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Government / Elections / Politics

Meet The Christian Philosopher Who Shaped Michele Bachmann’s Views

In his lengthy profile of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in this week’s New Yorker, Ryan Lizza examines how her … Continue reading


A New Chapter in Digital Storytelling

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to build FRONTLINE’s first tablet app.

Revolution in Cairo

“The Brothers”

As Egyptians revolt again, revisit FRONTLINE’s February 2011 exploration of the Muslim Brotherhood and its profound influence on Egyptian society.

Raising Adam Lanza

Were Sandy Hook Killings Inspired by Norwegian Massacre?

A new theory about Adam Lanza’s motivation was sparked by articles found in his bedroom.

Inside Obama’s Presidency

FRONTLINE’s Coverage of President Obama

Watch the films exploring the defining issues of Obama’s first term.

Law & Disorder

NOPD Conviction Overturned in Post-Katrina Shooting

A federal appeals court said David Warren, who shot Henry Glover, deserves a new trial.

Poor Kids

Sera’s Story: Growing Up Poor in San Francisco

11-year-old Sera and her family are just one missed rental payment away from returning to a homeless shelter.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s Journey “Into Al Qaeda Heartland”

FRONTLINE’s reporter on gaining access and what it was like inside Al Qaeda-held cities

Money, Power and Wall Street

Lessons Not Learned at MF Global

Once a sleepy brokerage firm dealing with financial products like corn futures and pork bellies, MF Global appeared to be … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

Introducing “The FRONTLINE Interviews”

At the heart of Money, Power and Wall Street are FRONTLINE’s interviews with Wall Street power brokers and financial innovators, … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

NOPD Officer Sentenced in Post-Katrina Shooting

Today a judge sentenced former New Orleans police officer Ronald Mitchell to 20 months in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice related to the shooting of Danny Brumfield, who was killed outside the convention center where many evacuees gathered in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

Law & Disorder

Stiff Sentences for NOPD Officers Convicted in Post-Katrina Shootings

Watch Law & Disorder, our investigation into questionable police shootings in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Four former New Orleans … Continue reading

Money, Power and Wall Street

Top Fed Official: “The Moment Is Now” to Break Up Big Banks

Is the “too big to fail” problem with us now more than ever?

God in America

Americans Increasingly Uneasy When Politicians Talk Religion

Of course, there’s nothing new about the debate over the appropriate role of religion in politics and public life…

The Interrupters

“The Interrupters” Wins Best Documentary At Independent Spirit Awards

Congratulations to Director/Producer Steve James and Producer Alex Kotlowitz and their whole team at Kartemquin Films on winning best documentary … Continue reading


FRONTLINE Wins Four Writers Guild Awards!

Last night FRONTLINE swept the Writers Guild Awards documentary and news categories, with awards going to: + Michael Kirk and … Continue reading

The Pot Republic

California County To End Marijuana Permitting Program

Last July, in our film “The Pot Republic” we told you about one California county’s quietly radical experiment in regulating medical marijuana production…

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” Wins Special Jury Prize at Sundance

Congratulations to filmmaker Alison Klayman whose film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry won a “Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance” … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Mistrial Declared in Danziger Bridge Case

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt “regretfully” declared a mistrial in the case against former New Orleans Police … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Former NOPD Officers Testify About “Secret Meeting” to Determine Danziger Bridge Cover-Up

Yesterday, the prosecution rested in the trial of Gerard Dugue, a former NOPD detective accused of helping to cover up … Continue reading

The Interrupters

“It’s Either Kill or Be Killed…”

Last night, filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews were on Greater Boston, discussing their new documentary, “The Interrupters,” which will air on FRONTLINE on Feb. 14 at 9 pm.

Law & Disorder

Trial Begins for Last Defendant in Infamous Post-Katrina Police Shooting

The trial began yesterday for the last remaining officer facing charges in the Danziger Bridge shootings. In the days immediately … Continue reading

Afghanistan / Pakistan

British Aid Worker Kidnapped in Pakistan

Khalil Dale, a British aid worker employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was kidnapped today at … Continue reading


Happy New Year From FRONTLINE!

