FRONTLINE: the pbs documentary series not the flea medicine

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what the f is frontline

Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its debut on PBS as “the last best hope for broadcast documentaries,” FRONTLINE’s stature over 30 seasons is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

When FRONTLINE was born, however, the prospects for television news documentaries looked grim. Pressure was on network news departments to become profitable, and the spirit of outspoken journalistic inquiry established by programs like Edward R. Murrow’s See It Now and Harvest of Shame had given way to entertainment values and feature-filled magazine shows. Therefore, it fell to public television to pick up the torch of public affairs and carry on this well-established broadcast news tradition.

Since its inception, FRONTLINE has never shied away from tough, controversial issues or complex stories. In an age of anchor celebrities and snappy sound bites, FRONTLINE remains committed to providing a primetime venue for engaging reports that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times. In the 2010-2011 season, the series expanded to a year-round broadcast presence that now includes several magazine-format programs, which have enabled FRONTLINE to respond more quickly to breaking news stories.

To support the creation of these new segments and programs, FRONTLINE has begun deepening its existing partnerships with ProPublica, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and other respected news organizations. New partnerships with NPR, Planet Money, and other news outlets, meanwhile, are supporting FRONTLINE’s efforts to cultivate a new, younger generation of producers and reporters.

There are over 150 Frontline docs available to watch free online -- what are your favorites? I watch every new one that comes on because I have a bottomless stomach for bad news.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:22 (nine years ago) link

My personal favorites include:

The Interrupters
Money, Power, and Wall Street (all of the political and financial ones give me nightmares, I love it)
Nuclear Aftershocks
God in America

tbh I have so many favorites

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:25 (nine years ago) link

Have never seen Harvest of Shame but it wins the best title award.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:26 (nine years ago) link

You can watch/browse here http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/view/

Oh man, Poor Kids totally broke my heart too. I listen to the audiocasts while I'm walking or trying to fall asleep sometimes. It's sometimes even more intense than watching the movies.

The one about the roots of the mortgage crisis was chilling. I couldn't get through more than 5 min of The Retirement Gamble before the fear got into me and I had to stop.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:29 (nine years ago) link

Honestly I can't believe that there's no thread for Frontline already -- does nobody watch PBS? I used to watch these with my parents, and then I forgot about it, then I downloaded a bunch of their podcasts and got obsessed all over again. These docs are so humorless and dry and informative. They're great.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:42 (nine years ago) link

Iran-Contra
The October Surprise (this really happened)
Iraq War II

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:45 (nine years ago) link

Oh man, yeah the Iraq War ones were serious nightmare material. I should go back and watch Iran-Contra.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:51 (nine years ago) link

Sometimes the domestic ones can be a little goofy, but they have their charms -- my students LOVE Post-Mortem and The Real CSI.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:52 (nine years ago) link

Domestic meaning US-focused, not political/financial/doom-tinged

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:53 (nine years ago) link

I expected the new one, Never Forget to Lie (about Holocaust survivors) to be a little drippy but for some reason it reminded me of The Land of Silence and Darkness. It's pretty austere, and the filmmaker's focus on memory is more interesting than if they had focused on the atrocity itself.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:01 (nine years ago) link

I used to have a ritual when I was unemployed, I would order a large pizza and eat the entire thing while watching Frontline. This was around the time we were well into the second Iraq war. Now I just watch the ones about drugs or the environment, the financial ones just make me angry and sad. I put it in the same category as Consumer Reports, hopelessly uncool but a touchstone, a quiet spot at the carnival.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:05 (nine years ago) link

That sounds like a really depressing ritual, but of course that makes me like it.

There's something about watching Frontline that feels like taking reality medicine, eating pieces of broken glass because the world is a tough and ugly place full of terrible people. But I'd rather know that than not know it. I'll eat the broken glass if it means that no one can hurt me by surprising me with a plateful of broken glass.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:09 (nine years ago) link

But like I said, I have a hearty appetite for doom and bad news.

