Need To Know


Need To Know
Need to Know is the PBS TV- and web- newsmagazine that gives you what you need to know — along with a healthy dose of insight, perspective and wit. Need to Know cuts through the noise of nonstop news to bring you the most compelling stories of the week and of our times. Less noise. More news. Every Friday night nationwide and all week long on the Web.

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    • Episode 60

      Ohio 360: Part 3

      aired: Fri, Mar 2, 2012

      In an updated Help Wanted edition of Need to Know coinciding with the release of the nation's monthly unemployment report, correspondent John Larson reports from Ohio about whether recent economic gains have changed the fortunes of four people with jobs who suffered greatly during the Great Recession that began in 2008.

  • Watch Need To Know Season 1

    • Episode 108

      Episode 108

      aired: Sat, Jun 26, 2010

      Iran's opposition party and wounded vets

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      9/7/12: 100 days

      aired: Fri, Sep 7, 2012

      Reporting from Charlotte, the site of the Democratic National Convention, anchor Jeff Greenfield looks at the first 100 days of a possible Mitt Romney presidency or a second term for President Barack Obama.

  • Episodes

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      Need To Know: Massachusetts mandate update

      aired: Fri, May 31, 2013

      The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate included President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. How might it work? Need to Know medical correspondent Emily Senay, M.D. travels to Massachusetts, the only state in the nation that already requires everyone to have health insurance - part of a 2006 health reform law signed by then-governor Romney.

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      Need To Know: Dying to get back

      aired: Thu, May 16, 2013

      While the number of illegal crossings at the border has plummeted dramatically — roughly half the number than during peak years — just as many people are dying. Meaning for those coming into the country illegally, it is now more deadly, more lethal, than at any time in recent U.S. immigration history.

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      Need To Know: Echoes of a shooting

      aired: Fri, May 10, 2013

      PBS Need to Know sat down with survivors of the Simon's Rock shooting, as well as family members of the victims, to learn how a trauma of this magnitude continues to reverberate even two decades later.

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      Need To Know: Help Wanted: Retraining America

      aired: Wed, May 1, 2013

      Even as unemployment remains stubbornly high, millions of jobs remain unfilled because many workers do not have the necessary training to fill them. This week we look at The National STEM Consortium – a program designed to target this type of structural unemployment by improving the scientific, technical and mathematical know-how of American workers. Also, Seth Harris, Secretary of Labor.

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      Need To Know: Debating the Second Amendment

      aired: Fri, Apr 26, 2013

      With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today. Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and Fordham University history professor Saul Cornell.

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      Need To Know: Financial literacy

      aired: Wed, Apr 17, 2013

      To mark financial literacy month, "Need to Know" correspondent Stacey Tisdale travels to Mississippi to examine a program designed to help low-income, mostly African-American children save for college - and teach them about banking and money along the way. Anchor Ray Suarez interviews Richard Cordray, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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      Need To Know: Main Street: Findlay, Ohio

      aired: Fri, Apr 12, 2013

      Correspondent John Larson travels to Ohio to assess how workers are faring after the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.

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      Need To Know: Behavioral economics at work

      aired: Wed, Apr 3, 2013

      How behavioral economics can encourage low-income workers to save. William Brangham reports on workers who have repaid emergency loans and continue to take the lower amount in their paychecks and save the difference. Brian Epstein reports Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan offering incentives to low-wage earners who save their tax refunds. Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics.

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      Need To Know: Economic inequality and mobility

      aired: Fri, Mar 29, 2013

      A round table discussion on economic inequality, mobility, debt, and the state of the American economy four years after the official end of the recession. Guests include Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economic Adviser to Vice President Biden, Rana Foroohar of Time Magazine and John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute.

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      Need To Know: Medical Devices

      aired: Fri, Mar 22, 2013

      This week “Need to Know” medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay examines whether the Food and Drug Administration’s medical device review process is adequately protecting the public. Plus, anchor Jeff Greenfield interviews Dr. Josh Rising, project director of the Medical Device Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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      Need To Know: Main Street: Salinas, California

      aired: Fri, Mar 1, 2013

      As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers. With the continuation of our “Main Street” series, correspondent John Larson reports from Salinas, California — home to John Steinbeck and some of the richest farmlands in the world.

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      Need To Know: Echoes of a shooting

      aired: Fri, Feb 22, 2013

      On December 14, 1992, exactly 20 years before the shooting at Sandy Hook, a student went on a sudden rampage at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts. The gunfire killed a student, Galen Gibson, professor, Ñacuñán Sáez, and wounded four others. We sat down with survivors and family members to learn how a trauma of this magnitude continues to reverberate even two decades later.

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      Need To Know: After Newtown: Gone Boy

      aired: Thu, Feb 21, 2013

      On December 14, 1992, exactly 20 years before the shooting at Sandy Hook, a student went on a sudden rampage at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts. The gunfire killed a student, Galen Gibson, professor, Ñacuñán Sáez, and wounded four others. We sat down with survivors and family members to learn how a trauma of this magnitude continues to reverberate even two decades later.

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      Need To Know: Banned in Arizona

      aired: Fri, Feb 15, 2013

      This week “Need to Know’ travels to Tucson, Arizona, where a years-long dispute over a Mexican-American studies program has tensions high; supporters say it has helped re-engage at risk students and improved their test scores. Opponents contend it encourages subversive thinking. Claudio Iván Remeseira on the future of ethnic studies.

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      Need To Know: Outlawed in Arizona

      aired: Fri, Feb 15, 2013

      This week “Need to Know’ travels to Tucson, Arizona, where a years-long dispute over a Mexican-American studies program has tensions high; supporters say it has helped re-engage at risk students and improved their test scores. Opponents contend it encourages subversive thinking. The show is anchored by Ray Suarez.

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      Need To Know: Can Medicare Be Fixed?

      aired: Thu, Feb 7, 2013

      Ray Suarez hosts a panel of experts to explore how to save Medicare. Peter Suderman is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. Paul N. Van de Water is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in Medicare, Social Security and health coverage. Judith Stein is the Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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      Need To Know: Manufacturing Jobs

      aired: Fri, Feb 1, 2013

      Need to Know examines how millions of jobs are unfilled, even during a period of high unemployment, because workers don't have the necessary skills. The program focuses on Alabama's efforts to train a new generation of shipyard workers to fight unemployment and attract business to the state. Labor lawyer George Wentworth on efforts to end hiring discrimination against the long-term unemployed.

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      Need To Know: Do No Harm and Danish Medical Courts

      aired: Fri, Jan 25, 2013

      Every year, one in 14 doctors in America will be sued for malpractice. Most lawsuits will be dismissed, or resolved in favor of the doctor; but the cost of insuring against such suits can be huge. And. correspondent William Brangham travels to Denmark, where medical disputes are settled by experts without ever going to court.

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      Need To Know: Ending Paralysis: New Jersey and Germany

      aired: Fri, Jan 18, 2013

      Need to Know explores why it takes nearly four times as long to complete infrastructure projects in the United States than it did in the 1970s. The Bayonne Bridge is a case study in gridlock. By comparison, correspondent Rick Karr reports on how German political parties of every stripe are now backing a plan that is expected to nearly end that country’s use of fossil fuels by 2050.

