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
The Vaccine War (Episode #2816)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 24, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
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.
- KQED World: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Wed, Mar 25, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
The Rise of ISIS (Episode #3302)
KQED World: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. As part of a special Frontline series, Correspondent Martin Smith reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the US to be fighting there again.
- KQED World: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
A Death In St. Augustine (Episode #3115)
KQED World: Thu, Mar 12, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
On the night she broke up with her boyfriend, a Florida deputy sheriff, 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 called it suicide, but was it?
Frontline and The New York Times investigate this death of a young, single mother, and what can go wrong when the police are faced with domestic violence allegations within their own ranks.
- KQED World: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Thu, Mar 12, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Outlawed In Pakistan (Episode #3110)
KQED World: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
When Pakistani teenager Kainat Soomro accused four men of gang rape, the courageous young woman did not put her suffering behind her. For this unforgettable documentary, which premiered at Sundance, filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann spent five years tracing both Kainat's odyssey through Pakistan's broken justice system-and her alleged rapists' quest to clear their names. The result is a powerful and nuanced profile of courage in a society where rape victims and their families are often considered dishonorable and subjected to humiliation, poverty, and mortal danger.
- KQED World: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 -- 1:00 PM