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32:10Raising Adam LanzaFeb. 19, 2013
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Remembering a Symbol of Resilience from Post-Katrina New Orleans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Herbert Gettridge came to be known as a “a poster child” for struggle, perseverance and resilience.

New Report: Adam Lanza “Did Not Just ‘Snap'”

A new report details the many red flags and missed opportunities in Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s childhood.

What’s Happened to Brittany, Jonny and Kaylie?

When FRONTLINE’s left the Quad Cities in 2012, the characters from “Poor Kids” were all at different stages in their lives. Two years later, how are they doing?

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.”

Feds to Look Harder at Cell Carriers When Tower Climbers Die

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will systematically track who subcontractors were working for when accidents occur on cell tower sites.

Adam Lanza’s Father Speaks

For the first time, Peter Lanza has spoken publicly about his relationship with his troubled son. “You can’t mourn for the little boy he once was,” he said. “You can’t fool yourself.”

Labor Dept. Warns of “Alarming” Rise in Cell Tower Deaths

Thirteen workers died at communication tower worksites in 2013, more than in the previous two years combined.

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.

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.

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.

Map: Where is Childhood Homelessness Getting Worse?

Four years into the nation’s economic recovery, the issue of childhood homelessness has only grown worse.

Elderly, At Risk and Haphazardly Protected

A ProPublica and FRONTLINE examination of the multibillion-dollar assisted living industry reveals a mishmash of minimal state regulation and no involvement by federal officials.

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.

The Deaths and Disappearance that Haunt Assisted Living

These three deaths, an alleged sexual assault, and a senior’s disappearance, are among the more than two dozen cases of questionable care uncovered by FRONTLINE and ProPublica at the nation’s largest assisted living provider.

Life and Death in Assisted Living: “Close the Back Door”

Potentially lethal bed sores were spreading across Joan Boice’s body, and Emerald Hills workers were trying to improvise help.

Emeritus Note to Staff: Send. Forward. Oops.

In a passionate call to arms mistakenly sent to ProPublica, an Emeritus spokesman calls on employees to take to the web to blunt any negative impact from FRONTLINE and ProPublica’s investigation into the assisted living industry.

Life & Death in Assisted Living: “A Sinking Ship”

Joan Boice had spent just 19 days in a California assisted living facility when she developed a pressure ulcer on her foot.

Is Assisted Living Safe for Your Parents? – Live Chat Transcript

Join us for a live chat about “Life and Death in Assisted Living” with the filmmakers, Eric Boice and Cheryl Morgan. Our guest questioner is Richard Eisenberg, a senior editor at Next Avenue.

Have a Tip To Share About Assisted Living?

Have you ever worked in the assisted living or sent a loved one to stay in an assisted living facility? If so, FRONTLINE and ProPublica want to hear from you.

Seven Questions To Ask When Searching for Assisted Living

In most states, it can be simpler to search for restaurant reviews on Yelp than it is to locate ratings and reviews for a local assisted living facility.

Catherine Hawes: Assisted Living is a “Ticking Time Bomb”

Unless reforms are made, the assisted living industry is on course for a surge in preventable deaths, warns an expert on aging and long-term care at Texas A&M University.

Granger Cobb: At Emeritus, Care and Safety Outweigh Profits

“If we can’t adequately care for the resident, we shouldn’t have them,” says the president and CEO of the nation’s largest assisted living provider.

Mark Parkinson: Assisted Living Regulation is No “Panacea”

The free market, not regulation, will have the greatest influence on safety and quality of care in assisted living, says the president and CEO of the American Health Care Association.

Patricia McGinnis: Get the For-Profit Model Out of Senior Care

The for-profit model in assisted living offers little, if any hope, for better quality care, says the executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

How “Life and Death in Assisted Living” Was Reported

The investigation took FRONTLINE and ProPublica to seven states over 14 months, and included an examination of more than 100 lawsuits against Emeritus over the last decade.

For Assisted Living Industry, a Media Strategy to Thwart Federal Oversight

In a talking points memo, Emeritus, the country’s largest assisted living company, seeks to highlight the company’s compassion and deride any need for greater regulation out of Washington.