Still, the one about retirement was a little too close to home! I'm going to have to give that one a shot on a strong sunny day.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:11 (nine years ago) link

The beginning, the first 5 min I heard, was just a bunch of people saying "yeah, I'll probably just work until I die, I have no plan b"

yikes

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:11 (nine years ago) link

Wow, no old Frontline threads? Frontline is incredible. Off the top of my head, I recommend Country Boys, The Interrupters and ... I think it's called Poor Kids.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:13 (nine years ago) link

Poor Kids is about the young children of families on the extreme end of hand to mouth. It's both inspiring and heartbreaking.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:14 (nine years ago) link

David Sutherland (who made Country Boys) has a new one -- Kind Hearted Woman. I posted about it on the Country Boys thread and no one cared, but since you liked that you have to see it. It's amazing.

Poor Kids was so so so so so so sad. The scene with the dog? Gah.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:15 (nine years ago) link

"The Man Who Knew,""Money, Power & Wall Street" four-parter absolutely riveting. "The Merchants of Cool" good one from earlier.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:17 (nine years ago) link

I didn't like Kind Hearted Woman too well. Though we had a (sad) laugh at the constant shots of trains and sounds of train whistles until we realized that all the places she moved to were probably like a block away from the train tracks.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:18 (nine years ago) link

Why didn't you like it? I haven't made it through part 2 tbh but she is such a familiar person to me. I thought it was really beautiful and intimate.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:21 (nine years ago) link

I think it was just a little too repetitive and depressing, iirc. Like, so many shots of her walking down the highway in the bitter cold, that kind of thing, and almost every aspect of her life was so damaged. Just bleak all around.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:30 (nine years ago) link

Have never seen Harvest of Shame but it wins the best title award.

I watched this on YouTube. It's about migrant workers in the 60s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTVF_dya7E

sponsored by Philip Morris!!

tokyo rosemary, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:43 (nine years ago) link

Tangential, but PBS making their own channel on Roku with a ton of content streaming is crazy. They're getting a pledge drive donation from me this year.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:47 (nine years ago) link

The one about mutual funds and retirement savings from just a few weeks ago was jawdropping. Good, but also miserable.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 17 May 2013 02:53 (nine years ago) link

xpost But no Frontline on the Roku channel!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 May 2013 03:04 (nine years ago) link

All-time favorite is, I think I have the title right, 'The Last Battle of the Gulf War' about Gulf War Syndrome. If it's the one I'm thinking of there was all kinds of horrifying revelations about the soldiers' exposure to depleted uranium. Terrifying stuff.

Country Boys was fantastic.

The one about the Anthrax investigations was excellent too.

I go on kicks where I get totally obsessed with it but I haven't been down the rabbit hole in years. So glad this thread is here!! (Also I love the thread title, LL)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 May 2013 03:04 (nine years ago) link

I love the narrator! He has a lovely voice

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 May 2013 03:04 (nine years ago) link

Oh, wait, there it is, in regular netflix.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 May 2013 03:05 (nine years ago) link

argh wait I was wrong.
the documentary I was thinking of was called Invisible War, Depleted Uranium and the Politics of Radiation, it was a french documentary they aired on the Australian version of Frontline. Sorry.
link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfK8ijrzyc

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 May 2013 03:15 (nine years ago) link

Oh man I go on hard core Frontline binges sometimes. It has definitely influenced my decision to change careers and go into social work!

quincie, Friday, 17 May 2013 03:33 (nine years ago) link

I make my students choose one film and then write about it. Then they have to give a little presentation basically selling it to the rest of the class so everyone super wants to watch it. My favorite project -- the whole process from choosing the movie to giving the presentation is part of the project. It rules.

As for Kind Hearted Woman, I think the bleakness is part of the point -- but I'll get back to you once I've watched...all 4 hours of it? Yikes. I love how long and unrelenting Sutherland's stuff is. I mean, if you thought it was hard to watch, imagine living in North Dakota.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 03:40 (nine years ago) link

uh oh your hospital could kill you
(this is actually no joke there has been a lot of this in my family and i know we can't be alone)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/uncategorized/interactive-your-hospital-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health/

At a week-long hackathon sponsored by the TriBeCa Film Institute and Mozilla and supported by the Ford Foundation, the two worked with Pro Publica reporters Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce, FRONTLINE’s own Sam Bailey, and the fantastic team at Ocupop to build “Your Hospital May Be Hazardous To Your Health,” an interactive video that highlights a number of inaccurate — and dangerous — assumptions often made about our health care systems.

