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Is there a ‘liberal gene’?

Political preferences may, in part, be attributed to genetics, according to a study released just before Election Day. So will people start “designing” babies with politics in mind? Need to Know spoke with the study’s author.


Ask Amy: Craft tips and other advice from comedian Amy Sedaris

Need to Know is taking questions for Amy Sedaris, the comedian and master do-it-yourselfer, about her new book, “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.”

Transcript: George Packer on ‘The Empty Chamber’

A transcript of Tom Casciato’s extended interview with The New Yorker’s George Packer.


  What your pumpkin says about you

An unscientific analysis of what your Halloween Jack O’Lantern is telling the neighbors about you.


  Too early, too often

Blogger Matthew Yglesias on what’s wrong with the way America votes.


  How to be mayor of Chicago

In our new advice column, Just Ask, Peter Sagal advises a longtime politico on how to reshape his image.


  A political song and dance

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham talks to the director and star of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” about the show’s contemporary relevance.


  Andrew Jackson is back, ‘Bloody’ and a rock star

Andrew Jackson has a new constituency: Broadway musical fans. Jackson biographer Jon Meacham spoke with the director of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Warning: Video contains singing and dancing.


  Facts all come with points of view

An NPR librarian considers all facts.