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
Fast Times at West Philly High (Episode #3015)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 25, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
Students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution. In summer 2010, the high school's EVX Team raced against mega-sized auto manufacturers, multimillion-dollar start-ups and university teams from around the world in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition. The challenge: build an affordable, 100 miles-per-gallon car. The prize: $10 million dollars.
Frontline explores the viability of these cars, the potential that exists within our young people and the prospects of effective innovation in public education. Also in this hour, a growing body of evidence suggests that the make-or-break moment for high school dropouts may actually be in middle school. And yet middle schools, with their vulnerable population, have long been overlooked. Now a group of dedicated educators are thrusting middle schools onto center stage. They want to use data to find the answer to the middle school malaise. What's more, they insist this data already exists, has enormous power to help repair a broken school system and to predict and prevent dropouts before they happen.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Let the Reader Understand/Kingdoms in Conflict (Episode #1612^)
KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 -- 9:01 PM
"Let the Reader Understand" - Part three examines the period after theFirst Revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels, look ing at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews. The hour concludes with another bloody Jewish war against Rome, the Second Revolt.
"Kingdoms in Conflict" - The final hour documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries, in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
Sex Slaves (Episode #2408)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
An estimated half-million women are trafficked annually for the purpose of sexual slavery. The women are kidnapped - or lured by traffickers who prey on their dreams of employment abroad - then they are "exported" to Europe, the Middle East, the United States and elsewhere, where they are sold to pimps, drugged, terrorized, locked in brothels and raped repeatedly. In Eastern Europe, since the fall of communism, sex trafficking has become the fastest growing form of organized crime, with Moldova and Ukraine widely seen as the centers of the global trade in women and girls. Frontline presents a unique hidden camera look at this world of sexual slavery, talking with traffickers and their victims, and exposing the government indifference that allows the abuses to continue virtually unchecked. "Sex Slaves" also follows the remarkable journey of one man determined to find his trafficked wife by posing as a trafficker himself to buy back her freedom.
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 -- 9:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Pax Romana/A Light To The Nations (Episode #1610^)
KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
Presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back 2000 years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.
Program 1 traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 CE. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt - the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. The broadcast explores new evidence suggesting that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways.
The second hour turns from the life of Jesus to the period that followed his death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the First Revolt - the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. "A Light to the Nations" explores new evidence suggesting that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
Football High (Episode #2911H)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
High school football has never had a higher profile, with nationally televised games, corporate sponsorships and minute-by-minute coverage on sports websites. In northwest Arkansas, Frontline examines one ambitious high school team working its way towards national renown. With a superstar quarterback at the helm, tiny Shiloh Christian is striving to join the ranks of the country's best high school teams - teams whose workout schedules, practices and styles of play increasingly imitate the pros. But as high school players grow bigger, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players - with rising rates of concussions, career-ending injuries, even death. In Arkansas, Frontline documents a tragic story of heatstroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools. It all raises a critical question: has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game?
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
Cell Tower Deaths (Episode #3007H)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
The demand for better and faster cell phone service comes with a hidden cost. This joint investigation by Frontline and ProPublica has found that the independent contractors who are building and servicing America's cellular infrastructure are 10 times more likely than an average construction worker to die on the job. Complex layers of subcontracting insulate the carriers against liability, despite the fact that they set the aggressive schedule that can force subcontractors to cut corners in order to meet deadlines.
Also this hour: Frontline profiles the case of six-month-old Isis Vas, whose death was deemed "a clear-cut and classic" case of child abuse, sending a man named Ernie Lopez to prison for 60 years. But a Texas judge has moved to overturn Lopez's conviction and new questions are being asked about the quality of expert testimony in this and many other similar cases. In this joint report with ProPublica and NPR, Frontline correspondent A.C. Thompson unearths more than 20 child death cases in which people were jailed on medical evidence - involving abuse, assault and "shaken baby syndrome" - that was later found unreliable or flat out wrong.
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 5, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
The Vaccine War (Episode #2816)
KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 -- 11:00 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 Plus: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 -- 5:00 AM