defendants, including those who were encouraged to take plea deals from prosecutors. (2 hours in length)
Hot Guns June 3, 1997 Criminal justice Frontline and the Center for Investigative Reporting look into the market of illegal, unregistered, and stolen firearms.
Easy Money June 10, 1997 Business How casino gambling has emerged to become a popular (and legalized) form of adult entertainment.
Nazi Gold June 17, 1997 World War II A look at Switzerland's wartime support of Nazi Germany, including its work to replenish Nazi military supplies, its barring of Jewish refugees, and the disappearance of Jewish savings from Swiss banks. A co-production with BBC.

Season 16

Title Date Topic Description
Once Upon a Time in Arkansas October 7, 1997 Government/politics Peter Boyer looks into the deals and relationships at the heart of the Whitewater scandal surrounding First Couple Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The Lost American October 14, 1997 Biographies The mysterious disappearance of Fred Cuny, a maverick humanitarian aid expert who helped millions and fought to change how the world responds to disaster. (90 minutes in length)
Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein October 21, 1997 Biographies The secret history of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and its equally formidable political arm, Sinn Féin, which have waged a bloody campaign in Northern Ireland for over a quarter of a century. (2 hours in length)
Dreams of Tibet October 28, 1997 Asia Orville Schell explores the clash of values between American opinion of China's human rights record (shaped by powerful forces in Hollywood) and an uncomprehending and intransigent Chinese leadership.
A Whale of a Business November 11, 1997 Business; environment A look at America's marine theme park business and the treatment of marine mammals, centering on the plight of the orca whale Keiko.
The Princess and the Press November 18, 1997 Media How the British royal family's relationship with the British press, once governed by unwritten rules of privacy, evolved into the media circus that surrounded Princess Diana in her final years. (90 minutes in length)
Last Battle of the Gulf War January 20, 1998 Health A definitive account of what's behind the bitter Gulf War Syndrome controversy, as well as the broad scope of veterans affairs and the psychology of war.
My Retirement Dreams February 3, 1998 Social issues Marian Marzynski takes a personal journal into how older Americans adjust into their retirement years.
The Two Nations of Black America February 10, 1998 Social issues Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks why America has "both the highest black middle class and the largest underclass in our history."
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians April 6, 1998 Religion Biblical scholars recount the rise of Christianity within the Roman Empire and the rift between Christians and Jews in interpreting Christ's teachings. (2 hours in length)
The High Price of Health April 14, 1998 Health A report on the managed care revolution.
Busted: America's War on Marijuana April 28, 1998 War on drugs A look into government and law enforcement efforts to stem the tide of marijuana use.
Inside the Tobacco Deal May 12, 1998 Biographies How two small-town lawyers from Mississippi took Big Tobacco to the edge of bankruptcy and criminal prosecution.
Secrets of an Independent Counsel May 19, 1998 Government Donald Smaltz takes viewers inside his investigation of former investigation of former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, while correspondent Peter Boyer examines how independent counsels such as Smaltz work and how far they'll go to get what they want.
The World's Most Wanted Man May 26, 1998 Biographies The hunt for indicted Serbian war leader Radovan Karadzic, and his role in the atrocities and genocide of the Bosnian War. (90 minutes in length)
Fooling With Nature June 2, 1998 Health; environment A look at new evidence in the controversy over the danger of man-made chemicals to human health and the environment.

Season 17

Title Date Topic Description
The Farmer's Wife September 21, 1998 Family; farming David Sutherland's 3-part profile of a Nebraska farm couple and their struggles to keep their farm and marriage afloat.
Ambush in Mogadishu September 29, 1998 Foreign affairs, military How a 1993 peacekeeping mission in Somalia involving U.S. special forces went awry, and how it influences current U.S. special forces operations in Afghanistan. (90 minutes in length)
Washington's Other Scandal October 6, 1998 Campaign finance A special report by Bill Moyers on the 1996 election campaign, showing how both political parties contrived to bend and break laws regulating campaign donations to their own benefit.[5]
Plague War October 13, 1998 Science, warfare A report on the threat of biological weapons, and how the Soviet Union secretly amassed an arsenal of bio-weapons.[6]
The Child Terror October 27, 1998 Criminal justice Peter Boyer looks at Janet Reno's zeal in investigating and prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse, a model that prosecutors across the country would emulate.
Fat November 3, 1998 Health How modern life, biology, genetics, media, and the diet industry influence our relationship with food and the war against obesity.
Snitch January 12, 1999 Biographies How informants have become a key part of the drug war.[7]
Rwanda: The Triumph of Evil January 26, 1999 Biographies A journey into the Rwandan Genocide.[8]
The Execution February 9, 1999
Russian Roulette February 23, 1999
Spying on Saddam April 27, 1999 Investigation of UNSCOM, the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq
Give War a Chance May 11, 1999 Biographies Examining the gulf between what diplomats want and what the military is prepared to deliver.[9]
The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela May 25, 1999 Biographies In-depth profile of Nelson Mandela.[10]
Making Babies June 1, 1999 Biographies The revolution in the science of reproduction and the troubling questions it's raising.[11]
Pop June 22, 1999 Biographies Joel Meyerowitz and his son go on a trip with Joel's 87-year-old father Hy Meyerowitz, who still offers wit and wisdom despite the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
The Crash June 29, 1999 Business/Economy/Financial How a financial crisis in Asia had worldwide effect.

