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Need to Know Transcript – August 20, 2010

As American troops pull back from combat positions in Iraq, just what sort of Iraq is the U.S. leaving?


On the line: Inside a veterans crisis hotline

Need to Know presents VII Magazine, a new journalistic partnership with VII Photo, which will give our readers unprecedented intimate access to the work of the world’s leading photojournalists. Every day, our partners at VII will showcase a new photo, and each week, a new video or audio slideshow. This week At an office in [...]


Thursday morning roundup

Mideast peace talks commence, unemployment claims drop and insomniacs are warned.


Wednesday morning roundup

The U.S. combat mission in Iraq ends, Tony Blair tells all and jittery investors seek refuge in gold.

Alan Lomax’s Haitian diary

From “The Breaking of the Cakes” (an epiphany ceremony). January, 1937 Courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity [The] use of a Christian date for a Vodou ceremony is typical of the whole Haitian religious complex here. For example, the official church lithographs of the saints form the principal wall decoration for every Vodou altar, [...]


For Haiti to move forward, we must return to our culture

The president of Université Quisqueya asks: why has the “Pearl of the Antilles” turned into a place most observers compare to hell?


Tuesday morning roundup

Films in Venice, Hurricane Earl, and the dangers of teetotaling.


Video: Haiti’s lost music

In 1936, American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax preserved Haiti’s cultural identity in more than 1,500 audio and film recordings. Need to Know traveled with his daughter, Anna Lomax Wood, to watch and listen as she carried on the legacy of her father’s work by bringing the lost melodies back to a quake-zone community.


Video: Need to Know, August 27, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Polluted water in Wyoming. The fifth anniversary of Katrina. And the connection between Glenn Beck and the Ground Zero mosque.