List of Frontline (American TV program) episodes

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The following is a list of programs from the Public Broadcasting Service's public affairs television documentary series Frontline. All episodes, unless otherwise noted, run 60 minutes in length.

Topics in the journalistic series cover a broad range of subjects, including: Afghanistan/Pakistan, Biographies, Business/Economy/Financial, Criminal Justice, Education, Environment, Family/Children, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Government/Elections/Politics, Health/Science/Technology, Iraq/War on Terror, Media, Race/Multicultural, Religion, Social Issues, and Sports.

Season 1[edit]

Frontline's first season, in 1983, was the only season to have Jessica Savitch as its host (Savitch died in October of that year).

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
11"An Unauthorized History of the NFL"SportsJanuary 17, 1983 (1983-01-17)101
A look at the connections between organized crime, gambling and professional football in the United States.
22"88 Seconds in Greensboro"Extremism, violenceJanuary 24, 1983 (1983-01-24)102
James Reston, Jr. investigates a police informant's involvement with a group of Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members who killed 5 civil rights demonstrators in a November 1979 incident in Greensboro, North Carolina.
33"In the Shadow of the Capitol"PovertyJanuary 31, 1983 (1983-01-31)103
Charlie Cobb explores a rarely seen side of Washington, D.C., where poverty is widespread among the population (75% of which is black).
44"A Chinese Affair"Asian politicsFebruary 7, 1983 (1983-02-07)104
A look at Taiwan's political struggle in determining their relations with communist mainland China.
55"God's Banker"FinanceFebruary 14, 1983 (1983-02-14)105
Jeremy Paxman explores the career of banker Roberto Calvi, his relations with the Holy See and secret Italian society, and the mystery of his June 1982 death.
66"Pentagon, Inc."Finance; militaryFebruary 21, 1983 (1983-02-21)106
An investigation into the power of the Pentagon as a business and economic force in U.S. economy.
77"Gunfight USA"FirearmsFebruary 28, 1983 (1983-02-28)107
An exploration into the underlying fears that make gun control an emotional issue in the U.S.
88"Children of Pride"BiographiesMarch 7, 1983 (1983-03-07)108
The story of Kojo Odo, a 42-year-old single black man who opened his home to 21 children with physical or mental handicaps.
99"A Journey To Russia"DiplomacyMarch 21, 1983 (1983-03-21)109
A young, three-person debate team from America travels to the Soviet Union to meet young Russians whose world views contradict their own.
1010"Daisy: Story of a Facelift"HealthMarch 28, 1983 (1983-03-28)110
A look into the world of plastic surgery focuses on a 55-year-old woman's desire to undergo a facelift.
1111"Space: The Race For High Ground"Science; militaryApril 11, 1983 (1983-04-11)111
A look at the battle between the U.S. and Soviet Union to turn outer space from a world of exploration to one of strategic defense, including the then-recent introduction by U.S. President Ronald Reagan of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
1212"Abortion Clinic"HealthApril 18, 1983 (1983-04-18)112
An intimate look at the values and decisions both sides hold in the abortion debate.
1313"Crisis in Zimbabwe"African politicsApril 25, 1983 (1983-04-25)113
Charlie Cobb explores how a rift between two of Zimbabwe's leaders threatens to divide the country among tribal lines.
1414"Air Crash"TransportationMay 2, 1983 (1983-05-02)114
How human greed and legal machinations led to the July 1982 crash of Pan Am Flight 759.
1515"Looking For Mao"Asian politicsMay 9, 1983 (1983-05-09)115
A look at a new cultural revolution inside China, one that finds political and social relaxations that run counter to Mao Zedong's anti-capitalist dictates.
1616"Israel: Between The River and The Sea"BiographiesMay 16, 1983 (1983-05-16)116
The story of Rafik Halabi, the only Arab reporter working in the Hebrew section of Israeli Television, and how his identity and loyalty became a national controversy.
1717"In Our Water"HealthMay 23, 1983 (1983-05-23)117
This Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the Kaler family's 6-year battle with local and federal officials over contamination (from a nearby landfill) of their water well in South Brunswick, New Jersey.
1818"Vietnam Memorial"Military; psychologyMay 30, 1983 (1983-05-30)118
A look at the October 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the pain and emotions that survivors, parents, and friends of the memorialized still feel about the war.
1919"For the Good of All"Land developmentJune 6, 1983 (1983-06-06)119
Jessica Savitch looks at the National Park Service's controversial reclamation of land to make way for the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in Ohio.
2020"The Russians Are Here"Foreign diplomacyJune 13, 1983 (1983-06-13)120
A look at Russian emigrants to the U.S. and their difficulties in adjusting to American society.
2121"Who Decides Disability?"HealthJune 20, 1983 (1983-06-20)121
A look at the Reagan administration's effort to remove tens of thousands of people from Social Security disability rolls.
2222"Crossfire In El Salvador"Central AmericaJune 27, 1983 (1983-06-27)122
A look at the deadly civil war in El Salvador, where death, torture, and disappearances are everyday occurrences.
2323"Sanctuary"Central AmericaJuly 4, 1983 (1983-07-04)123
A look at the plight of people seeking refuge from US-allied governments in Central America focuses on a Guatemalan family's journey through a new "underground railroad."
2424"Moneylenders"FinanceJuly 11, 1983 (1983-07-11)124
Anthony Sampson looks at the difficulties developing countries have in repaying loans to Western banks, who fear financial catastrophe as a result.
2525"Klaus Barbie: The American Connection"Criminal justice; warJuly 18, 1983 (1983-07-18)125
A collaboration with the BBC looks into how U.S. intelligence relied on Klaus Barbie in their anti-Communist efforts, and whether the government was culpable in protecting the former Gestapo officer from being brought to justice for his crimes in World War II.[1]

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 of Frontline saw Judy Woodruff become the show's host after Jessica Savitch's death.

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
261"Crisis at General Hospital"HealthJanuary 16, 1984 (1984-01-16)201
An examination of how many investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains aggressively market themselves to treat only insured or wealthy patients.
272"We Are Driven"Business/economy/financialJanuary 23, 1984 (1984-01-23)202
A look at the tough management style employed by Nissan Motor Company at its operations in both Japan and Smyrna, Tennessee.
283"The Old Man and the Gun"Foreign affairsFebruary 6, 1984 (1984-02-06)203
A look at the support Irish Americans have for the IRA and its violent strategy in Northern Ireland's catholic-Protestant conflict.
294"Give Me that Big Time Religion"ReligionFebruary 13, 1984 (1984-02-13)204
An investigation into whether money raised by televangelists goes toward "God's work" or towards keeping the preachers on the air.
305"The Campaign for Page One"Politics; mediaFebruary 27, 1984 (1984-02-27)205
An inside look at the candidates in the presidential campaign and the reporters who cover them.
"The Mind of a Murderer (Parts 1 and 2)"Criminal justiceMarch 19, 1984 (1984-03-19)
March 26, 1984 (1984-03-26)
A two-part look into the case of Kenneth Bianchi, who committed murders in Los Angeles (as one of the "Hillside Stranglers") and Bellingham, Washington yet sought to avoid trial by claiming mental incompetence.
338"The Struggle for Birmingham"PoliticsApril 2, 1984 (1984-04-02)208
A look at the modern-day black political power focuses on Birmingham, Alabama, a key battlefield in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s.
349"Captive in El Salvador"Foreign affairsApril 16, 1984 (1984-04-16)209
Ofra Bikel looks at the politics and people of El Salvador that the U.S. lends support to.
3510"Chasing the Basketball Dream"SportsApril 23, 1984 (1984-04-23)210
Charlie Cobb looks at the successes and failures of inner-city blacks seeking to make it big by playing basketball.
3611"The Other Side of the Track"SportsMay 7, 1984 (1984-05-07)211
A look at two racetracks on opposite ends of the thoroughbred racing spectrum, the famed Belmont Park in suburban New York and the struggling Great Barrington Fair in Western Massachusetts.
3712"Return of the Great White Fleet"MilitaryMay 14, 1984 (1984-05-14)212
A profile of Navy Secretary John Lehman and his efforts to build a "600-ship Navy."
3813"Warning from Gangland"Social issuesMay 21, 1984 (1984-05-21)213
A look at efforts to counter the street gang problem in Los Angeles, where violent conflicts have claimed the lives of gang members and innocent bystanders alike.
3914"Bread, Butter, and Politics"Social issuesJune 4, 1984 (1984-06-04)214
A look at the human and political aspects of hunger in the United States.
4015"Man's Best Friends"Health & medicineJune 18, 1984 (1984-06-18)215
A look at the medical necessities of and ethical arguments over animal testing in American laboratories, hospitals, and medical schools.
4116"So You Want to Be President"PoliticsOctober 9, 1984 (1984-10-09) (2 hours in length)216
A look at the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Colorado Senator Gary Hart.
4217"Welcome to America"BiographiesOctober 16, 1984 (1984-10-16)217
Profiles of 4 people who fled the repression of Communist Poland for a better life in Chicago.
4318"Not One of the Boys"PoliticsOctober 23, 1984 (1984-10-23)218
Judy Woodruff looks at the political role of women during the 1984 election season.
4419"Living Below the Line"Business/economy/financialOctober 30, 1984 (1984-10-30)219
A profile of Farrell Stallings, newly laid off from his place of employment and venturing into the bureaucratic maze of the welfare system.
4520"The Arab and the Israeli"Foreign affairsNovember 13, 1984 (1984-11-13)220
Two men (one Palestinian, the other Israeli) journey to America to promote a solution for the hotly debated West Bank territory.
4621"Better Off Dead?"Health & medicineNovember 20, 1984 (1984-11-20)221
An intimate look into the issues doctors, lawyers, and parents face regarding medical treatment for infants born with severe physical and mental injuries.
4722"Cry, Ethiopia, Cry"Health; foreign affairsNovember 27, 1984 (1984-11-27)222
A look at the famine in Ethiopia.
4823"Red Star Over Khyber"Foreign affairs; Middle EastDecember 11, 1984 (1984-12-11)223
Richard Reeves at Pakistan's acceptance of Afghani refugees from the war-torn country.
4924"Marshall High Fights Back"EducationDecember 18, 1984 (1984-12-18)224
A look at Chicago's Marshall Metropolitan High School and its struggles to upgrade its academic standards.

Season 3[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
501"Vietnam Under Communism"Asian affairsJanuary 15, 1985 (1985-01-15)301
A rare look inside Vietnam 10 years after the fall of Saigon and the tangible and emotional legacies of the war on the country.
"Shootout on the Imperial Highway (Parts 1 and 2)"Criminal justice; gang violenceJanuary 22, 1985 (1985-01-22)
January 29, 1985 (1985-01-29)
A two-part report on gang wars in the Watts section of Los Angeles. Part 1 focuses on the efforts of James Hawkins, Sr. and his family to combat youth gangs and their criminal activities. Part 2 focuses on how gangs form and the threat they pose to the general public.
534"The Lifer and the Lady"Prison reformFebruary 5, 1985 (1985-02-05) (90 minutes in length)304
The story of the relationship between convicted murder Ron Cooney and prison volunteer Lesley Earl.
545"The Child Savers"Family/childrenFebruary 12, 1985 (1985-02-12)305
A profile of New York's Emergency Children's Service and their efforts to confront child abuse cases.
556"Down for the Count"SportsFebruary 19, 1985 (1985-02-19)306
A look at the world of boxing; the fighters, promoters, and fans who love it; and the critics who want to ban it.
567"Retreat from Beirut"Foreign affairsFebruary 26, 1985 (1985-02-26)307
One year after the U.S. withdrawal from Lebanon (which followed the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings), William Greider examines the withdrawal and its repercussions.
578"Buying the Bomb"Foreign affairsMarch 5, 1985 (1985-03-05)308
Seymour Hersh tells the story of a Pakistani businessman who tried to ship electrical devices which can be used as nuclear bomb triggers out of the US to Pakistan.
589"A Class Divided"Social issues; educationMarch 26, 1985 (1985-03-26)309
William Peters follows up on his 1970 TV documentary Eye of the Storm, which chronicled Jane Elliott's dividing her otherwise homogeneous 3rd grade class by their eye color in a lesson on discrimination.
5910"Potomac Fever"PoliticsApril 2, 1985 (1985-04-02)310
Profiles of two freshmen members of the United States House of Representatives.
6011"Crisis in Central America Part 1: Yankee Years"Foreign affairsApril 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)311
Part 1 of a 4-part look at the history of US relations in Central America and the Caribbean profiles American preeminence in the region from the Spanish–American War in the 1890s through the mid-1950s.
6112"Crisis in Central America Part 2: Castro's Challenge"Foreign affairsApril 10, 1985 (1985-04-10)312
A profile of the Cuban Revolution and the communist country's troubled relations with the United States.
6213"Crisis in Central America Part 3: Revolution in Nicaragua"Foreign affairsApril 11, 1985 (1985-04-11)313
A look at the U.S. involvement in and struggle for control of the Nicaraguan Revolution.
6314"Crisis in Central America Part 4: Battle for El Salvador"Foreign affairsApril 12, 1985 (1985-04-12)314
A look at the evolution of the Salvadoran Civil War and U.S. relations with El Salvador.
6415"Men Who Molest"Family/children; criminal reformApril 16, 1985 (1985-04-16)315
An examination of a Seattle program aimed at adults who sexually abuse children and the issue of whether they should be punished, treated, or both.
6516"Catholics in America: Is Nothing Sacred?"ReligionApril 23, 1985 (1985-04-23)316
A look at the conflict American Catholics have with church doctrine.
6617"The American Way of War"MilitaryApril 30, 1985 (1985-04-30)317
The relationship between the United States Army, its doctrine in modern warfare, and the American government and citizens.
6718"Memory of the Camps"HistoryMay 7, 1985 (1985-05-07)318
The premiere of footage from an unfinished 1945 documentary made by British and American filmmakers (Alfred Hitchcock among them) who followed Allied armies into Nazi concentration camps to capture post-liberation images.
6819"You Are in the Computer"HousingMay 14, 1985 (1985-05-14)319
Robert Krulwich investigates computerized information systems and their roles in landlords denying rentals to prospective tenants.
6920"What About Mom and Dad?"Family; healthMay 21, 1985 (1985-05-21)320
A profile of the decisions and issues adult children face in caring for their aging parents.[2]
7021"Breaking the Bank"FinanceMay 28, 1985 (1985-05-28)321
Judy Woodruff investigates the cases of Oklahoma City-based Penn Square Bank and Chicago-based Continental Illinois and their implications on the broader U.S. banking system.

Season 4[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
711"Hostage in Iran"History; recollectionsJanuary 21, 1986 (1986-01-21)401
Five years after their release, those held hostage in Iran by Islamic revolutionaries tell the story of their 444-day ordeal.
722"Sue the Doctor?"HealthJanuary 28, 1986 (1986-01-28)402
An inside look at the battle between doctors and lawyers over medical malpractice suits.
733"Growing Up Poor"Social issuesFebruary 4, 1986 (1986-02-04)403
Profiles of children in Chester, Pennsylvania who are growing up in impoverished conditions.
744"Russia: Love It or Leave It"Foreign relationsFebruary 11, 1986 (1986-02-11)404
A group of American tourists escape a government-managed tour of the Soviet Union in an effort to gain insight from everyday Soviets.
755"Tobacco on Trial"HealthFebruary 18, 1986 (1986-02-18)405
Judy Woodruff looks at a trio of lawsuits filed by lifelong smokers seeking damages from tobacco companies over their declining health.
766"Divorce Wars"Family/childrenFebruary 25, 1986 (1986-02-25)406
Profiles of the couples, lawyers, judges, and children caught in divorce proceedings.
777"Who's Running this War?"Foreign affairsMarch 18, 1986 (1986-03-18)407
A probe into the legality of covert aid provided by the U.S. to contra rebels in Nicaragua.
788"AIDS: A National Inquiry"HealthMarch 25, 1986 (1986-03-25) (2 hours in length)408
A look into the AIDS crisis begins with the case of a homosexual prostitute who, before he succumbed to the disease, continued to have unprotected sex with several men. In the second hour, Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson moderates a discussion on issues of civil liberties, public safety, education, and medical progress in relation to AIDS.
799"Standoff in Mexico"Foreign affairsApril 1, 1986 (1986-04-01)409
A look at growing unrest in Mexico caused by election fraud and corruption involving the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.
8010"Inside the Jury Room"Criminal justiceApril 8, 1986 (1986-04-08)410
An exclusive look inside a jury room during deliberations in a criminal trial in Wisconsin.
8111"Taxes Behind Closed Doors"PoliticsApril 15, 1986 (1986-04-15)411
William Greider offers a behind-the-scenes look at Congressmen and lobbyists involved in the politics of tax reform.
8212"The Disillusionment of David Stockman"EconomicsApril 20, 1986 (1986-04-20)412
Former OMB Chairman David Stockman offers a candid look at the "free lunch fiscal policy" of the Reagan Administration.
8313"Vision of Star Wars"National defenseApril 22, 1986 (1986-04-22)413
Bill Kurtis heads a Frontline/NOVA collaboration examining the scientific and political implications of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
8414"Hollywood Dreams"EntertainmentMay 13, 1986 (1986-05-13)414
A look into the fantasy and reality of the multibillion-dollar motion picture industry.
8515"The Bloods of 'Nam"Military; discriminationMay 20, 1986 (1986-05-20)415
Wallace Terry interviews black veterans of the Vietnam War who fought three battles—against Communist forces, discrimination in the military, and post-war disillusionment at home.
8616"A Matter of the Mind"HealthMay 27, 1986 (1986-05-27)416
An examination of mental illness from the point of view of residents in a St. Paul home, who deal with not only their psychological demons but also social stigma.
8717"Holy War, Holy Terror"Foreign affairsJune 3, 1986 (1986-06-03)417
John Laurence examines how Iran's war with Iraq is a steeping stone in spreading a radical brand of Islam throughout the world.
8818"Will There Always Be an England?"EconomicsJune 10, 1986 (1986-06-10)418
Ofra Bikel looks at the strained social structure in Great Britain, where unemployment is common in northern areas but power and privilege prevail in the south of the country.
8919"Assault on Affirmative Action"Social issuesJune 17, 1986 (1986-06-17)419
A look into the 20-year conflict over affirmative action policies in the U.S.


