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  Jeff Greenfield on food stamps and the American safety net

In this essay, Jeff Greenfield asks, “What does it tell us about our country that so many require assistance to meet some of the most fundamental of needs?”

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AIDS in the Bible Belt

Why the Deep South is ground zero for the domestic AIDS epidemic.

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Profiles from the recession: Riding the bus in Natchez, Miss.

A new and improved public transit system –funded with stimulus dollars — helps the poor get to work in rural Mississippi.

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International development and global overpopulation

Last week, we sat down with renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs to discuss the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, the set of goals aimed at reducing the poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest countries by half by the year 2015. Since the goals were established 10 years ago, however, the U.S. has not heard much about [...]

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Need to Know asks the economist why the Millennium Development Goals have achieved so little traction in the U.S.

From a friend in Pakistan

I received this e-mail this morning from a very close friend who lives in a remote valley high in the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan. We visited his valley in the summer of 2005. (You can see photos of what it looked like then, here.) Dear Cam and Lauren, There is a big flooding in Kalasha [...]

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  Block by block: Violence in Chicago

This week, an 8-year-old girl was killed by stray gunfire in Chicago. Need to Know traveled to some of the most dangerous parts of the city to find out what’s causing the violence there.

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