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FRONTLINE: Inside the Meltdown

Airs Friday, July 16, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson waits offstage prior to delivering an address on the economy to members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, March 26, 2008. (Frontline: Inside the Meltdown)

FRONTLINE investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. "Inside The Meltdown" chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, the Lehman Brothers’ collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout. The film 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," 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."

View a timeline of the crisis and watch exclusive interviews online.

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Video Excerpt: Frontline: Inside the Meltdown

Above: "Inside the Meltdown" investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded.