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The PBS Frontline series are some of the best documentaries available on public television, but it's often difficult to carve out time to sit down and watch them. Now Frontline has released a group of their documentaries as audio podcasts and they actually work really well as just audio. Since most of the Frontline documentaries feature talking heads interviews along with narration they don't really require the visual component. Also Frontline has done the service of inserting audio of the name of the person who is talking before each interview. Each podcast runs about an hour.


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You asked; we listened. FRONTLINE presents audio versions of select full-length episodes for listening on the go. Want more full-length FRONTLINE Audiocasts? Please leave a review and let us know what you think. (For behind-the-scenes interviews with FRONTLINE producers, please see the FRONTLINE Extras podcast with host Arun Rath.)


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Podcast: Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


How responsible should companies be for their impact on the world?

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Firestone and the Warlord

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Nov 18, 2014


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.

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The Rise of ISIS

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Nov 18, 2014


FRONTLINE investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith, who made "Truth, War And 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.

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Outbreak at NIH

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Nov 18, 2014


FRONTLINE's exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a superbug outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.

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The Trouble with Antibiotics

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Nov 18, 2014


FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.

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Understanding the Rise of ISIS: A Panel Discussion

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Nov 12, 2014


What do we know about ISIS? Who are they, and how do they make money and recruit fighters — and wives? On Nov. 6, WGBH hosted a public panel discussion, led by PRI The World’s Aaron Schachter, to answer some of those questions. Participants included FRONTLINE's Martin Smith, who discussed his recent film “The Rise of ISIS,” Professor Mia Bloom of the UMASS Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, and Charles Sennott, a veteran foreign reporter who founded the GroundTruth Project to train a new generation of foreign correspondents.

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Losing Iraq

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, July 15, 2014


FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: What went wrong? How did we get here?

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Omarina's Story

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, July 15, 2014


How has Omarina Cabrera fared since her "Middle School Moment"? FRONTLINE checks in

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Separate and Unequal

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, July 15, 2014


FRONTLINE examines what's behind the growing racial divide in American schools

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Frontline Roundtable: Online Privacy

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, May 20, 2014


What can you do to protect yourself online?

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United States of Secrets: Part Two

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, May 20, 2014


How Silicon Valley feeds the NSA's global dragnet

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United States of Secrets: Part One

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, May 13, 2014


How Did the Government Come to Spy on Millions of Americans?

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Prison State

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, Apr 29, 2014


An intimate look at the cycle of mass incarceration in America.

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Special Podcast: Solitary Confinement

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, Apr 22, 2014


FRONTLINE reporter Sarah Childress asks corrections officials what's behind the momentum to change the use of solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system. What's working, what doesn't, and what will happen next. Guests: Jim Austin, president of the JFA institute; Bob Hood, former warden at Colorado supermax; Bernie Warner, head of Washington state's corrections department.

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Secrets of the Vatican

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, Feb 25, 2014


An inside look at the scandals that rocked Benedict’s Papacy.

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Generation Like

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, Feb 18, 2014


FRONTLINE explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media - and how big brands are increasingly co-opting young consumers' digital presences.

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To Catch a Trader

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, Jan 7, 2014


FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading, drawing on exclusively-obtained video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders.

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A Death in St. Augustine

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


On the night she broke up with her police officer boyfriend, Michelle O'Connell was found dead from a gunshot in the mouth. Next to her was her boyfriend's semi-automatic service pistol. The sheriff's office ruled it suicide --but was it? FRONTLINE and The New York Times investigate what can go wrong when the police are faced with domestic violence allegations within their own ranks.

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Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


On November 20, FRONTLINE marks the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination with an encore broadcast of "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" - an investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the century. The three-hour documentary special traces Oswald's life from his boyhood to that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963, posing a number of questions: Was Oswald the emotionally disturbed "lone gunman?" Was he one of two gunmen that day in Dallas? Or was he an unwitting scapegoat for the real assassins?

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Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? From a young girl thrust onto life support in Arizona to an uncontrollable outbreak at one of the nation's most prestigious hospitals, FRONTLINE investigates the alarming rise of a deadly type of bacteria that our modern antibiotics can't stop.

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League of Denial

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, Oct 11, 2013


The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players claim the league has covered up football's connection to long-term brain injuries. In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE and prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their forthcoming book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth (Crown Archetype, October 2013). What did the NFL know and when did it know it? What's the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, and other devastating consequences for some of football's all-time greats.

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Life and Death in Assisted Living

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Oct 2, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Life and Death in Assisted Living" airing July 30, 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. It's one of the most important and difficult decisions anyone can make: Whom should you trust with the care of your aging parents?FRONTLINE's Life and Death in Assisted Living, a major, yearlong investigation in collaboration with ProPublica, explores the multi-billion dollar assisted living industry, and asks whether the business practices at America's largest assisted living chain, Emeritus Senior Living, may be putting the lives of our loved ones at risk. asks whether the business practices at America's largest assisted living chain, Emeritus Senior Living, may be putting the lives of our loved ones.

