In Texas, skipping school is a crime. Now, the Department of Justice is investigating whether Dallas County in Texas unfairly punishes certain kids for missing school.
Locked Up In America April 1, 2015, 1:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
In Texas, skipping school is a crime. Now, the Department of Justice is investigating whether Dallas County in Texas unfairly punishes certain kids for missing school.
Death By Fire March 18, 2015, 4:20 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s another blow to a case that may have led to the execution of an innocent man.
League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis March 18, 2015, 12:31 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Chris Borland, a rookie linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, said that while he’s in good health now, he’s concerned about his future.
Lost in Detention March 17, 2015, 5:26 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
This is the second time that Management and Training Corp. has lost a contract to run the facility at Willacy, amid allegations of poor conditions or treatment of detainees.
Criminal Justice March 4, 2015, 6:03 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Ferguson’s investigation stems from a law passed after the 1991 police beating of Rodney King, another unarmed black man.
Lost in Detention February 25, 2015, 1:02 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Prisoners at the Willacy County Correctional Institution had complained of abuse and squalid conditions for years before the uprising began.
United States of Secrets February 9, 2015, 11:10 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The government says it’s made reforms to its surveillance programs. But how much is really different?
Foreign Affairs / Defense February 4, 2015, 2:26 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The legislation was passed unanimously in Congress in a rare moment of bipartisanship.
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA January 16, 2015, 4:55 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Smith & Wesson’s fall from grace set an example for the rest of the gun industry.
Big Sky, Big Money January 14, 2015, 3:18 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Campaign spending by outside groups, such as super PACs, has more than doubled in the past five years — and most of it is coming from the super-rich.
Putin's Way January 13, 2015, 10:53 am ET · by Sarah Childress and Chris Amico
Why is the Russian leader so inscrutable? FRONTLINE takes a closer look at Putin’s public personas.
United States of Secrets January 8, 2015, 11:33 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Edward Snowden talks with NOVA about how U.S. spying raises the risk of cyber attacks.
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA December 19, 2014, 10:17 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The gun-rights lobby still holds the edge when it comes to gun policy in America, but gun-control advocates say they’re starting to gain some momentum.
Criminal Justice December 18, 2014, 2:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s getting more difficult — and more expensive — to execute condemned prisoners.
Stickup Kid December 17, 2014, 10:00 am ET · by Sarah Childress
In the last six or seven years, states have begun to consider new approaches to juvenile offenders, backed by research showing that incarceration actually increases the chances a young person will commit another crime.
Iraq / War on Terror December 9, 2014, 5:55 pm ET · by Sarah Childress , Priyanka Boghani and Jason M. Breslow
The CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation practices such as waterboarding and “rectal rehydration” was worse and more widespread than the CIA admitted, according to a Senate investigation. Also: it didn’t work.
Criminal Justice December 3, 2014, 2:31 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Some senators want to eliminate penalties for states who won’t comply. It’s the latest setback for a decade-old law intended to curb what the UN says is a “widespread” problem in U.S. prisons and jails.
Immigration November 21, 2014, 3:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The policy shift comes as an increasing number of cities and counties have already refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities on the controversial program.
Firestone and the Warlord November 19, 2014, 11:21 am ET · by Sarah Childress and Lu Olkowski
Former BP executive Christine Bader and Human Rights Watch researcher Arvind Ganesan on what it takes to do business responsibly today — and the role consumers play in holding companies accountable.
Immigration November 13, 2014, 1:01 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Immigration attorneys say the agents dismiss or ignore credible claims, raising concerns that some asylum seekers may be returned to persecution at home.
Government / Elections / Politics November 12, 2014, 1:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The president has promised to take action on immigration by year’s end. What will it look like?
Government / Elections / Politics November 4, 2014, 1:14 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
FRONTLINE’s Sarah Childress answers your questions about voting.
The Rise of ISIS October 28, 2014, 3:29 pm ET · by Sarah Childress Chris Amico and Evan Wexler
From the bodyguard to the media spokesman, meet the new caliph’s top men.
Government / Elections / Politics October 20, 2014, 6:14 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Proponents say these laws ensure election integrity, but a FRONTLINE analysis found that ID requirements aren’t applied equally to all voters.
The Trouble with Antibiotics October 14, 2014, 9:27 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s not just the current Congress. For more than a decade, almost every proposed bill has failed.
Government / Elections / Politics October 10, 2014, 10:19 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The decisions come amid a flurry of court challenges to laws that will affect how people vote in the November election.
Government / Elections / Politics October 1, 2014, 1:11 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Who’s allowed to vote? And when? As the November midterms approach, find out how voting laws are changing state-by-state in our interactive database.
Hunting Boko Haram September 19, 2014, 4:43 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Nigeria’s top official in the U.S., Ade Adefuye, said the abuses documented by FRONTLINE were “deeply disturbing” and would be investigated.
Hunting Boko Haram September 9, 2014, 9:21 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
U.S. law prohibits funding units who have been “credibly” accused of atrocities. But in practice the law is unevenly applied.
