In the decade since the Great Recession, many American cities and towns have bounced back. But for some small and mid-size cities that were once hubs for innovation and manufacturing, economic recovery has remained elusive. In Left Behind America, FRONTLINE and ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis ask why — and presents an in-depth look at Dayton, Ohio, chronicling the lives and struggles of Dayton’s working poor as they chase the American dream in the new American economy.

WGVU talks with MacGillis about Midwestern economic revitalization.


Tuesday, September 11th at 10 o’clock, WGVU Public Television and PBS FRONTLINE presents “Left Behind America”.

“It really is very representative of a whole swath of small and midsized cities across the Midwest.”

ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis found himself in Dayton, Ohio during the 2016 Presidential campaign.


PBS FRONTLINE and WGVU Public Television present the finale of a two part series Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00. WGVU spoke with New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief and FRONTLINE correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. He’s one of a handful of Western journalists living in Iran.

At a time friction between the United States and Iran – a renewed threat of war and sanctions - Erdbrink presents “Our Man in Tehran” - life inside the Islamic Republic.


Tuesday, February 13th at 10 o’clock on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents The Gang Crackdown.

As the country debates the future of immigration this documentary investigates gang violence perpetrated by MS-13 targeting immigrants. Also, how communities and law enforcement respond.

WGVU spoke with the film’s director.

“This is something that the Trump Administration wants all viewers to pay very close attention to.”


Tuesday, January 23rd at 9PM WGVU Public Television and FRONTLINE present Exodus: The Journey Continues. This is a close-up and personal look at global migration and European refugee crisis. WGVU spoke with the film’s director.

“Now when they arrive they’re met and put into refugee camps that look a hell of a lot like prison camps.”

James Bluemel is director of FRONTLINE’s Exodus: The Journey Continues.


January 16th at 10 o’clock, only on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Rape on the Night Shift. As the #MeToo conversation spreads beyond the worlds of Hollywood, media and politics, Rape on the Night Shift reveals sexual abuse of female immigrant janitors. WGVU spoke with its producer.

“You can be in the middle of the city in the middle of the night and nobody knows where you are except for your supervisor who has all the keys and knows where all the cameras are.”

Andres Cediel is a producer for FRONTLINE and the investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley.


The #MeToo movement sparking a national dialogue about sexual abuse of women has lead to FRONTLINE updating its 2015 documentary "Rape on the Night Shift."

WGVU talks with Andres Cediel who is a producer for FRONTLINE and with the investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley about sexual abuse of janitor immigrant women.


Wednesday, November 22nd at 10 PM on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Poor Kids. This is the 2018 update on the three families living in poverty as told through the eyes of their children. WGVU spoke with the producer of Poor Kids.

In 2012 Frontline introduced audiences to three kids living in poverty. Have conditions changed five years later?

“Through this film you get to learn what their fears are what they worry about and that’s what I think is quite crushing is that you realize how much anxiety there is even in a nine year olds life.”


Wednesday, November 1st at 10 o’clock, only on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Putin’s Revenge: Part 2. WGVU spoke with its writer and producer about how Russia weaponized intelligence and interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

“Here’s a situation where Vladimir Putin knows he can’t confront the United States directly. He doesn’t have a military that would be capable of say, of military conflict with the United States.”


Wednesday night at 10 o’clock on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Putin’s Revenge Part 1. WGVU spoke with the film's writer and producer about how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy?

“What we do in the film is look at his interactions with three American presidents.”

Mark Wiser is Putin’s Revenge writer and producer.