Life & Death in Assisted Living: “They’re Not Treating Mom Well”

When the ambulance crew arrived, about 8:20 p.m., Joan Boice was in the TV lounge, face-down on the carpet. But no one at the assisted living facility could say precisely how the accident had occurred.

ARCHIVED PROGRAMS

Jan. 16, 2007

Hand of God

(90 minutes) A moving, and frankly told story of betrayal, and a family who survived it all with their humanity and humor intact. (Web site »)
Sep. 7, 2004

Sacred Ground

(60 minutes) Within days of the September 11 attacks, the questions began: What should be built on the site of Ground Zero? Who should build it? And should anything be built there at all? FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the first stormy year in the plans to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center. With exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind, the one-hour documentary follows the process to build Libeskind's proposed Freedom Tower and reveals how the desire to build the world's most meaningful architectural tribute descended into a billion-dollar battle for the soul of Ground Zero. (Web site »)
Apr. 29, 2004

The Jesus Factor

(60 minutes) How George W. Bush's religious faith has affected his personal life and political leadership. (Web site »)
May. 9, 2002

Muslims

(120 minutes) The events of Sept. 11 left many Americans questioning how such atrocities could be perpetrated in the name of religion: specifically, the religion of Islam. Few Americans know much about Islam, yet it continues to be the fastest growing religion in the US today. What is Islam? What do Muslims believe in? And how does their faith shape their lives, identities and their political ideologies? FRONTLINE explores these and other questions in "Muslims," a special two-hour report that examines the fundamental tenets of Islam and the causes behind its current worldwide resurgence.Through interviews with dozens of ordinary Muslims from such diverse countries as Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and the U.S., FRONTLINE illuminates the perspectives, conflicts, and tensions that are shaping today's Muslim world. (Web site »)
Nov. 22, 1999

Apocalypse!

(120 minutes) From Waco and Littleton to Y2K and global warming, as the millennium approaches, we are bombarded by visions of the apocalypse. From the team that created "From Jesus to Christ," this two-hour FRONTLINE special journeys back more than 2500 years to unravel the origins of the Book of Revelation and how its apocalyptic expectations have shaped our history and our world. (Web site »)
Sep. 28, 1999

John Paul II: The Millennial Pope

(150 minutes) FRONTLINE presents a comprehensive biography on the world leader who has emerged as a man at war with the twentieth century itself. In the two decades John Paul II has commanded the world stage, re-invigorating the Catholic Church in much of the world, he has defined himself by his opposition to many of the dominant secular ideologies and passions of our time: communism, feminism, capitalism and consumerism. <br><br>The program draws on hundreds of interviews--from intimates of the Pope, to those whose lives have intersected with his. Their stories are evocative of major themes in the Pope's life: the shaping influence of his youth in Poland, his remarkable relationship with Jews, his part in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, his battle with liberation theology, his repudiation of the ordination of women, and his relentless exhortation to faith. <br><br>The film is a journey through the 20th century to the sources of Pope John Paul II's character and beliefs, and a journey into the passionate reaction to him. It's a journey that says as much about us as it does about him.<br> (Web site »)
Jan. 21, 1997

Six O'Clock News

(90 minutes) FRONTLINE showcases the latest work of filmmaker Ross McElwee, producer of the widely acclaimed 'Sherman's March' and 'Time Indefinite.' In Six O'clock News,' McElwee and his camera investigate the aftermath of the life-shattering events reported every day on the evening news. Moving beyond the graphic television images of violence and natural disasters, McElwee seeks out the individuals whose lives have been inexplicably altered by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, and murder. The result is a thought-provoking journey across the tenuous line between order and chaos and an inquiry into how these events impact the victims' faith in God. In an introspective and sometimes humorous broadcast, McElwee explores the 'nagging metaphysical questions' behind the 'Six O'clock News.' (Web site »)
Oct. 22, 1996

Why America Hates the Press

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE offers a tough, insider's examination of the culture and tactics of the national press corps. With public respect for the press at an all-time low-----on par with public regard for politicians----journalists have begun to break ranks to probe what has gone wrong. FRONTLINE follows the nation's top political journalists along the 1996 presidential campaign trail and behind the scenes of the weekly talk shows where reporters are transformed into celebrity pundits. Through the eyes of a few key journalists, this report explores the dynamics of the news business and its troubling impact on American politics. (Web site »)
Feb. 6, 1996

