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Need to Know, June 4, 2010

The devastating oil spill in the Gulf is headlining this week’s episode of Need to Know. We travel to Louisiana to survey the effects of the spill and explore how it might affect ocean life and migratory birds. “Oil spills don’t happen if people don’t use oil,” an environmental expert told us in a previous interview,  so we also pay a visit to a community in Denmark that does not depend on oil.

Steve Brodner provides an illustrated explanation of the ties between the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and the industries it is tasked to monitor. Alison Stewart speaks with David Drummond, the architect of Google’s policies on censorship in China and around the globe. Need to Know visits Heather Armstrong, author of the blog Dooce.com.

And Jon Meacham commemorates the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s Dunkirk speech.