Government / Elections / Politics August 6, 2014, 2:08 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Voting discrimination persists nationwide, but the worst offenders today are still southern states with a history of blocking minorities’ access to the ballot, according to a new study by the National Commission on Voting Rights.
Losing Iraq July 29, 2014, 12:58 pm ET · by Sarah Childress Evan Wexler and Michelle Mizner
From “shock and awe” to ISIS, FRONTLINE explores the key turning points in the war and its aftermath.
Separate and Unequal July 15, 2014, 9:41 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
One longtime education expert, Richard Kahlenberg, says integration in public schools today is increasingly about class, not race.
Separate and Unequal July 15, 2014, 9:39 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
From the mid-1800s, when the court defined “separate but equal” to recent challenges to integration, here’s a look at some of the landmark decisions.
Separate and Unequal July 2, 2014, 4:31 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Public schools are more segregated now than in 1968. Does it matter? FRONTLINE goes inside one school district’s debate.
Social Issues June 26, 2014, 6:54 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Supreme Court today struck down a Massachusetts law that established buffer zones around clinics that provide abortions. In 1994, FRONTLINE examined a tragedy that helped lead to that law, at the intersection of free speech and abortion, in “Murder on Abortion Row.”
Kind Hearted Woman June 25, 2014, 1:22 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Congressional hearing, called to shed light on the problem of child abuse and neglect on the Spirit Lake reservation, exposed a fundamental problem in Indian Country: a dearth of federal funds.
Kind Hearted Woman June 24, 2014, 11:49 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A congressional committee will investigate why child abuse persists on the Spirit Lake reservation, almost two years after the federal government stepped in to deal with the problem.
The Battle for Ukraine May 27, 2014, 9:59 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Navigating armed gunmen and wary pro-Russian supporters, filmmaker James Jones found a country divided by deep-seeded hatred.
The Battle for Ukraine May 27, 2014, 11:20 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama’s strategy is interventionism without overreach. But is he doing enough? A closer look at the president’s response to the two crises — and what options he has left.
United States of Secrets May 20, 2014, 3:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Michelle Mizner
In the latest FRONTLINE roundtable, privacy experts Julia Angwin and Hanni Fakhoury talk privacy and surveillance in today’s data-saturated world.
Education May 15, 2014, 7:13 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
White students are the most isolated in the country, even as the number of minority students increases. That’s bad for everyone, a new report finds.
United States of Secrets May 13, 2014, 8:47 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
On May 20, FRONTLINE investigates what the tech industry said when the NSA came knocking.
Government / Elections / Politics May 12, 2014, 11:56 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Courts are pushing back against laws in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision. Several legal battles are still ahead.
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria May 1, 2014, 10:40 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A drug-resistant world “is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century,” according to a new report.
Locked Up In America April 29, 2014, 9:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s hard for felons to start over. Among states and cities, and even some companies, there’s a growing movement to change that.
Locked Up In America April 29, 2014, 12:09 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Michelle Mizner
Not all of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S. are there for violent crimes. Meet four individuals, featured in tonight’s “Prison State,” who are rotating between custody and freedom.
Locked Up In America April 25, 2014, 2:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The governor today plans to sign into law a package of reforms to the state’s juvenile justice program on Friday, the latest step in Kentucky’s effort to overhaul its criminal justice system.
Locked Up In America April 23, 2014, 3:27 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The plan means early release for hundreds serving long sentences for minor crimes. It’s also a shift for Obama, who’s approved fewer clemency applications than any president in modern history.
Locked Up In America April 22, 2014, 9:44 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Michelle Mizner
Three corrections experts on what needs to be done, and why it’s so hard to change.
Locked Up In America April 22, 2014, 9:43 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Michelle Mizner
How one warden helped create the modern-day isolation used in federal prisons,
Locked Up In America April 22, 2014, 10:42 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Inmates aren’t supposed to be able to pass contraband to one another in solitary confinement. But they’ve found a way.
Locked Up In America April 21, 2014, 10:01 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Friday night at the Maine state prison’s segregation unit is anything but quiet.
Locked Up In America April 9, 2014, 12:50 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The federal prison population has grown by nearly 800 percent in the past 30 years, spurred in part by the increasing use of tougher sentences applied to nonviolent drug crimes. Now there’s a growing movement to scale it back.
Climate of Doubt March 31, 2014, 3:06 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A new report details the impact of climate change on human survival.
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria March 28, 2014, 12:19 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A bill to track drug-resistant infections has been introduced in Florida, inspired in part by FRONTLINE’s “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.”
TB Silent Killer March 25, 2014, 9:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
As TB becomes more resistant, the drugs used to treat the disease are still stuck in the 20th century.
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria March 6, 2014, 12:01 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Misusing antibiotics is one way to create more drug-resistant bacteria. Your doctor could be part of the problem.
Secrets of the Vatican February 25, 2014, 8:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A roundup of reporting on Pope Francis and the challenges he faces in the Church.
Secrets of the Vatican February 25, 2014, 8:32 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
More than three decades after the initial reports of abuse began to emerge, critics say that many bishops seem more committed to protecting the church than preventing abuse.
