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Frontline 8 Seasons 2012

Season 30
4.6 out of 5 stars (101) IMDb 8.7/10

Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," Frontline's stature over more than 28 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

Starring:
Stephen Engelberg, Jim Gilmore

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Season 30

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1. The Anthrax Files

In the fall of 2001 envelopes carrying deadly anthrax were delivered to U.S. Senate offices, network news divisions and a tabloid newspaper. Now, new questions are being raised about the most expensive and complex investigation ever undertaken by the FBI. FRONTLINE, in a co-production with ProPublica and McClatchy Newspapers, takes a hard look at the FBI's investigation of the country's most notorious act of bioterrorism.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: October 11, 2011
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2. Lost In Detention

More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Frontline investigates Obama's enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to these detainees.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: October 18, 2011
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3. Syria Undercover

Reporter Ramita Navai goes undercover for a rare look at the uprising from inside Syria. Plus a profile of the dictator who has managed to hold on longer than any amidst the Arab unrest--President Bashar al-Assad.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: November 10, 2011
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4. A Perfect Terrorist

FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the mysterious circumstances behind David Headley's rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: November 23, 2011
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5. Opium Brides

FRONTLINE reports on the unexpected collateral damage of the counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: January 3, 2012
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6. The Interrupters

Follow a group of former gang leaders trying to "interrupt" shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Release date: February 14, 2012
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7. Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

Witness an unprecedented account of the crisis inside Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: February 28, 2012
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8. Murdoch's Scandal

Follow the battle over the future of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, his reputation and his family's fortunes.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: March 27, 2012
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9. The Real CSI

A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: April 17, 2012
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10. Money, Power, and Wall Street: Part One

Part One: Learn how two U.S. administrations have confronted the economic crisis.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Release date: April 24, 2012

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11. Money, Power, and Wall Street: Part Two

Part Two: Probe the story of the big banks -- how they developed, how they crashed and whether they still present dangers.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Release date: May 1, 2012
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12. Cell Tower Deaths

Learn about the hidden cost of better and faster cell phone service, and about unreliable medical evidence in several child death cases.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: May 22, 2012
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13. Al Qaeda in Yemen

FRONTLINE travels into the heart of Yemen's radical heartland, and shows how Al Queda is taking control of towns and cities in an attempt to establish its own state.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: May 29, 2012
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14. Dollars and Dentists

Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can't afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: June 26, 2012
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15. Endgame: AIDS in Black America

Nearly half of the one million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children. Trace the history of the AIDS epidemic through the experiences of individuals who tell their stories.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Release date: July 10, 2012
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16. Fast Times at West Philly High

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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: July 17, 2012
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17. Alaska Gold

The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild Sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It's also home to enormous mineral deposits-copper, gold, molybdenum-estimated to be worth over $300 billion.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: July 24, 2012
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18. The Battle for Syria

Journey to the heart of the Syrian insurgency, inside the rebel groups that are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: September 18, 2012
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19. Dropout Nation

Witness a high-stakes experiment to rescue students prepared to quit high school without a diploma.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Release date: September 25, 2012
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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Michael Kirk
Starring Stephen Engelberg, Jim Gilmore
Supporting actors Greg Gordon, Peter Haydu, Will Lyman, Gary Matsumoto, Mike McNally, Arun Rath, Mike Wiser
Season year 2012
Network PBS
Producers Raney Aronson, Lauren Ezell, David Fanning, Missy Frederick, Gretchen Gavett, Jim Gilmore, Azmat Khan, Michael Kirk, Sarah Moughty, Colette Neirouz, Robin Parmelee, Arun Rath, Michael Sullivan, Mike Wiser
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Immigration is always a hot button topic. While some may see this episode as too sympathetic to illegal immigrants there are many valid points made in this episode. As an immigrant myself I resent the demonizing of entire communities because of a few bad apples, the oversimplification of deportation as the solution to all immigration problems, or flat out other irrational "solutions" for this problem. While I have no problem when ICE deports criminals and in fact commend them for doing that I don't think the law should be applied as black and white. Some thought should be given to circumstances such as the ones presented in this program. In the end the program doesn't propose any solution but alludes to the hopelessness of the problem due to perpetual political gridlock.
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Frontline does it again! In their excellent, unbiased reporting, Frontline explains that the seeds of the financial meltdown began in the Clinton Administration, with the repeal of Glass Stegall, and was further exacerbated and exploited by the Bush 42 Administration. The program demonstrates with the deregulation of the banks, the industry was permitted to design highly sophisticated mathematical algorithms (which no one understood) and use them as investment instruments. The Program also shows us how the American banks sold us investments they knew were junk, and then bet against the investments they sold us. (The Banks win -- the public losses).

