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Video: Need to Know, December 14, 2012: Memphis family rewards

Need to Know travels to Memphis, Tennessee to cover the Family Rewards Program – an initiative that aims to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty by offering cash incentives.

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Transcript: December 7, 2012

Need to Know Episode 265 Airdate: December 7, 2012 ANNOUNCER [narration]: THIS IS NEED TO KNOW WITH … JEFF GREENFIELD… MARIA HINOJOSA…. RAY SUAREZ… AND THIS WEEK SCOTT SIMON. SCOTT SIMON [narration]: ON THIS EDITION…CONTROVERSIAL BUDGET CUTS TO FAMILY SERVICES IN TEXAS. SARAH WHEAT: This wasn’t a public health debate. This had a political goal. WAYNE [...]

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Video: Need to Know: Dec. 7, 2012: The family planning fight

The Texas legislature has slashed funding to family planning programs by nearly two-thirds.

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Drones as counterinsurgency tools

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | Nov. 27, 2012 On Sunday the New York Times reported that the Obama administration, prompted by the possibility of losing the election, has been developing a “formal rule book” to govern the use of drone strikes, which have killed roughly 2,500 people under President Obama. One aspect of the piece in [...]

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Video: November 30, 2012: Crossing the line at the border update

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

Transcript: November 23, 2012

Need to Know Episode 263 Airdate: November 23, 2012 ANNOUNCER [narration]: THIS IS NEED TO KNOW WITH … JEFF GREENFIELD… MARIA HINOJOSA…. RAY SUAREZ… AND THIS WEEK SCOTT SIMON. SCOTT SIMON [narration]: ON THIS SPECIAL JOBS EDITION: HELP WANTED:  THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED, COLLECTING BENEFITS, AND STARTING SMALL BUSINESSES. PAT SANDERLIN: They were able to start up [...]