Frontline Goes Inside the Economic Meltdown on Tuesday, February 17 on CPTV

Release Date: 02/13/2009

HARTFORD, Conn., – Lehman Brothers wasn’t the first investment bank to fail in the meltdown of 2008 – but it was the last straw. On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 10 p.m., Frontline’s “Inside the Meltdown” goes behind closed doors to investigate how the economy went so bad so fast – and why emergency actions by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson failed to prevent the worst economic crisis in a generation.
 
“Many Americans still don’t understand what has happened to the economy,” Frontline producer/director Michael 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.’”
 
Since 1983, Frontline has served as PBS’ flagship public affairs series. It was hailed upon its debut as “the last best hope for broadcast documentaries,”
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and On the Record. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.
 
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