On January 12, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti was leveled by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian state and the United Nations, were crippled by the magnitude of the disaster and struggled to respond. In the confused aftermath, survivors were left without food, water or shelter. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith arrived in Port-au-Prince within days, and in this powerful report, bears witness to the disaster and the ill-coordinated relief efforts in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Drawing on interviews with key officials and humanitarian experts from Port-au-Prince to New York, THE QUAKE asks, can the world do better? And how?
FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media, and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. The film is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.
Pope Benedict made history when he announced his resignation. In his wake he left a bitterly divided Vatican mired in scandals. FRONTLINE goes inside the Vatican to unravel the remarkable series of events that led to the resignation that shook the world. FRONTLINE gives a first-hand account of the final days of Benedict's papacy and the current battle to set the Church on a new path under Francis.
On the night she broke up with her boyfriend, a Florida deputy sheriff, Michelle O'Connell was found dead from a gunshot in the mouth. Next to her was her boyfriend's semi-automatic service pistol. The sheriff's office called it suicide, but was it? FRONTLINE and The New York Times investigate this death, and what can go wrong when the police are faced with domestic violence allegations within their own ranks.
When Pakistani teenager Kainat Soomro accused four men of gang rape, the courageous young woman did not put her suffering behind her. For this unforgettable documentary, which premiered at Sundance, filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann spent five years tracing both Kainat's odyssey through Pakistan's broken justice system--and her alleged rapists' quest to clear their names.
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FRONTLINE and GlobalPost's Charles M. Sennott go inside the Egyptian revolution, tracing how what began as a youth movement to topple a dictator evolved into an opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood to seemingly find the political foothold it had sought for decades--and then why it all fell apart. With Egypt's hopes for democracy in tatters, what will happen next?
This year, hundreds of thousands of prisoners with serious mental illnesses will be released into communities across America, the largest exodus in the nation's history. Typically, mentally ill offenders leave prison with a bus ticket, $75 and two weeks worth of medication. Within 18 months, nearly two-thirds are re-arrested. FRONTLINE examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at such alarming rates. The intimate stories of THE RELEASED - along with interviews with parole officers, social workers and psychiatrists - provide a rare look at the lives of the mentally ill as they struggle to stay out of prison and reintegrate into society.
Higher education is a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. One of the fastest-growing and most controversial sectors of the industry is the for-profit colleges and universities. Unlike traditional colleges that raise money from wealthy alumni and other donors, many for-profit schools sell shares to investors on Wall Street. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Proponents insist they're innovators, widening access to education. FRONTLINE follows the money to uncover how for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.
More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways-the great coastal estuaries of Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay-are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species also is threatened in both estuaries. POISONED WATERS examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem and why it's so hard to keep our waters clean.
Nearly 750,000 elderly Americans are spending their later years in for-profit assisted living facilities. This loosely regulated, multibillion-dollar industry is dominated by one company: Emeritus Senior Living. In a year-long investigation, FRONTLINE and ProPublica raise questions about fatal lapses in care, understaffing, and a quest for profits.
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What s the price of inside information on Wall Street? For one expert consultant, it s live lobsters and $500 Cheesecake Factory gift cards, as shown in this clip from FRONTLINE s To Catch a Trader. Premiering Tuesday, January 7, the documentary goes inside the government s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading.
Under investigation for insider trading, hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen tells an attorney in a never before seen deposition that, 'The way I understand the rules, they're very vague.'
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