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Tom Westbury in Atlanta
I have been a Frontline viewer from the very beginning. Some of the most powerfully presented documentaries in TV history have appeared on Frontline. The documentaries on Peruvian gold mining and the murder of the journalist in the Ukraine were no exception. Both were very compelling, one provoking in me outrage at the U.S. corporate destruction in Peru and the other a sense of heartbreaking tragedy over the murder in the Ukraine.

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Anonymous - New York
Why, oh why must we read about the physical characteristics of your female reporters on your Web site? ["The Two Tall Women Episode."] Is this supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, or do you really have an editor who doesn't know that publicly discussing your female reporters' looks while mentioning nothing about your male reporters' looks is sexist?

What century is this, anyway? I honestly expect more from Frontline.
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Response from Series Editor Stephen Talbot:
If it's any comfort to you I refer to our most recent program as "the two sedated males" episode -- in reference to the understated, monotone delivery of the men who reported from Iran and Kyrgyzstan. My point is, we are extremely serious about the work we do at FRONTLINE/World, but we are also irreverent and occasionally self-mocking. For the record, Paul Kenyon is rather short and Petr Lom is extremely tall. I myself am the reporter who submitted my weight to the scrutiny of America on Frontline's "Diet Wars." All body types are welcome here.

Few journalism shows on television have featured as many immensely talented women as we have on FRONTLINE/World -- both on camera and off as reporters. producers, editors and cinematographers. It's something we are very proud of and will continue to do. I should warn you that some of these women will be tall.
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Herbert Carter
Please continue to bring us interesting and incredible stories from all over our planet! Continue to educate and entertain us with mind-expanding TV programs such as yours. Frontline is an awesome show! I think America is in danger of falling into an abyss of mind-numbing bullshit and we need to continue to educate and entertain those who are smart and want desperately to be fed information from across the world. I guess I am a hopeless historian/sociologist and I can't get enough of this stuff. Please continue to send us this great TV!
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Chris Radok
I have been a big fan of Frontline for years and now Frontline/World -- you're spoiling me! Always learning something new from your programs.

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Howard Vanderbilt - Honeoye, New York
Possibly the best television I've ever seen. The reporting is superb. Please continue.
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Roger Jackson - Port Townsend, Washington
This new format of smaller features ranging all over subject areas was nothing short of inspirational. Please produce more of these as well as the longer, more in-depth type programs on which your reputation has been established. Thank you so much!
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Robin Bennet - Chicago Illinois
I Love that I can play these selected stories for my students! I was about to figure out a rebroadcast to set my VCR -- now I can just use the Web site and a projector. Plus my kids can come to the site themselves and research reputably sourced info. I like to connect their text reading with current aspects, which you always have in abundance. Thank You!
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Tom Acker - Grand Junction, Colorado
The programming on Frontline is wonderful: timely, in-depth, fresh, and free of political slant and prejudgment. I watched the program on Iran's nuclear production, the potters of Chihuahua, MX, and the bride kidnapping. All letting the viewer know the wonderful complexity of life on our planet, beyond any programming on the major channels. Thanks.
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Peter Sabounjian - Glendale, California
I watched the video on PBS yesterday night and it was great. Please, I want to buy a copy of it. Please reply as soon as possible and let me know how much does it cost.
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FRONTLINE/World responds:
Video copies of our broadcasts are available on Shop PBS, typically several weeks after broadcast. You will also be able to watch the program in streaming video on our Web site after May 23.

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Drew Abas - Loveland, Ohio
I simply love Frontline/World. Sure, I wish I was more 'traveled' than I am, but having been to China twice, Europe twice, and various overnights around the world while with the USAF Reserves, it is only Frontline/World with its unique perspective compared to other international news shows that gives me the same feeling as when I was "there" (i.e., out in the world) myself. Your stories are grounded in the reality of the location you film, and are told at ground level. Keep up the great work. I'm setting my hard drive on Frontline/World record!!
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Anonymous - Paisley, Florida
After watching your broadcast of May 17, I felt compelled to write and congratulate you and your production crews for this program. This was the first time I had watched this show and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. The photo journalism aspect of the show content was superb. I have never seen such in depth and personal reporting and now have an understanding of the problems within Syria and Liberia. This is exactly what I have been searching for and it is certainly not to be found on any of the broadcast network news programs. Too bad for me that I am shortly off to Spain for an extended period of time, but I do note that I can access the show from my computer, so I guess I will watch using that method. Once again, congratulations on such an informative and educational program.

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J. Giles - Staunton, Virginia
I am a fan of Frontline, but I have to admit I was originally going to skip last night's Frontline World because I was not that interested in the areas visited. However, I ended up watching most of it anyway. I was totally absorbed with the stories on Lebanon and Liberia. Your reporters and camera people do a great job of reaching real people in countries around the globe and bringing these other worlds to life. I was especially interested in the Liberian guerrillas and their transformation to a new and peaceful way of life, which I hope will prevail in that country. For the first time I was able to know more about the lives behind what to me before was just a rebellious rabble of men. Great job.

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David Scholz - San Francisco, California
As always your programming has been thought provoking and informative. I only wish programs like these drew a larger viewer audience. The more I stay tuned to public broadcasting and keep my eyes on international headlines, the more I wish this information was everywhere -- to give us all a better understanding of the daily struggles, and the beauty and complexity of cultures throughout the world. I love your programming!

