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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.


Remembering Robert C. Byrd

The West Virginia Democrat, who died on Monday at the age of 92, was a formidable autodidact, known for including Shakespearean allusions in his speeches on the Senate floor.


The iPhone 4

It’s shiny, new, and emblazoned with the Apple logo. But is the iPhone 4 better than ever? The reviews are positive, but user reception is mixed. Pun intended. Design With a flat design and a wraparound stainless steel antenna along the outside edge of the phone, the look has been updated. The phone also boasts […]


An animated award legacy

Need to Know checks in with several past winners of the Student Academy Awards to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of animation.


As Belgium goes, so goes the EU?

A separatist party’s recent victory in this tiny bilingual and divided country leave many wondering: will Belgium survive?


A Broadway director’s unexpected date with Tony

It took Marcia Milgrom Dodge 30 years of working the regional theater circuit to become a Broadway director. With the exception of a few off-Broadway gigs, her talent rarely registered on the radar of the New York theater community. But when her acclaimed Kennedy Center production of “Ragtime” transferred to the Neil Simon Theater last […]


Slideshow: Remembering Louise Bourgeois

Marina Abramovic revisits the artist’s towering artistic legacy.


Obama’s approval rating soars in sub-Saharan Africa

With financial woes, environmental disasters and a faltering approval rating in the United States, the Obama administration can take comfort in an improved international image. On Tuesday, Gallup released the results of a poll conducted across 110 countries in 2009 showing that median worldwide approval of U.S. leadership has jumped to 51 percent, up from […]