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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 22, Episode 6 Chasing Saddam's Weapons

First Aired: January 22, 2004

BBC reporter Jane Corbin follows U.S. inspectors as they search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction following the fall of Saddam Hussein. “It has been very frustrating for them,” says Corbin, who interviews chief inspector David Kay throughout the hour. Corbin also interviews intelligence analysts, the wife of an Iraqi nuclear physicist and former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix as she investigates whether Saddam had plans to produce such weapons (there are “tantalizing clues” that he did, she says). And Corbin speculates on Saddam's strategy. “Why did he want us to think they [weapons] were there?” she asks. “Because in so doing, he effectively brought down his own regime.”