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Need to Know

Episode #164

ADULT AUTISM: When we think of autism, we tend to think of children -but what happens to those children when they grow up and leave the educational system where federal law requires they get the services they need? And what happens to them when their parents are gone? Need to Know looks at two families struggling to provide a future for their adult sons with autism.

INTERVIEW: PETER BELL: Peter Bell, executive vice president of Autism Speaks and father of a teenage son with autism, discusses what some of the major autism advocacy groups are doing to try to meet the ongoing needs of adults with autism, and the special challenges presented by tough economic times.

TRICIA ROSE ESSAY: Guest essayist Tricia Rose of Brown University talks about how the growing inequality of wealth distribution in America is defining who we will become as a nation in the coming years.

FOOD SAFETY: A report on the leading cause of food choking incidents among children, and efforts by the American Association of Pediatrics to get government and industry to address the danger.

HIGH FIBER: Correspondent Rick Karr reports on why the United States, where the internet was born, has now fallen badly behind in the race to the online future. Broadband service in the U.S. lags behind a dozen or more industrialized countries - and we're doing worse every year. Karr went to Europe - in collaboration with Engadget - to find out how two countries there have jumped ahead of us. [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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