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Shrinking Cities: [VIDEO] Seeds of progress: How urban farming is changing Detroit’s future

Detroit's urban farming movement is thriving, supplying fresh produce, jobs and revived communities. Desiree Cooper examines this new food-based economy and the issues holding it back.

Aug 23rd, 2011

[VIDEO] Phillip Longman and Julia Whitty on the issue of population

Alison Stewart interviews reporters Phillip Longman and Julia Whitty to discuss how the challenges of population control can be met, and just how serious they are.

Jul 15th, 2011

[VIDEO] Pollution by Population

As the world steadily marches toward record-breaking population figures, Need to Know time travels to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, a small window of time when “overpopulation” was a frightening issue that occupied a substantial slice of the American psyche.

Jul 15th, 2011

Shrinking Cities: [VIDEO] In Youngstown, it takes a village to shrink a city

Hear some voices from Youngstown, Ohio, which has lost more than half its population and has an ambitious plan to rebuild through shrinking.

Jun 28th, 2011

Shrinking Cities: [VIDEO] Youngstown, Ohio: The incredible shrinking city

How do the industrial cities of the Rust Belt deal with massive population losses? Youngstown, Ohio, is trying to return the city to its former greatness, albeit on a smaller scale.

May 27th, 2011

Shrinking Cities: [VIDEO] In Youngstown, a house now abandoned was a home

Filmmaker Derrick Jones documented his own family's history in one house in Youngstown, Ohio. The film "631" chronicles the many good times over the years, as well as the difficulties in maintaining the house with little income, especially after two fires. It is the story of one house, now abandoned, that was once filled with life.

May 27th, 2011

Let’s Get Back on Track for High-Speed Rail

Not too long ago it appeared that the United States was gaining steam in the pursuit of high-speed rail. But recently billions of dollars allocated to high speed rail have been slashed from federal and state budgets. Transportation infrastructure projects create jobs and keep countries competitive, so why the hesitation? Blogger Gridlock Sam reports on the tug-and-war between politics and progress.

May 23rd, 2011

America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] Lisa Margonelli on kicking the American oil habit — ‘We can really change our behaviors’

Energy policy expert Lisa Margonelli is the author of a book about the oil supply chain, "Oil On the Brain: Petroleum’s Long Strange Trip to Your Tank." In this interview, Need to Know's Alison Stewart speaks to Margonelli about U.S. energy policy in the wake of the BP spill. "The oil problem is so huge and so multi-tentacled and so involved in our lives," said Margonelli. "People are hungering for sort of bigger, more technological fixes… But I think we’ve overlooked the social engineering. Which is that we can really change our behaviors quite quickly – and we often times do change our behaviors."

Apr 18th, 2011

Shrinking Cities: [VIDEO] Camden, an impoverished city, struggles to survive budget cuts

One of the poorest, most violent cities in our nation recently lost half its police force. PBS Need to Know visits Camden, N. J., to see the challenges on the ground and explore possible solutions for the city.

Apr 2nd, 2011

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