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Need to Know

Episode #237


"It's Not Easy Being Green" - Need to Know Correspondent Mona Iskander updates her report from Greenville, Michigan about a town that tried to reinvent itself by bringing in a solar panel manufacturing company. But the company has struggled greatly in part because of global economic forces. Prices for solar panels have plunged in the face of Chinese competition.

Jeff Greenfield interviews David Biello, the associate editor of Scientific American, about the future of the American solar power industry.

And to coincide with Memorial Day, on "American Voices," David Kippen, essayist and formerly the Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the value of volunteerism -- and the threat it poses to working people. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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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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