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      Need To Know: The Long-term Care Challenge

      aired: Thu, Jan 3, 2013

      Karla Murthy reports from California about one family that is dealing with the emotional and financial stresses of caring for a chronically ill parent for many years. Anchor Scott Simon interviews Robyn Stone (former Deputy Asst. Secretary for Disability, Aging & Long-Term Care Policy under President Clinton). A Rhode Island program that is paying family members to care for their loved ones.

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      Need To Know: Frequent Fliers and Healthcare Reform

      aired: Thu, Dec 20, 2012

      Medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay investigates readmission penalties, an element of the Affordable Care Act designed to reduce costs and lead to more coordinated healthcare once patients are released from the hospital. Later, anchor Ray Suarez interviews Dr. Michael Sparer of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.This week’s “American Voices” features Lynn Reichgott, co-crea

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      Need To Know: Family Rewards

      aired: Fri, Dec 14, 2012

      Need to Know travels to Memphis, Tennessee to cover the Family Rewards Program – an initiative that aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by offering cash incentives. The program rewards low-income families with cash payments for good attendance, good grades, steady employment, and going to the doctor and dentist.

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      Need To Know: The Family Planning Fight

      aired: Mon, Dec 10, 2012

      Need to know looks at the battle over family planning funding in the U.S. GOP lawmakers in Texas have cut the state’s family planning budget by 2/3, forcing many clinics that focus on women’s health to close. Health and science writer for The New York Times Pam Belluck on how state family planning budgets are faring across the nation. An essay from Our Bodies Ourselves author Judy Norsigen.

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      Need To Know: Crossing the line at the border: Update

      aired: Fri, Nov 30, 2012

      In the rush to stem the tide of undocumented immigrants, has Border Patrol committed widespread abuse on American soil?

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      Need To Know: Employment's new look

      aired: Wed, Nov 21, 2012

      Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We update a story on a program in Oregon encourages workers who have been fired to use their unemployment benefits to start new businesses. And look at a Rhode Island job-sharing initiative.

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      Need To Know: The Road Ahead: Obama's Second Term

      aired: Fri, Nov 9, 2012

      Just days after winning a second term in the White House, President Barack Obama is faced with the same Republican-led house that thwarted many of his biggest policy goals over the past four years. Jeff Greenfield talks about the results of the 2012 election and the implications they have for America’s changing culture.

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      Need To Know: The road ahead

      aired: Fri, Nov 9, 2012

      Just days after winning a second term in the White House, President Barack Obama is faced with the same Republican-led house that thwarted many of his biggest policy goals over the past four years.

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      Need To Know: What's at Stake: PBS Election 2012

      aired: Fri, Nov 2, 2012

      What’s at Stake reviews top campaign issues and considers how the outcome of the election could impact voters’ lives. What’s at Stake leads viewers through issues at the center of this year’s campaigns: jobs and tax policy, entitlements and debt, healthcare, and foreign policy. Frontline, PBS Newshour, Need to Know and Washington Week in Review contribute their special reporting and analysis.

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      Need To Know: Main Street Iowa

      aired: Fri, Nov 2, 2012

      It’s not your average “Main Street” town. Dubuque’s been called “Little Rome” because it boasts such a strong Catholic population, that the town is considered a barometer for the Catholic vote nationwide. John Larson reports from Dubuque, Iowa — a town in a swing state worth 6 electoral votes in the road to the White House.

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      Need To Know: The Florida Vote

      aired: Fri, Oct 26, 2012

      Controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida- will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls? James Carter, the man behind the infamous ’47′%’ video, and other amateur opposition researchers who are harnessing the power of the internet to upend campaigns. Comedian Dean Obeidallah on one group of voters that no one seems to be courting.

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      Need To Know: Yo Decido

      aired: Fri, Oct 19, 2012

      In a special edition of Need to Know, anchor Maria Hinojosa travels to the critical swing state of Florida where one in seven registered voters is Hispanic. The show will examine how both presidential campaigns are courting the Hispanic vote and how those voters are receiving the candidates’ messages.

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      Need To Know: 10/05/12: Main Street, Pueblo, CO

      aired: Fri, Oct 5, 2012

      Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has stated he plans to let expire a wind energy tax credit put in place by Obama. That threat has frozen the wind industry in its tracks — forcing industry layoffs across the country, including in Pueblo. The layoffs have compounded an unemployment rate of 11%, already the highest in Colorado.

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      Need To Know: 9/28/12: Women's choice

      aired: Fri, Sep 28, 2012

      Need to Know reports on the ground in Virginia to determine whether women's issues will play a role in which presidential candidate takes this swing state in November. Anchor Jeff Greenfield interviews Elaine Kamarck of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and in this week’s essay, Greenfield offers an analysis of how the abortion debate has had an impact on previous presidential elections.

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      Need To Know: Money & Medicine

      aired: Tue, Sep 25, 2012

      As Congress continues its battle over the budget deficit, policy-makers are turning their attention to one of the largest driving forces behind the nation’s debt – government health care spending. The focus of the health care reform debate has shifted in recent years from access to cost, and recent studies suggest that a third of all health care expenditures are unnecessary.

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      Need To Know: Money & Medicine

      aired: Tue, Sep 25, 2012

      As Congress continues its battle over the budget deficit, policy-makers are turning their attention to one of the largest driving forces behind the nation’s debt – government health care spending. The focus of the health care reform debate has shifted in recent years from access to cost, and recent studies suggest that a third of all health care expenditures are unnecessary.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know 9/21/12 with Spanish Subtitles

      aired: Fri, Sep 21, 2012

      ABTN significa America A Través de los Numeros. Esta nueva serie noticiosa cuenta las historias humanas detrás de los cambios demográficos de los EEUU.

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      Need To Know: 9/21/12: America by the numbers

      aired: Thu, Sep 20, 2012

      How changing demographics are reshaping the political landscape of America. Clarkston, GA is a small town of 7,500 that has gone from being 90% white in the 1980s to less than 14% white today. In the shadow of Stone Mountain, once a gathering place for Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, today it is home to thousands of refugees from Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Bhutan and some 40 other countries.

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      Need To Know: 9/14/12: An eight-year war

      aired: Fri, Sep 14, 2012

      Need to Know’s Hannah Yi travels to Pakistan to investigate the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas.

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      Need To Know: 8/31/12: The battle for votes

      aired: Fri, Aug 31, 2012

      Will Democrats be able to persuade the white, middle-class votes they need to win in Ohio in November? Will Obama's economic policy help or hurt him this election cycle? Need to Know reports from Tampa on how the Democrats are faring so far this election season.

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      Need To Know: 8/24/12: The Battle for Ohio

      aired: Fri, Aug 24, 2012

      Need to Know airs a special edition from Tampa, the site of the GOP national convention. Host Jeff Greenfield will report on Republican efforts to carry Ohio, a state deemed critical to their chances of winning the national election.

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      Need To Know: 8/17/12: Saving Carla

      aired: Fri, Aug 17, 2012

      On this week’s episode, we report on the nation’s high obesity and diabetes rates, which are disproportionately impacting children in low-income communities.

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      Need To Know: 8/10/12: Paradise lost?

      aired: Fri, Aug 10, 2012

      Need to Know reports from the Pacific Island nation of Palau about its effort to hold the world’s leading industrial powers legally responsible for the environmental damage their greenhouse gas emissions are causing.

