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Need to Know

Episode #167

CONSUMER FINANCE PROTECTION BUREAU - Can an agency protect consumers from making bad decisions about their finances? Need to Know visits one military family whose situation seems tailor-made for the mission of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

INTERVIEW: JEFF MADRICK - Jeff Madrick, author of "Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970-Present", talks with host Alison Stewart about the new consumer protections enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

SEEDS OF PROGRESS - Detroit's urban farming movement is thriving, supplying fresh produce, jobs and revived communities. Large-scale industrial farms are now knocking at Detroit's door with their own plans. Desiree Cooper examines this new food-based economy and the issues holding it back.

KINECT - The Microsoft Kinect has launched a revolution in gaming technology by turning the game player into the controller. Now, hackers have repurposed the Kinect to allow people to control computers and the digital world using just their body movements. Known as gesture technology, this innovation will change the way we live, from how we cook in the kitchen to the way doctors perform surgery.

AMAZON GOLD - With the price of gold at an all-time high, veteran war photographer Ron Haviv documents the environmental destruction illegal gold mining has caused in the Peruvian Amazon. [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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