Fall 2018 on FRONTLINE: Trump vs. Mueller, Facebook, and More

September 28, 2018

No matter where in America you are right now, the headlines are coming fast and furious – the Supreme Court, the Russia investigation, Facebook, and on and on.

At FRONTLINE, we’ve been paying close attention to it all, and our journalists have been hard at work on new documentaries that will bring you the stories behind the latest headlines – and more. It’s one of the great benefits of FRONTLINE, that we are able to take time to report deeply, going beyond the tweets and non-stop cable news scrolls – and then come to you with hard-hitting and timely investigations.

We begin our 37th season this Tuesday, Oct. 2 with Trump’s Showdown, a two-hour film from Michael Kirk and his team that methodically reveals how an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has grown to threaten Donald Trump’s presidency. Premiering at a special time, 9/8c, it draws on more than 60 in-depth interviews — and you’ll be able to explore many of them online, when we also publish the latest installment of our FRONTLINE Transparency Project. Here’s the trailer for Trump’s Showdown:

Then, on October 23, we’ll bring you The Pension Gamble, an important investigation into the role of state governments and Wall Street in driving America’s public pensions into a $4-trillion hole. Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith, and Nick Verbitsky take us to Kentucky for the volatile fight over pensions playing out there, and examine the broader consequences for teachers, police, firefighters, and other public employees everywhere. Watch a preview of The Pension Gamble:

The month of October is going to end with a major effort from FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma. Over two nights — Oct. 29 at 9/8c and Oct. 30 at 10/9c — we’ll present the culmination of a nearly yearlong investigation into how Facebook has impacted privacy and democracy here and around the world. From James Jacoby, Anya Bourg, and Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Dana Priest, the film draws on extensive interviews with current and former Facebook executives and insiders to expose the early warnings – and the company’s response — as Facebook became a global power with vast surveillance capabilities. This gripping documentary will be accompanied by an in-depth installment of our Transparency Project, giving viewers even more insight into the story and our reporting. Watch an extended trailer for The Facebook Dilemma now:

Finally this fall, on Nov. 20, we’ll continue our reporting with ProPublica on the resurgence of white supremacist groups in America. In Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, A.C. Thompson and Rick Rowley are back on the trail of the white supremacists who participated in the 2017 Charlottesville rally, finding a neo-Nazi terrorist group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military. If you missed the first film in this series, Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, I hope you can find time to watch it, too.

And stay tuned for the launch of the second season of The FRONTLINE Dispatch, our original, narrative podcast, later this fall.

We know there is a lot coming at you, so we appreciate your continued support of FRONTLINE. We promise to keep bringing you the serious journalism that is needed, now more than ever.


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