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      Need To Know: 8/3/12: Rahm's grand plan

      aired: Fri, Aug 3, 2012

      Need to Know reports on Chicago’s crumbling infrastructure and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to fix it by partnering with private businesses in lieu of raising taxes.

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      Need To Know: 7/27/12: Living on the financial edge

      aired: Fri, Jul 27, 2012

      In our ongoing series “Your Money, Your Life,” Need to Know takes an in-depth look at the difficult spending decisions facing the nation’s working poor. This week’s episode profiles one Newark, N.J. family, who keeps a monthly financial diary detailing its expenditures, including the additional costs incurred by living in a poor neighborhood and by not using available banking services.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know 7/20/12

      aired: Fri, Jul 20, 2012

      On this week's episode of Need to Know, our team traveled deep into the mountains of central Mexico to speak with a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol officer. Later, correspondant John Larson speaks with a former Border Patrol agent turned whistleblower, who describes deplorable conditions in detention centers.

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      Need To Know: Crossing the Line

      aired: Fri, Jul 20, 2012

      In the rush to stem the tide of undocumented immigrants, has Border Patrol committed widespread abuse on American soil? A former Border Patrol agent blows the whistle on unacceptable conditions in detention centers, including massive over-crowding and detainees who claim they were deprived of food and water.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know 7/13/12

      aired: Fri, Jul 13, 2012

      This week's epsiode of Need to Know takes a critical look at whether or not additional banking regulations are needed to curb another financial meltdown. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., June 22, 2012: Poverty in America

      aired: Fri, Jun 29, 2012

      This week Need to Know examines an experimental program in Oakland, Calif., designed to help the working poor emerge from poverty.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., June 22, 2012: Nursing wounded veterans

      aired: Fri, Jun 22, 2012

      This week's Need to Know examines how long-term care for veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is placing a growing strain on America's health care providers. Scott Simon hosts.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., June 15, 2012: America's immigration pol

      aired: Fri, Jun 15, 2012

      As part of its "Fixing America" series, Need to Know anchor Ray Suarez hosts a panel discussion about America's immigration policies. Among the topics: has President Obama reneged on his promises of immigration reform? Is Republican candidate Mitt Romney's proposal for "self-deportation" realistic?

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., June 8, 2012: Cambodia revisited, intern

      aired: Fri, Jun 8, 2012

      A report from Cambodia, where former leaders of the Khmer Rouge are being tried for the mass murders committed there decades ago. Ray Suarez interviews author Philip Gourevitch. Plus, an essay from Sadia Hameed from Human Rights First.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., June 1, 2012: The future of health care

      aired: Fri, Jun 1, 2012

      Need to Know’s medical correspondent, Dr. Emily Senay, travels to Massachusetts to examine how that state’s health care system is working six years after the legislature there adopted an individual mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance and businesses to provide it or face fines.

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      Need To Know: The Massachusetts mandate

      aired: Fri, Jun 1, 2012

      Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the individual mandate included President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. If it’s upheld, how will it work? Need to Know medical correspondent Emily Senay, M.D. travels to Massachusetts, the only state in the nation that already requires everyone to have health insurance - part of a 2006 health reform law signed by then-governor Romney.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., May 25, 2012: Green jobs, volunteerism

      aired: Thu, May 24, 2012

      Need to Know correspondent Mona Iskander updates her report from Greenville, Mich., about a town that tried to reinvent itself by bringing in a solar panel manufacturing company.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., May 18, 2012: Financial inclusion

      aired: Fri, May 18, 2012

      Stacey Tisdale travels to Missouri, where activists are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would cap payday loan rates at 36 per cent. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., May 11, 2012: Legal immigration and...

      aired: Fri, May 11, 2012

      In this edition of Need to Know, the program explores the debate about legal immigration. Should the government make it easier for foreign-born, hi-tech workers to stay in the U.S.? Plus an essay by Jon Meacham.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., May 4, 2012: The view from Main...

      aired: Fri, May 4, 2012

      This week on Need to Know: How one small town in Washington state is coping with the economic crisis. Plus, Joshua Foust on Afghanistan and Dan Savage on "don't ask, don't tell."

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., April 27, 2012: Sea-level rise, death...

      aired: Fri, Apr 27, 2012

      This week on Need to Know: how the city of Norfolk, Virginia is grappling with massive flooding caused by sea-level rise. Plus an update to last week's investigation into the death of an illegal immigrant.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., April 20, 2012: Crossing the line

      aired: Fri, Apr 20, 2012

      In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration.

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      Need To Know: Crossing the line at the border

      aired: Fri, Apr 20, 2012

      In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration.

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      Need To Know: Pasarse de la raya en la frontera (Crossing the line at...

      aired: Fri, Apr 20, 2012

      En colaboracion con el Fondo Investigativo del Nation Institute, Need to Know investiga si los agentes fronterizos de Estados Unidos utilizaron fuerza excesiva para reducir la inmigracion ilegal.

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      Need To Know: Fri., March 30, 2012

      aired: Fri, Mar 30, 2012

      While its known for its high number of executions, Texas is taking the lead on an innovative treatment plan to keep former prisoners from committing new crimes. The goal is to build fewer prisons and, by some accounts, has already saved the state billions. Anchor Jeff Greenfield interviews Adam Gelb of the Pew Center on the States about how lawmakers in other states are embracing prison reform.

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      Need To Know: Friday, March 23, 2012: Coming home

      aired: Fri, Mar 23, 2012

      Maria Hinojosa updates her report about military veterans who have difficulty finding work and, in some cases, have become homeless after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In an essay, Dr. Todd Baker, who ran an emergency room in a military hospital in Baghdad, offers ideas about how to care for returning vets.

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      Need To Know: The enduring sacrifice (update)

      aired: Thu, Mar 22, 2012

      Maria Hinojosa updates her report about military veterans who have difficulty finding work and, in some cases, have become homeless after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

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      Need To Know: Fri., March 16, 2012

      aired: Fri, Mar 16, 2012

      Scott Simon returns to Baltimore to see how the chronically unemployed are faring, and a Vietnamese-American essayist discusses bridging the racial divide in Philadelphia.

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      Need To Know: Fri., March 9, 2012

      aired: Fri, Mar 9, 2012

      How do we make our tax code simpler and fairer? And how do we produce more revenue without stifling job creation? Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts who debate how to fix the tax mess.

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      Need To Know: Cleaning Up The Tax Mess

      aired: Thu, Mar 8, 2012

      How do we make our tax code simpler and fairer? And how do we produce more revenue without stifling job creation? This week, Need to Know's Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts who debate how to fix the tax mess.

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      Need To Know: Fri., March 2, 2012

      aired: Fri, Mar 2, 2012

      In an updated "Help Wanted" edition of Need to Know coinciding with the release of the nation's monthly unemployment report, correspondent John Larson reports from Ohio about whether recent economic gains have changed the fortunes of four people - with jobs - who suffered greatly during the great recession that began in 2008.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Feb. 24, 2012

      aired: Fri, Feb 24, 2012

      Egyptian-American Mona Iskander returns to Egypt where she was born and reports about how ordinary people including members of her own family are doing a year after Hosni Mubarak was swept from power.

