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Who Is on the Federal Reserve Board?
The chair is the default face of the Fed — the one name the public typically knows. But the Federal Reserve Board of Governors is actually composed of seven members, all with equal votes.
July 13, 2021
How the Stock Market & U.S. Household Income Diverged After the 2008 Crash
To illustrate the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street, FRONTLINE has charted the performance of two major stock indices against the growth of median household income in the U.S.
July 13, 2021
5 Things You May Not Know About Jerome Powell, Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve
Taking on the role of chair of the Federal Reserve in 2018 gave Jerome Powell both formal and informal power over the U.S. economy.
July 13, 2021
An ‘Epic Mistake’? Former NY Fed Exec Worries About Federal Reserve’s Ongoing COVID Response
A new documentary investigates the latest chapter in an economic experiment that has staved off financial collapse — but also has had unintended consequences, according to critics.
July 13, 2021
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The Power of the Fed
As the U.S. Federal Reserve continues to pump billions of dollars into the financial system daily, who is benefiting and at what cost?
July 13, 2021
What Is a Safety-Net Hospital and Why Is It So Hard to Define?
To begin to understand what qualifies as a safety net and how the lack of a common definition could impact patient care, FRONTLINE spoke to experts in public health, medicine and hospital administration.
May 18, 2021
Hospitals Serving The Poor Struggled During COVID. Wealthy Hospitals Made Millions.
This past year America's more than 300 safety-net hospitals found themselves on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately affected the communities safety-net hospitals are most likely to serve.
May 18, 2021
Why Safety-Net Hospitals Serving Low-Income People May Be “On the Brink of a Precipice”
'The Healthcare Divide,' a new documentary from FRONTLINE and NPR, explores the growing inequities in American healthcare exposed by COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
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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