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.
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.
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.
January 30, 1996 |
Ernest and Julio Gallo, the California winemakers, and their associates have given Sen. Bob Dole and his foundations $1.1 million over the years, making them the single largest contributors in Dole's lengthy political career. And according to "So You Want to Buy a President?," a 90-minute look at big-time money and big-time politics to be shown tonight at 10 on WHYY (Channel 12) as part of the PBS series Frontline, Dole has earned every penny. In fact, the price has been cheap when you consider that Dole, according to Frontline, pushed through an amendment to the tax code in 1986 that saved the Gallos something like $23 million in inheritance taxes.
April 23, 2001 |
In the aftermath of their second-half debacle in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series with Indiana, the 76ers spent a gorgeous Sunday morning watching film and praying to avoid a repeat performance. They had lost a 79-78 heartbreaker to the Pacers on Saturday, and the circumstances that led to that loss were enough to make them cringe. Pacers guard Travis Best, with an ailing back, recorded 16 points and 10 assists, and committed just one turnover in 44 minutes.
October 13, 1992 |
Two long-running PBS series, which are also two of public television's best weekly shows, begin their new seasons tonight with uncharacteristic episodes. Watching "Mind of a Serial Killer," Nova neophytes might think that they've stumbled on another installment, albeit a subdued one, of Cops. Not really. From microbiology to the ends of the universe, this series has consistently offered startling insights into science since it came on the air in 1974. And while tonight's Frontline may give some people a new perspective on the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill face-off, newcomers to the show would be hard pressed to divine from it that Frontline has presented significant investigative documentaries for 10 years.