Coming in January on FRONTLINE

December 23, 2015
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by Patrice Taddonio Assistant Director of Audience Development

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 4, 2012. Israel has stopped the unapproved influx of African migrants across its border with Egypt, Netanyahu said on Sunday after months of intensive counter-measures on the once porous desert frontier.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most polarizing political leaders on the world stage.

His hardline politics on Iran and Israeli-Palestinian affairs have won him both intense support and bitter criticism at home and abroad — all the more so after his dramatic attempt last March to derail President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran in front of the United States Congress.

With new waves of violence between Israelis and Palestinians unfolding and Israel-U.S. relations already emerging as a 2016 campaign issue, FRONTLINE opens the new year on Tues., Jan. 5 with Netanyahu at War.

The two-hour documentary from veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk traces Netanyahu’s path to power, goes inside his combative relationships with past U.S. presidents, and explores the implications for America and the Middle East.

On Tues., Jan. 19, we’ll bring you Supplements and Safety an investigation with The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation into the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements.

Here’s a closer look at our January lineup:

Jan. 5 — Netanyahu at War

Drawing on more than 30 interviews with the Israeli prime minister’s current and former advisors, top Israeli, American and Palestinian officials, foreign policy analysts, authors and journalists, this two-hour special tells the comprehensive, inside story of the events that have defined one of Israel’s longest serving prime ministers. Airing at a special time on PBS stations (9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST), Netanyahu at War traces Netanyahu’s political rise, from his time as a young student in America, to his formative experiences in the Israeli military, to his fraught relationship with Obama.

Jan. 19 — Supplements and Safety

Vitamins and supplements are a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight. FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation examine how supplements are marketed and regulated, and explore cases of contamination and serious health problems.

Check your local PBS station for airtimes.

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