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  • The battle for Ohio

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    8/24/12

    "Jeff Greenfield reports on Republican efforts to carry Ohio, a state deemed critical to their chances of winning
  • Need to Know 8/24/12

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    S 2012 : Ep 08.24.12 - 8/24/12

    "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.moreless
  • Interview: Ross Hammond

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    8/17/12

    Scott Simon speaks with Ross Hammond on the role that public policy can play in solving America'?s obesity epidemic.
  • Need to Know 8/17/12

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    S 2012 : Ep 08.17.12 - 8/17/12

    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.
  • American Voices: Haile Johnston

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    8/17/12

    Haile Johnston, one of the founders of Common Market in Philadelphia, speaks with Need to Know about the importance of getting low-income neighborhoods better and more affordable access to fresh, locally-produced foods.
  • Web extra: Interview with Sisenio Hideo

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    8/10/12

    While Palauan politicians try to use the legal mechanisms at their disposal to hold industrialized nations accountable for damage caused to the island by global greenhouse gas emissions, each day, ordinary citizens of Palau simply live with the effects of an encroaching shoreline.moreless
  • American Voices: Mae Watson Grote

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    7/27/12

    Poverty in America is at a 52-year high with 46.2 million people living in poverty, according to income thresholds used in the 2010 national Census.
  • Braking the Banks

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    7/13/12

    In the wake of the recent JP Morgan losses and current LIBOR scandal, the fight over banking regulations continues to rage in Washington as an alphabet soup of federal agencies write the complex regulations to put the Dodd-Frank law in motion.moreless
  • American Voices: Monsignor Kevin Sullivan

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    Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, on the church'?s obligation to the poor.
  • Need to Know, Fri., June 22, 2012: Poverty in America

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    S 2012 : Ep 06.29.12 -

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

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    The Family Independence Initiative pays people in low income communities to meet regularly and help each other devise solutions to family and financial problems rather than rely on government assistance.
  • Dan Savage on marriage equality

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    Dan Savage talks about how marriage equality would change the lives of same-sex couples and why it'?s become so important to the LGBT rights movement.
  • Interview: David Biello

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    Scientific American's David Biello on what Unisolar's bankruptcy means for the solar energy industry.
  • Brain Drain

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    Should the government make it easier for foreign-born, hi-tech workers to stay in the United States, as companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft argue? Or are these workers already undercutting the job market for Americans? Need to Knows Rick Karr travels to Silicon Valley and to New York City to investigate.moreless
  • Drone demo

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    At the first international drone summit in Washington D.C., a drone demo shows how these unmanned aerial vehicles are used abroad by the U.S. Military.
  • Fri., Dec. 16, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 12.16.11 - 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

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    S 2011 : Ep 12.09.11 - 12/9/11

    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.
  • Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 11.11.11 - 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.moreless
  • Fri., Oct. 28, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 10.28.11 - 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. 7, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 10.07.11 - 10/7/11

    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.moreless
  • Fri., Sept. 23, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 09.23.1 - 9/23/11

    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.moreless
  • Fri., Dec. 24, 2010

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.21.10 - 12/21/10

    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.moreless
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