Need to Know, May 25, 2012: Green jobs, volunteerism

This week's host Jeff Greenfield

Need to Know correspondent Mona Iskander updates her report from Greenville, Mich., about a town that tried to reinvent itself by bringing in a solar panel manufacturing company. But the company has struggled greatly in part because of global economic forces. Prices for solar panels have plunged in the face of Chinese competition.

Jeff Greenfield interviews David Biello, the associate editor of Scientific American, about the future of the American solar power industry.

And to coincide with Memorial Day, on “American Voices,” David Kipen, essayist and formerly the Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the value of volunteerism — and the threat it poses to working people.

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Update: It’s not easy being green

Need to Know correspondent Mona Iskander updates her report from Greenville, Mich., about a town that tried to reinvent itself by bringing in a solar panel manufacturing company.

David Biello

Jeff Greenfield interviews David Biello, the associate editor of Scientific American, about the future of the American solar power industry.

American Voices

David Kipen, essayist and former director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the value of volunteerism.

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