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      Need To Know: Egypt, Now

      aired: Thu, Feb 23, 2012

      Egyptian-American Mona Iskander returns to Egypt where she was born and reports about how ordinary people including members of her own family are doing a year after Hosni Mubarak was swept from power.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Feb. 17, 2012

      aired: Fri, Feb 17, 2012

      On this edition of Need to Know, we ask: Why are so many Americans on food stamps, and what does it say about the federal safety net and the state of poverty in America? Jeff Greenfield anchors.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Feb. 10, 2012

      aired: Fri, Feb 10, 2012

      Need to Know looks at the dilemma many students face: Skip college or rack up mountains of debt. Then we ask: Does going to college make you less religious?

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      Need To Know: Fri. Feb. 3, 2012

      aired: Fri, Feb 3, 2012

      "Need to Know" visits Nevada on the eve of the Republican presidential caucuses and reports on the state's enduring foreclosure problem. Nevada has had the nation's highest foreclosure rate for more than four years. The show interviews the state's attorney general and examines why federal programs designed to alleviate the problem haven't had greater impact.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Jan. 27, 2012

      aired: Fri, Jan 27, 2012

      As the GOP presidential candidates head to Florida, anchor Jeff Greenfield looks at the political power of the state's large senior population. That's especially relevant this year with talk of Social Security and Medicare reform - reforms that are strongly opposed by many senior groups. It poses a problem for candidates promoting entitlement reform that would reduce the national debt.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Jan. 20, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jan 20, 2012

      On the eve of the South Carolina primary, Need to Know looks at how African-Americans have become a permanent political minority within the state. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Jan. 13, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jan 13, 2012

      Need to Know explores how the Republican candidates' opposition to gay marriage will affect the outcome of the nomination fight and the general election.

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      Need To Know: Help Wanted: New Hampshire

      aired: Fri, Jan 6, 2012

      On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Need to Know visits Nashua. The poverty rate in New Hampshire is the lowest in the nation and the unemployment rate is the fourth lowest. But Need to Know also discovered many people drowning in debt, unable to pay back their student loans or to pay their medical debt.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Jan. 6, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jan 6, 2012

      On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Need to Know visits Nashua. The poverty rate in New Hampshire is the lowest in the nation and the unemployment rate is the fourth lowest. But Need to Know also discovered many people drowning in debt, unable to pay back their student loans or to pay their medical debt.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Dec. 30, 2011

      aired: Thu, Jan 5, 2012

      Need to Know homes in on Iowa, where the all-important presidential caucuses will take place to set the stage for the 2012 campaigns ahead.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Dec. 23, 2011

      aired: Wed, Dec 21, 2011

      Need to Know shines a light on the precarious state of Christian-Muslim relations in Iraq. Host Ray Suarez also speaks with Anthony Shadid of the New York Times, and Jon Meacham gives an "American Voices" essay.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Dec. 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Dec 16, 2011

      Big cities are facing growing pressure to balance budgets while still keeping necessary services. Need to Know explores the challenges that face these cities and solutions for revitalizing them. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

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      Need to Know: Making Congress work

      aired: Fri, Dec 9, 2011

      Jeff Greenfield moderates a bipartisan panel that offers detailed proposals about how to make Congress work. Their ideas include: non-partisan primaries, mandatory voting and campaign finance reform.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Dec. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Dec 9, 2011

      How can we make Congress work? Need to Know host Jeff Greenfield moderates a bipartisan panel discussing various proposals to get our government working again.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Dec. 2, 2011

      aired: Fri, Dec 2, 2011

      Need to Know revisits northern Ohio for an updated look at how many Americans with jobs are struggling to make ends meet because of the difficult economy.

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      Need to Know: Help Wanted: Revisiting Ohio

      aired: Fri, Dec 2, 2011

      Need to Know revisits Cuyahoga County in northern Ohio for an in-depth look at America's jobs crisis.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 25, 2011

      aired: Wed, Nov 23, 2011

      Scott Simon hosts this week's edition of Need to Know, which explores the nation's struggle with immigration reform through the through the lens of Alabama's controversial new law.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 25, 2011

      aired: Wed, Nov 23, 2011

      Scott Simon hosts this week's edition of Need to Know, which explores the nation's struggle with immigration reform through the through the lens of Alabama's controversial new law.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 25, 2011

      aired: Wed, Nov 23, 2011

      Scott Simon hosts this week's edition of Need to Know, which explores the nation's struggle with immigration reform through the through the lens of Alabama's controversial new law.

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      Need to Know: The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Former NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis hosts a panel of military experts who discuss the wisdom of some of our current defense spending, whether military health care benefits and pensions should be cut and how the Pentagon can deal with foreign threats without spending too much during difficult economic times.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 18, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Need to Know shines a light on the debate over the Pentagon's budget, exploring whether the $700 billion defense budget can be cut and, if so, how and by how much.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Former NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis hosts a panel of military experts who discuss the wisdom of some of our current defense spending, whether military health care benefits and pensions should be cut and how the Pentagon can deal with foreign threats without spending too much during difficult economic times.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 18, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Need to Know shines a light on the debate over the Pentagon's budget, exploring whether the $700 billion defense budget can be cut and, if so, how and by how much.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Former NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis hosts a panel of military experts who discuss the wisdom of some of our current defense spending, whether military health care benefits and pensions should be cut and how the Pentagon can deal with foreign threats without spending too much during difficult economic times.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 18, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Need to Know shines a light on the debate over the Pentagon's budget, exploring whether the $700 billion defense budget can be cut and, if so, how and by how much.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Former NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis hosts a panel of military experts who discuss the wisdom of some of our current defense spending, whether military health care benefits and pensions should be cut and how the Pentagon can deal with foreign threats without spending too much during difficult economic times.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 18, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 18, 2011

      Need to Know shines a light on the debate over the Pentagon's budget, exploring whether the $700 billion defense budget can be cut and, if so, how and by how much.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 11, 2011

      For Veteran's Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to the difficulties troops face once they return. Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths. And essayist Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is fighting in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 11, 2011

      For Veteran's Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to the difficulties troops face once they return. Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths. And essayist Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is fighting in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 11, 2011

      For Veteran's Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to the difficulties troops face once they return. Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths. And essayist Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is fighting in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 11, 2011

      For Veteran's Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to the difficulties troops face once they return. Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths. And essayist Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is fighting in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 11, 2011

      For Veteran's Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to the difficulties troops face once they return. Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths. And essayist Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is fighting in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

      aired: Fri, Nov 11, 2011

      For Veteran's Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to the difficulties troops face once they return. Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths. And essayist Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is fighting in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      On this month's edition of Help Wanted, our ongoing project featuring stories from America's jobs crisis, Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We also launch our new series, American Voices, featuring essayists from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      On this month's edition of Help Wanted, our ongoing project featuring stories from America's jobs crisis, Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We also launch our new series, American Voices, featuring essayists from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      On this month's edition of Help Wanted, our ongoing project featuring stories from America's jobs crisis, Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We also launch our new series, American Voices, featuring essayists from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      On this month's edition of Help Wanted, our ongoing project featuring stories from America's jobs crisis, Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We also launch our new series, American Voices, featuring essayists from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      On this month's edition of Help Wanted, our ongoing project featuring stories from America's jobs crisis, Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We also launch our new series, American Voices, featuring essayists from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      On this month's edition of Help Wanted, our ongoing project featuring stories from America's jobs crisis, Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We also launch our new series, American Voices, featuring essayists from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Jeff Greenfield hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 28, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 28, 2011

      We travel to a town in Indiana to see how NAFTA, the most controversial trade deal in recent U.S. history, continues to impact communities today. Ray Suarez hosts.