During its fourth season, Frontline presented Comrades, a 12-part documentary series that originally aired on the BBC in Great Britain. Comrades profiled everyday life in and citizens of the Soviet Union through interviews and fly on the wall filming. Frontline's presentation of Comrades featured "wraparound" segments where host Judy Woodruff interviewed Richard Denton and other Comrades producers about the episode's background.[3]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
9020"Comrades I: The Education of Rita"BiographyJuly 1, 1986 (1986-07-01)COM101
The life and ambitions of a Komsomol member and school graduate as she begins her first teaching job in Moscow.
9121"Comrades II: Hunter and Son"BiographyJuly 8, 1986 (1986-07-08)COM102
The story of a hunter and his young son hunting for sable and other valuable fur animals in the Siberian taiga.
9222"Comrades III: All that Jazz"MusicJuly 15, 1986 (1986-07-15)COM103
A look at musical subcultures (jazz and rock) unapproved by Soviet government features the performances of Sergey Kuryokhin.
9323"Comrades IV: The Trial of Tamara Russo"Criminal justiceJuly 22, 1986 (1986-07-22)COM104
The Soviet justice system is examined through the trial of a hospital orderly accused of theft and the female judge presiding over the case.
9424"Comrades V: Master of Samarkand"ReligionJuly 29, 1986 (1986-07-29)COM105
A look at Muslim life in the USSR focuses on a master craftsman of Uzbek heritage who for 35 years has been restoring the great Islamic mosques in Samarkand.
9525"Comrades VI: Pacific Outpost"BiographyAugust 5, 1986 (1986-08-05)COM106
A profile of a workaholic communist official; her husband, who cares for their two daughters; and their lives in the Soviet Pacific coast town of Nakhodka.
9626"Comrades VII: Steel Mill Soccer"Biography; sportsAugust 12, 1986 (1986-08-12)COM107
The lives of players on a factory soccer team in Azerbaijan as they fight for the town championship.
9727"Comrades VIII: Doctor in Moscow"BiographyAugust 19, 1986 (1986-08-19)COM108
A day in the life of a successful, well-to-do Moscow eye surgeon reveals what life is like for privileged Soviet citizens.
9828"Comrades IX: Baltic Chic"CultureAugust 26, 1986 (1986-08-26)COM109
The influences of Western culture on Soviet society and fashion as seen through a fashion designer in Tallinn, Estonia.
9929"Comrades X: Soldier Boy"BiographyAugust 26, 1986 (1986-08-26)COM110
A look at the exertion and boredom of basic Soviet military training focuses on an 18-year-old recruit and his parents who worry he may be sent to fight in Afghanistan.
10030"Comrades XI: October Harvest"BiographySeptember 2, 1986 (1986-09-02)COM111
Collective farm life in southern Russia as seen through one family's work during harvest time.
10131"Comrades XII: Leningrad Movie"EntertainmentSeptember 9, 1986 (1986-09-09)COM112
A profile of a director in the state-funded Soviet film industry who controversially dares to depart from the state-approved script.

Season 5[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
1021"The Real Stuff"ScienceJanuary 27, 1987 (1987-01-27)501
A look at the problems and politics plaguing NASA one year after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
1032"The Earthquake Is Coming"ScienceFebruary 3, 1987 (1987-02-03)502
A look at the wide-ranging effects that could occur if and when a devastating earthquake strikes California.
"Stopping Drugs (Parts 1 and 2)"HealthFebruary 10, 1987 (1987-02-10)
February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17)
A two-part examination of America's War on Drugs. Part 1 looks at the effectiveness of drug treatment programs and addicts' struggles. Part 2 looks into the effectiveness of anti-drug efforts in schools.
1065"The Nazi Connection"Science, foreign affairsFebruary 24, 1987 (1987-02-24)505
An examination of Operation Paperclip, in which the US Government brought scientists, engineers, and technicians from Nazi Germany after World War II for government projects, and whether some of their connections to the Nazi government were "sanitized."
1076"Desperately Seeking Baby"Family/childrenMarch 3, 1987 (1987-03-03)506
A look into the practice of childless couples turning to private adoption deals brokered by lawyers and counselors, and the ambiguity and heartbreak that can result.
1087"Street Cop"Criminal justiceMarch 31, 1987 (1987-03-31)507
A look at street cops in one of Boston's busiest and most violent police districts.
1098"The Secret File"National securityApril 14, 1987 (1987-04-14)508
The story of Penn Kimball and his efforts to clear his name after the US Government had branded him a national security risk.
1109"War on Nicaragua"Foreign affairsApril 21, 1987 (1987-04-21)509
William Greider looks into how the US Government began and continues its support of Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
11110"The Bombing of West Philly"Law enforcement, raceMay 5, 1987 (1987-05-05)510
A look into tensions between Philadelphia's police and the black liberation group MOVE, which led to a May 1985 standoff that ended with police bombing MOVE's compound.
11211"In Search of the Marcos Millions"FinancialMay 26, 1987 (1987-05-26)511
An investigation into where Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos hid millions of dollars after the former Philippine first couple left in exile in 1986.
11312"Israel: The Price of Victory"Middle EastJune 2, 1987 (1987-06-02)512
A look into Israel's struggles with image and democracy on the 20th anniversary of the Six-Day War.
11413"Death of a Porn Queen"BiographiesJune 9, 1987 (1987-06-09)513
Al Austin examines the life and suicide of a young girl involved in the porn industry.
11514"Keeping the Faith"Religion, raceJune 16, 1987 (1987-06-16)514
Roger Wilkins looks at the evolution of the black church in a time of a growing black middle class.
11615"The Politics of Greed"PoliticsJune 23, 1987 (1987-06-23)515
A look at the effects of corruption on a city government's day-to-day operations.


The end of Frontline's 5th season featured the documentary Apartheid. Spanning over 3 centuries, the 5-part historical documentary looked into the background and practice by South Africa's government of apartheid, the institutionalized form of racial segregation that favored the country's white minority at the expense of its indigenous black population.

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
11716"Apartheid Part 1: 1652–1948"History, race/multiculturalDecember 14, 1987 (1987-12-14)516
A look at the precursors to apartheid in South Africa, from colonial times to the rise of the ANC, Afrikaner nationalism, and practices of white favoritism by governments.
11817"Apartheid Part 2: 1948–1963"History, race/multiculturalDecember 14, 1987 (1987-12-14)517
A white nationalist government implements strict segregational practices (racial classifications, separate-and-unequal schooling, forcible relocation of blacks) and gives it the name "apartheid" — but not without facing a Nelson Mandela-led black resistance.
11918"Apartheid Part 3: 1963–1977"History, race/multiculturalDecember 15, 1987 (1987-12-15)518
A look at the South African government's establishment of rural bantustans and the rise of black resistance to homeland policy, which culminates in the 1976 Soweto uprising.
12019"Apartheid Part 4: 1978–1986"History, race/multiculturalDecember 15, 1987 (1987-12-15)519
Prime minister P. W. Botha implements reforms to maintain white supremacy in South Africa, moves that provoked negative reactions from Afrikaners and blacks alike.
12120"Apartheid Part 5: 1987"Race/multiculturalDecember 16, 1987 (1987-12-16)520
A look at an unprecedented meeting in Dakar, Senegal where dissident white Afrikaners and black leaders from the ANC met to discuss strategies for change in South Africa.

Season 6[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
1221"Praise the Lord"Financial, religionJanuary 26, 1988 (1988-01-26)601
The rise and fall of Jim & Tammy Bakker and why government agencies failed to investigate claims of corruption within their evangelical empire.
1232"Operation Urgent Fury"Foreign affairsFebruary 2, 1988 (1988-02-02)602
Seymour Hersh investigates the US Military's October 1983 invasion of Grenada, the military shortcomings it laid bare, and whether it jeopardized the lives of the American college students it was meant to protect.
1243"The Man Who Shot John Lennon"BiographiesFebruary 9, 1988 (1988-02-09)603
A portrait of Mark David Chapman and his motivations for murdering John Lennon in 1980.
1254"Your Flight Is Cancelled"TransportationFebruary 16, 1988 (1988-02-16)604
A look at the difficulties facing the air traffic system, which have included an environment of delays, cancellations, and near-collisions post-deregulation.
1265"Shakedown in Santa Fe"Law enforcementFebruary 23, 1988 (1988-02-23)605
A profile of life in the Penitentiary of New Mexico, site of one of the most violent prisoner uprisings in US history in 1980.
1276"Let My Daughter Die"HealthMarch 1, 1988 (1988-03-01)606
The complex legal and moral issues surrounding the case of Nancy Cruzan, the subject of what would become the Supreme Court's first right to die case.
1287"Back in the USSR"CultureMarch 29, 1988 (1988-03-29)607
Twenty years after moving to Moscow on assignment for TIME, journalist Jerry Schecter and his family return to renew friendships and explore the USSR under glasnost.
1298"Poison and the Pentagon"Military, healthApril 5, 1988 (1988-04-05)608
Joe Rosenbloom looks into the Defense Department's poor record of cleaning up the ground water pollution it has caused.
1309"To a Safer Place"Family/childrenApril 12, 1988 (1988-04-12)609
Sexually abused by her father from infancy until running away at 14, Shirley Turcotte returns to her Winnipeg hometown to face the adults who failed to protect her, the siblings who were also abused, and the horrific childhood she seeks to make peace with.
13110"Murder on the Río San Juan"Terror, Central AmericaApril 19, 1988 (1988-04-19)610
A look at the motives and possible conspirators in a 1984 bombing that targeted Nicaraguan contra leader Edén Pastora.
13211"American Game, Japanese Rules"CultureApril 26, 1988 (1988-04-26)611
Intimate profiles of Americans living and working in Japan and trying to adjust to the country's culture.
13312"Racism 101"Social issuesMay 10, 1988 (1988-05-10)612
An examination into the increase in racial incidents and violence on America's college campuses.
13413"Guns, Drugs, and the CIA"Foreign affairsMay 17, 1988 (1988-05-17)613
A look into the CIA's long history of involvement with drug smugglers in trouble spots around the world, all in the name of national security.
13514"The Defense of Europe"Foreign affairsMay 24, 1988 (1988-05-24)614
A Frontline/TIME joint examination into the new realities facing NATO following the American-Soviet nuclear arms treaty.
13615"Trouble in Paradise"Foreign affairsMay 31, 1988 (1988-05-31)615
How attempts by the US Government to forge a military pact with Palau has affected the Pacific Ocean country of just 15,000 people.
13716"Who Pays for AIDS?"HealthJune 7, 1988 (1988-06-07)616
How the battle between local governments and Washington over who will cover the cost of the AIDS crisis has impacted patients and communities.
13817"Our Forgotten War"Foreign affairsJune 14, 1988 (1988-06-14)617
A fresh look at the civil war in El Salvador and how it is affecting the US Government's involvement in the conflict.
13918"Indian Country"Social issuesJune 21, 1988 (1988-06-21)618
Mark Trahant looks at how the business and treaty success of the Quinault Indian Nation is countered by issues of poverty and unemployment among its people.
14019"My Husband is Going to Kill Me"Social issuesJune 28, 1988 (1988-06-28)619
How the justice system in Colorado failed to protect Pamela Guenther from her violent husband, who murdered her in front of their children in February 1987.

Season 7[edit]

Frontline's 7th season was Judy Woodruff's last as on-air host.

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
1411"The Politics of Prosperity"EconomicsOctober 10, 1988 (1988-10-10)700A
In the last weeks of the 1988 presidential campaign, correspondent William Greider explores the private but increasingly intense debate about what the next president should do to avoid economic disaster, how and when should he do it, and who will be asked to bear the burden. Frontline focuses on four communities that have not shared in the prosperity of the Reagan years.
1422"The Choice"BiographiesOctober 24, 1988 (1988-10-24) (100 minutes in length)700B
In Frontline's first quadrennial profile of the presidential candidates, Garry Wills offers backgrounds of and thoughts from people who know candidates George Bush and Michael Dukakis.
(A Frontline collaboration with TIME)
1433"The Real Life of Ronald Reagan"BiographiesJanuary 18, 1989 (1989-01-18) (90 minutes in length)701
A profile of Ronald Reagan on the eve of his departure from the US presidency.
1444"The Spy Who Broke the Code"National securityJanuary 24, 1989 (1989-01-24)702
An assessment of the damage to US national security from John Anthony Walker's spying for the Soviet Union.
1455"The Battle for Eastern Airlines"TransportationJanuary 31, 1989 (1989-01-31)703
Robert Kuttner looks at the management and labor struggles plaguing Eastern Air Lines.
1466"Running with Jesse"PoliticsFebruary 7, 1989 (1989-02-07)704
A look at the 1988 presidential run of Jesse Jackson.
1477"Children of the Night"Social issuesFebruary 14, 1989 (1989-02-14)705
The problem of teenage runaways and suicides as seen through the case of Iain Brown, who left home at 13 for the life of a male hustler in San Francisco.
1488"Who Profits from Drugs"War on drugsFebruary 21, 1989 (1989-02-21)706
How the American economy uses the profits from the illegal drug trade.
1499"Prescriptions for Profit"Health, businessMarch 28, 1989 (1989-03-28)707
The practice of pharmaceutical manufacturers marketing and influencing doctors to prescribe medications.
15010"The Dallas Drug War"War on drugsApril 4, 1989 (1989-04-04)708
Bob Ray Sanders explores how one Dallas neighborhood is struggling to combat the drugs and violence plaguing its community.
15111"Murder in the Amazon"EnvironmentApril 11, 1989 (1989-04-11)709
The life of Brazilian trade union leader and environmentalist Chico Mendes, and how his December 1988 murder put a focus on the ecological pillage of the Amazon rainforest.
15212"The Shakespeare Mystery"BiographiesApril 18, 1989 (1989-04-18)710
A look at a controversial literary theory: Whether Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the real William Shakespeare.
15313"Extraordinary People"HealthMay 2, 1989 (1989-05-02)711
Judy Woodruff profiles three Canadian children who had malformations caused by their mothers' use of thalidomide during pregnancy.
15414"Yellowstone Under Fire"EnvironmentMay 9, 1989 (1989-05-09)712
How accelerated natural resource development during the Reagan Administration affected Yellowstone National Park.
15515"Israel: The Covert Connection"Foreign affairsMay 16, 1989 (1989-05-16)713
The history of the US government's defense and intelligence alliances with Israel from the 1950s to the present.
15616"Remember My Lai"DefenseMay 23, 1989 (1989-05-23)714
A look at the My Lai Massacre from the surviving US soldiers and Vietnamese citizens who survived.
15717"Babies at Risk"HealthMay 23, 1989 (1989-05-23)715
How political and bureaucratic neglect fueled the high rate of infant mortality in some Chicago neighborhoods.
15818"Death of a Terrorist"BiographiesJune 13, 1989 (1989-06-13)716
The life and death of Irish Republican Army terrorist Mairead Farrell and how the British government deals with political terrorism.
15919"Who's Killing Calvert City?"EnvironmentJune 20, 1989 (1989-06-20)717
A look at the struggles of Calvert City, Kentucky, a town plagued by pollution and toxic waste generated by the chemical plants that drive its economy.

Season 8[edit]

Beginning with Season 8, Frontline would eschew from using a regular on-air host, using an off-screen narrator to introduce each episode.

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
1601"Tracking the Pan Am Bombers"TerrorismNovember 28, 1989 (1989-11-28)800
A look into the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in December 1988, including those suspected to have been responsible and whether unheeded warnings and blunders by German police may have contributed to the tragedy.
1612"The Right to Die?"Social issuesDecember 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) (2 hours in length)801
An expanded examination into the subject of Season 6's "Let My Daughter Die," delving into the broad issues surrounding a right to die case argued before the US Supreme Court one week before this broadcast.
(A collaboration of Frontline and Fred Friendly's Media & Society Series)
1623"The Bombing of Pan Am 103"TerrorismJanuary 23, 1990 (1990-01-23)802
The efforts of those who lost loved ones in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing to seek justice, improve air security, and improve government efforts to respond to terrorists and their supporters.
1634"The Noriega Connection"Foreign affairsJanuary 30, 1990 (1990-01-30)803
The rise and fall of Manuel Noriega and the US' relationship with the Panamanian general they ousted from power in December 1989.
1645"Miss USSR"CultureFebruary 6, 1990 (1990-02-06)804
A behind-the-scenes look at the Soviet Union's first beauty pageant and the broader struggles facing women in the communist country.
1656"Throwaway People"RaceFebruary 13, 1990 (1990-02-13)805
Roger Wilkins investigates the economic and social roots of the black underclass, focusing on the struggle of young black men in one Washington, DC neighborhood.
1667"The Faces of Arafat"BiographiesFebruary 27, 1990 (1990-02-27)806
Marie Colvin profiles Yasser Arafat and the PLO leader's newfound commitment to reject terrorism and accept Israel's right to exist.
1678"Anatomy of an Oil Spill"EnvironmentMarch 20, 1990 (1990-03-20)807
How complacency and negligence by government agencies and oil companies helped lead to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1689"Poland: The Morning After"EconomicsMarch 27, 1990 (1990-03-27)808
A look at Poland's change from communism to capitalism in the months following the once-banned Solidarity trade union's rise to government.
16910"Born in Africa"EconomicsApril 3, 1990 (1990-04-03) (90 minutes in length)809
Peter Jennings narrates the story of Philly Bongoley Lutaaya and how he inspired his fellow Ugandans to fight the spread of AIDS before his death from the disease.
17011"New Harvest, Old Shame"Social issuesApril 17, 1990 (1990-04-17)810
Thirty years after Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame documentary, David Marash looks at the continuing plight of migrant farm workers and the forces that keep their lives so desperate.
17112"Hilary in Hiding"Family/childrenApril 24, 1990 (1990-04-24)811
A look at the case of Elizabeth Morgan, who served a 25-month jail term for civil contempt after refusing to divulge the whereabouts of her daughter, Hilary, who Morgan suspected had been sexually assaulted by Hilary's father.
17213"Other People's Money"FinanceMay 1, 1990 (1990-05-01)812
A look at the savings and loan crisis and the role of politics in the failure of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.
17314"Plunder!"Criminal justiceMay 8, 1990 (1990-05-08)813
Carl Nagin looks into how ancient artifacts looted from pre-Columbian tombs in Latin America wound up in auction houses, galleries, museums, and private collections in the United States.
17415"Seven Days in Bensonhurst"RaceMay 15, 1990 (1990-05-15)814
Shelby Steele examines the dynamics of racial politics surrounding the 1989 murder of Yusef Hawkins by white youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
17516"Inside the Cartel"War on drugsMay 22, 1990 (1990-05-22)815
How the drug cartels in Medellín and Cali have become part of Colombia's political and economic life.
17617"Teacher, Teacher"EducationJune 12, 1990 (1990-06-12)816
The hopes and frustrations of public school teachers in one Midwestern town as they face the threat of funding cutbacks, the criticism of parents, and a growing number of troubled children from troubled homes.
17718""The Arming of Iraq: Frontline Special""Middle EastSeptember 11, 1990 (1990-09-11)817
Hodding Carter investigates the complicity of US and European governments & corporations in creating Saddam Hussein's military machine in Iraq.
18223"Global Dumping Ground: Frontline Special""EnvironmentOctober 2, 1990 (1990-10-02)822
Bill Moyers investigates the big business of shipping of toxic waste from the US to third-world countries.

