Need to Know - Season 2012

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  • Fri., Jan. 6, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 6, 2011
    Episode 01.06.12
    1/6/12
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    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.moreless
  • Help Wanted: New Hampshire
    Help Wanted: New Hampshire
    Episode 01.06.12
    1/6/12
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    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.moreless
  • Fri., Jan. 13, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 13, 2011
    Episode 01.13.12
    1/13/12
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    Need to Know explores how the Republican candidates' opposition to gay marriage will affect the outcome of the nomination fight and the general election.
  • Fri., Jan. 20, 2011
    Fri., Jan. 20, 2011
    Episode 01.20.12
    1/20/12
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    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.
  • Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
    Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
    Episode 01.27.12
    1/27/12
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    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.moreless
  • Fri. Feb. 3, 2012
    Fri. Feb. 3, 2012
    Episode 02.03.12
    2/3/12
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    "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.moreless
  • Fri., Feb. 10, 2012
    Fri., Feb. 10, 2012
    Episode 02.10.12
    2/10/12
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    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?
  • Fri., Feb. 17, 2012
    Fri., Feb. 17, 2012
    Episode 02.17.12
    2/17/12
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    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.
  • Egypt, Now
    Egypt, Now
    Episode 02.23.12
    2/23/12
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    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.
  • Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
    Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
    Episode 02.24.12
    2/24/12
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    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.
  • Fri., March 2, 2012
    Fri., March 2, 2012
    Episode 03.02.12
    3/2/12
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    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.moreless
  • Ohio 360: Part 3
    Ohio 360: Part 3
    Episode 03.02.12
    3/2/12
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    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.moreless
  • Cleaning Up The Tax Mess
    Cleaning Up The Tax Mess
    Episode 03.08.12
    3/8/12
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    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.
  • Fri., March 9, 2012
    Fri., March 9, 2012
    Episode 03.09.12
    3/9/12
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    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.
  • Fri., March 16, 2012
    Fri., March 16, 2012
    Episode 03.16.12
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    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.
  • Friday, March 23, 2012: Coming home
    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.moreless
  • Fri., March 30, 2012
    Fri., March 30, 2012
    Episode 03.30.12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know, Fri., April 20, 2012: Crossing the line
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., April 27, 2012: Sea-level rise, death on the border
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., May 4, 2012: The view from Main Street, leaving Afghanistan, Dan Savage
    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."
  • Need to Know, Fri., May 11, 2012: Legal immigration and entrepeneurship
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., May 18, 2012: Financial inclusion
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., May 25, 2012: Green jobs, volunteerism
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., June 1, 2012: The future of health care
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., June 8, 2012: Cambodia revisited, intern
    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.
  • Need to Know, Fri., June 15, 2012: America's immigration pol
    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?
  • Need to Know, Fri., June 22, 2012: Nursing wounded veterans
    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.
  • This week Need to Know examines an experimental program in Oakland, Calif., designed to help the working poor emerge from poverty.
  • Need to Know 7/13/12
    Need to Know 7/13/12
    Episode 07.13.12
    7/13/12
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    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.
  • Crossing the Line
    Crossing the Line
    Episode 07.20.12
    7/20/12
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    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.
  • Need to Know 7/20/12
    Episode 07.20.12
    7/20/12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know 7/27/12
    Episode 07.27.12
    7/27/12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know 8/3/12
    Need to Know 8/3/12
    Episode 08.03.12
    8/3/12
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    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.
  • Need to Know 8/10/12
    Need to Know 8/10/12
    Episode 08.10.12
    8/10/12
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    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.
  • Need to Know 8/17/12
    Episode 08.17.12
    8/17/12
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    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.
  • Need to Know 8/24/12
    Episode 08.24.12
    8/24/12
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    "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.
  • Need to Know 8/31/12
    Need to Know 8/31/12
    Episode 08.31.12
    8/31/12
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    "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.
  • Need to Know 9/7/12
    Need to Know 9/7/12
    Episode 09.07.12
    9/7/12
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    "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.
  • Need to Know 9/14/12
    Need to Know 9/14/12
    Episode 09.14.12
    9/14/12
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    "Need to Know'?s Hannah Yi travels to Pakistan to investigate the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas.
  • Need to Know 9/21/12
    Need to Know 9/21/12
    Episode 09.21.12
    9/21/12
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    "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.moreless
  • Need to Know 9/21/12 with Spanish Subtitles
    9/21/12
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    "ABTN significa America A Través de los Numeros. Esta nueva serie noticiosa cuenta las historias humanas detrás de los cambios demográficos de los EEUU.
  • Money & Medicine
    Money & Medicine
    Episode 09.25.12
    9/25/12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know 9/28/12
    Need to Know 9/28/12
    Episode 09.28.12
    9/28/12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know 10/05/12
    Need to Know 10/05/12
    Episode 10.05.12
    10/5/12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know 10/19/2012
    Need to Know 10/19/2012
    Episode 10.19.12
    10/19/12
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    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.
  • Need to Know 10/26/2012
    Need to Know 10/26/2012
    Episode 10.26.12
    10/26/12
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    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 '?47'²%'? 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.moreless
  • What's at Stake: PBS Election 2012
    11/2/12
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    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.moreless
  • Need to Know 11/2/2012
    Need to Know 11/2/2012
    Episode 11.02.12
    11/2/12
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    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.moreless
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