FRONTLINE's primetime monthly newsmagazine returns with three new stories…
The Pot Republic - FRONTLINE presents this timely report from the frontlines of marijuana legalization in California. The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada, and elsewhere. Now, more than half of it is believed to be home grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state's medical marijuana law. With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization - and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production - FRONTLINE and The Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country's oldest, largest, and most wide-open marijuana market. Is the federal government now moving to shut it down?
Doctor Hotspot - New Yorker writer and surgeon Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, New Jersey, who actually seeks out the community's sickest - and most expensive - patients. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and his team are pioneering a practice called ""hotspotting,"" in which medical care is focused on the hardest-to-treat to improve their health and dramatically reduce costs.
The Atomic Artists - After the largest recorded earthquake in Japan set off a nuclear disaster, its people are facing a generation-defining moment as they question their lifestyle and dependency on nuclear power. FRONTLINE journeys with Marco Werman of PRI's The World as he meets Chim?Pom, a provocative group of young artists making headlines as they use art to challenge the status quo and ask Japanese society to rethink their way of life.
Producer: Cassandra Herrman, David Ritsher, Thomas Jennings, Travis Fox, Emily Taguchi, Raney Aronson-Rath
Executive Producer: Sharon Tiller, Andrew Sussman, David Fanning
Production Company: KQED, INC.
Production Year: 2011
Copyright Year: 2011
Director: Thomas Jennings, Emily Taguchi
Host: Michael Montgomery, Atul Gawande, Marco Werman
Writers: Thomas Jennings
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen