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Need to Know, August 19, 2011: Urban farming in Detroit, consumer finance protection, gold mining in the Amazon

This week on Need to Know, we take a look at the urban farming movement, which has been reviving communities and supplying fresh, local produce to nearby residents. We examine how the movement has taken hold in Detroit and what challenges it faces there.

Also: We examine the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and visit one family that was allegedly taken in by a predatory lender. Author Jeff Madrick also speaks with us to discuss the consumer protections enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Veteran war photographer Ron Haviv also documents the environmental destruction illegal gold mining has caused in the Peruvian Amazon.

And: The Microsoft Kinect has revolutionized video games, but what else could it be used for? We explore how hackers have re-purposed Kinect’s “gesture technology” to potentially change the way we live.

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Neither a borrower, nor a lender

Can an agency protect consumers from making bad decisions about their finances?  We meet one military family whose situation seems tailor-made for the mission of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Jeff Madrick on the politics of protecting consumers

Jeff Madrick, author of “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970–Present,” talks with host Alison Stewart about the new consumer protections enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Seeds of progress

Detroit’s urban farming movement is thriving, supplying fresh produce, jobs and revived communities. Large-scale industrial farms are now knocking at Detroit’s door with their own plans. Desiree Cooper examines this new food-based economy and the issues holding it back.

How ‘gesture technology’ like Microsoft Kinect will change the way we live

The Microsoft Kinect has launched a revolution in gaming technology by turning the game player into the controller. Now, hackers have repurposed the Kinect to allow people to control computers and the digital world using just their body movements. Known as gesture technology, this innovation will change the way we live, from how we cook in the kitchen to the way doctors perform surgery. (Original Air Date: April 18th, 2011)

Illegal gold mining in the Amazon

With the price of gold at an all-time high, veteran war photographer Ron Haviv documents the environmental destruction illegal gold mining has caused in the Peruvian Amazon.

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