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Bernard Knab - Portland, Oregon
I am writing to express my deep gratitude for your superb Stories From a Small Planet Series, especially the ones on Lebanon and Liberia. These were, in my view, journalism at its very finest, something one finds all too infrequently on television in these "cable talk times.' I have been a Frontline fan for many years, and your "World Series" is yet another marvelous spin-off of what is one of journalism's finest shows. Sincere thanks for your efforts.
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Michael Brandes
I think your program is magnificent. I try not to miss an airing and have subscribed to your newsletter today to reduce the likelihood of that happening. I was so impressed by your last show -- the courage, intensity, directness, and quality of the reporting was truly amazing. I congratulate all of those involved.

I watch on WETA in D.C. where I'm a member in the hopes of supporting programs like yours. Unfortunately, there aren't enough of them.
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Heidi Kim
I just started watching your program on KTEH Channel 15 and I have never been so impressed by a show. I am amazed at the in-depth coverage of very important issues and I commend everyone who has taken risks to inform the American public. It's unfortunate that many Americans do not take the time to get informed of world events -- but your show is making an enormous impact in this regard. Thank you so much for bringing such a wonderful program to public television! And thank you also for providing even more in-depth information on your Web site.
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Jay Wong - Mill Valley, California
I am really disappointed by FRONTLINE/World. Recently, you showed a piece on the Uighurs and called it "China Silenced: A Reporter's Nightmare." It wasn't the reporter's nightmare -- what about the person she got in trouble? Your reporter looked stupid and irresponsible. The story should not have aired. As for the other two pieces, stop glorifying the journalist and just tell the story from the interviewee's perspective. How many cutaway shots did you have of Amy Costello? Too many!

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Chantal Betournay - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Keep up the excellent work. I cannot express to you how refreshing it is to be able to watch honest and factual reporting. You would think with the technology that we have today, that finding accurate news reporting on events occurring around the world would be easier to access. However, all we have is CNN and I could not express to you how strongly I dislike their programming. It has become celebrity and sensationalism. So other than the propaganda that is CNN and ridiculously inept local news which only airs the greatest disasters but only at the end of their normal programming, where else can we turn? So thank you for showing us what is truly going on in the world.
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Tony Natera - Miami Beach, Florida
Excellent show, beautifully written, honest, in-depth, neutral great journalistic work, the best I have seen in years. I spent an hour in Iraq and Sudan with you guys and for that I am thankful.

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Tom Jurgens - Libertyville, Illinois
I watched this show and was stunned. This is outstanding journalism. Thank you Frontline for telling a story that few network news programs want to tell.
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Anonymous - West Monroe, New York
Great program last night. My husband and I were enthralled. If only more Americans would watch and learn from such great reporting. Your program puts the big networks to shame. Thanks.
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Anonymous - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Thank you Frontine for restoring my faith in media. Moreover my faith in the American media.
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Anonymous - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Great program. I always find it so interesting and informative.
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Jonathan Falk - Gresham, Oregon
This particular show overall (January 11) was one of the most interesting collection of pieces I have seen on Frontline/World. The Sudan piece vividly gave one a visual and historical sense of the Darfur genocide. The Iraq piece was informative as well, with such memorable footage as the boat landing and the (apparent) severed head in a bag. In response to Serene Fang's piece, I would say that while both the U.S. and China have committed abuses, at least we can discuss our wrongs.
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Audrey Roth-Kraybill - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Thank God for [FRONTLINE].

Last night I watched your show featuring segments about Sudan, Iraq and China. The candid, respectful and humble attitudes of each reporter comforted me. They maintained journalistic "distance" while allowing me to see their inner struggles to make sense of it all. Their struggles were shown by subtle facial expressions not the patronizing verbal barrage by people who have been exposed to such mind-jarring complexities but come away from it perhaps moved but not transformed. I tire of listening to journalists who return from developing countries shaking their heads and saying how sad it was, how "blessed" we are in America, and how we need to help "unfortunate" people. I feel that there is so much we need to learn from those in developing nations: the United States should sit at their feet and listen. I was a missionary kid in Somalia in the early 1970s, four hours into the bush from the capital. The sights, sounds, smells and memories of those years constantly make me uncomfortable with my life in the states. But if I am blessed by anything, it is that discomfort that I am blessed by. It was reassuring to watch your show and know that I am not alone in that blessing. Thank you.
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Anonymous - Mesquite, Texas
Very powerful program tonight. It's amazing what people of different nations go through on a day-to-day basis just to survive.
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Anonymous - La Jolla, California
Bravo...wonderfull TV

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Anonymous - Bedford, Nova Scotia
Just watched your Jan 11 broadcast.....outstanding! Very well crafted in every respect.
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Anonymous
The World gives perspectives on culture and politics that will continue to go unnoticed and unappreciated. Please keep it up.

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Matt Salomon - Gering, Nebraska
To any staff member of FRONTLINE/World: I am a teacher in Gering, NE. Myself and other teachers love what you are doing but have NO ACCESS to your TV programs on our local NETV station, Channel 13 in Scottsbluff, NE. Are you still running TV episodes? Can you make a plug for our state station to run your programs?
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FRONTLINE/World responds:
FRONTLINE/World is set to return to the air on January 11, 2005 with our first episode of our new season. We hope to produce four episodes between January and June. As usual, they will all appear on the weekly series, FRONTLINE, which now airs Tuesday nights at 9 pm (check local listings).