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      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 28, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 28, 2011

      We travel to a town in Indiana to see how NAFTA, the most controversial trade deal in recent U.S. history, continues to impact communities today. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 28, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 28, 2011

      We travel to a town in Indiana to see how NAFTA, the most controversial trade deal in recent U.S. history, continues to impact communities today. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 28, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 28, 2011

      We travel to a town in Indiana to see how NAFTA, the most controversial trade deal in recent U.S. history, continues to impact communities today. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 28, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 28, 2011

      We travel to a town in Indiana to see how NAFTA, the most controversial trade deal in recent U.S. history, continues to impact communities today. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 21, 2011

      Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 21, 2011

      Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 21, 2011

      Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 21, 2011

      Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 21, 2011

      Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 21, 2011

      Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 14, 2011

      Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 14, 2011

      Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 14, 2011

      Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 14, 2011

      Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 14, 2011

      Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 14, 2011

      Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 7, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 7, 2011

      Need to Know launches its new series dedicated to exploring America's jobs crisis. They look at job insecurity in Ohio, and author David Simon discusses chronic unemployment with young men on "the corner." Scott Simon hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 7, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 7, 2011

      Need to Know launches its new series dedicated to exploring America's jobs crisis. They look at job insecurity in Ohio, and author David Simon discusses chronic unemployment with young men on "the corner." Scott Simon hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 7, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 7, 2011

      Need to Know launches its new series dedicated to exploring America's jobs crisis. They look at job insecurity in Ohio, and author David Simon discusses chronic unemployment with young men on "the corner." Scott Simon hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 7, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 7, 2011

      Need to Know launches its new series dedicated to exploring America's jobs crisis. They look at job insecurity in Ohio, and author David Simon discusses chronic unemployment with young men on "the corner." Scott Simon hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Oct. 7, 2011

      aired: Fri, Oct 7, 2011

      Need to Know launches its new series dedicated to exploring America's jobs crisis. They look at job insecurity in Ohio, and author David Simon discusses chronic unemployment with young men on "the corner." Scott Simon hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 30, 2011

      aired: Tue, Oct 4, 2011

      Need to Know visits a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 30, 2011

      aired: Tue, Oct 4, 2011

      Need to Know visits a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 30, 2011

      aired: Tue, Oct 4, 2011

      Need to Know visits a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 30, 2011

      aired: Tue, Oct 4, 2011

      Need to Know visits a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA. Ray Suarez hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 23, 2011

      Need to Know visits a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for "green jobs." Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 23, 2011

      Need to Know visits a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for "green jobs." Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 23, 2011

      Need to Know visits a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for "green jobs." Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 23, 2011

      Need to Know visits a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for "green jobs." Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 23, 2011

      Need to Know visits a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for "green jobs." Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 23, 2011

      Need to Know visits a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for "green jobs." Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 16, 2011

      NPR's Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK's new format. We look at how cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 16, 2011

      NPR's Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK's new format. We look at how cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 16, 2011

      NPR's Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK's new format. We look at how cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 16, 2011

      NPR's Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK's new format. We look at how cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 16, 2011

      NPR's Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK's new format. We look at how cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 16, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 16, 2011

      NPR's Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK's new format. We look at how cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 9, 2011

      A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation's longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an "In Perspective" essay from Jon Meacham.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 9, 2011

      A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation's longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an "In Perspective" essay from Jon Meacham.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 9, 2011

      A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation's longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an "In Perspective" essay from Jon Meacham.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 9, 2011

      A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation's longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an "In Perspective" essay from Jon Meacham.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 9, 2011

      A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation's longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an "In Perspective" essay from Jon Meacham.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., Sept. 9, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 9, 2011

      A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation's longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an "In Perspective" essay from Jon Meacham.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The war at home

      aired: Wed, Sep 7, 2011

      The 9/11 attacks resulted in the nation's longest war effort, although it remains peripheral to most Americans' lives. Not so for the military families whose loved ones are deployed to a war zone. Need to Know profiles three families to get an intimate view into their lives and the sacrifices military children make every day.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The war at home

      aired: Wed, Sep 7, 2011

      The 9/11 attacks resulted in the nation's longest war effort, although it remains peripheral to most Americans' lives. Not so for the military families whose loved ones are deployed to a war zone. Need to Know profiles three families to get an intimate view into their lives and the sacrifices military children make every day.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The war at home

      aired: Wed, Sep 7, 2011

      The 9/11 attacks resulted in the nation's longest war effort, although it remains peripheral to most Americans' lives. Not so for the military families whose loved ones are deployed to a war zone. Need to Know profiles three families to get an intimate view into their lives and the sacrifices military children make every day.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The war at home

      aired: Wed, Sep 7, 2011

      The 9/11 attacks resulted in the nation's longest war effort, although it remains peripheral to most Americans' lives. Not so for the military families whose loved ones are deployed to a war zone. Need to Know profiles three families to get an intimate view into their lives and the sacrifices military children make every day.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: The war at home

      aired: Wed, Sep 7, 2011

      The 9/11 attacks resulted in the nation's longest war effort, although it remains peripheral to most Americans' lives. Not so for the military families whose loved ones are deployed to a war zone. Need to Know profiles three families to get an intimate view into their lives and the sacrifices military children make every day.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 2, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 2, 2011

      Need to Know delves into the story of water contamination at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, which many believe is responsible for causing cancer among former residents. Also: The accuracy of polling, crisis-mapping and the cost of college sports.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 2, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 2, 2011

      Need to Know delves into the story of water contamination at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, which many believe is responsible for causing cancer among former residents. Also: The accuracy of polling, crisis-mapping and the cost of college sports.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 2, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 2, 2011

      Need to Know delves into the story of water contamination at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, which many believe is responsible for causing cancer among former residents. Also: The accuracy of polling, crisis-mapping and the cost of college sports.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., September 2, 2011

      aired: Fri, Sep 2, 2011

      Need to Know delves into the story of water contamination at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, which many believe is responsible for causing cancer among former residents. Also: The accuracy of polling, crisis-mapping and the cost of college sports.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., August 26, 2011

      aired: Fri, Aug 26, 2011

      Need to Know explores the government's removal of horses from the wild in the western U.S. Also: Controversial changes to Texas textbooks, the link between weather and climate change, and a discussion of food policy with food writer Mark Bittman.

    • Episode

      Need to Know: Fri., August 26, 2011

      aired: Fri, Aug 26, 2011

      Need to Know explores the government's removal of horses from the wild in the western U.S. Also: Controversial changes to Texas textbooks, the link between weather and climate change, and a discussion of food policy with food writer Mark Bittman.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., August 19, 2011

      aired: Fri, Aug 19, 2011

      We look at the way urban farming has revitalized communities in Detroit. Also: The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, how hackers are using Kinect's 'gesture technology' to change the way we live, and illegal gold mining in the Amazon.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., August 5, 2011

      aired: Fri, Aug 5, 2011

      Need to Know explores the story of Stuxnet, a computer virus that may launch a 21st century global arms race. Also: We examine three clinical trials for breast cancer treatment, and discuss Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential ambitions.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., July 29, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jul 29, 2011

      What happens when autistic children become adults and leave the educational system that provides services they need? Also: Choking and food safety, Tricia Rose on wealth inequality, and how the U.S. is lagging in the race to the Internet future.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Adult autism

      aired: Fri, Jul 29, 2011

      When we think of autism, we tend to think of children, but what happens to those children when they grow up and leave the educational system where federal law requires they get the services they need? And what happens to them when their parents are gone? Need to Know looks at two families struggling to provide a future for their adult sons with autism.

