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Government / Elections / Politics

Where is Voter Discrimination the Worst?

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

Iraq: How Did We Get Here?

From “shock and awe” to ISIS, FRONTLINE explores the key turning points in the war and its aftermath.

Separate and Unequal

Does Integration Still Matter in Public Schools?

One longtime education expert, Richard Kahlenberg, says integration in public schools today is increasingly about class, not race.

Separate and Unequal

How the Supreme Court Shaped School Segregation

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

A Return to School Segregation in America?

Public schools are more segregated now than in 1968. Does it matter? FRONTLINE goes inside one school district’s debate.

Social Issues

Watch: “Murder on Abortion Row”

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

New Details Emerge in Hearing on Abuse at Spirit Lake

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

As Child Abuse Persists at Spirit Lake, Congress Steps In

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

“The Hatred Is Real, and It’s Pretty Chilling”

Navigating armed gunmen and wary pro-Russian supporters, filmmaker James Jones found a country divided by deep-seeded hatred.

The Battle for Ukraine

Obama’s Choices: Syria and Ukraine

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

Podcast: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Data) Online

In the latest FRONTLINE roundtable, privacy experts Julia Angwin and Hanni Fakhoury talk privacy and surveillance in today’s data-saturated world.

Education

Report: School Segregation Is Back, 60 Years After “Brown”

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

Next Week: How Silicon Valley Feeds the NSA’s Global Dragnet

On May 20, FRONTLINE investigates what the tech industry said when the NSA came knocking.

Government / Elections / Politics

New Voter ID Laws Hit Setbacks

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

WHO: Drug-Resistant Bugs Have Spread to “Alarming Levels”

A drug-resistant world “is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century,” according to a new report.

Locked Up In America

For Some Felons, a Better Chance to Break the Re-entry Cycle

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

Who’s Locked Up in America

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

In Latest Reform, Kentucky Softens Approach to Juvenile Offenders

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

DOJ Offers New Clemency Program for Drug Offenders

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

Podcast: How to Fix America’s Solitary Problem

Three corrections experts on what needs to be done, and why it’s so hard to change.

Locked Up In America

“Lock It Down”: How Solitary Started in the U.S.

How one warden helped create the modern-day isolation used in federal prisons,

Locked Up In America

What Happens in Solitary When Guards Aren’t Looking

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

The Disturbing Sounds of Solitary Confinement

Friday night at the Maine state prison’s segregation unit is anything but quiet.

Locked Up In America

Feds to Reconsider Harsh Prison Terms for Drug Offenders

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

UN Report: Climate Change Will Deepen Poverty, Hunger

A new report details the impact of climate change on human survival.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Florida Bill Would Combat Superbug Threat

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

The Slow-Motion Search for a New TB Treatment

As TB becomes more resistant, the drugs used to treat the disease are still stuck in the 20th century.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

CDC: Some Doctors Contribute to Superbug Spread

Misusing antibiotics is one way to create more drug-resistant bacteria. Your doctor could be part of the problem.

Secrets of the Vatican

Dig Deeper: Pope Francis and His Church

A roundup of reporting on Pope Francis and the challenges he faces in the Church.

Secrets of the Vatican

What’s the State of the Church’s Child Abuse Crisis?

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

The Future of Digital Marketing Is You

How companies are using your personal data to predict, and influence, what you buy.

Generation Like

From “The Merchants of Cool” to “Generation Like”

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

UN: North Korea Commits “Unspeakable Atrocities”

The North Korean government uses torture, abuse and other crimes to crush dissent and maintain control of its people.

Syria's Second Front

What’s Happened to the Rebels in Aleppo?

Abu Ali, the rebel commander, was abducted in December; the fight against ISIS and the government continues.

Big Sky, Big Money

More Politicians Accused of Illegal Collusion with Dark-Money Group

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

EPA: “Alaska Gold” Mine a Threat to Salmon Fisheries

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

Could there be a North Korean “Spring”?

