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FRONTLINE; Vanishing Father, The

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Vanishing Father, The
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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In less than two generations, a seismic shift has occurred in the makeup of the American family. Today, fatherlessness has become the norm for 40% of American children and, some experts believe, contributes to some of our most urgent social problems. This program explores this dramatic change in the American family and the startling findings of sociologists that, despite economic status, children from single-parent homes are twice as likely to drop out of high school, to become teenage mothers and to spend time in jail.

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