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William Brangham


Video: The sea also rises: What climate change means for coastal communities

The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is already experiencing the effects of sea-level rise. We explore how one American city is dealing with a problem that may soon be on all our doorsteps.


Video: Poll positioning

With nearly a dozen states rewriting their voting laws, Need to Know examines the potential impact on voter turnout in Ohio.


Video: Dave Zirin on civil rights, baseball and booing Carlos Santana

Earlier this spring, Major League Baseball held its annual gala Civil Rights weekend in Atlanta, where baseballs luminaries from past and present gather to honor their sports long tradition of racial diversity. But as The Nation’s sportswriter Dave Zirin tells us, when musician and fellow honoree Carlos Santana took to the podium, not everyone in Atlanta was cheering.


Video: The reckoning: Assessing the economic toll of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, but during the 10 years since he masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, he has cost the United States billions. Need to Know looks at the economic toll bin Laden exacted on the U.S.


On terrorist watch list, but allowed to buy guns

Hundreds of people suspected of having ties to terrorism bought guns in the U.S. last year — and it’s all totally legal.


Video: Are public employee unions to blame for states’ budget woes?

Governors from across the country say that public union workers’ salaries and benefits are wreaking havoc with their state budgets. But are state workers really to blame for the economic plight of states?


What to do about the states’ budget crises?

States and cities across the country are in financial straits right now. The recent recession caused steep declines in state revenues, while simultaneously driving up the demand for government social services. This one-two punch has left many localities reeling.


Video: Climate change at the doorstep in Norfolk

Norfolk, Va. is already experiencing the effects of sea level rise. A report on how the city is dealing with a problem that may soon be on all our doorsteps.


Video: Guns battle: Attitudes about firearms after the Arizona tragedy

In the wake of the Arizona tragedy last week, Need to Know updates its story about gun rights activists and examines the current state of gun control laws in the U.S.