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Need to Know Transcript – August 13, 2010

ALISON STEWART: I’m Alison Stewart. JON MEACHAM: And I’m Jon Meacham. Here’s what you need to know. ALISON STEWART:A big step towards changing the Internet as we know it…. The battle for access to your favorite web content. JON MEACHAM: Trying to stop the gun violence on the tough streets of Chicago. We meet a [...]

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Video: Need to Know, August 13, 2010

This week on Need to Know: An epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. Is the Google-Verizon a deal a pact for good, or evil? And Andy Borowitz takes a cue from JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater.

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With ‘Star Island,’ Carl Hiaasen takes aim at celebrity culture

Author and columnist Carl Hiaasen is known for his funny fiction and fierce commentary. Now, with his new book “Star Island,” he examines the making of tabloid fodder.

Video: Harold Pollack on youth violence

Need to Know talks with Harold Pollack, co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. to examine the causes of youth violence in Chicago and evaluate possible solutions.

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Video: Next week’s news: Inflatable slide edition

This week, Andy reflects on the epic flame-out of JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, and discusses stress in the workplace — including here at PBS.

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Video: Verizon, Google and the future of the Internet

Some fear that a pact between the two companies announced this week could undermine equal access to the internet. We talk to Need to Know contributor Rick Karr to find out what’s at stake.

Suit against BP over ‘unlawful’ release of toxic chemicals

Read the Texas attorney general’s lawsuit against BP.

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Video: Need to Know, August 6, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Life in a war zone. An embattled outpost where the U.S. military trains Afghan soldiers. Steve Mumford’s paintings of the war in Iraq. And a special pledge week edition of Next Week’s News.