Outside information is forcing the Hermit Kingdom to open up. What will happen next?

Secret State of North Korea

What was Kim Jong-un Like as a Boy?

Rare interviews with those who knew the young leader before he came to power.

Secret State of North Korea

Five Ways North Koreans Are Defying the Regime

Some resist from outside, and others from within. They say it’s worth the risk.

To Catch a Trader

Did Steven Cohen Fail to Supervise His Employees?

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

Four Guantanamo Detainees Sent Home in Recent Weeks

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

Remembering Newtown

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

Dental-Care Credit Card to Pay for Deceptive Practices

CareCredit, a major lender, was slammed for misleading customers about high-interest rates.

Newtown Divided

How the Gun-Rights Lobby Won After Newtown

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

A Systemwide Failure

What happens when your abuser is a cop? How the entire criminal justice system fails these victims

Raising Adam Lanza

New Report Offers Details, but No Motive for Sandy Hook Shooter

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

What to Do If You’re a Victim of Abuse

Here’s how to get help.

A Death in St. Augustine

How Should You Investigate a Death?

Most death investigations don’t happen the way they do on TV.

Lost in Detention

Why Immigrant Detainees Still Aren’t Safe from Abuse

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

Do Hospital Workers Really Wash Their Hands?

One hospital sent around a “secret shopper” to find out.

Educating Sergeant Pantzke

Bill Tries, Again, to Curb For-Profit Colleges’ Share of GI Cash

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

Border Patrol To Keep Controversial Deadly Force Rules

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

Report: Medical Professionals Participated in Torture of Terror Suspects

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

In Egypt, Military Tightens Hold on Muslim Brotherhood

As former President Mohammed Morsi’s trial nears, another top leader is arrested for inciting violence.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Meet the “Nightmare Bacteria”

A slideshow of a few of the more troubling bugs out there today.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Eight Ways to Protect Yourself from Superbugs

How worried should you be? We asked the experts.

The Interrupters

Chicago Drops CeaseFire from Anti-Violence Strategy

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

Border Patrol Accused of Ongoing Abuses in Arizona

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

Is This Supreme Court Case the Next ‘Citizens United’?

The case, McCutcheon v. FEC, would lift the limit on how much donors can give to parties, candidates and PACs.

Climate of Doubt

What Climate Change Skeptics Think About the UN Report

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

Justice Dept. Sues North Carolina Over New Voter Law

It’s the latest move from Attorney General Eric Holder, who has vowed to challenge states for alleged discrimination against minority voters.

Criminal Justice

Amid Criticism, Border Patrol to Change Use-of-Force Policy

The policy came under scrutiny after 19 reported deaths in 2012 at the hands of Border Patrol agents.

Egypt in Crisis

Egypt Bans Muslim Brotherhood Activity, Freezes Funds

The military-backed Egyptian government takes another step in its aggressive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Criminal Justice

Few Answers on Border Patrol Agents’ Use of Force

Even the agency’s proposed reforms are redacted in a new report, released this week.

Egypt in Crisis

The Deep State: How Egypt’s Shadow State Won Out

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

Can Juries Rely on Forensic Experts?

A new study says forensic psychologists tend to slant their testimony based on who pays them.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

Emails Shed New Light on Military Sexual Assault Case

Recently released Air Force emails shed light on how a high-profile conviction was overturned.

Syria Behind the Lines

The U.S. Plans to Strike Syria. What Then?

Limited airstrikes aren’t likely to end a conflict that’s claimed more than 100,000 lives.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

Just the “Facts”: What We Know About the NSA Spying on Americans

New details keep emerging – the latest includes NSA employees tracking their love interests’ communications.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

Just the “Facts”: How Good Are the “Checks” on NSA Surveillance?

Obama says the “checks” on the NSA’s surveillance program are in place. But who’s doing the checking?

Government / Elections / Politics

Justice Dept. to Sue Texas Over Voter ID Law

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

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning was sentenced to a little more than half of what the government wanted him to serve.

