Frontline Season 1988
S1988 E01Jan 26, 1988
Praise the Lord Jan 26, 1988 Frontline traces the rise and fall of television evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker and investigates why government agencies failed to vigorously investigate charges of corruption in the Bakker empire.
S1988 E02Feb 2, 1988
Operation Urgent Fury Feb 2, 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh investigates one of Ronald Reagan's greatest triumphs-the rescue of American students during the 1983 invasion of Grenada. Hersh's reporting reveals an inept US military operation and questions whether the students needed rescuing at all.
S1988 E03Feb 9, 1988
The Man who Shot John Lennon Feb 9, 1988 Frontline goes inside the mind of Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon in 1980. Newly acquired records paint the chilling portrait of a celebrity stalker who meticulously planned the murder, believing it would make him famous.
S1988 E04Feb 16, 1988
Your Flight Is Cancelled Feb 16, 1988 Since deregulation, American's airline industry has become a nightmare of delays, cancellations, and near misses. Frontline probes the air traffic dilemma inside America's busiest airport-in the control tower and behind the ticket counter.
S1988 E05Feb 23, 1988
Shakedown in Santa Fe Feb 23, 1988 Eight years after one of the most violent prison uprisings in US history, Frontline returns to the penitentiary in New Mexico to probe the continuing struggle between the inmates and the guards, the wardens and the reformers, for control of one of our most dangerous prisons.
S1988 E06Mar 1, 1988
Let My Daughter Die Mar 1, 1988 Joe and Joyce Cruzan want doctors to remove their severely brain damaged daughter from the life-support system that keeps her alive. Nearly two years before it became the US Supreme Court's first right-to-die case, Frontline explored the complex legal and moral issues of this Missouri couple's battle to allow their daughter to die.
S1988 E07Mar 29, 1988
Back in the USSR Mar 29, 1988 In 1968, American journalist Jerry Schecter, accompanied by his wife and five young children, moved to Moscow on assignment for Time magazine. In 1987, Frontline returned with the Schecter family to the Soviet Union as they renewed old friendships and explored Russia under glasnost.
S1988 E08Apr 5, 1988
Poison and the Pentagon Apr 5, 1988 The military is America's largest producer of toxic waste. Frontline reporter Joe Rosenbloom investigates the Pentagon's poor record of cleaning up its pollution that contaminates the ground water in communities across the country.
S1988 E09Apr 12, 1988
To a Safer Place Apr 12, 1988 When Shirley Turcotte was a child, she was sexually abused by her father. After years of therapy she takes a remarkable journey back into her past-confronting her mother and other adults who failed to protect her, reuniting with her brothers and sister who were also brutally abused, and trying to make peace with the horror story that was her childhood.
S1988 E10Apr 19, 1988
Murder on the Rio San Juan Apr 19, 1988 Frontline investigates the unsolved 1984 terrorist bombing at a press conference held by contra leader Eden Pastora. Eight people, including an American reporter, died that night on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This report dissects the motives of possible conspirators and follows the trail of the man suspected of planting the bomb.
S1988 E11Apr 26, 1988
American Game, Japanese Rules Apr 26, 1988 Can America succeed in Japan? Frontline paints an intimate portrait of Americans living and working in Japan-baseball players, businessmen, and an American bride-all confronting a society that looks Western, but operates by a very different set of rules.
S1988 E12May 10, 1988
Racism 101 May 10, 1988 Frontline explores the disturbing increase in racial incidents and violence on America's college campuses. The attitudes of black and white students reveal increasing tensions at some of the country's best universities where years after the civil rights struggle, full integration is still only a dream.
S1988 E13May 17, 1988
Guns, Drugs, and the CIA May 17, 1988 A Frontline investigation examines the CIA's long history of involvement with drug smugglers in trouble spots around the world and how the agency has defended its alliances with drug dealers under the cloak of 'national security.'
S1988 E14May 24, 1988
The Defense of Europe May 24, 1988 Frontline and Time magazine join forces to examine the new realities for the NATO alliance following the American-Soviet nuclear arms treaty. How good are the Warsaw Pact forces? Can Europe defend itself without nuclear missiles? Will America begin to pull out its troops?
S1988 E15May 31, 1988
Trouble in Paradise May 31, 1988 Frontline examines the US government's attempts to forge a military pact with the Pacific Island nation of Palau (population 15,000)-a campaign that has led to economic dependence, political strife, corruption, and violence in that tiny country.
S1988 E16Jun 7, 1988
Who Pays for AIDS? Jun 7, 1988 By 1991, health care for AIDS patients in the United States could cost an estimated $16 to $22 billion. Caring for AIDS victims is overwhelming some communities. Frontline examines the impact on patients caught in the middle of a battle between local governments and Washington over who will pay for AIDS.
S1988 E17Jun 14, 1988
Our Forgotten War Jun 14, 1988 In Central America, while US attention has been dominated by the contra war in Nicaragua, the battle for El Salvador continues. The US government has dumped nearly $3 billion in aid into El Salvador (more than ten times the amount spent on the contras), but there are new signs that the American policy is in trouble. With exclusive footage shot behind guerilla lines, Frontline takes a fresh look at the war in El Salvador.
S1988 E18Jun 21, 1988
Indian Country Jun 21, 1988 The Quinault Indians of Washington State seem to have everything-strong leadership, a landmark court victory guaranteeing fishing rights, business deals with the Japanese, and a lush, beautiful reservation. But the Quinaults still face crushing problems-unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, and suicide. Frontline reporter Mark Trahant searches for answers to the Quinault's dilemma in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Congress, the White House and in the heart of the Quinault people.
S1988 E19Jun 28, 1988
My Husband is Going to Kill Me Jun 28, 1988 In February 1987, 30 year-old Pamela Guenther turned to the police and the courts in a Denver suburb for protection from her violent husband. Three weeks later, as her children watched, she was murdered. Frontline asks why the system could not protect Pamela Guenther.
S1988 E20Oct 10, 1988
The Politics of Prosperity Oct 10, 1988 In the last weeks of the 1988 presidential campaign, correspondent William Greider explores the private but increasingly intense debate about what the next president should do to avoid economic disaster, how and when should he do it, and who will be asked to bear the burden. Frontline focuses on four communities that have not shared in the prosperity of the Reagan years.
S1988 E21Oct 24, 1988
The Choice Oct 24, 1988 Frontline and Time magazine step back from the heat of the 1988 presidential campaign to examine, in-depth, the background, character, qualifications, and beliefs of the Republican and Democratic candidates, George Bush and Michael Dukakis. Correspondent Garry Wills assesses their lives and career through the people who know them best.