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Lauren Feeney


is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work has taken her from the crime-infested streets of west Philadelphia to the mountains of northern Pakistan. Before joining Need to Know, Lauren was the senior multimedia producer for PBS’s Wide Angle. Feeney is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Nannies to get new protections in New York, but is more needed?

New York is poised to sign the nation’s first law protecting the rights of nannies and other domestic workers. But can working moms afford it? And is national childcare reform needed?

A tax even my dad can get behind

Reading The Financial Page in this week’s New Yorker on the subway this morning got me so fired up that I was tempted to turn to the guy standing next to me to express my outrage. Knowing nothing about him, I was sure he’d agree. James Surowieki, arguing for a millionaire tax bracket, writes that [...]

From a friend in Pakistan

I received this e-mail this morning from a very close friend who lives in a remote valley high in the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan. We visited his valley in the summer of 2005. (You can see photos of what it looked like then, here.) Dear Cam and Lauren, There is a big flooding in Kalasha [...]


Video: Ute Lemper: Carrying the torch

Cabaret singer Ute Lemper, renowned for her interpretations of the works of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, has recently added American poet Charles Bukowski to her eclectic repertoire.


BP: No oil flowing into the Gulf

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Gen. David Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of American forces in Afghanistan.


Past vs. future in Afghanistan

The U.S. military is focused on the future, but Afghan culture venerates the past.


Audio: Women at the jirga

The idea of reconciling with the Taliban has been of particular concern to women, who fear that their hard-won rights could be negotiated away.


Could Karzai reconcile with the Taliban?

One of the thornier issues expected to come up during Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington is the Afghan president’s plans for reconciliation with the Taliban.