Need to Know - Season 2010

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Friday 8:30 PM on PBS Premiered May 07, 2010 Between Seasons

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Episode Guide

  • Fri., Dec. 24, 2010
    Episode 12.21.10
    12/21/10
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    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.
  • Fri., Dec. 17, 2010
    Fri., Dec. 17, 2010
    Episode 12.17.10
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    Jon Meacham reflects on the legacy of Richard Holbrooke. A look at the state of U.S. foreign policy and some big ideas to fix America. Plus: comedian Amy Sedaris, and sage advice from Peter Sagal.
  • Fri., Dec. 10, 2010
    Fri., Dec. 10, 2010
    Episode 12.10.10
    12/10/10
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    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."moreless
  • Fri, Dec. 3, 2010
    Fri, Dec. 3, 2010
    Episode 12.03.10
    12/3/10
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    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."moreless
  • Fri., Nov. 26, 2010
    Fri., Nov. 26, 2010
    Episode 11.23.10
    11/23/10
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    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.
  • Fri., Nov. 19, 2010
    Fri., Nov. 19, 2010
    Episode 11.19.10
    11/19/10
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    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.moreless
  • Fri. Nov 12, 2010
    Fri. Nov 12, 2010
    Episode 11.12.10
    11/12/10
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    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.
  • Fri, Nov. 5, 2010
    Fri, Nov. 5, 2010
    Episode 11.05.10
    11/5/10
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    Need to Know follows up on the recent cargo bomb plot with an in-depth update on Yemen and interview with expert Christopher Boucek. We also preview 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.moreless
  • Fri, Oct. 29, 2010
    Fri, Oct. 29, 2010
    Episode 10.29.10
    10/29/10
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    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.moreless
  • Wed. Oct 22, 2010
    Wed. Oct 22, 2010
    Episode 10.27.10
    10/27/10
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    The foreclosure crisis and Peter Sagal
  • Fri, Oct 15, 2010
    Fri, Oct 15, 2010
    Episode 10.15.10
    10/15/10
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    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.
  • Fri, Sept. 24, 2010
    Fri, Sept. 24, 2010
    Episode 09.24.10
    9/24/10
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    Nuclear waste and the problem of obesity
  • Fri, Sept 17, 2010
    Fri, Sept 17, 2010
    Episode 09.17.10
    9/17/10
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    Afghanistan and the New York Highline
  • Fri. Sept 10, 2010
    Fri. Sept 10, 2010
    Episode 09.10.10
    9/10/10
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    Rebuilding Ground Zero and Alex Gibney
  • Fri, Sept 3, 2010
    Fri, Sept 3, 2010
    Episode 09.03.10
    9/3/10
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    A new jobs program and Charlaine Harris
  • Fri, Aug 27, 2010
    Fri, Aug 27, 2010
    Episode 08.27.10
    8/27/10
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    Fracking and Harry Shearer
  • Fri, Aug 20, 2010
    Fri, Aug 20, 2010
    Episode 08.20.10
    8/20/10
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    The Park 51 Mosque and Gary Shteyngart
  • Fri, Aug 13, 2010
    Fri, Aug 13, 2010
    Episode 08.13.10
    8/13/10
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    Chicago violence and Carl Hiassen
  • Fri, Oct 8, 2010
    Fri, Oct 8, 2010
    Episode 10.08.10
    10/8/10
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    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.
  • Fri, Aug 6, 2010
    Fri, Aug 6, 2010
    Episode 08.06.10
    8/6/10
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    The Last Outpost, drawing life in a war zone
  • Fri, Jul 30, 2010
    Fri, Jul 30, 2010
    Episode 07.30.10
    7/30/10
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    Wikileaks and discrimination in the USDA
  • Fri, Jul 23, 2010
    Fri, Jul 23, 2010
    Episode 07.23.10
    7/23/10
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    Shirley Sherrod & debate on Afghanistan
  • Fri. July 16, 2010
    Fri. July 16, 2010
    Episode 07.16.10
    7/16/10
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    FDA hearings and the limits of Food-Aid
  • Fri, Jul 2, 2010
    Fri, Jul 2, 2010
    Episode 07.02.10
    7/2/10
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    The TED conference and female viagra.
  • Fri. July 9, 2010
    Fri. July 9, 2010
    Episode 07.09.10
    7/9/10
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    Veteran's courts and female bomb squads
  • Fri, June 18, 2010
    Fri, June 18, 2010
    Episode 06.18.10
    6/18/10
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    Music star K'Naan and health in the Gulf
  • Need to Know, June 18, 2010
    Need to Know, June 18, 2010
    Episode 06.18.10
    6/18/10
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    Music star K'Naan and health in the Gulf
  • Thu, June 11, 2010
    Thu, June 11, 2010
    Episode 06.10.10
    6/10/10
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    "Heart of Jenin" and Charlaine Harris
  • Thu, June 4, 2010
    Thu, June 4, 2010
    Episode 06.03.10
    6/3/10
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    The Gulf Oil Spill and renewable energy
  • Thu, May 28, 2010
    Thu, May 28, 2010
    Episode 05.27.10
    5/27/10
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    Money laundering and Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Thu, May 21, 2010
    Thu, May 21, 2010
    Episode 05.21.10
    5/20/10
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    Mexico's drug war, pot clinics
  • Thu. May 14, 2010
    Thu. May 14, 2010
    Episode 05.13.10
    5/13/10
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    The war in Afghanistan and school textbooks.
  • Thu. May 6, 2010
    Thu. May 6, 2010
    Episode 05.06.10
    5/6/10
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    Featuring Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg
  • Need to Know Premiere
    Need to Know Premiere
    Episode 05.05.10
    5/5/10
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    PBS's TV and Web news magazine show fills you in all of America's hot-button topics. In this first episode, Bill Clinton tells you what he thinks you need to know, as does Michael Bloomberg.