It’s a fantastic piece of work, especially considering the short amount of time they had to pull together the story and construct the interactive experience.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

this may fall into the same category as the dollars for dentists one -- cannot handle under any circumstances

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 17 May 2013 20:42 (nine years ago) link

I finally finished the Kind Hearted Woman podcast on my walk to work yesterday, and to anyone who found it too boring or depressing, I have to ask -- did you watch the whole thing? Parts 1 and 2?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 31 May 2013 14:45 (nine years ago) link

I might feel differently if I had sat in front of a computer at watched it, but the audiocast was such a rollercoaster of emotions/intensity that I have no idea how anyone could find it boring. Even if you don't buy Robin's subdued survivor life mission (these things are never as simple as they look), you have to at least admit that she is a fascinating person. I almost died when she was talking about her power point and how she was organizing her speech. Totally going to have my students watch this, or at least that segment!!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 31 May 2013 14:48 (nine years ago) link

ugh at = and
typos but you get my point

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Friday, 31 May 2013 14:51 (nine years ago) link

Agree about the Frontline audiocast - especially when it's something not terribly visual, I get wrapped up in it way more just listening.

brio, Friday, 31 May 2013 15:16 (nine years ago) link

Currently watching David Sutherland's The Farmer's Wife -- a little over an hour in and desperately curious how he managed to get bedroom scenes? (Just lying in bed talking, but still there is a documentary filmmaker in yr bedroom). If you don't feel like looking it up, it's a tenant farming family in Nebraska circa 1995-1998 (it said 3 years were covered and it started in '95, so I'm assuming)

Reeeeally interesting how differently Juanita and Robin approach the idea of public aid/asking for help/social services. One of my favorite things about Sutherland, in addition to the fact that he is incapable of editing out mundanities (I love them), is that he is so absent as a filmmaker. Sure, there's some music and scenic sunset shots and w/e but I don't get a whiff of Sutherland while watching the movie itself. He seems really good at letting people speak for themselves in all of his movies. Part of that is showing their ugly/boring sides occasionally, and part of it is getting and staying out of the way from shooting through editing.

Anyway, recommended here since the Country Boys thread didn't seem very active anymore.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:11 (nine years ago) link

Next Frontline doc has a classic superbummer topic: rape on the job for agricultural workers.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/social-issues/rape-in-the-fields/the-hidden-story-of-rape-on-the-job-in-america/

The films are the result of a year-long reporting effort. Bergman and his team traveled from the almond groves of California’s Central Valley to the packing plants of Iowa, from the apple orchards of Washington’s Yakima Valley to the tomato fields of Florida. They spoke with dozens of women who say they have been sexually abused on the job.

And they found that in the vast fields and orchards of today’s agribusiness, it’s easy for a rapist to stalk his victims — who are often, but not always, undocumented women who dare not denounce their attackers for fear they’ll be deported.

“These women live in fear, but they were willing to go on camera to tell their stories at great personal risk,” says Bergman says. “They didn’t want to see it happening to other women.”

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:15 (nine years ago) link

jesus

folsom country prism (Jon Lewis), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:17 (nine years ago) link

Also, interestingly, they're airing it on Univision as well as PBS in order to reach more Hispanic viewers.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:18 (nine years ago) link

really? that's actually awesome.

folsom country prism (Jon Lewis), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:18 (nine years ago) link

Really! I thought so too! Great idea.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:19 (nine years ago) link

Esp considering the quality of programming on US Spanish language tv in general.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:20 (nine years ago) link

Oof. That would be a good one to show to my next employment law class just to really bum them the fuck out. "Enjoy this movie, students! I'll be out in the hall reading a book so I don't cry in front of you."

