Brian Lee

BP statements on its troubled refinery in Texas City

BP responds to ProPublica’s reporting on the spewing of toxins from its refinery in Texas City, two weeks before the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Video: The battle over unemployment

Chrystia Freeland, global editor at large for Reuters, talks with Jon Meacham about the nation’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate, and the debate over how to fix the economy.

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Video: Outside the wire

Need to Know profiles two young enlisted women in the U.S. Air Force who serve a crucial, and dangerous, role in the current wars: disarming roadside bombs.

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Slideshow: Travels with the truck farm

Photos and audio by Stephanie Hughes Not many big-city residents have access to large patches of dirt.  That means urban gardeners have to get creative with the places they plant fruits and vegetables. Filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis (known best for the movie “King Corn”) decided to use the back of a 1986 Dodge [...]

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Driven to abstraction: Why Obama’s words are not reaching us

When Obama compares the oil spill to 9/11, his words zoom right past the part of our brains that need him most. “The Invisible Gorilla” authors explain.

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Video: Need to Know, July 2, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Russian spies? A gathering of big thinkers on the oil spill and our energy future. And the quest for female Viagra.

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Video: Next Week’s News: Independence Day edition

The Fourth of July is a time to be with family and friends, to celebrate our freedoms as Americans, and to ask this question: “Are my neighbors Russian spies?”

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Video: Can we stop the spies?

Author and reporter Tim Weiner talks to Need to Know about the alleged Russian spy ring, and whether its members posed a legitimate threat to the U.S.

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Video: Frank talk

Food designer Eugene D. Gagliardi Jr. speaks to Need to Know about his latest invention, which aims to make hot dogs safer for kids.