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Need to Know, May 6, 2011: Adoptions in Nepal, Bin Laden economics, the united states of women

This week on Need to Know, we look at the State Department’s recent suspension of international adoption of abandoned children in Nepal. We traveled to Nepal to meet with Americans who had adopted children there but were unable to bring them home.

Also, in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death this week, we explore the financial cost of the war on terror and America’s efforts to prioritize security after the events of September 11, 2001. Princeton University professor Bernard Haykel also joins us to discuss the Arab world’s reaction to bin Laden’s death, arguing that it is not the end of jihadism, and Jon Meacham comments on opportunities his death could provide for the U.S.’s national agenda. Read more of Need to Know’s coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death.

And: Alison Stewart moderates a panel of three women on the economic, political and legal status of women today, including the fight over reproductive rights. And New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast provides an animation for a unique take on the story of the Ant and the Grashhopper.

Tune in this Friday, May 6, to watch the full episode. Check your local listings for details.

Watch the individual segments:

Bin Laden economics

Need to Know examines the economic toll that Osama bin Laden and 9/11 exacted on the United States.

To adopt a child

Need to Know travels to Nepal to meet Americans who had adopted children there but were unable bring them home because the U.S. State Department had suspended adoption of abandoned Nepalese children, citing numerous examples of unreliable and potentially fraudulent documents.

The united states of women

Alison Stewart is joined in the studio by three women with distinct viewpoints to talk about the political, legal and economic status of women today and the recent battle over women’s reproductive rights.

Interview: Bernard Haykel

Alison Stewart speaks with Princeton Professor Bernard Haykel who believes that al Qaeda’s jihadism is far from over, despite the so-called Arab Spring because, he says, al Qaeda responds, and gives voice to, a profound sense of humiliation and injustice felt by some in the Arab world.

The ant and the grasshopper: A cautionary tale

Famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast gives us her unique take on the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper in an animated cartoon.

In Perspective: A Jon Meacham essay

Jon Meacham considers whether the death of Osama bin Laden will give President Obama a new opportunity to adjust the nation’s agenda, allowing a new focus on improving national security by investing in America’s economic future.

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