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Two American Families

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, July 26, 2013


Since 1992, Bill Moyers has been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee -- one black, one white -- as they battle to keep from sliding into poverty. A remarkable portrait of perseverance, Two American Families raises unsettling questions about the changing nature of the U.S. economy and the fate of a declining middle class.

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The Retirement Gamble

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Apr 29, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Retirement Gamble" airing April 23, 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Ten trillion dollars in Americans' retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds, and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special Money, Power and Wall Street, FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America's financial institutions protect our savings. The Retirement Gamble reveals how fees, self-dealing, and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals. The film questions who has the consumer's best interests in mind, and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.

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Kind Hearted Woman Night Two

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Apr 22, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Kind Hearted Woman" airing April 1, 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (The Farmer's Wife, Country Boys) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Kind Hearted Woman is a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and Independent Lens.

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Kind Hearted Woman Night One

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Apr 22, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Kind Hearted Woman" airing April 1, 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (The Farmer's Wife, Country Boys) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Kind Hearted Woman is a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and Independent Lens.

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Raising Adam Lanza

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, March 15, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Raising Adam Lanza" airing February 19 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In the wake of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FRONTLINE investigates a young man and the town he changed forever. Adam Lanza left behind a trail of death and destruction, but little else. He left no known friends, no diary. He destroyed his computer and any evidence it might have provided. His motives, and his life, remain largely a mystery. In collaboration with The Hartford Courant, FRONTLINE looks for answers to the central--and so far elusive--question: who was Adam Lanza? Also this hour: In the aftermath of the tragedy, President Obama called for a national conversation about guns in America. Nowhere is that conversation more intense than in Newtown, where FRONTLINE finds a town divided and explores how those closest to the tragedy are now wrestling with our nation's gun culture and laws.

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Cliffhanger

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Feb 27, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Cliffhanger" airing February 12 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE investigates the inside history of how Washington has failed to solve the country’s problems of debt and deficit. Drawing on interviews with key players in Congress and the White House, FRONTLINE shows how a clash of politics and personalities has taken the nation’s economy to the edge of the "fiscal cliff," and now to a second round of standoffs over the debt ceiling and sequestration.

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Inside Obama's Presidency

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, Jan 18, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Inside Obama's Presidency" airing January 15 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. Obama has hinted that he aspires to be a transformational president. Four years in, has he met the mark? On the eve of his second inauguration, FRONTLINE presents a rare look Inside Obama's Presidency. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Michael Kirk and his award-winning political team go behind closed doors to examine the battles, promises, failures and successes that defined Barack Obama's first term.

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The Education of Michelle Rhee

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Jan 9, 2013


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Education of Michelle Rhee" airing January 8th on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE was granted unprecedented access to Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, DC public schools as she attempted to fix a broken school system.

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Poor Kids

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Dec 3, 2012


These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. It's home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation's breadbasket. But it's also an area deeply scarred by the Recession. FRONTLINE spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families' struggles against financial ruin. The result is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it's rarely seen, through the eyes of children. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, Poor Kids is an unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children, and to the country's future.

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The Suicide Plan

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Nov 19, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Suicide Plan" airing November 13 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In this groundbreaking 90-minute film FRONTLINE explores the underground world of assisted suicide and takes viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time ... told not only by the people choosing to die, but also by their "assisters," individuals and right-to-die organizations that put themselves in legal jeopardy by helping others to die.

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Big Sky, Big Money

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, Nov 5, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Big Sky, Big Money" airing October 30 2012 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In a special investigation in collaboration with Marketplace, FRONTLINE travels to the remote epicenter of the campaign finance debate for a tale of money, politics, and intrigue. How has the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America? Ask Montana, which has tried to challenge the ruling in court, is investigating alleged campaign abuses, and is playing host to a bitter race that could decide control of the U.S. Senate. FRONTLINE correspondent and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal reports.

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Climate of Doubt

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Oct 24, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Climate of Doubt" airing October, 23 2012 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Four years ago, climate change was a hot issue and politicians from both sides seemed poised to act. Today public opinion on the climate issue has cooled considerably. Politicians either ignore it or proclaim their skepticism. What's behind this massive reversal? On Oct 23, FRONTLINE goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate.

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The Choice 2012

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Oct 17, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Choice 2012," airing October 9, 2012 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. It's been called the starkest choice in years, between two men with sharply different backgrounds, views, and prescriptions for fixing the country's problems. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to tell their own stories, but in The Choice 2012, FRONTLINE goes far beyond the headlines on a journey deep into their worlds, among their friends and family, critics, and closest colleagues, to understand what drives these men. Based on dozens of new interviews and hundreds of hours of research, FRONTLINE's authoritative profiles that emerge are also a portrait of America in an era of uncertainty - and a guide to the choices that lie ahead.

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Dropout Nation

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Oct 10, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Dropout Nation," airing September 25, 2012 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas - an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country's future. At Houston's Sharpstown High, once a notorious "dropout factory," a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner city high school, DROPOUT NATION investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency.

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The Regime Responds

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Oct 10, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Regime Responds" airing September 18 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Eighteen months into Syria's rebellion, how is Bashar al-Assad holding onto power?

