Ten trillion dollars in Americans’ retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds, and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special Money, Power and Wall Street, FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our savings. The Retirement Gamble reveals how fees, self-dealing, and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperling the prospects of a secure future for individuals. The film questions who has the consumer’s best interests in mind, and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.

  • “The Gang Crackdown” and “Bitter Rivals” awarded 2019 duPont-Columbia Gold Baton

    January 25, 2019

    FRONTLINE, the acclaimed PBS investigative series, has been honored with a Gold Baton, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards’ highest honor — a prestigious award for excellence in journalism that hasn’t been given for a decade. In a recognition of FRONTLINE’s dynamic range of work...

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  • Rain Media Wins Writer’s Guild Award

    February 12, 2018

    Confronting ISIS, Rain Media’s October 2016 investigation of the complexities and challenges of the U.S.-led fight against the terror group, won the “Documentary Script — Current Events” category at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on February 11th, 2018. “I am honored that the guild has...

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  • Rain Media Wins a Peabody Award

    April 24, 2015

    United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE’s two-part investigation of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities post-9/11, has been honored with a Peabody Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking. Rain Media produced Part Two of this series, examining how Silicon Valley feeds the...

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  • Rain Media Wins Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form

    October 8, 2014

    Rain Media was a winner at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards with The Retirement Gamble (2013), an investigation into whether your IRA or 401(k) accounts will ensure a safe retirement. The film won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form. The...

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  • Martin Smith Receives the 2014 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism

    September 24, 2014

    Rain Media is very proud to announce that founder Martin Smith is the recipient of the 2014 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Smith was selected in recognition of his courageous and insightful reporting on some of...

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