PBS FRONTLINE/World: ‘The Business of Bribes’

PBS FRONTLINE/World. Producer Oriana Zill de Grenados. Correspondent Lowell Bergman. UK researcher Nizar Manek | 15 May 2009

PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman explores the broader questions surrounding the 1977 US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

PART 1: Outlawing Foreign Bribery. Lowell Bergman explains how the U.S. became the first country in the world to make the bribing of foreign officials illegal.

PART 2: Why Should We Care? Lowell Bergman talks about the social costs of corruption, pointing to the example of oil rich Nigeria, where its poor citizens, environment and democracy have suffered catastrophically.

PART 3: An International Movement. Lowell Bergman talks about why it took 20 years after the U.S. passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for the international community to sign an anti-bribery convention.

PART 4: The Victims of Corruption. Lowell Bergman talks about the challenges of investigating bribery, and how, for the first time, these large cases are providing a documented path of how corruption works.

PART 5: Spotlight: Gaining World Support. Veteran prosecutors discuss why it took 20 years for the rest of the world to make the bribing of foreign officials illegal.