Generation Like February 18, 2014, 9:41 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
How companies are using your personal data to predict, and influence, what you buy.
Generation Like February 18, 2014, 10:31 am ET · by Sarah Childress
How a high-school English teacher in Cincinnati inspired FRONTLINE’s latest exploration of marketing to that all-powerful demographic: American teens.
Secret State of North Korea February 17, 2014, 11:55 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The North Korean government uses torture, abuse and other crimes to crush dissent and maintain control of its people.
Syria's Second Front February 11, 2014, 9:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Abu Ali, the rebel commander, was abducted in December; the fight against ISIS and the government continues.
Big Sky, Big Money January 28, 2014, 2:12 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
WTP may have illegally colluded with at least nine candidates in 2010, Montana’s political practices commissioner says, in the latest revelations about the dark-money group’s activities.
Alaska Gold January 16, 2014, 1:23 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The EPA’s final assessment is the latest setback for the proposed Pebble Mine project, which would be one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.
Secret State of North Korea January 14, 2014, 9:43 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Outside information is forcing the Hermit Kingdom to open up. What will happen next?
Secret State of North Korea January 14, 2014, 11:11 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Rare interviews with those who knew the young leader before he came to power.
Secret State of North Korea January 13, 2014, 2:28 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Some resist from outside, and others from within. They say it’s worth the risk.
To Catch a Trader January 7, 2014, 9:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s the question at the heart of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against the billionaire and founder of hedge fund SAC Capital. Cohen says he’s not to blame. Read his attorneys’ full response.
Foreign Affairs / Defense December 18, 2013, 11:41 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Six years after President Obama promised to shutter the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, his administration has picked up the pace on repatriating detainees. The only problem: not all of the prisoners want to go home.
Raising Adam Lanza December 13, 2013, 11:41 am ET · by Sarah Childress
In the past year, the Sandy Hook families and others — some friends, many strangers — established memorials, charities and other tributes to honor their loved ones.
Dollars and Dentists December 12, 2013, 12:21 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
CareCredit, a major lender, was slammed for misleading customers about high-interest rates.
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA December 10, 2013, 4:15 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
In the wake of Sandy Hook, the gun-rights lobby outspent, out-organized and out-maneuvered gun-control advocates at both the state and federal level.
A Death in St. Augustine November 26, 2013, 12:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
What happens when your abuser is a cop? How the entire criminal justice system fails these victims
Raising Adam Lanza November 25, 2013, 5:00 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The first comprehensive account of what led up to that fatal day offers new details about Adam Lanza, but no explanation for what he did.
A Death in St. Augustine November 23, 2013, 4:10 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Here’s how to get help.
A Death in St. Augustine November 23, 2013, 4:04 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Alexander Hyacinthe
Most death investigations don’t happen the way they do on TV.
Immigration November 20, 2013, 5:39 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
People held in immigration detention centers still face challenges reporting sexual abuse and assault, sometimes because the government deports them before an investigation is completed, a government watchdog report found.
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria November 15, 2013, 11:32 am ET · by Sarah Childress
One hospital sent around a “secret shopper” to find out.
Educating Sergeant Pantzke November 14, 2013, 1:12 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
For the second time in two years, Congress is trying to close a loophole that allows for-profit colleges and universities to collect billions of federal dollars in tuition from veterans.
Criminal Justice November 5, 2013, 12:07 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
In a new interview, Border Patrol chief Mike Fisher says he will continue to allow his agents to shoot at rock-throwers and vehicles, despite independent recommendations against the practice.
Criminal Justice November 4, 2013, 5:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
They helped to force-feed detainees, participated in waterboarding, and failed to report abusive treatment, according to a two-year task force review.
Egypt in Crisis October 30, 2013, 1:03 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
As former President Mohammed Morsi’s trial nears, another top leader is arrested for inciting violence.
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria October 22, 2013, 9:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Alexander Hyacinthe
A slideshow of a few of the more troubling bugs out there today.
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria October 22, 2013, 9:32 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
How worried should you be? We asked the experts.
The Interrupters October 17, 2013, 10:25 am ET · by Sarah Childress
After a yearlong trial, the city said it would focus instead on community policing and other strategies to combat the city’s high murder rate.
Criminal Justice October 10, 2013, 12:46 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A new complaint alleges agents have used excessive force and misconduct — and often stopped U.S. citizens — on what are known as “roving patrols.”
Big Sky, Big Money October 4, 2013, 4:08 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The case, McCutcheon v. FEC, would lift the limit on how much donors can give to parties, candidates and PACs.
Climate of Doubt October 1, 2013, 11:28 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A new U.N. report says human impact on climate change is “clear,” it’s getting worse, and we’re too late to stop it. They disagree.
Government / Elections / Politics September 30, 2013, 2:30 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s the latest move from Attorney General Eric Holder, who has vowed to challenge states for alleged discrimination against minority voters.
Criminal Justice September 25, 2013, 4:05 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The policy came under scrutiny after 19 reported deaths in 2012 at the hands of Border Patrol agents.
Egypt in Crisis September 23, 2013, 11:52 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The military-backed Egyptian government takes another step in its aggressive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Criminal Justice September 20, 2013, 3:19 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Even the agency’s proposed reforms are redacted in a new report, released this week.