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      Need To Know: Nuclear waste solution?

      aired: Fri, Jul 22, 2011

      As the US continues to try to resolve the decades old issue of what to do with nuclear waste Need to Know visits a possible solution a half mile below the desert in New Mexico The Department of Energys WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nations only operating deep geologic nuclear waste disposal site Alison Stewart goes underground for a tour

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., July 15, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jul 15, 2011

      Are California's nuclear plants disaster ready? A look at the over-population fears of the 1960s and 1970s. Gloria Steinem on the women's movement's gains.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Diablo Canyon

      aired: Fri, Jul 15, 2011

      Could a Fukushima-style disaster happen at one of California's nuclear power plants? The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is near two California fault lines, and at least one critic, a Republican state senator, is questioning whether the utility that owns the plant, PG&E, is doing all it needs to to ensure that it can safely withstand the kind of earthquake some seismologists believe is possible.

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      Need To Know: Fri., July 8, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jul 8, 2011

      A portrait of one remarkable symphony orchestra that's thriving in Congo's capital city, Kinshasa. A special program at OSHA that allows certain work sites with solid health and safety records to become exempt from regular inspections. A look at the historic election in South Sudan. Legal analyst Jami Floyd also returns to discuss the lessons learned from the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., July 1, 2011

      aired: Sat, Jul 2, 2011

      We speak with economist Simon Johnson about the ripple effect of Greece's debt problems. Also: A look at congressional redistricting behind the scenes. We speak with New York Times journalists David Carr and Brian Stelter about the new documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times." And editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner comments on the federal government's inability to agree on a deficit deal.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: The Dogs Are Alright

      aired: Fri, Jul 1, 2011

      Most of the time, dogs that are seized from fighting rings are considered far too dangerous to be kept alive and they are euthanized. But in the case of the Michael Vick dogs, tens of thousands of people spoke out and asked that the dogs be given a second chance. Inspired by Jim Gorants book The Lost Dogs, Need to Knows William Brangham tells the story, first reported back in January.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., June 24, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jun 24, 2011

      Need to Know examines a little-known military program and its $17 billion campaign to combat IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak with analyst Jami Floyd about the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss a discrimination suit against Wal-Mart. Former Pentagon official Celeste Ward Gventer discusses President Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. And: What makes a happy marriage?

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., June 17, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jun 17, 2011

      We look at how several states have been rewriting their voting laws and how it might impact the coming 2012 election. We also examine a new alternative therapy to Tourette's syndrome and how it has already helped one 12-year-old boy battle the disorder. And Jon Meacham discusses the West Virginia coal mining disaster and the need for a national energy plan.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., June 10, 2011

      aired: Fri, Jun 10, 2011

      This week on Need to Know, we feature an investigation into the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry. Has insufficient oversight of foreign clinical trials led to dangerous drugs becoming available or staying on the U.S. market? Plus: Where to store nuclear waste, the possibility of multiple universes, food trucks an illustrated interview with author Eduardo Porter on income inequality.

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      Need To Know: Drugs in the System

      aired: Fri, Jun 3, 2011

      Foster children are some of the most medicated children in the nation. Need to Know investigates the use of powerful antipsychotics in our foster care systems. (Original air date: January 7, 2011)

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., May 27, 2011

      aired: Sat, May 28, 2011

      We explore whether climate change has played a role in this deadly season of tornadoes. We also feature the story of an Iraq War Veteran, who became a world-class athlete. Continuing with our "Shrinking Cities" series, we visit Youngstown, Ohio, a city that is trying to cope with population loss. And New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief Jeffrey Gettleman discusses the violence in South Sudan.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., May 20, 2011

      aired: Sat, May 21, 2011

      This week on Need to Know: The threats climate change poses to human health. The story of a deadly mine blast in West Virginia. A new super-weapon in the world of cyber-warfare. Jon Meacham considers the belief among some Christians that the world will end on May 21st. And Alison Stewart talks to John Esposito of Georgetown University about President Obama and the Arab Spring.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Need to Know, Fri., May 13, 2011

      aired: Fri, May 13, 2011

      Is the U.S. military's task force charged with investigating detainee abuse in Iraq supported enough to function? Also: Mobile crisis-mapping for disaster victims, broadband in Europe, and a talk with two "Freedom Riders."

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Detainee abuse

      aired: Fri, May 13, 2011

      In a joint investigation with The Nation Institute Investigative Fund and reporter Joshua Phillips, Need to Know reveals a little-known U.S. military task force charged with investigating abuse of detainees in Iraq.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., May 6, 2011

      aired: Fri, May 6, 2011

      Need to Know looks at the State Departments recent suspension of international adoption of abandoned children in Nepal We explore the financial cost of the war on terror after Osama bin Ladens death. Jon Meacham considers how it might change the national agenda Alison Stewart moderates a panel on the economic political and legal status of women Plus New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., April 29. 2011

      aired: Sat, Apr 30, 2011

      Why haven't any of the executives behind the financial crisis been prosecuted? We talk to New York Times columnist Joe Nocera and business reporter Louise Story. Tavis Smiley talks about his new book "Fail Up." We visit a music school in Chicago that provides free lessons to fill the gap left by budget cuts. And Jon Meacham discusses transparency in corporate political spending.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., April 22, 2011

      aired: Fri, Apr 22, 2011

      Need to Know teams up with ProPublica to examine the harmful effects of tainted drywall manufactured in China. We also look at a controversial plan in Detroit to "right-size" the city for easier management by paying residents to move out. And Jon Meacham examines a recent controversy over a pastor's remarks questioning the existence of hell.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Fri., April 15, 2011

      aired: Thu, Apr 21, 2011

      One year after the BP oil spill, we revisit families and business owners affected by the crisis and talk to experts about the spill's impact on the environment and energy policy. Plus: A follow-up to our "Fixing America" series on how to fix American education. And Jon Meacham calls for the repeal of the provision in the Constitution that allows only native-born Americans to run for president.

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Divided Island: Haitian Refugees in the Dominican Republic

      aired: Fri, Apr 8, 2011

      The Dominican Republic resumes mass deportations of Haitians after a one year moratorium since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Need To Know investigates reports that Haitians are being wrongfully removed from the country. Human Rights activists say race plays a role in the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

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      Need To Know: Families of Wounded Veterans Still Waiting For Help

      aired: Sat, Apr 2, 2011

      Need to Know has been following the story of military families who have given up everything to care for wounded veterans at home. Correspondent Maria Hinojosa revisits the story to find out why they are still waiting for support promised in legislation that President Obama signed last year.

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      Need To Know: Potential Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Research

      aired: Sat, Mar 26, 2011

      Correspondent Dr. Emily Senay examines three clinical trials for breast cancer treatment. One is a revolutionary way to test new chemotherapy treatments, another explores whether freezing breast cancer tumors can one day replace surgery, and the third investigates whether scalp cooling can save the hair of patients who undergo chemotherapy.

