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FRONTLINE; Place for Madness, a

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Place for Madness, a
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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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FRONTLINE examines the troubling conflict between protecting the rights of the mentally ill to live free beyond the walls of the mental hospital and safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and to others. This program focuses on the community of Northampton, Massachusetts, and the personal stories of one family, several mentally ill residents, and the lawyers, psychiatrists, and care givers who deal with the mentally ill on a daily basis.

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