Egypt in Crisis September 17, 2013, 10:28 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Since Mubarak’s ouster, the military has quietly maneuvered not only to remain in power but to tighten its control of every facet of Egyptian governance, from the state-run media to the presidency.
The Real CSI September 5, 2013, 12:55 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A new study says forensic psychologists tend to slant their testimony based on who pays them.
Foreign Affairs / Defense September 4, 2013, 1:35 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Recently released Air Force emails shed light on how a high-profile conviction was overturned.
Syria Behind the Lines August 28, 2013, 1:13 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Limited airstrikes aren’t likely to end a conflict that’s claimed more than 100,000 lives.
Foreign Affairs / Defense August 26, 2013, 4:32 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
New details keep emerging – the latest includes NSA employees tracking their love interests’ communications.
Foreign Affairs / Defense August 23, 2013, 1:22 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama says the “checks” on the NSA’s surveillance program are in place. But who’s doing the checking?
Government / Elections / Politics August 22, 2013, 3:35 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The federal government waded further into the fight over voting-rights laws on Thursday with plans to sue Texas over its voter ID law.
WikiSecrets August 21, 2013, 11:01 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Bradley Manning was sentenced to a little more than half of what the government wanted him to serve.
Government / Elections / Politics August 8, 2013, 11:16 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Just over a month after the Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, seven states — … Continue reading
WikiSecrets August 6, 2013, 4:31 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
U.S. officials are presenting evidence at Manning’s sentencing hearing this week. So far, there isn’t much.
WikiSecrets July 30, 2013, 2:18 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
PFC Bradley Manning, the 25 year old who has acknowledged leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, faces a maximum of 136 years in jail.
Life and Death in Assisted Living July 29, 2013, 6:39 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Over the past several years, the assisted living industry has evolved relatively unchecked, with no federal regulation and limited state supervision. And the industry is fighting to keep it that way.
Government / Elections / Politics July 25, 2013, 4:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
In announcing a lawsuit against Texas, Attorney General Eric Holder vowed a nationwide battle against voter laws it considers discriminatory.
Educating Sergeant Pantzke July 25, 2013, 4:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
When FRONTLINE viewers last saw Sgt. Chris Pantzke, he was struggling to deal with the fallout from signing up for courses at a for-profit college that he couldn’t complete.
WikiSecrets July 18, 2013, 11:55 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A military judge ruled that prosecutors could pursue the “aiding the enemy” charge against Bradley Manning.
Top Secret America July 17, 2013, 3:46 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Law enforcement agencies nationwide increasingly rely on automatic license-plate readers to track and store information on American drivers, a new report found, in the latest revelation on how the government gathers data on its citizens.
Two American Families July 9, 2013, 9:25 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The latest on the Neumann and Stanley families.
Government / Elections / Politics June 28, 2013, 10:41 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Two new rulings on voter discrimination cases are likely to have long-term impact.
Government / Elections / Politics June 26, 2013, 2:58 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Five of the nine states that were previously under the VRA are already moving ahead with similar voter ID laws.
Rape in the Fields June 25, 2013, 9:24 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
To succeed, organizers need foodies to care about farm workers. The problem? Most don’t.
Government / Elections / Politics June 25, 2013, 11:51 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The Supreme Court struck down a major part of the landmark ban on voter discrimination, saying that it was up to Congress to bring the law into the modern age.
Rape in the Fields June 24, 2013, 7:17 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Undocumented abuse victims can apply to stay in the U.S., but some risk deportation by coming forward.
Criminal Justice June 14, 2013, 11:37 am ET · by Sarah Childress
New scrutiny of the use of solitary confinement in state and federal prisons found abusive practices and no evidence that it even works.
Foreign Affairs / Defense June 10, 2013, 2:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Four FRONTLINE films investigate America’s domestic spying apparatus: How it operates, whether it works, and how Obama has helped it evolve.
Big Sky, Big Money June 7, 2013, 11:53 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The state has become ground zero for outside campaign spending. Some politicians don’t like it and they plan on taking it to the voters.
Outlawed in Pakistan May 28, 2013, 9:28 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Most of the violence women endure is committed by their partners — and not just in Pakistan.
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA May 20, 2013, 10:12 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Pro-gun moderates are quietly using background checks to expand gun rights.
Foreign Affairs / Defense May 15, 2013, 3:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A new study finds that military members with a history of brain injuries, some of which may have been sustained earlier in life, run a higher suicide risk.
Foreign Affairs / Defense May 10, 2013, 11:49 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The military’s campaign to prevent sexual assault centers on telling servicemen not to have sex with women when they’re drunk.
Kind Hearted Woman May 2, 2013, 12:29 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Spirit Lake’s leadership has been beset by allegations that it ignored or enabled problems of child abuse on the reservation. The BIA has known about the problems at Spirit Lake for at least two years, but took no action until a whistleblower went public with concerns.
Foreign Affairs / Defense May 1, 2013, 2:38 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama blames Congress for keeping Guantanamo open, but he’s also helped to preserve a situation that he described on Tuesday as “not sustainable.”
