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Need to Know

Episode #150

THE WATCH LIST: HOME SICK - In a Watch List investigation in cooperation with Pro Publica and investigative journalist Aaron Kessler, Need to know examines the difficulty consumers can encounter when trying to sue foreign manufacturers over products suspected of causing harm. Some drywall manufactured in China is emitting sulfur gases, which American homeowners allege is making them sick. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating, and thousands of homeowners are attempting to sue for damages, but face jurisdictional and enforcement roadblocks.

NEED TO KNOW follows one homeowner, whose family was forced to abandon their home, and has taken her case all the way to Congress.

BLUEPRINT AMERICA: DETROIT - A report on the controversial plan by Mayor Dave Bing to "right-size" Detroit, by shrinking the sprawling city down to a more manageable size, through financial and other incentives to get residents to move.

DESIGNING THE FUTURE CITY - In conjunction with Detroit Public Television, Need to Know follows students at a Detroit middle school as they compete against students from around the city and more affluent suburbs in a national engineering contest to design the city of the future.

ANATOLE KALETSKY INTERVIEW - Anatole Kaletsky, economics commentator and author of "Capitalism 4.0," speaks with Need to Know financial Correspondent Stacey Tisdale about a new era of capitalism that requires a balance between free markets and stricter government regulation.

JON MEACHAM ESSAY - Jon Meacham comments on the controversy in some Christian communities over an evangelical minister's book, which questions the existence of hell. [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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