Need to Know
JEFF GREENFIELD ANCHORS.
Need to Know's Stacey Tisdale travels to Missouri, where activists are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would cap payday loan rates at 36 per cent. They are now more than 400 percent. Supporters of the measure say the measure would protect the poor from usurious loans. Opponents say it would hurt the very people it's designed to help by denying them the only loans they can get.
Anchor Jeff Greenfield interviews journalist Gary Rivlin, who has written extensively about extra charges placed on the poor. He says "it's expensive" being poor.
Need to Know's "American Voices" essay features Cy Richardson. He is a vice president at the National Urban League, where he is responsible for programs that "promote asset building and wealth creation for people of color in urban America." [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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