Decade of Destruction[edit]

As part of its 8th season, Frontline aired the 4-part documentary Decade of Destruction. Produced by Adrian Cowell, the series spotlighted the destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, regarded as one of Earth's "last great frontier[s]," during the decade of the 1980s.[4]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
17819""Decade of Destruction Part 1: Ashes of Forest""EnvironmentSeptember 18, 1990 (1990-09-18) (2 hours in length)818
The series begins with the expansion of peasants into the Amazon, their slashing and burning of the forest land, and the natives' retaliatory actions against one settler's family.
17920""Decade of Destruction Part 2: Killing for Land""EnvironmentSeptember 19, 1990 (1990-09-19)819
Lawless battles break out between corporate owners of Amazon farmland (who want the land left idle for speculation) and the migrant peasants who farm the plots.
18021""Decade of Destruction Part 3: Mountains of Gold""EnvironmentSeptember 20, 1990 (1990-09-20)820
Prospectors illegally swarm over private gold reserves in the Amazon, with the government fighting to protect the untapped reserves.
18122""Decade of Destruction Part 4: Chico Mendes""EnvironmentSeptember 21, 1990 (1990-09-21)821
The rise of Chico Mendes, his unionization of rubber tappers, and his fight to halt the rainforest's devastation and create protective areas.

Season 9[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
1831"When Cops Go Bad"Criminal justiceOctober 16, 1990 (1990-10-16)901
How the corrupting influence of drug money is affecting police forces in California, Florida, and New Jersey.
1842"The Hunt for Howard Marks"BiographiesOctober 23, 1990 (1990-10-23)902
The story of Welsh drug smuggler Howard Marks and his capture by DEA agents.
1853"Broken Minds"HealthOctober 30, 1990 (1990-10-30)903
A look the science and societal struggles behind schizophrenia, a disease that affects millions of Americans.
1864"Betting on the Lottery"Social issuesNovember 6, 1990 (1990-11-06)904
James Reston, Jr. looks at the growing popularity of state lotteries in the US.
1875"Springfield Goes to War"MilitaryNovember 20, 1990 (1990-11-20)905
Bill Moyers holds a town meeting with residents of Springfield, Massachusetts grappling with the growing buildup of the Gulf War.
1886"High Crimes and Misdemeanors"Foreign affairsNovember 27, 1990 (1990-11-27)906
Four years after the story broke, Bill Moyers takes a full-view look at the Iran–Contra affair.
1897"The Struggle for South Africa"Race/multiculturalDecember 11, 1990 (1990-12-11) (90 minutes in length)907
David Dimbleby examines how fractures between and within Afrikaner and black groups threatens to disrupt negotiations for a new South Africa.
1908"The Spirit of Crazy Horse"Race/multiculturalDecember 18, 1990 (1990-12-18)908
One century after the Wounded Knee Massacre, Milo Yellow Hair recalls the story of his fellow Sioux people, from loss of land to invading whites through the present-day revival of Sioux cultural pride.
1919"To the Brink of War"Foreign affairsJanuary 15, 1991 (1991-01-15)909
On the day a UN resolution for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait reaches its deadline, Hodding Carter examines US government decisions that brought the nation to the brink of war.
19210"Cuba and Cocaine"War on drugsFebruary 5, 1991 (1991-02-05)910
A revelation into how drug smuggling became Cuban state policy.
19311"The Man Who Made the Supergun"BiographiesFebruary 12, 1991 (1991-02-12)911
A profile of Gerald Bull, a designer of long-range artillery, and the questions surrounding his 1990 assassination.
19412"Guns, Tanks, and Gorbachev"Foreign affairsFebruary 19, 1991 (1991-02-19)912
Hedrick Smith looks at recent violent occurrences in the Soviet Union and the ramifications in US/USSR relations.
19513"The Mind of Hussein"BiographiesFebruary 26, 1991 (1991-02-26)913
The personal and political history of Saddam Hussein.
19614"Black America's War"Gulf WarApril 2, 1991 (1991-04-02)914
Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree leads a town meeting exploring the attitudes of black Americans toward the Gulf War, a conflict in which nearly 30% of US soldiers were African American.
19715"War and Peace in Panama"Foreign affairsApril 9, 1991 (1991-04-09)915
A look at the 1989 ousting of Manuel Noriega by US forces and its lingering impact.
19816"The Election Held Hostage"Foreign affairsApril 16, 1991 (1991-04-16)916
Robert Parry investigates how the Carter and Reagan camps possibly sought deals to end the Iran hostage crisis during the 1980 presidential campaign.
19917"Who Pays for Mom and Dad?"Family/ChildrenApril 30, 1991 (1991-04-30)917
A look at the financial difficulties families face in seeking long-term care for elderly parents.
20018"Innocence Lost"Family/ChildrenMay 7, 1991 (1991-05-07) (2 hours in length)918
How an investigation into sexual abuse accusations at a daycare center divided the town of Edenton, North Carolina.
20119"The Spy Hunter"BiographiesMay 14, 1991 (1991-05-14)919
A look at James Angleton, ex-chief of counter-intelligence for the CIA, and his misguided pursuit of an agency mole.
20220"To the Last Fish"EnvironmentMay 21, 1991 (1991-05-21)920
How new technologies in the fishing industry are putting the world's fisheries into a dangerous state of decline.
20321"The Color of Your Skin"Race/MulticulturalJune 11, 1991 (1991-06-11)921
A look at a program at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute where students of all races confront each other with their racial anger and frustration.
20422"The Gates Nomination"Foreign affairsJuly 15, 1991 (1991-07-15) (30 minutes in length)922
A profile of Robert Gates looks at the DCI nominee's role in the Iran–Contra affair.

Season 10[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
2051"In the Shadow of Sakharov"BiographiesOctober 15, 1991 (1991-10-15) (90 minutes in length)1001
The story of Andrei Sakharov, the nuclear physicist turned human-rights advocate who became the father of the Soviet democracy movement.
2062"The Great American Bailout"FinancialOctober 22, 1991 (1991-10-22)1002
Robert Krulwich investigates the rising cost of the Savings and loan crisis
(A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting)
2073"The War We Left Behind"Gulf WarOctober 29, 1991 (1991-10-29)1003
How the air war against Iraq led to a "slow-motion disaster" affecting the country's post-war utility infrastructure.
2084"Don King, Unauthorized"BiographiesNovember 5, 1991 (1991-11-05)1004
Jack Newfield explores the life and career of boxing promoter Don King.
2095"My Doctor, My Lover"Criminal justiceNovember 12, 1991 (1991-11-12) (90 minutes in length)1005
An investigation into the scandal surrounding a Colorado psychiatrist who had an affair with one of his patients, who ended up suing him for sexual abuse.
2106"Losing the War with Japan"BusinessNovember 19, 1991 (1991-11-19) (90 minutes in length)1006
A look at the challenge Japanese-style capitalism poses to the US market, followed by a Robert Krulwich-led discussion into the issue.
2117"The Secret Story of Terry Waite"Foreign affairsNovember 26, 1991 (1991-11-26)1007
Gavin Hewitt investigates the charge that Oliver North used Terry Waite, a Church of England envoy and recently released Lebanon hostage, to cover up the Iran–Contra affair
(A co-production with BBC News)
2128"Who Killed Adam Mann?"Family/ChildrenDecember 3, 1991 (1991-12-03)1008
How New York City's child welfare service failed to protect four children from their abusive parents, who were sent to prison for the beating death of one of the children.
2139"The Resurrection of Reverend Moon"BiographiesJanuary 21, 1992 (1992-01-21)1009
A profile of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who after reemerging from a prison sentence for conspiracy and false tax returns, has become a notable figure in conservative-leaning politics, media, and causes.
21410"The Last Communist"BiographiesFebruary 11, 1992 (1992-02-11)1010
A look at Cuban leader Fidel Castro from his days as a revolutionary to his defiant leadership in present day.
21511"Coming From Japan"Business/Economy/FinancialFebruary 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)1011
Shuichi Kato narrates over a controversial 30-year history between Matsushita Electric Company and the U.S. and explores the issues that confronts Japan in its economic expansion.
21612"After Gorbachev's USSR"CultureFebruary 25, 1992 (1992-02-25)1012
Hedrick Smith follows up on his 1990 series Inside Gorbachev's USSR by reviewing how post-Soviet Russia is handling newfound freedoms while dealing with financial struggles.
21713"Who Is David Duke?"BiographiesMarch 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)1013
Hodding Carter investigates the life of David Duke, his background in extremist ideology, and the reshaping of his image into a national political figure.
21814"The Death of Nancy Cruzan"HealthMarch 24, 1992 (1992-03-24) (90 minutes in length)1014
The legal battle by the family of Nancy Cruzan, who was left in a persistent vegetative state after a 1983 auto accident and was the subject of the first right-to-die case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
21915"Saddam's Killing Fields"Middle EastMarch 31, 1992 (1992-03-31)1015
Kanan Makiya secretly returns to Iraq to investigate rumors of an official extermination program aimed at the Kurdish people.
22016"Investigating the October Surprise"Foreign affairs, politicsApril 7, 1992 (1992-04-07)1016
In this follow-up to Season 9's "The Election Held Hostage," Robert Parry investigates whether Ronald Reagan's campaign manager could have met with Iranian officials in the summer of 1980 regarding a possible end to the hostage crisis.
22117"The Betrayal of Democracy"PoliticsApril 15, 1992 (1992-04-15) (2 hours in length)1017
William Greider examines the widening divide between those in government and the citizens they serve and represent, and how the press and the political parties are failing the public.
22218"The Bank of Crooks and Criminals"Finance, criminal justiceApril 21, 1992 (1992-04-21)1018
How the Bank of Credit and Commerce International became a conduit for laundering money from criminal activities, and how it managed to elude regulatory review by US officials.
22319"Who Cares About Children?"Family/ChildrenApril 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)1019
A look at Arkansas' child welfare crisis, the struggle to reform the state's system, and whether governor (and presidential candidate) Bill Clinton avoided any effort toward systemic improvements.[5]
22420"China After Tiananmen"ChinaJune 2, 1992 (1992-06-02) (90 minutes in length)1020
How China is embracing economic reforms and open society even as a firm hold on political dissent remains in place three years after pro-democracy protests were brutally silenced.
22521"Dear Frontline"Viewer interaction, follow-up reportsJune 2, 1992 (1992-06-02) (30 minutes in length)1021
A presentation of viewer responses to and updates on some of Frontline's reportage.
22622"A Kid Kills"Criminal justice; social issuesJune 16, 1992 (1992-06-16)1022
A look at the case of Damien Bynoe, a 15-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two Boston youngsters; the Boston gang culture; and the passage of juvenile crime laws in Massachusetts.
22723"Your Loan Is Denied"FinanceJune 23, 1992 (1992-06-23)1023
The effects of discriminatory mortgage-lending practices by American financial institutions.
(A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting)

Season 11[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
2281"Thomas and Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain"Race/MulticulturalOctober 13, 1992 (1992-10-13)1101
How the bitter issues surrounding Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearing affected black America, and how blacks and whites had little common understanding about the nomination battle.
2292"The Politics of Power"EnergyOctober 20, 1992 (1992-10-20)1102
Nick Kotz looks at the issues plaguing America's energy policy and how it remains guided by special interests and dependent on foreign oil.
(A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting)
2303"The Choice 1992"BiographiesOctober 21, 1992 (1992-10-21) (2 hours in length)1103
Richard Ben Cramer offers profiles of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush.
2314"The Best Campaign Money Can Buy"PoliticsOctober 27, 1992 (1992-10-27)1104
Robert Krulwich looks into the money givers funding the 1992 presidential campaigns and the access and influence they gain as a result.
(A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting)
2325"Monsters Among Us"Criminal justiceNovember 10, 1992 (1992-11-10)1105
Al Austin examines the sexual assault epidemic and Washington's decision to keep offenders locked up until they are no longer considered a danger to the public.
2336"JFK, Hoffa and the Mob"Criminal justiceNovember 17, 1992 (1992-11-17)1106
A look at Frank Ragano's allegations of mob involvement in the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa and in the CIA's plots to kill Fidel Castro.
2347"In Search of Our Fathers"Family/childrenNovember 24, 1992 (1992-11-24)1107
Marco Williams explores his family's past to discover the circumstances surrounding his absent father.
2358"Clinton Takes Over"GovernmentJanuary 19, 1993 (1993-01-19)1108
On the eve of Bill Clinton's inauguration, Hodding Carter offers an inside view of the new president's administration and the policies it will form.
2369"Journey to the Occupied Lands"Middle EastJanuary 26, 1993 (1993-01-26) (90 minutes in length)1109
Michael Ambrosino explores life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and the territories' role in Arab-Israeli peace talks.
23710"What Happened to the Drug War?"War on DrugsFebruary 2, 1993 (1993-02-02)1110
How flaws in the US Government's anti-drug defenses have allowed smugglers in Texas to gain the upper hand.
23811"The Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover"Criminal JusticeFebruary 9, 1993 (1993-02-09)1111
J. Edgar Hoover amassed secret files on prominent Americans during his time as FBI Director, but his own private life left him open to blackmail, which may have led to the mafia going unchecked by the Bureau for decades.
23912"The Arming of Saudi Arabia"Middle EastFebruary 16, 1993 (1993-02-16)1112
A look into U.S. efforts to strengthen Saudi Arabia's military defenses.
24013"Apartheid's Last Stand"Racial segregationMarch 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)1113
A look into the progresses gained and compromises made in negotiations to peacefully end Apartheid rule in South Africa.
24114"Choosing Death: Health Quarterly Special"HealthMarch 23, 1993 (1993-03-23) (2 hours in length)1114
Roger Mudd anchors a look into the complexities and dilemmas of euthanasia, including issues about the practice in the Netherlands and an in-studio discussion about the euthanasia debate in the U.S.
(A co-production of Frontline and Health Quarterly)
24215"In Our Children's Food"HealthMarch 30, 1993 (1993-03-30)1115
Bill Moyers reports on U.S. Government failures to certify the safety of agricultural chemicals and why the pesticide industry is the only source of safety data.
24316"The Trouble with Baseball"SportsApril 6, 1993 (1993-04-06)1116
How the economic power struggle between Major League Baseball's owners and players is putting the sport on the brink of disaster.
24417"Iran and the Bomb"Middle EastApril 13, 1993 (1993-04-13)1117
How Iran is quietly building an arsenal of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.
24518"L.A. Is Burning: 5 Reports from a Divided City"Social issuesApril 27, 1993 (1993-04-27) (90 minutes in length)1118
A look at Los Angeles, one year after the riots, through the eyes of five people who have thought and written about the city from the perspectives of its different communities, races, and classes.
24619"Ashes of the Cold War"EconomicsMay 4, 1993 (1993-05-04)1119
How post-Cold War cutbacks in military spending have affected the industries and people whose livelihood was invested in the military-industrial complex.
24720"The Health Care Gamble"HealthMay 25, 1993 (1993-05-25)1120
A look at President Bill Clinton's efforts to transform health care reform from a campaign issue to a social reality.
(Produced in association with The Health Quarterly)
"Innocence Lost: The Verdict (Parts I-IV)"Family/Children, criminal justiceJuly 20, 1993 (1993-07-20) (Parts I & II; 60 minutes each)
July 21, 1993 (1993-07-21) (Parts III & IV; 60 minutes each)
A follow-up to 1991's Innocence Lost details the Little Rascals day care sexual abuse trial (at which owner Bob Kelly was convicted and sentenced to 12 consecutive life terms) and the lingering issues of dealing with child sexual abuse cases. Parts I & II use previously aired and unaired footage to track the earliest days of the case. Parts III & IV explores testimony of the victims and actions by prosecutors, defense attorneys, and jurors.

