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A ‘Silent Killer’ Roars Back Around The Globe

The world has a new epidemic on its hand: drug-resistant tuberculosis.

We’re not talking about the kind of TB that doctors can cure with a few weeks of standard antibiotics.

This disease is way more dangerous. It outwits the best medicines we have against it and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill in a single person.

Drug-resistant TB is on the rise around the world. And it’s even cropping up here in the United States.

Last night PBS’s Frontline traveled to the epicenter of this new epidemic, the southern African country of Swaziland, in the film “TB Silent Killer.”Through the eyes of three people fighting the disease, the documentary explored the toll drug-resistant TB takes on families and societies. And it showed what could happen in many countries if new drugs or vaccines aren’t developed.

So what can be done to curb drug-resistant TB? How quickly can the disease spread? And how much will it cost us to stop it?

Today Shots teamed up with Frontline to host an online panel discussion with the film’s director, Jezza Neumann. He explained how he made the film and how people in the U.S. can help those with TB overseas.

Check out the entire chat on NPR’s health blog. We’d also love to hear your comments about the film and topic here on tumblr.

If you missed ”TB Silent Killer” last night, no problem. You can watch the entire film at Frontline anytime.

April 21, 1989: Tiananmen Square Protests Begin

On this day in 1989, students began protesting in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the symbolic central space of China. Several weeks later, when the government sent in the army to end the demonstrations, the citizens of Beijing poured into the streets in support of the students.

The demonstrations ended in a massacre on the night of June 3-4, when the government sent the troops into the city with orders to clear Tiananmen Square. One day later, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the struggle for freedom around the world.

In 2012, FRONTLINE took a look back at how the iconic image of the “tank man” came to be, more than twenty years after the massacre at Tiananmen Square.

Photo: A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. (AP/Jeff Widener)

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Finally! This airs TONIGHT!!! PBS Frontline’s “Climate of Doubt" will stream online tonight at 10pm EST. 

FRONTLINE explores the massive shift in public opinion on climate change

Four years ago, climate change was a hot issue and politicians from both sides seemed poised to act. Today public opinion on the climate issue has cooled considerably. Politicians either ignore it or proclaim their skepticism. What’s behind this massive reversal? On Oct 23, FRONTLINE goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate.

Click here to watch at 10pmEST

Also, PBS NewsHour folks run a fantastic tumblr. And they have solid climate change coverage: Check ‘em out.

UPDATE: FRONTLINE archives its shows, so you’ll be able to watch it later.

Romney’s real target with PBS isn’t, of course, “Sesame Street.” It’s shows such as “Frontline,” the news programs that have explained the following:
* The destruction of the economy through credit default swaps
* Why our healthcare industry is the most bloated, management heavy and expensive system on the planet.
* How the nation has failed its most severely mentally-ill by housing them in maximum security prisons rather than hospitals…

August 13, 1899:  Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock Born

On this day in 1899, film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born in London.  Considered to be a pioneer of the suspense and psychological thriller genres, Hitchcock set precedents in the filmic techniques of camera movement, composition and editing.

Hitchcock’s filmography includes popular classics like Psycho and Vertigo, but he also worked as “treatment advisor” (or film editor) on an unfinished Holocaust documentary commissioned by the British Army in 1945. 

The project was abandoned until 1985, when FRONTLINE acquired the footage and broadcast the film as it was found, unedited, with missing sound tracks and the original typed narration script, under the title “Memory of the Camps.”

Watch “Memory of the Camps” here.

Photo: Library of Congress


PBS FRONTLINE documentary “The Untouchables” digs into why the US Department of Justice has failed to prosecute and convict a single Wall Street executive for knowingly selling fraudulent loans and sending the country into a recession. 

FRONTLINE producer and correspondent Martin Smith joins “The Young Turks” on Current TV at 7E/4p to talk about his discoveries.

November 28, 2010: U.S. Diplomatic Cables Are Released

On this day in 2010, thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables were released by contributing to the exposure of over half a million classified documents as the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history.

Bradley Manning (now known as Chelsea Manning), a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, was arrested in connection with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Manning was acquitted for aiding the enemy but convicted of other multiple charges including violations of the Espionage Act. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison in August 2013.

Watch FRONTLINE’s “WikiSecrets” to uncover the scandal’s inside story which explores key people and events.

Photo: Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning (PBS NewsHour)

Speaking up to the physicians about a patient’s care was hard to do at first. There was this invisible wall I had put between the doctors and myself. I was only a nurse, and they were the doctors. I came to realize that I am the one who is there with the patient constantly, and I need to be an active part of the plan of care - the patient’s well being is at risk.

OB-GYN Nurse, St. Louis, MO

(First Year Nurse: Wisdom, Warnings, and What I Wish I’d Known My First 100 Days on the Job, Edited by: Barbara Arnoldussen, RN, MBA)