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Need to Know, February 18, 2011: The universe(s), Egypt’s future and fracking

This week, physicist Brian Greene explains some of the scientific evidence around the theory of multiple universes, the topic of his new book “The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos.”

Back in this reality, we provide an update to our previous reports on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). We speak with ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten about recent allegations that fracking may violate the Clean Water Act.

Also, following Hosni Mubarak’s resignation as president of Egypt, Alison Stewart speaks with Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation to discuss what may come of the country’s new political structure. Need to Know producer Mona Iskander also provides a personal essay about her experience watching the Egypt protests unfold.

And: Jon Meacham speaks with Parag Khanna, author of “How to Run the World: Charting the Course to the Next Renaissance,” which offers a road map for dealing with an increasingly multipolar and fragmented world.

Tune in this Friday, February 18 — check your local listings for details, or check back here to watch the full episode online.
Watch the individual segments:

The Watch List: Update on fracking

Following the release of a new congressional report alleging potential violations of the Clean Water Act, Need to Know and ProPublica update an investigation of the gas drilling process known as fracking.

Abrahm Lustgarten

ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten discusses the ongoing issues between the oil and gas companies and the EPA regarding the use of diesel fuel in the hydraulic fracturing process.

For Egypt … What’s next?

Alison Stewart interviews Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation to discuss the likely new political structure in Egypt.

Egypt: Personal essay

Need to Know producer Mona Iskander, an Egyptian-American, watched the ouster of Hosni Mubarak with special interest. She shares her personal observations and introduces us to a blogger/activist she first met while reporting on Egypt several years ago.

Interview: Parag Khanna

Jon Meachaminterviews author Parag Khanna about his new book, “How To Run the World.”

A look at the universe

Theoretical physicist and New York Times best-selling author Brian Greene explains, among other things, how the universe is like a muffin, and why there’s actually not just one universe.

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