Season 18

Title Date Topic Description VHS Release
John Paul II: The Millennial Pope September 28, 1999 Biographies Comprehensive biography of John Paul II. October 26, 1999
Secrets of the SAT October 5, 1999
Mafia Power Play October 12, 1999
The Lost Children of Rockdale County October 19, 1999 Social Issues An investigation into a 1996 outbreak of syphilis among a group of teenagers in the affluent community of Conyers, Georgia. 1999
Apocalypse November 22, 1999 Social Issues / Race / Religion An examination of apocalyptic beliefs over 2500 years of western cultural history. December 14, 1999
Justice for Sale November 23, 1999 Investigation of campaign contributions to judges running for election. Featuring a Bill Moyers interview with US Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer.
The Case for Innocence January 11, 2000
The Killer at Thurston High January 18, 2000 The troubled life of Kipland 'Kip' Kinkel, a 15-year-old Oregon high school student who killed his parents and two schoolmates.
The Survival of Saddam January 25, 2000 Biographies Saddam Hussein's rise to power and how he has maintained his grip despite opposition. VHS Release
Assault on Gay America February 15, 2000 Social issues Forrest Sawyer explores homophobia's permeation into American society and how it became a catalyst for hate crimes directed at the LGBT community.
War in Europe February 22, 2000 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military NATO's 1999 war against Serbia over Kosovo. February 22, 2000
Dr. Solomon's Dilemma April 4, 2000
What's Up with the Weather? April 18, 2000 A coproduction with NOVA
Jefferson's Blood May 2, 2000 Biographies Examines Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave and mistress Sally Hemings and follows their descendants as they undergo DNA testing. May 2, 2000
Return of the Czar May 9, 2000 Biographies An in-depth look at Russia a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union. May 23, 2000
Battle Over School Choice May 23, 2000 Investigation of the political and educational clash over charter schools and voucher programs, especially in Ohio and Texas.

Season 19

Title Date Topic Description VHS Release
The Choice 2000 October 2, 2000 Biographies Biographies on Al Gore and George W. Bush. 2000
Drug Wars: Part One October 9, 2000
Drug Wars: Part Two October 10, 2000
The Future of War October 24, 2000
Real Justice: Part 1 November 14, 2000
The Clinton Years January 16, 2001 Biographies Follows Bill Clinton from the governor's mansion in Little Rock through a hard-fought campaign and his eight years in the White House. January 29, 2002
Juvenile Justice January 30, 2001
Saving Elian February 6, 2001
Hackers February 13, 2001 Criminal Justice / Technology A report on the exploits of hackers and how they have highlighted the Internet's insecurities.
The Merchants of Cool February 27, 2001 Business/Economy/Financial Corporations study teenagers to effectively market to them. 2001
Organ Farm March 27, 2001
Medicating Kids April 10, 2001 Health/Medical The growing use of psychoactive drugs in children. 2002
Harvest of Fear April 24, 2001 The controversy over genetically modified food crops. A coproduction with NOVA.
LAPD Blues May 15, 2001 The connections between the "gangsta rap" scene and corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department.
Blackout June 5, 2001

Season 20

Title Date Topic Description
Hunting Bin Laden September 13, 2001 The Middle East & the War on Terror Episode traces the evidence linking bin Laden to terrorism and explores the challenges in trying to crack bin Laden's network.[12]
Target America October 4, 2001
Looking for Answers October 9, 2001 The Middle East & the War on Terror Produced in partnership with The New York Times, it looks into the roots of the Islamic terrorist network, and the anti-American hatred that feeds it, and traces how the trajectories of bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri met in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Dangerous Straits October 18, 2001
Trail of a Terrorist September 21, 2001
Gunning for Saddam November 8, 2001
Saudi Time Bomb November 15, 2001 The Middle East & the War on Terror Can America still count on one of its most important allies in the Arab world -- Saudi Arabia? Or does an undercurrent of militant Islamic fundamentalism threaten the stability of both Saudi Arabia and the entire region? [13]
The Monster That Ate Hollywood November 22, 2001 Arts/Entertainment How Hollywood created the blockbuster, and a question on the future of the independent film.[14]
An Ordinary Crime January 10, 2002 Biographies A bizarre case of injustice where two men with the same name are implicated in the same crime.[15]
Inside the Terror Network January 17, 2002
Dot Con January 24, 2002
Inside the Teenage Brain January 31, 2002 Biographies What's going on in there? How Science may help to explain the mysteries of the teen years.[16]
American Porn February 21, 2002 Biographies It's a multibillion-dollar business- and growing, in a wired world, can anything stop it? [17]
Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV February 21, 2002
Testing Our Schools March 28, 2002
Battle for the Holy Land April 11, 2002 Biographies With Israelis and Palestinians in an escalating war; Frontline goes behind the lines and underground to reveal the tactics and strategies that led to the current violence.[18]
Requiem for Frank Lee Smith April 11, 2002
Modern Meat April 18, 2002
Did Daddy Do It? April 25, 2002
Terror in Tehran May 2, 2002
Muslims May 2002
The Siege of Bethlehem June 13, 2002
Bigger Than Enron June 20, 2002 Biographies Why the largest business scandal in American history is just the tip of the iceberg-and why investors should care.[19]
Shattered Dreams to Peace: The Road from Oslo June 27, 2002