If for some reason your local station is not broadcasting FRONTLINE and FRONTLINE/World, you can always watch our stories in streaming video on our Web site. Also, teachers can purchase tapes of any of our programs through TeacherSource. For links to purchase an episode go to our Purchase a Tape page.

Normally, all PBS stations air FRONTLINE and FRONTLINE/World, but if your local station is not, we encourage you to lobby them.

You might also be interested in the FRONTLINE/World teacher activities, in our Educators section. These are one to two class period guides built around various FRONTLINE/World stories, tied to national standards but designed to be adapted to your curricular and classroom needs.
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Carlos Pulido - Park Ridge, New Jersey
Man, when I see the garbage that constitutes most of television's output these days it is downright depressing. Your program, however, is a beacon in the darkness. If only more of the viewing public had the desire and interest in learning about the stories you cover, rather than slavishly tuning in to the latest "reality" crap program and mindless sitcom. Yes, there is a time and place for escapism. But shouldn't that be balanced with some time spent ingesting new information and enlarging one's world view? Your program SHOULD be required viewing for students in middle and high school, college students, and most adults as well. But I fear that the corporate and political powers that be prefer to keep the masses as the ignorant flocks of sheep that they are. Just keep'em spending, and not worrying about anything else of substance! Yeah, I'm just a little angry.

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Kindall Carleton - College Station, Texas
I had no idea any of the stories that I saw tonight even existed. Frontline showed me my ignorance of areas outside of the US. I believe that great art is disturbing and I have never felt so compelled by any story on television. I hope to see much more in the future. Thank you.
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Joe McCloskey - Brooklyn, New York
I was glad -- and a bit surprised -- to see a variety of reactions to the Mexican piece from other viewers -- people who are obviously informed by a wider set of information, thoughts, and values than those of the producers of the segment. It is good that people with such views also feel genuine sympathy for the people involved in this situation.

All three segments last night were well produced and dealt with valid subjects, albeit with obvious bias (for example, the politically correct language of the Indian piece -- prostitutes no longer exist.) The problem is that those subjects reflected the concerns of only one small segment of our society: those of the activist, antiglobalist left.

Meatier reporting would better serve the need to help people in our society develop an informed worldview. For example, instead of a young, self-indulgent writer in China who writes about sex and drugs, why not produce a piece about the many Chinese scholars and writers who are wrestling with basic problems of freedom and economy, all the while under the thumb and scrutiny of the world's largest authoritarian regime? China is the world's largest country: The writers must be among the world's most interesting minds.

Nightline [FRONTLINE] should focus less on supplying the demand of movement followers for soft matter that conforms to their already formed views. Last night's selection and treatment of subject calls into question their objectivity when it comes to more important topics.
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Preeti - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hello, I am a Canadian living in Calgary, Alberta. I was recently in Vancouver, British Columbia and was fortunate enough to see Frontline World for the first time. It was so heartening to see such an insightful and intelligent program on television. I have become so disillusioned with television that I don't even have a cable provider at home and only receive 3-5 channels (including PBS) via antenna. The recent program on Pakistan, Kyrgzstan and Kenya was enlightening. When I got home it motivated me to find out the schedule for the program here in Calgary (via Spokane, WA). I was disappointed to see that there are no listings on KSPS, however, when I consulted your Web site, I found that I can still view the program on-line. This is an impressive public service.

Thank you for providing this window to the world.
Regards,
Preeti
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Jim Vavra - Calgary, Alberta
Frontline is on KSPS from time to time, in Calgary.

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Sarah Bennett - San Rafael, California
FRONTLINE WORLD IS THE BEST PROGRAM ON TELEVISION. END OF STORY. PERIOD! Keep up the important work!

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Anonymous - Hillsboro, Oregon
Last night was the first time I watched Frontline/World, and I can tell you that it will not be the last. At a time when words such as substance and excellence used in conjunction with television news have become oxymora, this program is an almost startling exception. Each of the three stories are wonderfully done, and each in their way deeply affecting. But Jane Kokan's "Forbidden Iran" is surpassing. I struggle to find words adequate to express its effect: I am disturbed, troubled, horrified; yet filled with respect and admiration at the unquailing resolve of the Iranian dissidents and for Kokan herself. She, through her own transparency, allows the dissidents and the facts to tell the story. It is told so masterfully that it has broken my heart; but in so doing has renewed my faith in the human spirit. I feel awed and humbled by the sheer courage and sacrifice of the Iranians profiled. Zahra Kazemi, her grieving son, Stefan, the student activist and the dissident Arzhang, both bravely insisting that their faces be shown, the imprisoned student leader, Amir Fakhravar--these people have become real to me and I must do what I can to assist their cause. Though the world of journalism itself is filled with hyperbole, this really is journalism at its finest. Thank you.
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Steve McManus - Owings Mills, Maryland
I have begun using the archived documentaries in my middle school geography classes and have found them extremely valuable. We use them as springboards for conversation and discussion about other cultures, the role of women in other societies, the impact of technology on traditions, and comparisons between our society and culture with the rest of the world. I know of no textbook that provides the same depth, objectivity, and detail that your programs do on a consistent basis. Thank you for providing this resource that has become a staple of our curriculum
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Paul Condylis - Chicago, Illinois
Frontline is an oasis. You are [a] rare contributor to the elegance and stature of humanity in a time of frequent inanity and dishonesty.
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Parveen Sadiq - Houston, Texas
The Frontline[/World program] last night was done very well in every sense- the content, the presentation, everything was good. Keep up the good work.

