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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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  • McCain
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018

    Inside John McCain’s complicated relationship with President Donald Trump and his own Republican Party.

  • Trump's Takeover
    Wed, Apr 11, 2018

    FRONTLINE goes inside President Trump’s high-stakes battle for control of the GOP, examining how he attacked fellow Republicans and used inflammatory rhetoric that rallied his base and further divided the country in his first year as president.

  • Weinstein
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    FRONTLINE investigates how Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early years, the film examines the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.

  • American Patriot: Inside the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Government
    Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    FRONTLINE investigates how the Bundy family's fight against the federal government invigorated armed militias and "patriot" groups — helping them grow to levels not seen in decades.

  • Poor Kids
    Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, FRONTLINE explores what poverty means to children in America. Originally broadcast Nov. 20, 2012. Updated Nov. 22, 2017.

  • Putin's Revenge: Part 2
    Mon, Nov 06, 2017

    The inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see America as an enemy.

  • Putin's Revenge: Part 1
    Mon, Nov 06, 2017

    The inside story of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the United States.

  • War on the EPA
    Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    How Scott Pruitt went from fighting the Environmental Protection Agency to running it and rolling back years of policy.

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    From acclaimed director Steve James, the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Introducing The FRONTLINE Dispatch
    Tue, Sep 05, 2017

    Introducing The FRONTLINE Dispatch, a new narrative podcast from the producers and reporters of the PBS investigative documentary series FRONTLINE. New episodes biweekly. Subscribe to The FRONTLINE Dispatch at pbs.org/frontlinedispatch.

  • Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria (Updated)
    Thu, Jul 27, 2017

    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. (Updated 07/25/2017)

  • Life on Parole
    Thu, Jul 20, 2017

    With unique access, go inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. In collaboration with The New York Times, the film follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.

  • Bannon's War
    Wed, May 24, 2017

    The inside story of Trump adviser Stephen Bannon’s war — with radical Islam, Washington and White House rivals.

  • Poverty, Politics and Profit
    Wed, May 10, 2017

    FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the billions spent on affordable housing, and why so few get the help they need.

  • The Fish on My Plate
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017

    Best-selling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg spends a year eating fish at breakfast, lunch and dinner to help answer the question: “What fish should I eat that’s good for me and good for the planet?”

  • Last Days of Solitary
    Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    Inside one state’s ambitious attempt to decrease its use of solitary — and what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society.

  • Forever Prison
    Wed, Feb 22, 2017

    FRONTLINE and Retro Report explore the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

  • Out Of Gitmo
    Wed, Feb 22, 2017

    FRONTLINE and NPR examine the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists.

  • Trump’s Road to the White House
    Mon, Feb 06, 2017

    An investigation of how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the presidency — and what it suggests about how he will govern.

  • Divided States of America: Part 2
    Mon, Jan 30, 2017

    FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. (Part 2 of 2)

  • Divided States of America: Part 1
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017

    FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. (Part 1 of 2)

  • President Trump
    Wed, Jan 04, 2017

    An examination of the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump. Interviews drawn from The Choice 2016 with advisors, business associates and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to reality TV star to president.

  • Terror in Europe
    Mon, Oct 24, 2016

    FRONTLINE and ProPublica go inside Europe’s fight against terrorism — the missed warnings and the lingering vulnerabilities.

  • The Choice 2016
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016

    FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate what has shaped Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

  • The Education of Omarina
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016

    The Education of Omarina continues a story FRONTLINE has been following since 2012 — showing how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college.

  • A Subprime Education
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016

    FRONTLINE investigates allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled for-profit college industry.

  • Policing the Police
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016

    How do you transform a troubled police department?

  • Business of Disaster
    Wed, May 25, 2016

    Who profits when disaster strikes? FRONTLINE and NPR investigate.

  • The Secret History of ISIS
    Fri, May 20, 2016

    The inside story of the the radicals who became the leaders of ISIS, the many missed warning signs and the U.S. failures to stop the terror group's brutal rise.

  • Chasing Heroin
    Thu, Feb 25, 2016

    A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light -- telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.

  • The Fantasy Sports Gamble
    Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    An investigation with The New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad.

  • Supplements and Safety
    Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation examine the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight.

  • Netanyahu at War
    Wed, Jan 06, 2016

    An inside look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political rise and his relationship with the U.S.