Murder on 'Abortion Row'

(120 minutes) Airing as his trial begins, FRONTLINE follows the intersecting lives of twenty-two-year-old antiabortionist, John Salvi III, charged with murder in the armed attacks on two Massachusetts health clinics, and his victims, Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nichols. Through in-depth, personal interviews with family members and friends, clinic employees, police, Pro-Life and Pro-Choice protesters, witnesses, and religious leader Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, the film draws a portrait of what led to Salvi's brutal acts of violence. From the producers of 'Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo,' this two-hour program crosses the emotionally charged terrain of the abortion battle. (Web site »)
Dec. 12, 1995

Living on the Edge

(60 minutes) Bill Moyers tells the story of several hardworking Milwaukee families struggling with low-paying jobs after previous employers downsized their operations. Filmed over a period of five years, these families were first featured in Moyers's 1992 documentary 'Minimum Wages: The New Economy.' FRONTLINE chronicles the families' emotional and financial strains, their search for better jobs and job retraining, and looks at Milwaukee's efforts to adapt to an ever-shrinking industrial sector.
Feb. 21, 1995

The Begging Game

(60 minutes) Each day, thousands of panhandlers work the streets and subways of cities all across America. Are the hard luck stories they tell believable? What are their lives really like off the street? Correspondent Deborah Amos explores the hidden world of panhandlers in New York City, gaining access to the intimate details of the their lives, investigating the real story of why they beg, and examining the impact of New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani's crackdown on panhandlers.
Jun. 7, 1994

Go Back to Mexico!

(60 minutes) America continues to wage a battle against the stream of undocumented immigrants entering the country. An estimated three million undocumented immigrants currently reside in the US. Each year, another three hundred thousand illegal immigrants arrive in the US in addition to the nearly nine hundred thousand who are legally accepted. How long can America sustain this influx of immigrants? And how real are the growing fears about economic costs and long-term social and political disruption? Frontline correspondent William Langewiesche explores these questions, focusing on California.
Mar. 29, 1994

In the Game

(60 minutes) 'We just know this is our season--we want it all! So there's nothing that's going to get in our way,' says Trisha Stevens, one of the stars of the 1990 Stanford University women's basketball team. In this FRONTLINE report, producer Becky Smith takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Stanford team, its coach, and the season they set out to win the biggest dream in college sports--a national championship. Smith's six-month record of the team's 'miracle season' captures their spirit and determination, details coach Tara VanDerveer's strategy and tenaciousness, and chronicles the grueling twists and turns on the road to the title. The program poses important questions about the obstacles facing women's athletics which continue to fight for equal opportunities, funding, and media coverage.
Feb. 15, 1994

Tabloid Truth: The Michael Jackson Story

(60 minutes) On a quiet Sunday morning at home in the San Fernando Valley, a freelance reporter got a call from an expert in child sex crimes: Michael Jackson was under investigation. By the time the reporter's story aired twenty-four hours later, the media feeding frenzy was underway. Within a matter of days of the first report, the Jackson story had jumped from hard, verifiable news to spectacle and entertainment. FRONTLINE correspondent Richard Ben Cramer goes behind the scenes of the television coverage of the Michael Jackson story to look at the people, organizations, and economic pressures that have led to the tabloidization of American television. The program follows a few of the most exuberant and successful of the tabloid press as they pursue the Jackson story.
Feb. 2, 1993

What Happened to the Drug War?

(60 minutes) The federal government's multibillion dollar war on drugs is an issue Bill Clinton largely ignored during his presidential campaign but will now have to confront. An eight-month investigation by Frontline shows how smugglers in Texas are defeating the nation's drug-war defenses and reveals flaws in the systems set up by the Customs Service, the Border Patrol, and the military to detect smugglers.
Jan. 21, 1992

The Resurrection of Reverend Moon

(60 minutes) Frontline investigates the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who after serving 13 months in prison in the early 1980s for conspiracy and false tax returns, has reemerged as a major media, financial, and political power in the new conservative establishment. The program explores Moon's long involvement with US political causes and politicians and the foreign sources of funding for Moon's Unification Church.
Nov. 6, 1990

