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Need to Know, September 2, 2011: Water contamination at Camp Lejeune, polls and markets, crisis-mapping

This week on Need to Know, we delve into the story of Camp Lejeune, a Marine base that faced massive water contamination for three decades. Were hazardous chemicals in the water responsible for rare cancers that developed among former Camp Lejeune residents? While no direct link has been proven, many believe it is the case.

Also: We also examine an innovative futuresĀ  market in Iowa that has proven to be a more accurate predictor of presidential election outcomes than traditional polling. We also report on “crisis mapping,” a technology that uses cell phones to locate and bring help to disaster victims.

And: Guest essayist Desiree Cooper offers her opinions on domestic workers and the controversy surrounding the new film “The Help.”

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Searching for answers at Camp Lejeune

A new documentary tells the story of a massive water contamination incident at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, which many believe is responsible for causing cancer among former residents.

Can markets predict elections?

Need to Know travels to Iowa to examine a unique futures market that may be better at predicting winning political candidates than traditional polling methods.

In Perspective: “The Help” and racial history

Guest essayist Desiree Cooper argues that confronting one of the most uncomfortable aspects of the new film “The Help” — the depiction of affection between maids and the families they worked for — can help lead to a better understanding of our racial histories.

Crisis mappers

Need to Know host Alison Stewart reports on a breakthrough technology that uses cell phones to locate disaster victims and get them help. Created after the earthquake in Haiti, it’s now being used to help some of the victims of Hurricane Irene, the tornados in the Midwest last spring, the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East.

Sis, boom, bust: The high cost of college sports

While state budget deficits force public universities to make painful cuts, one area not feeling the budget knife much is intercollegiate sports. How is this imbalance affecting the classroom?

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