Government / Elections / Politics

After Shelby, Voting-Law Changes Come One Town at a Time

Just over a month after the Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, seven states — … Continue reading

WikiSecrets

Just How Damaging Were Manning’s WikiLeaks?

U.S. officials are presenting evidence at Manning’s sentencing hearing this week. So far, there isn’t much.

WikiSecrets

Manning Acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy,” But Guilty of Wiki Leaks

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

Who’s Looking Out for Seniors?

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

Holder: DOJ to Battle Restrictive Voting Laws, Starting in Texas

In announcing a lawsuit against Texas, Attorney General Eric Holder vowed a nationwide battle against voter laws it considers discriminatory.

Educating Sergeant Pantzke

For-Profit Colleges Under Scrutiny, Again

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

WikiLeaks Ruling Could Set Chilling Precedent for Leakers

A military judge ruled that prosecutors could pursue the “aiding the enemy” charge against Bradley Manning.

Top Secret America

Big Brother Is Watching You Drive

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

What’s Happened to the Two American Families?

The latest on the Neumann and Stanley families.

Government / Elections / Politics

The Supreme Court’s Other Voting Rights Decisions This Week

Two new rulings on voter discrimination cases are likely to have long-term impact.

Government / Elections / Politics

With Voting Rights Act Out, States Push Voter ID Laws

Five of the nine states that were previously under the VRA are already moving ahead with similar voter ID laws.

Rape in the Fields

Courting Foodies: The Modern “Fair Food” Movement

To succeed, organizers need foodies to care about farm workers. The problem? Most don’t.

Government / Elections / Politics

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Voting Rights Act: What’s Next?

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

For Shadow Victims of Violence, the “U Visa” Can Help

Undocumented abuse victims can apply to stay in the U.S., but some risk deportation by coming forward.

Criminal Justice

Trapped in the Hole: America’s Solitary Problem

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

Inside the National Security State, In Four Films

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

Montana Pols Aim to Check Dark Money Spending

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

For Many Women Worldwide, the Biggest Threat Is at Home

Most of the violence women endure is committed by their partners – and not just in Pakistan.

Newtown Divided

The Gun Lobby’s Concealed Weapon

Pro-gun moderates are quietly using background checks to expand gun rights.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

A New Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide

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

Why the Military Has a Sexual Assault Problem

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

Spirit Lake’s Top Federal Official Retires Amid Leadership Shakeup

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

Four Obama Policies That Help Keep Guantanamo Open

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

The Boston Bombers: Who Knew What When

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

What to Ask About Your Retirement

We asked three experts what the important questions are.

Criminal Justice

Six Reasons the “Dark Side” Still Exists Under Obama

Obama banned torture, but hasn’t taken steps to keep it from happening again, according to a recently released report.

Lost in Detention

As Senate Debates, Immigration Backlog Keeps Growing

The number of deportation cases is the highest it’s been in 15 years.

Criminal Justice

Boston Bombing Unknowns Could Also Yield Clues

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.

Lost in Detention

Immigration Bill Prioritizes Border Security

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

Spirit Lake Nation Elders Vote to Oust Tribal Council

The elders say the council hasn’t dealt with corruption and child abuse on the North Dakota reservation.

Newtown Divided

Loophole Remains Despite Background Check Deal

The Senate’s bipartisan compromise on guns has one major exception.

Newtown Divided

States Aim, Often Miss, for Armed Security in Schools

Arming teachers and faculty or school officers are among the more popular pieces of gun legislation to be proposed post-Newtown.

Syria at War

On Syria, World Powers Hedge Their Bets

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

Shtetl: A FRONTLINE Digital Premiere

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

One of the Norfolk Four Makes a Final Appeal to the Supreme Court

Eric Wilson served more than seven years for a rape it seems almost certain that he didn’t commit.

