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Need to Know

Episode #165

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH - Dr. Emily Senay takes a look at the difficult road to advancement in cancer treatment by examining three clinical trials for breast cancer. One is a revolutionary way to test new chemotherapy treatments; another explores whether freezing breast cancer tumors can one day replace surgery; and the third investigates whether scalp cooling can save the hair of patients who undergo chemotherapy. NEW:

KEN HERMAN INTERVIEW - This Saturday Texas Governor Rick Perry is holding a call to prayer in Houston. This is the just latest in a series of steps that seem to put Perry in line for a presidential run in 2012. Need to Know Host Alison Stewart talks to Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman about Governor Rick Perry's accomplishments in Texas and his national ambitions.

BENJAMIN SKINNER INTERVIEW - 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.

HIGHLINE - BLUEPRINT AMERICA - Need to Know visits the High Line, a flowering oasis built atop an old train trestle on Manhattan's west side. It has drawn millions of admiring locals and tourists. But it's more than just a nice place to relax and take in the view--it's an economic engine. The project is being credited with generating more than $2 billion in urban development, everything from condos, to restaurants, to art galleries.

STUXNET - As the White House unveils a new international cyber security strategy, Need To Know delves into the story of Stuxnet -the sophisticated and devastating computer virus that may launch a 21st century global arms race. [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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