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Slideshow: Black and blue: Portraits of the Gulf

In anticipation of the TEDx conference on Monday, June 28, which will gather together some big brains to share their thoughts, ideas and experience on the Gulf oil spill, photographers Kris Krüg, James Duncan Davidson and Pinar Özger, traveled to the region to document the effects of the spill from plane, truck and boat.

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Interactive: Oil spill interactive: How much oil are we talking about?

How many blimps would the spilled oil fill? How many swimming pools? This interactive gives a day-by-day snapshot of how much oil we’re talking about.

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Chicken soup for the graduate’s soul?

It’s commencement season again. But inspiring graduates facing such grim job prospects is no easy task. Need to Know highlights some of this year’s best commencement advice.

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Video: Need to Know, June 18, 2010

Our correspondents travel to the Gulf to look at the oil spill from multiple vantage points. We also examine America’s renewed fascination with gold, and talk to Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist K’naan.

An expedition to the Gulf

World Wildlife Fund ethnobotanist Darron Collins traveled with a team of photographers for an upcoming TED event to survey the effects of the oil spill. Here is a first look at what they found.

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Video: America’s modern gold rush

Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor of The Financial Times, talks about the latest fascination with gold in America, and whether gold is actually a good investment.

Video: The black hole in the Gulf

Getting a clear picture of the devastation in the Gulf has been difficult. Need to Know asked illustrator Steve Brodner to help us visualize the size of the spill.

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The British backlash

While President Obama’s tough talk about BP has put some minds to rest here in the US, many in the British media are characterizing his tone as decidedly anti-Anglo.

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Video: This week’s financial news with Gillian Tett

Alison Stewart talks with Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of The Financial Times, about this week’s headlines, including BP’s escrow account and financial reform.