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Need to Know, June 25, 2010

This week on Need to Know, we look at America’s wars and their consequences. Former NOW correspondent Maria Hinojosa checks in on three families who have struggled with the burden of caring for veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The Pentagon now estimates that as many as one in five American soldiers returns from battle with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. And the toll on families can be devastating.

Then we range beyond America’s shores to find a story you won’t see much in the headlines this week: the state of Iran’s fragile democracy. One year after the disputed presidential election there, Need to Know takes a rare inside look at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran, his nuclear ambitions and the citizens who support or criticize him. We also talk to Hooman Madj, an author and journalist just back from a reporting trip to Iran, about whether democracy can indeed flourish there.

Plus, Andy Borowitz is back from the World Cup in South Africa, and he takes a look at the terrible performance of the English team. And by English team, he means the top executives at BP, of course.