Betting on the Lottery

(60 minutes) Lottery fever is spreading. Twenty-nine states now raise $20 billion a year in revenues. Frontline correspondent James Reston, Jr., goes behind the scenes of state lotteries to look at the promoters selling them, the people buying the tickets, and to ask the question, 'Who really wins and who loses?'
Apr. 24, 1990

Hilary in Hiding

(60 minutes) In 1989, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan was freed from prison after serving the longest detention for civil contempt in American history-25 months. Dr. Morgan had refused a court order to reveal the whereabouts of her daughter, Hilary, who Morgan believed had been sexually assaulted by Hilary's father, Dr. Eric Foretich. In February 1990, Hilary was discovered living in New Zealand with her grandparents. Frontline explores both sides of the troubling case.
Apr. 17, 1990

New Harvest, Old Shame

(60 minutes) Thirty years after Edward R. Murrow's 'Harvest of Shame,' Frontline correspondent David Marash looks at the continuing plight of migrant farm workers and explores the forces that keep their lives so desperate.
Apr. 4, 1989

The Dallas Drug War

(60 minutes) Frontline correspondent Bob Ray Sanders profiles the struggle of one neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, to combat the drugs and violence that threaten the lives of its citizens and the future of the community.
Apr. 12, 1988

To a Safer Place

(60 minutes) When Shirley Turcotte was a child, she was sexually abused by her father. After years of therapy she takes a remarkable journey back into her past-confronting her mother and other adults who failed to protect her, reuniting with her brothers and sister who were also brutally abused, and trying to make peace with the horror story that was her childhood.
Feb. 23, 1988

Shakedown in Santa Fe

(60 minutes) Eight years after one of the most violent prison uprisings in US history, Frontline returns to the penitentiary in New Mexico to probe the contininuing struggle between the inmates and the guards, the wardens and the reformers, for control of one of our most dangerous prisons.
Jan. 26, 1988

Praise the Lord

(60 minutes) Frontline traces the rise and fall of television evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker and investigates why government agencies failed to vigorously investigate charges of corruption in the Bakker empire.
Jun. 16, 1987

Keeping the Faith

(60 minutes) The black church was once the soul of its community. It was a rallying point and a force for change. Now, as the black middle class grows and the church evolves, correspondent Roger Wilkins asks whom does it serve and to what end?
Feb. 17, 1987

Stopping Drugs

(60 minutes) A two-part special examining efforts to stamp out drugs. Part 1 examines the personal struggles of four addicts trying to kick the habit and the effectiveness of drug treatment programs. Part 2 journeys into America's schools to find out if drugs are really a major problem and if anti-drug efforts are working.
Feb. 10, 1987

Stopping Drugs

(60 minutes) A two-part special examining efforts to stamp out drugs. Part 1 examines the personal struggles of addicts trying to kick the habit and the effectiveness of drug treatment programs. Part 2 journeys into America's schools to find out if drugs are really a major problem and if anti-drug efforts are working.
Jun. 3, 1986

Holy War, Holy Terror

(60 minutes) Frontline correspondent John Laurence examines the background of the Islamic Revolution, the roots of radical Shiism and reveals why Iran's war with Iraq is an important step in spreading their brand of Islam throughout the world.
Feb. 18, 1986

Tobacco on Trial

(60 minutes) Life-long smokers who say their health has been destroyed by cigarettes are suing tobacco companies. Frontline correspondent Judy Woodruff takes an inside look at the preparation of these massive lawsuits, concentrating on a suit that would later reach the Supreme Court as well as presenting the emphatic denials of the tobacco industry, which says smoking is a simple question of personal choice and responsibility.
Feb. 4, 1986

Growing Up Poor

(60 minutes) The children of Chester, Pennsylvania are plagued by poor health, malnutrition, drugs, and family problems. Half of them live below the poverty line. Frontline follows them through the maze of social service programs available to them and discovers what it is like growing up poor.
Apr. 23, 1985

Catholics in America: Is Nothing Sacred?