Season 21

Title Date Topic Description
Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero September 3, 2002
Campaign Against Terror August 8, 2002
The Man Who Knew October 3, 2002 The Middle East & the War on Terror A story of FBI agent John P. O'Neill, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's leading expert on al Qaeda, who tried to warn the U.S. of the threat it faced, and came very close to uncovering the September 11th attacks. He was a maverick agent and was pressured to leave the FBI. He left the FBI for a job in security at the World Trade Center, where he died during the attack.
Missile Wars October 10, 2002
A Crime of Insanity October 17, 2002
Let's Get Married November 14, 2002
In Search of Al Qaeda November 21, 2002 Afghanistan/Pakistan Follows the trail of Al Qaeda fighters who survived U.S. airstrikes in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Much Ado About Something January 2, 2003 Biographies Did Shakespeare actually write his plays and poems, or was it Christopher Marlowe?
A Dangerous Business January 9, 2003 Business/Economy/Financial The McWane Inc. foundries' focus on production and profitability comes at a price. Raises accusations of safety and environmental shortcuts that may have been taken by the McWane corporation to increase production at the cost of workers lives and limbs.
Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr January 30, 2003 Family/Children The death of a five-year-old in foster care forces Maine to reexamine its child protection system.
Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files February 6, 2003 Family/Children Discussion with caseworkers, experts and reformers on the failings and possible solutions for the child welfare system.
China in the Red February 13, 2003 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military In China's economic reform there are stories of human success and cost, along with unknown political and social consequences.
The War Behind Closed Doors February 20, 2003 The Middle East & the War on Terror The key people and disagreements over Bush's determination to go to war with Iraq.
The Long Road to War March 17, 2003 The Middle East & the War on Terror The complicated history of conflict between the U.S. and Saddam Hussein as told by numerous Frontline reports.
Blair's War April 3, 2003 The Middle East & the War on Terror Facing strong opposition in Britain, Tony Blair supports the Iraq war in an attempt to gain access to the Bush administration decision process.
Kim's Nuclear Gamble April 10, 2003 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military Nuclear weapons provide North Korea protection and a bargaining chip, but also antagonizes the international community.
Cyber War! April 24, 2003 Science & Technology Counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke creates defenses for cyberspace.
Burden of Innocence May 1, 2003 Criminal Justice What happens to the wrongly convicted?
The Wall Street Fix May 8, 2003 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis With the deception of big banks and corporations, can confidence be restored?
The Other Drug War June 19, 2003 Health/Medical The battle over high priced pharmaceuticals.
Public Schools, Inc. July 3, 2003 Family/Children Edison Schools are trying to run better public schools for profit.
Truth, War, and Consequences October 9, 2003 The Middle East & the War on Terror The consequences of using propaganda in the lead up to war with Iraq.
Chasing the Sleeper Cell October 16, 2003 The Middle East & the War on Terror Background of the Lackawanna six and the Patriot Act.
The Alternative Fix November 6, 2003 Health/Medical The big business and questionable science of alternative medicine.
Dangerous Prescription November 13, 2003 Health/Medical Pharmaceutical influence over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process.
Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (180 min) November 20, 2003 Biographies 40th anniversary repeat of 1993 broadcast: Investigative biography examining the Kennedy assassination by exploring the life Lee Harvey Oswald.

Season 22

Title Date Topic Description
From China with Love January 15, 2004 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military Philosophy and failure of counter-intelligence in the U.S..
Chasing Saddam's Weapons January 22, 2004 The Middle East & the War on Terror Hunting for Saddam's WMD's and unanswered questions.
Beyond Baghdad February 12, 2004 The Middle East & the War on Terror The dynamics of democracy across Iraq.
Tax Me if You Can February 19, 2004 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis Corporate tax avoidance and its implications.
The Invasion of Iraq March 9, 2004 The Middle East & the War on Terror Strategies, key battles, surprises, and turning points of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Ghosts of Rwanda April 1, 2004 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military Accounting for the failure to stop The Rwandan genocide.
Diet Wars April 8, 2004 Health/Medical Diets are competing for marketshare, but do they work?
Son of Al Qaeda April 22, 2004 The Middle East & the War on Terror An informant from the inner circles of Al Qaeda.
The Jesus Factor April 29, 2004 Social Issues / Race / Religion The role Christianity played in Bush's rise to power.
The Way the Music Died May 27, 2004 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis Business interests controlling creative endeavors.
The Plea June 17, 2004 Criminal Justice Harsh realities of U.S. jurisprudence.
Sacred Ground September 7, 2004 The Middle East & the War on Terror Debate over use of the World Trade Center site and designing the Freedom Tower.
The Choice 2004 October 12, 2004 Government Biographies on John Kerry and George W. Bush.
Rumsfeld's War October 26, 2004
The Persuaders November 9, 2004 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis Marketing, Advertising, emotions, elections, narrowcasting, with interviews with Acxiom, Frank Luntz, Karl Rove, Naomi Klein among others by Douglas Rushkoff.
Is WAL-MART Good For AMERICA? November 16, 2004 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis American jobs.
The Secret History of the Credit Card November 23, 2004 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis Credit card companies develop tactics to increase revenue.

Season 23

Title Date Topic Description
Al Qaeda's New Front January 25, 2005 The Middle East & the War on Terror An investigation into the threat radical jihadists pose to Western Europe and its allies
House of Saud February 8, 2005 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military Explores how the Al Saud family maintains its hold on power with the ever-growing tensions between Islam and modernity. Also traces America's relations with the Saudi royal family from the 1930s through September 11 and the present day.
A Company of Soldiers February 27, 2005
The Soldier's Heart March 10, 2005
Israel's Next War April 5, 2005 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military An investigation into the world of Israel's right-wing religious extremists and their efforts to derail the Middle East peace process.
Karl Rove: The Architect April 12, 2005 Biographies Trace the political history and modus operandi of the man who has been on the inside of every political and policy decision of the Bush administration.
Death of a Princess April 19, 2005
The New Asylums May 10, 2005
A Jew Among the Germans May 31, 2005 Holocaust survivor, Marian Marzynski, sets out to find out how Germans are willing to build a memorial to the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.
Private Warriors June 21, 2005 The Middle East & the War on Terror Examines the use of private contractors in the Iraq War.
The O.J. Verdict October 4, 2005
The Torture Question October 18, 2005
The Last Abortion Clinic November 8, 2005
The Storm November 25, 2005 How key political figures responded to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Season 24

Title Date Topic Description
Country Boys January 9, 2006 Biographies Two boys coming of age in eastern Kentucky's Appalachian hills, documenting their struggles to overcome hardship and poverty and find meaning in their lives.
The Real Sex Traffic February 7, 2006
The Meth Epidemic February 14, 2006 Social Issues / Race / Religion An investigation into the social, political, and corporate factors which influenced the spread of methamphetamine abuse in America during the 1980s and 90s.
The Insurgency February 21, 2006
The Tank Man April 11, 2006 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military After all others had been silenced, his lonely act of defiance against the Chinese regime amazed the world. What became of him? And 17 years later, has China succeeded in erasing this event from its history?
Can You Afford to Retire? May 16, 2006 Business / Economy / Financial "The move from lifetime pensions to 401(k) plans has meant that employees now bear much more of the cost -- and risk -- for saving for retirement."
The Age of AIDS May 30, 2006 Health/Medical The history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (4 hours)
The Dark Side June 20, 2006 Biographies After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence.
Return of the Taliban October 3, 2006 Afghanistan/Pakistan Reports from the lawless Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and reveals how the area has fallen under the control of a resurgent Taliban militia.
The Enemy Within October 10, 2006 The Middle East & the War on Terror Looks at the America's response to homegrown terrorism.
The Lost Year in Iraq October 17, 2006 The Middle East & the War on Terror Documents multiple failures of the reconstruction efforts headed by the ORHA and the CPA.
A Hidden Life November 14, 2006 Social Issues / Race / Religion The former mayor Jim West of Spokane, Washington, was caught leading a double life as a conservative Republican anti-gay legislator and as a gay man.
Living Old November 21, 2006