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Doreen Swartz - Pensacola, Florida
Frontline is my favorite program on TV. You deserve the many awards that have been bestowed upon you! Keep up the good work.
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P. Wrigley - Washington, D.C.
I just wanted to write a brief note to tell you how impressed I am with your program. I saw it for the first time last night (Venezuela, India, China) and found it to be extremely interesting, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change from the lockstep, America-first approach of the mass media. Keep up the good work!
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Arnab Gupta - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
While my friends argue that the new Matrix movie makes them think, I was quick to point them to your program. And indeed, you now have an extra set of people who are devotees of the best show on television. The journalists sense of curiosity is similar to my own when I travel. The sincerity and humbleness of their work is a testament to what Frontline is all about. I am going to continue spreading the word of Frontline/World, it deserves to be seen by anyone with a mind and who is willing to think. Thank you.
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Ted Lester - Homewood, Alabama
I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful program you produce. I watched Frontline World tonight for the first time, and I was shocked at the quality of your program. TV news is disgusting to watch these days with all of the superficial stories. I would like to congratulate your reporters for doing some real research and reporting, instead of just reading press releases. In the days of 24-hour news, I would like to let you know that viewers appreciate the depth and quality of your stories. You have won the eyes of this viewer not through gimicks or flashy graphics but through hard work and integrity.

Thank you again,
Ted Lester

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Anonymous - Staunton, Virginia
Great series so far. Very informative and interesting. The variety of coverage is impressive; and while most of the series focuses on conflict, you present many different perspectives--from outright fighting to much more subtle stories, including art and music. I love the satellite zoom in on each area of the globe that's being discussed. Really nice web site too. Keep it going. Thanks.
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Don Wright - Lincoln, Nebraska
Last night's 'World' contained 3 of the most interesting 'pieces' seen on TV since Frontline began. Keep it up!

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Larry G. - Phoenix, Arizona
I am an international relations student, and I'm thrilled that you have begun a new season of FRONTLINE/World. It is a great service to this country and to humanity. Your report last year about the oil war in Colombia changed my life. I had always been aware of the drug war in Colombia, but your program opened my eyes to the greater conflict. I have since devoted a term paper to the subject and have spent many hours researching the Civil War in Colombia. Once again PBS comes through as the voice of reason in these times of turmoil and uncertainty...
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Parveen Sadiq - Houston, Texas
This was a wonderful and a very informative program. The way you put the program together is remarkable. There was continuity in spite of diverse topics and countries. The musician's segment was very nice. Keep up the good work.

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Jayeson Vance - San Francisco, California
Your three part presentation of Hezbollah, Guatemalan coffee farmers and the women climbers of Nepal qualifies as among the finest yet most varied time I've spent with a TV set since I can remember! Please continue to do this great service! Our nation needs enlightenment badly, especially about geography and history of other cultures!
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James A. Jaeger - St. Paul, Minnesota
I just wanted to comment on the high quality and content of your show, very well done, keep up the great work and looking forward to more episodes.
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Rob Turknett - Austin, Texas
I caught Frontline World for the first time last night, and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. This program does a great public service by helping Americans like me to connect with lives of people in the rest of the world, and to understand how my actions as a U.S. citizen and consumer impact them. I will never buy a cup of coffee again without thinking of the mill workers in Mexico, waiting nervously for the verdict on the flavor of their coffee, as their livelihood hangs in the balance. I wish you continued success.
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Joanna Rabiger - Austin, Texas
As an English resident in the US, infuriated by how difficult it is to get any kind of incisive, layered and complex view of the world from here on television, I applaud the pilot Frontline World series and hope and pray that it will become regular, established viewing. This is where documentary reportage in the US ought to be going -- and this kind of well researched, well written, essayistic and brilliantly edited (wonderful shooting, fantastic pacing) TV series is what we desperately need in this country, if we want to genuinely understand our globalized international age. The way in which the process of reporting and the level of anthropological negotiation is represented (I'm talking about the ways in which the reporters interact with subjects) is especially laudable. I've signed up for the email newsletter and am going to spread the word widely. What an excellent and timely series.
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Eric McLearon - Battle Creek, Michigan
An amazing, insightful, and intelligent show. Frontline's journalists bring us to countries most Westerners have no chance of entering. Thus, they do us the great service of opening up closed portions of the world to our eyes. Programs like this one are so very crucial in order to dispel some of the ignorance that cancers America today. Keep up the outstanding work.
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Anonymous
Well done!!
I caught your show for the first time tonight. I have signed up for the newsletter so that I will be sure to catch the next one. Too bad this sort of show is not on weekly. Keep up the good work.

Thanks.
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Zac Appleton - San Francisco, California
I just saw your episode on Nigeria, North Korea, and Iceland ... GREAT SHOW! Keep it up! Your journalists are excellent, the formatting is perfect, and its global view vital.

I just wish Frontline/WORLD received more coverage and fanfare.

Keep up the good work!
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R Hyllegard - Macomb, Illinois
Dear Frontline/World

Your recent show about North Korea, the music scene in Iceland, and Nigeria was quite well done. I particularly liked the way in which the segments were shot and presented - very simple and realistic.