We’re taking a break for the holidays but our New Year’s resolution is to bring you more of “the best … Continue reading

Flying Cheap

FAA Issues New Pilot Fatigue Rules

Today the FAA announced sweeping new rules to address pilot fatigue, one of the contributing factors in the Buffalo-area crash … Continue reading

The Long March of Newt Gingrich

The Long March of Newt Gingrich: Part Six

In a remarkable political moment during the 1994 midterm elections, scores of Republican candidates bound themselves to Newt and his ideas, signing a Contract With America that promised congressional reform, welfare reform and a balanced budget.

The Long March of Newt Gingrich

The Long March of Newt Gingrich: Part Five

In 1986, Newt became the chair of GOPAC, the Republican political action committee, and he turned it into a potent instrument for his conservative vision.

The Long March of Newt Gingrich

The Long March of Newt Gingrich: Part Four

Newt arrived in Congress with two dreams: become speaker of the House and build a Republican majority.

The Long March of Newt Gingrich

The Long March of Newt Gingrich: Part Three

By the mid-1960s, Newt was living with his wife and two little girls in New Orleans, working on a PhD in history at Tulane.

The Long March of Newt Gingrich

The Long March of Newt Gingrich: Part Two

The Gingrich family moved to Columbus, Ga., after Newt’s stepfather Bob was stationed at Fort Benning in 1960.

The Long March of Newt Gingrich

The Long March of Newt Gingrich: Part One

In January 1996, as the country headed into a presidential election year, FRONTLINE aired “The Long March of Newt Gingrich,” an investigative biography of the outspoken and controversial Speaker of the House.

Law & Disorder

One NOPD Officer Guilty, One Acquitted in Post-Katrina Shooting

Today a jury convicted Officer Ronald Mitchell of perjury and obstruction of justice in the shooting of Danny Brumfield outside … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Eyewitness Accounts Differ in Post-Katrina Police Shooting

Prosecutors called three civilian witnesses to testify yesterday in the trial of two New Orleans police officers who shot and … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Trial Begins for NOPD Officers Involved in Post-Katrina Shooting

How does a man waving down a police car die from a shotgun blast to the back? This is one … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Last Cooperating NOPD Officer Sentenced in Danziger Bridge Case

Yesterday, former NOPD Officer Robert Barrios was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in covering up the … Continue reading

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

AIDS in Black America: The World’s 16th Worst Epidemic

“We are on the verge of a significant breakthrough in the AIDS response,” wrote UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in a new report (PDF) which lays out a number of startling figures

The Pot Republic

Feds Raid Licensed Medical Marijuana Cooperative

In July, we told you about one California sheriff’s quietly radical experiment in regulating the growing of medical marijuana, which … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Tens of Thousands Donate to Help Ai Weiwei Pay Tax Bill

Last week, we told you about dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s fight against a $2 million tax bill levied on him … Continue reading

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

20 Years After HIV Announcement, Magic Johnson Emphasizes: “I Am Not Cured”

The announcement, 20 years ago today, came as a shock.

God in America

“In God We Trust” Reaffirmed as National Motto… Again

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 396 to 9 to reaffirm the U.S. national motto: “In God We Trust.” … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Four-Year Prison Term for Officer in Danziger Bridge Case

Former NOPD Lt. Michael Lohman, who admitted helping to orchestrate the cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings, was sentenced to … Continue reading

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria Agrees to Cease-Fire Proposal

But the announcement has been greeted with skepticism and reports of new violence.