  • My Brother's Bomber - Part Three
    Tue, Oct 20, 2015

    The gripping conclusion to Ken Dornstein's search for those responsible for the Lockerbie bombing.

  • Special Edition Podcast: A Brother’s Quest
    Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    In this special edition podcast, FRONTLINE filmmaker Ken Dornstein remembers his older brother, David, who died in the 1988 bombing of Pam Am Flight 103.Music featured in this podcast by Jeremy Messersmith. http://jeremymessersmith.com/

  • My Brother's Bomber - Part Two
    Wed, Oct 07, 2015

    Filmmaker Ken Dornstein continues his search for answers into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

  • My Brother's Bomber - Part One
    Wed, Oct 07, 2015

    A brother's search for the terrorists who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.

  • Growing Up Trans
    Wed, Jul 01, 2015

    An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

  • Prison State
    Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    An intimate look at the cycle of mass incarceration in America. (Original Upload Date: 04/29/2014)

  • Obama at War
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    Inside the Obama administration's struggle to deal with ISIS and the civil war in Syria. (Original Upload Date: 06/02/2015)

  • Secrets, Politics, and Torture
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    The secret history of the CIA's controversial "enhanced interrogation" methods. (Original Upload Date: 05/22/2015)

  • The Trouble With Chicken
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in meat – particularly poultry. (Original Upload Date: 05/13/2015)

  • American Terrorist
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley. (Original Upload Date: 04/27/2015)

  • Vaccine War
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE investigates the science and the politics of vaccine safety. (Original Upload Date: 03/30/2015)

  • Being Mortal
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE explores the intersection of life, death, medicine and what matters in the end. (Original Upload Date: 02/11/2015)

  • Putin's Way
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE investigates the accusations surrounding Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. (Original Upload Date: 01/28/2015)

  • Gunned Down
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE goes inside the politics of America's gun debate. (Original Upload Date: 01/15/2015)

  • Firestone and the Warlord
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the secret history of Firestone in Liberia. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)

  • The Rise of ISIS
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)

  • Outbreak at NIH
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    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. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)

  • The Trouble with Antibiotics
    Mon, Jun 08, 2015

    FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)

  • Inside "Being Mortal" with Atul Gawande and Tom Jennings
    Mon, Mar 02, 2015

    FRONTLINE filmmaker Tom Jennings and author and surgeon Atul Gawande discuss the making of their documentary, Being Mortal, about why so many doctors struggle to discuss death openly and honestly with their patients. (Original Upload Date: 04/02/2015)

  • Frontline Roundtable: Corporate Social Responsibility
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    How responsible should companies be about their impact on the world? Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, and Arvind Ganesan, director of the business and human rights division at Human Rights Watch, discuss corporate social responsibility. Hosted by Sarah Childress.

  • Understanding the Rise of ISIS
    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.

  • Frontline Roundtable: Solitary Confinement
    Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Special Podcast: FRONTLINE asks how corrections officials are changing the use of solitary confinement in the U.S.

  • Secrets of the Vatican
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    “Secrets of the Vatican,” a special, 90-minute FRONTLINE presentation premiering Feb. 25, tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict Papacy—and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy, root out corruption, and chart a new course for the troubled Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers.

  • Generation Like
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible.But is that real empowerment?Or do marketers still hold the upper hand?In "Generation Like," author and FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff ("The Merchants of Cool," "The Persuaders") explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.Do kids think they're being used?Do they care?Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it?The film is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.

  • League of Denial
    Sat, Oct 12, 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.

  • Life and Death in Assisted Living
    Wed, Oct 02, 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.

  • The Retirement Gamble
    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.

  • Raising Adam Lanza
    Thu, Mar 07, 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.

  • Cliffhanger
    Thu, Mar 07, 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.

  • The Untouchables
    Mon, Feb 11, 2013

    An audio version of FRONTLINE's documentary "The Untouchables" airing January 22 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates why the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors, loans that brought the U.S. and world economies to the brink of collapse. Through interviews with prosecutors, government officials and industry whistleblowers, the film raises questions over whether senior bankers either ignored or contributed to fraud while inflating the bubble through the purchase and securitization of loans.

  • The Education of Michelle Rhee
    Mon, Feb 11, 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.

  • Poor Kids
    Mon, Feb 11, 2013

    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.

  • The Suicide Plan
    Mon, Feb 11, 2013

    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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