‘Frontline’ examines controversial newsmakers

“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. See through powerful investigative storytelling that answers only to you. From criminal justice to politics to global issues, the reporting of PBS’ flagship public affairs series takes you inside the controversial, complex stories shaping our times, each Tuesday at 9 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on Arizona PBS.

Jan. 7: “Targeting El Paso”

How El Paso became Trump’s immigration testing ground and then the target of a white supremacist. With interviews of current and former officials, border patrol agents, advocates and migrants, the inside story from the epicenter of the border crisis. Watch online.

Monday, Jan. 13: “America’s Great Divide, Pt. 1”

An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode One traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump. Watch online.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: “America’s Great Divide, Pt. 2”

Episode Two examines how Donald Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide. Watch online.

Jan. 21: “Taliban Country/The Luanda Leaks”

Get the view on the ground in Afghanistan with exclusive access to ISIS, the Taliban and its top peace negotiator. Amid peace talks with the U.S., an exclusive report on the Taliban’s control and the threat from ISIS. Watch online.

Then, as part of a worldwide investigation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that draws on a trove of more than 700,000 leaked documents, “Frontline” examines how Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, built a business empire with access to state funds from one of the poorest countries on earth — and the role U.S. companies have played in helping her amass her fortune. Watch online.

Feb. 11: “Battle for Hong Kong”

Inside the battle for Hong Kong, following protesters transformed and radicalized over eight months. The film examines the dramatic struggle in the last corner of China where human rights and freedoms exist but are under threat. Watch online.

Feb. 18, 8 p.m.: “The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos”

Examining the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ascent to power and the global impact of the empire he built. The film also investigates the darker side of the company’s rapid growth, and the challenge of trying to rein the power of the richest man in the world. Watch online.

Mar. 24: “NRA Under Fire”

Once an unrivaled political power, the NRA is facing challenges from all sides. How the NRA aligned with President Trump and his base, but is under attack ahead of the 2020 election. Watch online.

Mar. 31: “Plastic Wars”

Did the plastic industry use recycling to sell more plastic? With the industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.

Apr. 7: “China Undercover”

A special undercover report from China’s secretive Xinjiang region. Investigating the Communist regime’s mass imprisonment of Muslims, and its use and testing of sophisticated surveillance technology against the population.

Apr. 21: “Coronavirus Pandemic”

A special report on the government response to the coronavirus and the human toll. The two-part special investigates the federal response versus Washington State, the outbreak’s epicenter; and in the Midwest, how the outbreak impacts poor children.

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