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  Need to Know: Can Medicare be fixed?

This week on Need to Know, Anchor Ray Suarez talk with three experts about Medicare’s costly future.

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  Interview: Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris

Seth Harris, acting Secretary of Labor on the challenges of our new economy.

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Medicare: Past, present and future

Medicare and what to do about it is one of the most bedevilling issues facing the nation. Both political parties and interest groups from the AARP to the AMA are trying to find a way to shore up the increasingly expensive program. There’s no denying that Medicare is a popular program.

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  After Newtown: Gun policy

Much has been made this week about what, if anything, will happen legislatively regarding gun control. But the less reported story is that over the last few years, dozens of states have significantly rolled back gun restrictions.

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  Need to Know: November 23, 2012: Employment’s new look

Need to Know profiles two innovative jobs programs at opposite ends of the country.

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  Cleaning up the tax mess

How do we make our tax code simpler and fairer? And how do we produce more revenue without stifling job creation? Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts who debate how to fix the tax mess.

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  Marcos Villatoro on how a government jobs program changed his father’s life

Essayist Marcos Villatoro recalls how FDR’s decision to create the Civilian Conservation Corps saved a generation of unemployed Americans, including his own father.

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  The view from Main Street

Need to Know traveled to New Hampshire, which boasts better economic numbers than most places in the U.S. But there’s also a more troubling story: how the downturn has wounded the middle class in a way that feels more permanent than temporary.

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  Fixing government: Kurt Andersen on getting Republicans and Democrats to work together

Kurt Andersen, author and host of public radio’s “Studio 360,” says lawmakers should get to know each other by spending a minimum number of days together in Washington, D.C.

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