Author Archives Jason M. Breslow

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

The Autopsy That Changed Football

When Dr. Bennet Omalu found CTE in the brain of Steelers legend Mike Webster, he believed NFL doctors would want to know more. They didn’t.

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

NFL Commissioner Highlights Safety Record In Letter To Fans

The letter, sent to roughly 10 million fans, comes one day after the release of two book excerpts detailing the NFL’s checkered response to football’s concussion crisis.

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

How One Client’s Concussion Shook the Real “Jerry Maguire”

As an NFL super agent, Leigh Steinberg saw it all, especially when it came to injuries. But of all the hard hits he ever witnessed, there was one that especially frightened him: Troy Aikman’s concussion.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 4

Week 4 of the NFL season saw at least five players removed from games because of possible head injuries, as well as an intriguing update on an injury from week 3.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 3

The third week of the NFL season saw at least seven players removed from games because of possible head injuries.

Concussion Watch

For the NFL, Focus on Concussions Yields Mixed Results

Despite a new emphasis on player safety, a FRONTLINE analysis found NFL concussions on the rise in 2012, as half of players returned from their injuries without missing a game.

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

Report: NFL Concussion Settlement Could Shut Out Many

The very first players to be diagnosed with football-related brain damage may not allow any compensation, according to a new report.

The Untouchables

Still “Untouchable”? Policing Wall St. 5 Years After the Crisis

Has Wall Street permanently escaped accountability? FRONTLINE asks a group of leading journalists to explore what the meltdown has meant for the policing of Wall St.

Money, Power and Wall Street

The Financial Crisis Five Years Later — How It Changed Us

It has been five years since the financial crisis began, and though the economy is on the mend, the legacy of the crash still reverberates. On the anniversary of the collapse, FRONTLINE joins with a group of leading journalists to explore how the meltdown has reshaped the nation.

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

NFL Reaches $765 Million Settlement In Concussion Lawsuit

The NFL has reached a settlement with more than 4,500 former players who were suing the league for allegedly concealing a link between traumatic brain injuries and professional football.


Your Summer FRONTLINE Viewing List: Film 4

We found the top five films that resonated most with viewers this season. Here’s number 4.

Football High

What Are the Youth Football Laws in Your State?

Since 2009, every state except for Mississippi has enacted legislation designed to minimize the risk of football-related head injuries.


Your Summer FRONTLINE Viewing List: Film 2

We found the top five films that resonated most with viewers this season. Here’s number 2.

Concussion Watch

Coming Soon on FRONTLINE: “League of Denial”

This fall, FRONTLINE will air a special two-part investigation examining whether the NFL has covered up the risks of football on the brain.

Life and Death in Assisted Living

Seven Questions To Ask When Searching for Assisted Living

In most states, it can be simpler to search for restaurant reviews on Yelp than it is to locate ratings and reviews for a local assisted living facility.

Revolution in Cairo

Who’s Who In Egypt’s Widening Political Divide?

The growing political unrest in Egypt has begun to split families over what’s best for the future of the nation, reports Charles M. Sennott from Cairo.

The Untouchables

Survey: One in Four on Wall Street Open to Insider Trading

If public confidence in Wall Street remains battered from the financial crisis, a new survey of ethics in the financial services industry is unlikely to help.

Concussion Watch

Legal Battle Over NFL Brain Injuries Ordered Into Mediation

A federal judge is delaying her ruling on the NFL’s request to dismiss the case brought by more than 4,200 players so that both sides can explore whether a “consensual resolution is possible.”

Two American Families

The State of America’s Middle Class in Eight Charts

Over the last several decades, middle class families have struggled to keep pace with smaller paychecks, mounting debt and shrinking opportunities for steady work.

Two American Families

The Middle Class and the New American Economy

Ahead of the FRONTLINE premiere of “Two American Families,” Bill Moyers explores how middle class families are surviving.