Keep up the great work, IMHO Frontline is the best thing on TV.
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Nashville, Indiana
I saw your program for the first time last night.......how amazing and insightful. I was especially interested in the piece on North Korea. It was so different from what you hear in the news; it was an eye-opener to hear their views of America. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Anchorage, Alaska
HELP! What happened to the FRONTLINE I have known and loved for years? Please don't lead us down the road of so much of regular TV (and increasingly PBS as well)... into popular culture and short, surface-level stories. For years FRONTLINE has been the best program on television because of its excellence in investigative reporting that is well-researched, ground-breaking and presented in a fascinating, credible style. I won't tune in to watch one person's reaction to something... a video diary. I can watch the network news shows for that. FRONTLINE, please don't abandon your mission. You have been an essential source of the information I value. Please don't turn to all the ploys and focus the networks have turned to attract a younger audience. With this new format you are ruining an excellent program and format that is essential to furthering and maintaining democracy and freedom through accurate, truthful, in-depth reporting.
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Johnson City, New York
I happened upon Frontline World tonight, and was amazed at the information I learned in such a short period of time! I was especially interested the Korean segment because a good friend of mine is in the U.S. Army stationed right on the DMZ. From months of reading as much information as possible on both North and South Korea, I have learned that American media's cookie-cutter coverage is missing the depth I discovered here. I will doubtlessly add your program to my list of alternative news sources, such as http://www.worldnews.com. Please continue producing and broadcasting such essential programs regularly!

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Dick Yant - Oceanside, California
Finally a global current events format! Join the BBC, thanks & keep it up.
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Kate Sandman - Novato, California
The stories on Iceland, Nigeria and Korea were fabulous. All so different. We are inspired to visit Iceland but will wait on the others!

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Vancouver, Canada
I was very impressed with the broadcast of January 16 (Nigeria, Korea, Iceland). The objectivity and simplicity yet depth and intelligence of the reports made me remember that TV CAN be good. Thank you for remembering there is intelligent life out there.
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Chris Adams - Honolulu, Hawaii
Just finished watching about North Korea. What a shame the national media isn't capable of such a realistic look at a people. Keyword: people. Our headlines are quick to demonize a whole country (Russia, Iraq, N. Korea), forgetting that it's full of people much more like you and I than the media would have you believe.

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Dr. James B. Hunt - Spokane, Washington
I just viewed the Frontline/World short stories on my local PBS station. All three pieces on Cambodia, Rumania and India were first-rate. As a professor of American History and Co-Director of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, I think your program is precisely the kind of information and journalism that I value. It is so gratifying to see insightful, interesting and informative pieces such as these. It is a wonderful antidote to the shrill chattering classes seen on other cable channels. I will urge my colleagues, friends and associates to view this program. It is well worth the time. Thank you for your commitment to this kind of programming. Bless your sponsors for their financial assistance in making these programs possible... Thank you, Dr. James B. Hunt, History Department, Whitworth College
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C. Posey - Sarasota, Florida
Thank you very much for your show Frontline World. The show last week about the Pol Pot Regime was fascinating and this weeks episode about Iraq even more engrossing.I have always thought of Frontline as cutting edge, as close to what we are going to see of the truth as is available anywhere in the West. I thoroughly enjoyed the Iraq episode and found Sam Kiley an incredible journalistic talent. Please continue to feature journalist and broadcast shows of this high caliber. Thank You! Thank you for a fantastic, eye-opening show!!!
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Pueblo, Colorado
Sirs: Thanks for last nights (11/7/02) broadcast on Iraq and about oil. Your reporters are brave, and to be commended for their good and enlightening work! Thanks, Please keep up the good frank and enlightening work!
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Richard Sommers - San Francisco, California
I came across Frontline/World by accident one evening and haven't missed a program since. Your stories have enlightened me, have educated me, and have made me realize how little I truly know about our world. Thank you for your honesty in programming; I look forward to learning more about our small planet.
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Lafayette, Louisiana
Thank you so much for being the consciousness of America. Americans need more of this eye-opening news coverage. Far too many of our fellow citizens have buried their heads in the sand when it comes to looking at and acknowledging America's real impact on the world. Thank you for also being the mirror held up to the American way of life. While America blindly goes about its day, millions of people at home and abroad are suffering at our hands in direct and indirect ways. As a country, we are in dire need of casting off the blindfold of denial, and taking compassionate responsibility for securing the health and well-being of those lives in our country and in the world that desperately need our consciousness and empowerment. By doing so, we will not only be securing our own safety and security, but we will be creating a greater stronghold for world peace.

Thanks so much Frontline and Frontline/World for supporting the consciousness of those of us who care about what happens in this country and the world, and how America contributes to its own suffering and the suffering of the world. For all its greatness, our country falls short of extending the birthright ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness it says it values to those who are denied it, and we need news coverage that reflects that back to us. And while I'm sure this isn't your only intent in creating the programming you air, it is nonetheless valued by those of us who care about the American role in issues thought to be beyond our scope of influence.
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Clyde J. Kell - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A great series... I've really enjoyed both the Iraq story and Pipeline, and Cambodia stories...