that's great re: Univision.

carl agatha, Monday, 10 June 2013 18:21 (nine years ago) link

tbh that latest one, I would totally read the facts in text but I might not be able to handle it through the eyes/ears. So abysmal.

folsom country prism (Jon Lewis), Monday, 10 June 2013 18:23 (nine years ago) link

watched the retirement one last night
really think it should be required viewing -- esp liked the part about how fiduciary agreements and how financial services professionals intentionally give the impression that they are on the customer's side when they decidedly are not.

super recommend powering through the heavy uncomfortable reality of the first 10 min (i'm going to work until i'm 90, when i will die at work) to learn about the stuff that the financial services industry has been selling us via retirements accounts/managed mutual funds and also to watch the CEOs squirm like worms under pretty serious direct questioning about their products.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:52 (nine years ago) link

pls mentally remove that first "how"

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:53 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Next on Frontline: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/business-economy-financial-crisis/two-american-families/in-milwaukee-a-familys-struggle-for-survival/

In 1991, when Bill Moyers first began following the lives of Claude and Jackie Stanley, the parents of five had just been laid off from well-paying manufacturing jobs in Milwaukee.

They’ve been battling to keep from sliding into poverty ever since.

Two American Families, a 90-minute FRONTLINE documentary premiering July 9, tells the Stanleys’ story — and that of another Milwaukee family, the Neumanns — all the way up to the present, and raises troubling questions about trends toward part-time, low-wage work in America.

In this excerpt from Two American Families, meet Claude and Jackie, now approaching retirement age, and their son, Keith, now grown.

“My heart goes out to that generation that was promised something from America, by America — that they would have a better life. And that’s not the case anymore,” Keith tells Moyers.

Bill Moyers will appear tonight (June 26) on The Colbert Report to discuss Two American Families. The documentary premieres July 9 on FRONTLINE (check local PBS listings).

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 8 July 2013 18:25 (nine years ago) link

Also - I watched about 20 min of the one about agricultural workers and it felt too much like talking to one of my students, had to stop watching. It reminded me of how many truly horrific stories I've heard.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 8 July 2013 18:26 (nine years ago) link

george packer wrote about this btw, it sounds really good

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/07/the-fall-of-the-american-worker.html

szarkasm (schlump), Monday, 8 July 2013 18:44 (nine years ago) link

thanks for the warning

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:46 (three years ago) link

<3 no prob
someone's gotta do it

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:53 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

frontine seems determined to bring us the most disturbing news the world has to offer
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/the-trial-of-ratko-mladic/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:58 (three years ago) link

gotta hand it to em for clarity of purpose

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:58 (three years ago) link

holy shit

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:59 (three years ago) link

that one was really disturbing on a human nature level, esp when they interviewed the mladic hardline supporters.

in better news, new David Sutherland (Kind Hearted Woman, Country Boys) doc finally coming out!! his titles are getting longer: new one is "Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 1 April 2019 18:56 (three years ago) link

ooh yay

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 1 April 2019 20:11 (three years ago) link

and yeah, mladic was a touch watch all round but i am glad i watched, there was a lot i was not aware of at the time

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 1 April 2019 20:12 (three years ago) link

*tough

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 1 April 2019 20:12 (three years ago) link

will watch new sutherland no q's asked! It will be a frontline?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 15:05 (three years ago) link

premieres 4/15

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 15:27 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore is definitely worth your time -- lots of food for thought, looming elephants in the room, awkward community meetings & very private personal conversations

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:10 (three years ago) link

ooh i forgot about this - must watch

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:05 (three years ago) link

curious what other people think about it
report back!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 23:02 (three years ago) link

i still haven't been able to discuss this because no one i know has watched it
cmon ilx don't leave me hangin

plus upcoming one is about the neverending battle about legal abortion and i probably won't watch that tbh

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 22:38 (three years ago) link

I can't watch Frontline anymore, the daily news pushes me past the point I can bear watching anything except X-Files reruns or the Voyage of the Mimi

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 23:09 (three years ago) link

Caught the one covering the history of the Mueller report a couple of weeks back.
But having to d/ld them so only catching them when I see them upped.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 23:37 (three years ago) link

i watched marcos. i had a lot of thoughts.

