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Need to Know

Episode #138

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW (FINANCIAL CRISIS COMMISSION REPORT) - The bipartisan federal commission created by Congress to get to the roots of the 2008 financial crisis issues its final report this week. Stacy-Marie Ishmael, an editor with the Financial Times, talks with host Alison Stewart about why it was so hard for the commission to determine who was to blame. INTERVIEW: ALAN BRINKLEY- Host Jon Meacham talks with historian Alan Brinkley about President Obama's ambitious government programs and whether or not a second "New Deal" is possible or practical in today's world of political partisanship.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ROSEVILLE- A BLUEPRINT AMERICA SPECIAL REPORT -For Blueprint America, correspondent Maria Hinojosa reports on the huge number of older Americans living in car-dependent suburbs and asks what happens when it's time to take their collective car keys away.

CONGO LEGACY - Alison Stewart interviews author Adam Hochschild on the tragic and troubled history of the Congo, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of its first democratically elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, by Belgian, and it is speculated, American operatives.

STEVE BRODNER - Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner looks at Afghanistan's future through the eyes of all the different power players envisioning a favorable outcome -- for themselves.

IN PERSPECTIVE- A JON MEACHAM ESSAY- Host Jon Meacham assesses the President's State of the Union address, and discusses the difficulties President Obama will have in turning big ideas into big accomplishments in the political environment in which we live. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: NEED TO KNOW is an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project, uniting broadcast and web in an innovative approach to newsgathering and reporting. It breaks through the limitations of the broadcast schedule by means of a web-based production model that empowers audiences to "tune in" anytime and anywhere. A cross-media initiative built around a wide community of journalists and producers, with input from an engaged audience, NEED TO KNOW covers five primary beats: the economy; the environment and energy; health; security; and culture. Stories, interviews, blogs and photo features are continually added to and updated online, with the production teams inviting interaction and input from online readers and users who are on the lookout for the latest information on a given subject. Each week's online story development culminates in the weekly broadcast, curated from the week's reporting by the various beat teams. The broadcast features documentary-style field reports, both domestic and international, short features and studio-based interviews and conversation to complement and advance the produced reports.

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