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei Fights Back Against $2 Million Tax Bill

In August, a Twitter follower asked Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei whether “In today’s China … we should deal with … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

$50 Million Anthrax Lawsuit Settled

“Justice has been served,” the lawyer for the family of Robert Stevens, the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, told … Continue reading

Criminal Justice

The Oakland Police Department’s Troubled History

The Oakland Police Department has come under fire for tactics used on Tuesday night to clear Occupy Oakland protesters from … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

Washington Post Calls for New Anthrax Investigation

Last week it was the The New York Times; now The Washington Post has called for a review of the … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Judge Overturns Part of Danziger Bridge Verdict

While upholding the majority of the verdict, a federal judge yesterday threw out three counts against the five New Orleans … Continue reading


State Dept. Punishes Employee For Linking to WikiLeaks

Peter Van Buren, a career foreign service officer, said yesterday that the State Department has suspended his top secret security … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

NYT Calls for New Anthrax Investigation

Evidence that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the anthrax killer is looking “increasingly shaky” says a New York Times editorial published … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

What Will A Reformed NOPD Look Like?

This weekend, the New Orleans Times-Picayune examined what’s at stake for local and federal officials hammering out the consent decree … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

“A Chilling Report on Several Fronts”

That’s The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik on The Anthrax Files, our season premiere airing tonight on PBS (check local listings or watch it … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

Exclusive: The Intern Who Opened an Anthrax Letter

For years, she hid her strange place in American history. “I didn’t want to be known as Grant Leslie, the girl who got anthrax.”

Law & Disorder

Tough Sentences for Danziger Bridge Officers Turned Witnesses

Federal prosecutors yesterday asked for leniency in sentencing two former New Orleans police officers who pleaded guilty to participating in … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

The Anthrax Attacks: 10 Years Later

Ten years ago this week, Florida photo editor Bob Stevens died shortly after being diagnosed as having inhaled anthrax. Hours … Continue reading

The Madoff Affair

Mets Owners Aren’t the Only Big Winners in Madoff Ruling

The pool of money for Bernie Madoff’s victims may shrink by as much as $11 billion. Madoff trustee Irving Picard’s … Continue reading

Are We Safer?

New Details of FBI Terrorism Watch List Revealed

According to documents obtained by The New York Times, the FBI’s terrorism “watch” list contains 420,000 names. About 8,000 of … Continue reading


We Won an Emmy!

Congratulations to our on-air promotion team who won their second Emmy last night for our 2010 Times Like These fall … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Suspect in Racially Motivated Post-Katrina Shooting Unlikely to Stand Trial

Roland Bourgeois Jr., the New Orleans man charged with shooting three black men in the days after Hurricane Katrina, may … Continue reading


“Unauthorized” Assange Autobiography Leaked By Publisher

The Independent has published several advanced excerpts of Julian Assange’s “unauthorized autobiography,” which will be published in full in the … Continue reading

The Madoff Affair

SEC Under Fire Again in Madoff Investigation

The Justice Department has been asked to investigate a top SEC official who worked on compensation for Bernie Madoff’s victims … Continue reading

Criminal Justice

17 Justice Dept. Investigations Into Police Departments Nationwide

We’ve been telling you about the Justice Department’s examination of the New Orleans Police Department as part of our Law … Continue reading

College, Inc.

Joe Nocera on Why We Need For-Profit Colleges

In recent weeks, for-profit colleges and universities have seen some bad news, including a federal lawsuit alleging fraud at EDMC, … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

FBI Agents To Monitor New Orleans Police

Two FBI agents will be stationed full time in the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau, the department and the FBI jointly … Continue reading

The Interrogator

The Beginning of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”

In March 2002, Ali Soufan was sent to interrogate Abu Zubaydah, one of the highest level Al Qaeda operatives in … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

The Essential 9/11 Bibliography

Our staff has been reminiscing on some of the best pieces of reporting and investigative journalism that came out in … Continue reading

Top Secret America

How JSOC Became a Force of “Networked Ninjas”

Spencer Ackerman has a new piece today in Wired that offers a fascinating look at how Gen. Stanley McChrystal built … Continue reading


Former Staffer: Why I Broke With WikiLeaks

A former staffer says a “cultlike ethos” is developing within WikiLeaks. James Bell, who worked for the group for three … Continue reading

Top Secret America

Dig Deeper: FRONTINE’s Archive on Top Secret America

In the 10 years since 9/11, FRONTLINE has produced more than 45 hours of award-winning films documenting the attacks and … Continue reading

Top Secret America

“The Force That Orders The Universe But Can’t Be Seen”

The Washington Post has an excerpt today from Dana Priest and William Arkin’s upcoming book Top Secret America: The Rise … Continue reading


Why Were the Unredacted State Department Cables Released?

