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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at and


How do Israelis and Americans feel about the drumbeat toward war with Iran?

The smell of gunpowder is in the air. Polls show war-weary Americans have a surprisingly large appetite for war with Iran. Israelis, however, feel much differently.


A revolution unfinished: One year after Mubarak’s ouster, Egypt’s fate remains uncertain

Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations says of Egypt, “The uprising certainly overthrew a leader, but it didn’t overthrow a political order.”


Video: Anthony Shadid, who died Thursday in Syria, on the status of Christians in the Middle East

Anthony Shadid, an award-winning New York Times correspondent who died Thursday in Syria, spoke to Need to Know in December about religious tension in the region.


Video: Need to Know, February 10, 2012: Student debt, college and religion

Need to Know looks at the dilemma many students face: Skip college or rack up mountains of debt. Then we ask: Does going to college make you less religious?


Video: Presidentiality: Are colleges encouraging atheism?

Are colleges anti-religion? Our “Presidentiality” series examines a claim by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum that higher education breeds secularism.


Another big problem with Newt Gingrich’s ‘food stamp’ claim

Newt Gingrich has come under fire for calling President Obama ‘the food stamp president.’ As it turns out, food stamps are one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy during a recession.


Need to Know, January 27, 2012: Florida, seniors and entitlements

Need to Know anchor Jeff Greenfield travels to Florida to see how candidates are balancing calls for entitlement reform with winning over seniors.


Need to Know’s Jeff Greenfield discusses GOP debate on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’

Need to Know host Jeff Greenfield appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday to discuss the Republican presidential debate and the crucial Florida primary next Tuesday.


The presidential debates are broken. Help us fix them.

Inane questions. Strict time limits. Realty TV fanfare. The presidential debates are broken. Help us fix them. We’re crowd-sourcing your best ideas for how to make the debates better.