‘Frontline’ schedule for winter 2017-18

“Frontline” investigates the controversial stories shaping our times, from criminal justice to politics to global issues. Examine the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Dec. 5

“American Patriot”
Examine the violent battle between a ranching family in the West and the federal government. See how a fight over land invigorated a wider right-wing anti-government movement and continues to challenge prosecutors and law enforcement. Watch online.

Dec. 12 & 19

“Putin’s Revenge”
Amid claims he hacked the 2016 election, explore the inside story of Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the U.S. An investigation of Putin’s mounting grievances with the U.S. and his efforts to exact revenge leading up to the presidential election. Watch Part 1 online. Watch Part 2 online.

Jan. 2

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
The acclaimed film about the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. Director Steve James chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names. Watch online.

Jan. 16

“Rape on the Night Shift”
Amid sexual harassment headlines, investigate the abuse of immigrant women working in the service industry. The film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how government, law enforcement, and companies deal with the problem. Watch online.

Jan. 23

“Exodus: The Journey Continues” at 8 p.m. New
Explore the stories of refugees and migrants caught in Europe’s tightened borders. Amid the ongoing migration crisis, follow personal journeys over two years, as countries become less welcoming to those seeking refuge. Watch online.

Feb. 13

“The Gang Crackdown” New
Investigate a slew of killings linked to the MS-13 gang and the crackdown that swept up immigrant teens. Law enforcement is trying to stop the gang, but some teens have been unlawfully detained in the process. Watch online.

Feb. 20

“Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia, Part 1” at 8 p.m. New
Examine the dangerous rivalry between that has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. From revolution in Iran, reaction in Saudi Arabia and wars in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq, see how religion and power politics drive perpetual conflict.

Feb. 27

“Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia, Part 2” New
Continue the exploration of how two rivals have plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. While Iran extends its power from Iraq into Syria and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia is making a stand in Yemen, with deadly consequences for the region.

Feb. 28 (Wednesday)

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” at 9 p.m.
The acclaimed film about the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. Director Steve James chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names.

March 2 (Friday)

“Weinstein” at 8 p.m. New
How the Hollywood mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early years, the film investigates the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.


Want to know more about these topics? Find more information about each episode on Frontline’s website.

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