Kind Hearted Woman

Where Tribal Justice Works

For centuries, tribal rule has been overshadowed by federal laws that gave jurisdiction to federal authorities. But that’s changing.

Newtown Divided

How Connecticut Got Its Tough New Gun Legislation

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

What Happened on the Spirit Lake Reservation

The struggles that Robin Poor Bear, formerly Charboneau, endures in Kind Hearted Woman are unfortunately too common for many Native Americans.

Kind Hearted Woman

Man Convicted of Child Abuse at Spirit Lake Reservation

The case had been flagged by a whistleblower, whose reports helped lead to federal intervention on the reservation.

Raising Adam Lanza

What Police Found in Adam Lanza’s Home

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

Right-to-Die Group Claims Initial Victory in Minnesota

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

For Tribes, Prosecuting Non-Native Abusers Still a Challenge

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

Newtown Firearms Lobby Wades Into Connecticut Gun-Control Debate

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

Why ICE Released Those 2,000 Immigrant Detainees

It was due to budget reasons, Director John Morton told Congress today.

Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

For Fukushima Workers, Cancer Isn’t the Only Health Threat

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

The Iraq War: How We Spent $800 Billion (and Counting)

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?

Newtown Divided

While Feds Debate, States Take Up Gun Fight

More than 1,000 new bills have been proposed at the state level since Newtown. What’s happening in your state?

Dollars and Dentists

DentalWorks Chain Misdiagnosed for Money, Dentists Say

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

Holder: Big Banks’ Clout “Has an Inhibiting Impact” on Prosecutions

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

Federal Officials Outline Efforts to Combat Abuse on N.D. Reservation

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

10 Things You May Not Know About Waco

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

Do We Still Need the Voting Rights Act?

An Alabama county says the civil rights-era law is outdated. It will make its case before the Supreme Court tomorrow.

Kind Hearted Woman

What’s Changed Since the BIA Took Over at Spirit Lake?

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?

Newtown Divided

Inside the “Other” Gun Lobby

You’ve heard of the NRA. Now meet the gun industry’s lobby, based in Newtown, Conn.

Raising Adam Lanza

“There Was A Weirdness” About Young Adam Lanza

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

How Do You Raise a Child Like Adam Lanza?

For months, FRONTLINE and the Hartford Courant have been investigating the young man who took the lives of so many in … Continue reading

Cliffhanger

It’s Not Over Yet: More Looming Debt Crisis Deadlines

Congress faces two deadlines with long-term repercussions in the next few weeks — and another debt-ceiling time bomb in the coming months.

Cliffhanger

Meet the GOP’s “Young Guns”

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

Obama’s Skeet Shooting Draws “Constructive Advice” From Gun Industry Group

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

Will the Violence Against Women Act Close a Tribal Justice “Loophole”?

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

Report: DOJ Criminal Chief Lanny Breuer Stepping Down

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

After Michelle Rhee: What Happened Next in D.C.’s Schools

Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s protégé and successor, has maintained a lower profile while continuing many of Rhee’s controversial reforms.

The Interrupters

One Violence “Interrupter’s” Advice for President Obama

We talked to CeaseFire’s Tio Hardiman about what he’d tell the president’s new commission on gun violence.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

Why Soldiers Keep Losing to Suicide

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

What’s Obama’s Record on Gun Control?

Obama has expanded gun rights during his presidency so far. Will his new call to action bring any change?

Big Sky, Big Money

Montana to Probe Dark Money Group’s Link to Campaigns

The dark money group from Citizens United is under investigation in Montana for illegally coordinating with political campaigns.

Lost in Detention

DHS to Adopt New Rules on Immigration Detention Abuse

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

Who’s Winning (and Losing) The Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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

Leveson Inquiry Recommends New Regulator for British Press

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

CDC Reports Troubling Rise in HIV Infections Among Young People

Every month, 1,000 young Americans are infected with HIV. What can be done to stop it?

Murdoch's Scandal

Former Murdoch Executives Charged with Bribery

In the most serious charges to date in the Murdoch scandal, two top aides are accused of paying officials for information.

