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Need to Know

Episode #149

GRAND ISLE ONE YEAR LATER - BP OIL SPILL UPDATE - On the one year anniversary of the BP gulf spill, Need to Know returns to the community of Grand Isle, Louisiana to visit with the families and business owners who we profiled during the spill. At the time, their businesses were practically shuttered by the spill, and they were just beginning the process of filing claims against BP. How have they fared a year later?

OIL SPILL HEALTH UPDATE - Nearly a year after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, residents and spill workers are still looking for answers about how the spill may have impacted their health. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has launched the largest study ever to look at long and short-term health effects from an oil spill. But for many those answers won't come soon enough. Need to Know reports.

INTERVIEW: CARL SAFINA AND ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN - Ecologist Carl Safina and investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten join Alison Stewart to discuss the regulatory failures that led to the BP oil spill and its impact on the environment.

INTERVIEW: LISA MARGONELLI - Author and energy policy expert Lisa Margonelli joins Alison Stewart to talk about America's energy policy going forward in the post-BP spill era. Are we stuck on silver bullet solutions when small, incremental adjustments may be the game changer?


FIXING AMERICA: EDUCATION - In the latest installment of Need To Know's "Fixing America" series, we asked educators, policy makers and other big thinkers how they would put the country's education system on the path to straight A's. Among the voices are Linda Darling-Hammond on policy consensus; NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on the importance of teaching as a profession; and Asia Society CEO Vishaka Desai on global literacy.

INTERVIEW: JIM SIMONS - Jon Meacham sits down with Jim Simons, one of the richest men in the world and founder of Math for America, to find out why Simons has devoted so much of his time - and money - to improving math education in this country.

IN PERSPECTIVE: A JON MEACHAM ESSAY - Jon Meacham explains the reasoning behind the Framers decision that only native-born Americans could be President and argues that it's time to change it.. [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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