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Alaska Gold

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Aug 1, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Alaska Gold" airing July 24 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild Sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It's also home to enormous mineral deposits-copper, gold, molybdenum-estimated to be worth over $300 billion. Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America's largest open-pit mines, the "Pebble Mine," at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. FRONTLINE travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.

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Fast Times at West Philly High

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Aug 1, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Fast Times at West Philly High" airing July 17 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. 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. In Fast Times at West Philly High, FRONTLINE explores the viability of these cars, the potential that exists within our young people, and the prospects of effective innovation in public education.

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Middle School Moment

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Aug 1, 2012


Audiocast description: An audio version of FRONTLINE'S documentary "Middle School Moment" airing July 17 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE investigates: does the make-or break moment for high school dropouts happen in middle school? Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz argues that for most students, middle school is when the habits that predict whether or not a student graduates are formed.

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ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, Aug 1, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE'S documentary "Endgame: AIDS in Black America" airing July 10 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Every ten minutes, someone in the U.S. contracts HIV. Half are Black. Thirty years after the discovery of the AIDS virus among gay white men, nearly half of the one million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children. "ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America" is a groundbreaking exploration of one of the country's most urgent, preventable health crises.

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Dollars and Dentists

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, July 13, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Dollars and Dentists" airing June 26 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Millions of Americans can't afford a visit to the dentist. FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity investigate the flaws in our dental system and nascent proposals to fix them.

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My Father, My Brother, and Me

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, June 15, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "My Father, My Brother, and Me" airing June 12 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In 2004, FRONTLINE correspondent Dave Iverson received the same news that had been delivered to his father and older brother years earlier: He had Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological disorder that affects more than 1 million Americans, the causes of which remain largely unknown and the cure for which has proved frustratingly elusive.In My Father, My Brother, and Me, Iverson sets off on a personal journey to understand the disease that has taken such a toll on his family.

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Al Qaeda in Yemen

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, June 4, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Al Qaeda in Yemen" airing May 29 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Since the death of Osama bin Laden, Yemen has become the hottest front in the war against Al Qaeda. Now, with headlines about a terrorist plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner, award-winning reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travels deep into Yemen's radical heartland. In this first-hand report, FRONTLINE looks at how members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and affiliated militants have seized control of areas in southern Yemen and are winning some popular support. Is the United States' expanded drone policy in fact strengthening this new fortified insurgent base?

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Cell Tower Deaths

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, June 4, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Cell Tower Deaths" airing May 22 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. The smartphone revolution comes with a hidden cost. A joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica explores the hazardous work of independent contractors who are building and servicing America's expanding cellular infrastructure. While some tower climbers say they are under pressure to cut corners, layers of subcontracting make it difficult for safety inspectors to determine fault when a tower worker is killed or injured.

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Six Billion Dollar Bet

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, June 4, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Six Billion Dollar Bet" airing May 22 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE investigates MF Global's disastrous bet on European debt.

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Money, Power and Wall Street Hour 4 - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Sun, May 6, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Money, Power and Wall Street Part 2" airing May 1 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Since 2008, Wall Street and Washington have fought against the tide of the fiercest financial crisis since the Great Depression. What have they wrought? In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.

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Money, Power and Wall Street Hour 3 - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Sun, May 6, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Money, Power and Wall Street Part 2" airing May 1 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Since 2008, Wall Street and Washington have fought against the tide of the fiercest financial crisis since the Great Depression. What have they wrought? In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.

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Money, Power and Wall Street Hour 2 - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Sun, May 6, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Money, Power and Wall Street Part 1" airing April 24 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Since 2008, Wall Street and Washington have fought against the tide of the fiercest financial crisis since the Great Depression. What have they wrought? In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.In Part 1, FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Inside the Meltdown, The Warning) investigates how two U.S. administrations have confronted the crisis - while dealing with sharp internal divisions and a relationship with Wall Street marked by mistrust and dependence, mutual interests, and competing goals. The investigation charts the largest government bailout in U.S. history, a series of decisions that rewrote the rules of government and fueled a debate that would alter the country's political landscape. Focusing on the Obama administration, FRONTLINE tells the story of a newly elected president with a mandate for change grappling with the multi-headed menace of economic instability, and with fundamental choices about winners and losers and the direction of his presidency.

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Money, Power and Wall Street Hour 1 - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Sun, May 6, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Money, Power and Wall Street Part 1" airing April 24 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Since 2008, Wall Street and Washington have fought against the tide of the fiercest financial crisis since the Great Depression. What have they wrought? In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.In Part 1, FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Inside the Meltdown, The Warning) investigates how two U.S. administrations have confronted the crisis - while dealing with sharp internal divisions and a relationship with Wall Street marked by mistrust and dependence, mutual interests, and competing goals. The investigation charts the largest government bailout in U.S. history, a series of decisions that rewrote the rules of government and fueled a debate that would alter the country's political landscape. Focusing on the Obama administration, FRONTLINE tells the story of a newly elected president with a mandate for change grappling with the multi-headed menace of economic instability, and with fundamental choices about winners and losers and the direction of his presidency.

