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Capturing 'American Voices' in a Year of Turmoil

November 21, 2020

When the pandemic hit, Dr. Blair Woodbury picked up the phone. He called his old friend, filmmaker Mike Shum, and urged him to get out and start recording the first draft of history.

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COVID-19 & the Medical Supply Crisis

October 8, 2020

As COVID swept the U.S., why did hospitals face deadly shortages of PPE and other medical supplies? How did America’s medical supply chain fail so catastrophically?

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The FRONTLINE Dispatch presents: The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden

September 23, 2020

In this special audio presentation, FRONTLINE shares a podcast version of The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a new documentary interweaving investigative biographies of the two main-party presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, with a focus on how they have responded in moments of political and personal crisis.

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Making "The Choice"

September 22, 2020

Before America votes, what can Biden and Trump’s responses to past crises — both personal and political — tell us about how they might lead the United States through a time of national turbulence? 

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The Transparency Project: John Bolton

September 21, 2020

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.

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The Transparency Project: Yusef Salaam

September 18, 2020

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.

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The Transparency Project: Rudy Giuliani

September 17, 2020

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.

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The Transparency Project: Valerie Biden Owens

September 16, 2020

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.

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The Transparency Project: Carol Moseley Braun

September 15, 2020

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, Carol Moseley Braun is interviewed by FRONTLINE’s Jim Gilmore.

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The Transparency Project: Mary Trump

September 14, 2020

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.

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A Mother & Her Newborn Separated by COVID-19

August 11, 2020

How the coronavirus separated a mother from her newborn baby, and the schoolteacher who stepped in to help the family in their time of need.

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Essential and Unprotected

July 21, 2020

They’ve been keeping America fed throughout the pandemic — and they say they’ve had to choose between their health and their jobs.

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Bribing Doctors, Making Millions

June 23, 2020

How a drug company made millions pushing an opioid painkiller up to 100x stronger than morphine, as many on Wall Street looked the other way.

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Maria Ressa, Duterte & the Fight for the Free Press

June 12, 2020

Days before an expected verdict in her trial, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa speaks out about reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war — and then becoming a high-profile target of his government’s crackdown on the press. 

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Race, Police & the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

As streets across America erupt into clashes over racism during the coronavirus pandemic, Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker examines a connection between George Floyd's death and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 deaths among African Americans.

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Covering Coronavirus: United States of Conspiracy

May 28, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread, so, too, have conspiracy theories about the virus. FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk examines how conspiracy theories have taken center stage in U.S. politics.

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Covering Coronavirus: Life & Death in the Bronx

May 16, 2020

Inside a family-owned funeral home in the Bronx, as the coronavirus disproportionately kills black and Latino people — and upends how their loved ones grieve.

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Covering Coronavirus: A Midnight Rescue

May 2, 2020

As COVID-19 ran rampant through the adult care facility, family members struggled to learn the truth of what was happening. Listen to the story of one daughter’s midnight rescue of her 82-year-old father from Queens Adult Center in New York.

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Covering Coronavirus: Indian Country

April 24, 2020

Native American communities were already dealing with underfunded health services. Then the coronavirus outbreak began.

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Covering Coronavirus: A Tale of Two Washingtons

April 17, 2020

What the feud between President Trump and Washington Gov. Inslee reveals about federal-state tensions in the coronavirus fight.

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Covering Coronavirus: Warnings to the White House

April 9, 2020

Inside the Trump administration’s coronavirus response — and missed opportunities to contain COVID-19 before it was too late.

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Covering Coronavirus: Cremona, Italy

March 23, 2020

A reporter’s emotional journey back to her homeland in Italy, now the global epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Covering Coronavirus: Seattle, Washington

March 21, 2020

Lessons learned from Seattle — an epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Blood and Power in the Philippines

March 21, 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has led to the deaths of thousands of alleged drug users and dealers. Yet he remains hugely popular. We investigate his rise to power.

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Never Sentenced, Never Released

March 7, 2019

Across the country, hundreds of people are in prison even though they weren’t convicted of the alleged acts that landed them there. Sometimes, they’re held for decades. Today, the story of one such man.

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The Boy in the Caravan

February 7, 2019

A 15-year-old from El Salvador waits for his chance to cross the US border and ask for asylum. He’s trying to reach his mother on the other side.

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Struggling For Breath In Coal Country

January 24, 2019

In Appalachia, more than 2,000 coal miners are suffering from advanced black lung disease, caused by toxic dust in the mines. Reporter Howard Berkes spoke with dozens of miners with varying stages of the disease about how it has irrevocably changed their lives.

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UPDATE: Living With Murder

January 10, 2019

In December 2017, after serving 30 years of his life sentence, Kempis Songster left Graterford Prison on lifetime parole. In this update to the Living with Murder series, we learn where he is one year later.

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Muzamil’s Day

December 27, 2018

In this special episode for kids, FRONTLINE follows a day in the life of Muzamil, a 12-year-old Somali boy growing up in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp.

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The Weight of Dust

December 13, 2018

Scott Gaines was a first responder on 9/11. When he retired a couple months later, he thought he’d escaped the aftermath unscathed.

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I Don’t Want To Shoot You, Brother

November 29, 2018

A young black man was dead. A young white cop was quickly fired. This is a shocking story about police and the use of lethal force, but not the one you might expect.

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Living With Murder: Part Two

November 22, 2017

We continue to follow the story of Kempis Songster and the Supreme Court rulings that found his sentence, and thousands of others, to be unconstitutional.

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Living With Murder: Part One

November 16, 2017

At 15, after committing a brutal murder, Kempis Songster is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But now, decades later, he has a chance to be free.

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A Life Sentence

November 9, 2017

The story of a violent crime committed by a juvenile lifer whose second chance went horribly wrong.

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Notes From An Invisible War

October 26, 2017

FRONTLINE filmmaker Martin Smith witnesses chaos and suffering on a rare trip to Yemen – a closer look inside a largely invisible war.

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The Housing Fix

October 12, 2017

Millions of Americans can’t afford rent and only a quarter of those who need government help get it. What happens to everybody else?

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Boom Town

September 28, 2017

There used to be one or two earthquakes a year in Cushing, Oklahoma. Now the town shakes hundreds of times each year. FRONTLINE investigates why.

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Child Marriage in America

September 14, 2017

200,000 children were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015. This is the story of one teen who marries her 24-year-old boyfriend after he is accused of statutory rape.

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