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Leslie Hart

Production Assistant

Leslie Hart is a multimedia journalist who has produced and reported for broadcast and online platforms. In addition to her contributions to Need to Know’s culture beat, where her stories have featured Broadway musicals and a Shakespearean film adaptation, she enjoys producing Climate Desk podcasts. Leslie is a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communication. She earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Kate and Will’s big day

Here’s a round-up of what you need to know in the lead up to Kate and Will’s big day.


Video: A political song and dance

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham talks to the director and star of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” about the show’s contemporary relevance.


Video: Andrew Jackson is back, ‘Bloody’ and a rock star

Andrew Jackson has a new constituency: Broadway musical fans. Jackson biographer Jon Meacham spoke with the director of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Warning: Video contains singing and dancing.


Audio: Setting the stage for apocalypse

Director Rupert Goold discusses the role of global warming in the new play “Earthquakes in London.”



With the first glimpse of the new moon this week, Muslims worldwide began their annual month of fasting in observance of Ramadan. A few facts about the season.


Shark attacks

Dorsal fins and toothy grins are invading TV screens — and the summer news headlines — this week, but how much of a threat are sharks really? And what should you do if you see one?


1964, the year of ‘Mad Men’ Season 4

From the Oval Office to Banana Republic, anticipation for Sunday night’s season premiere of “Mad Men” is reaching a crescendo. When Don Draper and his colleagues return to the small screen this weekend, audiences will rejoin them for Thanksgiving 1964. As the advertising execs strike out on their own to form Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, […]



They want your blood. No, not the undead denizens of “The Twilight Saga” or “True Blood.” A more corporeal nocturnal plague may lurk much closer to home: bedbugs. here are five things you need to know.


Mmm! Good enough to blog

Rhubarb tart with lemon verbena. Kohlrabi salad. Baby barracuda. Mouth-watering recipes are just a mouse click away thanks to the ever-expanding food blogosphere.