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PBS's primary public-affairs documentary series, `Frontline' focuses on one (usually timely) topic each program. Overseen since its inception by executive producer David Fanning, it has been honored regularly over the years, winning 34 DuPont-Columbia awar (more…)

Premiered: January 1, 1983

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Season 20, Episode 22 Bigger than Enron

First Aired: June 20, 2002

A look at lapses in the U.S. financial-oversight system, which were highlighted by the role of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm in the collapse of Enron. “Why didn't the watchdogs bark?” asks reporter Hedrick Smith, who traces a decade of increasingly “fuzzy” regulation practices in a white-hot economy and political climate increasingly friendly to deregulation. Smith examines Andersen's role with Enron and two other companies it audited; and looks at political “battles” over executive stock options, tort-law reform and consulting by auditors. Interviewees include Andersen CEO Joseph Berardino.

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