Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 p.m.
Money, Power and Wall Street: The Crisis Spreads
FRONTLINE explores how an “epidemic of greed” spread from financial institutions in the United States to Europe — and back. Correspondent Martin Smith (“College, Inc.,” “The Madoff Affair”) reveals a trail of complex deals that contributed to a European crisis that today threatens to sink the global economy into another slump. Almost four years after the meltdown, FRONTLINE examines how regulators have tried to fix an industry steeped in conflicts of interest, excessive risk-taking and incentives to cheat. New rules and regulations are being written, but can they prevent the next crisis?
Tuesday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m.
Endgame: AIDS in Black America
Thirty years after the discovery of the AIDS virus among gay white men, nearly half of the one million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children. This groundbreaking FRONTLINE exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, preventable health crises traces the history of the epidemic through the experiences of extraordinary individuals who tell their stories: Nel, a 63-year old grandmother who married a deacon in her church and later found an HIV diagnosis tucked into his Bible; Tom and Keith, who call themselves “Bornies,” survivors who were born with the virus in the early 1990s; and Jovanté, a high school football player who didn’t realize what HIV meant until it was too late.
Tuesday, July 17 at 10:00 p.m.
Fast Times at West Philly High
Students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution. The challenge: Build an affordable, 100 miles-per-gallon car. The prize: $10 million dollars. In “Fast Times at West Philly High,” FRONTLINE explores the viability of these cars, the potential that exists within our young people and the prospects of effective innovation in public education.
Tuesday, July 24 at 10:00 p.m.
The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It’s also home to enormous mineral deposits — copper, gold, molybdenum — estimated to be worth more than $300 billion. Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America’s largest open-pit mines, the “Pebble Mine,” at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. FRONTLINE travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.
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