Six Billion Dollar Bet

New Insight into MF Global’s Frenzied Final Days

Emails and phone transcripts cited in the CFTC’s complaint against former MF Global head Jon Corzine provide new insight into how more than $1 billion in customer money went missing.

Rape in the Fields

The EEOC: At the “Vanguard” of Fight Against Discrimination

The federal agency on the forefront of defending migrant workers from sexual abuse receives thousands of complaints each year, and operates on a budget that costs less that a fighter jet.

Money and March Madness

NCAA Lawsuit Asks, Should Student-Athletes Be Paid?

Plaintiffs in the case, O’Bannon v. NCAA, argue that they are entitled to a portion of the revenue the NCAA earns by licensing the “likeness” of players in broadcast rights and video games.

The Untouchables

Rethinking Past Settlements, SEC Aims For More Mea Culpas

New SEC Chairman Mary Jo White says she is looking to boost accountability.

Syria Behind the Lines

Can the U.S. Keep Its Weapons From Extremists in Syria?

With the Obama administration moving to arm Syrian rebels, most experts believe the task will be difficult, if not impossible.

Syria Behind the Lines

The Changing Shape of Syria’s Civil War

From the very beginning, it was clear Syria would be a long and bloody civil war that would rip into the very heart of the Middle East, says FRONTLINE filmmaker Ramita Navai.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

What An NSA Domestic Spying Operation Looks Like

The AT&T technician who uncovered the NSA’s domestic spying operation during the Bush administration explains how he first learned about the top-secret program.

Money, Power and Wall Street

JPMorgan To Lose $842 Million In Toxic Ala. Sewer Deal

The saga of the botched bond deal that led to the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history may finally be nearing an end.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Financial Regulators Turn Their Focus To Non-Banks

U.S. regulators have for the first designated three non-banks as systemically important financial institutions fit for tougher government oversight.

Cheney's Law

How Obama’s FBI Pick Tried To Stop Warrantless Wiretapping

President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey as the next director of the FBI, turning to a former Bush administration official who left government after clashing with the White House over warrantless wiretapping.

Outlawed in Pakistan

The Risks of Defending an “Outlaw”

Attorney Faisal Siddiqi knows the risks that come from representing rape victims in Pakistan. “There is no two opinions about it,” he says. “If you do cases like this, you put the whole family in danger.”

Outlawed in Pakistan

In Pakistan, a Delicate Balance Between Religious and Secular Law

In Pakistan, where tribal traditions, Islamic law and the legacy of a colonial legal system are often at odds, justice can take many forms.

The Untouchables

Is Wall Street Still “Untouchable”?

In “The Untouchables,” which re-airs tonight on FRONTLINE, correspondent Martin Smith examines why not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for fraud tied to the sale of bad mortgages.

The Untouchables

Eric Holder Backtracks Remarks on “Too Big To Jail”

The attorney general on Wednesday sought to walk back earlier comments that some financial institutions may be too large to prosecute.

The Suicide Plan

Vermont to Legalize Assisted Suicide

A bill approved by the state legislature makes Vermont just the third state in the nation to legalize physician-assisted suicide – and the first to do it through a legislative vote.

The Retirement Gamble

How Do You Know Which Financial Adviser to Trust?

The Labor Department is looking to raise standards among financial advisers, but opposition from industry groups, lawmakers and even some consumer advocates threatens to sink the proposal.

Top Secret America

When “Top Secret America” Could Not Connect the Dots

Despite the billions spent on counterterrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing was a reminder that intelligence officials will never be able to thwart every plot.

The Retirement Gamble

How Retirement Fees Cost You

Most Americans are unaware of the fees they are paying for their 401(k)’s, but over a lifetime, such charges can cost an ordinary American more than $109,000. Here’s how.

The Retirement Gamble

Five Moments that Shaped the 401(k)

In the 1980s, the 401(k) began its climb from an obscure section of the IRS tax code to what is now the predominant workplace retirement option. How did it happen?

