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Season 1984, Episode 01 Crisis at General Hospital

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Jan 16, 1984
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Crisis at General Hospital Jan 16, 1984 Most Americans regard health care as a social responsibility undertaken for the common good. We assume government and charity programs will allow for everyone with serious health problems-no matter how poor-to be provided treatment. Frontline examines how many investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains are aggressively marketing themselves to treat only the insured, or wealthy patient.

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Season 1984, Episode 02 We are Driven

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Jan 23, 1984
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We are Driven Jan 23, 1984 The industrial might of Japan has taken the U.S. by storm as American corporations begin to adopt the Japanese style of management, stressing worker involvement in a family-like corporate environment. Frontline looks at the darker side of Japanese labor relations through the tough management style of the Nissan Motor Company in Japan and Smyrna, Tennessee.

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Season 1984, Episode 03 The Old Man and the Gun

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Feb 6, 1984
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The Old Man and the Gun Feb 6, 1984 Frontline looks at the conflict in Northern Ireland through the eyes of Irish Americans who support the IRA and its strategy of violence. Frontline cameras follow Michael Flannery through his day as Grand Marshal of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade and then back to Ireland to the spot where Flannery participated in an ambush on British troops some 50 years ago.

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Season 1984, Episode 04 Give Me That Big Time Religion

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Feb 13, 1984
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Give Me That Big Time Religion Feb 13, 1984 Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's weekly ministry was seen by over two million people in big cities and small towns across the U.S. and Canada. But of the tens of millions of dollars he raised through his appeals, only a tiny portion actually went into charity work. Several years before his fall, Frontline investigated whether the money these modern revivalists raise goes to do God's work or to keep the preachers on TV. Should the government regulate religious fundraising?

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Season 1984, Episode 05 The Campaign for Page One

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Feb 27, 1984
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The Campaign for Page One Feb 27, 1984 On the eve of the 1984 New Hampshire primary, Frontline presents the first of four national election reports. Correspondent Richard Reeves takes a behind-the-scenes look at the presidential candidates and the political reporters who cover them, examining the story behind the story and who writes it.

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Season 1984, Episode 06 The Mind of a Murderer (1)

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Mar 19, 1984
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The Mind of a Murderer (1) Mar 19, 1984 A terrifying look into the mind of mass murderer Kenneth Bianchi, who killed two women in Bellingham, Washington, and was one of the Hillside Strangler murderers in Los Angeles. Yet, he almost escaped punishment for these crimes because he convinced a group of experts that he had multiple personalities and was not mentally competent to stand trial.

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Season 1984, Episode 07 The Mind of a Murderer (2)

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Mar 26, 1984
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The Mind of a Murderer (2) Mar 26, 1984 Part 2 raises serious questions about the use of psychiatric evidence in criminal proceedings. Kenneth Bianchi convinced experts that he had multiple personalities and was mentally unfit to stand trial for his crimes. Before Frontline cameras, Bianchi is unmasked and is proved to be an accomplished faker.

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Season 1984, Episode 08 The Struggle for Birmingham

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Apr 2, 1984
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The Struggle for Birmingham Apr 2, 1984 This special election report focuses on Birmingham, Alabama, which was a key battlefield in the black struggle for civil rights in the 1960's. Now, 20 years later, Birmingham is one of the new battlefields for a mature black political movement. Frontline correspondent Richard Reeves examines black political power today and the struggle for the heart and soul of the black voter.

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Season 1984, Episode 09 Captive in El Salvador

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Apr 16, 1984
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Captive in El Salvador Apr 16, 1984 Much of the debate over the role of the U.S. in Central America focuses on this tiny nation about which filmmaker Ofra Bikel says 'we know so much, but we know so little.' In this report, Bikel takes us into the heart of El Salvador to examine the politics and the people the U.S. government supports there.

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Season 1984, Episode 10 Chasing the Basketball Dream

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Apr 23, 1984
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Chasing the Basketball Dream Apr 23, 1984 Many young men, especially many poor blacks in the nation's cities, dream of making it big by playing basketball. Charlie Cobb looks at some who make it-and many who will not-and at many of the issues in high school and college sports today. College recruiters seek the best of them, promising an educations in exchange for play. But 75% never get a college degree because, as this film suggests, colleges are too busy with their big-time sports programs to be concerned with educating their players.

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Season 1984, Episode 11 The Other Side of the Track

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May 7, 1984
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The Other Side of the Track May 7, 1984 Horse-racing is American's number one spectator sport. In 1982, more that 77 million people wagered almost $12 billion at the nation's racetracks. Frontline gives an insider's look at the 'sport of kings,' focusing on tracks at Belmont, NY, where the rich indulge their interest in racing, and at Great Barrington in Massachusetts where infirm horses run for purses that can barely pay the feed bill.

