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FRONTLINE; Give Me that Big Time Religion

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Give Me that Big Time Religion
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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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Television evangelist Jimmy Lee Swaggart's weekly ministry was seen by over two million people in big cities and small towns across America and Canada. But of the tens of millions of dollars Swaggart raised through his appeals, only a tiny portion actually went into charity work. Several years before his fall, FRONTLINE investigated whether the money these modern revivalists raise goes to do God's work or to keep the preachers on TV. Should the government regulate religious fundraising?

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