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Need to Know

Episode #206

MARIA HINOJOSA ANCHORS.

THE NUCLEAR OPTION- Professor Richard K. Lester, who heads MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, tells NEED TO KNOW that despite Japan's Fukushima disaster, now is not the time for America to give up on nuclear energy. Lester makes the case that nuclear power is more cost-effective, environmentally friendly and safer than many believe.


POWER TO THE PEOPLE- This spring, German chancellor Angela Merkel announced that her country would be the first in the world to completely abandon nuclear power. This radical policy change was motivated in part by the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor plant, but it also has roots in the work of another German woman, Ursula Sladek. From her small corner in the Black Forest, anti-nuclear activist Sladek showed her country - and the rest of the world - that it's possible to entirely replace nuclear power with renewable energy sources.

INTERVIEW: DAMON MOGLEN- Maria Hinojosa interviews Damon Moglen, Climate and Energy Director for Friends of the Earth, who says nuclear power will not solve our country's energy and environmental problems. [26 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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