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FRONTLINE; AIDS: A National Inquiry


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AIDS: A National Inquiry
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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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This special 2 hour show features a film about AIDS patient Fabian Bridges that raises questions about public and personal responsibility, prejudice and fear. Bridges, a homosexual prostitute, bragged he had sex with six partners a night and refused to stop even though he knew he had AIDS. In a special broadcast, follows Bridges's tragic journey across the United States, and later, a panel of national experts, led by Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, discuss how Americans should respond to this urgent public health issue.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; AIDS: A National Inquiry,” 03/25/1986, GBH Archives, accessed February 29, 2024,
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