The Retirement Gamble

Index Funds: The Key to Saving for Retirement?

Index funds have gone from a once ridiculed answer to retirement planning to one of the fastest growing corners of the market. They promise consistency, but what are the downsides?

Concussion Watch

At Start of NFL Concussion Case, a Focus On Workplace Safety

Should former NFL players be able to sue the league for brain injuries they suffered on the field? That question was the focus of a preliminary hearing Tuesday into concussion litigation filed by more than 4,000 NFL veterans.

Concussion Watch

NFL Concussion Litigation Faces An Early Courtroom Test

A preliminary hearing this week will determine whether more than 4,000 former players can sue the NFL in court for allegedly concealing the link between football and brain damage.

Kind Hearted Woman

Setting Off Down the “Red Road”

For Native Americans, a life along the red road means a life lived clean and sober. It is a sacred concept, which for Robin Charboneau, was once elusive.

Concussion Watch

With Eye on Concussions, NFL Adopts New Rule on Helmet Hits

In an effort to reduce the number of head injuries that occur on the field, NFL owners have approved a new rule that will penalize players from striking opponents with the crown of their helmets.

Iraq / War on Terror

The Iraq War Is Over. Now What?

Ten years on, the legacy of Iraq remains far from settled. One thing that’s clear: the war will continue to influence the U.S., Iraq, and its neighbors in the Middle East for decades to come.

The Untouchables

SEC Nominee Signals Cautious Approach to Prosecuting Banks

Prosecutors should consider the “collateral consequences” of bringing criminal indictments against financial institutions, SEC nominee Mary Jo White told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing.

The Untouchables

Senators Bash DOJ for “Evasive” Response on “Too Big To Jail”

Two U.S. senators have criticized the Department of Justice for offering an “aggressively evasive” response to their questions about why major banks have avoided prosecution for the financial crisis.

The Untouchables

Supreme Court Ruling a Blow for Future Financial Crisis Cases

The unanimous decision largely ensures no new civil fraud charges will come out of the crisis, now that five-year statute of limitations for such cases has nearly expired.

Raising Adam Lanza

For Adam Lanza, a Debated Diagnosis That Meant “More to be Worried About”

A diagnosis of sensory integration disorder may offer new clues about what shaped the shooter behind the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Raising Adam Lanza

Slideshow: Adam Lanza’s Path to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Before becoming the name behind the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Adam Lanza was just a shy boy that no one could quite seem to get through to.

Kind Hearted Woman

David Sutherland on the “Magic” of Filmmaking

“My films are really about people and how they react,” says David Sutherland, director of the forthcoming film “Kind Hearted Woman,” airing April 1 and 2 on PBS.


In Their Own Words: The GOP’s 2010 Freshmen and the Politics of Debt

Four members of the class of 2010 talk about their role in debt limit talks, their real feelings about John Boehner, and the future of the GOP.


The GOP Freshmen of 2010: “Spear Carriers” with a Mission

The 87 Republicans that propelled the GOP into the House majority in 2010 shifted not only the debate over spending, but the dynamics of Washington altogether.

The Untouchables

4 Reasons Why the S&P Fraud Lawsuit May Be a Game-Changer

The Justice Department alleges Standard & Poor’s, the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, knowingly understated the risk behind many of the financial products that caused the subprime mortgage meltdown.

Concussion Watch

NFL Concussions: The 2012-13 Season In Review

The past NFL season saw more than 160 players go down with a head injury. Along the way, there have been landmark breakthroughs in brain research, a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit, and even a commentary on violence in football by President Obama.

Concussion Watch

Obama’s Concerns Focus Super Bowl Talk On Player Safety

The president said that if he had a son, he’d think twice about letting him play football. His comments, which have spurred a range of reaction from players, come amid an NFL season in which 170 concussions have been reported on team injury reports.

