In this new web series, Need to Know dissects the rhetoric of the campaign trail. This week: The annals of “treason” are filled with some of history’s most reviled traitors. Now, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has suggested a new candidate: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Need to Know travels to Iowa to examine a unique futures market that may be better at predicting winning political candidates than traditional polling methods.
Activists in San Francisco have created a new way of getting companies to do good: the anti-boycott. It uses carrots, not sticks, to get companies to do good.
While the media and political junkies follow the candidates’ every move, the real action is happening out of the public eye, where congressional districts are being redrawn.
Science journalist Chris Mooney explains how our pre-existing beliefs, far more than facts, color our conclusions about the world, from politics to religion.
It’s been one of the deadliest tornado seasons on record. But meteorologist Harold Brooks of the National Severe Storms Laboratory warns: don’t blame it all on global warming.
Need to Know delves into the story of Stuxnet, the sophisticated and devastating computer virus that may launch a 21st century global arms race.
An out-of-control train is hurtling down the track toward four trapped hikers. What do you do? Test your moral intuitions in life-or-death situations with this interactive quiz.
Whether it’s a foul at the end of a basketball game or a an out-of-control train bearing down on four innocent people, human beings often choose to do nothing. Why? Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim, author of “Scorecasting,” explains.