Keep it up and I'll stay tuned.
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Richard Arant - Lanesville, Indiana
Frontline/World continues to impress me as the finest programming ever to be broadcast on American television. "Truth and lies in Baghdad" sets the bar very high, as did last week's "Pol Pot's Shadow." Congratulations to all involved in this effort, undertaken in the trickiest of environments.
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Shirley Ray - Salt Lake City, Utah
The integrity of the scenes, locations and comments, plus the locations you have covered in the last two weeks alone have been vital to increasing understanding outside the U.S....Thank you and the daring reporters who pursue these truths.
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Katherine Matus - Arlington Heights, Illinois
We are very impressed with your shows! Your reporters take many risks to bring us current information. When you [inter]act with the citizens of any of these areas you make the world more personal. When we see what their cities and countries are like we get a better understanding than footage of talking heads of governments or shots of poor children only. When we see more of the people and their homes, "we see that we are more alike and just a little different."
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Brooks Parmelee
Wonderful programming. The piece on Romania was terrific, and the "Hole in the Wall" story very interesting and challenging. Anything in the works on Central America? El Salvador...Guatemala...Nicaragua? -- Brooks Parmelee

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Susan M. Leisnerr
We just finished watching Frontline/World and found it a fascinating program. As avid Frontline viewers, I didn't think you could get any better but I was wrong. This is the kind of program that should be required viewing for anyone who believes in the wonders of humanity. Thank you.
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S. Meric - Santa Monica, California
Programs are wonderful, but there is too much thump-thump, pointless background "music" and too much/many swirly-curly graphics. Please stick to a more dignified format, like the original Frontline. You are falling into a pop-media trap, unworthy of your sterling reputation. Just the facts...

Thank you for considering these comments.
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JC Malone - Radiant, Virginia
Good evening --

Frontline stories like the one with Codrescu in Romania and that about bringing the Internet free to children in India, both seen tonight, are television at its best. Please keep them coming!
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Janet Espinosa - Austin, Texas
Thank you so much for reporting very important stories that get crowded out by endless repetitions of Paul McCartney's impending wedding and Florida sinkholes. I teach World Geography and Advanced Placement Human Geography, and when we talk about what is happening in other parts of the world my students are amazed that they haven't heard about these things before. My response to them is to surf foreign newspapers, turn off CNN and Fox Newsand tune into NPR and PBS.

The United States is criticized for only taking an interest in the rest of the world when our own interests are at stake. It is hard to develop an interest when the news media ignores the rest of the world.
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Farmington, Connecticut
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reporting objectively on news that the mainstream media chooses to ignore. America needs more and more of good journalism focused on something other than the latest "hot topic." too often Americans ignore important world events and situations which may have big effects in the future, and then wonder how they didn't see "surprises" such as September 11th happening. America needs to get out of its shell and learn a bit about the rest of the world and the problems/events that are important to others. "Frontline World" is an important medium through which we can learn more about the world without the normal bias of the media.
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Patty Morgan - Lincoln City, Oregon
WOW - I taped your first show and watched it the next evening. This is what television should be. I found all three stories riveting. The world perspective is refreshing. PBS keep up the good work. Thank you.

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Thorsten Gritschke - New York, New York
I was floored by the intelligent combination of segments in your show. It raised all the right questions in me - what are the forces that allow violence around the world, how do other people with the daily threat of violence and lastly, to what extend am I and my culture responsible for the worldwide spread and glorification of violence and social inequality? Well done! This kind of show inspires me to sit up an listen to alternatives to our economics of making the rich of the world richer and the poor poorer.
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Sacramento, California
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Something to really put your mental teeth into. And for bringing regions and problems of the world that seem to miss the rest of the media. Keep up the good job and I will keep on watching.

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Suresh Kalkunte - Hudson, Massachusetts
This is a wonderful program. Please continue the good work.
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Marian Schellin - Los Angeles, California
Your program last night was wonderful! Please make more. All three stories demonstrated the horrible aftermath of colonialism. The only way we can successfully combat tearooms is to end the poverty and oppression in the third world.

Morris, Minnesota
Thank you for a WONDERFUL program. I wish everyone would watch it.
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Christine Putnam - Columbus, Ohio
Your first program will not appear until tonight in my broadcast area, but I am excited to read about Frontline World and your broader mission. There is much that I do not know or understand about other cultures, and I look forward to learning a great deal. I applaud all who conceived of and gave birth to this new program.

Paul Dewey - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
One word for World: Excellent!
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Hasit Thankey - Calgary, Canada
Dear Frontline,

A remarkable program. Although the program is broken up into short segments, each piece is a provocative whole.

Terror and television seem to go hand in hand. Through television we see terror, and because of television we become accustomed to it. The Ukraine, Liberia and Bhutan are not so far apart as we would like to think they are.

A small planet, indeed.

Best wishes, Hasit Thankey
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K. Crocker - Pheonix, Arizona
Finally! There is an alternative to the superficiality, sensationalism, and Western-bias of American news programs. Excellent reporting, kudos to PBS for, once again, raising the bar. My 13-year old son actually dropped the Sega controller and watched with intrigue.
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Ulf Alexander - Pittsfield, Massachusetts
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! This is a most wonderful program. I really hope that this pilot will get off the ground and become a regular series...HOPEFULLY weekly.

I really enjoyed the story about Bhutan. I would really enjoy seeing other stories in the future about various cultural issues, misunderstandings and conflicts. For example...a story about the portion of Quebec society that is determined to achieve sovereignty from Canada (I've NEVER met an American who isn't shocked to find that in the days of my childhood Quebec was filled with terror and police state action(s). Or another great story would be about the Native American tribes that would like (and some have) to resume whaling for cultural reasons.

