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 #3024H)
KQED 9: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 -- 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 9: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
The Suicide Plan (Episode #3023H)
KQED 9: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
You have an incurable illness, you want to die, and you want help dying - what can you do? People who are terminally ill and live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who are suffering turn in secret to friends, family members and even activist organizations. In this film, Frontline explores the shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred as never before. With intimate access to decisions near the end of life, it 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 at risk of prosecution for their actions to hasten death.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
Big Sky, Big Money (Episode #3022H)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
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 US Senate. Frontline correspondent and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal reports.
Also this hour: PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, reporting for Frontline, goes deep inside the Romney and Obama campaigns to uncover how data collected from millions of Americans is being used by both camps to target their messages, get out the vote, and shape the election.