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      Need To Know: Fri., March 18, 2011

      aired: Sat, Mar 19, 2011

      The devastating earthquake in Japan has prompted fears of a nuclear crisis as the country desperately tries to curb the damage. This week, Need to Know provides an update on Japan's unfolding tragedy. We also reprise some of the best segments from our hour-long special on education, which aired earlier this year.

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      Need To Know: Fri., March 11, 2011

      aired: Sat, Mar 12, 2011

      We look at the ongoing conflict between public unions and state governments: Are public unions responsible for states' budget problems? Also: A growing number of medical professionals are questioning how blood transfusions are used in the U.S. Plus: Editorial illustrator Steve Brodner conducts an "illustrated interview" with author Eduardo Porter about income inequality in America.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Feb. 25, 2011

      aired: Sat, Feb 26, 2011

      We go to Norfolk, Virginia, where climate change is causing flooding. Then we look at an investigation into millions of dollars in incentive bonuses that may have been wrongly paid out to members of the California National Guard. And: This week, four Americans were killed by Somali pirates. We reprise an excerpt of "The Trouble with Pirates," which explores the root causes of Somali piracy.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Feb. 11, 2011

      aired: Sat, Feb 12, 2011

      As the nation debates how to get the best performance out of students and teachers, Need to Know presents an hour devoted to success stories in teaching.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

      aired: Sat, Feb 5, 2011

      Amid the upheaval in Egypt, we turn our attention to the political tension between Egypt and the U.S. Also, the defunct "death panel" provision, a new scan for Alzheimer's, and "Reagan."

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      Need To Know: Fri., Jan. 28, 2011

      aired: Sat, Jan 29, 2011

      How will seniors get around in our car-happy suburbs? Also: the State of the Union and the state of the Congo. Plus: an animated editorial by Steve Brodner.

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      Need To Know: China and the U.S.

      aired: Fri, Jan 21, 2011

      The firestorm ignited by author Amy Chua's book on parenting the Chinese way is evidence of a larger, looming fear American's have of Chinese dominance. With Chinese President Hu Jintao in town for an official state visit, hosts Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart and their guests discuss China's geopolitical importance and U.S.-China relations.

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      Need To Know: Developmentally Disabled Adults and Their Parents

      aired: Fri, Jan 21, 2011

      Parents of children with severe developmental disabilities often have to fight to get them what they need in life, especially once they become adults. With so many states facing budget crises, it's only getting harder. Need to Know's Maria Hinojosa spent time with families in indiana who fear that the fragile world they've fought hard to build for their kids is about to fall apart.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Jan. 14, 2011

      aired: Sat, Jan 15, 2011

      In the wake of the Arizona shooting, we revisit a story on gun rights and examine current laws. Also: two Haitian children treated in Boston after the earthquake, a look at high-speed rail and CNN's Peter Bergen on al Qaeda.

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      Need To Know: Lost Boy of Sudan

      aired: Wed, Jan 12, 2011

      A Profile of Salva Dut, a Sudanese "Lost Boy" who returned to Sudan to help bring clean water to the people of his birthplace. Need to Know traveled to Sudan to see him at work, and received a better understanding of the hopes and dreams of the people who will be voting, beginning next week, on whether to form an independent nation in the South.

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      Need To Know: The Medication of Foster Children

      aired: Fri, Jan 7, 2011

      Foster children are some of the most heavily medicated children in the nation. Need to Know investigates the use and potential over-use of powerful anti psychotics in our foster care systems, focusing on Texas, which has done much to reform its practices.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Dec. 24, 2010

      aired: Wed, Dec 22, 2010

      This week on our holiday edition of Need to Know, we feature some of our favorite interviews with artists, journalists and scholars from the past year, as well an essay from editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Dec. 10, 2010

      aired: Fri, Dec 10, 2010

      This week on Need to Know: A look at coal mine safety. The U.S. ranks low in a global education study. A social innovator outsources "microwork" to developing countries. Jon Meacham analyzes the tax cut deal. And director Julie Taymor on the Spiderman musical and her new adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

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      Need To Know: In The Coal

      aired: Fri, Dec 10, 2010

      Need to Know correspondent John Larson reports about coal mine safety, focusing on Massey Energy, a company involved in the West Virginia mine explosion that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration calls "the worst mining disaster in almost 40 years." Larson also examines the investigation into its possible causes.

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      Need To Know: Fri, Dec. 3, 2010

      aired: Sat, Dec 4, 2010

      This week on Need to Know, we examine the recent flare-up between North and South Korea. We also revisit the question of nuclear waste storage. Then, we profile the young men of the "Fort Dix Five" who were sentenced to life for plotting to kill U.S. soldiers. And Jon Meacham speaks with author Gary Shteyngart about his novel, "Super Sad True Love Story."

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      Need To Know: Fri., Nov. 26, 2010

      aired: Wed, Nov 24, 2010

      On this special Thanksgiving Edition of Need to Know, we bring you some of our best coverage on soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and some of the ongoing troubles they face even after they return home.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Nov. 19, 2010

      aired: Sat, Nov 20, 2010

      We continue last weeks story on Somali pirates. Rick Karr explores the governments contradictory messages on nutrition. The U.S. military collects biometric data from Afghan citizens. Alison Stewart speaks with religious scholar Reza Aslan about the Middle East. Steve Brodner returns with an illustrated review of Sarah Palins new reality TV show.

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      Need To Know: Fri., Nov. 19, 2010: International version

      aired: Sat, Nov 20, 2010

      Rick Karr explores the government's contradictory messages on nutrition. The U.S. military collects biometric data from Afghan citizens. Alison Stewart speaks with religious scholar Reza Aslan about the Middle East. Steve Brodner returns with an illustrated review of Sarah Palin's new reality TV show.

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      Need To Know: The Trouble with Pirates: Part 2

      aired: Fri, Nov 19, 2010

      Need to Know explores the origins and business of Somali piracy: Just who are these pirates who are bringing the shipping world to its knees, how do they operate, why do they do what they do, and why do we negotiate with them?

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      Need To Know: Fri., November 12, 2010: International version

      aired: Sat, Nov 13, 2010

      A special international edition: the Burmese government's nuclear ambitions, an abduction by Somali pirates, and a discussion with author David Grossman on the Middle East. Plus: sage advice from Peter Sagal.

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      Need To Know: Fri., November 12, 2010

      aired: Sat, Nov 13, 2010

      A special international edition: the Burmese government's nuclear ambitions, an abduction by Somali pirates, and a discussion with author David Grossman on the Middle East. Plus: sage advice from Peter Sagal.

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      Need To Know: Friday, Nov. 5, 2010: International version

      aired: Sat, Nov 6, 2010

      Need to Know previews an upcoming "Nature" documentary on marshes in Iraq. Jon Meacham sits down with New Yorker reporter George Packer to discuss the dysfunction of the U.S. Senate, and Steve Brodner returns with another editorial cartoon.

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      Need To Know: The Empty Chamber

      aired: Fri, Nov 5, 2010

      Once thought to be the greatest deliberative legislative body in the world, the U.S. Senate is now ensnared by obstructionism and partisanship. New Yorker reporter George Packer went to Washington to find out why. This is followed by Jon Meacham's interview with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat who intends to initiate an effort to get the rules changed, to clear the gridlock.

