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Season 2012, Episode 01 Opium Brides

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Jan 3, 2012
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Opium Brides Jan 3, 2012 Young farm girls are caught in the crossfire of attempts to eradicate Afghanistan's drug trade.

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Season 2012, Episode 02 The Secret War

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Jan 3, 2012
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The Secret War Jan 3, 2012 A revealing look at the CIA’s drone program in Pakistan and covert support for elements of the Taliban by the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, the ISI. Contains updates not previously reported.

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Season 2012, Episode 03 Nuclear Aftershocks

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Jan 17, 2012
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Nuclear Aftershocks Jan 17, 2012 FRONTLINE examines the implications of the Fukushima accident for U.S. nuclear safety, and asks how this disaster will affect the future of nuclear energy around the world.

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Season 2012, Episode 04 The Interrupters

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Feb 14, 2012
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The Interrupters Feb 14, 2012 "The Interrupters" presents profiles in courage, as three former street criminals in Chicago place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities. The film follows the lives of these "Violence Interrupters," who include the charismatic daughter of one of the city's most notorious former gang leaders, the son of a murdered father, and a man haunted by a killing he committed as a teenager. As they intervene in disputes to prevent violence, they reveal their own inspired journeys of struggle and redemption. From director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), "The Interrupters" chronicles an intimate, year-long journey across the stubbornly violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.

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Season 2012, Episode 05 Cell Tower Deaths

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Feb 21, 2012
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Cell Tower Deaths Feb 21, 2012 The demand for better and faster cell phone service comes with a hidden cost. This joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica has found that the independent contractors who are building and servicing America's cellular infrastructure are 10 times more likely than an average construction worker to die on the job. Complex layers of subcontracting insulate the carriers against liability, despite the fact that they set the aggressive schedule that can force subcontractors to cut corners in order to meet deadlines.

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Season 2012, Episode 06 Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

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Feb 28, 2012
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Japan's Nuclear Meltdown Feb 28, 2012 FRONTLINE continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. With exclusive eyewitness testimony from key figures in the drama -- including the Japanese Prime Minister and senior executives at the power company Tepco -- FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant's pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the Prime Minister's office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives' orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers. The story profiles the Japanese soldiers and firefighters drafted to cool the reactors, who were wounded when the reactor housings exploded; and the families living near the nuclear plant, who unknowingly fled in the same direction as the radioactive plume, exposing themselves to dangerously high radiation levels.

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Season 2012, Episode 07 Murdoch's Scandal

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Mar 27, 2012
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Murdoch's Scandal Mar 27, 2012 The battle over the future of News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch's reputation is chronicled.

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Season 2012, Episode 08 The Real CSI

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Apr 17, 2012
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The Real CSI Apr 17, 2012 Evidence collected at crime scenes -- everything from fingerprints to bite marks -- is routinely called upon in the courtroom to prosecute the most difficult crimes and put the accused behind bars. And though glamorized on commercial television, in the real world it's not so cut-and-dried. FRONTLINE investigates the serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science.

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Season 2012, Episode 09 Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 1

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Apr 24, 2012
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Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 1 Apr 24, 2012 FRONTLINE takes you inside the rapid rise of credit default swaps, including the voices of those who created them. With the real estate market booming, bankers successfully tweaked the credit default swap to bundle up and sell home mortgage loans to eager investors. But despite the money flowing into banks’ coffers, credit default swaps also loaded the financial system with lethal risk. And when the housing bubble burst, the credit default swaps — originally designed to stabilize the system — brought the global economy to its knees. Regulators, who had often stood on the sideline and allowed Wall Street to police itself, saw the ugly consequences rapidly unfold before them.

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Season 2012, Episode 10 Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 2

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Apr 24, 2012
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Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 2 Apr 24, 2012 FRONTLINE investigates the largest government bailout in U.S. history, a series of decisions that rewrote the rules of government and fueled a debate that would alter the country’s political landscape. It offers play-by-play accounts of several secret meetings that permanently altered the financial system.

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Season 2012, Episode 11 Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 3

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May 1, 2012
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Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 3 May 1, 2012 Probe the story of the big banks--how they developed, how they crashed, and whether they still present dangers.

