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ISIS in Afghanistan

WATCH: A Conversation With Teens in Training as ISIS Suicide Bombers

As ISIS expands its reach into Afghanistan, it is training children and teenagers to become the next generation of jihadis.

Press Room

FRONTLINE Releases “Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey” on Facebook 360

Filmed on 360-degree cameras in West Africa, FRONTLINE’s first virtual reality documentary — released on Google Cardboard in September — is now available on Facebook, too.


Inside the Making of “Terror in Little Saigon”

A.C. Thompson and Richard Rowley’s search for answers into the killings of five Vietnamese-American journalists took them from cities like Houston and San Francisco, to the jungles of Southeast Asia, to the corridors of power in Washington.


Coming in November on FRONTLINE

This November, explore an unsolved string of murders from the past, and the dangerous new rise of ISIS in Afghanistan.

Inside Assad's Syria

Inside the Assad Regime’s Surreal “Summer in Syria” Campaign

The Assad government sought to promote regime-sponsored cultural events through a marketing campaign called “Summer in Syria,” but the effort didn’t exactly go as planned.

Immigration Battle

Watch How One Freedom Caucus Member Sees the GOP’s Latino Voter Problem

“We’re writing off too many people,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) says in “Immigration Battle,” a feature film presentation from FRONTLINE and Independent Lens that airs tonight on PBS.


October on FRONTLINE: “My Brother’s Bomber” Culminates, An “Immigration Battle” Unfolds, and “Inside Assad’s Syria”

FRONTLINE’s October lineup spans continents, political divides and decades.

My Brother's Bomber

Uncovering a New Clue in the Decades-Long Lockerbie Mystery

In tonight’s new episode of “My Brother’s Bomber,” Ken Dornstein comes face to face with one of the most enigmatic figures connected to the Lockerbie investigation.


FRONTLINE Wins Six Emmy Awards

“United States of Secrets,” “Firestone and the Warlord,” “Hunting Boko Haram” and “The Battle for Ukraine” all brought home Emmy gold.

My Brother's Bomber

WATCH: The List That Might Unlock the Lockerbie Bombing Mystery

If one of your family members were killed in a terrorist attack, and years later, you still had questions about who was responsible, what would you be willing to do to find the truth?


“Stickup Kid” Wins Online Journalism Award

Judges praised the FRONTLINE project about a 16-year-old sentenced to adult prison as “heartbreaking, memorable, honest.”

Foreign Affairs / Defense

Remembering 9/11: Three Docs to Watch

As America marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, revisit a selection of FRONTLINE’s reporting on the horror of that day.

My Brother's Bomber

Coming This Fall: A Brother’s Search for the Truth About the Lockerbie Bombing

Watch a sneak peek of FRONTLINE’s season premiere, “My Brother’s Bomber” — a three-part series beginning Sept. 29.


Back to School: Five Docs to Watch About Education in America

This week and next, many students across the country are heading back to the classroom. You can too with these five documentaries from FRONTLINE about education in America.

Law & Disorder

Katrina, 10 Years Later: Three Documentaries to Watch

As the nation marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, explore three different FRONTLINE documentaries about the disaster, its lingering aftermath and lessons learned from the storm.


Coming in August on FRONTLINE: Guns, Retirement and Chicken

We’ll bring you encore presentations of three popular FRONTLINE documentaries.


Dan Edge Joins FRONTLINE’s Expanding Team as Senior Producer and Commissioning Editor

Edge, whose most recent documentary with FRONTLINE is May’s acclaimed “Outbreak,” will join FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath in recruiting new filmmakers and building FRONTLINE’s strategy around international co-productions and new production models.


FRONTLINE Nominated for Nine Emmy Awards

FRONTLINE investigations into everything from the Ebola outbreak, to the secret history of the government’s mass surveillance program, to the relationship between an iconic American company and a Liberian warlord were nominated.

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty

Locked In a Garage with One of “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Meth Traffickers

In their quest to find and interview the drug kingpin known as “El Chapo,” two filmmakers found themselves locked in a garage with a meth trafficker.

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty

Meet the Mother of “El Chapo”: “Even as a Little Child, He Had Ambitions”

“I remember he had a lot of paper money — little notes of 50’s and 5’s,” the drug kingpin’s mother told FRONTLINE in a rare on-camera interview prior to her son’s 2014 arrest. “He’d count and recount them, then tie them up in little piles.”

Escaping ISIS

Watch: On “Slave Market Day,” ISIS Trades Women for Cash, Weapons

It’s a chilling sight: A group of men laughing as they discuss buying and selling women as slaves.

