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Solitary Nation

04/22/2014 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Interviews with inmates and prison officers shed light on America's use of solitary confinement.

Prison State

04/29/2014 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

A look at the impact of mass incarceration in America focuses on a housing project in Kentucky.

To Catch A Trader

05/02/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Billionaire Steven A. Cohen and the largest insider trading scandal in US history are investigated.

Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria

05/06/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

A look the alarming rise of untreatable infections in hospitals, communities and across the globe.

United States of Secrets, Part One

05/13/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Last year, Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched off a fierce debate over the massive surveillance operations conducted by the National Security Agency. Now, FRONTLINE investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today. Through exclusive interviews with intelligence insiders, cabinet officials and government whistle-blowers, part one reveals how the U.S. government came to monitor the communications of millions of Americans and to collect billions of records on ordinary people around the world.

United States of Secrets, Part Two

05/20/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

In the second part of 'United States of Secrets,' FRONTLINE explores the role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency's dragnet. As big technology companies encouraged users to share more and more information about their lives, they created a trove of data that could be useful not simply to advertisers, but also to the government. The revelations of NSA contractor Edward Snowden would push Silicon Valley into the center of a debate over privacy and government surveillance.

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