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Need to Know

Episode #209

MARIA HINOJOSA ANCHORS.

This Veteran's Day, Need to Know focuses on the economic and emotional difficulties many U.S. troops endure when they return home. The program is called, "Coming Home: The Enduring Sacrifice." Segments include:

Anchor Maria Hinojosa explores joblessness and homelessness among veterans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. Because many of these young veterans enlisted without going to college, they often find it difficult to get work once they return, especially in a difficult economy. This sometimes leads to extreme financial hardship, causing some of them to lose their homes.

In an essay for Need to Know, documentarian Sebastian Junger says more needs to be done to care for American troops scarred by their experiences in battle. He proposes that a memorial be built where veterans can go to help cope with any civilian deaths they might have caused.

In our recurring "American Voices" series, which offers a platform for essayists with diverse backgrounds and diverse points of view, Marcos Villatoro of Los Angeles profiles a housekeeper whose son is now serving in Afghanistan. He says her job is like her son's: they both clean up the mess left by others [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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