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Need to Know

Episode #139

INTERVIEW: EUGENE JARECKI - Jon Meacham speaks to award-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki about his latest film "Reagan."

AMERICA AND THE EGYPTIAN CRISIS - A CLOSER LOOK- As the protests in Egypt intensify, how does America navigate between its democratic values and its geopolitical interests? Need to Know examines the diplomatic moves the U.S. is likely to make as the Obama Administration tries to find the balance between leadership and being perceived as overbearing in a volatile situation.

HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT UPDATE - As the Health Care Reform Act is attacked in courts and Congress, Need to Know discusses the quiet removal of one controversial provision, funding for End-of-Life Counseling (so-called "Death Panels") with Dr. Atul Gawande, author and medical writer for The New Yorker.

ALZHEIMER DISEASE BREAKTHROUGH - Medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay explains the importance of a new brain scan that can help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's Disease earlier than ever. [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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