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FRONTLINE; Breaking the Bank


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Breaking the Bank
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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

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The bets were huge and risky: billions of dollars on the housing market. The upside was undeniable: Superbanks reaped billions of dollars, dominated the landscape and gobbled up competitors. Then the bottom dropped out—the massive losses on Wall Street nearly broke the banks. In the worst crisis in decades, brand-name banks are on the brink of failure. Now, as the federal government contemplates what could become a massive nationalization of the industry, FRONTLINE goes behind closed doors to tell the inside story of how things went so wrong so fast, and to document efforts to stabilize the industry. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Inside the Meltdown) untangles the complicated financial and political web threatening one superbank in particular, Bank of America.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Breaking the Bank,” 04/15/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E691732F7A334A16AC8882C8607F65E3.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Breaking the Bank.” 04/15/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E691732F7A334A16AC8882C8607F65E3>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Breaking the Bank. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E691732F7A334A16AC8882C8607F65E3
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