Since January 1983, Frontline has served as American public television's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," the series' stature over 26 years is reaffirmed through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.
Frontline Previous Broadcasts
Poor Kids (Episode #3024)
KQED 9: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
United States of Secrets, Part Two (Episode #3212H)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
In part 2, Frontline explores the role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency's dragnet. As big technology companies encouraged users to share more and more information about their lives, they created a trove of data that could be useful not simply to advertisers, but also to the government.The revelations of NSA contractor Edward Snowden would push Silicon Valley into the center of a debate over privacy and government surveillance.
Separate and Unequal (Episode #3214)
KQED 9: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
60 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.
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 16, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jul 16, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
United States of Secrets, Part One (Episode #3211H)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Last year, Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched off a fierce debate over the massive surveillance operations conducted by the National Security Agency. Now, Frontline investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today. Through exclusive interviews with intelligence insiders, cabinet officials and government whistle-blowers, part one reveals how the US government came to monitor the communications of millions of Americans and to collect billions of records on ordinary people around the world.
Generation Like (Episode #3207)
KQED 9: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
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 this film, author and Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff 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 an examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
To Catch A Trader (Episode #3205)
KQED 9: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
In just over two decades, Steven A. Cohen has amassed a gigantic fortune: a sprawling 35,000-square-foot mansion on Connecticut's gold coast; a $62-million beach house in the Hamptons, and several New York apartments, including a $115-million midtown duplex - all of them furnished with some of the world's most expensive art. How did he do it?
From small-time options trader to King of Wall Street hedge fund managers, Frontline investigates Cohen and his company, SAC Capital, and other Wall Street characters with never-before-seen video and incriminating FBI wiretaps. The film is a crime drama with a cast of colorful characters: from cheating traders with their "Mr. Whisper" sources to some of the most respected figures in American business. To date, the government has convicted 76 people of securities fraud and conspiracy. Will Cohen be the next to fall? Frontline tracks an ongoing seven-year investigation into the largest insider trading scandal in US history.
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 4:00 AM