Need to Know - Season 2011

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


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Episode Guide

  • Fri., Dec. 30, 2011
    Fri., Dec. 30, 2011
    Episode 12.30.11
    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.
  • Fri., Dec. 23, 2011
    Fri., Dec. 23, 2011
    Episode 12.23.11
    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.
  • Fri., Dec. 16, 2011
    Fri., Dec. 16, 2011
    Episode 12.16.11
    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.
  • Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
    Episode 12.09.11
    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.
  • Help Wanted: Revisiting Ohio
    Help Wanted: Revisiting Ohio
    Episode 12.02.11
    Need to Know revisits Cuyahoga County in northern Ohio for an in-depth look at America's jobs crisis.
  • Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
    Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
    Episode 12.02.11
    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.
  • Fri., Nov. 25, 2011
    Fri., Nov. 25, 2011
    Episode 11.25.11
    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.
  • Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
    Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
    Episode 11.18.11
    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.
  • Fri., Nov. 11, 2011
    Episode 11.11.11
    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.
  • Fri., Nov. 4, 2011
    Fri., Nov. 4, 2011
    Episode 11.04.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., Oct. 28, 2011
    Episode 10.28.11
    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.
  • Fri., Oct. 21, 2011
    Fri., Oct. 21, 2011
    Episode 10.21.11
    Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.
  • Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
    Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
    Episode 10.14.11
    Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.
  • Fri., Oct. 7, 2011
    Fri., Oct. 7, 2011
    Episode 10.07.11
    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.
  • Fri., Sept. 30, 2011
    Fri., Sept. 30, 2011
    Episode 09.30.11
    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.
  • Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
    Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
    Episode 09.23.1
    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.
  • Fri., September 16, 2011
    Fri., September 16, 2011
    Episode 09.16.11
    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.
  • Fri., Sept. 9, 2011
    Fri., Sept. 9, 2011
    Episode 09.09.11
    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.
  • Fri., April 29. 2011
    Fri., April 29. 2011
    Episode 04.29.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., April 22, 2011
    Fri., April 22, 2011
    Episode 04.22.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., April 15, 2011
    Fri., April 15, 2011
    Episode 04.21.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., Need to Know, April 8
    Fri., Need to Know, April 8
    Episode 04.08.11
    Need to Know visits the island of Hispaniola, where the Dominican Republican is beginning to deport Haitians who fled across the border after last year's earthquake. We look at the life of an Israeli-Palestinian actor and social activist who was killed this week. We also examine Republican proposals for changes to Medicare and Medicaid, and Jon Meacham looks at the legacy of the Bay of Pigs.moreless
  • Fri., April 1, 2011
    Fri., April 1, 2011
    Episode 04.01.11
    On this episode of Need to Know Jon Meacham talks about Barack Obama's failure to ask for congressional authorization for American military involvement in Libya. He says that President Obama created a military campaign without following American laws. Also discussed in this episode is how struggling cities can survive the current financial crisis and provide for their residents.moreless
  • Fri., March 25, 2011
    Fri., March 25, 2011
    Episode 03.25.11
    On this episode of Need To Know three possible breakthroughs in breast cancer treatment are discussed. Also a group of U.S soldiers are interviewed whose lives were unfortunately changed by a rocket attack in Baghdad. There is also an interview with the activist Leymah Gbowee who has worked in Liberia to bring down the regime of Charles Taylor. The episode also contains an interview with the Education Secretary Arne Duncan who discusses the Obama administrations attempts to revise the No Child Left Behind act.moreless
  • Fri., March 18, 2011
    Fri., March 18, 2011
    Episode 03.18.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., March 11, 2011
    Fri., March 11, 2011
    Episode 03.11.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., March 4, 2011
    Fri., March 4, 2011
    Episode 03.04.11
    How are university sports programs affecting the classroom? Also: The international community's responsibility in the Middle East, and legislators' controversial tactics in Wisconsin and Indiana.
  • Fri., Feb. 25, 2011
    Fri., Feb. 25, 2011
    Episode 02.25.11
    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.moreless
  • Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
    Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
    Episode 02.17.11
    Physicist Brian Greene explains the science behind the theory of multiple universes. We provide an update to our previous reports on fracking. Alison Stewart speaks with Michael Wahid Hanna to discuss what may come of Egypt's new political structure. Producer Mona Iskander provides a personal essay on her experience watching the Egypt protests unfold.moreless
  • Fri., Feb. 11, 2011
    Fri., Feb. 11, 2011
    Episode 02.11.11
    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.
  • Fri., Feb. 4, 2011
    Fri., Feb. 4, 2011
    Episode 02.04.11
    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."
  • Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
    Episode 01.28.11
    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.
  • Fri., Jan. 21, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 21, 2011
    Episode 01.21.11
    This week, we visit with parents struggling to maintain care for their developmentally disabled adult children in the face of budget cuts. Plus: where are Michael Vick's dogs now? And: the Amy Chua phenomenon.
  • Fri., Jan. 14, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 14, 2011
    Episode 01.14.11
    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.
  • Fri., Jan. 7, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 7, 2011
    Episode 01.07.10
    Need to Know investigates the potential overuse of powerful antipsychotic medication on foster children. We also tell the story of a Sudanese "Lost Boy" who returned to Sudan. And we talk to three more "big thinkers" on how to "fix" America. Plus: Barbara Strauch on the "grown-up" brain and Peter Sagal's advice for making it big in children's publishing.moreless