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Episode Guide
EPISODE 205
Airdate: June 12, 2003

• Overview
• TV and Web Credits
• Press

>>Transcript

OVERVIEW

Venezuela, A NATION ON EDGE
A polarizing president stirs political passions
What accounts for the remarkable staying power of Hugo Chavez, the maverick, populist president of Venezuela? One year after Chavez was briefly toppled in a coup d'état, FRONTLINE/World travels to Caracas to investigate the highly charged, sometimes violent, class struggle that swirls around him. read more

India, STARRING OSAMA BIN LADEN
A folk opera with a disturbing twist

On a journey to India, a FRONTLINE/World crew comes across Osama bin Laden -- not the terrorist mastermind, but rather an actor starring in a popular community theater production torn from the headlines. Days later, after a four-hour-long portrayal of bin Laden before an enthusiastic, packed house in Calcutta, the actor turns to ask our reporter: "What did you think of my performance?" read more

Hong Kong, CHASING THE VIRUS
Trying to stop the deadly SARS epidemic
The SARS epidemic may be an early test of the ability of medical science to respond to a swiftly spreading, globalized infectious malady. FRONTLINE/World follows one distinguished researcher to Hong Kong, and China, as he scrambles to help his colleagues around the world grapple with SARS. read more

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TV AND WEB CREDITS

A NATION ON EDGE

Reporter: JUAN FORERO; Producer: DOUG HAMILTON; Co-Producer/Videographer: CASSANDRA HERRMAN; Editor: ANDREW GERSH; Associate Producer: ANGEL GONZALEZ; Special Thanks: UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Produced in association with The New York Times

STARRING OSAMA BIN LADEN

Reporter: ARUN RATH; Producer: RANEY ARONSON; Editor: NANCY NOVACK; Associate Producer: CINDI CREAGER; Camera: KIRSTEN JOHNSON; Additional Camera: KATHERINE PATTERSON, SUNANDA MUKHERJEE; Sound: SUMERU MUKHOPADHYAY

CHASING THE VIRUS

Reporter/Producer: RENATA SIMONE; Producer: RANEY ARONSON; Editor: STEVE AUDETTE; Camera: MARK BRICE; Associate Producer: CINDI CREAGER; Assistant Editor: JEREMY SIEFER; Additional Research: CATHERINE WRIGHT; Production Assistant: OLGA, WONG YEE SHEUNG

FOR FRONTLINE/WORLD 205

Coordinating Producer for KQED: RACHEL RANEY; Associate Producer: SHERAZ SADIQ; Business Manager: SUZANNE ROMAINE; Web Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Web Editors: DOUG FOSTER, SARA MILES; Web Site Design: SUSAN HARRIS; Additional Web Production: EMILY COVEN; Promotion: ERIN MARTIN KANE, CHRIS KELLY; Community Engagement: BRENT QUAN HALL, ELLEN SCHNEIDER, ACTIVE VOICE; Interns: DAN KRAUSS, BRENT MCDONALD; Legal: ERIC BRASS, DAVID MOYCE; Satellite Photos: SPACE IMAGING; Theme Music: SUPREME BEINGS OF LEISURE; Sound Mix: JIM SULLIVAN; Post Production Supervisor: CHRIS FOURNELLE; Post Production Assistant: CHETIN CHABUK; Online Editor: MICHAEL H. AMUNDSON; Series Design: JOHN MACGIBBON; FRONTLINE Coordinating Producer: ROBIN PARMELEE; FRONTLINE Production Manager: TIM MANGINI; FRONTLINE Series Manager: JIM BRACCIALE; KQED VP, TV Station Manager: DEANNE HAMILTON; Executive in charge for KQED: SUE ELLEN MCCANN; Executive in charge for WGBH/FRONTLINE: SHARON TILLER; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Executive Producer: DAVID FANNING

WEB SITE (Venezuela, India, Hong Kong)

Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Design and Production: FLUENT STUDIOS - Susan Harris, Joyce Yu; Additional Web Production: EMILY COVEN; Associate Producer: SHERAZ SADIQ; Writing and Research: EMILY COVEN, BRENT MCDONALD, DAVID MONTERO, LYSSA MUDD, KELLY WHALEN; Additional Research: DAN KRAUSS; Copy Editor: JOAN SAUNDERS; Web Editor: DOUG FOSTER; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Video Encoding: BUYSTREAMING; Special Thanks: SAM BAILEY, KQED INTERACTIVE, ROBIN PARMALEE, PBS INTERACTIVE, RACHEL RANEY, NATASHA RODRIGUEZ, WEN STEPHENSON, COLLEEN WILSON

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PRESS REACTION

... If you're planning to catch the latest "Frontline/World", you might want to break out the Haagen-Dazs. Tonight's show - which looks at SARS in Hong Kong, political unrest in Venezuela and anti-Americanism in India - is informative and interesting as ever, but it leads to an inescapable conclusion: The world is a depressing place.

Researcher David Ho, who helped develop drug cocktails for treating HIV patients, is leading a team battling SARS in Hong Kong, where the virus has had a devastating impact. ...

"Frontline/World" returns to Venezuela on the anniversary of last year's coup attempt to examine why a nation once so stable and rich is on the verge of chaos. Detractors fear President Hugo Chavez is another Castro who will "Cubanize" Venezuela, while one backer calls him "more important than God, because he is the hope of the people" ...

India has good relations with the U.S., but a successful street opera puts a disturbing spin on Sept. 11, portraying President Bush and his advisors as terrorists and Osama bin Laden as a sensitive hero.

The inane opera is all the more disturbing for the enthusiastic reaction it gets from the Calcutta audience. Americans may still be shocked at how they are perceived abroad.

---Los Angeles Times

"FRONTLINE/World (PBS, 9 p.m.) is must-see TV for those who like volume in their news shows. The program squeezes three reports into one hour and the stories are inevitably tight and timely."

---The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada

"On an especially packed edition of FRONTLINE/World, a reporter is inside the lab when a significant breakthrough in the SARS epidemic is made in Hong Kong...

Also, New York Times reporter Juan Forero recaps a year of turmoil in Venezuela, including a scene at a lengthy press conference held by embattled President Hugo Chavez, who asks him, 'What is PBS?'

'It's public TV in the United States,' Forero replies.

'Do you broadcast from Iraq?"

'No.'

'You don't reach that far?'

Heck, it doesn't even reach as far as Connecticut sometimes, where tonight's FRONTLINE doesn't air until 2:30 and 4 a.m."

---Hartford Courant

 

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