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Need to Know, July 2, 2010

This week on Need to Know, we take a look at the alleged Russian spy ring broken up by federal authorities. Jon Meacham reports from Washington, D.C. on the TedxOilSpill conference, and talks to experts there about the future of American energy. And Need to Know correspondent Rick Karr examines the latest attempt by big pharma to create a “female Viagra.”

TRANSCRIPT

And watch the individual segments:

Can we stop the spies?
Author and reporter Tim Weiner talks to Need to Know about the alleged Russian spy ring, and whether its members posed a legitimate threat to the U.S.

Drilling down: Conversations on the Gulf oil disaster
Need to Know reports from Washington, D.C., on the TEDxOilSpill conference, where innovators from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design discussed the future of American energy policy.

The little pink pill
After Viagra became a blockbuster drug, Big Pharma began searching for a version of the pill for women. Need to Know takes a look at the latest effort to create a “female Viagra.”

Essay: Hope and sacrifice
In this essay, Jon Meacham considers how past presidents have inspired national sacrifice — and what’s needed to revive hope for the present.

Next Week’s News: Independence Day edition
The Fourth of July is a time to be with family and friends, to celebrate our freedoms as Americans, and to ask this question: “Are my neighbors Russian spies?”