(60 minutes) One in four American citizens is Catholic, yet few seem to agree with-or follow-every doctrine and practice of their church. Frontline examines the conflicts within the American Catholic Church and its ongoing struggle with the Vatican.
Apr. 16, 1985

Men Who Molest

(60 minutes) Experts estimate there are at least four million child sexual abusers in the US, and they do not fit our stereotypes. Almost half of those guilty of incest also molest children outside the family. Many also commit adult rape-and they come from every social background. Should they be treated, punished, or both? Frontline examines a controversial Seattle, Washington, program aimed at treating child sexual abusers.
Jan. 29, 1985

Shootout on Imperial Highway: Part 2

(60 minutes) The trial of gang members accused of conspiracy concludes this special two-part report. Through interviews in prison and inside the housing project where they live in the Watts section of Los Angeles, gang members talk about gangs and why they form, and the threat they pose to ordinary citizens.
Jan. 22, 1985

Shootout on Imperial Highway: Part 1

(60 minutes) Seventy-two year-old James Hawkins,Sr. has turned his home and business into an armed camp. Living in the Watts section of Los Angeles, Hawkins is fighting gang members who live across Imperial Highway. It's a war being fought on the streets and in the courtroom between gang members and the Hawkins family.
Dec. 18, 1984

Marshall High Fights Back

(60 minutes) Marshall High School is one of the poorest in Chicago-both academically and economically. But it is fighting back, trying desperately to upgrade academic standards and to make a difference in the lives of it students. Frontline looks at the struggle to salvage Marshall High and the lessons this school has for a nation trying to improve its public schools.
Oct. 30, 1984

Living Below the Line

(60 minutes) It could never happen to you. One day it happened to Farrell Stallings. After 28 years at the same job, he was laid off-a victim of the recession. Now he's broke, afraid, and at the mercy of the welfare system. Frontline follows him into the maze of the bureaucracy.
Oct. 16, 1984

Welcome to America

(60 minutes) The bittersweet story of four unforgettable people who flee repression in Poland to find a better life in Chicago. They succeed, fail, fight, love, laugh, and confront an America unlike anything they had ever imagined.
Jun. 4, 1984

Bread, Butter and Politics

(60 minutes) National attention has focused on hunger in America after a presidential commission and several private advocacy groups reported new findings. Frontline looks at what those commissions saw-and did not see-in this examiniation of both the human story and the political environment surrounding the issue of hunger.
May. 21, 1984

Warning from Gangland

(60 minutes) In 1984, Los Angeles had the worst gang problem in the nation, and more than 1,000 people were killed in gang violence during the previous three years. More than half of those killed were not gang members but residents who were murdered or were caught in the cross fire of gang warfare. Frontline explores what LA is trying to do about its gang problem.
Feb. 13, 1984

Give Me that Big Time Religion

(60 minutes) Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's weekly ministry was seen by over two million people in big cities and small towns across the U.S. and Canada.But of the tens of millions of dollars he raised through his appeals, only a tiny portion actually went into charity work. Several years before his fall, Frontline investigated whether the money these modern revivalists raise goes to do God's work or to keep the preachers on TV. Should the government regulate religious fundraising?
Jul. 4, 1983

Sanctuary

(60 minutes) Frontline follows the journey of a Guatemalan family through the 'new undergrund railroad' and considers the plight of the people who seek refuge from governments allied to the United States.
May. 2, 1983

Air Crash

(60 minutes) Frontline investigates the frightening aftermath of one of the worst air disasters in U.S. history-the June 9, 1982 crash of Pan Am flight 759 at the New Orleans airport. The report discovers how human greed and legal machinations over hundreds of millions of dollars bring new horror to survivors and victims' relatives alike.
Mar. 28, 1983

Daisy: Story of a Facelift

(60 minutes) Daisy is 55 and terrified of growing old. She feels she needs a facelift. From the moment of her decision, Frontline follows her through all the procedures, but the heart of the story is an exploration of values, character, cosmetics, and the business of plastic surgery.
Feb. 28, 1983

Gunfight USA

(60 minutes) Frontline looks beyond the cliches and stereotypes in the debate over gun control. Visiting prison inmates, victims of gun crime, and the sharpest minds on both sides, Frontline explores the underlying fears that make gun control such an emotional issue.
Feb. 14, 1983

God's Banker

(60 minutes) In 1982,a man was discovered hanging from a bridge over the Thames River in London. He was Roberto Calvi, head of Italy's largest bank and chief advisor to the Vatican's bank. Reporter Jeremy Paxman investigates Calvi's links with the Vatican and with P-2, a secret Italian society, and questions whether his death was really a suicide.
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