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FRONTLINE; Is Wal-Mart Good For America

11/16/2004

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Series
FRONTLINE
Program
Is Wal-Mart Good For America
Program Number

2304K1

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

FRONTLINE offers two starkly contrasting images: one of empty storefronts in Circleville, Ohio, where the local TV manufacturing plant has closed down; the other a sea of high rises in the South China boomtown of Shenzhen. The connection between American job losses and soaring Chinese exports is Wal-Mart. For Wal-Mart, China has become the cheapest, most reliable production platform in the world, the source of up to $25 billion in annual imports that help the company deliver everyday low prices to 100 million customers a week. But while some economists credit Wal-Mart's single-minded focus on low costs with helping contain U.S. inflation, others charge that the company is the main force driving the massive overseas shift to China in the production of American consumer goods, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and a lower standard of living here at home.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
News
Public Affairs
Citation
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Is Wal-Mart Good For America,” 11/16/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C5008BE95EC649669B6B50BC833D05B1.
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