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The Real CSI - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Sun, May 6, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Real CSI" airing April 17 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series CSI), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases - and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom. From the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony and the FBI's botched investigation of the Madrid terrorist bombing to capital cases in rural Mississippi, FRONTLINE documents how a field with few uniform standards and unproven science can undermine the search for justice. As part of the investigative series Post Mortem, Correspondent Lowell Bergman reports in a joint investigation with ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

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Murdoch's Scandal - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Sun, May 6, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Murdoch Scandal" airing March 27 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Over half a century Rupert Murdoch's business audacity and political shrewdness built one of the world's most powerful media empires. Now his dynasty is under threat - not from outside competition, but from shocking accounts of bribery, blackmail, and invasion of privacy. The scandal has prompted criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic. It has also cracked open the insular world of the Murdoch family, its news executives, and the political elite who court their favor. Today, the 80-year-old owner of the Wall Street Journal and FOX News Channel is in the fight of his life. In a joint production with the CBC, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch's reputation and his family's fortunes.

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The Interrupters - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, February 15, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Interrupters" airing February 14 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. The Interrupters presents unforgettable profiles in courage, as three former street criminals in Chicago place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities. The two-hour film follows the lives of these "Violence Interrupters," who include the charismatic daughter of one of the city's most notorious former gang leaders, the son of a murdered father, and a man haunted by a killing he committed as a teenager. As they intervene in disputes to prevent violence, they reveal their own inspired journeys of struggle and redemption. From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), The Interrupters chronicles an unusually intimate, year-long journey across the stubbornly violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.

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Rules of Engagement - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, February 8, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Rules of Engagement," airing February 7, 2012 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. After years of delays, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich went on trial in January 2012 in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians more than six years ago, one of the worst incidents of its kind of the war. What really happened on November 19, 2005, in the village of Haditha? FRONTLINE cuts through the fog of war to reveal the untold story of what some have branded "Iraq's My Lai." With accusations swirling that a squad of Marines massacred Iraqi civilians "in cold blood," the Haditha killings led to one of the largest criminal cases against U.S. troops in the Iraq war. Yet major questions remain unanswered. Through interviews with Iraqi survivors and Marines accused of war crimes, FRONTLINE investigates the incident and what it can tell us about the moral and legal maze of U.S. troops' involvement in Iraq.

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Nuclear Aftershocks - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, January 18, 2012


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Nuclear Aftershocks," airing January 17, 2012 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. It's been almost a year since a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, leaving the country's once popular energy program in shambles. In response, Germany decided to abandon nuclear energy entirely. Should the U.S. follow suit? FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O'Brien examines the implications of the Fukushima accident for U.S. nuclear safety, and asks how this disaster will affect the future of nuclear energy around the world. In particular, he visits one emerging battleground: The controversial relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear plant, located only 38 miles from Manhattan. What lessons can be learned from the disaster in Japan?

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A Perfect Terrorist - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, November 23, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "A Perfect Terrorist," airing November 22nd, 2011 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. It has been called the most spectacular terror attack since 9/11. On the night of November 26, 2008, ten men armed with guns and grenades launched an assault on Mumbai with a military precision that left 166 dead. India quickly learned the attackers belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group associated with Pakistan's secretive intelligence agency, the ISI. But what wasn't known then was that a Lashkar/ISI operative had been casing the city for two years, developing a blueprint for terror. His name was David Coleman Headley, and he'd been chosen for the job because he had the perfect cover: he was an American citizen. FRONTLINE and ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella team up to investigate the mysterious circumstances behind Headley's rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to master plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.

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The Regime - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, November 9, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Regime," airing November 8, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid and other experts tell the story of President Bashar al-Assad and how the Syrian dictator has managed to hold onto power in the months since the Arab Spring, in The Regime.

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Lost in Detention - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, October 19, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Lost in Detention," airing October 18, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Under his administration deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment, including charges that families have been unfairly separated after being caught in the nationwide dragnet. The administration has promised to make the detention system more humane, and more selectively target the most serious criminals. But it faces Republican critics urging stricter measures- and a growing backlash among Latino voters, a key 2012 electoral force. In a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, correspondent Maria Hinojosa investigates Obama's enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them.

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The Anthrax Files - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, October 12, 2011


FRONTLINE Audiocast: "The Anthrax Files" FRONTLINE, ProPublica and McClatchy investigate the country's most notorious act of bioterrorismtober 11, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In the fall of 2001 envelopes carrying deadly Anthrax were delivered to U.S. Senate offices, network news divisions, and a tabloid newspaper. Five people were killed, many more infected and the nation was terrorized. Seven years later, after mistakenly pursuing one suspect, the most expensive and complex investigation ever undertaken by the FBI ended when they identified Army scientist Dr. Bruce Ivins as the sole perpetrator of the attacks- after Ivins had taken his own life. Now, new questions are being raised about the FBI's investigative methods and whether Ivins really did it. FRONTLINE, in a co-production with ProPublica, and McClatchy Newspapers, takes a hard look at the FBI's investigation of the country's most notorious act of bioterrorism.

