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Sydney Sarachan


Ask the experts: Drones

This week’s show raises a number of questions related to how the American drone strategy in Pakistan (and elsewhere) creates potential tensions in the region. To help sift through these complex issues, we asked leading experts to weigh in on drone warfare.   Our contributors: Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School […]

Who to watch for at the DNC

This week, the Democrats will outline the party’s platform and name President Barack Obama as the official presidential nominee. Jeff Greenfield will report from Charlotte, where the convention begins this evening. Like we saw from the Republican convention in Tampa, there is a long list of speakers and convention attendees to watch. So who should you […]


DNC schedule of speakers

See a Need to Know preview of notable speakers here. Wednesday’s schedule of events 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET Call to Order Antonio R. Villaraigosa Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee Mayor of Los Angeles Invocation Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie 10th Episcopal District Presentation of Colors Pledge of Allegiance National Anthem Branford Marsalis […]


Who to watch for at the Republican national convention

As the election focus turns to the Republican convention in Tampa this week, much has been said about the expected high-profile appearances. From Governor Chris Christie to Condoleezza Rice, a number of prominent Republicans will take the stage in preparation for Mitt Romney’s nomination. A full list of speakers can be found here. Want to […]


Schedule of events at the GOP convention

Monday, August 27, 2012  2:00 p.m.     Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus Call to Order/Start Debt Clocks 2:10 p.m.       Announcement of Recess  Tuesday, August 28, 2012  2:00 p.m. Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus Color Guard Knights of Columbus Pledge of Allegiance by Former Governor Tim Babcock (MT)/Tom Hogan (FL) National Anthem sung by […]


The importance of Ohio

This week, while covering the Republican National convention from Tampa, we focus on the state of Ohio and the critical win there either candidate most likely must receive to win the 2012 election. We’ve put together a primer on why this state has so much importance in 2012 and its history within national politics. The […]


Ask the experts: Climate change and international law

This week’s show touches on a wide range of hotly-contested topics: climate change, geopolitics and legal precedence. To help sift through these complex issues, we asked leading experts to weigh in on Palau’s ground-breaking attempt to hold other nations accountable for environmental damage. See what they had to say below. Our contributors: David Biello is […]


Election 2012: What do you need to know?

In the run up to this year’s election, Need to Know has explored a range of issues that will impact the way Americans will vote this fall. From the future of nuclear power in the U.S. and the housing crisis in hard-hit areas like Nevada to addressing issues of fairness in our tax code, we’ve sought to […]


Payday lending

Do payday loans take advantage of the poor? Or do they extend much-needed loans to consumers with no other access to credit? Read our primer.