This Fall on FRONTLINE

October 4, 2017

As we begin our 36th season at FRONTLINE with tonight’s broadcast of North Korea’s Deadly Dictator, long-form investigative journalism is more important than ever. The issues facing America are complex and urgent – from our country’s response to mass shootings, to mounting nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, to Russian interference in the 2016 election, to America’s bitter racial and economic divisions, to catastrophic floods and hurricanes.

After a year in which we reported extensively on the presidential election and the polarized electorate, solitary confinement and life on parole, the rise of armed militias and much more, we’ll be bringing you a fall lineup that examines some of the most crucial challenges facing our country – both at home and abroad. FRONTLINE will appear on a special night this fall, Wednesdays at 10/9c:

  • Tonight, as nuclear tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un escalate, we’ll premiere North Korea’s Deadly Dictator — a rare look inside the intentions and capabilities of a secretive regime that’s currently locked in a war of words with the United States. Watch on your local PBS station or online starting at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST (check local listings).
  • On October 11, in War on the EPA, we’ll examine how Scott Pruitt went from fighting the EPA as Oklahoma’s attorney general, to running the agency and rolling back years of policy.
  • On October 18, in Mosul and Inside Yemen, we’ll go inside two of America’s key strategic foreign policy challenges: the battle against ISIS in Iraq, and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
  • On October 25 and November 1, in the two-part documentary Putin’s Revenge, we’ll investigate how the Russian president came to see America as an enemy, why he decided to target the 2016 presidential election, and what lies ahead for the important relationship between Russia and the U.S.

Later in November, we’ll continue following the ongoing impact of the economic downturn — especially on children and families — with an updated version of our documentary, Poor Kids. And in the months beyond, we’ll investigate everything from sex trafficking of minors in Arizona, to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, to gang violence in Long Island, to immigration and the fate of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border, to economic stagnation in America’s Rust Belt region.

At FRONTLINE, now and always, we are about serious journalism for serious times. Thank you for trusting us to bring you powerful documentaries that explore American life, politics and culture; explain America’s changing role in the world; and ask tough questions about how we got here.

Raney Aronson-Rath
Executive Producer, FRONTLINE


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