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Frontline
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As PBS' premier public affairs series, FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #3114
Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria
"Nightmare bacteria." That's how the CDC describes a frightening new threat spreading quickly in hospitals, communities, and across the globe. FRONTLINE reporter David Hoffman investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections: from a young girl thrust onto life support in an Arizona hospital, to a young American infected in India who comes home to Seattle, and an uncontrollable outbreak at the nation's most prestigious hospital, where 18 patients were mysteriously infected and six died, despite frantic efforts to contain the killer bacteria. Fueled by decades of antibiotic overuse, the crisis has deepened as major drug companies, squeezed by Wall Street expectations, have abandoned the development of new antibiotics. Without swift action, the miracle age of antibiotics could be coming to an end.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3312
Escaping Isis
Hear gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS. This hard-hitting film explores the lives of women who were held as sex slaves, the people who saved them and women who endured-and also enforced-ISIS' harsh rules.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3220
Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty
A feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzman, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, he had been on the run from the U.S. and Mexican governments for over a decade.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3024
Poor Kids
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.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3304
Gunned Down: The Power of The Nra
FRONTLINE investigates how the NRA uses its unrivaled political power to stop gun regulation in America. With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Gunned Down examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn't acted.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3108
The Retirement Gamble
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 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.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3218
The Trouble With Chicken
FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat - particularly poultry - and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Focusing on an outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg at one of the nation's largest poultry processors, the film shows how contaminants are evading regulators and causing more severe illnesses at a time when Americans are consuming more chicken than ever.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2816
The Vaccine War
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.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #3214
Separate and Unequal
Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, FRONTLINE examines the comeback of segregation in America. The film focuses on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a group of mostly white parents are trying to form their own city with its own separate school district, leaving behind a population of black students. Through the battle in Baton Rouge, FRONTLINE shows the growing racial divide in American schools and the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education. Also this hour: FRONTLINE updates the story of Omarina Cabrera, a struggling student from the Bronx who today is excelling at an elite prep school in New England because of a groundbreaking program to stem the high school dropout crisis. Drawing on the 2012 film, Middle School Moment, FRONTLINE follows Omarina's achievements and challenges and shows the contrasts to her twin brother, who has remained in the Bronx.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3401
Growing Up Trans
Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, the film examines new medical interventions increasingly being offered at younger ages.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3311
Rape On The Night Shift
Investigate the abuse of immigrant women working in the janitorial industry. The film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how companies fall short in dealing with the problem.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3116
Secrets of The Vatican
Pope Benedict made history when he announced his resignation, becoming the first Pope to step down voluntarily in 600 years. In his wake he left a bitterly divided Vatican mired in scandals. But is Benedict's successor, Pope Francis, taming the forces that helped destroy Benedict's papacy? Is he succeeding in lifting the Church out of crisis? Nearly a year in the making, this film goes inside the Vatican -- one of the world's most revered and mysterious institutions -- to unravel the remarkable series of events that led to the resignation that shook the world. Through interviews with those at the very heart of what happened -- cardinals, priests, convicted criminals, police, prosecutors and whistle-blowers -- FRONTLINE gives a first-hand account of the final days of Benedict's papacy and the current battle to set the Church on a new path under Francis.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Fri Jun 19th @ 9:00 pm

Episode #3209
Solitary Nation
An estimated 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement - even people who haven't committed violent crimes - sometimes for years, or even decades. Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, FRONTLINE examines America's use of solitary confinement - a practice U.S. prisons and jails resort to more than most other countries. Some prison officials see it as necessary to keep order and safety, but critics say it is inhumane and counterproductive. "Solitary Nation" is an extraordinarily rare and intimate view of life in solitary, through the stories of inmates living in isolation, the prison officers who keep them locked in, and a new warden who is re-thinking the practice and trying to reduce the number of inmates in solitary.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Jun 20th @ 3:00 am

Episode #2804
Alaska Gold
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 some $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.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3310
Obama at War
Go inside the Obama administration's struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria. With interviews from key military and diplomatic leaders, "Obama at War" examines the hard choices facing the president as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3309
Secrets, Politics and Torture
Examine the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Through recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, investigate what the CIA did and whether it worked.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3218
The Trouble With Chicken
FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat - particularly poultry - and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Focusing on an outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg at one of the nation's largest poultry processors, the film shows how contaminants are evading regulators and causing more severe illnesses at a time when Americans are consuming more chicken than ever.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3308
Outbreak
This is the inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late. With exclusive access to key global decision-makers and health responders, and accounts of victims from the slums of Monrovia to the jungles of Guinea, this film exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.


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