Picks and Pans Review: New Harvest, Old Shame

updated 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Tues., April 17, 9 P.M. ET)


Thirty years after Edward R. Murrow's epochal CBS-TV documentary Harvest of Shame, PBS's Frontline reexamines the plight of migrant farm workers.

It begins where Murrow did: in Belle Glade, Fla. But now crack and AIDS have been added to the crucible. The documentary then follows the caravan of one extended Hispanic family. The conclusion is that since 1960, due to inflation and fresh waves of immigrants who have replaced American blacks in the fields, a bad situation has only worsened. Narrator Dave Marash doesn't have Murrow's voice-of-God basso ostinato, but the arduous, often shocking condition in which these people live speaks for itself.

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