The Untouchables

Eric Schneiderman: Mortgage Task Force Eyeing Broader Suits

The appetite is growing for cases that address systemic fraud during the financial crisis, says the co-chair of the Obama administration’s Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group.

Concussion Watch

Family of Junior Seau Files Wrongful Death Suit Against NFL

The family Junior Seau is suing the NFL, claiming the linebacker’s suicide last May was caused by head trauma he sustained over more than 20 seasons in the league.

The Untouchables

Too Big To Jail? The Top 10 Civil Cases Against the Banks

In nearly every major legal case to emerge from the crisis, government prosecutors have won multi-million dollar settlements, but companies and officials have not been required to admit wrongdoing.

The Untouchables

Were Bankers Jailed In Past Financial Crises?

Not one Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for fraud related to the subprime crisis. How does that compare to past downturns?

The Untouchables

As Deadlines Loom for Financial Crisis Cases, Prosecutors Weigh Their Options

For more than four years, regulators have struggled to successfully prosecute a Wall Street bank or its executives for alleged misconduct during the financial crisis. Now, time may be running out.

The Untouchables

“Fraud Was … the F-Bomb”

Well before the housing bubble burst, alarm bells were beginning to sound among key players in the mortgage industry: due diligence underwriters.

Inside Obama’s Presidency

“Inside Obama’s Presidency”: His Second-Term Agenda

Four years ago, Barack Obama hinted at his desire to be a transformative president. With Inauguration Day less than a week away, six of the country’s leading journalists discuss how he can meet that mark in his second term.

Inside Obama’s Presidency

“Inside Obama’s Presidency”: Discussing the First Term

Four years ago, Barack Obama hinted at his desire to be a transformative president. With Inauguration Day less than a week away, six of the country’s leading journalists discuss whether he has met that mark.

Concussion Watch

Junior Seau Suffered Chronic Brain Damage, NIH Study Finds

The former NFL linebacker, whose suicide stunned the football world, suffered from the same chronic brain condition that has also been documented in the brains of 50 deceased players, NIH researchers have found.

The Education of Michelle Rhee

How Do You Measure Success in School Reform?

Michelle Rhee has taken her education reform agenda nationally, yet supporters and critics alike continue to wrestle with the same questions that dominated her tenure in Washington. For example, how do you turn around a struggling school? What makes a good teacher? Three experts weigh in.

The Education of Michelle Rhee

Education Department Finds No Evidence Of Widespread Cheating On D.C. Exams

A Department of Education investigation has found no evidence of widespread cheating in the Washington, D.C. school system in response to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former principal.

The Education of Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee: “The Bee Eater”

As a young elementary teacher in Baltimore, Michelle Rhee struggled to capture the attention of her students. That is, until the day she won over her classroom with a surprising move.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: Wild Card Weekend Roundup

Nearly 10 players per week were diagnosed with a concussion during the NFL regular season, but that figure is poised to hit zero when the first injury report to reflect postseason action is released later this week.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: Week 17 Roundup

At least 10 players left games with possible head injuries on the last day of the NFL regular season Sunday, but because only playoff teams will continue releasing injury reports through next month’s Super Bowl, no more than three of those injuries can be officially tallied.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: Week 16 Roundup

Through the first 15 weeks of the NFL season, roughly 10 players per week suffered a concussion. Teams appeared to outdo that pace this past weekend as at least 12 players left games due to possible head injuries.

The Madoff Affair

Peter Madoff Sentenced for Role in Brother’s Ponzi Scheme

Peter Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by his older brother, Bernie Madoff.

Business / Economy / Financial

OSHA Investigating Worker Death at McWane Foundry

The foundry is owned by McWane Inc., the Alabama conglomerate that in 2003 became the focus of a FRONTLINE investigation on workplace safety.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: Week 15 Roundup

Week 15 of the NFL season saw at least seven players removed from games because of possible head injuries, however, two players were allowed back onto the field after appearing to sustain a concussion.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: Week 14 Roundup

After three straight weeks in which the number of officially reported head injuries reached the double digits, teams appeared to experience a sharp drop in concussions during Week 14 of the NFL season.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Watch: Week 13 Roundup

Week 13 of the NFL season has come and gone with at least 13 players having been tested for or confirmed with a head injury.

