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Alison Stewart


Alison Stewart is co-anchor of PBS’s TV and web newsmagazine Need to Know. She has reported and anchored for ABC News, CBS News, NPR, NBC News, MSNBC and MTV News, where she won a Peabody for her work covering the Presidential Elections in 1992. Prior to Joining Need to Know, Alison was the founding host of NPR’s breakthrough multiplatform news program, “The Bryant Park Project,” the first public radio news program to seamlessly incorporate audio, video and social media. She also guest hosted the network’s flagship programs “Weekend Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” FULL PROFILE»


Audio: How green is my country?

The race is on to develop sustainable solutions to climate change. Can the U.S. compete?


Audio: Is the population bomb ever going to explode?

World Population day was July 11, 2010. Did you even know that? Environmentalists and human rights advocates regularly point to a growing world population as a potential source of strife. But one environmental author doesn’t agree. Fred Pearce is an environmental and investigative journalist. His books include “Confessions of an Eco Sinner” and “PeopleQuake,” in [...]


Audio: A conversation with a pro-drilling environmentalist

Amanda Little describes her personal experience on an off-shore oil rig and her optimistic belief that American ingenuity can solve our energy problems.


Audio: Criminal justice or social work?

The debate over special problem-solving courts for juveniles, veterans, drug abusers and even sex offenders.


How green was my organic milk?

Think you’re saving the environment by buying organic or fueling your car with corn oil? Think again. Heather Rogers, author of Green Gone Wrong, How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, says that “green” products aren’t always as environmentally responsible as they appear.


Audio: The civil war over climate change

Why has it been so hard for America to come to grips with climate change? Why do so many people believe it isn’t really happening?


While I was rehearsing in New York, my credit card was shopping in Arkansas

Last Friday I opened my credit card statement and there in a row were 20 charges made in one day, April 22, at Walmart in Arkansas. I live in New York. On April 22 I was at the first dress rehearsal for Need to Know in New York City. Someone hacked my credit card, went [...]


Essay: Thurgood Marshall and the ‘flawed document’

Alison Stewart discusses former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s mentor and one-time candidate for removal from Texas social studies textbooks.


Vampires, werewolves and … ducks. A chat with Charlaine Harris

What is it like to be the creator of a bestselling series of books (and the inspiration for HBO’s ‘True Blood’). Alison Stewart speaks with Charlaine Harris.