Season 25

Title Date Topic Description
Hand of God January 16, 2007
News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin pt. I & II February 13, 2007
News War: What's Happening with the News - Part 3 February 27, 2007 Examining the economics of the news business on TV, the web and newspapers
News War (Part 4 of 4): Stories from a Small Planet March 27, 2007 "Examine[s] the rise of Arab satellite TV channels and their impact on the 'war of ideas' at a time of convulsive change and conflict in the region."
So Much So Fast April 3, 2007
Gangs of Iraq April 17, 2007
Hot Politics April 24, 2007
The Mormons April 30, 2007 Religion with American Experience four hour PBS documentary aired April 30-May 1, 2007.
"When Kids Get Life" May 8, 2007 Criminal Justice Stories of five young men under 18 who were prosecuted as adults and received life sentences.
Spying on the Home Front May 15, 2007 The Middle East & the War on Terror Post 9/11 domestic spying with Narus, Nora (technology) and Total Information Awareness. Mark Klein of ATT uncovers a domestic spying program by the NSA in San Francisco.
Endgame June 19, 2007
Cheney's Law October 16, 2007
Showdown with Iran October 23, 2007
The Undertaking October 30, 2007 Undertaker's Issues concerning death and the care of the dead.
On Our Watch November 20, 2007

Season 26

Title Date Topic Description
The Medicated Child January 8, 2008 Health/Medical A look at child medication and the link between anti-psychotic drugs and bipolar disorder.
Growing Up Online January 22, 2008 Frontline investigates the first generation to grow up with access to the Internet. It examines the risks and realities of teens and their online existence.
A Dangerous Business Revisited February 5, 2008 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis A return look at McWane, Inc. and the significant progress it has made in regard to safety at its plants.
Rules of Engagement February 19, 2008
Bush's War March 24, 2008 The Middle East & the War on Terror A two part series looking at the war's beginnings and conflicts within the Bush administration.
Bad Voodoo's War April 1, 2008 The Iraq War Documentary following the experiences of the Bad Voodoo platoon during their re-deployment to Iraq as part of the Surge.
Sick Around the World April 15, 2008 Health/Medical Comparing health care systems in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Taiwan.
Storm over Everest May 13, 2008 Personal struggles As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast-moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest.
Young & Restless in China June 17, 2008 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military An intimate look into the lives of nine young Chinese, coming of age in a society that's changing at breathtaking speed.
The Choice 2008 October 14, 2008 Biographies Profiles of Barack Obama and John McCain.
HEAT October 21, 2008 Environment Investigation into US energy use and climate change mitigation.
The War Briefing October 8, 2008 Afghanistan/Pakistan The next president of the United States will inherit vast foreign policy challenges - an overstretched military, frayed alliances, and wars on two fronts.
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story November 11, 2008 Biographies The rise and fall of Lee Atwater, the charming, Machiavellian godfather of modern take-no-prisoners Republican political campaigns.
The Hugo Chavez Show November 25, 2008 Biographies An illuminating inside view of the mercurial Venezuelan president, his rise to power, and the new type of revolution he seems to be inventing—on television

Season 27

Title Date Topic Description
The Old Man and the Storm January 6, 2009 Six months after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, producer June Cross came across 82-year-old Herbert Gettridge working alone on his home in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated when the levees broke in August 2005. Over the next two years, Cross would document the story of the extended Gettridge clan, an African-American family with deep roots in New Orleans, as they struggled to rebuild their homes and their lives.
Dreams of Obama January 20, 2009 Biographies On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration as 44th president of the United States, an exploration into who he is and what has brought him to this historic moment.
My Father, My Brother and Me February 3, 2009 In 2004, journalist Dave Iverson received the same news that had been delivered to his father and older brother years earlier: He had Parkinson's disease. In My Father, My Brother and Me, Iverson sets off on a personal journey to explore the scientific, ethical, and political debate that surrounds Parkinson's. And he has intimate conversations with fellow Parkinson's sufferers like actor Michael J. Fox and writer Michael Kinsley.
Inside the Meltdown February 17, 2009 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis How the economy went so bad, so fast and what Bernanke and Paulson didn't see, couldn't stop and weren't able to fix.
Ten Trillion and Counting March 24, 2009 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis The causes of the U.S. public debt is analyzed.
Sick Around America March 31, 2009 Frontline investigates the health care system in the United States and searches for some answers to its many problems.
Black Money April 7, 2009 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military International bribery. It's a trillion dollars a year, with corporations on one side, heads of state on the other. And it thrives in an invisible world.
Poisoned Waters April 21, 2009 Environment There's a new wave of pollution that's killing fish, causing mutations in frogs - and threatening human health.
The Released April 28, 2009 Frontline examines the lives of mentally ill repeat offender who are struggling to make a life for themselves outside of prison.
The Madoff Affair May 12, 2009 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis Unraveling the story behind the world's first global Ponzi Scheme.
Breaking the Bank June 16, 2009 An investigation of the 2008 banking crisis: what went wrong, who is to blame, and how long it will take to repair the damage.
Obama's War October 13, 2009 Afghanistan/Pakistan Examines the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan - a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.
The Warning October 20, 2009 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis After the economic meltdown, sifting the ashes for clues about why it happened and examines critical moments when it might have been prevented.
Close to Home October 27, 2009 Producer Ofra Bikel chronicles how the middle class is faring in this recession through the stories of the people who she's come to know at the hair salon she's frequented for the past twenty years. The film reveals the struggles of a small business owner to stay afloat, her sister's risk of imminent foreclosure on her Florida home, and the various clients whose lives intersect at this New York City salon-from well-to-do bankers to struggling actors, each with a story to tell about how they're getting by in these turbulent times.
A Death in Tehran November 17, 2009 Frontline examines the death of Neda Agha-Soltan and the protests against the controversial 2009 Iranian presidential election.
The Card Game November 24, 2009 Business/Economy/Financial Crisis Investigating the massive consumer loan industry and what's ahead for customers and banks.