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The Man Behind the Mosque - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, September 28, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Man Behind the Mosque," airing Sept 27, 2011 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. It became the most controversial building in America, a mostly derelict property in lower Manhattan made infamous overnight as the Ground Zero Mosque. Going beyond frenzied media portraits at the time, FRONTLINE tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims' relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values and the meaning of being American.

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An Optimist in Haiti - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, September 28, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "An Optimist in Haiti," airing Sept 27, 2011 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money returns to Haiti to meet a man with an unlikely plan to help turn around his country's economy through tourism.

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The Interrogator - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, September 14, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Interrogator."

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The Pot Republic - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, Jul 28, 2011


An audio version of the FRONTLINE magazine report "The Pot Republic," a timely investigation from the frontlines of marijuana legalization in California. The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada and elsewhere. Now, more than half of it is believed to be home grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state's medical marijuana law. With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization -- and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production -- FRONTLINE and The Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country's oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market. Orig. PBS airdate: July 26, 2011. Available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline.

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Doctor Hotspot - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, Jul 28, 2011


An audio version of the FRONTLINE magazine report "Doctor Hotspot." "New Yorker" writer and surgeon Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, N.J., who actually seeks out the community's sickest -- and most expensive -- patients. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and his team are pioneering a practice called "hotspotting," in which medical care is focused on the hardest-to-treat to improve their health and dramatically reduce costs. Orig. PBS airdate: July 26, 2011. Available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline.

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The Child Cases - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, Jun 30, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Child Cases," airing June 28, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. When a child dies under suspicious circumstances, abuse is often suspected. That's what happened in the case of six-month-old Isis Vas, whose death was deemed "a clear-cut and classic" case of child abuse, sending a man named Ernie Lopez to prison for 60 years. But now a Texas judge has moved to overturn Lopez's conviction, and new questions are being asked about the quality of expert testimony in this and many other similar cases. In this joint investigation with ProPublica and NPR, FRONTLINE correspondent A.C. Thompson unearths more than 20 child death cases in which people were jailed on medical evidence -- involving abuse, assault and "shaken-baby syndrome" -- that was later found unreliable or flat-out wrong. Are death investigators being properly trained for child cases?

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Educating Sergeant Pantzke - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, Jun 30, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Educating Sergeant Pantzke," airing June 28, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. As troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. government spending on veterans' education will more than double to $9.5 billion this year, and a growing percentage of this money has been ending up in the pockets of for-profit colleges. In a follow-up to FRONTLINE's College, Inc., correspondent Martin Smith investigates how the for-profit schools are aggressively recruiting huge numbers of new veterans with educational promises that many now question whether they can keep.

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WikiSecrets - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, May 25, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "WikiSecrets," airing May 24, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. It's the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history--the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the WikiLeaks website in the spring of 2010. Behind it all stand two very different men: Julian Assange, the Internet activist and hacker who published the documents; and an Army intelligence analyst named Bradley E. Manning, who's currently charged with handing them over. Private Manning allegedly leaked the secret cables--along with a controversial video--in the hope of inciting "worldwide discussion, debates and reforms." Assange's stated mission has been to force the U.S. and other governments into maximum transparency through his whistle-blowing website. Through in-depth interviews with Manning's father, Assange, and others close to the case, veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith tells the full story behind the leaks. He also reports on the U.S. government's struggle to protect national security information in a post 9/11 world.

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The Meth Epidemic - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, May 18, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Meth Epidemic," airing May 17, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s, methamphetamine has quickly spread across the United States over the last decade. These days, meth remains as potent and widespread as ever. Despite calls to regulate its key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, which is found in over-the-counter cold remedies, "super smurfs" still manage to stockpile enough of the drug to fuel thousands of small meth labs nationwide. FRONTLINE, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the ongoing meth problem in America: the devastating impact on individuals, families and communities; and the state-by-state battles to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug, a strategy that's led to significant improvement in Oregon.

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The Silence - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, April 20, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's magazine report, "The Silence," airing April 19, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE examines a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story -- decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska. Through candid interviews with survivors, this FRONTLINE report focuses on the abuse by a number of men who worked for the Church along Alaska's far west coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s. All told, they would leave behind a trail of hundreds of claims of abuse, making this one of the hardest hit regions in the country. "The Silence" is a co-presentation with Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT).

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Football High - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, April 18, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Football High," airing April 12, 2011, on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. High school football has never had a higher profile, with nationally televised games, corporate sponsorships and minute-by-minute coverage on sports websites. In northwest Arkansas, FRONTLINE examines one ambitious high school team working its way towards national renown. With a superstar quarterback at the helm, tiny Shiloh Christian is striving to join the ranks of the country's best high school teams -- teams whose workout schedules, practices and styles of play increasingly imitate the pros. But as high school players grow bigger, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players -- with rising rates of concussions and death from heatstroke. In Arkansas, FRONTLINE documents a tragic story of heatstroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools. It all raises a critical question: Has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game? Airdate: April 12, 2011. Available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline.

