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Need to Know

Episode #152

BIN LADEN ECONOMICS - Need to Know examines the economic toll that Osama bin Laden and 9/11 exacted on the United States.

TO ADOPT A CHILD - Need to Know travels to Nepal to meet Americans who've adopted children there, but can't bring them home, because the U.S. State department has just suspended adoption of Nepalese children, citing numerous examples of unreliable and potentially fraudulent documents.

THE UNITED STATES OF WOMEN - Alison Stewart is joined in the studio by three women with distinct viewpoints to talk about the political, legal and economic status of women today and the recent battle over women's reproductive rights.

INTERVIEW: BERNARD HAYKEL - Alison Stewart speaks with Princeton Professor Bernard Haykel who believes that al Qaeda's jihadism is far from over, despite the so-called Arab Spring because, he says, al Qaeda responds, and gives voice to, a profound sense of humiliation and injustice felt by some in the Arab world.

NEW YORKER CARTOONIST ROZ CHAST - Famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast gives us her unique take on the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper in an animated cartoon.

"IN PERSPECTIVE": JON MEACHAM ESSAY - Jon Meacham considers whether the death of Osama Bin Laden will give President Obama a new opportunity to adjust the nation's agenda, allowing a new focus on improving national security by investing in America's economic future. [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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