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty

Coming in July on FRONTLINE

This month, go inside a secret network that’s rescuing women being held captive by ISIS.

Growing Up Trans

What’s It Like to Start Taking Testosterone at Age 15?

There are things Isaac loves about being on testosterone — growing more muscle, a deep booming voice. But for transgender young adults like him who have used the drug for their transition, there are downsides, too.

Growing Up Trans

“It Was Kind of Like a Double Life”: Meet Ariel, Who Is Growing Up Trans

For 13-year-old Ariel, the transition from boy to girl hasn’t always been easy, but family support has helped.


The New York Times’ Shayla Harris Joins FRONTLINE

Shayla Harris, an award-winning producer and journalist who has helped to lead The New York Times’ video efforts for nearly a decade, is joining FRONTLINE (PBS) as senior producer for digital video.


Coming in June on FRONTLINE

This month on FRONTLINE: What life is like for children who are “Growing Up Trans.” Plus, an investigation uncovering the scourge of “Rape on the Night Shift.”

Obama at War

WATCH: Pentagon Had No Plan for When ISIS Took Mosul, Dempsey Says

The Pentagon had no contingency plan in place when ISIS seized control of Iraq’s second largest city in 2014, says Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, in an interview for the new FRONTLINE documentary “Obama at War.”

Obama at War

“The President Blinked”: Why Obama Changed Course on the “Red Line” in Syria

When a chemical weapons attack struck near Damascus in 2013, “our finger was on the trigger” to start airstrikes, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells FRONTLINE. But then, the president had second thoughts.

Secrets, Politics and Torture

Why You Never Saw The CIA’s Interrogation Tapes

When videotapes depicting “enhanced interrogations” of two Al Qaeda suspects in CIA detention were destroyed, even the agency’s own lawyer says he was shocked.

Secrets, Politics and Torture

WATCH: How the CIA Helped Make “Zero Dark Thirty”

The blockbuster reflected the CIA’s narrative that “enhanced interrogation techniques” — widely criticized as torture — were key in finding and killing Osama bin Laden. But was that version of history true?


News on the Future of FRONTLINE

Raney Aronson will become the new executive producer of FRONTLINE, succeeding David Fanning, who founded the award-winning investigative documentary series and is stepping away after three decades.

The Trouble with Chicken

WATCH: When It Comes to Food Safety, How a Whole Chicken Differs From the Sum of Its Parts

Eighty percent of chicken sold today has been cut up into parts — a process that can release salmonella buried in the skin. But government inspections mainly focus on whole chickens.


FRONTLINE Wins Two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

“Solitary Nation,” a documentary about the raw reality of life in solitary confinement, and “Firestone and the Warlord,” an investigation of the iconic tire company’s secret history in Liberia — have won 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.


FRONTLINE, Brown Institute Team Up to Support New Immersive Documentary Project

Called “Recipe for a Famine,” the project is one of eight “Magic Grant” winners announced Monday by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

The Trouble with Chicken

Inside the Fast-Food Scandal That Changed How Beef Is Regulated

More than 20 years ago, four children were killed in an outbreak of E. coli O157 — a dangerous strain of bacteria that was linked back to undercooked hamburgers from Jack in the Box fast food restaurants.


WATCH: Inside the Troubled Early Days of Guinea’s Ebola Response

In March 2014, the mysterious disease that had been spreading in Guinea’s forest region was officially confirmed as Ebola. The discovery called for aggressive action, but the government didn’t know how to respond.


Coming in May on FRONTLINE

Ebola. Chicken. Torture. ISIS. Our lineup in May features four powerful investigations whose scope stretches from the jungles of Guinea, to the corridors of power in Washington, to the food on your plate.

Press Room

FRONTLINE Wins Peabody Award for “United States of Secrets”

FRONTLINE’s two-part investigation of the NSA’s surveillance activities post-9/11 has been honored with a Peabody Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking.

American Terrorist

Five Surprising Facts About the American Behind “India’s 9/11″

Inside David Coleman Headley’s journey from heroin smuggler to DEA informant to terrorist.

The Fight for Yemen

On the Ground in Yemen: Six Questions with Safa Al Ahmad

Safa Al Ahmad was one of the few reporters on the ground as the crisis in Yemen escalated.

Firestone and the Warlord

“Firestone and the Warlord” Wins an IRE Award

The collaborative investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica uncovered the iconic tire company’s deal with Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.


Coming in April on FRONTLINE

A raw, gripping report from inside Yemen kicks off our April slate of documentaries.


