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Need to Know, July 30, 2010

This week on Need to Know, we talk to blogger and military analyst Joshua Foust about the WikiLeaks documents, and to Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree about race, gender and the Supreme Court.


Alison Stewart explains the massive backlog of racial discrimination suits filed — and settled — against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And we return to Louisiana’s Grand Isle for an update on the economic crisis, 100 days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

We peer inside the tiny house movement, a trend becoming more popular as people look for ways to save money and the environment. And we revisit a Bill Moyers story about an inspiring prison reform advocate and ex-convict who was killed last month in California.

And finally, satirist Andy Borowitz returns with a special edition of Next Week’s News: “Next WeekyLeaks.”

Watch the individual segments:

Jon Meacham speaks with blogger and military analyst Joshua Foust about the eternal tension between transparency and security.

The Henry Louis Gates arrest, one year later

Alison Stewart talks with Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, author of a new book about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, about that incident and its larger implications.

Beyond Shirley Sherrod

There have been tens of thousands of racial discrimination claims against the USDA in recent years. Alison Stewart steps back from the furor over the Shirley Sherrod saga to explain the backlog and its consequences.

The David Lewis story

David Lewis, a prison reform advocate who founded the organization Free At Last, saved lives. Then last month, his own life was taken, and the crime remains unsolved.

Gulf update: The toll on Grand Isle

Need to Know provides an update on the economic crisis that one Gulf Coast community, Grand Isle, Louisiana, is experiencing 100 days into the oil spill.

Living large: The tiny house movement

Need to Know visited one of the proponents of the “tiny house” movement, Dee Williams, who lives in a simple but stylish 84-square-foot home in Olympia, Wash.

Next week’s news: WeekyLeaks edition

In light of this week’s big news — the release of thousands of pages of confidential military documents on the war in Afghanistan — Andy has decided to leak a few secrets of his own.