The Suicide Plan

The Evolution of America’s Right-to-Die Movement

How the right-to-die movement has shaped the debate about assisted suicide in the U.S. from 1980 to today.

The Suicide Plan

The “S”-Word: Suicide and the Right-to-Die Movement

So controversial is the question of assisted death that even advocates disagree about what to call it.

Big Sky, Big Money

A Protest and a Break-In: Fallout from “Big Sky, Big Money”

“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

Update: Supreme Court Will Put Voting Rights Act on Trial

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

Will Massachusetts Legalize Assisted Suicide?

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

Timeline: The Politics of Climate Change

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

What’s Changed for Immigrants in Detention?

After abuses were uncovered, the Obama administration called for an overhaul of the immigrant detention system. But how much has changed?

Big Money 2012

Should Campaign Donors Be Disclosed?

A new Marketplace story asks whether anonymity is detrimental or essential to the political process.

Government / Elections / Politics

Ohio’s Early Voting Upheld by Supreme Court

Early voting can continue in Ohio for all voters, after the Supreme Court declined (pdf) Tuesday to consider a case … Continue reading

Dropout Nation

Dropout Nation’s Marcus Finally Gets to Play Ball

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

Citizens United Lets Unions Canvass for More Votes

When it came to asking for votes, unions once could only knock on their own members’ doors. Not anymore.

The Choice 2012

Artifact 13: Portrait of a Future President

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

Artifact 11: Obama’s Early Impressions of Chicago

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

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Blocked for Nov. Election

A judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s voter ID law can’t be implemented fairly in time for the presidential election in November.

Inside FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE Wins Two News and Documentary Emmys

Watch our latest Emmy-award winning films here.

The Choice 2012

Artifact Nine: Obama’s Big Political Play

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

Artifact Seven: Obama’s First Big Loss

He may be a skilled orator now, but Obama’s performance in some of his early debates wasn’t so impressive.

Dropout Nation

Apollo 20: One Man’s Plan to Fix Failing Schools

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

How “Private Schools” Help Lower Texas’ Dropout Numbers

Students can get a high school diploma for a few hundred bucks and an online exam.

Dropout Nation

What Happened to Marcus?

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

FRONTLINE’s Site Wins General Excellence for Online Journalism Award

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

Artifact Five: In the Classroom with Professor Obama

Notes from a former student in Obama’s constitutional law class at the University of Chicago reveal an energetic, nuanced thinker.

The Choice 2012

Artifact Three: Listen to Obama Make the Case for Activism

Obama had long been passionate about making a difference, helping others.

The Choice 2012

New Full-Length Trailer: “The Choice 2012”

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

Child Abuse Concerns Spur Federal Takeover at North Dakota Indian Reservation

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

Artifact One: Barack Obama’s Early Poetry

As a sophomore at Occidental College, Barry Obama began to develop his identity as a writer.

Government / Elections / Politics

Court Rules Florida’s Early Voting Restrictions are Discriminatory

Voter ID laws aren’t the only new restrictions that might affect turnout in November.

Government / Elections / Politics

Voting Battles in Key Swing States: A Cheat Sheet

Courts are expected to rule on two key cases this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Murdoch's Scandal

Why News Corp.Took A Nearly $3 Billion Write-Down This Year

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

Law Students: Need a Job? Watch FRONTLINE

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

Is There Racial Bias in “Stand Your Ground” Laws?

The Florida killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen earlier this year, has brought national attention to the laws … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Major Reforms Announced for Troubled New Orleans Police Department

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

The News Corp. Phone-Hacking Scandal: A Cheat Sheet

Eight individuals were charged in the scandal today. Here’s what you need to know.

Criminal Justice

Will Clarence Aaron Be Pardoned This Time?

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

What’s Next for West Philly’s EVX Teacher?

The engineer-turned-teacher started a new program last year for high school students centered around project-based learning.