Top Secret America April 30, 2013, 9:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The FBI and the CIA had been tipped off about one of the bombers two years ago. Could the attacks have been prevented?
The Retirement Gamble April 23, 2013, 9:35 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
We asked three experts what the important questions are.
Criminal Justice April 22, 2013, 4:23 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama banned torture, but hasn’t taken steps to keep it from happening again, according to a recently released report.
Immigration April 22, 2013, 1:47 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The number of deportation cases is the highest it’s been in 15 years.
Criminal Justice April 17, 2013, 4:09 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
In addition to the forensic evidence left behind, what’s not yet known about the attacks can offer clues to the bomber’s identity, according to a former FBI agent who investigated the 9/11 attacks.
Immigration April 16, 2013, 4:02 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
But the U.S. has already spent billions — and according to a recent GAO report, we don’t know whether it’s making a difference.
Kind Hearted Woman April 12, 2013, 1:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The elders say the council hasn’t dealt with corruption and child abuse on the North Dakota reservation.
Newtown Divided April 11, 2013, 12:44 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Senate’s bipartisan compromise on guns has one major exception.
Newtown Divided April 10, 2013, 2:04 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Arming teachers and faculty or school officers are among the more popular pieces of gun legislation to be proposed post-Newtown.
Syria at War April 9, 2013, 9:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Two years into Syria’s civil war, no nation wants to end up on the losing side. Here’s how the world powers stack up.
Never Forget to Lie April 5, 2013, 12:29 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Before the Holocaust engulfed Europe, Bransk was a quiet little town in Poland. By the end of the war, every Jewish person in Bransk was gone, most of them killed in gas chambers at Treblinka. In Shtetl, director Marian Marzynski goes back to tell their story.
The Confessions April 3, 2013, 3:58 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Eric Wilson served more than seven years for a rape it seems almost certain that he didn’t commit.
Kind Hearted Woman April 3, 2013, 11:31 am ET · by Sarah Childress
For centuries, tribal rule has been overshadowed by federal laws that gave jurisdiction to federal authorities. But that’s changing.
Newtown Divided April 2, 2013, 3:30 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Until recently, most Connecticut residents doubted they’d even bring a bill to the floor. Now a bill’s likely to pass on Wednesday. What happened?
Kind Hearted Woman April 1, 2013, 8:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The struggles that Robin Poor Bear, formerly Charboneau, endures in Kind Hearted Woman are unfortunately too common for many Native Americans.
Kind Hearted Woman March 29, 2013, 3:02 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The case had been flagged by a whistleblower, whose reports helped lead to federal intervention on the reservation.
Raising Adam Lanza March 28, 2013, 11:20 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A Connecticut state prosecutor released today new information on the investigation of the Newtown, Conn. shooting, revealing that Adam Lanza had access to the multiple guns his mother had purchased and taught him to shoot.
The Suicide Plan March 26, 2013, 1:46 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Final Exit Network, which has defeated charges of illegally aiding suicides in Arizona and Georgia, is now fighting its third case.
Kind Hearted Woman March 25, 2013, 4:17 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
New domestic violence protections for Native American women will take time to put in place. For some, it may not happen at all.
Newtown Divided March 22, 2013, 3:21 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, today released a radio ad warning that proposed gun-control legislation would only “punish” law-abiding firearms owners.
Lost in Detention March 19, 2013, 4:34 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It was due to budget reasons, Director John Morton told Congress today.
Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown March 19, 2013, 11:08 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Since the disaster, Fukushima’s workers have been shunned and some are experiencing severe mental trauma. Watch what happened to them that day.
Iraq / War on Terror March 18, 2013, 1:36 pm ET · by Sarah Childress Evan Wexler and Bill Rockwood
The Iraq war cost twice as much as the war in Afghanistan, and more than 16 times as much as the Bush administration predicted. But what did we pay for?
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA March 15, 2013, 1:28 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
More than 1,000 new bills have been proposed at the state level since Newtown. What’s happening in your state?
Dollars and Dentists March 13, 2013, 10:28 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The chain, which is one of several dental chains under scrutiny for its practices, allegedly pushed for diagnoses that would lead to more expensive treatment.
The Untouchables March 6, 2013, 2:15 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The attorney general’s comments underscored previous concerns that the Justice Department hasn’t been sufficiently aggressive in prosecuting major banks for the fiscal crisis.
Kind Hearted Woman February 28, 2013, 2:52 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Bureau of Indian Affairs detailed for the first time on Wednesday the efforts it’s made to address concerns of child abuse on the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota. Some residents said it wasn’t enough.
Criminal Justice February 28, 2013, 10:55 am ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s been 20 years to the day since the federal government began its siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. What really happened?
Government / Elections / Politics February 26, 2013, 12:25 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
An Alabama county says the civil rights-era law is outdated. It will make its case before the Supreme Court tomorrow.
Kind Hearted Woman February 25, 2013, 4:19 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s been five months since the federal government took over child services at a North Dakota reservation amid reports of unchecked child abuse. What’s changed?