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      Need To Know: Yemen: A New Base for al-Qaida

      aired: Fri, Nov 5, 2010

      "Terrorism" was virtually ignored as a policy discussion during the entire campaign season, but the Yemeni explosives found on two airliners bound for the U.S. remind us that we ignore the subject at our peril. With rare footage shot in Yemen with that troubled country's counter-terrorism forces, and a report from Afghanistan with American troops, Need to Know conducts an in-depth update.

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      Need To Know: Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

      aired: Fri, Oct 29, 2010

      Need to Know brings you a special hour-long report on the midterm elections. First, we investigate the nationwide fight over redistricting. Then we examine the flaws in electronic voting machines, a fight over global warming in California and the emergence of large numbers of women candidates this election cycle. Plus. Peter Sagal offers some advice to candidates.

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      Need To Know: Women in the Midterm Elections

      aired: Fri, Oct 29, 2010

      An extended web interview with two keen observers of politics: Rebecca Traister and Melissa Harris-Perry. They examine this year's midterm elections. A record number of women filed to run -- but do numbers equal progress for women and women's issues?

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      Need To Know: October 22, 2010

      aired: Thu, Oct 28, 2010

      The foreclosure crisis and Peter Sagal

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      Need To Know: In Alaska, a promise unkept?

      aired: Fri, Oct 15, 2010

      Has a program intended by Congress to help native Alaskans delivered on its promise? In cooperation with the Washington Post, Need to Know examines whether a plan to promote the welfare of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised has instead enriched non-native executives and shortchanged taxpayers.

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      Need To Know: October 8, 2010: A jobs crisis special report

      aired: Fri, Oct 8, 2010

      This week Need to Know profiles different faces of unemployment. And In between each segment, Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart are joined by Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich, and Sara Horowitz, founder and CEO of the Freelancers Union, who provide perspective, suggestions and potential solutions to the jobless crisis.

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      Need To Know: September 24, 2010

      aired: Thu, Oct 7, 2010

      Nuclear waste and the problem of obesity

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      Need To Know: Interview: Anneke Van Woudenberg

      aired: Fri, Sep 24, 2010

      Alison Stewart speaks with Human Rights Watch's Anneke van Woudenberg about the roots of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how the use of rape as a weapon against the women causes the destruction of the country's communities.

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      Need To Know: September 17, 2010: International version

      aired: Fri, Sep 17, 2010

      Adult family homes and urban parks.

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      Need To Know: September 10, 2010

      aired: Sat, Sep 11, 2010

      Rebuilding Ground Zero and Alex Gibney

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      Need To Know: The Fort Dix Five

      aired: Fri, Sep 10, 2010

      In December 2008, five men were sentenced to life for plotting to kill American soldiers at the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey. Using the Fort Dix story as a case study, Need to Know explores the profiles of the individuals convicted, and examines the U.S. strategy post 9-11 for stopping and finding homegrown terrorists before they strike.

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      Need To Know: 3-Sep-10

      aired: Fri, Sep 3, 2010

      A new jobs program and Charlaine Harris

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      Need To Know: August 27, 2010

      aired: Fri, Sep 3, 2010

      Fracking and Harry Shearer

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      Need To Know: Investigation: Hydraulic Fracturing

      aired: Fri, Sep 3, 2010

      In collaboration with ProPublica, correspondent John Larson investigates hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), a method of drilling for natural gas that has significantly increased natural gas production in the U.S. Critics say that fracking has the potential to pollute vast sections of the nation's water supply.

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      Need To Know: Unnatural disaster

      aired: Fri, Aug 27, 2010

      Harry Shearer, the writer comic Simpsons voice actor/radio host and longtime resident of New Orleans, wants to puncture the myths and misperceptions about Hurricane Katrina on its five-year anniversary.

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      Need To Know: Blood test

      aired: Fri, Aug 20, 2010

      Since World War ll, blood has been considered "the gift of life." But today a growing number of experts are questioning whether blood transfusions should be so widely used. Need to Know investigates whether the risks of transfusions outweigh the benefits

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, August 13, 2010

      aired: Fri, Aug 13, 2010

      Chicago violence and Carl Hiassen

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      Need To Know: Block by block: Violence in Chicago

      aired: Thu, Aug 12, 2010

      In the past two years, more than 500 young persons under the age of 25 have been murdered in Chicago. Many at the hands of their own peers. Need to Know travels to some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods to explore both what us at the root of the violence and what is being done to combat it.

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      Need To Know: July 23, 2010

      aired: Fri, Aug 6, 2010

      Shirley Sherrod & debate on Afghanistan

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      Need To Know: August 6, 2010

      aired: Fri, Aug 6, 2010

      The Last Outpost, drawing life in a war zone

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      Need To Know: WikiLeak-gate

      aired: Fri, Jul 30, 2010

      Jon Meacham speaks with military analyst and Need to Know contributor Joshua Foust about the 75,000 classified documents published on WikiLeaks

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      Need To Know: The next foreclosure crisis

      aired: Mon, Jul 19, 2010

      Alison Stewart sits down with Elizabeth Warren, attorney, Harvard Law professor and chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel, in a Blueprint America special report about the potential of a national commercial real estate foreclosure crisis.

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      Need To Know: July 16, 2010

      aired: Fri, Jul 16, 2010

      FDA hearings and the limits of Food-Aid

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      Need To Know: July 9, 2010

      aired: Fri, Jul 9, 2010

      Veteran's courts and female bomb squads

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      Need To Know: July 2, 2010

      aired: Fri, Jul 2, 2010

      The TED conference and female viagra.

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      Need To Know: Drilling Down: Conversations on the Gulf Oil Disaster

      aired: Fri, Jul 2, 2010

      Jon Meacham reports from Washington, D.C., from the TEDxOilSpill conference, a special event on ideas and innovations.

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      Need To Know: Lives on Hold

      aired: Thu, Jun 24, 2010

      The pentagon estimates that one in five American soldiers will return from battle with a traumatic brain injury. Need to Know checks in on three families that have had to deal with the effects of TBI.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, June 18, 2010

      aired: Sat, Jun 19, 2010

      Music star K'Naan and health in the Gulf

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, June 11, 2010

      aired: Fri, Jun 11, 2010

      "Heart of Jenin" and Charlaine Harris

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      Need To Know: Heart of Jenin

      aired: Fri, Jun 11, 2010

      When 12-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Khatib was killed by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, the boy's parents turned their sorrow into a gift of hope by donating Ahmed's organs to six Israelis.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, June 4, 2010

      aired: Fri, Jun 4, 2010

      The Gulf Oil Spill and renewable energy

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, May 28, 2010

      aired: Sat, May 29, 2010

      Money laundering and Sandra Day O'Connor

    • Episode

      Need To Know: Getting Clean

      aired: Fri, May 28, 2010

      A Need to Know investigation reveals just how common it is for major U.S. banks to launder money from drug traffickers.

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      Need To Know: Need to Know, May 21, 2010

      aired: Sat, May 22, 2010

      Mexico's drug war, pot clinics

    • Episode

      Need To Know: May 14, 2010

      aired: Sat, May 15, 2010

      The war in Afghanistan and school textbooks.

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      Need To Know: Need To Know 2010-05-07

      aired: Wed, May 12, 2010

      Featuring Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg

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      Need To Know: Need to Know Premiere

      aired: Sat, May 8, 2010

      Featuring Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg

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      Need To Know: What Bill Clinton thinks you need to know

      aired: Fri, May 7, 2010

      Bill Clinton on the media, the environment and the situation in Haiti

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