FRONTLINE profiles Thomas Lynch, a poet and undertaker whose family has cared for the dead in a small town in central Michigan for three generations. In The Undertaking, a critically acclaimed book, Lynch offered unique and profound insight into what he called the "dismal trade." In an intimate and revealing film, Lynch helps makes sense of the ways Americans cope with death, grief, and life.
ABC News Specials Vietnam: They Were Young and Brave
Jack Smith, a veteran of the battle at Ia Drang, talks of the battle that would change the course of history and the lives of all the men who were in the battle. This is the story of the men who fought, of their remarkable heroism, and of their journey back to the battlefield, which, in a way, they never really left. In the Battle of la Drang, the U.S. 7th Cavalry, outnumbered and under siege, uses Huey helicopters for the first time and the strategic B-52 bombing becomes a battlefield standard.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
The business of higher education is booming. Its a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Investors insist theyre innovators, widening access to education. FRONTLINE follows the money to uncover how Wall Street and a new breed of for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.
The business of higher education is booming. It s a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Investors insist they re innovators, widening access to education. FRONTLINE follows the money to uncover how Wall Street and a new breed of for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.
His name is synonymous with great literature, but was William Shakespeare really the greatest writer who ever lived? FRONTLINE explores the controversy over whether literary masterpieces attributed to Shakespeare were written by his contemporary, Christopher Marlowe, reportedly killed in a brawl in 1593. But some still insist he lived and continued to write under Shakespeare's name, in the biggest cover-up in literary history.
With over four million children now on behavior modifying medications, some starting as young as two years old, FRONTLINE continues its investigation into the controversial practice of medicating kids. Are the drugs safe? How young can you detect mental illness in a child? Is medication really the answer? As the debate grows more intense, FRONTLINE investigates the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children.
The bets were huge and risky, billions of dollars on the housing market. Superbanks reaped billions of dollars, and gobbled up competitors. Then the bottom dropped out, massive losses on Wall Street nearly broke the banks and many are on the brink of failure. As the federal government contemplates what could become a massive nationalization of the industry, watch as FRONTLINE tells the inside story.
In Afghanistan today an ancient tradition has re-emerged, its called Bacha Bazi, translated literally as, boy play. Boys, some as young as eleven, are dressed in womans clothes, taught to sing and dance for the entertainment of male audiences, and then sold to the highest bidder or traded among the men for sex. The Afghan authorities responsible for stopping these crimes are sometimes themselves complicit in the practice.
Just two years into the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Koreas Kim Jong-un is the worlds youngest dictator, ruling one of the worlds most isolated countries. Using new footage smuggled from inside and never-before-told stories from recent defectors living in South Korea, FRONTLINE goes inside the secret state to explore life under its new ruler and investigate the enigmatic Morning Star King as he tries to hold onto power.