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Protective fencing in front of the US Capitol. Photo: Ian Hutchinson on Unsplash

'Frontline' on America's Crisis of Democracy

Daniel Hautzinger

Frontline aims to make sense of a calamitous moment in American democracy, focusing on the rise of conspiracy and Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party, while also examining Joe Biden's life to better understand how he will respond.
Frontline's The Choice 2020 examines the lives of Donald Trump and Joe Biden as they seek the White House

Frontline's Michael Kirk on 'The Choice 2020'

Daniel Hautzinger

"There has never been a better time for political biography," says the veteran Frontline producer Michael Kirk. "You want to look closely at the character of the two men who are asking to be President of the United States at this perilous time."
Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Photo: Courtesy of left to right: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images; BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

'America's Great Divide' and the 2020 Election

Daniel Hautzinger

"This is really the most important political year coming that I have ever experienced," says Michael Kirk, the producer of Frontline's new, two-part documentary America's Great Divide. "I thought these films could be a kind of overture as the curtain goes up on the political year."
The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., for Frontline's Supreme Revenge. Photo: REUTERS/Molly Riley

The 'Worrisome' Politicization of the Supreme Court

Daniel Hautzinger

The latest Frontline documentary from Michael Kirk, Supreme Revenge, covers the history of increasingly contentious Supreme Court nomination battles over the past few decades. "The tree that has grown is truly misshapen and very, very worrisome,” Kirk says about the Court today.
Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst

'Frontline' on Donald Trump's Political Strategy

Daniel Hautzinger

Trump's Showdown provides an in-depth examination of the events of the last two years that have led to a standoff between Donald Trump and the Justice Department over the Russia investigation. Producer Michael Kirk explains his take on Trump's strategy. 
John McCain; Donald Trump behind Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Photos: REUTERS/Brian Snyder; REUTERS

From McCain to Trump: The Transformation of the GOP

Daniel Hautzinger

"Donald Trump is in some ways John McCain 2.0," says Frontline producer Michael Kirk. The progression from one Republican presidential candidate to the other is illustrative of the radically changed Republican Party – and perhaps the end of the GOP as we know it.
Vladimir Putin. Photo: REUTERS/ Sergei Karpukhin

Putin's Revenge

Daniel Hautzinger

Michael Kirk discusses his new Frontline investigation, Putin's Revenge, which looks at Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and what drove Putin to order it. "The ideology of Putin right now is survival of Putin," Kirk says.
Stephen Bannon. Photo: REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool

"Confrontation and Chaos": Frontline's Michael Kirk on 'Bannon's War'

Daniel Hautzinger

“I think Trump really likes the internal struggle between all of his people,” veteran Frontline producer Michael Kirk says. "I think the constant so far, that I’ve seen, is that this thing that we call Bannonism is alive and well."
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