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Money and March Madness - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, March 30, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's magazine report "Money and March Madness," an inside look at the multi-billion dollar business of the NCAA and its brand of amateur college sports. In this investigation, correspondent Lowell Bergman gains access to Sonny Vaccaro, a former marketing executive at Nike, Adidas and Reebok who helped bring about the rapid commercialization of college basketball. Vaccaro's success made coaches, administrators and companies rich. But the players remain at the mercy of the NCAA, which, despite a new $10.8 billion contract for its basketball tournament, has continued to insist that the athletes don't get paid. Now, Vaccaro has left the business world and he's spearheading a class-action lawsuit that aims to ensure that players get a piece of the action. Airdate: March 29, 2011. Available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline.

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The Private Life of Bradley Manning - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, March 30, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's magazine report "The Private Life of Bradley Manning." As the fall-out from WikiLeak's continues, a profile of the early years of the young soldier now accused of leaking more than half a million classified U.S. government documents. This report includes an exclusive interview with Private Bradley Manning's father, who speaks out for the first time about his son's upbringing and troubled youth, and an audio recording of the 911 call that brought police to the scene of an explosive family argument. Airdate: March 29, 2011. Available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline.

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Post Mortem - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, February 4, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "Post Mortem," airing February 1, 2011 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on "CSI." But the reality is very different. In over 1,300 counties across America, elected coroners, many with no medical or scientific background, are in charge of death investigations. Nationwide there is a severe shortage of competent forensic pathologists to do autopsies. The rate of autopsies -- the gold standard of death investigation -- has plummeted over the decades. As a result, not only do murders go free and innocent people go to jail, but the crisis in death investigation in America is also a threat to public health. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman reports the results of a joint investigation with ProPublica, NPR and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

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Are We Safer? - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, January 20, 2011


An audio version of FRONTLINE's new monthly magazine program, launching January 18, 2010, with three reports. In "Are We Safer?," Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. Against a backdrop of recent mail bomb threats from Al Qaeda in Yemen and growing concerns about homegrown terrorists, Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies and data-collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans. Also in this hour: In "Flying Cheaper," a follow up to the hard-hitting investigation "Flying Cheap," FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates a growing trend -- the outsourcing of major airline repair work to independent maintenance operations and a pattern of questionable maintenance practices. And finally, in "The Spy Who Quit," FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith travels to the home of Afghanistan's former chief of intelligence Amrullah Saleh for a conversation about his defection from the Karzai administration.

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Facing Death - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, November 24, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Facing Death," airing November 23, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of "pulling the plug," do you know how you'll respond? Unfounded rumors of federal "death panels" grabbed headlines last summer, but the real decisions of how we die -- the questions that most of us prefer to put off -- are being made quietly behind closed doors, increasingly on the floors of America's intensive care units. In this report, FRONTLINE gains access to the ICU of one of New York's biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today's modern, medicalized death. Here, we find doctors and nurses struggling to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices they now confront: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when to perform expensive surgeries and therapies or to call for hospice. The film also offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.

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The Confessions - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Mon, November 15, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "The Confessions," airing November 9, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn't commit? FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel ("Innocence Lost," "An Ordinary Crime") investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques, including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation and intimidation, that led each of the "Norfolk Four" to confess, despite a lack of evidence linking them to the crime. All four sailors are now out of prison -- one served his sentence and the other three were granted conditional pardons last summer -- but the men were not exonerated as felons or sex offenders. The case raises disturbing questions about the actions of the police and prosecutors, who relied on the sailors' often contradictory confessions for their convictions, and disregarded DNA evidence that pointed to a lone assailant who would later confess to the crime himself while serving prison time for another rape.

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The Spill - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, October 28, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "The Spill," airing October 26, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety, a "serial environmental criminal" that left behind a long trail of problems--deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations--which many now believe should have triggered action by federal regulators. Could the spill have been prevented? Through interviews with current and former employees and executives, government regulators, and safety experts, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith joins with the investigative non-profit ProPublica to examine the trail that led to the disaster in the Gulf. From BP's vast oil fields in Alaska to its refineries in Texas and its trading rooms in New York and London, the film raises new questions about whether BP's corporate culture will finally be forced to change.

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Death by Fire - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, October 21, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Death by Fire," airing October 19, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Did Texas execute an innocent man? Several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it's the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham--convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children--that's now at the center of the national debate. With unique access to those closest to the case, FRONTLINE examines the Willingham conviction in light of new science that raises doubts about whether the fire at the center of the case was really arson at all. The film meticulously examines the evidence used to convict Willingham, provides an in-depth portrait of those most impacted by the case, and explores the explosive implications of the execution of a possibly innocent man.

