Tom Casciato

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Tim Tebow, Bill Maher and me

In a bifurcated, dichotomized, red-blue America, is it possible to be a fan of both Tim Tebow and Bill Maher? Need to Know’s Tom Casciato makes the case for how both men are more alike than some might think.

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Why you’re wrong about who’s going to be elected president next year

Newt Gingrich’s campaign may be falling apart, but history, and Need to Know’s Tom Casciato, tell us one thing: whatever we think we know we don’t know.

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Loving Joni Mitchell: You don’t have to be gay

Sparked by a line in last year’s film, “The Kids Are All Right,” Tom Casciato defends his long-term love affair with the music of Joni Mitchell.

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Rock ‘n’ roll, drugs and sex (in that order)

Whether you’re interested in tales of salaciousness and debauchery or only care about the music, you’ll get satisfaction from “Life,” the new memoir by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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John Lennon, like he means it

Reflections on John Lennon in the post-Beatle years from Need to Know’s Tom Casciato.

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Video: George Packer and Tom Udall on the Senate’s ‘empty chamber’

Need to Know talks with The New Yorker’s George Packer and Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico about gridlock in the U.S. Senate, once thought to be the greatest deliberative body in the world.

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Audio: The broken Senate

In a recent New Yorker article, George Packer described the Senate as a “sclerotic, wasteful, unhappy body.” He spoke with Need to Know.

Transcript: George Packer on ‘The Empty Chamber’

A transcript of Tom Casciato’s extended interview with The New Yorker’s George Packer.

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A balancing act with Iran

A rare inside look at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran, his nuclear ambitions and the citizens who support or criticize him.