Season 28

Title Date Topic Description
Digital Nation February 2, 2010 Family/Children Explores what it means to be human in the digital world.
Flying Cheap February 9, 2010 Frontline investigates how low-cost airlines and regional carriers have changed the airline business and whether the search for greater profit has led to sacrifices in safety.[20]
Behind Taliban Lines February 23, 2010 Afghanistan/Pakistan, Iraq/War on Terror An Afghan journalist's 10 days living with an insurgent cell allied with Al Qaeda who plan to sabotage a key U.S./NATO supply route.
The Suicide Tourist March 2, 2010 Frontline investigates suicide tourism by following a Chicago native as he travels to Switzerland in order to take his life with help of a nonprofit organization that legally assists suicides.
The Quake March 30, 2010 Frontline takes an in depth look at the 2010 earthquake in Haiti examining problems with relief efforts, issues with governmental management, and the earthquake's effects on people's lives.
Obama's Deal April 13, 2010 Frontline examines the Obama administration and its efforts to pass a health care reform bill.
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan April 20, 2010
The Vaccine War April 27, 2010 Health/Medical Examining the debate over medical risks vs. benefits and related vaccine controversies.
College, Inc. May 4, 2010 Frontline investigates for-profit colleges and universities. It examines their recruitment methods, their online curriculum, and connections to big business.
The Wounded Platoon May 18, 2010 Frontline investigates the violence, depression, and stress exhibited by a platoon of Iraq War veterans whose members who have committed murder, assault, and suicide.
Law & Disorder August 25, 2010 Frontline examines several questionable shootings by the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
God in America October 11, 2010 Religion 400-year history of religion and public life in the United States of America, in partnership with American Experience.
Death by Fire October 19, 2010 Criminal Justice At the center of the national death penalty debate today is the controversial case of Cameron Todd Willingham, put to death for the arson-murder of his three little girls. But was he guilty?[21]
The Spill October 26, 2010 Frontline investigates BP's record of safety violations and accidents in the years leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf.
The Confessions November 9, 2010 Frontline looks at the case of Norfolk Four in which four men were convicted of the rape and murder of a woman on the basis of coerced confessions.
Facing Death November 23, 2010 Health/Medical The end-of-life choices made by physicians and families

Season 29

Prod. Code Title Date Topic Description
Battle for Haiti January 11, 2011 In the chaos of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, thousands of the country's worst criminals seized the opportunity to stage a mass escape from the National Penitentiary. One year later, the gang leaders are re-asserting control in the capital, threatening the country's stability.
Are We Safer? January 18, 2011 Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11.
Flying Cheaper January 18, 2011
Post Mortem February 1, 2011 Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on CSI. But the reality is very different.
Revolution in Cairo February 22, 2011 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military April 6 Youth Movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
Money and March Madness March 29, 2011 An inside look at the multibillion-dollar business of the NCAA and its brand of amateur college sports.
Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei March 29, 2011
The Private Life of Bradley Manning March 29, 2011 Exclusive interview with Private Manning's father, who speaks out for the first time about his son's upbringing and troubled youth.[22]
Football High April 12, 2011 Education, Sports High school football has never had a higher profile ... but is winning worth the risks?
The Silence April 19, 2011 Frontline reveals a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story: decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska.
Fighting for Bin Laden May 3, 2011 Afghanistan/Pakistan The fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Kill/Capture May 10, 2011 Afghanistan/Pakistan, Iraq/War on Terror Goes inside the "kill/capture" program to discover new evidence of the program's effect and its costs.
WikiSecrets May 24, 2011 Foreign Affairs/Defense/Military The inside story of Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) and the largest intelligence breach in U.S. history.
The Child Cases June 28, 2011 When a child dies under suspicious circumstances, abuse is often suspected. That's what happened in the case of six-month-old Isis Vas, whose death was deemed "a clear-cut and classic" case of child abuse, sending a man named Ernie Lopez to prison for 60 years. But now a Texas judge has moved to overturn Lopez's conviction, and new questions are being asked about the quality of expert testimony in this and many other similar cases.
Educating Sergeant Pantzke June 28, 2011
The Pot Republic July 26, 2011
Doctor Hotspot July 26, 2011
The Atomic Artists July 26, 2011
Top Secret America September 6, 2011 Iraq/War on Terror A report from the Washington Post on US government intelligence spending. (See Top Secret America)
An Optimist in Haiti September 27, 2011 Poverty The struggle of one man to develop a tourist destination in Haiti and bring economic prosperity.
The Man Behind the Mosque September 27, 2011 Race/Multicultural, Religion the struggles of Sharif El-Gamal to build a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center.
The Anthrax Files October 11, 2011 In the fall of 2001 envelopes carrying deadly anthrax were delivered to U.S. Senate offices, network news divisions and a tabloid newspaper. Now, new questions are being raised about the most expensive and complex investigation ever undertaken by the FBI. Frontline, in a co-production with ProPublica and McClatchy Newspapers, takes a hard look at the FBI's investigation of the country's most notorious act of bioterrorism.
Lost in Detention October 18, 2011 More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Frontline investigates Obama's enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to these detainees.
Syria Undercover November 8, 2011 Reporter Ramita Navai goes undercover for a rare look at the uprising from inside Syria. Plus a profile of the dictator who has managed to hold on longer than any amidst the Arab unrest—President Bashar al-Assad.
A Perfect Terrorist November 22, 2011 Afghanistan/Pakistan Life of a Pakistani-American David Headley.