Thank you for a wonderful program that REALLY made me think.
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Richard Arant - Lanesville, Indiana
Magnificent! I've been waiting for programming like this for 20 years. Americans need to learn what the rest of the world is really like, and this format is perfect. I'd love to see a segment on Cambodia, perhaps the work of the Documentation Center of Cambodia to document Khmer Rouge crimes against humanity, perhaps a story on the Western journalists who disappeared there in 1970 never to be heard from again, perhaps on the American civilians who died in the Khmer Rouge Tuol Sleng prison in 1978, perhaps a look at the refugees the UN returned to Cambodia in 1992.
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Mark Cina - Kent, Ohio
Your series makes me even more eager to enter the field of journalism. Tonight's segments made me think and feel-- the true goal of any journalist. Bravo!
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Sarah Bailey - Dallas, Texas
This program has brought to light issues that are largely ignored by the national media. I especially enjoyed the personal perspective brought to the stories by your journalists. I think we, as Americans need to know what is going on in the rest of the world. We are so involved with ourselves, we forget we are all connected, and we not only affect the world, the world effects us.
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Anonymous
I just hope that you won't stop the in depth journalism that we love in "old" Frontline. It is our very favorite show.
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
WELL, WELL, WELL DONE. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, ITS ABOUT TIME. I THOROGHLY ENJOYED TONIGHT'S PROGRAM. AT A TIME WHEN SO MUCH IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, THIS TYPE OF REPORTING IS A RAY OF LIGHT. PERSONALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE REPORTS OF THIS KIND EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK, AROUND DINNERTIME SO THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY COULD WATCH AND DISCUSS, LEARN AND BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE WORLD OUTSIDE. WHY NOT CONSIDER DOING SOMETHING ON EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AND THEN START ALL OVER AGAIN. GOOD JOB.
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Oakland, California
I just wanted to write and thank PBS for introducing a source of comprehensive global news. Several years ago I did advocacy work in Washington on global health issues and the experience closely resembled banging my head into a brick wall. We were repeatedly told "Ordinary Americans don't care about international issues". Of course things have changed since September, but it still extremely difficult to form an effective constituency behind international issues. As a result, elite political figures have been free to quietly pass foreign policy that adheres to their own extreme views rather than having a policy debate out in the open. For example, Jesse Helms continually refused to pay UN dues, which angered many of our allies abroad while the majority of Americans had no idea this was going on.

It has long seemed ironic to me that while other parts of the world are being inundated with American media (my 83 year old great-aunt in Cape Town, South Africa watches Oprah and Larry King Live regularly), we in America are very rarely exposed to anything beyond shallow 5 second sound bites on other countries. Although we are the country driving globalization, we know very little about the rest of the world compared to what they know (or think they know) about us. I applaud your efforts but wondered if you had ever considered going one step further and actually allowing foreign journalists from these countries to produce their own documentaries and incorporate their own perspectives, rather than American journalists?

Bravo on a job well done. I definitely will try to catch the next series and spread the word.
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Lionel Monsky - Venice, California
I would like to congratulate the producers of Frontline/World for their creation of such a wonderful program. I would become a regular viewer of your program, just as I have been of Frontline, however, your article on television in Bhutan convinced me once and for all to toss out the tv!
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Jason F. - Dallas, Texas
I normally enjoy Frontline very much, but I thought the "Frontline World" version was used as an opportunity to gratuitously show corpses and mangled flesh for shock value (it added nothing to the content of the report). I can normally trust PBS not to show images inappropriate for my children, not this time.

I much prefer the format of standard Frontline anyway.
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Jerome Schwartz - Bloomfield, New Jersey
Your program was magnificent. It is exactly what is to be expected from your producers. Thank you so very much for your efforts.
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Ken Waters - Phoenix, Arizona
I think it is important when building your viewer base for this new bold program, to also provide an educational element, not simply to put a spotlight on areas of the world. How about a full hour on international trade and the global economy? A primer that "Commanding Heights" failed to produce. The implications of trading policies and ramifications of trade deficits/surpluses?

Every month or quarter we read about how the balance-of-payments accounts, the current account, the capital account, etc., have reached new deficit levels in the USA. Nowhere, but nowhere in any of those articles is there an ounce of educational, ramification, or implicational elements in those stories. Everyone is pretty much ignorant to its meaning, including the journalists that do those monthly/quarterly articles.

The global economy is here. Now we need PBS viewers who know the in's & out's of trading policies and the difference between current account deficits, capital account surpluses, Bretton Woods... and their implications.

