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Need to Know

Episode #169

"SEMPER FI": Need to Know interviews a retired Marine and a filmmaker about a new documentary that tells the story of a massive water contamination incident at the Camp Lejeune marine base. Up to a million people may have been exposed to dangerous chemicals from the 1950s to the 1980s, and while the rare cancers suffered by former camp Lejeune residents can't be traced for certain to the contaminated water, many believe that it was responsible.

POLLS AND MARKETS: Need to Know travels to Iowa to examine a unique futures market that may be better at predicting winning political candidates than traditional polling methods.

IN PERSPECTIVE: "THE HELP": Desiree Cooper of Detroit Public Television offers her perspective on the controversy over the film "The Help."

CRISIS MAPPERS: Need to Know host Alison Stewart reports on a breakthrough technology that uses cell phones to locate disaster victims and get them help. Created after the earthquake in Haiti, it's now being used to help victims some of the victims of Hurricane Irene, the tornados in the Midwest last spring, the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East.

SIS, BOOM, BUST: While State budget deficits force administrators at public colleges and universities to make painful cuts, one area not feeling the budget knife much is intercollegiate sports. Need to Know travels to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio to see how the pressure to compete as a NCAA Division I program is affecting the classroom. Is athletic success OU's ticket to surviving tough times or an obstacle to fulfilling OU's academic mission? [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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