This week Americans expecting unemployment benefits may be in for a shock — what you need to know about companies hired to challenge unemployment claims. Shoddy financial practices, accusations of fraud — the mortgage mess has turned into the foreclosure scandal. Need to Know investigates who’s to blame and how to undo the damage. More than 200 years in the making, a new musical introduces us to America’s first war-hero-rock-star president. Find out which early 19th century political themes resonate today as Jon Meacham gets a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Broadway’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” And, we welcome a new contributor from Chicago. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” has some advice for a mayoral candidate in his hometown.
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|Benefits in doubt
As unemployment has grown in America, so has business for firms that help employers process, and in many cases challenge, unemployment claims. Need to Know Financial correspondent, Stacey Tisdale examines these third-party administrators, as they’re known, and discovers that many of the newly jobless, who expect to get by on unemployment benefits for a while, are in for a rude awakening.
|In response: Conflict minerals
Following up on our report about the mass rapes that occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo this summer, Need to Know examines the issue of minerals that help fund the rebels who committed the assaults, and what we as consumers can do to avoid inadvertently contributing to the conflict.
On the “Watch List” segment this week, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham discusses the latest revelations in the home foreclosure fraud scandal with Michael Hudson, author of “The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America — and Spawned a Global Crisis.”
|The gridlocked American dream
Need to Know reports on how families hit hard by the housing crisis are also getting slammed by rising transportation costs.
|A political song and dance
Need to Know anchor and Andrew Jackson biographer Jon Meacham interviews writer-director Alex Timbers and leading man Benjamin Walker of the new Broadway musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” about the show’s contemporary political relevance. Hear more from Timbers about his creative vision for the show in this First Look video.
|How to be mayor of Chicago
Need to Know has a new contributor: Peter Sagal, best known as the host of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” In his new role as advice columnist for Need to Know, he offers counsel for a certain former Obama adviser looking for a job change.