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God in America - Night Three - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, October 15, 2010


An audio version of Night 3 (Hours 5 & 6) of the PBS documentary "God in America," a co-production of FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE airing October 13, 2010. The six-hour series tells the dramatic 400-year history of how religion shaped American identity and the public life of the country. Hour five, "Soul of a Nation," explores the post-World War II era, when rising evangelist Billy Graham tried to inspire a religious revival that fused faith with patriotism in a Cold War battle with "godless communism." As Americans flocked in record numbers to houses of worship, non-believers and religious minorities appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to test the constitutionality of religious expression in public schools. And civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as a modern-day prophet, calling upon the nation to honor both biblical teachings and the founders' democratic ideals of equal justice. The final hour, "Of God and Caesar," brings the series into the present day, exploring the religious and political aspirations of conservative evangelicals' moral crusade over divisive social issues like abortion and gay marriage. Their embrace of presidential politics would end in disappointment and questions about the mixing of religion and politics. Across America, the religious marketplace expanded as new waves of immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America made the United States the most religiously diverse nation on earth. In the 2008 presidential election, the re-emergence of a religious voice in the Democratic Party brought the country to a new plateau in its struggle to reconcile faith with politics. "God in America" closes with reflections on the role of faith in the public life of the country, from the ongoing quest for religious liberty to the enduring idea of America as the "city on a hill" envisioned by the Puritans nearly 400 years ago.

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God in America - Night Two - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Fri, October 15, 2010


An audio version of Night 2 (Hours 3 & 4) of the PBS documentary "God in America," a co-production of FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE airing October 12, 2010. The six-hour series tells the dramatic 400-year history of how religion shaped American identity and the public life of the country. Hour three, "A Nation Reborn," explores how religion suffused the Civil War. As slavery split the nation in two, Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders turned to the Bible to support their cause. Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass condemned Christianity for sanctioning slavery. In the White House, Abraham Lincoln struggled to make sense of the war's carnage and the death of his young son. The president, who previously had put his faith in reason over revelation, embarked on a spiritual journey that transformed his ideas about God and the ultimate meaning of the war. Hour four, "A New Light," documents how the forces of modernity in the 19th century challenged traditional faith and drove a wedge between liberal and conservative believers. Bohemian immigrant Isaac Mayer Wise embraced change and established Reform Judaism in America while his opponents adhered to Old World traditions. In New York, Presbyterian biblical scholar Charles Briggs sought to wed his evangelical faith with modern biblical scholarship, leading to his trial for heresy. In the 1925 Scopes evolution trial, Christian fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan faced off against freethinker Clarence Darrow in a battle between scientific and religious truth.

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God in America - Night One - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, October 21, 2010


An audio version of Night 1 (Hours 1 & 2) of the PBS documentary "God in America," a co-production of FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE airing October 11, 2010. The six-hour series tells the dramatic 400-year history of how religion shaped American identity and the public life of the country. The first hour, "A New Adam," explores the origins of America's unique religious landscape -- how the New World challenged and changed the faiths the first European settlers brought with them. In New Mexico, the spiritual rituals of the Pueblo Indians collided with the Catholic faith of Franciscan missionaries, ending in a bloody revolt. In New England, Puritan leader John Winthrop faced off against religious dissenters from within his own ranks. And a new message of spiritual rebirth from evangelical preachers like George Whitefield swept through the American colonies, upending traditional religious authority and kindling a rebellious spirit that converged with the political upheaval of the American Revolution. Hour two, "A New Eden," considers the origins of America's experiment in religious liberty, examining how the unlikely alliance between evangelical Baptists and enlightenment figures such as Thomas Jefferson forged a new concept of religious freedom. In the competitive religious marketplace unleashed by this freedom, upstart denominations raced ahead of traditional faiths and a new wave of religious revivals swept thousands of converts into the evangelical fold and inspired a new gospel of social reform. In a fierce political struggle, Catholic immigrants, led by New York Archbishop John Hughes, challenged Protestant domination of public schools and protested the daily classroom practice of reading from the King James Bible.

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Law & Disorder - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, September 16, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Law & Disorder" airing August 25, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control. "Law & Disorder," a year-long, ongoing collaboration among FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the New Orleans "Times-Picayune," investigates charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions. Airing days before the fifth anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history and drawing from reports published in a real-time online investigation, FRONTLINE takes a fresh look at how the NOPD performed when the rules of civilized society collapsed.

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Wounded Platoon - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, May 20, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "The Wounded Platoon" airing May 18, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Since the Iraq war began, soldier arrests in the city of Colorado Springs, Colo., have tripled. At least 36 servicemen based at the nearby Army post of Fort Carson have committed suicide, and 14 Fort Carson soldiers have been charged or convicted in at least 11 killings. Many of the most violent crimes involved men who had served in the same battalion in Iraq. Three of them came from a single platoon of infantrymen. FRONTLINE tells the dark tale of the men of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry, and how the war followed them home. It is a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army's mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers. Partial funding for this FRONTLINE audiocast is provided by the RealNetworks Foundation.

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College, Inc. - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, May 5, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "College, Inc." airing May 4, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Higher education is a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. One of the fastest-growing -- and most controversial -- sectors of the industry is the for-profit colleges and universities. Unlike traditional colleges that raise money from wealthy alumni and other donors, many for-profit schools sell shares to investors on Wall Street. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Proponents insist they're innovators, widening access to education. FRONTLINE follows the money to uncover how for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America. Partial funding for this FRONTLINE audiocast is provided by the RealNetworks Foundation.

