February 11, 2009 10:00 ET

PBS' FRONTLINE Investigates How the Economy Went So Bad So Fast in "Inside the Meltdown"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (Check Local Listings)

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - On Tuesday, Feb. 17, FRONTLINE's "Inside the Meltdown" investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. Chronicling the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, Lehman Brothers' collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG, and the $700 billion bailout, veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Bush's War) 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.

"Many Americans still don't understand what has happened to the economy," Kirk says. "How did it all go so bad so quickly? Who is responsible? How effective has the response from Washington and Wall Street been? Those are the questions at the heart of 'Inside the Meltdown.'"

TV Guide calls "Inside the Meltdown" a "... must-see look at the financial mess affecting us all." Rolling Stone says it is "... far and away the best account of the collapse on TV." And USA Today calls the film "... illuminating and sobering... like being a fly on the wall."

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"Inside the Meltdown" is a FRONTLINE co-production with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. The writer, producer and director is Michael Kirk. The producer and reporter is Jim Gilmore. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is David Fanning.

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