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Season 1984, Episode 12 Return of the Great White Fleet

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May 14, 1984
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Return of the Great White Fleet May 14, 1984 Frontline profiles Navy Secretary John Lehman and the growing debate inside the Navy establishment to build a multibillion dollar fleet which critics say may not be able to fight the kind of wars the nation would be most likely to fight.

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Season 1984, Episode 13 Warning from Gangland

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May 21, 1984
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Warning from Gangland May 21, 1984 In 1984, Los Angeles had the worst gang problem in the nation, and more than 1,000 people were killed in gang violence during the previous three years. More than half of those killed were not gang members but residents who were murdered or were caught in the cross fire of gang warfare. Frontline explores what LA is trying to do about its gang problem.

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Season 1984, Episode 14 Bread, Butter and Politics

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Jun 4, 1984
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Bread, Butter and Politics Jun 4, 1984 National attention has focused on hunger in America after a presidential commission and several private advocacy groups reported new findings. Frontline looks at what those commissions saw-and did not see-in this examination of both the human story and the political environment surrounding the issue of hunger.

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Season 1984, Episode 15 Man's Best Friends

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Jun 18, 1984
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Man's Best Friends Jun 18, 1984 Frontline examines the ethical arguments over the use of animal testing in American laboratories, hospitals, and medical schools. Some animal rights groups have even broken into labs to steal research animals. But many scientists say that eliminating or severely restricting animal testing means an end to medical progress.

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Season 1984, Episode 16 So You Want to be President

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Oct 9, 1984
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So You Want to be President Oct 9, 1984 From the lonely, early days of presidential ambition, through the months of promise, to the day of denial, Frontline follows the 1984 presidential campaign of Gary Hart, revealing presidential politics as it has never before been seen on television.

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Season 1984, Episode 17 Welcome to America

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Oct 16, 1984
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Welcome to America Oct 16, 1984 The bittersweet story of four unforgettable people who flee repression in Poland to find a better life in Chicago. They succeed, fail, fight, love, laugh, and confront an America unlike anything they had ever imagined.

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Season 1984, Episode 18 Not One of the Boys

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Oct 23, 1984
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Not One of the Boys Oct 23, 1984 As more women are voting and running for elected office, have the changed the face of American politics? Through the eyes of women as different as UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, correspondent Judy Woodruff looks at women and politics in 1984.

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Season 1984, Episode 19 Living Below the Line

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Oct 30, 1984
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Living Below the Line Oct 30, 1984 It could never happen to you. One day it happened to Farrell Stallings. After 28 years at the same job, he was laid off-a victim of the recession. Now he's broke, afraid, and at the mercy of the welfare system. Frontline follows him into the maze of the bureaucracy.

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Season 1984, Episode 20 The Arab and the Israeli

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Nov 13, 1984
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The Arab and the Israeli Nov 13, 1984 Two men, a Palestinian and an Israeli, born thirty miles apart, journey to America. In synagogues and universities, on television talk shows and interviews, they try to project a message: that a solution for the West Bank is possible.

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Season 1984, Episode 21 Better Off Dead?

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Nov 20, 1984
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Better Off Dead? Nov 20, 1984 Frontline goes inside the hospitals where every day doctors, lawyers, and parents face the agonizing choice: how far do we go with medical treatment for infants born so physically and mentally damaged that they have no hope of leading normal lives? Several intimate case histories are examined, as are the politics of recent legal decisions and government rules relating to the medical care for critically ill babies.

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Season 1984, Episode 22 Cry, Ethiopia, Cry

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Nov 27, 1984
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Cry, Ethiopia, Cry Nov 27, 1984 In one of the first comprehensive reports broadcast in the U.S., Frontline presents the searing reality of the famine in Ethiopia. In desert camps described as 'the closest thing to hell on earth,' nearly 100 children, old people, and the infirm were dying every day. They were dying while the US and the Soviet Union argued over how to feed them and what to do about Ethiopia.

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Season 1984, Episode 23 Red Star Over Khyber

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Dec 11, 1984
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Red Star Over Khyber Dec 11, 1984 In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. On the fifth anniversary of the invasion, Frontline correspondent Richard Reeves reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan, examining the stalemate in the Persian Gulf and the pressure placed on Pakistan to accept over one million Afghan refugees.

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Season 1984, Episode 24 Marshall High Fights Back

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Dec 18, 1984
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Marshall High Fights Back Dec 18, 1984 Marshall High School is one of the poorest in Chicago-both academically and economically. But it is fighting back, trying desperately to upgrade academic standards and to make a difference in the lives of it students. Frontline looks at the struggle to salvage Marshall High and the lessons this school has for a nation trying to improve its public schools.

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