Poor Kids

By the Numbers: Childhood Poverty in the U.S.

One in five children live below the federal poverty line, but what else do the numbers reveal about the jarring problem of childhood poverty in the U.S.?

Concussion Watch

About Concussion Watch

Welcome to Concussion Watch, an effort to monitor the NFL’s response to the risk of head injury in professional football.

Six Billion Dollar Bet

House GOP Faults Corzine, Regulators for MF Global Collapse

House Republicans have released a scathing postmortem of the collapse of MF Global, blaming the leadership of Chief Executive Jon Corzine and a breakdown in regulatory oversight for the brokerage’s 2011 bankruptcy.

The Suicide Plan

The Shadow Side of Assisted Suicide

The underground world of assisted suicide has added new layers of moral and legal complexity to one of the nation’s most polarizing issues. For example, what does it mean to actually assist in a suicide? Who, if anyone, should be allowed to pursue aid in dying? Six experts weigh in.


Bradley Manning Hints at Guilty Plea in WikiLeaks Case

Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of providing thousands of military records and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, has signaled he may plead guilty to a portion of the 34 charges currently facing him.

Money, Power and Wall Street

U.S. Sues Bank of America for $1 Billion Over Mortgage Sales

Prosecutors have charged the bank with fraud for the sale of “defective” home loans.

Climate of Doubt

Beyond U.S., Climate Politics Stir Parallel Battles

A bruising fight over cap-and-trade legislation in Australia stands as a reminder that despite broad scientific consensus on global warming, an unsettled political debate over the issue is not unique to the U.S.

The Choice 2012

Artifact 12: Letters From Romney’s Mission to France

At age 19, Mitt Romney set out for France to begin 30 months of missionary work for the Mormon church. Each day, he would wake at 6 a.m., eat breakfast, study his bible, and then go door-to-door looking to win over converts.

Money, Power and Wall Street

New Mortgage Task Force Charges JPMorgan With “Systemic Fraud”

The lawsuit is the first filed by a federal mortgage task force established by the Obama administration to investigate alleged fraud involving home loans.

Breaking the Bank

Bank of America Agrees to Settle Charges Over Merrill Purchase

If approved, the settlement would represent the largest of its kind to come out of the financial crisis.

The Choice 2012

Artifact Eight: Romney Takes On Kennedy

Time was running out for Mitt Romney on Oct. 25, 1994. With Election Day fast approaching, a once-close Senate race seemed to be slipping away.

Dropout Nation

By the Numbers: Dropping Out of High School

How costly is the decision to dropout of high school? Consider a few figures about life without a diploma.

The Choice 2012

Artifact Four: When Mitt Romney Bet on Staples (Video)

In the lead-up to The Choice 2012, FRONTLINE’s hotly anticipated dual biography of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we’re publishing … Continue reading

The Battle for Syria

Interactive Map: The Battle for Syria

The mass protests that began in the rural farming town of Dara’a in March 2011 have since spiraled into nationwide war. Rebels have won control over much of the nation’s countryside, and taken key neighborhoods in several important cities, including Aleppo, and the capital, Damascus.

The Choice 2012

Artifact Two: Mitt Romney Protesting the Protesters

At Stanford, Mitt Romney took an early step toward establishing his political identity.

The Spill

U.S. Slams BP for “Gross Negligence” in Gulf Oil Spill

In a scathing memo submitted last week to the New Orleans court that will hear the case, government attorneys write that their investigation unmasked a “culture of corporate recklessness” at the British oil giant.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Deadlines Loom To Bring Financial Crisis Cases

For nearly five years, federal regulators have struggled to successfully prosecute Wall Street banks or executives for alleged misconduct during the financial crisis. Now, time may be running out.

