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FRONTLINE; Silence, The


The Silence

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Silence, The
Program Number

2912 HD 001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

Producer Tom Curran and reporter Mark Trahant examine a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story: decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and church workers in Alaska. The isolation of the villages and the absolute authority of the church over the Native population created an atmosphere where molestation could go unchecked and unreported.

A Lower 48 Films, LLC. Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Native American Public Television (NAPT).

Also in this hour, a re-airing of “Flying Cheaper,” a January 2011 investigation into the outsourcing of major airline repair work to lower-cost independent maintenance operations in the U.S. and abroad.

Closing the hour will be a news update on “Flying Cheaper” from correspondent Miles O’Brien, as well as a follow-up on the story of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who was taken into custody by government authorities days after FRONTLINE’s March 2011 profile of him, as part of a larger crackdown on artists, bloggers, and human-rights advocates.



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Public Affairs
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