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The latest from FRONTLINE and our local journalism partners on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting communities across the U.S.

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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
Last Responders — Coroners, Funeral Workers and Others — Say They Faced Risks as COVID Spread
Although the CDC maintains the risk of contracting COVID-19 from a dead body is low, there is no U.S. government agency tracking infection rates among last responders: medical examiners, coroners, embalmers, funeral directors and other trained mortuary workers. Workers told FRONTLINE they believe they’re highly exposed.
June 17, 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
'Neither Alternative Was Good News': An Immunologist Traces the Spread of P.1, the Brazilian COVID Variant
There are currently more than 1,200 variant lineages of the COVID-19 coronavirus identified in the world. Of those, the CDC reports five of concern circulating in the U.S., including P.1, from Brazil.
April 27, 2021
Pandemic Perspectives
In photos and in their own words, people around the world — across cultures, faiths and age groups — share how they’ve responded to the COVID pandemic.
April 26, 2021
‘Mom, I’ve Been Hit’: Enforcing COVID Curfew Last Year, Kenyan Police Fatally Shot 13-Year-Old Boy on His Own Balcony
The parents of Yasin Hussein Moyo speak out in ‘The Virus That Shook the World,’ a two-night documentary special on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts across the globe.
April 26, 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