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Need to Know, August 27, 2010

This week on Need to Know: The price of gas. In collaboration with ProPublica, correspondent John Larson travels to Wyoming, where some say the controversial method of extracting natural gas known hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is polluting their water. Then we visit Harry Shearer, the comic writer and actor, in New Orleans, the subject of his documentary “The Big Uneasy.” On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Shearer punctures some of the myths that have been told about the disaster.

Then: What do the Ground Zero mosque controversy and Glenn Beck’s “restoring honor” rally have in common? Glenn Back says nothing. But as Alison Stewart points out, there is, in fact, a connection. Plus: New York Times public health reporter Gardiner Harris discusses who is — and who isn’t — protecting our nation’s food supply. And resident satirist Andy Borowitz predicts the winners of this weekend’s Emmy Awards.

Watch the individual segments:
The Price of gas

In collaboration with ProPublica, Need to Know correspondent John Larson investigates the practice of fracking, which some Wyoming residents say is polluting their water.
Food safety and the egg recall

Need to Know talks to reporter Gardiner Harris about food safety and regulations that are highlighted by this latest case of tainted eggs.
Glenn Beck and the Ground Zero mosque

Glenn Beck has said his rally at the Lincoln Memorial this weekend has “nothing to do” with the Ground Zero mosque controversy. But as Alison Stewart points out, the two may in fact have something in common.
Unnatural disaster

Need to Know follows Harry Shearer, the writer and comic actor, through New Orleans, as he punctures the myths and misconceptions about Hurricane Katrina.
Next week’s news: Emmy edition

Andy Borowitz worries that people will start dressing up like characters from “Mad Men,” and offers some classic TV shows to emulate instead.