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Need to Know

Episode #151

INTERVIEW: JOE NOCERA- Need to Know's Shoshana Guy speaks with New York Times OP-ED columnist Joe Nocera about his reporting on one of the "little fish" who went to jail after being convicted of lying on a mortgage application, while many of the "biggest fish" responsible for subprime mortgage crisis haven't faced criminal prosecution.

INTERVIEW: LOUISE STORY- Alison Stewart sits down with New York Times reporter Louise Story to discuss why, in the aftermath of the financial crisis that generated hundreds of billions in losses, no high-profile participants in the disaster been criminally prosecuted or jailed.

INTERVIEW: TAVIS SMILEY- PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley talks with Alison Stewart about his new book, "Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure."

IN PERSPECTIVE: A JON MEACHAM ESSAY- After reports that President Obama is considering an executive order to require federal contractors to disclose political spending, Jon Meacham discusses why we need transparency in corporate political contributions.

THE PEOPLE'S MUSIC SCHOOL - Need to Know is there as dozens of Chicago families wait in line for days and nights, attempting to win one of the limited spaces in a music school that provides free lessons to the lucky students who get in. The People's Music school is trying to fill the gap in music education left by budget cuts to public school music programs.

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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