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Excerpt: ‘Kingdom Under Glass’

“Kingdom Under Glass” is the epic tale of Carl Akeley, the taxidermist-artist who created the famed dioramas in the Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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Israeli author David Grossman on the conflict in the Middle East

Acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman talks with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart about the effects of the Middle East conflict on the human psyche.

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Video: Just ask Peter Sagal: Advice for unemployed public servants

In this installment of Just Ask, Peter Sagal offers some words of wisdom to recently unemployed members of Congress.

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Video: Need to Know, November 12, 2010

This week, 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.

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Burma’s nuclear puzzle

Some say the country’s repressive military junta is trying to build nuclear weapons. But can the claims be verified? Need to Know investigates, and speaks with ProPublica Managing Editor Steve Engelberg.

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Alex Ross on great music, plus five faves

Some thoughts from a New Yorker critic on what makes music great.

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Audio: Political climate change

Much has been said about the results of the midterm elections. But what about their impact on climate change? Need to Know talks to Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones to find out.

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Coming home in pieces

By David Philipps The following is adapted from “Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home,” a book about soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  specifically those of the 506th Infantry Regiment, who unleashed a series of brutal crimes on Colorado Springs after returning from a tour in Iraq. That regiment, which [...]

Fran Lebowitz on ‘the worst kind of girlishness’

The humorist rescues Jane Austen from the annals of chick lit.