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Season 2012, Episode 12 Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 4

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May 1, 2012
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Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 4 May 1, 2012 Probe the story of the big banks--how they developed, how they crashed, and whether they still present dangers.

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Season 2012, Episode 13 Six Billion Dollar Bet

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May 22, 2012
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Six Billion Dollar Bet May 22, 2012 It has been seven months since the collapse of MF Global, yet thousands of former clients have yet to fully recover money they invested with the firm. An estimated $1.6 billion in customer funds went missing in the days leading up to MF Global’s bankruptcy. The story behind the firm’s failure is clearer today, yet many important questions remain unanswered.

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Season 2012, Episode 14 Al Qaeda In Yemen

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May 29, 2012
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Al Qaeda In Yemen May 29, 2012 Since the death of Osama bin Laden, Yemen has become the hottest front in the war against Al Qaeda. Now, with headlines about a terrorist plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner, award-winning reporter and FRONTLINE correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travels into the heart of Yemen's radical heartland. His first hand report shows how members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken advantage of turmoil in the country to impose their rule on areas of south Yemen. As the US expands its drone war to prevent terrorists from establishing a new safe haven, FRONTLINE shows how AQAP is taking control of towns and cities in an attempt to establish its own state. Also in this hour, the story of Al Qaeda operative Fahd al Quso --killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen early this month - as told by former FBI agent Ali Soufan who first interrogated him before 9/11.

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Season 2012, Episode 14 Al Qaeda in Yemen

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Al Qaeda in Yemen FRONTLINE travels into the heart of Yemen's radical heartland, and shows how Al Queda is taking control of towns and cities in an attempt to establish its own state.

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Season 2012, Episode 15 Dollars and Dentists

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Jun 26, 2012
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Dollars and Dentists Jun 26, 2012 Miles O'Brien investigates the flaws in America's dental system and nascent proposals to fix them.

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Season 2012, Episode 16 Money, Power and Wall Street: The Crisis Spreads

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Jul 3, 2012
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Money, Power and Wall Street: The Crisis Spreads Jul 3, 2012 Explores how an epidemic of greed spread from financial institutions in America to Europe and back.

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Season 2012, Episode 17 Endgame: AIDS in Black America

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Jul 10, 2012
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Endgame: AIDS in Black America Jul 10, 2012 Traces the history of the AIDS epidemic through experiences of individuals in the black community.

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Season 2012, Episode 18 Fast Times at West Philly High

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Jul 17, 2012
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Fast Times at West Philly High Jul 17, 2012 Students and teachers from a West Philadelphia High School make super-hybrid cars for a competition.

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Season 2012, Episode 19 Middle School Moment

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Jul 17, 2012
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Middle School Moment Jul 17, 2012 How one Bronx school is using a novel form of data collection and analysis to predict and prevent dropouts before they happen.

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Season 2012, Episode 20 The Battle for Syria

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Sep 18, 2012
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The Battle for Syria Sep 18, 2012 Journey into the heart of the insurgency for an an unprecedented portrait of Syria's rebel leaders.

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Season 2012, Episode 21 Dropout Nation

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Sep 25, 2012
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Dropout Nation Sep 25, 2012 A journey through an inner-city high school investigates the challenges of America's dropout crisis.

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Season 2012, Episode 22 The Choice 2012

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Oct 9, 2012
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The Choice 2012 Oct 9, 2012 This election special offers biographies of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Season 2012, Episode 23 Climate of Doubt

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Oct 23, 2012
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Climate of Doubt Oct 23, 2012 John Hockenberry goes inside organizations that fought to redefine the politics of global warming.

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Season 2012, Episode 24 Big Sky, Big Money

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Oct 30, 2012
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Big Sky, Big Money Oct 30, 2012 A look at how the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision changed US campaigns focuses on Montana.

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Season 2012, Episode 25 The Suicide Plan

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Nov 13, 2012
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The Suicide Plan Nov 13, 2012 The world of assisted suicide, one of the most polarizing social issues of our time, is explored.

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Season 2012, Episode 26 Poor Kids

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Nov 20, 2012
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Poor Kids Nov 20, 2012 An intimate portrait of the economic crisis in America focuses on what poverty means to children.

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