Season 12[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
2501"The Heartbeat of America"IndustryOctober 12, 1993 (1993-10-12) (90 minutes in length)1201
How General Motors went from being the undisputed top carmaker in America to suffering the biggest financial loss in U.S. corporate history.
A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting)
2512"Prisoners of Silence"HealthOctober 19, 1993 (1993-10-19)1202
A look at the controversial practice of facilitated communication to assist those with autism who cannot verbally communicate.
2523"Secrets of a Bomb Factory"MilitaryOctober 26, 1993 (1993-10-26)1203
Why a federal grand jury investigating potential crimes at Colorado's Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant went public with what they learned while hearing secret testimony in the case.
(A co-production with Oregon Public Broadcasting)
2534"Showdown in Haiti"Foreign affairsNovember 9, 1993 (1993-11-09)1204
A look into the diplomatic confrontation between Haiti's military government and a Clinton Administration that wants to restore deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
2545"Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?"BiographiesNovember 16, 1993 (1993-11-16) (3 hours in length)1205
An investigative biography exploring the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and whether he was the man responsible for the Kennedy assassination.
2556"AIDS, Blood and Politics"HealthNovember 30, 1993 (1993-11-30)1206
How the FDA and American Red Cross failed to safeguard the nation's blood supply from the AIDS virus in the early 1980s, and why some of America's largest blood banks are still not in full compliance with federal regulations on blood safety.
2567"Behind the Badge"Criminal justiceDecember 14, 1993 (1993-12-14)1207
Jack Newfield looks at the effects of police brutality and corruption cases on police officers themselves, specifically the rank and file of the New York City Police Department.
2578"A Place for Madness"Health; mental illnessJanuary 18, 1994 (1994-01-18)1208
The balance of protecting rights of the mentally ill with safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and to others.
2589"The Diamond Empire"BusinessFebruary 1, 1994 (1994-02-01) (90 minutes in length)1209
How South Africa's Oppenheimer family helped fuel a cartel that cultivated the scarcity myth — and in turn inflated the monetary value — of the world's diamond supply.
25910"Tabloid Truth: The Michael Jackson Story"MediaFebruary 15, 1994 (1994-02-15)1210
Richard Ben Cramer looks at "the tabloidization of American television" through its coverage of sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.
26011"Red Flag Over Tibet"AsiaFebruary 22, 1994 (1994-02-22)1211
Orville Schell chronicles the history and culture of Tibet and the issues surrounding its control by communist China.
26112"Sarajevo: The Living and the Dead"Bosnian WarMarch 1, 1994 (1994-03-01)1212
Radovan Tadic captures an intimate portrait of Sarajevans trying to live in the midst of a debilitating and depriving siege.
26213"In the Game"SportsMarch 29, 1994 (1994-03-29)1213
A behind-the-scenes look at the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team and its quest for a national championship.
26314"The Kevorkian File"BiographiesApril 5, 1994 (1994-04-05)1214
A profile of Jack Kevorkian and the right to die issue he has come to personify.
26415"Mandela"BiographiesApril 26, 1994 (1994-04-26)1215
A look at the rise to political prominence of Nelson Mandela and former wife Winnie Mandela on the eve of South Africa's first post-apartheid elections.
26516"The Struggle for Russia"RussiaMay 3, 1994 (1994-05-03) (2 hours in length)1216
A look at the economic, political, and social turmoil plaguing Boris Yeltsin's leadership in Russia.
26617"Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo"Bosnian WarMay 10, 1994 (1994-05-10) (90 minutes in length)1217
John Zaritsky's documentary of a young Bosnian couple — Serb Boško Brkić and Bosniak Admira Ismić — whose deaths by sniper fire, while trying to cross a bridge into Serb-held territory, led to one of the more widely-seen images from the siege of Sarajevo.
(A Frontline co-production with Germany's WDR and Canada's CBC and NFB)
26718"Public Lands, Private Profits"BusinessMay 24, 1994 (1994-05-24)1218
Robert Krulwich surveys the mining industry's practice of extracting millions of dollars in minerals and precious metals from public lands at no cost to them.
(A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting)
26819"Go Back to Mexico!"ImmigrationJune 7, 1994 (1994-06-07)1219
William Langewiesche looks at how America can sustain an influx of immigrants, as well as its effects on economic, social, and political discourse.
26920"The Trouble with Evan"Family/ChildrenJune 21, 1994 (1994-06-21) (90 minutes in length)1220
Surveillance cameras record one family's difficulties in trying to reform their 11-year-old son's criminal behavior.

Season 13[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
2701"School Colors"Education; social issuesOctober 18, 1994 (1994-10-18) (2-1/2 hours in length)1301
The lingering issues of school segregation along racial and ethnic lines — even 4 decades after Brown v. Board of Education — as seen through California's Berkeley High School, whose student body is 38% white and 35% black.[6]
(Produced with the Center for Investigative Reporting)
2712"Is This Any Way to Run a Government?"GovernmentOctober 25, 1994 (1994-10-25)1302
How Congressional power has long stymied bureaucratic reform efforts within the United States Department of Agriculture.
2723"Hot Money"FinanceNovember 1, 1994 (1994-11-01)1303
How the practice of moving money to secret, low-regulated off-shore accounts has played a role in the crimes of money laundering, fraud, and tax evasion.
2734"How to Steal $500 Million"Criminal JusticeNovember 8, 1994 (1994-11-08)1304
The rapid rise and stunning fall of Phar-Mor, and how president/co-founder Michael "Mickey" Monus and other top executives were able to hide one of the largest corporate frauds in U.S. history from the company's auditors.
2745"Hillary's Class"BiographiesNovember 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)1305
The lives of Hillary Clinton and her fellow graduates from the Wellesley College Class of 1969.
2756"The Nicotine War"HealthJanuary 3, 1995 (1995-01-03)1306
A look at FDA commissioner David A. Kessler's efforts to regulate the tobacco industry, and how a Republican-controlled Congress may stymie his mission.
2767"Does T.V. Kill?"Media, social issuesJanuary 10, 1995 (1995-01-10) (90 minutes in length)1307
Al Austin examines how violence on television affects real life.
2778"What Happened to Bill Clinton?"GovernmentJanuary 31, 1995 (1995-01-31)1308
A mosaic of perspectives and insights on Bill Clinton and his performance as U.S. President.
2789"The Godfather of Cocaine"BiographiesFebruary 14, 1995 (1995-02-14) (90 minutes in length)1309
The rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and how he violently amassed a $4 billion fortune through international cocaine smuggling alliances.
27910"The Begging Game"Social issuesFebruary 21, 1995 (1995-02-21)1310
Deborah Amos explores the lives and backgrounds of New York City panhandlers.
28011"Rush Limbaugh's America"BiographiesFebruary 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)1311
The rise of Rush Limbaugh and his influence on both his talk radio & TV audiences and conservative politics.
"Divided Memories (Parts 1 & 2)"HealthApril 4, 1995 (1995-04-04) (2 hours in length)
April 11, 1995 (1995-04-11) (2 hours in length)
Ofra Bikel's 2-part look into the validity of repressed memories in sexual abuse cases. Part 1 examines how memory works and the different kinds of therapies used to help patients remember. Part 2 looks at how remembered abuse has affected families involved and how real memories are distinguished from those that are not true.
28314"The Homecoming"BiographiesApril 25, 1995 (1995-04-25)1314
Two decades after his exile from the USSR, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia, offering words of advice and courage to the struggling people he meets along the way.
28415"When the Bough Breaks"Family/ChildrenMay 2, 1995 (1995-05-02)1315
Intimate hidden-camera looks into how young children's behavior is affected by the fraying of the parent/child bond.
28516"The Vanishing Father"Family/ChildrenMay 16, 1995 (1995-05-16)1316
How living in fatherless households can adversely affect children's behavior no matter the economic status.
28617"The Confessions of RosaLee"MediaMay 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)1317
A look at a Washington, DC woman and the unending loop of crime, prostitution, and addiction surrounding her and her family, and how her Washington Post profile by Leon Dash influenced policymakers and community leaders.
28718"Welcome to Happy Valley"HealthJune 6, 1995 (1995-06-06)1318
A look at Prozac and the controversial practice by one Washington psychologist of prescribing it to all of his patients.
28819"Currents of Fear"HealthJune 13, 1995 (1995-06-13)1319
A look into whether a high incidence of cancer in an Omaha neighborhood is due to an electric substation located there.

Season 14[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
2891"Waco: The Inside Story"Criminal justiceOctober 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)1401
New Yorker correspondent Peter Boyer probes the political infighting inside the FBI's Waco command center and the Justice Department's Washington offices during the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian's compound.
2902"The Search for Satan"HealthOctober 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)1402
A look into whether professed victims of secret cults and ritual abuse were helped by the psychiatric care they received.
2913"High Stakes in Cyberspace"TechnologyOctober 31, 1995 (1995-10-31)1403
Robert Krulwich looks into the "land rush" to stake claims in cyberspace and how these changes will affect society.
2924"Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?"Biographies, mediaNovember 7, 1995 (1995-11-07) (90 minutes in length)1404
A look at Rupert Murdoch's drive to establish the first global telecommunications network, and how his success in media has been dogged by controversy over journalistic standards and political influence.
2935"Natasha and the Wolf"Criminal justiceNovember 14, 1995 (1995-11-14) (90 minutes in length)1405
How a Russian gangster and killer charmed and seduced all who crossed his path, including the state prosecutor who aided in his escape from prison.
2946"Living on the Edge"Social IssuesDecember 12, 1995 (1995-12-12)1406
Bill Moyers follows up with two Milwaukee families he first profiled in a 1991 documentary who, after suffering layoffs from blue-collar employment, now struggle to provide for their families while working less-secure jobs.
2957"The Gulf War"Middle EastJanuary 9, 1996 (1996-01-09) (2 hours in length)1407 (Hour 1)
1408 (Hour 2)
Five years after Operation Desert Storm, a look into the diplomatic maneuvering and military assaults in the Gulf War, as well as the post-war rebellion inside Iraq.
2968"The Long March of Newt Gingrich"BiographiesJanuary 16, 1996 (1996-01-16)1409
Peter J. Boyer offers an investigative biography of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, from his childhood roots through his years of ambition and his becoming the face of the Republican Revolution.
2979"So You Want to Buy a President?"PoliticsJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30) (90 minutes in length)1410
Robert Krulwich looks into the expected flow of cash into the 1996 presidential campaigns and the interests of those who donate the money.
29810"Murder on 'Abortion Row'"Criminal justiceFebruary 6, 1996 (1996-02-06) (2 hours in length)1411
A look into what led abortion opponent John Salvi to carry out fatal shootings at two reproductive health clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1994.
29911"Breast Implants on Trial"HealthFebruary 27, 1996 (1996-02-27) (90 minutes in length)1412
An examination of the medical and legal issues surrounding silicone breast implants.
30012"Smoke in the Eye"MediaApril 2, 1996 (1996-04-02)1413
A look into the internal corporate and journalistic conflicts news organizations deal with in covering big business, centering on the legal battles surrounding ABC and CBS reports on the tobacco industry.
(A co-production with CBC Television's the fifth estate)[7]
30113"Angel on Death Row"BiographiesApril 9, 1996 (1996-04-09)1414
A profile of Sister Helen Prejean, her role as spiritual advisor to death row inmates, and her crusade against the death penalty.
30214"Shtetl"MulticulturalApril 17, 1996 (1996-04-17) (3 hours in length)1320
Marian Marzynski travels to Brańsk, a Polish town struggling to reconcile with its anti-Semitic World War II-era past.
30315"The Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson"BiographiesApril 30, 1996 (1996-04-30) (90 minutes in length)1415
An in-depth look at civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a portrait of race and politics in post-World War II America.
30416"The Kevorkian Verdict"HealthMay 14, 1996 (1996-05-14)1416
The saga of Jack Kevorkian and his role in how America thinks physician-assisted suicides about end-of-life issues.
30517"Does America Still Work?"BusinessMay 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)1417
Jeff Madrick looks behind the political rhetoric to see how companies, workers, and civic leaders are wrestling with global competition and the end of an era of industrial affluence.
30618"The Gate of Heavenly Peace"Foreign AffairsJune 4, 1996 (1996-06-04) (2-1/2 hours in length)1418
A meticulous chronology of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and a contextual history of China's protest movement.

Season 15[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
3071"The Choice 1996"BiographiesOctober 8, 1996 (1996-10-08) (2 hours in length)1501
Profiles of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
3082"The Navy Blues"MilitaryOctober 15, 1996 (1996-10-15)1502
The effects of the Tailhook scandal on the U.S. Navy and the controversy over the introduction of women into combat roles and positions of greater military authority.
3093"Why America Hates the Press"MediaOctober 22, 1996 (1996-10-22)1503
With public respect for the press at an all-time low, several notable journalists take a self-examination into the dynamics of the news business and its effect on American politics.
3104"Loose Nukes"Foreign affairsNovember 19, 1996 (1996-11-19)1504
How weapons-grade plutonium and uranium in the former Soviet Union has become vulnerable to theft.
3115"Secret Daughter"BiographiesNovember 26, 1996 (1996-11-26) (2-1/2 hours in length)1505
Frontline producer June Cross tells her story as the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father (vaudevillian Jimmy Cross), and how her mother kept June and her parentage a secret to protect the career of June's white stepfather (actor Larry Storch).
3126"Betting on the Market"Business/financeJanuary 14, 1997 (1997-01-14)1506
A look at the seduction of investing in the stock market and its implications on Americans' finances.
3137"Six O'Clock News"MediaJanuary 21, 1997 (1997-01-21) (90 minutes in length)1507
Ross McElwee looks at the "nagging metaphysical questions" behind life-shattering events — the type covered (sometimes in graphic fashion) by TV news — and the individuals who lives were altered by the incidents.
3148"What Jennifer Saw"Criminal justiceFebruary 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)1508
Jennifer Thompson recounts her brutal 1984 rape and how she has dealt with the exoneration, thanks to DNA evidence, of the man she mistakenly accused of the crime.
3159"Valentina's Nightmare"AfricaApril 1, 1997 (1997-04-01)1509
A profile of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath centers on a 13-year-old Tutsi girl and her struggle for survival after a machete attack.
31610"Murder, Money, and Mexico"Latin AmericaApril 8, 1997 (1997-04-08)1510
How Mexico's monetary crisis was precipitated by corruption during the sexenio of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
31711"The Fixers"BiographiesApril 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)1511
How a husband-and-wife team parlayed a handful of political contributions into millions in personal wealth — and multiple visits to the White House.
31812"Nuclear Reaction"EnergyApril 22, 1997 (1997-04-22)1512
Richard Rhodes looks at how the general public's aversion toward nuclear power has derailed its progress as a vital energy source.
31913"Little Criminals"Criminal justiceMay 13, 1997 (1997-05-13)1513
A look at violent crimes committed by young children centers on a Richmond, California case in which a 6-year-old badly beat an infant neighbor while stealing a tricycle from the infant's home.
32014"The Opium Kings"War on drugsMay 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)1514
Adrian Cowell looks at the international heroin business, centering on the case of Shan warlord Khun Sa.
32115"Innocence Lost: The Plea"Criminal justiceMay 27, 1997 (1997-05-27) (2 hours in length)1515
Ofra Bikel revisits the Little Rascals day care sexual abuse trial (a subject of Frontline episodes in Seasons 9 & 11), focusing on the fates of the defendants and those who were encouraged to take plea deals from prosecutors.
32216"Hot Guns"Criminal justiceJune 3, 1997 (1997-06-03)1516
Frontline and the Center for Investigative Reporting look into the market of illegal, unregistered, and stolen firearms.
32317"Easy Money"BusinessJune 10, 1997 (1997-06-10)1517
How casino gambling has emerged to become a popular (and legalized) form of adult entertainment.
32418"Nazi Gold"World War IIJune 17, 1997 (1997-06-17)1518
A look at Switzerland's wartime support of Nazi Germany, including its work to replenish Nazi military supplies, its barring of Jewish refugees, and the disappearance of Jewish savings from Swiss banks.
(A co-production with BBC)

Season 16[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
3251"Once Upon a Time in Arkansas"Government/politicsOctober 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)1601
Peter Boyer looks into the deals and relationships at the heart of the Whitewater scandal surrounding First Couple Bill and Hillary Clinton.
3262"The Lost American"BiographiesOctober 14, 1997 (1997-10-14) (90 minutes in length)1602
The mysterious disappearance of Fred Cuny, a maverick humanitarian aid expert who helped millions and fought to change how the world responds to disaster.
3273"Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein"BiographiesOctober 21, 1997 (1997-10-21) (2 hours in length)1603
The secret history of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and its equally formidable political arm, Sinn Féin, which have waged a bloody campaign in Northern Ireland for over a quarter of a century.
3284"Dreams of Tibet"AsiaOctober 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)1604
Orville Schell explores the clash of values between American opinion of China's human rights record (shaped by powerful forces in Hollywood) and an uncomprehending and intransigent Chinese leadership.
3295"A Whale of a Business"Business; environmentNovember 11, 1997 (1997-11-11)1605
A look at America's marine theme park business and the treatment of marine mammals, centering on the plight of the orca whale Keiko.
3306"The Princess and the Press"MediaNovember 18, 1997 (1997-11-18) (90 minutes in length)1606
How the British royal family's relationship with the British press, once governed by unwritten rules of privacy, evolved into the media circus that surrounded Princess Diana in her final years.
3317"Last Battle of the Gulf War"HealthJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20)1607
A definitive account of what's behind the bitter Gulf War Syndrome controversy, as well as the broad scope of veterans affairs and the psychology of war.
3328"My Retirement Dreams"Social issuesFebruary 3, 1998 (1998-02-03)1608
Marian Marzynski takes a personal journal into how older Americans adjust into their retirement years.
3339"The Two Nations of Black America"Social issuesFebruary 10, 1998 (1998-02-10)1609
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks why America has "both the highest black middle class and the largest underclass in our history."
33410"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians"ReligionApril 6, 1998 (1998-04-06) (2 hours in length)1610 (Hour 1)
1612 (Hour 2)
Biblical scholars recount the rise of Christianity within the Roman Empire and the rift between Christians and Jews. Hour 1 profiles Jesus' ministry and the interpretations of His teachings. Hour 2 examines the impact of the Gospels and Christianity's growth from a Jewish sect to its spread across the Roman Empire.
33511"The High Price of Health"HealthApril 14, 1998 (1998-04-14)1614
Hospitals in California and Massachusetts are at the center of this report on the transformation of health care into a profit-driven enterprise.
33612"Busted: America's War on Marijuana"War on drugsApril 28, 1998 (1998-04-28)1615
A look into the effect of government and law enforcement efforts to stem the tide of marijuana use.
33713"Inside the Tobacco Deal"BiographiesMay 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)1616
Lowell Bergman looks at how two Mississippi lawyers took Big Tobacco to the edge of bankruptcy and criminal prosecution.
33814"Secrets of an Independent Counsel"GovernmentMay 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)1617
Donald Smaltz takes viewers inside his investigation of former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, while correspondent Peter Boyer examines how independent counsels such as Smaltz work and how far they'll go to get what they want.
33915"The World's Most Wanted Man"BiographiesMay 26, 1998 (1998-05-26) (90 minutes in length)1618
The hunt for indicted Serbian war leader Radovan Karadzic, and his role in the atrocities and genocide of the Bosnian War.
34016"Fooling With Nature"Health; environmentJune 2, 1998 (1998-06-02)1619
A look at new evidence in the controversy over how dangerous man-made chemicals are to human health and the environment.