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 23:39 (three years ago) link

i worked on one of these once, "the future of war" in 2000. it was basically my one and only involvement with serious journalism, before i spent the rest of my 20s reviewing shit alt-country records. ah well.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:35 (three years ago) link

Harbl I’d like to know your thoughts. I had some too. Lots actually. I can’t stop thinking about the lack of overt discussion in the film about language. How can they not talk about language? The communication difficulties between him and his wife were like a cloud hanging over the whole thing.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:53 (three years ago) link

F hazel that makes me sad. I basically only get my news via local public radio and am on a strict no-opinion/no-prognostication diet. I get the aversion :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:55 (three years ago) link

i'm sleepy and not able to articulate these things well anyway but what i appreciated most about this one was it was not constructed in a way to be such a hopeful story like too many political documentaries are. it was just extremely complicated. and you say "how can they not talk about language" which is true but there are many things that were not talked about here that made it more interesting in a way. i am having trouble with how to explain this...having spent more time apart than together, their relationship had frozen in a honeymoon period in a way? these two had not enough experience being with each other. it is easy to long for a person when you talk on skype for one hour a day and spend all your other time fighting to get them back to you. together the language and other difficulties just turn sort of toxic. it was like there was a wall between them when they were together. in fact i felt that had he not been deported this may not have lasted. i feel bad for thinking that.

forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:26 (three years ago) link

There are always huge elephants in the room in all the Sutherland docs I’ve seen— it’s why I love them! Language was just a small part of it. Culture was another part. Distance wasn’t so much of an elephant but an albatross they had to carry around. Thank you for your thoughts!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:43 (three years ago) link

Sadly I thought for sure there wouldn’t be 4 kids if he hadn’t been deported but I am a romantic realist, not a romantic. His deportation characterized/epitomized their relationship in a way.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:45 (three years ago) link

yup, i think you're right

forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:36 (three years ago) link

At the same time, jfc can they let the guy back in to be with his veteran wife? Just say yes — that was all anyone had to do.

My nomination for most awkward scene was tied between them awkwardly walking around Mexico City and arguing about their (“luxury”) apartment wherever they were in the Yucatán.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:42 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Trump's Trade War" = extremely boring imo, put me directly to sleep

That means it has its virtues, but I don't recommend watching it. Suuuuuuuuuper dull.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 13:33 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

If you're like "this day/week/month/year is pretty nice, but what I really need right now is a way to freak out about the law of the land" then this Frontline is for you!
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/thirty-nine-supreme-revenge-interviews-on-the-record-at-your-fingertips/

i...don't think i'm gonna watch this one

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 24 May 2019 17:17 (three years ago) link

same :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:08 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

new one about Saudi Arabia is suuuuper long (almost 2 hours) and O_O
haven't missed a frontline in years, why start now

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:33 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just watched the episode about Flint's water problems and I'm fucking furious.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 21:25 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

omfg is anyone watching this America’s Great Divide series??!!?? It’s reminding me how much we (we = ppl who live in the USA, in this context) have been through. I’m halfway through episode 2 and the initial press briefings w Sean Spicer are like the 800th least shocking thing in there and they are still shocking. If you have the stomach, I recommend. No idea how I have the stomach but here I am.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 17 January 2020 01:29 (two years ago) link

I tried watching some of it online. Having lived through it once, while paying attention, was enough to teach me everything I needed to know about the past dozen years. A reprise is not particularly instructive, although you're right enough that it is quite painful in retrospect. But it was painful enough the first time through that the lessons hadn't faded away.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 17 January 2020 04:22 (two years ago) link

I was also paying attention while living through it -- seeing the summary was actually quite instructive for me because 1) it made it easier for me to be able to explain what happened to students and 2) it gives people who weren't paying attention/were too young to get it a solid primer for "how did we get here?!"

