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Need to Know, June 10, 2011: Clinical trials overseas, legacy of nuclear waste, Brian Greene and the multiverse

This week on Need to Know, we feature an investigation into the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry. Has insufficient oversight of foreign clinical trials led to dangerous drugs becoming available or staying on the U.S. market?

We also delve into the problem of nuclear waste storage in the U.S. As policymakers turn to nuclear energy as a necessary part of our energy policy, the question of where nuclear waste will go remains unanswered. Theoretical physicist Brian Greene also joins us to discuss what science tells us about the possibility of multiple universes and different planes of reality.

And: We visit several up-and-coming gourmet food trucks that have been proliferating on streets throughout the country as a model of thriving entrepreneurship borne from the recession, and editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner conducts an illustrated interview with author Eduardo Porter on the rise of income inequality in the U.S.

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Clinical trials

This week on Need to Know, we feature an investigation into the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry.  Has insufficient oversight of foreign clinical trials led to dangerous drugs becoming available or staying on the U.S. market?

Legacy of waste: The high cost of nuclear power

As nuclear energy is touted as a necessary part of U.S. energy policy, and plans are in the works to construct the first new nuclear power reactors in decades, there is still no resolution to the question of where we store all the waste from those power plants. The Maine Yankee power plant, closed years ago, is just the starting point to a report on the high costs of indecision. (Original Air Date: September 24th, 2010).

A look at the universe with Brian Greene

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 one universe at all. (Original Air Date: February 18th, 2011).

Street smarts: The proliferation of gourmet food trucks on city streets

Since the recession, many entrepreneurs have found success by selling gourmet food on streets across the country. One of these businessmen is Oleg Voss, who lost his job as an investment banker and now sells schnitzel from a truck. (Original Air Date: October 15th, 2010).

Big thinkers on how to fix American education

In the latest installment of Need to Know’s Fixing America series, we asked educators, policy makers and other big thinkers how they would put the country’s education system on the path to straight A’s. (Original Air Date: April 15, 2011).

Income inequality in America: An illustrated interview

Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner conducts an “illustrated interview” with author Eduardo Porter about income inequality in America. (Original Air Date: March 11th, 2011).

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  • Anonymous

    Scary isn’t it? According to what I read, 40% of Americans are on some sort of Prescription drug, up from 30% since advertising has been allowed on TV and Print Media. We have 28% of all the over 21 age women on anti-depressants. 8% of men.

    I am not surprised at the report.

    I watch, as drug companies are sued. They pay $100 million in fines but profited by $1 Billion.
    Not a bad trade off, 10% Risk and 90% Profit.

    Seems Ford had to pay big time when Nadar came out with “unsafe at any speed”. We don’t seem to have courageous Ralph Nadars out there. If there are, the drug company hires them at double salary to neutralize them or bribe a Congressman to put them out of business.

    Profit and lots of it, kickbacks to doctors, and having risk that is only 10% of the Reward laws.

    Until we make it very expensive for Drug Companies to release these “poisons for profit” on the public, it will continue. It will only change if we, the people who are the government, demand these businesses go out of business if they poison people.