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FRONTLINE; Secrets of a Bomb Factory


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Secrets of a Bomb Factory
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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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Wes McKinley didn't know what he was getting into when, in 1990, he was chosen as foreman of a special grand jury investigating potential crimes at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado. For forty years, the plant had operated in the secrecy that surrounded the nation's nuclear weapons program. This program traces the FBI investigation into Rocky Flats which started in 1989 by Jon Lipsky. What McKinley and the other grand jurors learned in their two-and-one-half years of listening to testimony and examining evidence disturbed them enough to risk prosecution themselves by going public. This program examines what the grand jury learned and what led to their rebellion. The correspondent is Al Austin.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Secrets of a Bomb Factory,” 10/26/1993, GBH Archives, accessed June 17, 2024,
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