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Need to Know, August 13, 2010

This week on Need to Know: An epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. We travel to some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods to find out what’s causing the bloodshed, and what’s being done to stop it. Then, Alison Stewart sits down with Need to Know correspondent Rick Karr to find out more about an unprecedented deal between Verizon and Google that could dramatically reshape the future of the Internet.


In recent weeks, leading Republican lawmakers have called for the repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States. Jon Meacham examines the history of the amendment, and the spirit behind the push to enshrine birthright citizenship in the Constitution. Plus: Author and Miami Herald political columnist Carl Hiassen discusses his new book, “Star Island.” And resident satirist Andy Borowitz examines stress in the workplace — including here at PBS.

Watch the individual segments:
Block by block: Violence in Chicago

This week, an 8-year-old girl was killed by stray gunfire in Chicago. Need to Know traveled to some of the most dangerous parts of the city to find out what’s causing the violence there. Also, in this First Look video, former gang member Derek Brown teaches youth to get their aggression out in the ring, not in the streets.

Harold Pollack on youth violence

Need to Know talks with Harold Pollack, co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. We examine the causes of youth violence in Chicago and try to evaluate some possible solutions.

Verizon, Google and the future of the Internet

Some fear that a pact between the two companies could undermine equal access to the Internet. Contributor Rick Karr (host of the regular Karr on Culture podcast) discusses what’s at stake.

Interview with Carl Hiaasen

Alison Stewart talks to author and Miami Herald political columnist Carl Hiaasen about his new book “Star Island.”

In Perspective: Dred Scott and the Fourteenth Amendment

Jon Meacham explores the roots of the Fourteenth Amendment in light of recent efforts by Republican lawmakers to end birthright citizenship in the U.S. You can watch all of Meacham’s previous “In Perspective” video essays online.

Next week’s news: Inflatable slide edition

Resident satirist Andy Borowitz reflects on the epic flame-out of a JetBlue flight attendant, and discusses stress in the workplace — including here at PBS.