Season 30

Title Date Topic Description
Opium Brides January 3, 2012 Frontline reports on the unexpected collateral damage of the counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan.
Nuclear Aftershocks January 17, 2012 Environment, Health/Science/Technology Frontline travels to three continents to explore the debate about nuclear power: Is it safe? What are the alternatives? And could a Fukushima-style disaster.[23] happen in the U.S.?[24]
The Interrupters February 14, 2012 Biographies, Criminal Justice An intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.[25]
Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown February 28, 2012 Environment, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Health/Science/Technology An unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.[23]
Murdoch's Scandal March 27, 2012
The Real CSI April 17, 2012 Criminal Justice How reliable is the science behind forensics? A Frontline investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science.[26]
Money, Power and Wall Street April 24, 2012 – May 1, 2012 Money, Power and Wall Street Frontline tells the inside story of the global financial crisis.[27] (four one-hour episodes, May 4 premier concluded).
Cell Tower Deaths May 22, 2012 Learn about the hidden cost of better and faster cell phone service, and about unreliable medical evidence in several child death cases.
Six Billion Dollar Bet May 22, 2012
Al Qaeda in Yemen May 29, 2012 Frontline travels into the heart of Yemen's radical heartland, and shows how Al Queda is taking control of towns and cities in an attempt to establish its own state.
Dollars and Dentists June 26, 2012 Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans cannot 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.
Endgame: Aids in Black America July 10, 2012 Nearly half of the one million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children. Trace the history of the AIDS epidemic through the experiences of individuals who tell their stories.
Fast Times at West Philly High July 17, 2012 Students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution.
Middle School Moment July 17, 2012
Alaska Gold July 24, 2012 Business/Economy/Financial, Environment, Health/Science/Technology Frontline probes the fault lines of a growing battle in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, home to the world's last great wild sockeye salmon fishery-and enormous mineral deposits.[28]
The Battle for Syria September 18, 2012 Foreign Affairs/Defense Frontline takes you inside the heart of the insurgency, where rebel groups are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al Assad.
Dropout Nation September 25, 2012 Education in the United States What does it take to save a student? [29]
The Choice 2012 October 9, 2012 Government/Elections/Politics United States presidential election, 2012
Climate of Doubt October 23, 2012 Climate change denial and the climate change controversy regarding public opinion on climate change Featured Tim Phillips (political strategist) of Americans for Prosperity, Andrew Dessler, Bob Inglis a US Republican Representative who lost after to not denying anthropogenic climate change (global warming), Steve Coll, the Heartland Institute, Donors Trust, Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle, and others.[30]
Big Sky, Big Money October 30, 2012 Government/Elections/Politics A discussion of the impacts of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
The Suicide Plan November 13, 2012 Explore the shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred.
Poor Kids November 20, 2012 Business/Economy/Financial Poverty And surrounding issues in USA.

Season 31

Title Date Topic Description
Secret War / Opium Brides January 3, 2013
The Education of Michelle Rhee January 8, 2013 Education, Family/Children Biography and in depth look at one of the most controversial educational reformers in the modern era.
Inside Obama's Presidency January 15, 2013 Government/Elections/Politics A look inside the first term of the Barack Obama presidency and an eye to the second.
The Untouchables January 22, 2013 Business/Economy/Financial, Government/Elections/Politics A look inside the lack of prosecutions on Wall Street after The Great Recession
Cliffhanger February 12, 2013 Business/Economy/Financial, Government/Elections/Politics The inside history of how Washington has failed to solve the country's problems of debt and deficit
Newtown Divided February 19, 2013 Social Issues In depth look at the Newtown shooting and all surrounding issues.
Raising Adam Lanza February 19, 2013 Biographies, Criminal Justice In depth look at the history of Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter.
Kind Hearted Woman April 2, 2013 Biographies A portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation.
Syria Behind the Lines April 9, 2013 Foreign Affairs/Defense Everyday life of both the Syrian rebels and the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The Retirement Gamble April 23, 2013 Business/Economy/Financial, Social Issues Reform and common pitfalls in regards to retirement, IRA's and 401k, and less risky and less costly index funds.[31]
Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings April 30, 2013 Iraq/War on Terror An updated version of Top Secret America which traces the journey from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the 12-year battle against terrorism.
Never Forget to Lie May 14, 2013 Family/Children, Social Issues Filmmaker Marian Marzynski returns to Poland to explore his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors of the Holocaust.
Outlawed in Pakistan May 28, 2013 Afghanistan/Pakistan The story of a girl in Pakistan whose life is at risk for daring to allege rape.
Rape in the Fields June 25, 2013 Criminal Justice, Social Justice Lowell Bergman investigates the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women working in America's fields, farms and factories.
Two American Families July 9, 2013 Family/Children, Social Issues Bill Moyers chronicles the lives of two ordinary families over more than 20 years as they battle to keep from sliding into poverty.
Life and Death in Assisted Living July 30, 2013 Family/Children, Social Issues Frontline and ProPublica investigate assisted living in America.
Egypt in Crisis September 17, 2013 Middle East Correspondents Martin Smith and Charles Sennott examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis October 8, 2013 Health/Science/Technology, Sports The epidemic of concussions among National Football League players, their lingering effects, and the league's efforts to downplay the issue
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria October 22, 2013 Health/Science/Technology Frontline investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.
Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (2 hr) November 19, 2013 Biographies 50th anniversary shortened repeat of 1993 broadcast: Investigative biography examining the Kennedy assassination by exploring the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.
A Death in St. Augustine November 26, 2013 Criminal Justice What happens when the police face the possibility of domestic violence within their ranks?

