FRONTLINE; Drug Wars
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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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CORRECTION 10/20: Episode I of "Drug Wars" mistakenly reported that former U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins was deceased. Senator Hawkins, who had suffered a stroke, called to say she is very much alive and much better. FRONTLINE regrets this error. In the "Drug Wars" report, Oliver North said he had briefed the Senator on a secret U.S. anti-drug operation in 1984. Shortly after the briefing, the operation was leaked to the press. Senator Hawkins says neither she nor her staff leaked that information. Produced in collaboration with National Public Radio, this two-part series examines America's 30-year effort to stop the flow of illegal drugs into this country. The drug wars have absorbed hundreds of billions of dollars, altering the criminal justice system and putting millions of people in jail. Despite the United States' expenditures, the use of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other illicit drugs remains essentially unchanged. Have the efforts been in vain? In exclusive interviews with both "drug warriors" and drug traffickers. Part One-FRONTLINE examines the impact of crack cocaine on our city streets and our criminal justice system. The report also investigates Mexico's role in supplying drugs for American demand. Part Two-FRONTLINE examines the impact of crack cocaine on our city streets and our criminal justice system. The report also investigates Mexico's role in supplying drugs to meet American demand.
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