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Need to Know

Episode #148

DIVIDED ISLAND- The Dominican Republic resumes mass deportations of Haitians after a one year moratorium since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Need To Know investigates reports that Haitians are being wrongfully removed from the country. Human Rights activists say race plays a role in the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

INTERVIEW- EDWIDGE DANTICAT - Correspondent Rafael Pi Roman interviews award-winning Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat about the immigrant struggle for a sense of belonging and why Americans don't get a chance to hear about the Haiti that exists beyond the stereotypes and traumas of big news stories.

THE BATTLE OVER MEDICARE/MEDICAID - What would the Republicans' newly proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid mean to Americans? With interviews and animation, Need to Know delves into the details.

INTERVIEW-FORMER GOVERNOR ED RENDELL - Rendell, a Democrat and co-chair of Building America's Future -- a non-partisan advocacy group for infrastructure investment -- makes his case for spending NOW on modernizing the national infrastructure even Republicans move to cut government spending. A BLUEPRINT AMERICA special report.

PROFILE: JULIANO MER KHAMIS OF THE JENIN FREEDOM THEATRE - This week Need to Know looks at the life and work of Juliano Mer Khamis, the Israeli Palestinian actor and the director of the Jenin Freedom Theatre. He was killed earlier this week in the Jenin refugee camp by unknown gunmen. He was a controversial figure who believed that art and theatre could be used for social change and justice.

IN PERSPECTIVE: A JON MEACHAM ESSAY - Jon Meacham offers a comparison between President Kennedy's mistakes during the Bay of Pigs with the difficulties President Obama faces in the current political climate.

JUST ASK PETER SAGAL - Former President Bill Clinton recently announced that he's moving the office of the Clinton Global Initiative out of its Harlem home. NPR's Peter Sagal goes to the neighborhood to get reaction from the residents. [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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