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Need to Know, August 24, 2012: The battle for Ohio

A careful look at Republican efforts to carry Ohio, a state deemed critical to their chances of winning the general election.


Need to Know, August 17, 2012: Obesity in America

We report on the nation’s high obesity and diabetes rates, which are disproportionately impacting children in low-income communities.


Need to Know, August 10, 2012: Paradise lost in Palau?

Need to Know reports from the Pacific Island nation of Palau on the island country’s efforts to hold the world’s leading industrial powers legally responsible the environmental damage they cause.


Need to Know, August 3, 2012: Rahm’s grand plan

Need to Know reports on Chicago’s crumbling infrastructure and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to fix it by partnering with private businesses in lieu of raising taxes.


  Need to Know: July 27, 2012: Living on the financial edge

We take an in-depth look at the difficult spending decisions facing the nation’s working poor.


  Need to Know, July 20, 2012: Crossing the line, part 2

Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of physical abuse, sexual assault and even torture at the U.S. border with Mexico.


  Need to Know: July 13, 2012: Braking the banks

Need to Know profiles Better Markets, a nonprofit advocacy organization that believes additional banking regulations are needed to prevent another financial meltdown. Jeff Greenfield hosts.


  Need to Know, July 6, 2012: Cleaning up the tax mess

This week, Need to Know’s Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts including former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer; Emory University tax law expert Dorothy Brown; Bruce Bartlett, who served presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush; and Cato Institute economist Dan Mitchell.


  Need to Know, June 29, 2012: Solving poverty in America

Need to Know examines a successful experimental program in Oakland, Calif., designed to help the working poor emerge from poverty. Anchor Maria Hinojosa interviews Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan discusses society’s duty to the poor.

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