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Frontline: The Economic Meltdown

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Complete Title: Frontline: The Economic Meltdown
Synopsis: Episodes include... Inside the Meltdown - FRONTLINE investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, Lehman Brothers collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout. It also examines what Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke didn't see, couldn't stop and haven't been able to fix. (Closed Captioned) Ten Trillion and Counting - All of the measures by the feds to stem the tide in the financial meltdown have added hundreds of billions of dollars to our national debt. FRONTLINE reports on how this debt will constrain and challenge the new administration, and on the growing chorus, that without fiscal reform the US government may face a debt crisis of its own in years to come that make the current financial problems look almost painless by comparison. (Closed Captioned) Breaking the Bank - The bets were huge and risky, billions of dollars on the housing market. Superbanks reaped billions of dollars, and gobbled up competitors. Then the bottom dropped out, massive losses on Wall Street nearly broke the banks and many are on the brink of failure. As the federal government contemplates what could become a massive nationalization of the industry, watch as FRONTLINE tells the inside story. (Closed Captioned) The Warning - In the aftermath of the economic meltdown, FRONTLINE looks for clues about why it happened and examines moments when it might have gone much differently. Producer/director Michael Kirk discovers early warnings of the crash, reveals an intense battle among members of the Clinton administration, and uncovers a concerted effort not to regulate the lucrative derivatives markets, which would become the ticking time-bomb within the American economy. (Closed Captioned) (TV-PG) Cliffhanger - In February 2013, as the nation faces yet another round of fiscal crises, FRONTLINE investigates the inside history of how Washington has failed to solve the country's problems of debt and deficit. Drawing on interviews with key players in Congress and the White House, FRONTLINE goes behind the scenes to show how a clash of politics and personalities has taken the nation's economy to the edge of the "fiscal cliff," and now to a second round of standoffs over the debt ceiling and sequestration. The film explores the deep ideological divide inside the Republican Party and the struggle between House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner as they take on President Obama and the Democrats.
Rating: Not Rated
Box Office: 0
Runtime: 300
Video Release Date: Jun 3, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Studio: PBS
Original Release: 2013
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