Need to Know, August 5, 2011: Breast cancer trials, Rick Perry’s ambitions, cyberweapons

The threat of a cyberattack has been a growing concern to national security experts for some time, amid fears of what might happen if a malicious hacker could take out a power grid or cause the meltdown of a nuclear plant. This week, we delve into the story of Stuxnet, the sophisticated and devastating computer virus that may launch a 21st century global arms race.

We also visit six women undergoing three different clinical trials for breast cancer treatments that may someday lead to breakthroughs in how breast cancer is treated. Journalist Ken Herman also sits down with Alison Stewart to discuss the presidential ambitions of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

And: Author Benjamin Skinner discusses his research exposing modern-day slavery, and Alison Stewart visits New York City’s High Line park to see how urban parks help neighborhood economies flourish.

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Six women, many small steps toward breast cancer breakthroughs

Dr. Emily Senay takes a look at the difficult road to advancement in cancer treatment by examining three clinical trials for breast cancer. One is a revolutionary way to test new chemotherapy treatments; another explores whether freezing breast cancer tumors can one day replace surgery; and the third investigates whether scalp cooling can save the hair of patients who undergo chemotherapy. (Original Air Date: March 25th, 2011)

Ken Herman on Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions

This Saturday Texas Governor Rick Perry is holding a call to prayer in Houston. This is the just latest in a series of steps that seem to put Perry in line for a presidential run in 2012. Need to Know Host Alison Stewart talks to Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman about Governor Rick Perry’s accomplishments in Texas and his national ambitions.

Benjamin Skinner on the world of modern-day slavery

Alison Stewart interviews Benjamin Skinner, investigative journalist and author of “A Crime So Monstrous,” about his work exposing the world of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. (Original Air Date: June 17th, 2011)

The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

Need to Know visits the High Line, a flowering oasis built atop an old train trestle on Manhattan’s west side. It has drawn millions of admiring locals and tourists. But it’s more than just a nice place to relax and take in the view — it’s an economic engine. The project is being credited with generating more than $2 billion in urban development, everything from condos to restaurants to art galleries.  (Update of piece originally aired on September 17th, 2010)

Cracking the code: Defending against the superweapons of the 21st century cyberwar

As the White House unveils a new international cyber security strategy, Need To Know delves into the story of Stuxnet – the sophisticated and devastating computer virus that may launch a 21st century global arms race. (Original Air Date: May 20th, 2011)

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The threat of attack has been a growing concern to national security experts for some time. Imagine what would happen if a malicious hacker could take out a power grid or cause the meltdown of a nuclear plant.
 

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