Government / Elections / Politics

Local Election Officials Wary as DHS Grants Florida Voter-Roll Check

Florida officials will be allowed to check potential voters’ names against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) citizenship database, in … Continue reading

The Spill

Seven Years Later, BP Still Paying for Texas Refinery Violations

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

“It’s a Part of Me”: Meet the Young People Born with HIV

The number of children born with HIV peaked in the 1990s, amid what were called the “twin epidemics” of HIV and crack.

Inside FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE Nominated for 9 Emmys

Eight films and our fall promotional campaign were nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Awards today.

Law & Disorder

Ex-NOPD Cops Appeal Glover Case Convictions

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

Report: Oversight Lacking for HIV/AIDS Funding

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

Why Some with HIV Still Can’t Get Treatment

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

Race and America’s HIV Epidemic

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

How The Supreme Court’s Ruling Affects Dental Care

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

Health Care Ruling’s Winners and Losers

Our shortlist of the people — and vegetable — that won or lost when it came to today’s Supreme Court decision

College, Inc.

Some For-Profit Schools At Risk of Losing Federal Aid

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

Why People Still Won’t Get Tested for HIV

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

Do You Live in a “Dental Desert”? Check Our Map

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

Madoff Money Manager Settles for $410 Million

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

When the Dentist Won’t See You

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

What’s Known about Syria’s “Murky” Opposition

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?

China Imposes New Ban on Ai Weiwei

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

When Presidents Invoke Executive Privilege

Today, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency, refusing to hand over documents connected … Continue reading

Digital Nation

The Military’s Plans for Drones at Home

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

America’s Dental Care Crisis

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

Where Police Misconduct is Still A Problem

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

Home Foreclosure Rates on the Rise Again

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

Justice Dept. Sues to End Florida Voter-Roll Purge

Local officials have already stopped the purge after finding eligible voters on the list.

Government / Elections / Politics

Local Election Officials Resist Florida’s Efforts to Purge Voter Rolls

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

Few Immigrants See Relief from Deportations In Obama Administration Review

The news comes as Obama is courting Latino voters in his re-election bid.

Educating Sergeant Pantzke

Is GIBill.com Misleading College-Bound Veterans?

Fifteen state attorneys general are investigating the company behind the website for allegedly providing misleading information.

Criminal Justice

Chicago Police Torture Probe Closes with Cases Pending

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

What Will It Take to Stop Gang Violence in Chicago?

Chicago is trying again to stem its high murder rate, which has been fueled by an entrenched culture of gang violence.

Government / Elections / Politics

“Unprecedented” Number of Restrictive Voting Laws Being Introduced

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

How Much Did the Financial Crisis Cost?

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

It’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.

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

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years for War Crimes

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

Tonight: Inside Al Qaeda in Yemen

The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius describes the film as “fascinating” and “gutsy.”

College, Inc.

As Public Schools Face Cutbacks, Federal Funds Flow to For-Profits

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

NOPD Investigating Officer Who Didn’t Report Knowledge of Henry Glover Shooting

Sgt. Lesia Mims told the FBI what she knew about Henry Glover’s death but apparently not her own department.

Six Billion Dollar Bet

Five Risky Bets that Paid Off

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

Poppy Eradication in Afghanistan on the Rise

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

New Prison Rape Rules Don’t Yet Cover Immigrant Detention Sites

The Justice Department released new rules yesterday designed to curb sexual abuse in federal and state detention facilities, including stricter … Continue reading

Criminal Justice

After Mladic and Taylor, What’s the Future for War-Crimes Trials?

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

New Allegations of Prisoner Abuse at Rikers Island

The Village Voice recently published startling new images of inmate abuse as part of the paper’s ongoing investigation into violence … Continue reading

Inside FRONTLINE

Nice To Meet You!

If, like me, you’ve been a longtime FRONTLINE fan you’ve probably noticed big changes on the website in the past … Continue reading

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