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Alexandra Nikolchev

Associate Producer

Is there a ‘liberal gene’?

Political preferences may, in part, be attributed to genetics, according to a study released just before Election Day. So will people start “designing” babies with politics in mind? Need to Know spoke with the study’s author.


Out-of-state money floods into California over greenhouse gas law

The fight to overturn a strong greenhouse gas measure in California is being funded by energy companies in Texas and elsewhere.


Among Asian-American women, a little known battle with depression

Depression has taken a quiet toll on the Asian-American community, and particularly women, who have a higher rate of suicide than women in other American groups.


U.S. and EU weigh in on Avandia, restricting its use

An EU agency has recommended a ban on the diabetes drug Avandia, while the U.S. FDA severely restricted its use.

An anthem for immigrant rights is set to video

Watch Gogol Bordello’s new video for “Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher).”


Video: Eugene Hütz, immigrant punk

Need to Know talks with Eugene Hütz, the front man for the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello, about his personal story of immigration and his advocacy for immigrant rights.


Avandia on trial

Need to Know talks with Dr. Steven Nissen about the new reports linking the popular diabetes drug to an increased risk of heart failure.


Manufacturing mental illness

Author Robert Whitaker talks to Need to Know about the efficacy of psychiatric drugs in treating mental illness.


Hope for American well-being in the next century

The co-founder of a project measuring American well-being sees hope for the next century in spite of poor results Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-founder and co-director of The Human Development Project (HDP), an initiative measuring human well-being in the U.S., is optimistic about the future of this country. Her optimism is not grounded in Americans’ current state […]