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA February 19, 2013, 9:39 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
You’ve heard of the NRA. Now meet the gun industry’s lobby, based in Newtown, Conn.
Raising Adam Lanza February 19, 2013, 10:08 am ET · by Sarah Childress
As a child, Adam got upset when others gave him a high-five or a pat on the back. It saddened his mother, Nancy, who didn’t know how to help him.
Raising Adam Lanza February 15, 2013, 4:50 am ET · by Sarah Childress
For months, FRONTLINE and the Hartford Courant have been investigating the young man who took the lives of so many in … Continue reading
Cliffhanger February 12, 2013, 7:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Congress faces two deadlines with long-term repercussions in the next few weeks — and another debt-ceiling time bomb in the coming months.
Cliffhanger February 12, 2013, 10:54 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan, three young House Republicans, had a plan to move the party away from the dusty establishment and into the 21st century.
Newtown Divided February 5, 2013, 4:46 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Conn., critiqued Obama’s skeet-shooting skills and advised against any new firearm restrictions.
Kind Hearted Woman February 4, 2013, 4:35 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
One of the new changes in the Violence Against Women Act could help protect Native American women from abusers. So why has it been so controversial?
The Untouchables January 23, 2013, 6:04 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Lanny Breuer is leaving his position as head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. As assistant attorney … Continue reading
The Education of Michelle Rhee January 8, 2013, 9:34 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s protégé and successor, has maintained a lower profile while continuing many of Rhee’s controversial reforms.
The Interrupters December 20, 2012, 1:57 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
We talked to CeaseFire’s Tio Hardiman about what he’d tell the president’s new commission on gun violence.
Foreign Affairs / Defense December 20, 2012, 10:57 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a toll — but most service members who take their lives have never been deployed. What’s going on?
Newtown Divided December 17, 2012, 2:29 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama has expanded gun rights during his presidency so far. Will his new call to action bring any change?
Big Sky, Big Money December 14, 2012, 4:36 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Emma Schwartz
The dark money group from Citizens United is under investigation in Montana for illegally coordinating with political campaigns.
Immigration December 6, 2012, 6:11 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Immigrants detained in facilities run by the Homeland Security department are a step closer to having the same protections from abuse as other inmates in the U.S., nearly a year after a government investigation found troubling allegations of sexual abuse in some facilities.
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America November 30, 2012, 1:49 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
There are more people today than ever living with HIV/AIDS. But far fewer people are contracting the virus now than they were more than a decade ago. Who came out on top — and who’s falling behind? Here’s a look around the world.
Murdoch's Scandal November 29, 2012, 1:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Jason M. Breslow
A long-awaited inquiry of the British press in the wake of the nation’s phone-hacking and bribery scandal has recommended the creation of an independent regulator to police a media culture that “at times, can only be described as outrageous,” according to the report.
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America November 27, 2012, 4:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Every month, 1,000 young Americans are infected with HIV. What can be done to stop it?
Murdoch's Scandal November 20, 2012, 11:31 am ET · by Sarah Childress
In the most serious charges to date in the Murdoch scandal, two top aides are accused of paying officials for information.
The Suicide Plan November 13, 2012, 9:12 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
How the right-to-die movement has shaped the debate about assisted suicide in the U.S. from 1980 to today.
The Suicide Plan November 13, 2012, 9:11 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
So controversial is the question of assisted death that even advocates disagree about what to call it.
Big Sky, Big Money November 1, 2012, 5:41 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
“Big Sky, Big Money” is causing ripples in Montana, where protesters gathered outside ATP, and the office investigating the group reported a break-in.
Government / Elections / Politics November 1, 2012, 4:08 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Supreme Court is set to decide on Friday whether it will take up two cases to determine the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. Here’s why.
The Suicide Plan November 1, 2012, 10:52 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Massachusetts could become the third state to legalize physician-assisted suicide, if voters approve a ballot initiative on Nov. 6. The … Continue reading
Climate of Doubt October 23, 2012, 9:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
For more than three decades, the politics surrounding climate change in the United States have been characterized by an often deep partisan divide.
Lost in Detention October 22, 2012, 10:56 am ET · by Sarah Childress
After abuses were uncovered, the Obama administration called for an overhaul of the immigrant detention system. But how much has changed?
Big Money 2012 October 19, 2012, 10:27 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A new Marketplace story asks whether anonymity is detrimental or essential to the political process.
Government / Elections / Politics October 16, 2012, 3:15 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Early voting can continue in Ohio for all voters, after the Supreme Court declined (pdf) Tuesday to consider a case … Continue reading
Dropout Nation October 12, 2012, 12:32 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
When we last saw Marcus, the stubborn, charismatic student in Dropout Nation, he had just punched another kid in the face two hours before the school year ended, an act that jeopardized his chance to stay in school and play football.
Big Money 2012 October 11, 2012, 1:25 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
When it came to asking for votes, unions once could only knock on their own members’ doors. Not anymore.
The Choice 2012 October 4, 2012, 10:54 am ET · by Sarah Childress
As a state senator, Obama hung two pictures in his Springfield office that said a lot about the man he was, and who he wanted to become.
