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Need to Know, July 1, 2011: Greece’s debt crisis, congressional redistricting, ‘Page One’ and the New York Times

As police and protesters clash in Athens this week amid tear gas and fire bombs, it’s clear that Greece’s economic crisis is not yet over. This week on Need to Know, we speak with former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson about the ripple effect of Greece’s debt problems, and how economic turmoil in Europe can affect the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Also: As congressional districts are being redrawn, we look at California’s radical new approach to statewide redistricting. We also speak with New York Times journalists David Carr and Brian Stelter, who appear in the new documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”

And: Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner comments on the federal government’s inability to agree on a deficit deal, and we reprise our popular segment on the rehabilitation of the dogs from Michael Vick’s fighting ring.

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Greece’s debt crisis

The epicenter for the Europe’s economic crisis is Greece, a country with only 11 million people. Why has this country’s debt created so much turmoil within Europe and how could this crisis threaten to involve the United States and the world?

Simon Johnson on the debt crisis

Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, talks with host Alison Stewart about how debt on both sides of the Atlantic will shape our economic futures for many years to come.

All over the map: Behind the scenes, redrawing the political landscape

While the media and political junkies are following the candidates’ every move and statement, the real action is happening out of the public eye, where congressional districts are being redrawn, and some of the most familiar members of Congress risk losing their seats before a vote is cast. But the state of California is blazing new ground with a radical approach to statewide redistricting. Need to Know’s Mona Iskander speaks with redistricting expert David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report to help put that new plan into context.

David Carr and Brian Stelter on New York Times documentary ‘Page One’

Alison Stewart interviews two of The New York Times journalists featured in the documentary “Page One: Inside The New York Times.” The documentary goes inside the paper’s newsroom at its low point in 2009 when it was forced to make significant layoffs and adapt to the changing media landscape.

Deadlocks and headlocks: Steve Brodner on the wrestling match that is Congress

Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner provides animated commentary on the inability of Congress and the Obama administration to come to terms on a deficit deal.

The dogs are all right

After serving 18 months in prison for running a brutal dog fighting ring, Michael Vick got a second chance. But what happened to the dogs? The remarkable story of the rescue and redemption of these dogs. (Original Air Date: January 21, 2011)

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