Season 17[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
"The Farmer's Wife"Family; farmingSeptember 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) (Part 1; 2 hours in length)
September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22) (Part 2; 2 hours in length)
September 23, 1998 (1998-09-23) (Part 3; 2-1/2 hours in length)
David Sutherland's 3-part profile of a Nebraska farm couple and their struggles to keep their farm and marriage afloat.
(A co-production of David Sutherland Productions and Frontline in association with the Independent Television Service)
3444"Ambush in Mogadishu"Foreign affairs, militarySeptember 29, 1998 (1998-09-29) (90 minutes in length)1704
How a 1993 peacekeeping mission in Somalia involving U.S. special forces went awry, and how it influences current U.S. special forces operations in Afghanistan.
3455"Washington's Other Scandal"Campaign financeOctober 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)1705
A special report by Bill Moyers on the 1996 election campaign, showing how both political parties contrived to bend and break laws regulating campaign donations to their own benefit.
3466"Plague War"Science, warfareOctober 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)1706
A report on the threat of biological weapons, how the Soviet Union secretly amassed an arsenal of such weapons, and how U.S. officials and scientists are racing to find a defense against their use.
3477"The Child Terror"Criminal justiceOctober 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)1707
Peter Boyer looks at Janet Reno's zeal in investigating and prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse, a model that prosecutors across the country would emulate.
3488"Fat"HealthNovember 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)1708
How modern life, biology, genetics, media, and the diet industry influence our relationship with food and the war against obesity.
3499"Snitch"Criminal justiceJanuary 12, 1999 (1999-01-12) (90 minutes in length)1709
The impact of prosecutors' use of informants in prosecuting drug crimes.
35010"Rwanda: The Triumph of Evil"AfricaJanuary 26, 1999 (1999-01-26)1710
How the U.S. and the U.N. ignored the warning signs of the impending Rwandan genocide.
35111"The Execution"Criminal justiceFebruary 9, 1999 (1999-02-09) (90 minutes in length)1711
The impact of the life, crimes, and execution of Clifford Boggess, who was put to death by the state of Texas for two robbery/murders in June 1998.
35212"Russian Roulette"DefenseFebruary 23, 1999 (1999-02-23)1712
An investigation into the safety and security of the Russian nuclear arsenal and the potential for accidental launch or diversion of its nuclear weapons.
35313"Hunting Bin Laden"War on terrorApril 13, 1999 (1999-04-13)1713
A look at Osama Bin Laden, his terror network, and his role in terrorist attacks against American interests.
35414"Spying on Saddam"Foreign affairsApril 27, 1999 (1999-04-27)1714
A look into allegations that UNSCOM, a U.N. commission created to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, was turned by the U.S. into a spy agency against Saddam Hussein.
35515"Give War a Chance"DefenseMay 11, 1999 (1999-05-11)1715
Examining the gulf between what civilian diplomats want and what the military is prepared to deliver.
35616"The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela"BiographiesMay 25, 1999 (1999-05-25) (2 hours in length)1716
An in-depth profile of Nelson Mandela.
35717"Making Babies"HealthJune 1, 1999 (1999-06-01)1717
The revolution in the science of reproduction and the troubling questions it's raising.
35818"Pop"BiographiesJune 22, 1999 (1999-06-22)1718
Joel Meyerowitz and his son go on a trip with Joel's 87-year-old father, Hy Meyerowitz, who still offers wit and wisdom despite the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
35919"The Crash"Business/Economy/FinancialJune 29, 1999 (1999-06-29)1719
How a real estate bust in Thailand became an Asia-wide financial crisis that would ultimately have a worldwide effect.

Season 18[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
3601"John Paul II: The Millennial Pope"BiographiesSeptember 28, 1999 (1999-09-28) (2-1/2 hours in length)1801
A comprehensive biography of John Paul II.
3612"Secrets of the SAT"EducationOctober 5, 1999 (1999-10-05)1802
A look at the obsession over standardized tests, the test scores they produce, and their impact on the college admission process and American education in general.
3623"Mafia Power Play"Criminal justice, sportsOctober 12, 1999 (1999-10-12)1803
An investigation into how Russian organized crime figures are extorting Russian-born National Hockey League players and using those connections to establish a criminal presence in North America.
3634"The Lost Children of Rockdale County"Social Issues, family/children, healthOctober 19, 1999 (1999-10-19) (90 minutes in length)1804
A series of profiles uncovers the overindulging roots of a 1996 outbreak of syphilis among teenagers in the affluent community of Conyers, Georgia.
"Apocalypse"ReligionNovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22) (2 hours in total length)1805 (Hour 1)
1806 (Hour 2)
An examination of apocalyptic beliefs over 2500 years of western cultural history.
3667"Justice for Sale"Politics, jurisprudence, financeNovember 23, 1999 (1999-11-23)1807
Bill Moyers investigates the influence of campaign contributions in the judicial election process and how they may be corrupting the court system. The hour his highlighted by Moyers' interview with U.S. Supreme Court justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, who voice their concerns about the monetary campaign system in judicial races.
3678"The Case for Innocence"Science, criminal justiceJanuary 11, 2000 (2000-01-11) (90 minutes in length)1808
A look into DNA testing in criminal cases and the reluctance of legal & judicial figures and governors to employ such testing — which has led those convicted of rape & murder yet proven innocent through testing to remain imprisoned.
3689"The Killer at Thurston High"TBAJanuary 18, 2000 (2000-01-18) (90 minutes in length)1809
The troubled life of Kipland 'Kip' Kinkel, a 15-year-old Oregon high school student who, in a May 1998 incident, killed both of his parents and then killed 2 classmates and wounded 25 others at his high school.
36910"The Survival of Saddam"BiographiesJanuary 25, 2000 (2000-01-25)1810
A look at Saddam Hussein's rise to power and how he has maintained his grip despite opposition from within and outside Iraq.
37011"Assault on Gay America"Social issuesFebruary 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)1811
Forrest Sawyer explores homophobia's permeation into American society and how it became a catalyst for hate crimes directed at the LGBT community.
"War in Europe"Foreign Affairs, Defense/MilitaryFebruary 22, 2000 (2000-02-22) (2 hours in total length)1812 (Hour 1)
1813 (Hour 2)
Peter Boyer examines the political constraints, internal divisions and miscalculations that shaped in NATO's war against Serbia over the Kosovo region. The broadcast highlighted by an in-depth interview with Wesley Clark, who led the war as NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe.
37314"Dr. Solomon's Dilemma"HealthApril 4, 2000 (2000-04-04)1814
Hedrick Smith profiles the struggle of one Boston doctor and his colleagues over balancing patient care with resulting financial constraints.
37415"What's Up with the Weather?"Science, environment/climateApril 18, 2000 (2000-04-18) (2 hours in length)GLWA000K
A look at the impact of global warming, the political struggle between environmentalists and industrialists, the tentative balance of reducing greenhouse gases with the needs of a technologically-based 21st century world economy.
(A co-production of Frontline and NOVA)
37515"Jefferson's Blood"Biographies, racial issuesMay 2, 2000 (2000-05-02) (90 minutes in length)1815
Shelby Steele examines Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave and mistress Sally Hemings, and follows their descendants as they undergo DNA testing to verify their ancestry.
37616"Return of the Czar"Foreign relationsMay 9, 2000 (2000-05-09)1816
An in-depth look at Russia, almost decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, finds a country becoming more militarized and influenced by anti-Western propaganda — just as Vladimir Putin is set to ascend to the Russian presidency.
37717"The Battle Over School Choice"EducationMay 23, 2000 (2000-05-23)1817
An investigation of the political and educational clash over charter schools, voucher programs, and school choice options, as well as the allure of for-profit inner-city academies.

Season 19[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
3781"The Choice 2000"BiographiesOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02) (2 hours in length)1901
Biographies on presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore.
"Drug Wars (Parts 1 & 2)"War on drugs, historyOctober 9, 2000 (2000-10-09) (2 hours in length)
October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10) (2 hours in length)
A 2-part history of America's war on drugs as told from both sides of the battlefield. Part 1 spans the origins of the anti-drug campaign to the rise & fall of Columbia's drug cartels. Part 2 examines the impact of both the crack cocaine epidemic and Mexico's role in supplying drugs to meet American demand.
3814"The Future of War"MilitaryOctober 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)1904
A look at the U.S. Army's internal debate over evolving from a Cold War force to one ready for 21st century conflicts.
"Real Justice (Parts 1 & 2)"Criminal justiceNovember 14, 2000 (2000-11-14) (90 minutes in length)
November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21) (90 minutes in length)
A 2-part warts-and-all look inside the halls of the Suffolk County, Massachusetts court system (District Court in Part 1, Superior Court in Part 2)
3847"The Clinton Years"BiographiesJanuary 16, 2001 (2001-01-16) (2 hours in length)1907
A look at Bill Clinton's life from the Arkansas governor's mansion through a hard-fought presidential campaign and his eight years in the White House.
(A co-production of Frontline and ABC News' Nightline)
3858"Juvenile Justice"Criminal justiceJanuary 30, 2001 (2001-01-30) (90 minutes in length)1908
An observation of how Santa Clara County, California's juvenile court system prosecutes crimes against a quartet of young offenders (1 white, 2 Hispanic, 1 African American) who have committed violent crimes.
3869"Saving Elian"Foreign relations, family/children, immigrationFebruary 6, 2001 (2001-02-06)1909
Ofra Bikel examines how Elián González became a symbol in the struggle for freedom from Cuban communist oppression that has long enveloped Miami's Cuban-American community.
38710"Hackers"Criminal justice, technologyFebruary 13, 2001 (2001-02-13)1910
A report on the exploits of hackers and how their actions have highlighted the Internet's insecurities.
38811"The Merchants of Cool"Business/Economy/FinancialFebruary 27, 2001 (2001-02-27)1911
Douglas Rushkoff examines the techniques businesses and marketers use to cater to the teenage consumer demographic, as well as the resulting cultural ramifications.
"Organ Farm"Science, health/medicalMarch 27, 2001 (2001-03-27)
April 3, 2001 (2001-04-03)
A 2-part look at xenotransplantation, the experimental process of transplanting genetically modified cells and organs into humans, and the possible benefits and medical risks that may result.
39114"Medicating Kids"Health/MedicalApril 10, 2001 (2001-04-10)1914
An intimate look into the growing use of prescribing behavior-modifying drugs (e.g. Ritalin, Prozac, Adderall) to children, and whether the practice is medically necessary or just a quick fix.
39215"Harvest of Fear"ScienceApril 24, 2001 (2001-04-24) (2 hours in length)1915
A look into the practice of genetically modifying food crops, and whether its potential is a boon or a threat to mankind.
(A co-production of Frontline and NOVA)
39316"LAPD Blues"Criminal justiceMay 15, 2001 (2001-05-15)1916
Peter J. Boyer looks at the reports of police brutality, racism, and corruption surrounding the Los Angeles Police Department.
39417"Blackout"Business, infrastructureJune 5, 2001 (2001-06-05)1917
A look into whether the California electricity crisis was caused by high demand, flawed deregulation, or market manipulation by entrepreneurs in the power utility business.

Season 20[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
3951"Hunting Bin Laden"War on terrorSeptember 13, 2001 (2001-09-13)1713A
Airing two days after the September 11 attacks, this updated version of a Season 17 report retraces the evidence linking Osama Bin Laden and his terror network to 9/11 and other attacks against American interests.
3962"Target America"War on terrorOctober 4, 2001 (2001-10-04)2001
A look at a decades-long division within America's security apparatus over how to deal with Islamic militants.
3973"Looking for Answers"War on terrorOctober 9, 2001 (2001-10-09)2002
Bill Moyers anchors this investigation, led by Lowell Bergman, into why the CIA and FBI failed to uncover the 9/11 hijackers, as well as the U.S. government's failure to fully understand the hatred Muslim fundamentalists have for America and its interests.
(Produced in partnership with The New York Times)
3984"Dangerous Straits"Foreign relationsOctober 18, 2001 (2001-10-18)2003
A look into the troubled diplomatic relations between the United States and China, and how issues over Taiwan and China's support of some Islamic states have fostered the strain.
(Produced in partnership with The New York Times)
3995"Trail of a Terrorist"War on terrorOctober 25, 2001 (2001-10-25)2004
Terence McKenna looks at Ahmed Ressam's trail from North Africa to Canada to an averted attempt to blow up a Los Angeles airport terminal in December 1999.
(A co-production with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
4006"Gunning for Saddam"Middle East, war on terrorNovember 8, 2001 (2001-11-08)2005
A look at the debate within the U.S. government over how to deal with Saddam Hussein over the Iraqi leader's state sponsorship of terrorist activities.
4017"Saudi Time Bomb?"The Middle East & the War on TerrorNovember 15, 2001 (2001-11-15)2006
An exploration into America's fragile post-9/11 ties with Saudi Arabia and whether support within the kingdom toward Islamic fundamentalism threatens the stability of their relationship and the Middle East.
(Produced in partnership with The New York Times)
4028"The Monster That Ate Hollywood"Arts/EntertainmentNovember 22, 2001 (2001-11-22)2007
How multinational conglomerates, profit-minded studio executives, and a yearning to make blockbuster films have changed Hollywood's motion picture industry.
4039"An Ordinary Crime"Criminal justiceJanuary 10, 2002 (2002-01-10) (90 minutes in length)2008
An investigation into a bizarre case of injustice: Terence Garner is implicated, convicted, and sentenced for his role in a robbery and attempted murder, despite sharing only the first name as the man the lead suspect in the crime implicated.
40410"Inside the Terror Network"War on terrorJanuary 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)2009
How the hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks led such outwardly ordinary lives and constructed their plot in seemingly broad daylight.
40511"Dot Con"BusinessJanuary 24, 2002 (2002-01-24)2010
A look into the financial forces behind the unprecedented rise and seemingly overnight fall of the Internet economy.
40612"Inside the Teenage Brain"HealthJanuary 31, 2002 (2002-01-31)2011
How science may help to explain why adolescents behave the way they do, and how it may lead to changes in how we parent, teach, or understand teenagers.
40713"American Porn"Arts/entertainmentFebruary 7, 2002 (2002-02-07)2012
A look at the business of the pornography industry and the emerging political battle against it.
40814"Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV"TransportationFebruary 21, 2002 (2002-02-21)2013
How Detroit's connections with Washington regulators may have led to the popularity of sport utility vehicles, despite safety concerns.
40915"Testing Our Schools"EducationMarch 28, 2002 (2002-03-28)2014
John Merrow examines how a business-like quest for higher test scores is changing teaching and learning in America.
41016"Battle for the Holy Land"Middle EastApril 11, 2002 (2002-04-11)2015
A look into how the Israeli/Palestinian conflict has evolved from sticks & stones into an all-out combat involving commando units, militants, target killings, and suicide bombings.
41117"Requiem for Frank Lee Smith"Criminal justiceApril 11, 2002 (2002-04-11)2016
How a man convicted of rape & murder remained on Florida's death row, despite possible evidence of innocence, and why he wasn't exonerated until 10 months after his death from cancer.
41218"Modern Meat"HealthApril 18, 2002 (2002-04-18)2017
How the meat production industry has become highly mechanizes, and how the industry has gained great control of the meat inspection process.
41319"Did Daddy Do It?"Criminal justiceApril 25, 2002 (2002-04-25)2018
A Frontline investigation calls into question the seemingly ironclad case against a Cuban immigrant convicted of sexually abusing numerous children at his family's day care service in Miami.
41420"Terror and Tehran"Middle EastMay 2, 2002 (2002-05-02)2019
A look into the terror threat from Iran and whether U.S. actions against the country help or hinder moderates' struggle to reform the country's hard-line conservative government.
41521"Muslims"ReligionMay 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) (2 hours in length)2020
A look at the beliefs, identities, perspectives, and tensions that shape the practice of the Muslim religion in the modern world.
41622"The Siege of Bethlehem"Middle EastJune 13, 2002 (2002-06-13)2021
A look at the siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, in which Palestinian militants sought refuge from Israel Defense Forces.
41723"Bigger Than Enron"BusinessJune 20, 2002 (2002-06-20)2022
How market deregulation, an oversight system gone soft, and conflicts of interest between accounts and the companies they were auditing allowed the scandal that engulfed Enron to go unchecked — and why that company's downfall might be only the tip of the iceberg.
41824"Shattered Dreams to Peace: The Road from Oslo"Middle EastJune 27, 2002 (2002-06-27) (2 hours in length)2023
A look into the quest for Middle East peace that began with the Oslo Accords was endlessly threatened, and ultimately undone, by the dynamics of politics and violence on both sides.

