We launch our new series dedicated to exploring America’s jobs crisis. We look at job insecurity in Ohio, and author David Simon discusses chronic unemployment with young men on “the corner.” Scott Simon hosts.
We visit a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA. Ray Suarez hosts.
We visit a town in Michigan for a first-hand look at the challenges faced in creating a new economy for “green jobs.” Also: The changing nature of the American garage sale.
NPR’s Scott Simon guest hosts the first episode of NTK’s new format. We look at how some cities are privatizing infrastructure to make ends meet, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets.
A special edition on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. We visit three military families to see how the nation’s longest war effort has affected military children. Also: Six-word memoirs on 9/11, and an “In Perspective” essay from Jon Meacham.
Need to Know, September 2, 2011: Water contamination at Camp Lejeune, polls and markets, crisis-mapping
We delve into the story of water contamination at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, which many believe is responsible for causing cancer among former residents. Also: The accuracy of polling, crisis-mapping, and the cost of college sports.
We explore the government’s controversial removal of horses from the wild in the western U.S. Also: Controversial changes to Texas textbooks, the link between weather and climate change, and a discussion of food politics with food writer Mark Bittman.
Need to Know, August 19, 2011: Urban farming in Detroit, consumer finance protection, gold mining in the Amazon
We look at the way urban farming has revitalized communities in Detroit. Also: The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, how hackers are using Kinect’s ‘gesture technology’ to change the way we live, and illegal gold mining in the Amazon.
We team up with news organization ProPublica to examine the harmful effects of tainted drywall manufactured in China. Also, author David Graeber on the history of debt, and journalist Jeffrey Gettleman on peace and stability in East Africa.