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Need to Know

Episode #163

INTERVIEW: GABRIELLA COLEMAN - Alison Stewart sits down with author and anthropologist Gabriella Coleman to discuss the tricky and complicated world of hackers. INTERVIEW: JEFF SCHAPIRO INTERVIEW -Need to Know interviews Jeff Schapiro, a political reporter and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, about Republican Congressman Eric Cantor, who has emerged as a leading opponent of the White House's attempt to broker a deal on the debt ceiling.

INTERVIEW: RICHARD BROOKHISER - Need to Know turns to historian and senior editor at the National Review, Richard Brookhiser, for a broader perspective on the recent political machinations in Washington, and the age old discussion over the size of government.

NUCLEAR WASTE SOLUTION? - As the U.S. continues to try to resolve the decades old issue of what to do with nuclear waste, Need to Know visits a possible solution, a half-mile below the desert in New Mexico. The Department of Energy's WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) is the nation's only operating deep geologic nuclear waste disposal site. Alison Stewart goes underground for a tour.

SOMALIA PHOTO ESSAY - This week, for the first time since the devastating famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s, the United Nations has declared a famine in parts of southern Somalia. An estimated 4,000 people are leaving the country every day to seek refuge. Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the United Nations Refugee Agency, tells Need to Know about his recent experience in the refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. [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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