‘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.

June 16: “The Virus: What Went Wrong?”

As COVID-19 spread from Asia to the Middle East to Europe, why was the U.S. caught so unprepared? Despite repeated warnings of a potent contagion headed our way, America’s leaders failed to prepare and protect us. Why and who is accountable? Watch online.

June 23: “Opioid, Inc.”

The story of a drug company that pushed opioids by bribing doctors and committing insurance fraud. With the Financial Times, an investigation of how Insys Therapeutics profited from fentanyl-based painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin. Watch online.

July 14 at 8 p.m.: “Once Upon a Time in Iraq”

“Frontline” tells the story of the Iraq War as you’ve never seen it before, told by Iraqis who lived through those dangerous times. From the fall of the Saddam to the end of ISIS, how Iraqis from all backgrounds share their insight into what it meant to survive those violent years. Watch online.

July 21: “COVID’s Hidden Toll”

How the COVID crisis has hit vulnerable immigrants and undocumented workers. Stories from the pandemic’s invisible victims, including crucial farm and meat-packing workers who lack protections and have been getting sick. Watch online.

July 28: “United States of Conspiracy”

How trafficking in conspiracy theories went from the fringes of the U.S. politics into the White House. The alliance of conspiracy entrepreneur Alex Jones, Trump advisor Roger Stone, and the president, and their role in the battle over truth and lies. Watch online.

August 11: “Love, Life & the Virus”

A mother’s fight to survive COVID and see her newborn baby. How the coronavirus hit one immigrant family, their struggle to be reunited, and the community that rallied around them.

August 18: “The Facebook Dilemma, Part One”

Hear the early warnings about Facebook’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Dozens of original interviews and rare footage show how the company faced claims of misuse while becoming an unprecedented global power.

August 25: “The Facebook Dilemma, Part Two”

Hear Facebook’s response to charges of promoting “fake news” and disrupting American politics. Dozens of original interviews and rare footage show the company’s role sowing division worldwide and the challenges facing the powerful social media platform.

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