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The Rise of Conspiracy Theories in U.S. Politics

How Conspiracy Theorists Have Tapped Into Race and Racism to Further Their Message
Experts weigh in on the intersection of conspiracy theorism and racism, and how outlets including InfoWars have fanned the flames.
July 28, 2020
Alex Jones and Donald Trump: How the Candidate Echoed the Conspiracy Theorist on the Campaign Trail
A sequence from a new FRONTLINE documentary shows how Trump adopted Jones’ claims – sometimes “verbatim,” a former InfoWars staffer says.
July 28, 2020
"To climb out of poverty, it's probably a really hard struggle, but I think it is possible and that I hope I really try my best to."
SHAWN, 13, on growing up in poverty

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As America Nears 200,000 COVID Deaths, President Trump’s Early Approach to the Virus Draws Scrutiny
“This unwillingness to think about the implications meant that there was no strategic planning going on,” John Bolton says in a scene from FRONTLINE’s "The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden."
September 21, 2020
The Transparency Project: John Bolton
As part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, we’re publishing key interviews conducted as part of the reporting for The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a two-hour documentary special about the major-party political candidates. In this episode, John Bolton is interviewed by FRONTLINE’s Gabrielle Schonder.
September 21, 2020
In Wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death, McConnell Reverses Course on Supreme Court Vacancy; Vows Vote on Nominee
It’s a markedly different approach than he took in the previous presidential election year of 2016, when a different Supreme Court justice died more than eight months before voters went to the polls.
September 19, 2020
Handling of Public Protests a 'Stress Test' for Police Reform
Violent outbursts have marked the period of unrest since George Floyd died May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned the 46-year-old Black man to the ground by his neck. In many cases, police have responded with force to disperse protesters, captured on cameras nationwide — including in Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle and Portland, all cities that were already under court-enforced agreements to reform their police departments. Independent monitors overseeing those agreements say it's possible police could find themselves out of compliance for how they've responded to the recent unrest.
September 18, 2020
The Transparency Project: Yusef Salaam
As part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, we’re publishing key interviews conducted as part of the reporting for The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a two-hour documentary special about the major-party political candidates. In this episode, Yusef Salaam is interviewed by FRONTLINE’s Gabrielle Schonder.
September 18, 2020
The Transparency Project: Rudy Giuliani
As part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, we’re publishing key interviews conducted as part of the reporting for The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a two-hour documentary special about the major-party political candidates. In this episode, Rudy Giuliani is interviewed by FRONTLINE’s Michael Kirk.
September 17, 2020
Amid George Floyd Protests, a Critical Question: Can the Feds Fix American Policing?
As millions of people rallied in the streets this summer demanding an end to police violence, more than a dozen cities were quietly working on their own police reform process — in conference rooms and court hearings.  
September 16, 2020
The Transparency Project: Valerie Biden Owens
As part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, we’re publishing key interviews conducted as part of the reporting for The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a two-hour documentary special about the major-party political candidates. The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden airs on PBS and online Tuesday, September 22nd. In this episode, Valerie Biden is interviewed by FRONTLINE’s Jim Gilmore.
September 16, 2020