November 7, 1995 |
"Girl, 14, and Her Lover in Vile Crime. " "Werewolf Seized in Southend. " "12 Sexy Days of Christmas. " "Mystery of Hideaway - Priest and a Nun. " "40,000 Bingo. " Those are some of the big news stories in the world of mogul Rupert Murdoch, who has circled the globe for more than 40 years, building an enormous media empire and leaving heaps of sleaze behind. He has also left a trail of lies, tricks and broken promises, according to tonight's expanded Frontline (Channel 12, 10 p.m.; Channel 39, 9 p.m.)
December 16, 1987 |
Ask Moorestown girls basketball coach Bill Kravitz to assess his team for the upcoming season, and he replies without hesitation: "We're a .500 team if we don't rebound. It's as simple as that. " For the Quakers, it just might be. All three of the Quakers' frontline players have graduated, leaving Kravitz with some very big problems up front. "There are so many big girls in this league," Kravitz said. "For us to be able to do as well as last season, we are going to have to be able to rebound.
May 26, 1987 |
Philadelphians may not learn anything new from "The Bombing of West Philly," tonight's Frontline presentation (Channel 12 at 10), but it's still the most important television show this city will see all year. "This is the story of how it happened and who is to blame," says narrator Lary Lewman as we see the burning homes of Osage Avenue on May 13, 1985, when an "entry device" was dropped on the headquarters of the radical MOVE organization. That's what this one-hour production does best: It marshals the facts in a clear, succinct way; conveys the full horror of what happened, and then lets you draw your own conclusions.
February 24, 2016 |
It's no secret this country has a drug problem, and not just with the kind peddled on street corners to vacant-eyed addicts. Do we also have a pain problem? Many of our TV shows are brought to us by products with fanciful names promising relief from ailments large and small, and, perhaps most of all, from pain. And as PBS's Frontline reports Tuesday in a two-hour presentation, Chasing Heroin , it's the search for pain relief - as well as for profits - that helped lead to a national problem with heroin that's not always fully acknowledged.
July 20, 1993 |
In the winter of 1692, a group of girls in Salem, Mass., found they could win the attention of their parents by making up stories about some of their neighbors. The subsequent brouhaha over witchcraft led to the imprisonment of about 150 people and the execution of 20. A disturbing, four-hour Frontline report airing tonight and tomorrow on Channel 12, Frontline's "Innocence Lost: The Verdict," implies that a similar, if smaller-scale, scenario has been unfolding in the North Carolina town of Edenton for more than four years.
December 12, 1995 |
The American dream drives our society resolutely. The faith that if you work hard, then you will get ahead is stronger for many Americans than any religious belief. Frontline visits a nightmare side of the dream tonight at 10 on Channel 12 (9 p.m. on Channel 39): two Milwaukee families struggling after layoffs. "Living on the Edge" is a purely anecdotal documentary - no overarching figures about the decline of America's middle class, just a close examination, over five years, of 12 people caught in a vise.
May 23, 2016
POV: The Return The documentary series kicks off its 29th season with a film that follows the post-release lives of two former prison inmates, Bilal Chatman and Kenneth Anderson, who were originally sentenced to life under California's since-reformed "three strikes" law. 10 p.m. Monday, WHYY12. Frontline: Business of Disaster Who profits when things go wrong? Three years after Hurricane Sandy, a joint investigation with NPR looked at the aftermath and followed the money.
February 21, 2016
Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows. No, it's not a Friends reunion, though Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Jennifer Aniston did show up, and Matthew Perry reportedly taped something from London, where he's appearing in a play. Along with cast members from Will & Grace , The Big Bang Theory , Cheers , Taxi , and other hits, they came out for the director and producer who helped make them stars. 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC10. Girls.
November 15, 1994 |
Who experienced the most change: the girls in Hillary Rodham's college class, during their four years at Wellesley - or the women who graduated, in the 25 years since? That's the starting question in tonight's Frontline, which profiles not Hillary Rodham Clinton, but some of her classmates, a group of women who, with notable exceptions, were launched loaded with expectations in 1969 into a world that slowly wore them down. These are privileged characters who aren't surprised at the high station achieved by their most famous classmate, who was also their president.
January 15, 1991 |
At midnight tonight, U.S. armed forces have the go-ahead to begin waging war in the Persian Gulf. How did this happen? Wasn't it just weeks ago that the nation's biggest military problem was how to split up the peace dividend? Suddenly, everyone's talking war. Watching "Frontline's" special report, "To the Brink of War" won't calm jittery nerves or give you a warm feeling about our foreign affairs. But for those who feel things have been happening too fast, this hour, which airs tonight at 9 on Channel 12, is a helpful guide to understanding the escalating crisis.