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The U.S. COVID Death Toll Has Passed 1 Million. These Documentaries Offer Context.
These 14 FRONTLINE documentaries, all available to stream, examine the national and global toll of the coronavirus.
May 5, 2022
‘Roe v. Wade’ Appears Poised to Fall. These Documentaries Show How We Got Here.
Watch documentaries chronicling America’s abortion battle and the transformation of the U.S. Supreme Court.
May 3, 2022
Texas Slow to Adopt Potential Solutions to Keep Rural Hospitals Open
The hospital in Stamford, Texas, closed in 2018, making it one of 24 rural hospitals to close in the state since 2005. This closure left nearly 3,000 residents without immediate access to healthcare.
The Texas Newsroom
January 19, 2022
The Opioid Crisis in 2021: Benchmark Legal Decisions & Deaths
It has been a landmark year for the opioid crisis, both in court decisions impacting former executives of Insys Therapeutics — investigated in the 2020 documentary 'Opioids, Inc.' with the Financial Times — and in the toll on human lives.
December 27, 2021
A Tampa Lead Factory Hurt Workers. Here’s How to Avoid a Repeat.
Experts say the solutions could include adding new reporting requirements and increasing the frequency of inspections.
Tampa Bay Times
December 24, 2021
What Happened To Poverty in America in 2021
When it comes to tracking how poverty impacts American families with children — a subject documented in 2017's 'Poor Kids' and 2020's 'Growing Up Poor in America' — estimates for 2021 reveal something noteworthy.
December 22, 2021
Watch 2021’s 10 Most-Streamed New FRONTLINE Documentaries
As another tumultuous year winds down, explore the 10 most-streamed FRONTLINE documentaries released in 2021.
December 21, 2021
The Other Texas Drought: Rural Healthcare in Jeopardy as Hospitals Shutter
Rural hospitals are up against many obstacles. They often face low reimbursements from insurance companies. Many of the hospitals rely on patients and Medicare payments, but their populations are older or declining.
Texas Newsroom
December 20, 2021
Regulators to Step Up Monitoring of Tampa Lead Factory
A county in Florida plans to increase testing around Gopher Resource’s lead factory and use a new, randomized schedule following a Tampa Bay Times report.
Tampa Bay Times
December 11, 2021
POISONED: Part 3: The Fallout
Gopher Resource promised changes at Tampa’s old lead factory. It kept polluting. Records show the company pumped lead into the air and mishandled hazardous waste.
Tampa Bay Times
December 2, 2021
The Federal Reserve’s Big Experiment
As the U.S. Federal Reserve and its chair, Jerome Powell, confront concerns over inflation and the impact of the Fed’s pandemic-era policies, we take a deep dive into the country’s central bank, which financial journalist Dion Rabouin calls “the most powerful and least understood institution in the country.”
November 11, 2021
No Taper Tantrum & Other Recent Federal Reserve News, Explained
To make sense of it all, here’s a closer look at news that has broken since the FRONTLINE documentary "The Power of the Fed" first aired in July 2021 and what it means.
November 10, 2021