New SEC Chairman Mary Jo White says she is looking to boost accountability.
The Untouchables June 19, 2013, 2:39 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
New SEC Chairman Mary Jo White says she is looking to boost accountability.
Syria Behind the Lines June 14, 2013, 2:59 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
With the Obama administration moving to arm Syrian rebels, most experts believe the task will be difficult, if not impossible.
Syria Behind the Lines June 11, 2013, 3:18 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
From the very beginning, it was clear Syria would be a long and bloody civil war that would rip into the very heart of the Middle East, says FRONTLINE filmmaker Ramita Navai.
Foreign Affairs / Defense June 6, 2013, 12:40 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The AT&T technician who uncovered the NSA’s domestic spying operation during the Bush administration explains how he first learned about the top-secret program.
Money, Power and Wall Street June 5, 2013, 3:22 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The saga of the botched bond deal that led to the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history may finally be nearing an end.
Money, Power and Wall Street June 4, 2013, 3:24 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
U.S. regulators have for the first designated three non-banks as systemically important financial institutions fit for tougher government oversight.
Cheney's Law May 30, 2013, 12:04 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey as the next director of the FBI, turning to a former Bush administration official who left government after clashing with the White House over warrantless wiretapping.
Outlawed in Pakistan May 28, 2013, 9:30 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Attorney Faisal Siddiqi knows the risks that come from representing rape victims in Pakistan. “There is no two opinions about it,” he says. “If you do cases like this, you put the whole family in danger.”
Outlawed in Pakistan May 28, 2013, 9:29 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In Pakistan, where tribal traditions, Islamic law and the legacy of a colonial legal system are often at odds, justice can take many forms.
The Untouchables May 21, 2013, 2:05 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In “The Untouchables,” which re-airs tonight on FRONTLINE, correspondent Martin Smith examines why not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for fraud tied to the sale of bad mortgages.
The Untouchables May 16, 2013, 2:15 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The attorney general on Wednesday sought to walk back earlier comments that some financial institutions may be too large to prosecute.
The Suicide Plan May 15, 2013, 1:51 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A bill approved by the state legislature makes Vermont just the third state in the nation to legalize physician-assisted suicide – and the first to do it through a legislative vote.
The Retirement Gamble May 9, 2013, 2:15 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The Labor Department is looking to raise standards among financial advisers, but opposition from industry groups, lawmakers and even some consumer advocates threatens to sink the proposal.
Top Secret America April 30, 2013, 9:40 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Despite the billions spent on counterterrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing was a reminder that intelligence officials will never be able to thwart every plot.
The Retirement Gamble April 29, 2013, 3:04 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow , Sam Bailey, Bill Rockwood and Evan Wexler
Most Americans are unaware of the fees they are paying for their 401(k)’s, but over a lifetime, such charges can cost an ordinary American more than $109,000. Here’s how.
The Retirement Gamble April 23, 2013, 9:34 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In the 1980s, the 401(k) began its climb from an obscure section of the IRS tax code to what is now the predominant workplace retirement option. How did it happen?
The Retirement Gamble April 23, 2013, 9:34 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Index funds have gone from a once ridiculed answer to retirement planning to one of the fastest growing corners of the market. They promise consistency, but what are the downsides?
Concussion Watch April 10, 2013, 4:42 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Should former NFL players be able to sue the league for brain injuries they suffered on the field? That question was the focus of a preliminary hearing Tuesday into concussion litigation filed by more than 4,000 NFL veterans.
Concussion Watch April 8, 2013, 2:34 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A preliminary hearing this week will determine whether more than 4,000 former players can sue the NFL in court for allegedly concealing the link between football and brain damage.
Kind Hearted Woman March 29, 2013, 12:25 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
For Native Americans, a life along the red road means a life lived clean and sober. It is a sacred concept, which for Robin Charboneau, was once elusive.
Concussion Watch March 22, 2013, 4:12 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In an effort to reduce the number of head injuries that occur on the field, NFL owners have approved a new rule that will penalize players from striking opponents with the crown of their helmets.
Iraq / War on Terror March 19, 2013, 12:49 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Ten years on, the legacy of Iraq remains far from settled. One thing that’s clear: the war will continue to influence the U.S., Iraq, and its neighbors in the Middle East for decades to come.