Season 21[edit]

No. in
TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
4191"Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero"Religion, psychologySeptember 3, 2002 (2002-09-03) (2 hours in length)2101
An exploration of the various spiritual questions awoken by the September 11 attacks.
4202"Campaign Against Terror"War on terror, militarySeptember 8, 2002 (2002-09-08) (2 hours in length)2102
The behind-the-scenes story of the U.S. and global response to the September 11 attacks and the war in Afghanistan.
4213"The Man Who Knew"Biographies, war on terrorOctober 3, 2002 (2002-10-03) (90 minutes in length)2103
The story of FBI agent John P. O'Neill, an FBI counter-terrorism expert whose warnings about al Qaeda fell generally on deaf ears. Pressured to leave the bureau, he became security director for the World Trade Center, where he died during the September 11 attacks.
4224"Missile Wars"MilitaryOctober 10, 2002 (2002-10-10)2104
A look at the issue of missile defense of the U.S. and how it fits into American military strategy after 9/11.
4235"A Crime of Insanity"Criminal justice, healthOctober 17, 2002 (2002-10-17)2105
An examination of the personal, political, and societal fallout from the colliding of the legal and psychiatric worlds, centering on the 1994 story of a paranoid schizophrenic who held a college classroom hostage.
4246"Let's Get Married"Family/childrenNovember 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)2106
Alex Kotlowitz explores the decreasing prominence of marriage and whether government should have a role in strengthening the institution.
4257"In Search of Al Qaeda"Afghanistan/PakistanNovember 21, 2002 (2002-11-21)2107
How, despite American forces crushing the Taliban in Afghanistan, members of the Al Qaeda network managed to escape out of Afghanistan.
4268"Much Ado About Something"Arts/entertainmentJanuary 2, 2003 (2003-01-02) (90 minutes in length)2108
A look into whether Christopher Marlowe was the actual writer of plays and poems long credited to William Shakespeare.
4279"A Dangerous Business"Business/Economy/FinancialJanuary 9, 2003 (2003-01-09)2109
An investigation into whether McWane Inc. prioritized the production and profitability of its iron ore foundries ahead of worker and environmental safety.
(A joint investigation of Frontline, The New York Times, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
42810"Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr"Family/ChildrenJanuary 30, 2003 (2003-01-30)2110
A probe into the death of a 5-year-old girl in foster care in Maine examines what led to her decline in well being and whether she should have been placed in foster care in the first place.
42911"Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files"Family/ChildrenFebruary 6, 2003 (2003-02-06) (2 hours in length)2111
A companion to "The Taking of Logan Marr," Hour 1 of this episode follows the work of a group of foster care caseworkers. Hour 2 is a town hall-style discussion on child welfare policy.
43012"China in the Red"Foreign Affairs/Defense/MilitaryFebruary 13, 2003 (2003-02-13) (2 hours in length)2112
This documentary chronicles 3 years in the lives and struggles of Chinese citizens caught up in the country's social and economic transformation.
43113"The War Behind Closed Doors"Middle East, War on TerrorFebruary 20, 2003 (2003-02-20)2113
An investigation into the Bush administration's desire to go to war with Iraq and whether the publicly stated reasons (e.g. fear of weapons of mass destruction) are masking the real reasons for war.
43214"The Long Road to War"Middle East, War on TerrorMarch 17, 2003 (2003-03-17) (2 hours in length)0000
This special report draws on Frontline's previous reportage on Iraq to examine the conflict between the U.S. and Saddam Hussein that has led to the brink of war.
43315"Blair's War"Foreign relations, war on terrorApril 3, 2003 (2003-04-03)2114
An examination of Prime Minister Tony Blair's role in support of the Iraq War (despite strong opposition in the United Kingdom) and how it has laid bare the strain of relations between the U.S. and its western allies.
43416"Kim's Nuclear Gamble"Foreign Affairs/Defense/MilitaryApril 10, 2003 (2003-04-10)2115
A look at the unstable relationship between the U.S. and North Korea and how the world has wound up on the brink of a nuclear showdown with the "Hermit Kingdom."
43517"Cyber War!"Science & Technology, counter-terrorismApril 24, 2003 (2003-04-24)2116
How the U.S. infrastructure faces real vulnerability in a new battleground — cyberspace.
43618"Burden of Innocence"Criminal JusticeMay 1, 2003 (2003-05-01)2117
Profiles of recently released inmates who, despite receiving full exoneration for crimes they did not commit, do not receive any financial compensation or transitional assistance from the states that wrongfully imprisoned them.
43719"The Wall Street Fix"Business/Economy, Financial CrisisMay 8, 2003 (2003-05-08)2118
Hedrick Smith looks at the hidden ties that enabled big banks and Wall Street insiders to profit while leaving ordinary investors holding worthless stock.
43820"The Other Drug War"Health/MedicalJune 19, 2003 (2003-06-19)2120
Examining the battle between states and the pharmaceutical industry over the high cost of prescription drugs.
TBATBA"Public Schools, Inc."EducationJuly 3, 2003 (2003-07-03)2119
A look into "edupreneur" Chris Whittle and his Edison Schools, and whether it's possible to run better public schools that also turn a profit.
(A joint investigation by Frontline, The NewsHour's "Merrow Report," and The New York Times)

Season 22[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
4401"Truth, War, and Consequences"Middle EastOctober 9, 2003 (2003-10-09) (90 minutes in length)2201
Martin Smith examines the justification for America's war in Iraq, what went wrong in post-war planning, and what's at stake for both countries.
4412"Chasing the Sleeper Cell"War on terrorOctober 16, 2003 (2003-10-16)2202
A look at the Lackawanna Six, whether they were an Al Qaeda sleeper cell (as government officials claimed), and whether the powers the FBI and CIA have been granted by the Patriot Act have any effectiveness.
4423"The Alternative Fix"Health/MedicalNovember 6, 2003 (2003-11-06)2203
The embrace and business of and questionable science behind alternative medicine is examined.
4434"Dangerous Prescription"Health/MedicalNovember 13, 2003 (2003-11-13)2204
A look at the integrity of America's drug safety system, the influence of pharmaceutical companies on the FDA's drug approval process, and whether that process is adequate in protecting the American public.
4445"Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?"BiographiesNovember 20, 2003 (2003-11-20) (3 hours in length)1205
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary week of the Kennedy assassination, this encore of a 1993 episode explores the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and whether he was the man responsible for killing Kennedy.
4456"From China with Love"Foreign affairs, counter-intelligenceJanuary 15, 2004 (2004-01-15)2205
The story of Katrina Leung, an FBI asset (code named "Parlor Maid") who, the U.S. government alleges, conspired with her FBI handler and lover, Special Agent James J. Smith, compromised American intelligence on behalf of China's Ministry of State Security.
4467"Chasing Saddam's Weapons"War on terrorJanuary 22, 2004 (2004-01-22)2206
BBC reporter Jane Corbin looks at the high-stakes hunt for Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and whether the ultimate results will justify the Bush administration's call for war.
(A BBC production in association with Frontline)
4478"Beyond Baghdad"Middle EastFebruary 12, 2004 (2004-02-12)2207
Martin Smith journeys the length and breadth of Iraq to examine what it will take to stabilize the fractured country, establish democracy, and transfer power to its people.
4489"Tax Me if You Can"Business/EconomyFebruary 19, 2004 (2004-02-19)2208
Hedrick Smith looks at the use of tax shelters by corporations and wealthy individuals, the role of accounting firms in these deals, and how ordinary taxpayers wind up footing the bill.
44910"The Invasion of Iraq"Middle EastMarch 9, 2004 (2004-03-09) (2 hours in length)2209
A look at the strategies, key battles, surprises, and turning points of the Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(A Mentorn production for Frontline and Channel 4)
45011"Ghosts of Rwanda"Foreign affairs, AfricaApril 1, 2004 (2004-04-01) (2 hours in length)2210
An eyewitness account of 1994 Rwandan genocide and how it went unchallenged by the global community.
(A Frontline co-production with the BBC and Silverbridge Productions Limited)
45112"Diet Wars"Health/MedicalApril 8, 2004 (2004-04-08)2211
How various diets are competing for marketshare and the attention of those wanting to shed weight, how they often contradict each other, and whether they actually work.
45213"Son of Al Qaeda"Biographies, war on terrorApril 22, 2004 (2004-04-22)2213
The story of Abdurahman Khadr, who was raised to be an Al Qaeda terrorist (his father was a longtime friend of Osama bin Laden) yet became an anti-terror informant for the CIA.
(A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation production for Frontline)
45314"The Jesus Factor"Politics, religionApril 29, 2004 (2004-04-29)2212
How his Christian faith plays a role in George W. Bush's governance and how his views mirror those of America's politically influential evangelical movement.
45415"The Way the Music Died"Arts & entertainmentMay 27, 2004 (2004-05-27)2214
How everything from industry consolidation to internet piracy to MTV have contributed to a perfect storm that envelopes and endangers the music industry.
45516"The Plea"Criminal justiceJune 17, 2004 (2004-06-17) (90 minutes in length)2215
An examination of the push to resolve criminal cases through plea bargains and its moral, judicial, and constitutional implications on the American jurisprudence system.
45617"Sacred Ground"Business, infrastructureSeptember 7, 2004 (2004-09-07)2216
A look at the debate over redeveloping the World Trade Center site and the design of the Freedom Tower.

Season 23[edit]

No. in
TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
4571"The Choice 2004"BiographiesOctober 12, 2004 (2004-10-12) (2 hours in length)2301
Biographies on presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry.
4582"Rumsfeld's War"Military/defenseOctober 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)2302
A look at the aggressive attempts by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his allies to assert civilian control on the United States Military.
(A joint report by Frontline and The Washington Post)
4593"The Persuaders"Business, marketingNovember 9, 2004 (2004-11-09) (90 minutes in length)2303
Douglas Rushkoff takes an in-depth look at the "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations, and how marketers have developed new ways of deciphering and creating marketing messages that resonate with and influence Americans.
4604"Is Wal-Mart Good for America?"Business/EconomyNovember 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)2304
Hedrick Smith examines whether Wal-Mart, in its zeal to offer low-cost goods to shoppers, is the main force driving the production of American products to China (resulting in a decreased standard of living back home).
4615"The Secret History of the Credit Card"Business/EconomyNovember 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)2305
Lowell Bergman looks at how credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry, whose marking, techniques, and political influence have contributed to a rise in personal debt and bankruptcies.
(A joint investigation of Frontline and The New York Times)
4626"Al Qaeda's New Front"War on terrorJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)2306
An investigation into the threat radical jihadists pose to Western Europe and its allies, as well as the related challenges posed to intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic.
(A joint investigation by Frontline, The New York Times, and CBC Television's The Fifth Estate)
4637"House of Saud"Foreign affairsFebruary 8, 2005 (2005-02-08) (2 hours in length)2307
A look at how Saudi Arabia's ruling royal family has maintained its hold on power in the face of ever-growing tensions between Islam and modernity, as well as its relations with the U.S. from the 1930s to the present day.
4648"A Company of Soldiers"Iraq WarFebruary 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)2308
An intimate look from inside the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad as it faces a dramatic increase in insurgent attacks.
4659"The Soldier's Heart"Psychology, militaryMarch 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)2309
A look at soldiers who return home bearing psychological trauma from their war experience, and whether the government is making any effort to help.
46610"Israel's Next War"Middle EastApril 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)2311
Dan Setton's investigation of the rise of right-wing religious extremism in Israel and how it could play as a "spoiler" in peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
46711"Karl Rove: The Architect"BiographiesApril 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)2310
A look into the political history and modus operandi of Karl Rove, who has been on the inside of every political and policy decision of the Bush administration.
(A joint report by Frontline and The Washington Post)
46812"Death of a Princess"Middle EastApril 19, 2005 (2005-04-19) (2 hours in length)2312
An re-airing of Antony Thomas' controversial 1980 docudrama (which aired on Frontline's predecessor program World) depicting the public execution of a Saudi Arabian princess and her lover for adultery. The rebroadcast features new interviews with those involved with the film, a look at the controversies that surrounded it, and how the lives of Arab women have and have not changed in 25 years.
46913"The New Asylums"Health, criminal justiceMay 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)2313
A close-up look inside Ohio's state prison system highlights this exploration of the issue of mentally ill inmates serving time in America's prisons and jails.
47014"A Jew Among the Germans"World War IIMay 31, 2005 (2005-05-31)2314
Holocaust survivor Marian Marzynski sets out to find out how Germans are willing to build a memorial to the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust — and in turn how Germans young and old are dealing with their country's dark history.
47115"Private Warriors"Middle EastJune 21, 2005 (2005-06-21)2315
Martin Smith examines the use of private contractors to provide armed protection and logistical support to U.S. forces in the Iraq War.
47216"The O.J. Verdict"Criminal justice, race/multiculturalOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04)2316
A look at the "perfect storm" that was the O. J. Simpson murder case and the reactions and thoughts 10 years after Simpson's acquittal.

Season 24[edit]

No. in
TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
4731"The Torture Question"War on terrorOctober 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)2401
How decisions within the Bush administration led to its robust yet controversial policy of applying "coercive interrogation" on enemy fighters in the war on terror.
4742"The Last Abortion Clinic"HealthNovember 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)2402
How pro-life advocates have waged a successful campaign to enact state laws regulating and limiting the availability of abortion services.
4753"The Storm"Infrastructure, politicsNovember 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)2403
Martin Smith reviews the response of key political figures before and after Hurricane Katrina's destruction on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
"Country Boys"BiographiesJanuary 9, 2006 (2006-01-09) (2 hours in length)
January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10) (2 hours in length)
January 11, 2006 (2006-01-11) (2 hours in length)
David Sutherland's 3-part documentary profile of two boys struggling to overcome hardship and poverty while coming of age in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky.
4797"Sex Slaves"Social issuesFebruary 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)2408
An undercover exploration of the world of global sex trafficking and how it has gone unchecked, centering on one man's journey to liberate his kidnapped wife from the sex trade.
(A co-production of Frontline, Channel 4, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canal D)
4808"The Meth Epidemic"Health, social issuesFebruary 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)2407
An investigation into how and why methamphetamine abuse has become the fastest-growing drug abuse problem in America.
(A reporting partnership of Frontline and The Oregonian)
4819"The Insurgency"Middle EastFebruary 21, 2006 (2006-02-21)2409
A look at the people who are fighting against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, the civilians who have been targeted, and whether the insurgents can be contained.
48210"The Tank Man"Biographies, foreign affairsApril 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)2410
Antony Thomas searches for the identity of the unknown protester who stood before a column of Chinese army tanks in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, while in the process examining the cultural and technological divides in China and how its government has sought to erase the protests from the country's collective history.
(A co-production with Channel 4)
48311"Can You Afford to Retire?"Economics/financialMay 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)2411
Hedrick Smith looks at how pension cuts, corporate bankruptcies, and stock market upheaval have led to the crisis for baby boomers: Whether they'll have enough money to live off of during their retirement years.
"The Age of AIDS (Parts 1 & 2)"Health/MedicalMay 30, 2006 (2006-05-30) (2 hours in length)
May 31, 2006 (2006-05-31) (2 hours in length)
A look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic, covering the early concerns, subsequent medical advancements, and cultural and political fears that have been alleviated or still linger in the 25 years since the disease was first diagnosed.
48614"The Dark Side"Foreign affairs, war on terrorJune 20, 2006 (2006-06-20) (90 minutes in length)2414
Interviews and documented evidence buoy this investigation into the Bush administration's mission (spearheaded by Vice President Dick Cheney) to expand executive power, transform American intelligence, bring the war on terror to Iraq, and project American superiority worldwide in the years post-9/11.

Season 25[edit]

No. in
TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
4871"Return of the Taliban"Afghanistan/PakistanOctober 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)2501
Reports from the lawless Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and reveals how the area has fallen under the control of a resurgent Taliban militia.
4882"The Enemy Within"War on terrorOctober 10, 2006 (2006-10-10)2502
Lowell Bergman looks at major domestic terrorism cases and reveals major flaws in the U.S. government's investigation efforts.
(Co-produced with The New York Times)
4893"The Lost Year in Iraq"Middle EastOctober 17, 2006 (2006-10-17)2503
A look at multiple failures in the reconstruction efforts headed by the ORHA and the CPA, and how those involved became hardened to the realities of post-Saddam Iraq.
4904"A Hidden Life"Politics, mediaNovember 14, 2006 (2006-11-14)2504
A look into the scandal surrounding Spokane mayor Jim West, who gained prominence as a socially conservative politician yet, as revealed by a Spokesman-Review sting, surfed online for sexual relationships with young men.
4915"Living Old"HealthNovember 21, 2006 (2006-11-21)2415
A look into the repercussions of Americans living longer than ever (into their 80s and 90s) on not only them and their loved ones, but on the American health care system.
4926"Hand of God"Religion, family/childrenJanuary 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)2507
Joe Cultrera documents efforts by his brother, Paul, to reveal Paul's abuse by their Catholic church priest in the 1960s.
49711"So Much So Fast"Health, familyApril 3, 2007 (2007-04-03) (90 minutes in length)2508
Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan's profile of Stephen Heywood, his family, and their response to Stephen's being diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
49812"Gangs of Iraq"Middle EastApril 17, 2007 (2007-04-17)ACRO103
A look at how U.S. forces' training efforts to retrain Iraq's army and police force so that they can combat the country's post-war violence.
49913"Hot Politics"EnvironmentApril 24, 2007 (2007-04-24)2510
How bi-partisan political and economic forces prevented the U.S. government from confronting what may be one of the most serious problems facing humanity today — climate change — and how state & local governments and the private sector are filling the leadership void on the topic.
(An investigation by Frontline and the Center for Investigative Reporting)
"The Mormons"ReligionApril 30, 2007 (2007-04-30) (2 hours in length)
May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01) (2 hours in length)
A two-part profile, produced with American Experience, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; how it grew to become an influential religion; and how it often remains misunderstood in American life.
50216"When Kids Get Life"TBAMay 8, 2007 (2007-05-08)2511
50317"Spying on the Home Front"National securityMay 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)2512
Hedrick Smith profiles how the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and whether it is jeopardizing Americans' privacy and civil liberties.
50418"Endgame"Middle EastJune 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)2513
How strategic and tactical mistakes and an early mandate to create a quick American exit led to the chaos and sectarian strife that has brought Iraq to the brink of civil war.

