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Need to Know

Episode #141

THE WATCH LIST - Update: Fracking- Following release of a new congressional report alleging potential violations of the clean water act, Need to Know and ProPublica update an investigation of the gas drilling process known as Fracking. ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarden is interviewed.

FOR EGYPT...WHAT'S NEXT? - Alison Stewart interviews Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation to discuss the likely new political structure in Egypt.

A PERSONAL ESSAY - Need to Know's producer Mona Iskander, an Egyptian-American, watched the ouster of Hosni Mubarak with special interest. She shares her personal observations, and introduces us to a blogger/activist she first met while reporting on Egypt several years ago.

INTERVIEW- PARAG KHANNA - Jon Meacham interviews author Parag Khanna about his new book, "How To Run the World".

A LOOK AT THE UNIVERSE - Theoretical physicist and New York Times best-selling author Brian Greene explains, among other things, how the universe is like a muffin, and why there's actually not one universe at all. [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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