In addition, the tentacles of the American Banks reached far and wide and played a large role in the meltdown of the European markets, in general, and Greece, in particular.

The Program also demonstrates how our leaders were caught by surprise (they shouldn't have been) and reacted poorly to the crisis by making one bad decision after another and forcing the Banks to take our tax dollars, whether they wanted or needed it.

The most important message I received from this Program is that the economic crisis is not over. Things have cooled down and the economy shows signs of recovery. However, in my opinion, unless we regulate the banking system; put people back to work, and have real, tangible investments, we will move from one bubble to the next; one crisis to the next.

Excellent programing.
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I'm so glad investigative journalism continues . It one of the only television shows of importance. They don't always get it right, but they generally give every story a pretty good run. It definitely has a politically leftist lean, most of the time, but that's probably also the crossover point emotively, outrage against the machinery of business as usual. Occasionally, it picks up a more traditional approach. In any case, I always find them thought provoking.
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Was Dr. Ivans the perpetrator behind the Anthrax attack or not? At some point into this episode, I felt almost certain he was the culprit. Then that near certainty disappeared when the evidence was weighed at the end by objective parties.

The FBI spent tens of millions of dollars and over 600,000 hours trying to solve this case. This was one of the most high-stakes cases they've had. Investigation work doesn't always get wrapped up in a neat bow even when all the investigators do an apparently great job as in this case.

Frontline presents this story in a way to show the FBI as perhaps a little helpless and over-reaching. Some of that is true like when they at first definitely fingered the wrong guy. I think Frontline actually made the case that the FBI did about as well as we could have reasonably expected under the incredibly difficult circumstances.
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The first episode shows the extreme difficulty managing border security at the Afghan-Pakistan border. Many powers are interested in this border. Each interested party is extremely tough because survival is so difficult in this area and the stakes are high. A lot of attention was given to Pakistan's ISI and the way it apparently deals with all the other sides in the conflict.

The second episode showed horrible things. Little kids, particularly little girls, are at extreme risk in the remote Afghan areas. The opium traders lend money to poor farmers. When the farmers can't pay the debt, the drug traders take their daughters. And this cycle goes on and on. It tears apart families, and this episode shows some of these instances up close.

Both episodes were excellent. The second one is difficult to recommend because it's so disturbing.
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My rating of 4 stars is in no way a criticism of the material. It was informative, fascinating and factual and well worth the time spent viewing. I actually understand the situation much better in Syria after watching this presentation. My problem was with Amazon. I tried to download the video several times and kept getting the message "unable to connect. Please try again later." When I finally was able to download the video it kept stopping and "loading" throughout the presentation, which was very distracting and frustrating.
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Frontline correspondent Maria Hinojosa did a fantastic job in this segment. There really shouldn't be anything complicated about human rights. When the President said the issue is very complicated, he meant politically.

This episode focused on injustices for illegal immigrants regarding laws and enforcement of those laws. A lot of time was devoted to a privately run detention center where sexual abuse of female detainees had been occurring as a matter of course. Some of these women are mothers of young citizen-children and haven't done anything wrong other than being in the U.S. illegally.

As correspondent Hinojosa discovered, the reason sexual abuse of female illegal immigrant detainees prevailed was that perpetrators stood the slimmest chance of facing justice themselves. The detention centers are located remotely, the detainees do not have the right to an attorney, immigration officials were not responsive to calls for investigations and threats against complainers deter victims from coming forward. Finally, it's cheaper to deport than investigate and litigate the grievances.

Politicians interviewed called for reform to immigration laws, including both parties. I couldn't find a distinction between the parties on the matter although others will perceive distinctions. Congress doesn't pass immigration reform because it wants a lot more enforcement on deportations first. This makes life very stressful for undocumented workers (I think that's the term used in this episode), especially if they have dependent children.

What I saw in this episode made me feel that reform should not wait on more enforcement. Human rights should not be on hold pending other actions, in my view. In the long run, there's always blowback of some sort. I'm quite sincere in saying the one-size-fits-all deportation rules could in the end alienate the very people we're going to need in coming years.
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