News War[edit]

As part of its 25th season, Frontline presented a four-part series titled News War.[8] Featuring 3 Frontline episodes and a fourth on its offshoot series Frontline World, News War explored the news media's reaction to the various internal and external forces (political, cultural, legal, economic) that changes and challenges its role in society. News War was a co-production of Frontline and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
4937"News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin, Part I"MediaFebruary 13, 2007 (2007-02-13)2505
Lowell Bergman explores controversies over journalism's use of anonymous sources, the relationship between the press and the Bush administration, and the unintended (and damaging) consequences of the Valerie Plame investigation.
4948"News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin, Part II"MediaFebruary 20, 2007 (2007-02-20)2505A
A look into recent First Amendment legal battles between the U.S. government and the press, how and why reporters are compelled to reveal their confidential sources, and how much the press can reveal about government secrecy in the war on terror.
4959"News War: What's Happening with the News"MediaFebruary 27, 2007 (2007-02-27)2506
How mainstream media and in-depth reporting has been upended in a changing world of profit pressures, corporate cost cutting, and increased competition from cable news networks and the internet.
49610"News War: Stories from a Small Planet"MediaMarch 27, 2007 (2007-03-27)2506A
In Frontline World's entry in the News War series, Greg Barker looks at the international forces influencing journalism and politics, specifically the rise of Al Jazeera and its impact on Arab media and the clash between the West and Islam.

Season 26[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
5051"Cheney's Law"Politics, war on terrorOctober 16, 2007 (2007-10-16)2601
How Vice President Dick Cheney pulled levers of power to give the presidency extraordinary executive power in times of war, even without the approval of Congress or review from the court system.
5062"Showdown with Iran"Middle EastOctober 23, 2007 (2007-10-23)2602
A look at Iran's rise to power in the Middle East and its challenge to the U.S. for influence in the region.
5073"The Undertaking"HealthOctober 30, 2007 (2007-10-30)2603
A look into the ritual of caring for the dead and their survivors, as seen through a family-owned funeral service in Michigan.
5084"On Our Watch"Foreign AffairsNovember 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)2604
How the United Nations, and the international community in general, failed to stop the Darfur genocide.
5095"The Medicated Child"Health/MedicalJanuary 8, 2008 (2008-01-08)2605
A look at the increase in diagnoses of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders in children, and how they're being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs that have had little or no prior testing.
5106"Growing Up Online"Technology, youth/familyJanuary 22, 2008 (2008-01-22)2606
How a whole generation has grown up with access to the internet and social media, and the risks and realities they face in the online world.
5117"A Dangerous Business Revisited"Business/Economy/FinancialFebruary 5, 2008 (2008-02-05)2109-003
Lowell Bergman revisits a Season 21 report on worker safety concerns at McWane's iron ore plants, and how the company has changed its ways in the face of regulatory and legal woes after the report.
(A Frontline co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Inc.)
5128"Rules of Engagement"Middle EastFebruary 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)2607
An examination of a 2005 massacre of unarmed civilians by Marine forces in Haditha, which led to one of the largest criminal cases against U.S. troops in the Iraq War.
"Bush's War"Middle East, War on TerrorMarch 23, 2008 (2008-03-23) (2 hours in length)
March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24) (2 hours in length)
A two part analysis of the Iraq War looks at the war's beginnings, how it has been fought, and the conflicts within the Bush administration over its progress.
51511"Bad Voodoo's War"Iraq WarApril 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)2610
Deborah Scranton provides cameras to California National Guard soldiers (part of "The Bad Voodoo Platoon"), allowing them to tell their own stories of deployment in Iraq.
51612"Sick Around the World"Health/MedicalApril 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)2611
T.R. Reid examines the health care systems of Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the U.K. to see if any of their processes can be added to the U.S. system.
51713"Storm Over Everest"BiographiesMay 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)2612
David Breashears tells the story of what happened on a 1996 climb of Mount Everest, when a fast-moving blizzard trapped two climbing teams and led to the deaths of 8 climbers.
51814"Young & Restless in China"Asia, biographiesJune 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)2614
An intimate look into the lives of nine young Chinese as they scramble to keep pace with a fast-changing society.

Season 27[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
5191"The Choice 2008"BiographiesOctober 14, 2008 (2008-10-14) (2 hours in length)2701
Profiles of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.
5202"Heat"EnvironmentOctober 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)2613
Martin Smith (documentarian) looks at how oil and coal companies, electric utilities, and car manufacturers are reshaping their approach to the environment after years of resistance to change.
5213"The War Briefing"Foreign affairsOctober 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)2702
Diplomats and strategists offer a look into the foreign policy choices the next U.S. President will face.
5224"Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story"BiographiesNovember 11, 2008 (2008-11-11) (90 minutes in length)2703
Stefan Forbes' documentary profile of Lee Atwater, the Machiavellian (and influential) GOP campaign operative who sought forgiveness from those hurt by his "politics as war" tactics before succumbing to a brain tumor at 40.
5235"The Hugo Chávez Show"BiographiesNovember 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)2704
An illuminating look at Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, his mercurial rise to power, and how the mercurial leader has sparked socialist revolutions not only throughout his country but also through television.
5246"The Old Man and the Storm"CitiesJanuary 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)2705
The difficulties of rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans as seen through producer June Cross' profile of 82-year-old Herbert Gettridge and his family, and how urban planning, public health, and insurance industry decisions affected their attempts to rebuild their homes and lives.
5257"Dreams of Obama"BiographiesJanuary 20, 2009 (2009-01-20)2706
On the day Barack Obama takes office, Michael Kirk explores how Obama's life experiences and political career allowed him to his becoming America's first black president.
5268"My Father, My Brother and Me"HealthFebruary 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)2707
Dave Iverson explores the scientific, ethical, and political debates that surround Parkinson's disease, speaking with scientists exploring cutting-edge cures and therapies, as well as fellow Parkinson's sufferers (Iverson was diagnosed with the disease in 2004).
(A joint production of Frontline and ITVS)
5279"Inside the Meltdown"Business/EconomyFebruary 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)2708
How the financial crisis developed, why investment banks went under or had to be bailed out, and what the US Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve Chairman could and could not fix.
52810"Ten Trillion and Counting"Business/EconomyMarch 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)2709
The causes, potential outcomes of, and possible solutions to the growing U.S. public debt ($10 trillion and counting).
52911"Sick Around America"HealthMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)2710
How a worsening economy, major illnesses, and insurance company decisions are impacting the American health care system.
53012"Black Money"Business/EconomyApril 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)2711
Lowell Bergman examines the shadowy world of international bribery, and how multinational companies maneuver to get billions of dollars in business.
53113"Poisoned Waters"EnvironmentApril 21, 2009 (2009-04-21)2712
Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and ecosystem caused by polluted U.S. waterways, as well as the difficulties to keep our waters clean.
53214"The Released"Criminal JusticeApril 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)2713
What happens to mentally ill prisoners when they finish their time and leave prison, and why they return to incarceration at such alarming rates.
53315"The Madoff Affair"Business/EconomyMay 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)2714
Unraveling the story behind the world's first global Ponzi Scheme.
53416"Breaking the Bank"Business/EconomyJune 16, 2009 (2009-06-16)2715
The inside story of how big bets and hopes of billions of dollars in revenues led instead to massive losses for investment banks, in particular Bank of America.

Season 28[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
5351"Obama's War"Foreign affairsOctober 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)2801
A look at American counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.
5362"The Warning"Business/EconomyOctober 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)2802
An examination into why the financial crisis happened and how it might have been prevented, in particular the hesitancy to regulate the derivatives markets.
5373"Close to Home"Business/EconomyOctober 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)2803
Ofra Bikel turns to a New York City hair salone she frequents and sees the struggles of a small business owner, her sister's risk of imminent foreclosure on her Florida home, and how their various clients are getting buy in turbulent financial times.
5384"Alaska Gold"EnvironmentNovember 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)2804
The growing battle in Alaska's Bristol Bay region between two industries — fishermen who prise the bay's salmon population, and mining companies who want to reap its enormous mineral deposits.
5395"A Death in Tehran"Middle EastNovember 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)2805
How Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death during election protests, became the face of amovement that threatened the hard-line Iranian government's hold on power.
TBATBA"The Card Game"Business/Economy/Financial CrisisNovember 24, 2009 (2009-11-24)2806
Investigating the massive consumer loan industry and what's ahead for customers and banks.
TBATBA"Digital Nation"Family/ChildrenFebruary 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)2809
Explores what it means to be human in the digital world.
TBATBA"Flying Cheap"TransportationFebruary 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)0000
How low-cost airlines and regional carriers have changed the airline business, and whether safety has been sacrificed in the quest for greater profits.
TBATBA"Behind Taliban Lines"Afghanistan/Pakistan, Iraq/War on TerrorFebruary 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)0000
An Afghan journalist's 10 days living with an insurgent cell allied with Al Qaeda who plan to sabotage a key U.S./NATO supply route.
TBATBA"The Suicide Tourist"TBAMarch 2, 2010 (2010-03-02)0000
Frontline investigates suicide tourism by following a Chicago native as he travels to Switzerland in order to take his life with help of a nonprofit organization that legally assists suicides.
TBATBA"The Quake"TBAMarch 30, 2010 (2010-03-30)0000
Frontline takes an in depth look at the 2010 earthquake in Haiti examining problems with relief efforts, issues with governmental management, and the earthquake's effects on people's lives.
TBATBA"Obama's Deal"TBAApril 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)0000
Frontline examines the Obama administration and its efforts to pass a health care reform bill.
TBATBA"The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan"TBAApril 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)0000
TBATBA"The Vaccine War"Health/MedicalApril 27, 2010 (2010-04-27)0000
Examining the debate over medical risks vs. benefits and related vaccine controversies.
TBATBA"College, Inc."TBAMay 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)0000
Frontline investigates for-profit colleges and universities. It examines their recruitment methods, their online curriculum, and connections to big business.
TBATBA"The Wounded Platoon"Military; healthMay 18, 2010 (2010-05-18)2812
A look at the violence, depression, and stress exhibited by a platoon of Iraq War veterans whose members who have committed murder, assault, and suicide.
TBATBA"Law & Disorder"Criminal justiceAugust 25, 2010 (2010-08-25)2818
A look into several questionable shootings by the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
TBATBA"God in America"ReligionOctober 11, 2010 (2010-10-11)0000
400-year history of religion and public life in the United States of America, in partnership with American Experience.

Season 29[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA"Death by Fire"Criminal JusticeOctober 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)2901
At the center of the national death penalty debate today is the controversial case of Cameron Todd Willingham, put to death for the arson-murder of his three little girls. But was he guilty?[9]
TBATBA"The Spill"TBAOctober 26, 2010 (2010-10-26)0000
Frontline investigates BP's record of safety violations and accidents in the years leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf.
TBATBA"The Confessions"TBANovember 9, 2010 (2010-11-09)0000
Frontline looks at the case of Norfolk Four in which four men were convicted of the rape and murder of a woman on the basis of coerced confessions.
TBATBA"Facing Death"Health/MedicalNovember 23, 2010 (2010-11-23)2904
The end-of-life choices made by physicians and families
Foreign affairsJanuary 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)2905
War on terrorJanuary 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)0000
TBATBATBATransportationJanuary 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)0000
Criminal justiceFebruary 1, 2011 (2011-02-01)0000
Foreign Affairs/Defense/MilitaryFebruary 22, 2011 (2011-02-22)0000
SportsMarch 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)0000
TBATBATBABiographiesMarch 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)0000

Season 30[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA"Opium Brides"TBAJanuary 3, 2012 (2012-01-03)0000
Frontline reports on the unexpected collateral damage of the counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan.
TBATBA"Nuclear Aftershocks"Environment, Health/Science/TechnologyJanuary 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)0000
Frontline travels to three continents to explore the debate about nuclear power: Is it safe? What are the alternatives? And could a Fukushima-style disaster.[10] happen in the U.S.?[11]
TBATBA"The Interrupters"Biographies, Criminal JusticeFebruary 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)0000
An intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.[12]
TBATBA"Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown"Environment, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Health/Science/TechnologyFebruary 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)0000
An unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.[10]
TBATBA"Murdoch's Scandal"TBAMarch 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)0000
TBATBA"The Real CSI"Criminal JusticeApril 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)0000
How reliable is the science behind forensics? A Frontline investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science.[13]
TBATBA"Money, Power and Wall Street"Money, Power and Wall StreetApril 24, 2012 (2012-04-24) – May 1, 20120000
Frontline tells the inside story of the global financial crisis.[14] (four one-hour episodes, May 4 premier concluded).
TBATBA"Cell Tower Deaths"TBAMay 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)0000
Learn about the hidden cost of better and faster cell phone service, and about unreliable medical evidence in several child death cases.
TBATBA"Six Billion Dollar Bet"TBAMay 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)0000
TBATBA"Al Qaeda in Yemen"TBAMay 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)0000
Frontline travels into the heart of Yemen's radical heartland, and shows how Al Queda is taking control of towns and cities in an attempt to establish its own state.
TBATBA"Dollars and Dentists"TBAJune 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)0000
Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans cannot afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by Frontline and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net.
TBATBA"Endgame: Aids in Black America"TBAJuly 10, 2012 (2012-07-10)0000
Nearly half of the one million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children. Trace the history of the AIDS epidemic through the experiences of individuals who tell their stories.
TBATBA"Fast Times at West Philly High"TBAJuly 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)0000
Students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution.
TBATBA"Middle School Moment"TBAJuly 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)0000
TBATBA"Alaska Gold"Business/Economy/Financial, Environment, Health/Science/TechnologyJuly 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)0000
Frontline probes the fault lines of a growing battle in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, home to the world's last great wild sockeye salmon fishery-and enormous mineral deposits.[15]
TBATBA"The Battle for Syria"Foreign Affairs/DefenseSeptember 18, 2012 (2012-09-18)0000
Frontline takes you inside the heart of the insurgency, where rebel groups are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al Assad.
TBATBA"Dropout Nation"Education in the United StatesSeptember 25, 2012 (2012-09-25)0000
What does it take to save a student?[16]
TBATBA"The Choice 2012"Government/Elections/PoliticsOctober 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)0000
2012 United States presidential election
TBATBA"Climate of Doubt"Climate change denial and the climate change controversy regarding public opinion on climate changeOctober 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)0000
Featured Tim Phillips (political strategist) of Americans for Prosperity, Andrew Dessler, Bob Inglis a US Republican Representative who lost after to not denying anthropogenic climate change (global warming), Steve Coll, the Heartland Institute, Donors Trust, Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle, and others.[17]
TBATBA"Big Sky, Big Money"Government/Elections/PoliticsOctober 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)0000
A discussion of the impacts of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
TBATBA"The Suicide Plan"TBANovember 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)0000
Explore the shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred.
TBATBA"Poor Kids"Business/Economy/FinancialNovember 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)0000
Poverty And surrounding issues in USA.

Season 31[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA"Secret War / Opium Brides"TBAJanuary 3, 2012 (2012-01-03)0000
TBATBA"The Education of Michelle Rhee"Education, Family/ChildrenJanuary 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)0000
Biography and in depth look at one of the most controversial educational reformers in the modern era.
TBATBA"Inside Obama's Presidency "Government/Elections/PoliticsJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)0000
A look inside the first term of the Barack Obama presidency and an eye to the second.
TBATBA"The Untouchables "Business/Economy/Financial, Government/Elections/PoliticsJanuary 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)0000
A look inside the lack of prosecutions on Wall Street after The Great Recession
TBATBA"Cliffhanger "Business/Economy/Financial, Government/Elections/PoliticsFebruary 12, 2013 (2013-02-12)0000
The inside history of how Washington has failed to solve the country's problems of debt and deficit
TBATBA"Newtown Divided "Social IssuesFebruary 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)0000
In depth look at the Newtown shooting and all surrounding issues.
TBATBA"Raising Adam Lanza "Biographies, Criminal JusticeFebruary 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)0000
In depth look at the history of Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter.
TBATBA"Kind Hearted Woman"BiographiesApril 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)0000
A portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation.
TBATBA"Syria Behind the Lines"Foreign Affairs/DefenseApril 9, 2013 (2013-04-09)0000
Everyday life of both the Syrian rebels and the Bashar al-Assad regime.
TBATBA"The Retirement Gamble"Business/Economy/Financial, Social IssuesApril 23, 2013 (2013-04-23)0000
Reform and common pitfalls in regards to retirement, IRA's and 401k, and less risky and less costly index funds.[18]
TBATBA"Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings"Iraq/War on TerrorApril 30, 2013 (2013-04-30)0000
An updated version of Top Secret America which traces the journey from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the 12-year battle against terrorism.
TBATBA"Never Forget to Lie"Family/Children, Social IssuesMay 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)0000
Filmmaker Marian Marzynski returns to Poland to explore his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors of the Holocaust.
TBATBA"Outlawed in Pakistan"Afghanistan/PakistanMay 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)0000
The story of a girl in Pakistan whose life is at risk for daring to allege rape.
TBATBA"Rape in the Fields"Criminal Justice, Social JusticeJune 25, 2013 (2013-06-25)0000
Lowell Bergman investigates the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women working in America's fields, farms and factories.
TBATBA"Two American Families"Family/Children, Social IssuesJuly 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)0000
Bill Moyers chronicles the lives of two ordinary families over more than 20 years as they battle to keep from sliding into poverty.
TBATBA"Life and Death in Assisted Living"Family/Children, Social IssuesJuly 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)0000
Frontline and ProPublica investigate assisted living in America.
TBATBA"Egypt in Crisis"TBASeptember 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)0000
Middle East Correspondents Martin Smith and Charles Sennott examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
TBATBA"League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis"Health/Science/Technology, SportsOctober 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)0000
The epidemic of concussions among National Football League players, their lingering effects, and the league's efforts to downplay the issue
TBATBA"Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria"Health/Science/TechnologyOctober 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)0000
Frontline investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.
TBATBA"Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (2 hr)"BiographiesNovember 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)0000
50th anniversary shortened repeat of 1993 broadcast: Investigative biography examining the Kennedy assassination by exploring the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.
TBATBA"A Death in St. Augustine"Criminal JusticeNovember 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)0000
What happens when the police face the possibility of domestic violence within their ranks?