The Untouchables March 13, 2013, 1:18 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Prosecutors should consider the “collateral consequences” of bringing criminal indictments against financial institutions, SEC nominee Mary Jo White told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing.
The Untouchables March 5, 2013, 2:38 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Two U.S. senators have criticized the Department of Justice for offering an “aggressively evasive” response to their questions about why major banks have avoided prosecution for the financial crisis.
The Untouchables February 27, 2013, 2:50 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The unanimous decision largely ensures no new civil fraud charges will come out of the crisis, now that five-year statute of limitations for such cases has nearly expired.
Raising Adam Lanza February 19, 2013, 9:43 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A diagnosis of sensory integration disorder may offer new clues about what shaped the shooter behind the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Raising Adam Lanza February 19, 2013, 11:55 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Before becoming the name behind the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Adam Lanza was just a shy boy that no one could quite seem to get through to.
Kind Hearted Woman February 14, 2013, 11:48 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
“My films are really about people and how they react,” says David Sutherland, director of the forthcoming film “Kind Hearted Woman,” airing April 1 and 2 on PBS.
Cliffhanger February 12, 2013, 7:43 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Four members of the class of 2010 talk about their role in debt limit talks, their real feelings about John Boehner, and the future of the GOP.
Cliffhanger February 12, 2013, 7:41 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The 87 Republicans that propelled the GOP into the House majority in 2010 shifted not only the debate over spending, but the dynamics of Washington altogether.
The Untouchables February 5, 2013, 5:52 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The Justice Department alleges Standard & Poor’s, the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, knowingly understated the risk behind many of the financial products that caused the subprime mortgage meltdown.
Concussion Watch February 1, 2013, 2:15 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The past NFL season saw more than 160 players go down with a head injury. Along the way, there have been landmark breakthroughs in brain research, a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit, and even a commentary on violence in football by President Obama.
Concussion Watch January 29, 2013, 3:13 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The president said that if he had a son, he’d think twice about letting him play football. His comments, which have spurred a range of reaction from players, come amid an NFL season in which 170 concussions have been reported on team injury reports.
The Untouchables January 28, 2013, 1:31 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The appetite is growing for cases that address systemic fraud during the financial crisis, says the co-chair of the Obama administration’s Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group.
Concussion Watch January 23, 2013, 4:17 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The family Junior Seau is suing the NFL, claiming the linebacker’s suicide last May was caused by head trauma he sustained over more than 20 seasons in the league.
The Untouchables January 22, 2013, 9:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In nearly every major legal case to emerge from the crisis, government prosecutors have won multi-million dollar settlements, but companies and officials have not been required to admit wrongdoing.
The Untouchables January 22, 2013, 9:43 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Not one Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for fraud related to the subprime crisis. How does that compare to past downturns?
The Untouchables January 22, 2013, 9:40 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
For more than four years, regulators have struggled to successfully prosecute a Wall Street bank or its executives for alleged misconduct during the financial crisis. Now, time may be running out.
The Untouchables January 22, 2013, 10:29 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Well before the housing bubble burst, alarm bells were beginning to sound among key players in the mortgage industry: due diligence underwriters.
Inside Obama’s Presidency January 16, 2013, 8:06 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Four years ago, Barack Obama hinted at his desire to be a transformative president. With Inauguration Day less than a week away, six of the country’s leading journalists discuss how he can meet that mark in his second term.
Inside Obama’s Presidency January 15, 2013, 7:29 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Four years ago, Barack Obama hinted at his desire to be a transformative president. With Inauguration Day less than a week away, six of the country’s leading journalists discuss whether he has met that mark.
Concussion Watch January 10, 2013, 12:00 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The former NFL linebacker, whose suicide stunned the football world, suffered from the same chronic brain condition that has also been documented in the brains of 50 deceased players, NIH researchers have found.
The Education of Michelle Rhee January 8, 2013, 9:34 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Michelle Rhee has taken her education reform agenda nationally, yet supporters and critics alike continue to wrestle with the same questions that dominated her tenure in Washington. For example, how do you turn around a struggling school? What makes a good teacher? Three experts weigh in.
The Education of Michelle Rhee January 8, 2013, 9:33 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A Department of Education investigation has found no evidence of widespread cheating in the Washington, D.C. school system in response to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former principal.
The Education of Michelle Rhee January 8, 2013, 1:25 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
As a young elementary teacher in Baltimore, Michelle Rhee struggled to capture the attention of her students. That is, until the day she won over her classroom with a surprising move.
Concussion Watch January 7, 2013, 5:29 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Nearly 10 players per week were diagnosed with a concussion during the NFL regular season, but that figure is poised to hit zero when the first injury report to reflect postseason action is released later this week.
Concussion Watch January 2, 2013, 2:21 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
At least 10 players left games with possible head injuries on the last day of the NFL regular season Sunday, but because only playoff teams will continue releasing injury reports through next month’s Super Bowl, no more than three of those injuries can be officially tallied.
Concussion Watch December 26, 2012, 6:36 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Through the first 15 weeks of the NFL season, roughly 10 players per week suffered a concussion. Teams appeared to outdo that pace this past weekend as at least 12 players left games due to possible head injuries.
The Madoff Affair December 21, 2012, 2:53 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Peter Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by his older brother, Bernie Madoff.
Business / Economy / Financial December 20, 2012, 4:21 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The foundry is owned by McWane Inc., the Alabama conglomerate that in 2003 became the focus of a FRONTLINE investigation on workplace safety.
Concussion Watch December 18, 2012, 11:46 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Week 15 of the NFL season saw at least seven players removed from games because of possible head injuries, however, two players were allowed back onto the field after appearing to sustain a concussion.
Concussion Watch December 13, 2012, 8:56 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
After three straight weeks in which the number of officially reported head injuries reached the double digits, teams appeared to experience a sharp drop in concussions during Week 14 of the NFL season.
Concussion Watch December 13, 2012, 8:51 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Week 13 of the NFL season has come and gone with at least 13 players having been tested for or confirmed with a head injury.
Poor Kids November 20, 2012, 11:01 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
One in five children live below the federal poverty line, but what else do the numbers reveal about the jarring problem of childhood poverty in the U.S.?
Welcome to Concussion Watch, a collaboration between FRONTLINE and ESPN to monitor the NFL’s response to the risk of head injury in professional football.
Six Billion Dollar Bet November 15, 2012, 5:17 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
House Republicans have released a scathing postmortem of the collapse of MF Global, blaming the leadership of Chief Executive Jon Corzine and a breakdown in regulatory oversight for the brokerage’s 2011 bankruptcy.
The Suicide Plan November 13, 2012, 9:10 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The underground world of assisted suicide has added new layers of moral and legal complexity to one of the nation’s most polarizing issues. For example, what does it mean to actually assist in a suicide? Who, if anyone, should be allowed to pursue aid in dying? Six experts weigh in.
WikiSecrets November 8, 2012, 12:58 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of providing thousands of military records and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, has signaled he may plead guilty to a portion of the 34 charges currently facing him.
Money, Power and Wall Street October 24, 2012, 4:24 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Prosecutors have charged the bank with fraud for the sale of “defective” home loans.
Climate of Doubt October 23, 2012, 9:32 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A bruising fight over cap-and-trade legislation in Australia stands as a reminder that despite broad scientific consensus on global warming, an unsettled political debate over the issue is not unique to the U.S.
The Choice 2012 October 3, 2012, 1:40 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
At age 19, Mitt Romney set out for France to begin 30 months of missionary work for the Mormon church. Each day, he would wake at 6 a.m., eat breakfast, study his bible, and then go door-to-door looking to win over converts.
Money, Power and Wall Street October 2, 2012, 2:35 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The lawsuit is the first filed by a federal mortgage task force established by the Obama administration to investigate alleged fraud involving home loans.
Breaking the Bank September 28, 2012, 2:39 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
If approved, the settlement would represent the largest of its kind to come out of the financial crisis.
The Choice 2012 September 27, 2012, 2:07 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Time was running out for Mitt Romney on Oct. 25, 1994. With Election Day fast approaching, a once-close Senate race seemed to be slipping away.
Dropout Nation September 21, 2012, 2:10 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
How costly is the decision to dropout of high school? Consider a few figures about life without a diploma.
