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Mark Ruffalo a terror threat? Seems not.

Actor Mark Ruffalo has reportedly been placed on a terror advisory list by Pennsylvania officials after publicly criticizing natural gas drilling. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Ruffalo told GQ magazine that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security put him on such a list after he organized screenings for “Gasland,” an HBO documentary about a [...]

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Generation jobless: ‘Millennials’ struggle with unemployment

As part of an hour-long focus on unemployment, Need to Know looks at two younger people, “millennials” as they’re called, who are struggling to find jobs and start their careers.

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Need to Know asks the economist why the Millennium Development Goals have achieved so little traction in the U.S.

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The price of gas: A Need to Know investigation

In collaboration with ProPublica, Need to Know correspondent John Larson investigates the practice of “fracking,” which some Wyoming residents say is polluting their water.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo speaks out against fracking

Actor Mark Ruffalo, a resident of upstate New York, talks to Need to Know about the controversial oil and gas drilling practice known as “fracking,” which he opposes.

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Video: Free at last: The David Lewis story

David Lewis, a prison reform advocate who founded the organization Free At Last, saved lives. Then last month, his own life was taken, and the crime remains unsolved.

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Video: Lives on hold

The Pentagon estimates that one in five American soldiers will return from battle with a traumatic brain injury. Need to Know follows the families who look after these wounded veterans.

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Architect Frank Gehry talks LEED and the future of green building

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect talks to Need to Know about LEED and the future of green building.

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Slideshow: The art of war

The art of American combat, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.