“The Time Was Right to Revisit This Issue”: Behind the Scenes of “The Vaccine War”

Making “The Vaccine War” was a unique journey for Jon Palfreman and Kate McMahon — and some of the film’s most striking footage came about in unexpected ways.

The Vaccine War

Could Your Pediatrician Spot a Disease Made Rare By Vaccines?

Thanks to widespread vaccination, diseases that once killed thousands of Americans each year have become so rare in the U.S. that most younger doctors have never seen an in-person case.


Did You Watch “The Jinx”? Here are Six True-Crime Docs to Stream Next

These six true-crime films from FRONTLINE explore the dark corners of both the human mind and the criminal justice system — and they’re all streaming online, for free, right now.

Secrets of the Vatican

Pope Francis’s Remarkable Rise

In the two years since he was announced as Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, Pope Francis has earned widespread admiration and remarkable cultural cachet. But he wasn’t always so well-known.

The Rise of ISIS

“Life in Baghdad”: Finding Moments of Joy Amid the Chaos of War

A new short film is a surprising glimpse into the everyday lives of ordinary young Iraqis.

Being Mortal

Podcast: The Long Tail, the Lottery and “Being Mortal”

Go inside the making of “Being Mortal” with FRONTLINE filmmaker Tom Jennings and author and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande.


Coming in March on FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE investigates two heated battles in March: the fight against ISIS, and the resurgent vaccine debate.


FRONTLINE Wins Two Writers Guild Awards

“United States of Secrets: Part One” and “League of Denial” took top honors.

Being Mortal

What Matters Most to You in the End?

We want to hear from you: What would you do if your time became short?

Being Mortal

“As Real as It Gets”: Inside the Making of “Being Mortal”

Tom Jennings is no stranger to telling complicated and emotional stories on film, but making “Being Mortal” presented some unique challenges.


Hitchcock and the Holocaust: “Memory of the Camps”

FRONTLINE first broadcast the director’s “lost Holocaust film,” which is at the heart of the new HBO documentary “Night Will Fall,” in 1985.


Coming in February on FRONTLINE

Is modern medicine failing patients at the end of life — and what can be done to turn the tide? On Feb. 10, FRONTLINE teams with surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande to explore “Being Mortal.”

Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA

FRONTLINE Answers Your Questions About the NRA

From the NRA’s political evolution, to the group’s relationship with firearm manufacturers, “Gunned Down” filmmaker Michael Kirk answers your questions.

Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA

The Evolution of Wayne LaPierre

As FRONTLINE reveals in “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA,” premiering tonight on PBS stations and online, the NRA’s executive vice president wasn’t always a gun enthusiast.

Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA

Coming in January on FRONTLINE

We’ll kick off 2015 with an investigation of the power of the NRA and an examination of Vladimir Putin’s rise.


FRONTLINE Founder Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Town

David Fanning will be honored in his home country, South Africa – where television was once banned by the apartheid government.


Inside the Making of “Stickup Kid”

Filmmaker Caitlin McNally shares the unexpected way she came across Alonza Thomas’ story, the challenges of making such an intimate film, and what surprised her most along the way.

Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA

Exclusive: Inside the NRA’s Response to Newtown

“Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA” premieres Jan. 6 on FRONTLINE.


FRONTLINE Expands Investigative Reporting Capacity with New Hires

The Enterprise Journalism Group, funded by the Ford Foundation, includes two producers who previously worked at CBS’s “60 Minutes” and a former “Wall Street Journal” reporter.

From Jesus to Christ

Coming in December on FRONTLINE

Our lineup of FRONTLINE classics explores human behavior — both naughty and nice.

Firestone and the Warlord

How We Uncovered Firestone’s Deal with Charles Taylor

Our investigation spanned seven years and unearthed 44 lbs. of previously unreported court documents.

Firestone and the Warlord

Coming in November on FRONTLINE: Firestone and the Warlord

This month, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate an iconic American company’s secret history in Liberia.

The Rise of ISIS

White House Official Defends Administration’s ISIS Response

The day after FRONTLINE’s “The Rise of ISIS” aired, a White House official defended the Obama administration against criticism that it was slow to respond to warnings about the terrorist group.

Being Mortal

How Should Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients Prepare for Death?

“You don’t have to spend much time with the elderly or those with terminal illness to see, over and over and over again, how medicine fails the people it is supposed to help,” says renowned surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande.


A New Season — and New Ways to Experience FRONTLINE

From your iPad to YouTube to Flipboard, we are where you are.


FRONTLINE Wins Four Emmy Awards

The winning FRONTLINE projects included two documentaries on foreign affairs “Syria Behind the Lines,” “Outlawed in Pakistan”), one documentary on the U.S. economy (“The Retirement Gamble”), and a promotional trailer for “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.”


