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A Rare Look Inside Police Training in Utah
How might police training impact whom, when and why officers shoot? Watch an excerpt from the new FRONTLINE/Salt Lake Tribune documentary “Shots Fired.”
November 23, 2021
Episode 11, epilogue: "The wounds and the scars"
Journalist Josh Baker returns to Mosul and finds that, while the fighting may be largely over, the people of Iraq are facing a different battle.
November 19, 2021
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Shots Fired
Amid record police shootings in Utah, FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune investigate the use of deadly force in the state.
November 23, 2021
‘Brink of Collapse': How Frozen Assets & Halted Foreign Aid Are Impacting the Afghan People
Even before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the country was facing grave challenges. And then came the freezing of aid.
October 12, 2021
Indian Health Service Managers Protected a Pedophile in Their Midst. Now the U.S. Agency Is Protecting Them.
The IHS has attempted to hide the identities of some senior officials who failed to act on warnings that Stanley Patrick Weber, the subject of the 2019 documentary "Predator on the Reservation," was preying on Native American boys, according to an internal report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
October 11, 2021
Government Must Release Report About Indian Health Service Predator, Court Rules
The report documents the career of Stanley Weber, an IHS pediatrician who was convicted of sexually assaulting children at two agency hospitals and was the subject of a 2019 FRONTLINE documentary with The Wall Street Journal.
September 30, 2021
'White Dissidents' Raise Millions in Cryptocurrency
Banned by traditional financial institutions, many radical-right provocateurs are raising significant amounts of money in digital currencies, our reporting partner the Associated Press found.
September 27, 2021
German Neo-Nazis Are Still on Facebook. And They’re Using It to Make Money.
Dozens of German far-right groups continue to leverage mainstream social media for profit, despite Facebook’s and other platforms’ repeated pledges to purge themselves of extremism, our reporting parter the Associated Press found.
September 24, 2021
Between defund and defend, L.A. tries new tactics, bigger budget for cops
More than a year after George Floyd’s killing, Los Angeles’ commitment to police reform is being tested, our Local Journalism Initiative partner the StarTribune found.
August 28, 2021
In Atlanta, city wrestles with call to transform policing
In Atlanta, the rare American city with a majority Black police department, crime is the top issue in November’s mayoral election, and the city’s political discussion remains charged, our Local Journalism Initiative partner the StarTribune found.
August 28, 2021
‘A Complex Truth’: Dan Reed on the Liberty City Seven and Counterterrorism in His New Doc, ‘In the Shadow of 9/11’
Dan Reed ('Leaving Neverland') said long-form documentary allows the telling of a story on a human scale. He discussed his new doc examining the Liberty City Seven case with FRONTLINE.
August 10, 2021
'If You Raise a Voice, I Will Murder You': A Teen Girl in India Was Raped by a Politician. Then the Alleged Cover-Up Began.
Through the stories of two young women, a new documentary investigates how 'India’s Rape Scandal' has drawn police and politicians into controversy.
July 20, 2021