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The Vaccine War - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, May 11, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "The Vaccine War," airing April 27, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Public health scientists and clinicians tout vaccines as one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But for many ordinary Americans vaccines have become controversial. Young parents are concerned at the sheer number of shots -- some 26 inoculations for 14 different diseases by age six -- and follow alternative vaccination schedules advocated by gurus like Dr. Robert Sears. Other parents go further. In communities like Ashland, Oregon, up to one-third of parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids at all. And some advocacy groups, like Generation Rescue, argue that vaccines are no longer a public health miracle but a scourge; they view vaccines as responsible for alarming rises in certain disorders, including ADHD and autism. This is the vaccine war: On one side sits scientific medicine and the public health establishment; on the other a populist coalition of parents, celebrities (like Jenny McCarthy), politicians and activists. It's a war that increasingly takes place on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter, to win the hearts and minds of the public. Partial funding for this FRONTLINE audiocast is provided by the RealNetworks Foundation.

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Obama's Deal - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, May 12, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Obama's Deal," airing April 13, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Barack Obama promised change. Then he took on one of Washington's toughest issues: health care. During his first year in office, he found himself making one deal after another with Capitol Hill's powerful insiders -- lobbyists and influential members of Congress. He angered his political base, watched his popularity sink, and nearly failed to pass the bill. In "Obama's Deal," FRONTLINE follows the story of the president's historic victory and offers the first in-depth look at how the Obama administration operates. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk ("Bush's War," "Dreams of Obama," "Inside the Meltdown") provides a sobering view inside Obama's deals and reveals the realities of American politics, the power of special interest groups, and the role of money in policy-making. Partial funding for this FRONTLINE audiocast is provided by the RealNetworks Foundation.

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The Quake - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Thu, April 08, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "The Quake," airing March 30, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. On January 12, 2010, one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history leveled Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian government and the United Nations, were amongst the victims and struggled to respond. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith bears witness to the scale of the disaster and examines the ill-coordinated relief efforts. Drawing on interviews with key officials and humanitarian experts from Port-au-Prince to Washington, "The Quake" asks whether the world can do better. And how? Partial funding for this FRONTLINE audiocast is provided by the RealNetworks Foundation.

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Flying Cheap - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, February 10, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Flying Cheap," airing Feb. 9, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, FRONTLINE investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation's daily departures. The rise of the regionals and arrival of low-cost carriers have been a huge boon to consumers, and the industry insists that the skies remain safe. But many insiders are worried that now, 30 years after airline deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe.

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Digital Nation - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, February 3, 2010


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Digital Nation," airing Feb. 2, 2010 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we're only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff, to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier. The film is the product of a unique collaboration with visitors to the "Digital Nation" Web site, who for the past year have been able to react to the work in progress and post their own stories online. Dretzin and her team report from the front lines of digital culture -- from love affairs blossoming in virtual worlds, to the thoroughly wired classrooms of the future, to military bases where the Air Force is fighting a new form of digital warfare. Along the way, they begin to map the critical ways that technology is transforming us -- and what we may be learning about ourselves in the process.

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The Card Game - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, November 24, 2009


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "The Card Game," airing Nov. 24, 2009 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. As credit card companies face rising public anger, new regulation from Washington and a potential perfect storm of economic bad news, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the future of the massive consumer loan industry and its impact on a fragile national economy. In a joint project with "The New York Times," FRONTLINE talks to industry insiders, lobbyists, politicians and consumer advocates as they square off over new regulation and the possible creation of a consumer finance protection agency. How are the credit, debit and pre-paid card industries repositioning themselves to maintain their profits under the new rules? The stakes couldn't be higher as many fear the consumer loan industry could be at the center of the next financial crisis.

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Close to Home - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Tue, October 27, 2009


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary "Close to Home," airing Oct. 27, 2009 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel chronicles how one unlikely neighborhood -- New York's Upper East Side -- is faring in this recession through the stories of the people who she's come to know at the hair salon she's frequented for the past 20 years. The film reveals salon owner Deborah Boles' struggles to stay afloat, her sister's risk of imminent foreclosure on her Florida home and the various clients whose lives intersect at this New York City salon -- from well-to-do bankers to struggling actors -- each with a story to tell about how they're getting by in these turbulent times.

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The Warning - Audiocast

Author: FRONTLINE
Wed, October 21, 2009


An audio version of the FRONTLINE documentary The Warning, airing Oct. 20, 2009 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. In the devastating aftermath of the economic meltdown, FRONTLINE sifts through the ashes for clues about why it happened and examines critical moments when it might have gone much differently. Looking back into the late 1990s, veteran FRONTLINE producer/director Michael Kirk discovers early warnings of the crash, reveals an intense battle among high-ranking members of the Clinton administration and uncovers a concerted effort not to regulate the emerging, highly-complex and lucrative derivatives markets that would become the ticking time bomb within the American economy.

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