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Karla Murthy


The new poor: Baby boomers in the jobless crisis

A wife and husband in Portland, Ore., who have lost their business are forced to sell off their possessions just to avoid losing their home.


One step forward: A jobs program provides hope for the unemployed

Need to Know travels to Mississippi to see whether an experimental jobs program there can deliver hope to the unemployed.


Uniform justice

Veterans’ courts are being set up around the country to help veterans suffering from untreated mental health problems. But are these courts giving special treatment to veterans? Need to Know correspondent Maria Hinojosa went to Texas to find out.


K’naan: From Mogadishu to the global stage

World attention will be on Africa this week as the World Cup begins. Need to Know sat down with Somali rapper K’Naan, whose song “Wavin’ Flag” was chosen as the theme of the this year’s tournament.


It’s the jobs, stupid

Encouraging signs about the rise of entrepreneurship in the U.S. surface, but the scarcity of jobs remains extreme.


Bridging the gender wage gap

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women who work full time earn about 77 cents for every dollar that men earn annually, despite the fact that women tend to be more educated than working men.  And the numbers are even more discouraging for women of color: African-American women earn 61 cents, and Latinas [...]


Video: Is the Texas school board rewriting history?

Members of the Texas education board open a new front in the culture wars with a push for ideologically driven curriculum standards.


Video: Is ‘capitalism’ a dirty word?

Members of the Texas education board debate the merits of “capitalism” versus “free-enterprise system.”


Chinese ‘currency manipulation’ and what it means for U.S. trade

What’s behind the U.S.’s renewed concerns over China’s valuation of its currency?