Documenting America’s 20 Years in Afghanistan

April 20, 2023

Drawing on decades of on-the-ground reporting in Afghanistan, the new three-part series America and the Taliban traces pivotal moments in America’s longest war, and how it culminated in Taliban victory. 

Award-winning producers Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith join FRONTLINE editor-in-chief and executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath for a discussion on their decades of reporting in Afghanistan, and what it was like to revisit people and places from past coverage for this new series. 

Smith told Aronson-Rath about many of the Afghan people he met, “There’s one basic thing that they all knew, and that was that the Taliban were not going to go anywhere permanently, but the Americans were eventually going to leave.”

Parts One and Two of America and the Taliban are available to stream on FRONTLINE’s website, FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel and the PBS App

Part Three premieres on PBS and online Tuesday, April 25, 2023. 

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