The Choice 2012 October 3, 2012, 10:59 am ET · by Sarah Childress
In this rarely seen letter, written while he was a community organizer in Chicago, Obama is still very much the writer, scribbling eloquent descriptions of his new hometown on yellow legal paper.
Government / Elections / Politics October 2, 2012, 1:54 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s voter ID law can’t be implemented fairly in time for the presidential election in November.
Inside FRONTLINE October 2, 2012, 12:58 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Watch our latest Emmy-award winning films here.
The Choice 2012 October 1, 2012, 11:06 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama learned from his first big loss to Bobby Rush. Before he launched his next political campaign, he engaged in some political maneuvering that would allow him to run for, and win, a seat in the U.S. Senate.
The Choice 2012 September 27, 2012, 10:57 am ET · by Sarah Childress
He may be a skilled orator now, but Obama’s performance in some of his early debates wasn’t so impressive.
Dropout Nation September 25, 2012, 8:37 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Like many of the kids who wind up in failing public schools, Harvard economist Roland Fryer grew up amid violence and drugs, and with little hope for the future.
Dropout Nation September 25, 2012, 8:36 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Students can get a high school diploma for a few hundred bucks and an online exam.
Dropout Nation September 25, 2012, 8:35 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
When the school year began again, Marcus came back to Sharpstown. He had thrown away all of his school uniform polo shirts at the end of last school year, in a fit of frustration.
Inside FRONTLINE September 24, 2012, 3:22 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Online News Association selected FRONTLINE for its 2012 General Excellence Award for Online Journalism for small websites this weekend. … Continue reading
The Choice 2012 September 24, 2012, 10:58 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Notes from a former student in Obama’s constitutional law class at the University of Chicago reveal an energetic, nuanced thinker.
The Choice 2012 September 20, 2012, 11:02 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Obama had long been passionate about making a difference, helping others.
The Choice 2012 September 18, 2012, 6:13 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Come Nov. 6, voters are going to have two very different candidates to choose from in Barack Obama and Mitt … Continue reading
Kind Hearted Woman September 17, 2012, 4:35 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Monday that it will take control of social services on a North Dakota reservation, … Continue reading
The Choice 2012 September 17, 2012, 10:54 am ET · by Sarah Childress
As a sophomore at Occidental College, Barry Obama began to develop his identity as a writer.
Government / Elections / Politics August 17, 2012, 3:05 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Voter ID laws aren’t the only new restrictions that might affect turnout in November.
Government / Elections / Politics August 13, 2012, 2:07 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Courts are expected to rule on two key cases this week. Here’s what you need to know.
Murdoch's Scandal August 9, 2012, 4:58 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Sam Bailey
Its less profitable publishing arm was largely to blame, as you can see in our updated graphic which shows how News Corp. makes its money.
Business / Economy / Financial August 3, 2012, 12:14 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
This is the worst job market for lawyers in nearly two decades, according to the National Association for Law Placement. But the … Continue reading
Criminal Justice July 31, 2012, 12:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Florida killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen earlier this year, has brought national attention to the laws … Continue reading
Law & Disorder July 24, 2012, 6:36 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Justice Department and the city of New Orleans today jointly announced sweeping reforms to the New Orleans Police Department, the result of a long-awaited consent decree stemming from investigations into police misconduct in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Murdoch's Scandal July 24, 2012, 2:43 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Gretchen Gavett
Eight individuals were charged in the scandal today. Here’s what you need to know.
Criminal Justice July 18, 2012, 6:01 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
President Barack Obama has ordered a new review of a commutation request by Clarence Aaron, a first-time offender sentenced to … Continue reading
Fast Times at West Philly High July 17, 2012, 9:31 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The engineer-turned-teacher started a new program last year for high school students centered around project-based learning.
Government / Elections / Politics July 17, 2012, 6:02 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Florida officials will be allowed to check potential voters’ names against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) citizenship database, in … Continue reading
The Spill July 16, 2012, 12:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The $13 million settlement is the latest in the regulatory body’s efforts to hold the company accountable for a 2005 refinery explosion, which killed 15 people and injured 170.
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America July 13, 2012, 12:41 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The number of children born with HIV peaked in the 1990s, amid what were called the “twin epidemics” of HIV and crack.
Inside FRONTLINE July 12, 2012, 6:14 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Eight films and our fall promotional campaign were nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Awards today.
Law & Disorder July 12, 2012, 4:50 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Watch Law and Disorder, FRONTLINE’s investigation into questionable police shootings by the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of … Continue reading
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America July 12, 2012, 2:10 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) supervision of programs that receive funding under the Ryan White Care Act … Continue reading
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America July 11, 2012, 1:02 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
When AIDS first struck, there were no drugs to treat it. People simply died. Now, drugs reduce the amount of … Continue reading
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America July 10, 2012, 10:59 am ET · by Sarah Childress
In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a notice that five young gay men in the Los Angeles area had died from an unusual form of pneumonia.
