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Need to Know, April 22, 2011: Chinese drywall, ‘Capitalism 4.0,’ right-sizing Detroit

This week on Need to Know, we team up with ProPublica to examine the harmful effects of tainted drywall manufactured in China, and the legal frustrations consumers encounter when trying to sue foreign manufacturers for damages. We follow one homeowner whose family abandoned their home because of tainted drywall, and see how she eventually took her case to Congress.

Also: In collaboration with Blueprint America, we look at a controversial plan in Detroit to “right size” the city for easier management by using financial incentives to encourage residents to move out. We also follow students at a Detroit middle school as they participate in a competition to design the “city of the future.”

And: Author Anatole Kaletsky speaks with us about a new era of capitalism that we are approaching, and Jon Meacham comments on a recent controversy over Pastor Rob Bell’s remarks questioning the existence of hell.

Watch the individual segments:

Home sick: Living with Chinese drywall

We team up with news organization ProPublica to examine the harmful effects of tainted drywall manufactured in China, and the legal frustrations consumers encounter when trying to sue foreign manufacturers for damages. We follow one homeowner whose family abandoned their home because of tainted drywall, and see how she eventually took her case to Congress.

Joaquin Sapien on Chinese drywall

ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien follows up on the report about China-manufactured drywall and discusses what steps homeowners in similar situations can take.

The downsizing of Detroit

A report on the controversial plan by Detroit mayor Dave Bing to “right size” the sprawling city, shrinking it down to a more manageable size through financial and other incentives to get residents to move.

Designing the city of the future

In conjunction with Detroit Public Television, Need to Know follows students at a Detroit middle school as they compete against students from around the city and more affluent suburbs in a national engineering contest to design the “city of the future.”

Anatole Kaletsky on the new capitalism

Anatole Kaletsky, economics commentator and author of “Capitalism 4.0,” speaks with Need to Know financial correspondent Stacey Tisdale about a new era of capitalism that requires a balance between free markets and stricter government regulation.

In Perspective: What if there’s no hell?

Jon Meacham comments on the controversy in some Christian communities over an evangelical minister’s book, which questions the existence of hell.

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