Season 32[edit]

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TBATBA"To Catch a Trader"Business/Economy/Financial, Criminal JusticeJanuary 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)0000
Frontline goes inside the hunt that uncovered vast insider trading on Wall Street.
TBATBA"Secret State of North Korea"North KoreaJanuary 14, 2014 (2014-01-14)0000
Using undercover footage, Frontline explores life under Kim Jong-un.
TBATBA"Syria's Second Front/Children of Aleppo"SyriaFebruary 11, 2014 (2014-02-11)0000
Three years into Syria's war, another enemy has emerged: extremists aligned with Al Qaeda.
TBATBA"Generation Like"Social mediaFebruary 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)0000
What happens when the traditional teenage quest for identity and connection occurs online?
TBATBA"Secrets of the Vatican"Vatican CityFebruary 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)0000
An inside look at the scandals that rocked Benedict's papacy.
TBATBA"TB Silent Killer"Health/Science/TechnologyMarch 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)0000
An unforgettable portrait of lives forever changed by tuberculosis.
TBATBA"Locked up in America
Part One: Solitary Nation
Part Two: Prison State"
Criminal JusticeApril 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) – April 29, 20140000
Two raw, explosive films that explore America's fixation on incarceration.
TBATBA"United States of Secrets
Part One: The Program
Part Two: Privacy Lost"
Surveillance & PrivacyMay 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) – May 20, 20140000
Lawmakers and whistleblowers describe the surveillance state that developed in the wake of 9/11, largely exposed in 2013. Intelligence agencies routinely track individuals online using commercial data, as well as demand information from internet providers and phone companies.
TBATBA"Battle for Ukraine"Foreign Affairs/DefenseMay 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)0000
Explores the deep-seated hatreds on both sides of the conflict.
TBATBA"Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria"Foreign Affairs/DefenseMay 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)0000
Reports from inside two raging conflicts.
TBATBA"Syria: Arming the Rebels"Foreign Affairs/DefenseMay 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)0000
Reporter Muhammad Ali crosses into the war zone, and finds Syrian rebel fighters who say they're being secretly armed and trained by the United States.
TBATBA"Separate and Unequal"Social Issues / Race / ReligionJuly 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)0000
Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback.
TBATBA"Losing Iraq"Foreign Affairs/DefenseJuly 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)0000
U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America's military commitment in the country. Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq.
TBATBA"Ebola Outbreak"TBASeptember 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)0000
From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread. With special access to teams fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, the film shows how the outbreak is endangering health- care workers, overwhelming hospitals and getting worse. Also this hour, Frontline investigates accounts that members of the Nigerian military have been committing atrocities in the fight against Boko Haram – the Islamist militants who kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.
TBATBA"Hunting Boko Haram"Foreign Affairs/DefenseSeptember 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)0000
FRONTLINE investigates evidence that in the fight against Boko Haram, members of the Nigerian military and state-sponsored militias have been committing atrocities against suspects, many of them innocent civilians.
TBATBA"The Trouble with Antibiotics"Health/Science/TechnologyOctober 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)0000
Frontline investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. Also this hour: An exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a nightmare bacteria outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.
TBATBA"The Rise of ISIS"Foreign Affairs/DefenseOctober 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)0000
Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith, who made "Truth, War & Consequences," "Beyond Baghdad," "Private Warriors" and "Gangs of Iraq," reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again.
TBATBA"Firestone and the Warlord"TBANovember 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)0000
Frontline and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war.
TBATBA"Stickup Kid"TBADecember 17, 2014 (2014-12-17)0000
Frontline explores what happens when a juvenile offender is sent to adult prison.

Season 33[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA"Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA"Gun Control / PoliticsJanuary 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)0000
A look into the politics and power of the National Rifle Association
TBATBA"Putin's Way"Foreign Affairs / DefenseJanuary 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)0000
An investigation into accusations surrounding Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia
TBATBA"Being Mortal"Medical CareFebruary 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)0000
An exploration into the intersection of life, death, medicine and what matters in the end.
TBATBA"The Vaccine War"Medical CareMarch 24, 2015 (2015-03-24)0000
A continuation of Season 28's investigation into vaccine controversies, reviewing the latest chapter in the issue
TBATBA"The Fight for Yemen"Yemen CrisisApril 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)0000
A report by Safa Al Ahmad from the heart of the escalating conflict in Yemen
TBATBA"American Terrorist"David HeadleyApril 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)0000
Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)
TBATBA"Outbreak"Medical CareMay 5, 2015 (2015-05-05)0000
The vivid, inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began, and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late.
TBATBA"The Trouble with Chicken"HealthMay 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)0000
FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry, and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat.
TBATBA"Secrets, Politics and Torture"Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 19, 2015 (2015-05-19)0000
The dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture.
TBATBA"Obama at War"TBAMay 26, 2015 (2015-05-26)0000
Inside the Obama administration's struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria.
TBATBA"Rape On The Night Shift"TBAJune 23, 2015 (2015-06-23)0000
FRONTLINE investigates the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.
TBATBA"Growing Up Trans"Family/ChildrenJune 30, 2015 (2015-06-30)0000
An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.(90 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Escaping ISIS"TBAJuly 14, 2015 (2015-07-14)0000
Gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS.
TBATBA"Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty"Joaquín 'El Chapo' GuzmánJuly 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)0000
Two filmmakers set out to interview "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of a major Mexican drug cartel.
TBATBA"My Brother's Bomber (Part 1)"Pan Am Flight 103September 29, 2015 (2015-09-29)0000
TBATBA"My Brother's Bomber (Part 2)"Pan Am Flight 103October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)0000
TBATBA"My Brother's Bomber (Part 3)"Pan Am Flight 103October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)0000
TBATBA"Immigration Battle"TBAOctober 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)0000
TBATBA"Inside Assad's Syria"TBAOctober 27, 2015 (2015-10-27)0000
TBATBA"Terror in Little Saigon"TBANovember 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)0000
TBATBA"ISIS in Afghanistan"Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan ProvinceNovember 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)0000

Season 34[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA"Netanyahu at War"International affairsJanuary 5, 2016 (2016-01-05)0000
A look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political career and his relationships with American presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
TBATBA"Supplements and Safety"HealthJanuary 19, 2016 (2016-01-19)0000
An examination into the dangers of vitamins and supplements, including their production, use, and limited FDA oversight; produced with The New York Times and CBC Television's the fifth estate
TBATBA"The Fantasy Sports Gamble"Fantasy sportsFebruary 9, 2016 (2016-02-09)0000
A joint investigation with The New York Times into the growth and operations of online daily fantasy sports operations
TBATBA"Chasing Heroin"Drug addictionFebruary 23, 2016 (2016-02-23)0000
An investigation into the heroin crisis in the United States
TBATBA"Saudi Arabia Uncovered"Middle EastMarch 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)0000
Undercover footage and on-the-ground reporting inside Saudi Arabia profiles those who seek to bring change to the kingdom
TBATBA"Children of Syria"Middle EastApril 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)0000
The story of four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo, Syria, and their escape to a new life in Germany.
TBATBA"Benghazi in Crisis"Foreign affairsMay 3, 2016 (2016-05-03)0000
A report from Benghazi, birthplace of Libya's 2011 uprising and the site of ongoing battles against ISIS.
TBATBA"Yemen Under Siege"Yemeni Civil WarMay 3, 2016 (2016-05-03)0000
Journalist Safa al Ahmed looks at the human toll of the war in Yemen
TBATBA"The Secret History of ISIS"Foreign affairsMay 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)0000
An examination of the creation of the Islamic State and the missed signs and missteps that led to its rise
TBATBA"Business of Disaster"Disaster reliefMay 24, 2016 (2016-05-24)0000
A Frontline/NPR joint investigation into insurance company profits, fraudulent claims, and FEMA difficulties resulting from the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy
TBATBA"Policing the Police"Law enforcementJune 28, 2016 (2016-06-28)0000
Jelani Cobb's report from Newark, New Jersey highlights a look into the difficulties in reforming troubled police departments
TBATBA"Mosquito Hunter"HealthAugust 2, 2016 (2016-08-02)0000
A look at Brazil's efforts to combat mosquito-borne illnesses, most notably Zika fever.
TBATBA"A Subprime Education"EducationSeptember 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)0000
A look at allegations of fraud and predatory behavior plaguing the for-profit higher education industry.
TBATBA"The Choice 2016"BiographiesSeptember 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)0000
A look at the backgrounds of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
TBATBA"Confronting ISIS"Foreign affairsOctober 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)0000
A look at the successes, failures and challenges in the U.S.-led effort to degrade and destroy ISIS.
TBATBA"Terror in Europe"Foreign affairsOctober 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)0000
As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium.
TBATBA"Exodus"EuropeDecember 27, 2016 (2016-12-27)0000
First-person accounts of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for a safe haven in Europe. (2 hours in length)

Season 35[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA"President Trump"BiographiesJanuary 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)0000
The key moments that helped shape President-elect Donald Trump
TBATBA"Divided States of America – Pt. 1[19]"Government/Elections/PoliticsJanuary 17, 2017 (2017-01-17)0000
A 2-part examination of the polarization dividing Washington and the U.S. as a whole begins with a look at how Barack Obama's promise of change and unity collided with racial and political realities. (2 hours in length)
TBATBA"Divided States of America – Pt. 2[20]"Government/Elections/PoliticsJanuary 18, 2017 (2017-01-18)0000
A look at the racial tensions in America, the war for control of the GOP, and the growing dysfunction in Washington; leading to the election of Donald Trump.
TBATBA"Trump's Road to the White House"BiographiesJanuary 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)0000
A look at how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the U.S. presidency, how he rallied millions of supporters and defeated adversaries, and who he’s bringing with him to the White House.
TBATBA"Battle for Iraq"Foreign affairs/DefenseJanuary 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)0000
Reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad goes inside the battle against the Islamic State for control of the Iraqi city of Mosul. (30 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Hunting ISIS"Foreign affairs/DefenseJanuary 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)0000
A look at an elite special operations unit at the center of the fight against ISIS in Iraq. (30 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Betting on Trump
EconomicsFebruary 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)0000
A trio of reports on what Donald Trump's promises mean to voters in California's Central Valley (farming and water), West Virginia (coal industry), and Erie, Pennsylvania (jobs) (each report 10-11 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Out of Gitmo"Foreign affairs/DefenseFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)0000
Frontline and NPR examines the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. (30 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Forever Prison"Foreign affairs/DefenseFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)0000
A Frontline/Retro Report collaboration into the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. (30 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Iraq Uncovered"Iraq/war on terrorMarch 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)0000
A look into allegations of abuse of Sunni Muslim civilians by powerful Shia militias.
TBATBA"Last Days of Solitary"Criminal justiceApril 18, 2017 (2017-04-18)0000
A look at Maine's ambitious attempt to decrease its use of solitary confinement and what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society.
TBATBA"The Fish on My Plate"HealthApril 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)0000
Writer Paul Greenberg spends a year on a diet almost exclusively of fish in pondering the question of what type of fish is good for the human body and the planet. (90 minutes in length)
TBATBA"Second Chance Kids"Social issuesMay 2, 2017 (2017-05-02)0000
Inside the fight over the fate of juveniles serving lifetime prison sentences for murder, 5 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling that such sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional.
TBATBA"Poverty, Politics and Profit"HousingMay 9, 2017 (2017-05-09)0000
A Frontline/NPR investigation into why, despite billions being spent on public/private housing initiatives, so few low-income people get the housing they need.
TBATBA"American Patriot"Law enforcement/MilitiasMay 16, 2017 (2017-05-16)0000
Inside the armed uprising against the federal government: how the Bundy family's uprising invigorated armed militias and "patriot" groups.
TBATBA" Bannon's War"BiographiesMay 23, 2017 (2017-05-23)0000
A look at Trump adviser Steve Bannon; his confrontational style; his personal crusade to transform America; and his wars with radical Islam, traditional Washington politics, and rivals inside the White House.
TBATBA" Life on Parole"Criminal justiceJuly 15, 2017 (2017-07-15)0000
The film goes inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. It follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.
TBATBA" Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"Economics, Criminal justiceSeptember 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)0000
This documentary is the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis. (90 minutes in length)
TBATBA" North Korea's Deadly Dictator"Biography/Foreign AffairsOctober 4, 2017 (2017-10-04)0000
A look at who killed Kim Jong-nam and what his murder reveals about North Korea under Kim Jong-un
TBATBA" War on the EPA"Government/Environment/PoliticsOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)0000
Inside Scott Pruitt's journey from his fight against the EPA to leading the agency and the recent history of the climate change policy of the United States

Season 36[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBATBA" Mosul"Foreign affairs/DefenseOctober 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)0000
Inside the battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul. (38 minutes in length)
TBATBA" Inside Yemen"Foreign affairs/DefenseOctober 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)0000
How Yemen’s humanitarian crisis was worsened by a brutal war. (15 minutes in length)
TBATBA" Putin's Revenge"Foreign affairs/Elections/PoliticsOctober 25, 2017 (2017-10-25) (Part 1)
November 1, 2017 (Part 2)
A 2-part examination of Vladimir Putin's rise and rule of Russia, his grievances with the U.S., and accusations of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
TBATBA" Exodus: The Journey Continues"EuropeJanuary 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)0000
A sequel to Season 34's "Exodus" tells intimate stories of refugees and migrants caught in Europe's tightened borders. (2 hours in length)
TBATBA" The Gang Crackdown"Law enforcementFebruary 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)0000
An investigation into killings linked to the MS-13 gang and the law enforcement crackdown that led to some immigrant teens being unlawfully detained.
TBATBA" Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia"Foreign affairsFebruary 20, 2018 (2018-02-20) (Part 1)
February 27, 2018 (Part 2)
A 2-part look at how a dangerous political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. (part one is 2 hours in length)
TBATBA" Weinstein"Sexual HarassmentMarch 2, 2018 (2018-03-02)0000
How Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades and the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.
TBATBA"Trump’s Takeover"PoliticsApril 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)0000
How Donald Trump’s use of inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on fellow Republicans gave him control of the GOP and further divided the country in his first year as U.S. President.
TBATBA" McCain"BiographiesApril 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)0000
A look at John McCain’s life and politics, including his time as a Vietnam POW, his 2008 run for U.S. President (and his selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate), and his complicated relationship with President Trump and fellow Republicans (including his dramatic vote against a GOP health care bill).
TBATBA" Trafficked in America"Law enforcementApril 24, 2018 (2018-04-24)0000
A labor trafficking investigation reveals a criminal network forcing Guatemalan teens to work against their will in Ohio.
TBATBA"Blackout in Puerto Rico"TBAMay 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)0000
An in-depth look why Puerto Rico was left struggling to survive after Hurricane Maria.
TBATBA" Myanmar's Killing Fields"AsiaMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)0000
Secret footage going back years shows the effort to kill and expel Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
TBATBA"UN Sex Abuse Scandal"TBAJuly 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)0000
An investigation into sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world’s conflict zones.

Season 37[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBA1"Separated: Children at the Border"TBAJuly 31, 2018 (2018-07-31)3701
The inside story of what happened to immigrant children separated from their parents at the border.
TBA2"Documenting Hate: Charlottesville"TBAAugust 7, 2018 (2018-08-07)3613
In Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally.
"Our Man in Tehran (Parts 1 & 2)"Middle EastAugust 13, 2018 (2018-08-13)
(2 hours in length)
August 14, 2018
(2 hours in length)
New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink offers this 2-part revelation of life inside the closed society of Iran, where citizens lead their private lives and deal with the challenges of the country's conservative clerics and theocratic leaders.
TBA5"Left Behind America"Business/financialSeptember 11, 2018 (2018-09-11)3616
A look at the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once-booming rust belt city hit hard by the Great Recession (nearly 35% of Dayton's residents live in poverty).
(In partnership with ProPublica and WNET/New York's "Chasing the Dream" initiative)
TBA6"Trump's Showdown"PoliticsOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)
(2 hours in length)
Inside Donald Trump's fight against the investigation of his presidential campaign and whether he obstructed justice.
TBA7"The Pension Gamble"Business/financialOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)3703
How state governments and Wall Street led America's public pensions into a $4 trillion hole.
"The Facebook Dilemma (Part One)"
"The Facebook Dilemma (Part Two)"
Business/financialOctober 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)
October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)
Examining how Facebook created new problems for privacy and democracy despite repeated warnings
TBA10"Documenting Hate: New American Nazis"TBANovember 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)3617
Follow-up to August 2018’s "Documenting Hate: Charlottesville"
TBA11"Coal's Deadly Dust / Targeting Yemen"TBAJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)3706
TBA12"Predator on the Reservation"Criminal Justice / Social IssuesFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)3707
TBA13"Right to Fail"Health / Social IssuesFebruary 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)3709
TBA14"The Trial of Ratko Mladić"Criminal Justice / WorldMarch 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)3618
Frontline's cameras go behind the scenes over five years during the trial of Ratko Mladić
TBA15"The Mueller Investigation"Criminal Justice / U.S. PoliticsMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)3712
A special episode about the Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller into the 2016 presidential election, aired following the submission of the investigators' final report to the Attorney General.
(A co-production of Frontline and the PBS NewsHour)
TBA16"Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore"Immigration / U.S. PoliticsApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)3710
TBA17"The Abortion Divide"Health / Social Issues / U.S. PoliticsApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)3708
TBA18"The Last Survivors"WorldApril 30, 2019 (2019-04-30)3711
TBA19"Trump's Trade War"International Relations / Economics / TradeMay 7, 2019 (2019-05-07)3801
The inside story of President Trump’s confrontation with China over trade policy.
TBA20"Supreme Revenge"U.S. PoliticsMay 21, 2019 (2019-05-21)3714
Inside the no-holds-barred war for control of the Supreme Court. From Brett Kavanaugh to Robert Bork, an investigation of how a 30-year-old grievance transformed the court and turned confirmations into bitter, partisan conflicts.
TBA21"Sex Trafficking in America"Criminal Justice / Social IssuesMay 25, 2019 (2019-05-25)3715

Season 38[edit]

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TitleEpisode topic(s)Original air dateProd.
TBA1"Flint's Deadly Water"TBASeptember 10, 2019 (2019-09-10)3716
The Flint water crisis.
TBA2"The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia"Foreign Affairs / International RelationsOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)3802
A two hour special on the rise and rule of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.


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