Dollars and Dentists June 28, 2012, 11:55 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Long overlooked as a secondary aspect of health care, dental care is an important element of overall health, experts say. … Continue reading
Obama's Deal June 28, 2012, 11:33 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Our shortlist of the people — and vegetable — that won or lost when it came to today’s Supreme Court decision
College, Inc. June 27, 2012, 5:41 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Obama administration warned this week that nearly 100 for-profit colleges could lose federal funds for not meeting new performance requirement standards.
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America June 27, 2012, 12:24 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Three decades after the AIDS epidemic hit full-force, the United Nations now says it’s possible to eradicate the disease by 2015 — in part by preventing new infections.
Dollars and Dentists June 26, 2012, 9:45 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Dental care in America divides people into two camps: those who can afford regular preventive care and cleanings, and those … Continue reading
The Madoff Affair June 25, 2012, 12:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The funds will go to the hundreds of Merkin investors, most of whom will get more than 40 percent of their losses, up to $5 million each.
Dollars and Dentists June 25, 2012, 10:16 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Millions of Americans are ending up in the emergency room instead of the dentist’s chair when they have problems with their teeth — sometimes even when they have insurance.
Syria Behind the Lines June 22, 2012, 2:51 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
What began as a street uprising among united, angry Syrians has become a sprawling, scattered opposition force trying to bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei? June 21, 2012, 12:25 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Ai Weiwei, the artist known for his provocative challenges to China’s police state, told NPR today that he’s been banned … Continue reading
Government / Elections / Politics June 20, 2012, 5:08 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Today, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency, refusing to hand over documents connected … Continue reading
Digital Nation June 19, 2012, 2:14 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq winding down, a recently released report from the Department of Defense offers new insight into the military’s plans for its more than 1,800 drones it says are embedded across all four branches of the military.
Dollars and Dentists June 19, 2012, 12:21 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
More than 100 million Americans don’t go to the dentist because they can’t afford it. Instead, they end up broke, … Continue reading
Criminal Justice June 18, 2012, 3:06 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Rodney King, who was found dead this weekend in a swimming pool at his house, once said that he believed his beating … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street June 14, 2012, 1:12 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
U.S. home foreclosure filings increased 9 percent last month over April, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, an online … Continue reading
Government / Elections / Politics June 12, 2012, 12:04 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Local officials have already stopped the purge after finding eligible voters on the list.
Government / Elections / Politics June 8, 2012, 3:54 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Local election supervisors, about half of whom are Republican, have balked at the move by state officials to strike ineligible names from voter lists.
Lost in Detention June 7, 2012, 5:49 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The news comes as Obama is courting Latino voters in his re-election bid.
Educating Sergeant Pantzke June 7, 2012, 2:01 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Fifteen state attorneys general are investigating the company behind the website for allegedly providing misleading information.
Criminal Justice June 6, 2012, 5:25 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
In a scandal that’s unraveled over decades, a longtime Chicago police commander and some of his subordinates allegedly tortured more than 100 … Continue reading
The Interrupters June 4, 2012, 12:28 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Chicago is trying again to stem its high murder rate, which has been fueled by an entrenched culture of gang violence.
Government / Elections / Politics May 31, 2012, 4:38 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Nearly every state — 41 so far — has introduced some kind of restrictive voting legislation since the beginning of last … Continue reading
Money, Power and Wall Street May 31, 2012, 3:53 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
There’s little in the way of comprehensive bean-counting when it comes to the financial crisis. That’s in part because it’s still … Continue reading
Foreign Affairs / Defense May 31, 2012, 12:19 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Ben Miller’s drones are some of the latest bots to fly in American skies. The manager for the drone program … Continue reading
FRONTLINE World May 30, 2012, 10:34 am ET · by Sarah Childress
Convicted war criminal Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, marking the end of a years-long legal process to … Continue reading
Al Qaeda In Yemen May 29, 2012, 12:11 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius describes the film as “fascinating” and “gutsy.”
College, Inc. May 25, 2012, 1:58 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
While state and local governments cut back funding to public higher education institutions, the volume of federal government subsidies to for-profit colleges and universities continues to increase
Law & Disorder May 23, 2012, 4:45 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Sgt. Lesia Mims told the FBI what she knew about Henry Glover’s death but apparently not her own department.
Six Billion Dollar Bet May 22, 2012, 9:43 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
As the markets reveled in JP Morgan’s $2 billion loss, and scrambled to understand the $6 billion wipe-out at MF Global, observers asked why, in the wake of the economic meltdown, anyone would take such extreme risks. The answer, of course, is that sometimes those gambles pay off.
Opium Brides May 21, 2012, 12:36 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Poppy eradication in Afghanistan has nearly tripled in the past year amid violent resistance from farmers, as NATO prepares to … Continue reading
Lost in Detention May 18, 2012, 11:27 am ET · by Sarah Childress
The Justice Department released new rules yesterday designed to curb sexual abuse in federal and state detention facilities, including stricter … Continue reading
Criminal Justice May 17, 2012, 1:47 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Two war-crimes trials underway at The Hague have drawn notice for their high-profile suspects. Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb … Continue reading
Criminal Justice May 16, 2012, 4:49 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
The Village Voice recently published startling new images of inmate abuse as part of the paper’s ongoing investigation into violence … Continue reading
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