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Six words for 9/11

In this collaboration between Need to Know and SMITH Magazine, people share six-word memoirs of what happened that fateful morning, their process of healing and the many ways in which 9/11 transformed their lives forever.

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Video: Six-word memoirs: Losing loved ones on 9/11

Three people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks tell how their lives have changed in six words.

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Study paints even bleaker portrait of Congo rapes

A new collaborative study says that sexual violence is more widespread than previously thought.

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Video: Caring for wounded veterans with traumatic brain injury

Need to Know has been following the story of military families who have given up everything to care for wounded veterans at home. Correspondent Maria Hinojosa revisits the story to find out why they are still waiting for support promised in legislation that President Obama signed last year.

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The State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his second State of the Union speech this evening. Here are five things you need to know about the annual address.

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Give pit bulls a chance says animal-rescue advocate

Many former homeless animals in the New York tri-state region are now beloved pets thanks to Dori Scofield, the director of the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, the largest municipal animal shelter in New York. The shelter houses up to 300 animals on any given day, and Scofield works tirelessly to find them all [...]

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The year in culture: 5 must-read profiles

From James Franco’s enigmatic star turn to Stanley A. McChrystal’s sudden self-implosion, 2010 was a particularly good year for the in-depth magazine profile. We selected five of the year’s best.

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Video: George Packer and Tom Udall on the Senate’s ‘empty chamber’

Need to Know talks with The New Yorker’s George Packer and Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico about gridlock in the U.S. Senate, once thought to be the greatest deliberative body in the world.

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Reaching out beyond 9/11

Need to Know talks to 9/11 widow Susan Retik about her organization to help Afghan widows.