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Need to Know, July 23, 2010

This week on Need to Know: putting the Shirley Sherrod saga in context. We talk to The Root’s Terence Samuel about how the media handles issues of race. Alison Stewart sits down with Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, author of “The War Lovers,” a book that draws parallels between the Spanish-American War and the war in Iraq. And Jon Meacham calls on Senator John Kerry to play the same role he played 40 years ago in the Vietnam era, by starting a debate over the war in Afghanistan.

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We also bring you a special Blueprint America report from Atlanta, where correspondent John Larson visits the most dangerous highway in Georgia. Experts say we’re falling far short in making sure our roadways are safe for pedestrians. Then Need to Know travels to Wyoming, where a rare dispute has broken out between conservationists and renewable energy advocates over the sage grouse, a candidate for the endangered species list whose habitat has been threatened by wind farms. And resident satirist Andy Borowitz gazes into the future to ask: What would Sarah Palin be like as president? The answer isn’t pretty.

Watch the individual segments:
The Shirley Sherrod saga

Need to Know speaks with Terence Samuel, deputy editor of TheRoot.com, to discuss the controversial resignation of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, and how the media handles issues of race.

“The War Lovers”

Alison Stewart speaks with Newsweek’s editor-at-large, Evan Thomas, about his book “The War Lovers,” which draws parallels between the Spanish-American War and the war in Iraq.

In perspective: Afghanistan as Vietnam

Jon Meacham calls upon Senator John Kerry to revisit a role he played 40 years ago, when Kerry took to the Senate floor to question the morality of the Vietnam War. Meacham revisits Kerry’s arguments and asks him to assess the war in Afghanistan.

Grousing at windmills

A rare dispute has broken out between conservationists and sustainability advocates in Wyoming, where the development of wind energy has endangered the fragile habitat of the sage grouse, a candidate for the endangered species list. Need to Know reports.

Crossing the line

In a Blueprint America special report, correspondent John Larson travels to Atlanta to report on the most dangerous highway for pedestrians in Georgia, Buford Highway. Roads like Buford can be found in nearly every state in the country, but Larson speaks with experts who say not enough is being done to make them safe.

Next weeks news: Palin edition

What would the former Alaska governor do as president? Need to Know’s resident satirist, Andy Borowitz, gazes into the future, all the way to the year 2012, to find out.

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A rare dispute between conservationists and renewable energy advocates has broken out in Wyoming, where wind energy development threatens the fragile habitat of the sage grouse.