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Need to Know

Episode #215

After a recent trip to Baghdad, Need to Know correspondent Martin Himmel reports this Christmas weekend about the now-precarious position of Iraqi Christians. In the years since the capture and killing of Saddam Hussein, hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled that country following attacks by Muslim extremists. Now that American troops have departed, the future of the Christian community there is even more uncertain.

Anchor Ray Suarez interviews New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who offers his perspective on Muslim-Christian relations throughout the Middle East.

On "American Voices," essayist Jon Meacham comments on the path to reconciliation among Muslims, Jews and Christians. [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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