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FRONTLINE: Ten Trillion And Counting

Airs Friday, August 13, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Promotional image of money from the FRONTLINE program "Ten Trillion And Counting"

All of the measures by the federal government to stem the tide in the financial meltdown that began with the subprime mortgage crisis have added hundreds of billions of dollars to our national debt. "Frontline: Ten Trillion And Counting" reports on how this debt will constrain and challenge the new Obama administration, and on the growing chorus, on both sides of the political aisle, that without fiscal reform the United States government may face a debt crisis of its own in years to come that make the current financial problems look almost painless by comparison.

Through interviews with the leading experts and insiders in government finance, the film investigates the causes and potential outcomes of and possible solutions to America's 10 trillion dollar debt.

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Preview: Frontline: Ten Trillion And Counting

Above: With a national debt of more than $10 trillion, can America afford more government spending? All of the federal government's efforts to stem the tide in the financial meltdown that began with the subprime mortgage crisis have added hundreds of billions of dollars to our national debt. FRONTLINE reports on how this debt will constrain and challenge the new Obama administration, and on the growing chorus on both sides of the aisle that without fiscal reform, the United States government may face a debt crisis of its own which makes the current financial situation pale in comparison.