The Choice 2012 September 20, 2012, 1:56 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In the lead-up to The Choice 2012, FRONTLINE’s hotly anticipated dual biography of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we’re publishing … Continue reading
The Battle for Syria September 18, 2012, 9:46 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow and Azmat Khan
The mass protests that began in the rural farming town of Dara’a in March 2011 have since spiraled into nationwide war. Rebels have won control over much of the nation’s countryside, and taken key neighborhoods in several important cities, including Aleppo, and the capital, Damascus.
The Choice 2012 September 17, 2012, 1:52 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
At Stanford, Mitt Romney took an early step toward establishing his political identity.
The Spill September 5, 2012, 1:22 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In a scathing memo submitted last week to the New Orleans court that will hear the case, government attorneys write that their investigation unmasked a “culture of corporate recklessness” at the British oil giant.
Money, Power and Wall Street August 15, 2012, 2:33 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
For nearly five years, federal regulators have struggled to successfully prosecute Wall Street banks or executives for alleged misconduct during the financial crisis. Now, time may be running out.
Post Mortem August 8, 2012, 1:16 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Nearly 7,000 people die each day in the United States, and according to a new report, there remains a critical shortage of experts trained to determine their cause of death.
Money, Power and Wall Street August 1, 2012, 10:46 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The former TARP inspector general on why the American people “should be enraged by the broken promises to Main Street and the unending protection of Wall Street.”
Alaska Gold July 24, 2012, 9:35 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
To get a good sense of the potential value of the copper buried below Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, consider an unlikely economic indicator: copper thefts.
Money, Power and Wall Street July 19, 2012, 4:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The landmark legislation — which clocks in at more than 2,000 pages — was meant to rein in a financial system that brought the economy to the brink of collapse in 2008.
Fast Times at West Philly High July 17, 2012, 9:35 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow and Bill Rockwood
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America July 10, 2012, 8:35 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow , Sam Bailey, and Bill Rockwood
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America July 10, 2012, 8:28 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow and Sam Bailey
The late 1980s marked a turning point in the history of AIDS in the United States.
College, Inc. July 2, 2012, 2:22 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A federal judge has struck down a Department of Education initiative aimed at improving the quality of degrees issued by for-profit colleges
Money and March Madness June 27, 2012, 6:11 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A Final Four is coming to college football.
Dollars and Dentists June 27, 2012, 11:10 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A trip to the dentist’s office may instill a sense of dread, but for the majority Americans, access to care is rarely an issue.
Money, Power and Wall Street June 25, 2012, 11:25 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In the four years since the banking crisis began, a familiar pattern has emerged regarding the nation’s credit ratings agencies: … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street June 21, 2012, 1:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Office politics may be creating a somewhat awkward work environment for President Obama’s favorite banker, who according to a report … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street June 12, 2012, 4:19 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A year removed from the FDIC, Bair is setting her sights on opponents of financial reform.
Money, Power and Wall Street June 8, 2012, 4:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In a potential strain on many of the nation’s smallest lenders, the Federal Reserve will seek to hold U.S. banks … Continue reading
Six Billion Dollar Bet June 6, 2012, 3:28 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
When regulators began to grow nervous last summer about MF Global’s $6 billion bet on European debt, they told the … Continue reading
Six Billion Dollar Bet June 4, 2012, 2:00 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Jon Corzine and other former executives of MF Global Holdings Ltd. could face claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street May 31, 2012, 1:57 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The so-called “shadow banking system” that was at the heart of the financial crisis has seen its value fall by more than half over the last few years
Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown May 25, 2012, 1:50 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The new findings come from three separate analyses presented this week by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations.
Kill/Capture May 23, 2012, 2:20 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In a sign of increased sensitivity over U.S. drone strategy, White House counterterror chief John Brennan has taken command of … Continue reading
Six Billion Dollar Bet May 22, 2012, 9:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Seven months since MF Global filed for bankruptcy, here is what is known about the brokerage firm’s customers and what happened to $1.6 billion worth of their missing money.
Six Billion Dollar Bet May 22, 2012, 12:59 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
When Jon Corzine took the reins of MF Global in 2010, the Wall Street brokerage was a deeply troubled firm. … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street May 18, 2012, 9:39 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Greece’s political and financial uncertainty has Europe on edge, as the continent waits for a new round of elections on … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street May 15, 2012, 6:40 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
As JPMorgan Chase & Co. continues to deal with the fallout from its $2 billion trading loss, the nation’s largest … Continue reading
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