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  Need to Know, September 3, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Record spending on political campaigns. An experimental jobs program in Mississippi. And the true cost of the federal bank bailout.


Unnatural disaster: The fifth anniversary of Katrina

Need to Know follows Harry Shearer, the writer and comic actor, through New Orleans, as he punctures the myths and misconceptions about Hurricane Katrina.


  Gulf update: The toll on Grand Isle

Need to Know follows up on a previous report and travels to Grand Isle, Louisiana, to see how residents there are coping with the Gulf oil spill, more than 100 days after it began.


  End of the road for Grand Isle?

A documentary portrait of the community of Grand Isle, La., which is facing economic ruin from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


  The oil reaches Grand Isle

As a part of journalistic collaboration The Climate Desk (, Need To Know travels to the Louisiana town of Grand Isle with reporter Mac McClelland where frustration and uncertainty are spreading in the wake of the oil spill.


  Need to Know, June 4, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill and renewable energy.


  Big Oil’s influence in the Gulf

Oil drilling is a major part of the Louisiana economy. And in return, says one observer, the state has become Big Oil’s “PR department.”


As crews race to clean up Gulf, some turn to a low-tech approach

The absorptive qualities of hair make it an effective way to soak up the oil in the Gulf.

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