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Capturing ‘American Voices’ in a Year of Turmoil
When the pandemic hit, Dr. Blair Woodbury picked up the phone. He called his old friend, filmmaker Mike Shum, and urged him to get out and start recording the first draft of history.
That's how the new FRONTLINE documentary "American Voices: A Nation in Turmoil" was born. Shum, Woodbury and a team of independent filmmakers across America have been documenting how people are living through this tumultuous year — from the pandemic, to the widespread protests over racial injustice, through the historically polarized presidential election.
Shum and Woodbury join this episode of The FRONTLINE Dispatch to discuss the ambitious project and how the story of 2020 continues to evolve.
COVID-19 & the Medical Supply Crisis
As COVID swept the U.S., why did hospitals face deadly shortages of PPE and other medical supplies? How did America’s medical supply chain fail so catastrophically? FRONTLINE, in collaboration with the Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre, investigates what went wrong in the new documentary America's Medical Supply Crisis. AP reporters Martha Mendoza and Juliet Linderman join The FRONTLINE Dispatch to discuss their findings.
Introducing: NOVA Now
From the PBS science series NOVA, a biweekly podcast digging into the science behind the headlines. Many agree that we need a fast, accurate, and easy COVID-19 test—yet none of the commonly used diagnostic technologies have been able to meet that need. Enter CRISPR, a gene-editing tool that can also be used to identify viruses. Host Alok Patel follows the story of the two scientists who first discovered this potential for battling the coronavirus, and the biotech company that hopes to use it to revolutionize modern diagnostics.
The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
In this special audio presentation, FRONTLINE shares a podcast version of The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a new documentary interweaving investigative biographies of the two main-party presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, with a focus on how they have responded in moments of political and personal crisis.
Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team interview friends, family, colleagues and critics about the challenges and setbacks that have shaped both Trump and Biden’s lives — and how each man’s handling of those moments could inform their approaches to leadership at this pivotal juncture in America’s history.
Making "The Choice"
Before America votes, what can Biden and Trump’s responses to past crises — both personal and political — tell us about how they might lead the United States through a time of national turbulence?
In this episode, Michael Kirk, veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker and director of The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, reflects on how the candidates have confronted challenges and setbacks throughout their lives and careers, and how the stakes in this election cycle feel especially high. Having conducted nearly 50 new interviews for this film, his fifth installment of The Choice, Kirk says: "Most people can't remember a starker choice. I really think everybody thinks this is the election of the century."
The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden premieres on PBS and online Tuesday, Sept. 22.
The Transparency Project: John Bolton
As part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, all this week we’re publishing key interviews conducted as part of the reporting for The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a two-hour documentary special about the major-party political candidates. The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden airs on PBS and online Tuesday, September 22nd. Read more about Frontline’s Transparency Project at frontline.org.
In this episode, John Bolton is interviewed by FRONTLINE’s Gabrielle Schonder. Bolton served as national security adviser to Donald Trump from 2018 to 2019. He was previously the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and is the author of The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir. Bolton shares his observations about President Trump’s approach to national security, including his unusual lack of interest, for a president, in receiving intelligence and other information.
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Very informative episode. Well worth listening to broaden your mind about what are facing as a country.
I DON’T WANT TO SHOOT YOU
This is not a review of the podcast, and instead a few comments about a particular episode. The episode on November 28, 2018, was about a black male (“RJ”), who had a gun and threatened to kill himself. His girlfriend called the police and the first officer that arrived was talking RJ down and did not shoot RJ. However, 2 officers responded a couple of minutes later, and they shoot RJ. This podcast, and RJ’s family try to bring race as an issue but race had nothing to with why RJ was shot. The victim’s sister, Heather, is utterly ridiculous and wants her brother’s death to be because of race or some fault of the police, she even says “the police shoot first and ask questions later” when the police appeared and asked her brother, RJ to put the gun down, and he refused, it does not matter that the gun was unloaded. SO THE POLICE SPECIFICALLY ASKED RJ TO DROP THE GUN AND AFTER RJ REFUSED AND MOVED HIS HAND AROUND WITH THE GUN IN HIS HAND THE POLICE OFFICERS THEN KILLED RJ. SO THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR RJ’S DEATH WAS RJ, AND HEATHER DOES NOT WANT TO ACCEPT THAT FACT. THE POLICE DID NOTHING WRONG AND RACE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH RJ’S DEATH. ...... THE RESPONDING OFFICER NADER IS THE ONLY PERSON THAT ACTED CORRECTLY, THE BACKUP OFFICERS SPECIFICALLY KUZMAH (SP) IS AN IDIOT AND HAS THE TEMERITY TO BLAME NADER FOR NOT SHOOTING RJ. I UNDERSTAND THE GRIEF OF RJ’S FAMILY BUT MY GOD HIS SISTERS ARE JUST RIDICULOUS IN THEIR COMMENTS AND OUTRAGE THAT THEIR BROTHER WAS SHOT - THEY NEED TO ACCEPT THAT RJ IS DEAD BECAUSE RJ CHOSE TO DIE AND BRANDISHED A PISTOL AND REFUSED TO DROP THE PISTOL AFTER THE POLICE ASKED SEVERAL TIMES, AND IT IS OFFENSIVE THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO BLAME THE POLICE AND BRING RACE AS REASONS FOR RJ’S DEATH.
Clearly, a left leaning, very biased reporting of todays current state of affairs. I was on board with your “journalism” until your Trump/Biden series. I’m an undecided voter and would have liked to have heard more fair, unbiased reporting. This truly makes me sad.