Season 12, Episode 17 Public Lands, Private Profits

A probe of the gold-mining industry, including efforts to reform an 1872 mining law that allows the purchase of Federal land for as little as $2.50 an acre.

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  • Premiered: January 1, 1983
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  • Premise: 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)

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