Need to Know
Big-city mayors across the United States are under growing pressure to balance their budgets and still provide necessary services, as foreclosures soar and federal and state aid and property tax revenues decline.
Typical is the story of two-term Democratic mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee. His city has a 10 per cent unemployment rate and a nearly 30 per cent poverty rate. And now that city, like so many, has to make do with less. Need to Know spent three days with Barrett this fall, documenting how one mayor spends his time trying to drum up business, even while facing withering attacks from some of his hard-pressed constituents.
Anchor Maria Hinojosa interviews Steven Malanga of the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute about how to restore the health of the nation's cities.
In the show's "American Voices" segment, Tricia Rose, professor of African American cultural politics at Brown University, offers an essay about how to create jobs for inner city minority residents. [26 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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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