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Need to Know, April 27, 2012: Sea-level rise, death on the border

The city of Norfolk, Va., is grappling with massive flooding caused by sea-level rise. Plus, an update to last week’s investigation into the death of an illegal immigrant after he had been beaten and tased by U.S. border agents. Scott Simon hosts.


  Need to Know, April 20, 2012: Crossing the line

In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border patrol agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Ray Suarez hosts.


  Need to Know, Friday, April 13, 2012: Power to the people

This week, Need to Know travels to California to explore the state’s “experiment in democracy,” where ordinary citizens, not elected officials, are responsible for redistricting.


  Need to Know, Friday, April 6, 2012: Help Wanted

In this month’s “Help Wanted” edition, Need to Know travels to Philadelphia to examine the city’s ambitious plan to reach out to and re-engage high school dropouts.


  Need to Know, Friday, March 30, 2012: Texas justice

Texas is taking the lead on an innovative treatment plan to keep former prisoners from committing new crimes. Jeff Greenfield hosts.


  Need to Know, Friday, March 23, 2012: Update on military veterans

Maria Hinojosa updates her report about military veterans who have difficulty finding work and, in some cases, have become homeless after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


  Need to Know, March 16, 2012: Revisiting ‘The Corner,’ bridging the racial divide

Scott Simon returns to Baltimore to see how the chronically unemployed are faring, and a Vietnamese-American essayist discusses bridging the racial divide in Philadelphia.


  Need to Know, March 9, 2012: Cleaning up the tax mess

Need to Know’s Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts who debate how to rewrite the tax code to make it simpler and fairer and produce more revenue.


  Need to Know, March 2, 2012: ‘Help Wanted’ in Ohio

Need to Know profiles four struggling Ohioans and asks how recent improvements in the economy might affect their votes this year.

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