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Season 2019 2019

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  • 2019-01-23T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 60 mins
  • 18 hours, 17 mins (19 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, News, Talk Show, Drama
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Since it began in 1983, Frontline has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.

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19 episodes

2019x01 Coal's Deadly Dust / Targeting Yemen

  • Season Premiere

    2019-01-23T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

Examining the rise of severe black lung disease among coal miners, and the failure to respond. An investigation with NPR reveals the biggest disease clusters ever documented, and how industry and government failed to protect miners. Also in this two-hour report: A report from Yemen. Correspondent Safa Al Ahmad reports from inside Yemen, investigating the escalation of the U.S. fight against Al Qaeda and its impact on civilians. She travels to the front lines, visiting the sites of Special Forces raids and a deadly drone strike to shed light on how the U.S. counter-terrorism strategy is playing out on the ground.

2019x02 Predator on the Reservation

  • 2019-02-13T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

A report on a pediatrician accused of sexually abusing Native American boys for years. An investigation with The Wall Street Journal into the decades-long failure to stop a government doctor who moved from reservation to reservation despite warnings.

2019x03 Right to Fail

  • 2019-02-27T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

Thousands of New Yorkers with severe mental illnesses won the chance to live independently in supported housing, following a 2014 federal court order. FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate what’s happened to people moved from adult homes into apartments and find more than two dozen cases in which the system failed, sometimes with deadly consequences.

2019x04 The Trial of Ratko Mladić

  • 2019-03-20T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Go inside the war crimes trial of Ratko Mladić, one of the most infamous figures of the Balkan wars in the 1990s. Offering exclusive access to the prosecution and defense teams, the film chronicles the trial of a man accused of genocide and war crimes. It also gives firsthand accounts from survivors of atrocities Mladić is accused of masterminding.

2019x05 The Mueller Investigation

  • 2019-03-23T01:00:00Z — 52 mins

For two years, special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has dominated headlines. Drawing from interviews with U.S. officials, Trump advisers, legal experts and journalists, FRONTLINE offers an inside look into the investigation that President Donald Trump has continually deemed a “witch hunt.”

Elizabeth Perez, a decorated U.S. Marine veteran, fights to reunite her family after her undocumented husband, Marcos, is deported. Meanwhile, Marcos is alone in Mexico, working as a soccer referee, struggling with depression and fighting the urge to cross the border illegally to see his family.

In a special presentation from FRONTLINE, Independent Lens and VOCES, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (Kind-Hearted Woman, Country Boys, The Farmer’s Wife), examines the U.S. immigration system through two unforgettable protagonists whose lives reveal the human cost of deportation.

2019x07 The Abortion Divide

  • 2019-04-24T01:00:00Z — 53 mins

An investigation explores both sides of the abortion debate through the stories of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies.

2019x08 The Last Survivors

  • 2019-05-01T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Some of the last survivors of the Holocaust reflect on how their experiences affected the rest of their lives.

2019x09 Trump's Trade War

  • 2019-05-08T01:00:00Z — 53 mins

The inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade. Reporting from the U.S. and China, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate what led the world’s two largest economies to the brink, and the billions at stake.

2019x10 Supreme Revenge

  • 2019-05-22T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Inside the no-holds-barred war for control of the Supreme Court. From Brett Kavanaugh to Robert Bork, an investigation of how a 30-year-old grievance transformed the court and turned confirmations into bitter, partisan conflicts.

2019x11 Sex Trafficking in America

  • 2019-05-29T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Sex Trafficking in America tells the unimaginable stories of young women coerced into prostitution – and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting out sexual exploitation.

2019x12 Flint's Deadly Water

  • 2019-09-11T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

A FRONTLINE documentary, drawing from a two-year investigation, uncovers the extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis — and how officials failed to stop it

One year after the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a two-hour FRONTLINE documentary investigates the rise and rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia (MBS). Correspondent Martin Smith, who has covered the Middle East for FRONTLINE for 20 years, examines the crown prince’s vision for the future, his handling of dissent, his relationship with the United States — and his ties to Khashoggi’s killing.

2019x14 On the President's Orders

  • 2019-10-09T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

A searing, on-the-ground look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly campaign against suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines, “On the President’s Orders” is told with unprecedented access to the police themselves. It offers a gripping, visually stunning window into the war on drugs — those carrying it out, and those most impacted by it.

2019x15 Zero Tolerance

  • 2019-10-23T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

FRONTLINE investigates how President Trump turned immigration into a powerful political weapon that fueled division and violence. The documentary goes inside the efforts of three political insurgents to tap into populist anger, transform the Republican Party and crack down on immigration.

2019x16 Fire in Paradise

  • 2019-10-30T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

A year after the devastating Camp Fire, FRONTLINE examines who’s to blame and why it was so catastrophic. With accounts from survivors and first responders, the documentary tells the inside story of the most destructive fire in California’s history, its causes and the impact of climate change.

2019x17 In the Age of AI

  • 2019-11-06T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

The promise and perils of AI, from fears about work and privacy to the U.S.-China rivalry.

An investigation into the widespread consequences and business of the mass confinement of migrant children detained under President Donald Trump's immigration policies; sexual exploitation of women in Iraq.

BBC News Arabic’s Nawal al-Maghafi reports from inside Iraq, where she investigates how some clerics are abusing an ancient Islamic marriage practice to exploit women and girls.

2019x19 For Sama

  • 2019-11-20T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

The personal story of a young Syrian mother's perseverance through the siege of Aleppo. Told as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, the film explores the agonizing dilemma of whether to abandon Aleppo and the fight for freedom.

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