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  Using carrots, not sticks, to get companies to do good

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.

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Working for change: Samasource redefines international aid

Need to Know profiles the founder of Samasource, an organization that brings what she calls “microwork” to some of the world’s most marginalized people.

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  Seeds of progress: How urban farming is changing Detroit’s future

Detroit’s urban farming movement is thriving, supplying fresh produce, jobs and revived communities. Desiree Cooper examines this new food-based economy and the issues holding it back.

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  The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

Need to Know visits the High Line, a flowering oasis built atop an old train trestle on Manhattan’s west side. It has drawn millions of admiring locals and tourists. But it’s more than just a nice place to relax and take in the view — it’s an economic engine.

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Restoring the Rockaways

Nestled along a residential stretch of Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway, the Seagirt Boulevard Community Garden has been a green fixture in this Queens neighborhood for over two decades. A photograph of the space from 2009 reveals row after row of neatly planted greens, herbs and flowers — some held up toward the sun by [...]

Differing views on fracking’s impact

Studies conducted on the counties above the Marcellus and Barnett Shale for example — where extensive drilling has already taken place — present mixed economic results.

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  Fixing America: Immigration reform

Following the Obama administration’s announcement to exempt several thousand young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Need to Know’s panel of experts discuss the nation’s need for immigration reform.

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  Fixing America: Christine Quinn on the path to LGBT equality

Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, offers her ideas about how LGBT communities can achieve equality.

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  In Perspective: The case for free trade and investing in ourselves

Jon Meacham proposes the case for free trade, and the need for innovation and investment in education.

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  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on America’s regulatory history

Jon Meacham examines the effect that programs initiated by Nixon, FDR and LBJ continue to have on Americans, despite unawareness of the role government plays in our everyday lives.

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  Toxic law? Chemical pollution and the EPA

Need to Know takes a look at a small town plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and the regulatory system some say has failed its residents.

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  Safety matters: Injuries and fatalities at ‘model’ workplaces

State and federal regulators have deemed that about 2,400 work sites across the country have exemplary health and safety programs. Many of these sites are part of a special program that allows them an exemption from OSHA’s regular inspections. But a recent Center for Public Integrity/iWatch News investigation found that there have been at least 80 fatalities over the last decade at dozens of VPP sites, and yet the majority have remained in the program. Need to Know takes an in-depth look.

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