Two Important Stories
There are two compelling FRONTLINE shows coming to KSPS TV this month.
The first episode is called "The Retirement Gamble" on Tuesday, June 18 at 9p.m. in Spokane.
The second is called "Rape in the Fields" which airs on Tuesday, June 25 at 9p.m.
"The Retirement Gamble" reports on the retirement crisis in America. The documentary highlights some of the problems with the retirement savings system in the U.S. in the face of baby boomers, many of whom will not be prepared for their fast approaching 'golden years.' Specifically FRONTLINE looks at IRAs, 401Ks and mutual funds and whether they are safe investments. The show reveals how fees, self-dealing and kickbacks feed Wall Street while ordinary people shoulder all the risk.
Warning: this may be one of those shows that reveal to you how much you don't know about what you don't know. Definitely a program to watch whether you're a baby boomer or a millennial!
The second FRONTLINE, "Rape in the Fields," reveals how common it is for migrant women working in U.S. fields and packing plants, picking and processing our food every day, to be sexually assaulted and/or raped. This investigation resulted from a yearlong reporting effort by FRONTLINE, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
While the debate over the legal impact of immigration reform rages on Capitol Hill, "Rape in the Fields" shows the human side of the issue -- how undocumented female farmworkers live in fear of sexual abuse on the job but rarely tell anyone for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.
Although undocumented workers have the same rights as anyone else in the country, they often do not know that, and are fearful of reprisal.
Authorities say it's impossible to get an accurate estimate on the number of sexual assaults because there are so many silent victims, but reports to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other rural associations are on the rise.
Investigative teams interviewed dozens of women from California's Central Valley to packing plants in Iowa to Washington's Yakima Valley and tomato fields in Florida, who speak on camera about being sexually assaulted on the job.
Forensic evidence is rare since women are unwilling to report the crime and few rape cases are ever litigated. It's a story that needs to be told.