Tag Archives: frontline

Iraq … on the brink?

So, just how troubling is the Iraq crisis? Quite. Frontline’s coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East makes an important note. The battle for Syria has spilled across the border into Iraq. Indeed, the militants who have overrun Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, are tied directly to those who are fighting in the Syrian conflict […]

Students, athletes or both?

Ed O’Bannon is suing the NCAA because, says the former college basketball star, the governing collegiate athletic body has short-changed athletes who are responsible for colleges and universities earning the kinds of revenue they earn. O’Bannon’s lawsuit has evolved into a class-action suit involving many former student-athletes — students who happen to be gifted at […]

Frontline goes to the battlefield

You might want to prepare yourself for some intense documentary programming Tuesday night. Frontline is airing a new special, to be broadcast at 9 p.m. on Panhandle PBS, that examines two of the world’s hottest flashpoints. It’s called “Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria,” and it goes inside the fights raging in those two shattered countries. […]

‘Solitary’ not for faint-hearted

I’ll need to stipulate something off the top: I’ve never been imprisoned, let alone locked up in a prison cell all by myself for any length of time. However, I do have a tiny sense of what it is like to be tossed into an “administrative segregation” cell. Frontline looks at the practice of solitary […]

North Korea in the news … again

North Korea is rattling its sabers once more, trying to make sure its neighbors in South Korea hear them. That brings us to Frontline’s planned re-airing of a special on the secrecy surrounding one of the world’s most mysterious nations. http://video.kacvtv.org/video/2365155890/ “The Secret State of North Korea” airs Tuesday night at 9 on Panhandle PBS. […]

‘Rape in the Fields’ to air once more

On June 25, 2013, Frontline — the award-winning PBS documentary series — broadcasted a chilling special on the plight of undocumented female immigrants who are brutalized by their employers. They are raped and then warned by their employers to keep quiet about it. At stake is their safety from immigration officials who would deport them […]

Frontline probes Adam Lanza’s heinous act

Adam Lanza’s name will live forever in infamy, right along other mass murderers. I think, for example, of Charles Whitman, Timothy McVeigh and Nidal Hasan. Whitman killed those people while firing his rifle from the University of Texas Tower in 1966; McVeigh’s dastardly act killed 167 people when a truck bomb exploded next to Oklahoma […]

‘Who was Lee Harvey Oswald?’

He was a loner and an avowed Marxist. He wanted to defect to the Soviet Union. He admired Fidel Castro. He was a former U.S. Marine who was kicked out of the Corps with a less-than-honorable discharge. This young man also was accused of shooting the president of the United States to death and seriously […]

Frontline may have been on to something

Drew Brees plays quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He’s a probable Hall of Famer when his playing days are over. He also is the father of three boys. Does the Saints signal-caller want his sons to follow in his footsteps, to carry on a legacy the way, say, the Manning brothers — Peyton and […]

‘League of Denial’ takes hard look at NFL

Much of the nation is focused on the government shutdown. It’s a big deal, to be sure. So is the health of some highly paid professional athletes. Accordingly, Frontline’s long-awaited documentary on the concussion epidemic that’s hit the National Football League airs Tuesday night on PanhandlePBS. “League of Denial” has taken about a year to […]