Confused by the back and forth this past week over who’s responsible for WikiLeaks’ release of all the original, unedited … Continue reading

Top Secret America

Top CIA Official: Obama Changed Virtually None of Bush’s Controversial Programs

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama pledged “a top to bottom review of the threats we face and our abilities … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

Inside the CIA’s Redaction Process

Last week, we told you about the heavy cuts the CIA is demanding from former FBI Agent Ali Soufan’s upcoming … Continue reading

The Man Who Knew - 2011 Update

Would John O’Neill Recognize Today’s FBI?

When the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, among the thousands killed was the one man who may have … Continue reading


Inside WikiLeaks’ “Harm-Minimization Process”

In light of the latest controversy over WikiLeaks’ inadvertant release of the original, unredacted, diplomatic cables — and the danger … Continue reading

Cheney's Law

Dick Cheney Accused of “Rewriting History”

TIME’s Barton Gellman dug into Dick Cheney’s new memoir and has uncovered discrepancies in his telling of the infamous dramatic … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei: Beijing is “A Constant Nightmare”

Ai Weiwei continues to test the limits of his release from government custody — this time in a bleak essay … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

CIA Demands Heavy Cuts in Former FBI Agent’s Memoir

The CIA is pushing for heavy redactions in the memoir of a former FBI agent, Ali Soufan, who was at … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Scathing Report Slams Top NOPD Official in Post-Katrina Police Shooting

Back in July, Marlon Defillo, the New Orleans Police Department’s second in command, abruptly retired on the eve of a … Continue reading

Law & Disorder

Jurors Discuss Danziger Bridge Verdict

Four jurors in the Danziger Bridge case tell the Times-Picayune that there was no single piece of evidence that caused … Continue reading


Ex-WikiLeaks Spokesman Destroyed Thousands of Unpublished Docs

Former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg has told Der Spiegel that he destroyed more than 3,500 unpublished files he took with … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

America Remembers 9/11: What’s Changed in 10 Years?

Our colleagues at the PBS Newshour and local PBS stations across the country have been asking Americans about 9/11′s legacy … Continue reading

Criminal Justice

“With Police Cases I Don’t Ever Guess What a Jury Will Do…”

“This case was like an Innocence Project meets multiple murder meets a public corruption case,” Bobbi Bernstein, the deputy chief … Continue reading


FRONTLINE Producer Michael Kirk Wins First Amendment Award

Congratulations to longtime FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk, who just received the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s First … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei: Detention “Designed as a Kind of Mental Torture and it Works Well”

One of Ai Weiwei’s associates offered a detailed account of the Chinese dissident artist’s detention to Reuters, saying Ai was … Continue reading

Social Issues

Could NY Tech Addicts Learn Something from S. Korea?

Social media fatigue is setting in among New York’s digerati, who are complaining of burnout, alienation, “tech overload,” and “slow … Continue reading

Government / Elections / Politics

Meet The Christian Philosopher Who Shaped Michele Bachmann’s Views

In his lengthy profile of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in this week’s New Yorker, Ryan Lizza examines how her … Continue reading

College, Inc.

Feds Sue Second Largest For-Profit Education Company, Allege Fraud

“We are forced to do anything necessary to get people to fill out an application. Our jobs depend on it.” … Continue reading

Afghanistan / Pakistan

The Bin Laden Files

Who is Osama bin Laden and what does he want? FRONTLINE first asked these questions back in the spring of … Continue reading




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