Season 32

Title Date Topic Description
To Catch a Trader January 7, 2014 Business/Economy/Financial, Criminal Justice Frontline goes inside the hunt that uncovered vast insider trading on Wall Street.
Secret State of North Korea January 14, 2014 North Korea Using undercover footage, Frontline explores life under Kim Jong-un.
Syria's Second Front/Children of Aleppo February 11, 2014 Syria Three years into Syria's war, another enemy has emerged: extremists aligned with Al Qaeda.
Generation Like February 18, 2014 Social media What happens when the traditional teenage quest for identity and connection occurs online?
Secrets of the Vatican February 25, 2014 Vatican City An inside look at the scandals that rocked Benedict's papacy.
TB Silent Killer March 25, 2014 Health/Science/Technology An unforgettable portrait of lives forever changed by tuberculosis.
Locked up in America
Part One: Solitary Nation
Part Two: Prison State
April 22, 2014 – April 29, 2014 Criminal Justice Two raw, explosive films that explore America's fixation on incarceration.
United States of Secrets
Part One: The Program
Part Two: Privacy Lost
May 13, 2014 – May 20, 2014 Surveillance & Privacy Lawmakers and whistleblowers describe the surveillance state that developed in the wake of 9/11, largely exposed in 2013. Intelligence agencies routinely track individuals online using commercial data, as well as demand information from internet providers and phone companies.
Battle for Ukraine May 27, 2014 Foreign Affairs/Defense Explores the deep-seated hatreds on both sides of the conflict.
Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria May 27, 2014 Foreign Affairs/Defense Reports from inside two raging conflicts.
Syria: Arming the Rebels May 27, 2014 Foreign Affairs/Defense Reporter Muhammad Ali crosses into the war zone, and finds Syrian rebel fighters who say they're being secretly armed and trained by the United States.
Separate and Unequal July 15, 2014 Social Issues / Race / Religion Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback.
Losing Iraq July 29, 2014 Foreign Affairs/Defense U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America's military commitment in the country. Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq.
Ebola Outbreak September 9, 2014 From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread. With special access to teams fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, the film shows how the outbreak is endangering health- care workers, overwhelming hospitals and getting worse. Also this hour, Frontline investigates accounts that members of the Nigerian military have been committing atrocities in the fight against Boko Haram - the Islamist militants who kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.
Hunting Boko Haram September 9, 2014 Foreign Affairs/Defense FRONTLINE investigates evidence that in the fight against Boko Haram, members of the Nigerian military and state-sponsored militias have been committing atrocities against suspects, many of them innocent civilians.
The Trouble with Antibiotics October 14, 2014 Health/Science/Technology Frontline investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. Also this hour: An exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a nightmare bacteria outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.
The Rise of ISIS October 28, 2014 Foreign Affairs/Defense Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith, who made "Truth, War & Consequences," "Beyond Baghdad," "Private Warriors" and "Gangs of Iraq," reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again.
Firestone and the Warlord November 18, 2014 Frontline and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war.
Stickup Kid December 17, 2014 Frontline explores what happens when a juvenile offender is sent to adult prison.

Season 33

Title Date Topic Description
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA January 6, 2015 Gun Control / Politics A look into the politics and power of the National Rifle Association
Putin's Way January 13, 2015 Foreign Affairs / Defense An investigation into accusations surrounding Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia
Being Mortal February 10, 2015 Medical Care An exploration into the intersection of life, death, medicine and what matters in the end.
The Vaccine War March 24, 2015 Medical Care A continuation of Season 28's investigation into vaccine controversies, reviewing the latest chapter in the issue
The Fight for Yemen April 7, 2015 Yemen Crisis A report by Safa Al Ahmad from the heart of the escalating conflict in Yemen
American Terrorist April 21, 2015 David Headley Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)
Outbreak May 5, 2015 Medical Care The vivid, inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began, and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late.
The Trouble with Chicken May 12, 2015 Health FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry, and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat.
Secrets, Politics and Torture May 19, 2015 Foreign Affairs / Defense The dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture.
Obama at War May 26, 2015 Inside the Obama administration's struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria.
Rape On The Night Shift June 23, 2015 FRONTLINE investigates the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.
Growing Up Trans June 30, 2015 Family/Children An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.(90 minutes in length)
Escaping ISIS July 14, 2015 Gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS.
Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty July 21, 2015 Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Two filmmakers set out to interview "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of a major Mexican drug cartel.
My Brother's Bomber (Part 1) September 21, 2015 Pan Am Flight 103
My Brother's Bomber (Part 2) October 6, 2015 Pan Am Flight 103
My Brother's Bomber (Part 3) October 13, 2015 Pan Am Flight 103
Immigration Battle October 20, 2015
Inside Assad's Syria October 27, 2015
Terror in Little Saigon November 3, 2015
ISIS in Afghanistan November 17, 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province

Season 34

Title Date Topic Description
Netanyahu at War January 5, 2016 International affairs A look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political career and his relationships with American presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Supplements and Safety January 19, 2016 Health An examination into the dangers of vitamins and supplements, including their production, use, and limited FDA oversight; produced with The New York Times and CBC Television's the fifth estate
The Fantasy Sports Gamble February 9, 2016 Fantasy sports A joint investigation with The New York Times into the growth and operations of online daily fantasy sports operations
Chasing Heroin February 23, 2016 Drug addiction An investigation into the heroin crisis in the United States
Saudi Arabia Uncovered March 29, 2016 Middle East Undercover footage and on-the-ground reporting inside Saudi Arabia profiles those who seek to bring change to the kingdom
Children of Syria April 19, 2016 Middle East The story of four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo, Syria, and their escape to a new life in Germany.
Benghazi in Crisis May 3, 2016 Foreign affairs A report from Benghazi, birthplace of Libya's 2011 uprising and the site of ongoing battles against ISIS.
Yemen Under Siege May 3, 2016 Yemeni Civil War Journalist Safa al Ahmed looks at the human toll of the war in Yemen
The Secret History of ISIS May 17, 2016 Foreign affairs An examination of the creation of the Islamic State and the missed signs and missteps that led to its rise
Business of Disaster May 24, 2016 Disaster relief A Frontline/NPR joint investigation into insurance company profits, fraudulent claims, and FEMA difficulties resulting from the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy
Policing the Police June 28, 2016 Law enforcement Jelani Cobb's report from Newark, New Jersey highlights a look into the difficulties in reforming troubled police departments
Mosquito Hunter August 2, 2016 Health A look at Brazil's efforts to combat mosquito-borne illnesses, most notably Zika fever.
A Subprime Education September 13, 2016 Education A look at allegations of fraud and predatory behavior plaguing the for-profit higher education industry.
The Choice 2016 September 27, 2016 Biographies A look at the backgrounds of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Confronting ISIS October 11, 2016 Foreign affairs A look at the successes, failures and challenges in the U.S.-led effort to degrade and destroy ISIS.
Terror in Europe October 18, 2016 Foreign affairs As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium.
Exodus December 27, 2016 Europe First-person accounts of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for a safe haven in Europe. (2 hours in length)

