Brian Lee

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Video: How to be mayor of Chicago

In our new advice column, Just Ask, Peter Sagal advises a longtime politico on how to reshape his image.

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Oil and conflict in the Niger Delta

In this interview with VII Magazine, Ed Kashi talks about his years covering the explosive situation in the Niger Delta.

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Video: Need to Know, October 15, 2010: Alaska native corporations, schools

Has a program intended by Congress to help native Alaskans delivered on its promise? In cooperation with the Washington Post, Need to Know examines whether a plan to promote the welfare of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised has instead enriched non-native executives and shortchanged taxpayers.

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Nate Silver on why the polls don’t always add up

As the midterms approach, political junkies can’t help checking the polls every morning. But interpreting them can be tricky. So we asked Nate Silver, founder of FiveThirtyEight.com, to help us out.

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Fixing public schools: Davis Guggenheim on “Waiting for Superman”

Davis Guggenheim, director of the new documentary “Waiting for “Superman,” discusses the American education system, its problems and some solutions.

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Audio: Cow power not cutting it

By converting methane gas from manure into electricity, some California farmers are encountering unforeseen environmental problems.

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Video: Need to Know, October 8, 2010: A special report on the jobs crisis

This week, Need to Know brings you an hour-long special report on the jobs crisis, profiling the different faces of unemployment. And we talk to Robert Reich and Sara Horowitz about what can be done about joblessness.

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Hardly working: Steve Brodner on the jobs crisis

As part of Need to Know’s hour-long focus on jobs, editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner wonders why some corporations are raking in big profits, even as the unemployment crisis grips the country and puts people out of work.

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Interactive: Jobless rates in context

A look at different age groups and how their unemployment rate has moved since 1978, a time period that includes several recessions, most dramatically between mid-1981 through late-1982 and late-2007 through mid-2009.