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The Healthcare Divide
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the growing inequities in American healthcare exposed by COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
Of the 5 States with the Most Farmworkers, Only 3 Are Prioritizing Vaccines — and Not All Means of Prioritizing Are Equal, per the CDC
Months after the July 2020 film "COVID's Hidden Toll," FRONTLINE checked in with farmworkers in California and four other big agricultural states and found vaccine rollouts have been uneven.
April 16, 2021
'Defending Our Existence': The Sung Family, From 2017 Film 'Abacus,' Talks About Anti-Asian Attacks, COVID
Thomas Sung and three of his daughters, all of whom were featured in the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," spoke about how their community has weathered the pandemic and anti-Asian attacks in New York City.
April 9, 2021
POISONED: Part 2: The Failings
Equipment designed to control poisons inside Gopher Resource kept breaking down, creating more dangers for workers. As violations mounted, regulators have been absent.
Tampa Bay Times
March 29, 2021
POISONED: Part 1: The Factory
Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.
Tampa Bay Times
March 24, 2021
The Plastic Industry Is Growing During COVID. Recycling? Not So Much.
Unlike many sectors of the U.S. economy, plastic — an industry examined in the March 2020 documentary "Plastic Wars" — is increasing during COVID. But growth also means more waste in landfills.
February 17, 2021
Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO; Andy Jassy Moves Up
Revisit FRONTLINE’s 2020 documentary “Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos.”
February 2, 2021
Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling
The oil and plastic industry, which makes plastic pellets, says it has programs in place to prevent any spills. But NPR and FRONTLINE found top officials have known about the problem for decades, even as they successfully fended off regulation that might have kept them in check.
December 22, 2020
Watch 2020’s 10 Most-Streamed FRONTLINE Documentaries
It has been an unparalleled year. Explore the 10 most-streamed FRONTLINE documentaries released during 2020.
December 18, 2020
As the FTC and States Sue Facebook, Revisit ‘The Facebook Dilemma’
Watch FRONTLINE's 2018 documentary on the social media behemoth's growth and its consequences.
December 9, 2020
How COVID Has Impacted Poverty in America
In the years leading up to 2020, the poverty rate in America had been on a gradual decline. But the pandemic changed everything.
December 8, 2020
Trump Stokes Fear in the Suburbs, but Few Low-Income Families Ever Make It There
In an effort to appeal to suburban voters, President Trump has promised to keep low-income housing out of their neighborhoods. But in the 50 years since the Fair Housing Act was passed, families with low incomes have not flooded the suburbs.
October 28, 2020