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.
Generation Like (#3207H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14
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.
Secret State of North Korea (#3206H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVRE
Just two years in the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is the world's youngest dictator, ruling one of the world's most isolated countries. Like his father and grandfather, he wants to maintain tight control over what North Koreans see of the world - and what the world sees of North Korea. But with unique access, Frontline goes inside the secret state to explore life under its new ruler, and investigate the enigmatic "Morning Star King" as he tries to hold onto power. Using new footage smuggled from inside and never-before-told stories from recent defectors living in South Korea, the film offers a rare glimpse of how some North Koreans are defying authority in a country where just being caught with illegal DVDs could mean immediate imprisonment.
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The Retirement Gamble (#3108H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
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.
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A Death In St. Augustine (#3115) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
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.
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Solitary Nation (#3209H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14
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 US 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. This program 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.
TB Silent Killer (#3117H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVRE
Frontline tells the heart-wrenching stories behind the spread of a deadly infection threatening people around the world. Despite efforts to eradicate it, Tuberculosis remains one of the world's deadliest diseases, a contagious airborne illness infecting more than eight million people a year. But what has global health officials most alarmed are spreading strains of TB that are highly resistant to drug treatments. In this intimate film, Frontline travels to the epicenter of the TB crisis - the Southern African nation of Swaziland - where families are waging an often hopeless fight for survival.
Dropout Nation (#3020) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas -- an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country's future. At Houston's Sharpstown High, once a notorious "dropout factory," a high-stakes experiment is under way to rescue students from the edge. Frontline spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown to produce a portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner-city high school, "Dropout Nation" investigates the causes, challenges and potential solutions of a national emergency.
Bigger Than Vegas! (#3216H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVRE
Frontline investigates the explosive growth of Macau as the gambling capital of the world and how major American casinos conduct business there. Correspondent Lowell Bergman, in collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, shows how hundreds of billions of dollars make their way to Macau's gaming tables despite China's currency controls, and how, in some cases, Chinese mobsters are part of the action.
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