Coming in October on FRONTLINE

We’ll investigate the rise of ISIS, the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance, and a controversial Texas execution.


FRONTLINE’s Martin Smith Named 2014 Chancellor Award Winner

Columbia Journalism School will honor the veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker for “courageous and insightful reporting on some of the most complex stories of our time.”

Ebola Outbreak

Inside the Ebola Outbreak

Filming in Sierra Leone was “like being in a war zone where the enemy is invisible,” said FRONTLINE’s Wael Dabbous, who spent two weeks on the ground as the outbreak spiraled out of control.


Coming in September on FRONTLINE

From the West African nations of Sierra Leone and Nigeria, to the Chinese enclave of Macau, FRONTLINE’s lineup this month spans the globe.


Back from Iraq: 10 Questions with Martin Smith

The FRONTLINE producer was on the ground in Iraq as the US began airstrikes against ISIS. He’s safely out now — and he’s answering your questions about what he saw.


Coming in August on FRONTLINE

Set your DVR for rebroadcasts of three popular documentaries this month.


FRONTLINE Nominated for 11 Emmy Awards

Nine FRONTLINE documentaries — including an experimental digital film — and a promotional campaign have been nominated for 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards this year.


Coming in July on FRONTLINE

It’s summer — but FRONTLINE isn’t taking the season off. From the resegregation of American schools to the unfolding chaos in Iraq, here’s a close look at FRONTLINE’s July lineup.


FRONTLINE Wins Major Funding to Expand Investigative Reporting

The largest gift from an individual in FRONTLINE’s history and a two-year Ford Foundation grant will support the series’ digital transformation.


Tuesday on FRONTLINE: “Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria”

On May 27, FRONTLINE reveals firsthand the deep-seated hatreds between right-wing Ukrainian nationalists with historic ties to the Nazis, and violent pro-Russian separatists vying for control of the country.


FRONTLINE Wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “Rape in the Fields”

The award recognizes outstanding reporting on human rights and social justice issues.


Coming in May on FRONTLINE

This month, FRONTLINE investigates the government’s massive secret surveillance program, travels to the raging conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, and examines the alarming rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

Locked Up In America

CANCELLED: Live Chat: Can America Kick Its Addiction to Incarceration?

Filmmaker Dan Edge and Huffington Post justice reporter Ryan Reilly will answer this question — and take yours. Join us Wed., April 30 at 2 pm EST.


“Outlawed in Pakistan” Wins Overseas Press Club Award

The May 2013 film explores the complicated rape case of Pakistani teenager Kainat Soomro.


FRONTLINE Featured in Tow Center “Video Now” Report

Does online video need to be short and funny to be successful? That’s the conventional wisdom — but at FRONTLINE, we’re finding engaged and growing digital audiences for long form video journalism.

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

FRONTLINE Wins Peabody Award for “League of Denial”

FRONTLINE’s investigation of the NFL’s concussion crisis wins a prestigious honor.


Coming in April on FRONTLINE

This April, FRONTLINE presents two raw, explosive films that explore America’s fixation on incarceration.


Filming a TB Epidemic, Up Close: Meet FRONTLINE Filmmaker Jezza Neumann

When he crossed into Swaziland to make a film about the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis, Jezza Neumann wasn’t sure what to expect.


Coming in March on FRONTLINE

From an award-winning investigation on the sexual assault of undocumented women to a deeply personal look at the rise of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, here’s what’s coming up next on FRONTLINE.

Syria at War

A Syrian Native Reports From Inside the War’s Second Front

Journalist Muhammad Ali was seriously injured by government shelling on a reporting trip to Syria one year ago. That didn’t stop him from going back.


Coming in February on FRONTLINE

This February, three new FRONTLINE films will explore three big — and very different — questions.

Press Room

What’s It Like to Make a Film About Life Under Kim Jong-un?

Meet FRONTLINE Director James Jones.

Press Room

Coming in January on FRONTLINE

Next month, we’ll go inside the government’s insider trading investigation of the hedge fund industry as well as the “Secret State of North Korea.” Plus a pre-Superbowl rebroadcast of our most-talked about film of 2013.


FRONTLINE’s David Fanning to Receive Lifetime Achievement Emmy

The honor comes as FRONTLINE marks its 30th anniversary season.

Two American Families

In Milwaukee, a Family’s Struggle for Survival

Preview FRONTLINE’s “Two American Families,” coming July 9 from correspondent Bill Moyers.

Rape in the Fields

The Hidden Story of Rape on the Job in America

For the women who pick and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job.



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