How about it Frontline/World? If it takes a year to produce, so be it. Put a quality primer together on international trading. You'd be breaking new ground, that's for sure.
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Judith Campbell - Houston, Texas
In watching your reports on gun running in Sierra Leone and the 20-year war in Sri Lanka, I am struck by how much suffering there is in the world; and how ignorant we Americans are of this fact. If our nation devoted a fraction of our wealth and influence toward promoting well-being and prosperity throughout the world, rather than arms and consumerism, I can't help but think it would reduce much of this unnecessary suffering. Thank you for your excellent program; it will help open our eyes to a world we must become more aware of.
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Jeremy Varon
Phenomenal programs. The depth, insight, courage, and sweetness. A great acheivement. I'll be sure to tell all my friends.
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Roger Kelly - Seattle, Washington
Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this program for its honest and direct coverage. You are not afraid to show and tell the actual happenings, regardless of the government policies that may, and do, affect so many other news coverages. Bravo...we will be watching for Frontline World programming in the future.
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Andy - Berkeley, California
Congratulations on a very infotaining program! I tuned in while taking a break from finals study and was unable to get back to studying. Your program has touched upon some of the hottest topics today such as terrorism and 3rd world conflicts from such a fresh perspective. Everything else has been focused on domestic conditions and this program has instead opted to take the road less traveled. Thank you and keep up the good work. I don't even regret taking time out of finals study.
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Donna Precopio - Novato, California
I was very impressed with the content and editing. Programs with this kind of information change lives and make people aware of other stories, other realities. Inform & enlighten. Thanks...
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Mark - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Congratulations to Frontline for this new series. I think this country needs more alternative sources of information that aren't afraid to challenge the information and war frenzy we're getting from our government and the corporate media giants, especially since September 11.
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Kal Dawson - Chattanooga, Tennessee
I thought the show was insightful and very good. Keeping the segments short was also a good choice.
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Chris Spadone - New Orleans, Louisiana
I really enjoyed the show and am happy to see coverage about Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka, but the close captioning was intrusive. The black fields blocked out much of the image. I can understand an African or south Asian accent, please limit the use of the captions to foreign languages or pidgen.
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Ontario
Frontline has always been an excellent show. Frontline World appears to be a worthy addition to the family. Love the format, reporting and stories. Thank you for continuing to provide a slice of intelligence in an often mindless TV universe.
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Michael Carson - Chicago, Illinois
Not crazy about the new format of the show. I am a long time Frontline viewer and think your new format is begining to border on cheap journalistic tactics that many of the commercial channels and shows use because they believe it will increase their audience.

Please don't alienate your core audience because of focus groups or pressure to bring on a couple of new viewers. You may end up losing your current viewers.
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B.C., Canada
I would like to say how much I enjoyed your program last night and look forward to more of the same. Globalization has become such a force in our world it is difficult not to be concerned about its impact. As a teacher I would like to better inform my students about its influence not only at home but also on countries such as China, Russia and their changing political situations. Thank you.
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Robert B. Colasacco - New York, New York
Excellent introduction to this series. Thank you so much. Let's hope you last, well, forever, if that's possible. And most importantly let's hope an otherwise provincial US audience becomes less provincial and more global.
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Washington, D.C.
Frontline/World is clearly one of the most comprehensive news programs on American TV. Rarely is this level of intelligence and in depth analysis seen in journalistic broadcasts in this country. Truely on par with the BBC.
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Fial Breslin - Marlton, New Jersey
I watched the Frontline episode on PBS last night and could not look away. My only recommendation is to show the truth and more of it! Outstanding reporting. Too often television does not get deep enough into a story or the background of a story. Frontline provided this information well. It was quite a wake up call to hear about the number of suicide bombings in Sri Lanka. It just goes to show, if it does not affect the United States, mainstream media won't even cover it. I certainly hope this will become a regular series.
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Staunton, Virginia
I thank PBS for providing this new program on world issues. The program will help Americans see what's going on around this ever shrinking world. The events of 9/11 just accelerated our need to understand global issues. I was astonished, for instance, to learn that there have been more deaths from terrorism in Sri Lanka during the past 20 years than deaths from terrorism in the Middle East. I look forward to viewing more of Frontline/World just as I do the regular Frontline program. Keep up the great (and extremely important) work.
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Holland Givanchi - California
You people at Frontline are amazing people. I was surfing through the network on cable when I ran into the Sri Lanka, Bhutan interview. If ever I though and had indifferences of other people places and cultures you have turned me around 180 degrees, the women that you interviewed came from deep in her hart and such a deep convictions of world peace through out the world, as an born and raised American [what I call a true American] I didn't see or feel past my own borders, I wish the way she felt was a contagious virus that would spread quickly throughout the world, although the person who interviewed was not seen, he/or she played a remarkable role to make her feel that comfortable to do so.

Flawless interviewer, keep up the good world work, my hat off to you. Remarkable morals.

Re: Bhutan

This was also amazing interview work and research first these people from Bhutan, their opinion was so pure and unjaded and they were so on target, for people who did not have cable, wow, they rolled out the satellite disk and saw the instant result, I was particularly interested the way the World federated wrestling affected the children, talking about virgin flawless territory, cause and effect, just the data on this is unbelievable and, if we use this for the good of man kind we will be on our way to world peace and a far better world. Someone at Frontline was really on sharp and on the ball when they saw this rollout coming.

RE: Sierra Leone

All though I only saw the tail end of this I herd its corporate greed, I felt they saw this instantly and my experience with AT&T recently, well lets just say they confirmed my own beliefs.

HBO has unedited opinions and shows you all. Without reservation, this is my favorite premium channel to watch "America Undercover." Watch out HBO, "Frontline" is on the frontline thanks to all of you, its unedited in-depth reporting and great reporting at its best. You and HBO would make great friends. Keep up the good work....
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Max Spector - San Francisco, California
Congratulations to the people at Frontline World for addressing topics long overdue for widespread discourse. Having yet to view the article in its entirety, I found the interviews and synopses both thought provoking and well structured, particularly for a web site. I rarely spend this much time reading online, and I must attribute this extended attention span to a well designed site as much as to the content itself. I look forward to watching the show.
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Anonymous
It is refreshing to see a Web site tackle such serious topics as gunrunning and terrorism. I hope that the site will continue to stay on top of international affairs, some of which ring close to home for Americans still grappling to understand the events of September 11th.

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