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Need to Know

Episode #158

VOTER REGISTRATION - With nearly a dozen states rewriting their voting laws, Need to Know examines the potential impact on voter turnout in Ohio.

INTERVIEW: CHARMAINE YOEST - Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the head of Americans United for Life, talks about how the strategy of the anti-abortion rights movement has changed in recent years, and what the movement has achieved by focusing on changing law at the state level.

TOURETTE'S SYNDROME - A new alternative therapy is proving to be as effective as medication in treating the symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome. Need to Know meets a 12 year-old boy showing marked improvement since he began the therapy.

IN PERSPECTIVE: A JON MEACHAM ESSAY - Jon Meacham discusses a new documentary--"The Last Mountain"--and how its message on the destructiveness of the West Virginia coal mining industry speaks to our need for a consensus on a national energy plan.

SCIENCE OF DENIAL - Need To Know correspondent Win Rosenfeld talks to science journalist Chris Mooney about how our pre-existing beliefs, far more than facts, color our conclusions about the world.

INTERVIEW: BENJAMIN SKINNER - Alison Stewart interviews Benjamin Skinner, investigative journalist and author of A Crime So Monstrous about his work exposing the world of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. [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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