Post Mortem

More Deaths Go Unchecked as Autopsy Rate Falls to “Miserably Low” Levels

Nearly 7,000 people die each day in the United States, and according to a new report, there remains a critical shortage of experts trained to determine their cause of death.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Neil Barofsky on the “Broken Promises” of the Bank Bailouts

The former TARP inspector general on why the American people “should be enraged by the broken promises to Main Street and the unending protection of Wall Street.”

Alaska Gold

Behind the Insatiable Global Demand for Copper

To get a good sense of the potential value of the copper buried below Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, consider an unlikely economic indicator: copper thefts.

Money, Power and Wall Street

The State of Reform: Dodd-Frank at Two Years Old

The landmark legislation — which clocks in at more than 2,000 pages — was meant to rein in a financial system that brought the economy to the brink of collapse in 2008.

Fast Times at West Philly High

Interactive: Under the Hood of West Philly’s X Prize Cars

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

Map: HIV/AIDS in Your State

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

Interactive: The Spread of HIV in Black America

The late 1980s marked a turning point in the history of AIDS in the United States.

College, Inc.

Judge Blocks Key Provision of “Gainful Employment” Rules

A federal judge has struck down a Department of Education initiative aimed at improving the quality of degrees issued by for-profit colleges

Money and March Madness

College Football’s “Final Four” Could Quell Antitrust Fight

A Final Four is coming to college football.

Dollars and Dentists

How To Fix A Broken Dental Safety Net

A trip to the dentist’s office may instill a sense of dread, but for the majority Americans, access to care is rarely an issue.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Do Credit Ratings Still Matter?

In the four years since the banking crisis began, a familiar pattern has emerged regarding the nation’s credit ratings agencies: … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

Trouble At UBS For Obama’s Favorite Banker?

Office politics may be creating a somewhat awkward work environment for President Obama’s favorite banker, who according to a report … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

Sheila Bair: From Regulator To Watchdog

A year removed from the FDIC, Bair is setting her sights on opponents of financial reform.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Small Banks Under Pressure From New Capital Requirements

In a potential strain on many of the nation’s smallest lenders, the Federal Reserve will seek to hold U.S. banks … Continue reading

Six Billion Dollar Bet

MF Global Fund Transfer Evaded Regulators, Trustee Says

When regulators began to grow nervous last summer about MF Global’s $6 billion bet on European debt, they told the … Continue reading

Six Billion Dollar Bet

MF Global Trustee Hints At Negligence Suit Against Jon Corzine

Jon Corzine and other former executives of MF Global Holdings Ltd. could face claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

Shadow Banking Down From Crisis, But for How Long?

The so-called “shadow banking system” that was at the heart of the financial crisis has seen its value fall by more than half over the last few years

Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

Fukushima Radiation Estimate Doubles, But Cancer Risk Lower Than Expected

The new findings come from three separate analyses presented this week by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations.


Report: White House Expands Role in Guiding Drone Targets

In a sign of increased sensitivity over U.S. drone strategy, White House counterterror chief John Brennan has taken command of … Continue reading

Six Billion Dollar Bet

What Happened to MF Global’s Customer’s Money?

Seven months since MF Global filed for bankruptcy, here is what is known about the brokerage firm’s customers and what happened to $1.6 billion worth of their missing money.

Six Billion Dollar Bet

How Corzine Steered Regulators To Protect MF Global Strategy

When Jon Corzine took the reins of MF Global in 2010, the Wall Street brokerage was a deeply troubled firm. … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

Is the U.S. Economy Prepared for the Fallout From Greece?

Greece’s political and financial uncertainty has Europe on edge, as the continent waits for a new round of elections on … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

JPMorgan Loss Poses Early Test For Dodd-Frank Pay Rules

As JPMorgan Chase & Co. continues to deal with the fallout from its $2 billion trading loss, the nation’s largest … Continue reading




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