Season 35

Title Date Topic Description
President Trump January 3, 2017 Biographies The key moments that helped shape President-elect Donald Trump
Divided States of America - Pt. 1[32] January 17, 2017 Government/Elections/Politics A 2-part examination of the polarization dividing Washington and the U.S. as a whole begins with a look at how Barack Obama's promise of change and unity collided with racial and political realities. (2 hours in length)
Divided States of America - Pt. 2[33] January 18, 2017 Government/Elections/Politics A look at the racial tensions in America, the war for control of the GOP, and the growing dysfunction in Washington; leading to the election of Donald Trump.
Trump's Road to the White House January 24, 2017 Biographies A look at how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the U.S. presidency, how he rallied millions of supporters and defeated adversaries, and who he’s bringing with him to the White House.
Battle for Iraq January 31, 2017 Foreign affairs/Defense Reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad goes inside the battle against the Islamic State for control of the Iraqi city of Mosul. (30 minutes in length)
Hunting ISIS January 31, 2017 Foreign affairs/Defense A look at an elite special operations unit at the center of the fight against ISIS in Iraq. (30 minutes in length)
Betting on Trump
February 15, 2017 Economics A trio of reports on what Donald Trump's promises mean to voters in California's Central Valley (farming and water), West Virginia (coal industry), and Erie, Pennsylvania (jobs) (each report 10-11 minutes in length)
Out of Gitmo February 21, 2017 Foreign affairs/Defense Frontline and NPR examines the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. (30 minutes in length)
Forever Prison February 21, 2017 Foreign affairs/Defense A Frontline/Retro Report collaboration into the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. (30 minutes in length)
Iraq Uncovered March 21, 2017 Iraq/war on terror A look into allegations of abuse of Sunni Muslim civilians by powerful Shia militias.
Last Days of Solitary April 18, 2017 Criminal justice A look at Maine's ambitious attempt to decrease its use of solitary confinement and what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society.
The Fish on My Plate April 25, 2017 Health Writer Paul Greenberg spends a year on a diet almost exclusively of fish in pondering the question of what type of fish is good for the human body and the planet. (90 minutes in length)
Second Chance Kids May 2, 2017 Social issues Inside the fight over the fate of juveniles serving lifetime prison sentences for murder, 5 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling that such sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional.
Poverty, Politics and Profit May 9, 2017 Housing A Frontline/NPR investigation into why, despite billions being spent on public/private housing initiatives, so few low-income people get the housing they need.
American Patriot May 16, 2017 Law enforcement/Militias Inside the armed uprising against the federal government: how the Bundy family's uprising invigorated armed militias and "patriot" groups.
Bannon's War May 23, 2017 Biographies A look at Trump adviser Steve Bannon; his confrontational style; his personal crusade to transform America; and his wars with radical Islam, traditional Washington politics, and rivals inside the White House.
Life on Parole July 15, 2017 Criminal justice The film goes inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. It follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail September 12, 2017 Economics, Criminal justice This documentary is the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis. (90 minutes in length)
North Korea's Deadly Dictator October 4, 2017 Biography/Foreign Affairs A look at who killed Kim Jong-nam and what his murder reveals about North Korea under Kim Jong-un
War on the EPA October 11, 2017 Government/Environment/Politics Inside Scott Pruitt's journey from his fight against the EPA to leading the agency and the recent history of the climate change policy of the United States

Season 36

Title Date Topic Description
Mosul October 18, 2017 Foreign affairs/Defense Inside the battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul. (38 minutes in length)
Inside Yemen October 18, 2017 Foreign affairs/Defense How Yemen’s humanitarian crisis was worsened by a brutal war. (15 minutes in length)
Putin's Revenge October 25, 2017 (Part 1)
November 1, 2017 (Part 2)
Foreign affairs/Elections/Politics A 2-part examination of Vladimir Putin's rise and rule of Russia, his grievances with the U.S., and accusations of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Exodus: The Journey Continues January 23, 2018 Europe A sequel to Season 34's "Exodus" tells intimate stories of refugees and migrants caught in Europe's tightened borders. (2 hours in length)
The Gang Crackdown February 13, 2018 Law enforcement An investigation into killings linked to the MS-13 gang and the law enforcement crackdown that led to some immigrant teens being unlawfully detained.
Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia February 20, 2018 (Part 1)
February 27, 2018 (Part 2)
Foreign affairs A 2-part look at how a dangerous political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. (part one is 2 hours in length)
Weinstein March 2, 2018 Sexual Harassment How Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades and the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.
Trump’s Takeover April 10, 2018 Politics How Donald Trump’s use of inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on fellow Republicans gave him control of the GOP and further divided the country in his first year as U.S. President.
McCain April 17, 2018 Biographies A look at John McCain’s life and politics, including his time as a Vietnam POW, his 2008 run for U.S. President (and his selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate), and his complicated relationship with President Trump and fellow Republicans (including his dramatic vote against a GOP health care bill).
Trafficked in America April 24, 2018 Law enforcement A labor trafficking investigation reveals a criminal network forcing Guatemalan teens to work against their will in Ohio.
Blackout in Puerto Rico May 1, 2018 An in-depth look why Puerto Rico was left struggling to survive after Hurricane Maria.
Myanmar's Killing Fields May 8, 2018 Asia Secret footage going back years shows the effort to kill and expel Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.


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