Need to Know, May 4, 2012: The view from Main Street, leaving Afghanistan and Dan Savage on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

HELP WANTED is an ongoing series tied to the day the national unemployment figures are released. The series will continue on the first Friday of every month through Election Day 2012, to coincide with the jobs report.

What’s on this week:

Help Wanted: The View from Main Street

How one small town in Washington state is coping with the economic crisis.

Interview: Joshua Foust

An interview with Joshua Foust, a Fellow at the American Security Project, a columnist for The Atlantic, and a contributor to the Need to Know website, about the state of the war in Afghanistan and current U.S. exit strategy.

 

American Voices

Dan Savage, a nationally syndicated sex advice columnist and co-creator of the “It Gets Better” project, a social media movement which helps prevent suicide among LGBT youth, looks at the effects on the military since “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed.

Watch more full episodes of Need to Know.

 

Comments

  • http://findajobfaster.blogspot.com/2012/05/xerox-hiring-300-workers-in-lexington.html Xerox Hiring 300

    I think most Americans believe the unemployment figures are incorrect.  Based on how people feel about the economy, they still feel like there is a real recession going on. 

  • Jamesmmorgan

    Watching the Main Street episode.  and I see such compassion, and caring… these are the values of real Americans.  Good Show…. so now, how do we fix this problem?  Not voting?, voting for the “lesser of two evils?”.  Vote for another option… vote anyone else,, Independent, Mickey Mouse, I don’t care… let’s all get together and throw those “Son’s of Bitches” out of office and elect others who might just make a change?
    The only other option, is another French Revolution…….. shall we storm Washington???
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368213578 Mary Anderson Dearing

    I live Sumner, WA, the town profiled in the Help Wanted: View from Main Street segment, though in the interests of full disclosure I live maybe 4 blocks over from Main Street, closer to the train station.  I couldn’t agree less that voting is not a way to solve our issues.  I couldn’t agree less that our candidates don’t care, I think they care very much.  What I believe is that there are no quick patches that will solve all the issues that face us.  I think it’s unrealistic to think that any one person once voted to a postion (president, on down) is a superhero that we can expect to save us from all of our problems. What we do need is more participate.  Deeper insights into issues that touch on the economy, that touch on foreign policy. We need to cultivate an attention span that allows us to absorb more than a sound bite or a 30 second political ad can give us. Then we need to vote.  We need to understand that voting is the very first level of civil participation.  We need to communicate with our leaders in letters, calls, even visits.  They need to listen to our concerns, if not always agree with our prescriptions no matter if we are members of their party or not, and sometimes we need to listen in return. We can do that.  It is far too soon to become cynical about our democracy.

  • Redquene

     Voting is important, but when Sumner council invests in companies that don’t have to pay some taxes & beef up their existence like it’s a ‘save all’ thing for the people then I don’t see how the city is supporting unemployed especially when those companies don’t really employ those here or even care when we get hurt on the job. Where was the city’s vote on that one & many votes for the backside’s land/business’s?

  • Redquene

     Voting is important, but when Sumner council invests in companies that don’t have to pay some taxes & beef up their existence like it’s a ‘save all’ thing for the people then I don’t see how the city is supporting unemployed especially when those companies don’t really employ those here or even care when we get hurt on the job. Where was the city’s vote on that one & many votes for the backside’s land/business’s?

  • John Bayless

    Yea, I watched the entire show and it is one of the most biased shows for the liberal left wing.  It is for the most part a mouthpiece for the Obama Administration.  It’s basic premise is the worship of the poor victim.  If there is a victim out there they will find him.  Just as President Obama loves pointing out victims in the audiences of his campaign stops, you guys are just as bad.  This show failed from the very beginning,  every host manages to get the heck out of town.  Maria Hinojosa has no where else to go, so she might be a keeper for you guys.

  • John Bayless

    Yea, I watched the entire show and it is one of the most biased shows for the liberal left wing.  It is for the most part a mouthpiece for the Obama Administration.  It’s basic premise is the worship of the poor victim.  If there is a victim out there they will find him.  Just as President Obama loves pointing out victims in the audiences of his campaign stops, you guys are just as bad.  This show failed from the very beginning,  every host manages to get the heck out of town.  Maria Hinojosa has no where else to go, so she might be a keeper for you guys.

  • Anonymous

    I have never been so baffled by a posting.  If anything this would hurt President Obama – it was critical of the government in several ways. I think what you are reacting to is that people in our country are actually hurting but even here this is happening on President Obama’s watch so how does it benefit President Obama?  Is it that you fear government programs that could help these people and you resent people being helped?  I just don’t get it.

  • Private Private

    Really?!! Was the show really leaning that liberal, or have so many on the right gone so far over the edge that anything in the center is too far left? It seems anytime a show just mentions Obama and does not immediately follow the name with an expletive there are conservatives that come out of the woodwork and start the “liberal media bad” rhetoric.

    Clearly this guy has not seen Need 2 Know episodes where a bunch of conservatives gang up on a liberal. Some episodes swing slightly right, some swing slightly left. Unfortunately this neo-con nutjob (sorry couldnt resist the jab) rolled “craps” and had to sit through 30mins of issues that his closed mind has little or no understanding about. LOL. I suppose his understanding of the world and its people has been expanded and that is a disappointment to him. Sorry dude…

  • Private Private

    Really?!! Was the show really leaning that liberal, or have so many on the right gone so far over the edge that anything in the center is too far left? It seems anytime a show just mentions Obama and does not immediately follow the name with an expletive there are conservatives that come out of the woodwork and start the “liberal media bad” rhetoric.

    Clearly this guy has not seen Need 2 Know episodes where a bunch of conservatives gang up on a liberal. Some episodes swing slightly right, some swing slightly left. Unfortunately this neo-con nutjob (sorry couldnt resist the jab) rolled “craps” and had to sit through 30mins of issues that his closed mind has little or no understanding about. LOL. I suppose his understanding of the world and its people has been expanded and that is a disappointment to him. Sorry dude…

  • Anonymous

     It seems as if presenting the facts is liberal left wing bias. My, the next time I see some one presenting facts, I will have to realize just how biased that is. it obviously has to be a plot against the conservatives whose “Facts” are different.

  • OCTheo

    I wish all the high-flying American CEO’s think about their employees like this guy at the tire place. It is good to know that some people still care about others in this country of greed.