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Need to Know

Episode #160

INTERVIEW: SIMON JOHNSON- The epicenter for the Europe's economic crisis is Greece, a country with only 11 million people. Why has this country's debt created so much turmoil within Europe and how could this crisis threaten to involve the United States and the world? Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund talks with host Alison Stewart about how debt, on both sides of the Atlantic, will shape our economic futures for many years to come.
REDISTRICTING- While the media and political junkies are following the candidates' every move and statement, the real action is happening out of the public eye, where congressional districts are being redrawn, and some of the most familiar members of Congress risk losing their seats before a vote is cast. But the state of California is blazing new ground with a radical approach to statewide redistricting. Need to Know's Mona Iskander sits down with redistricting expert David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report to help put that new plan into context.
"PAGE ONE": CARR/STELTER- Alison Stewart interviews two of The New York Times journalists featured in the documentary "Page One: Inside The New York Times." The documentary goes inside the paper's newsroom at its low point in 2009 when it was forced to make significant layoffs and adapt to the changing media landscape.
GRIDLOCK, HEADLOCK- Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner provides animated commentary on the inability of Congress and the Administration to come to terms on a deficit deal.
ENCORE: THE DOGS ARE All RIGHT- After serving 18 months in prison for running a brutal dog fighting ring, Michael Vick got a second chance. But what happened to the dogs? The remarkable story of the rescue and redemption of these dogs. (Original Air Date: January 21, 2011)
And a new "In Perspective" essay by Jon Meacham [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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