It was actually easier to get through than the first time it all went down because I have better coping skills now. After a lot of work...

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 17 January 2020 20:06 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

New one!

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/how-amazon-convinced-millions-of-people-to-welcome-listening-devices-into-their-homes/

Even one of the founders of Amazon Web Services approaches his Alexa devices with caution.

Robert Frederick, who left the company in 2006, tells FRONTLINE that he turns off his Alexa devices “whenever I want to have a private moment.”

“I don’t want certain conversations to be heard by humans,” Frederick says. “Conversations that I know for a fact are things that should not be shared, I turn off those particular listening devices.”

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:15 (two years ago) link

"listening devices" literally turns my stomach but this is still some pretty lite content comparatively

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:16 (two years ago) link

there'll no doubt be another snowden-esque revelation that the devices were indeed listening all along, for national security reasons naturally, and everyone will be outraged for two to three weeks

i will FP you and your entire family (rip van wanko), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:56 (two years ago) link

It's only a matter of storage density and voice recognition capability both increasing beyond certain points that you can expect to be recorded in every public space (and most private spaces) 24/7/365. Will it be abused? In early 21st century terms, yes. In 2040 terms? It'll be as normal as being required to carry picture ID on you at all times, which similarly used to freak people the fuck out.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 17 February 2020 23:36 (two years ago) link

If I live until 2040, I plan to communicate in public only by scribbling notes on pad of paper and handing it to people. Using a number 3 pencil.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 17 February 2020 23:44 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/coronavirus-pandemic/

Not as alarming as you would think -- made me feel proud of medical professionals and determined to fight this shit

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:28 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Some good new ones -- I really liked the one about Iraqis/the war (Once Upon a Time in Iraq) and the most recent one about C19 + agricultural/meatpacking workers is essential if you have eaten a piece of broccoli in the last 5 months (and didn't grow it yourself, and if you did enjoy your high horse!)
Covid's Hidden Toll https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/covids-hidden-toll/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:40 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

1) Here to stan for Independent Lens' docu-series Philly DA (the series, not necessarily the man although I believe he has good intentions)
2) There's a new Frontline about refugees from Eritrea and one of my students wrote her final project about this very same journey! Looking forward to watching that one
3) Have not watched the covid retrospective docs yet -- I feel like it's a little soon?!?!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 6 May 2021 15:08 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

first ep of Philly DA was great, not looking forward to the way this unravels... it unravels right? How can it not unravel.

It's so gooooooooood!!! I like the eps that drift away from the central Krasner-tory the best but he was obvs the reason for the season. I watched the whole thing already bc I have PBS passport & was hungry for docs. My only recommendation is to watch it quickly because it's easy to get confused and the filmmakers didn't remind us what everyone's name is so it's always "that lady w curly hair who was a holdover from previous administration" or whatever.

Also the screaming FOP-supporting white people = background players in Mare of Easttown

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:38 (one year ago) link

Krasner-Story
typo oops

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:39 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

This looks promising! Sort of boring, but I like that --

A trove of nearly 12 million confidential documents, collectively known as the Pandora Papers, reveals the hidden assets and secret deals of some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people, including 130 billionaires, 35 current and former world leaders and more than 330 politicians and public officials.

The documents — shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists by an anonymous source — include records from 14 financial service providers around the world. The leaked files illustrate the global entanglement of political power and secretive offshore finance, and how U.S. trusts are sheltering millions in controversial assets.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/pandora-papers-video-news-icij/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 4 October 2021 13:28 (one year ago) link

Some earlier talk here: The proof is in the Putin: thread for Panama Papers/Mossack Fonseca leaks.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 4 October 2021 20:05 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

the el mozote episode from yesterday is heartbreaking

certified juice therapist (harbl), Thursday, 11 November 2021 01:27 (one year ago) link

i don't think i'll be watching that one. for the curious and non-googling https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/massacre-in-el-salvador/

i am however interested in the Pandora Papers segment that apparently also finally aired. I've been out of the loop lately!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 11 November 2021 17:29 (one year ago) link


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