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Since the Ebola epidemic started over a year ago in a remote village in Guinea, an estimated 10,000 people have died. Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary, Outbreak, airing on SDPB1-TV at 9, CT; 8, MT,  investigates the epidemic that devastated West Africa. Filmmaker and journalist Dan Edge joined Dakota Midday and discussed the outbreak's origins and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

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Two years ago, a federal judge sentenced American-born David Coleman Headley to 35 years in prison for his role in planning the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 160 people.

Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary produced in collaboration with ProPublica, American Terrorist, reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching Headley and the Mumbai plotters and how Headley planned a Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.

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Vaccines have changed the world by largely eradicating a series of diseases, but some parents in the U.S. are choosing not to vaccinate their children -  this despite pressure from medical and public health officials and warnings of the return of preventable diseases once thought to be eliminated.

Measles, mumps and whooping cough have been making a comeback. Late last year there was an outbreak of measles at Disneyland. South Dakota reported its first case of measles since 1997 in December. That outbreak centered around Mitchell and totaled more than a dozen cases.

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Because doctors are trained to fix problems, it’s difficult for many of them to talk about the one thing they can’t fix: death. In his book, Being Mortal, surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande explores how the medical profession could better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose.

Dakota Midday: 'Putin's Way'

Jan 12, 2015

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the pro-Russia separatist battle in eastern Ukraine and a deepening economic crisis have observers wondering what Russian president Vladimir Putin will do next. A new Frontline report  goes behind the latest headlines and investigates Putin’s ascent from an unemployed KGB agent to a modern-day czar.

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The NRA has been described as the most feared special interest group in Washington, D.C. A new PBS/Frontline report explores how the NRA re-invented itself from a group of hunters and sportsmen to a powerful lobbying force opposing any infringement on the right to bear arms. The documentary, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, airs this evening on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.  PBS/Frontline reporter and producer Jim Gilmore joined Dakota Midday and discussed the NRA's political power.


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What are the moral responsibilities of a company doing business in a foreign country consumed by war? That’s the question at the center of tonight’s FRONTLINE/ProPublica documentary, Firestone and the Warlord. It airs tonight on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.

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A year ago few people in the U.S. year had heard of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Today the group has a presence from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad and controls some of Iraq’s biggest cities, including Mosul. The U.S. and coalition forces have conducted airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq while debates continue over whether American ground forces are needed to defeat ISIS. The Obama administration’s efforts in the fight against ISIS have become an issue in the mid-term elections.

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Some 4,000 people in West Africa have been confirmed infected with Ebola since the outbreak started in March. Around half have died of the disease. The World Health Organization says responders need to be prepared for an “exponential increase” in cases in upcoming weeks. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control.”


More than two years after the U.S. left Iraq, the country is falling into chaos and threatening to pull the Obama administration back into the conflict. Parts of Iraq including Mosul in the north and much of Anbar Province in the west are now under control of ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile political leaders in Baghdad are struggling to keep the country together. “Losing Iraq,” a new PBS Frontline report airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, explores how events reached this point. It explores the U.S.

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Sixty years ago in the Brown vs Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court declared racially segregated unconstitutional. Ten years later President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which guaranteed all Americans equal protection under the law. Under Johnson, the federal government began an aggressive push to integrate schools. But the racial divide in schools has grown over the past couple decades.

FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets

May 13, 2014

How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?  As the national debate over safety vs. privacy rages, FRONTLINE presents a two-part series called "United States of Secrets" (May 13 & 20) that tells the inside story of the U.S. government's massive secret surveillance program - from 9/11, to the Edward Snowden revelations, up through the present.  Filmmaker Jim Gilmore, reporter and co-producer of Part 1, visited with Karl Gehrke about FRONTLINE's "United States of Secrets."  SDPB-TV airs FRONTLINE Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

"TB Silent Killer"

Mar 24, 2014

Frontline's "TB Silent Killer" airs on SDPB-TV Tuesday, March 25th at 9:00 pm, Central; 8 pm, Mountain. Tuberculosis was once thought to be a disease of the past. But with more than 8 million new infections every year, virulent new drug-resistant strains emerging faster than ever, and outbreaks occurring across the world (including in Europe and the United States), TB - passed simply by a cough or a sneeze - has become the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease on the planet.

FRONTLINE: Secrets Of The Vatican

Feb 25, 2014

A year ago, after receiving a confidential dossier on troubles in the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI became the first Pope in nearly 600 years to resign.  In "Secrets of the Vatican," FRONTLINE exposes the threats and scandals that rocked Benedict's papacy: a far reaching clergy sex abuse crisis; money laundering and corruption at the Vatican Bank; and Vatileaks - the release of internal documents revealing cronyism, power struggles and allegations of blackmail within the Holy See.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke was joined by award winning director Antony Thomas who spent a year on this pro

FRONTLINE: Generation Like

Feb 13, 2014

Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture - artists, celebrities, movies, brands and even one another - in ways never before possible.  But is that real empowerment or do marketers still hold the upper hand?  In "Generation Like," author and FRONTLINE correspondent Doug Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media - and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.  "Generation Like" can be seen Tuesday, February 18, at 9:00 p.m.

FRONTLINE: Secret State Of North Korea

Jan 13, 2014

Just two years on the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is the world's youngest dictator, ruling one of the world's most isolated countries with an iron fist. Like his father and grandfather, he is trying to maintain tight control over what the world sees of North Korea - and what North Koreans see of the world. But as FRONTLINE reveals in Secret State of North Korea, cracks are starting to appear in the regime's information barrier, and it's becoming more porous.

FRONTLINE "Outlawed In Pakistan"

May 28, 2013

In the FRONTLINE documentary, "Outlawed in Pakistan," filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann trace an alleged rape victim's odyssey through her country's justice system.  In Pakistan, women and girls who allege rape are often more strongly condemned than their alleged rapists.  Some are even killed by their own families.  Nosheen and Schellmann also documented the alleged rapists' quest to clear their names.  The program airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

FRONTLINE "The Retirement Gamble"

Apr 23, 2013

For many Americans, traditional retirement is now a pipe dream.  Nearly 17% believe they'll never retire at all.  Who is to blame?  FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith presents an eye-opening investigation of a financial services industry that may be draining your retirement savings with every passing year.  FRONTLINE's "The Retirement Gamble" airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

Syria Behind The Lines

Apr 10, 2013

In the rural heartland of Syria's countryside, the bloody uprising against President Bashar Al Assad has taken a turn.  In the FRONTLINE documentary "Syria Behind the Lines," which aired Tuesday night on SDPB-TV, award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria's sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effects of a religious feud that is shaping Syria's future.

FRONTLINE "Kind Hearted Woman"

Apr 1, 2013

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland has created an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau (now Robin Poor Bear), a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation.  Sutherland followed Robin over three years as she struggled to raise her children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.  Sutherland and Poor Bear joined Dakota Midday Monday to discuss "Kind Hearted Woman," a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and Independent Lens.  It airs M

Dropout Nation

Sep 25, 2012

The FRONTLINE special, "Dropout Nation," airs tonight at 8 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas.  FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High School in Houston, once a notorious "dropout factory," to produce a portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily struggle to get them to graduate.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke is joined by FRONTLINE producer Frank Koughan.