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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
As Purdue Pharma Agrees to Settle with the DOJ, Revisit Its Role in the Opioid Crisis
The settlement between Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, and the federal government is the latest in a battle over who is responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis, as covered by FRONTLINE in "Chasing Heroin" and "Opioids, Inc."
October 21, 2020
The FRONTLINE Interview: Peter Navarro
In a conversation for "America's Medical Supply Crisis," Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, talked to FRONTLINE about offshore manufacturing, the timing of government contracts, and the administration's use of the Defense Production Act during the COVID-19 crisis.
October 6, 2020
Depleted National Stockpile Contributed to COVID PPE Shortage: ‘You Can’t Be Prepared If You’re Not Funded to Be Prepared’
"America’s Medical Supply Crisis," a new documentary from FRONTLINE, The Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre, examines missed opportunities to fend off a deadly PPE shortage.
October 6, 2020
U.S. Medical Supply Chains Failed, and COVID Deaths Followed
When the coronavirus reached America, health care facilities didn’t have the masks and equipment needed to protect their workers. Some got sick and spread the virus. Some died. An investigation into what was behind the critical PPE shortage.
October 6, 2020