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Need to Know, October 21, 2011: The nuclear question

Is nuclear power a safe, cost-effective alternative to our current energy sources, or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Maria Hinojosa hosts.


Need to Know, October 14, 2011: The politics of resentment

Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.


Need to Know, October 7, 2011: Help wanted

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.


Need to Know, September 30, 2011: Chemical pollution and the EPA

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.


Need to Know, September 23, 2011: Creating ‘green jobs,’ the American garage sale

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.


Need to Know, September 16, 2011: Privatizing infrastructure, government and the private sector

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.


Need to Know, September 9, 2011: 9/11, ten years later

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.


Need to Know, August 26, 2011: Texas textbooks, wild horses, hurricanes and climate change

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.

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