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January 16, 2014 at 6:15 AM

As Kenneth Bae remains imprisoned, PBS ‘Frontline’ exposes real North Korea

If you want to get a real sense of life inside North Korea, stop looking at the photos of Dennis Rodman’s ill-advised trip earlier this month to Pyongyang to celebrate Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

Instead, watch the latest “Frontline” from PBS called “Secret State of North Korea.” Here’s the trailer:

Director Jim Jones worked with journalists to obtain grainy, sometimes-horrifying video from inside the country. Glimpses of daily life there show mass oppression, orphaned children, fake luxury storefronts, and over-the-top efforts to exalt Kim’s image.


Comments | More in Video | Topics: frontline, kenneth bae, north korea

October 15, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Shame on the NFL for ignoring its workforce

I watched the Frontline documentary, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” with mixed emotions. Certainly the behavior of the National Football League toward its players – its employees – was arrogant, despicable, even vulgar. The league, and the owners and teams it represents, spent years and years denying the occupational health hazards suffered by players….


Comments | Topics: concussions, Documentary, frontline

October 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Would you let your son play football?

Sorry to bring everyone down from their Sunday Seahawks high, but the question must be asked in light of mounting evidence that football is a dangerous game: Would you let your son play football?

Whether you have a kid or want to answer this hypothetically, here’s a quick poll:

Regardless of your answer, the NFL is here to stay. Americans adore football despite dire warnings from scientists that football has caused long-term brain damage in some players.

  • Last week, PBS’s investigative series “Frontline” broadcast a two-hour program on this topic. Here’s a link to a brief, must-see visual interactive explaining how Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has affected at least 50 players as young as 17. Watch the program below:

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Comments | Topics: brain injury, football, frontline