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Need to Know is an informational series that airs on public television. Need to Know is a news magazine with a format that allows for easy sharing and additional information posted on the web. It airs for thirty minutes a day. The show is hosted by a one of three different journalists every day, one of whom being Alison Stewart, most known for her days on MTV.

Each host introduces a news segment that has been previously recorded and edited. After each news segment airs, the reporter who did the segment comes into the studio and the host asks follow up questions regarding the story. Each episode also ends with a separate short segment. In that segment, a celebrity or well-known author is interviewed and they discuss some life-changing event that they experienced and how it changed them.

Jon Meacham is the show's contributing editor. Every once and awhile he does a small segment that involves him giving commentary of a contemporary issue. The central focus of Need to Know to delve deeper into contemporary issues and devote more time to certain news topics than an ordinary nightly news program is able to do.

A recent episode has focused on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations occurring between the President and Congress and how different laws and regulations will affect people's income. Another episode focuses on the recently passed Affordable Healthcare Act and how the changes will affect health care in the U.S. Other episodes have focused on immigration, campaign finance, politics and voter fraud. Experts in various fields are routinely interviewed.

The show has also devoted a series of episodes to Your Money and Your Life which focuses on various financial challenges that people face and ways for people to better manage and save their money.

Need to Know is a News series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (160 episodes). The series first aired on May 7, 2010.

Need to Know is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Need to Know on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon online.

3 Seasons, 160 Episodes
May 7, 2010
Cast: Alison Stewart, Jon Meacham
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Need to Know Full Episode Guide

  • How to end gridlock in Washington, D.C. Also: malpractice lawsuits and health-care costs; Denmark's approach to settling medical disputes.

  • A controversial Mexican-American studies program in Tucson is examined.

  • Dr. Emily Senay examines the Affordable Care Act's readmission penalties, which are designed to reduce costs and improve the care of patients.

  • How the people of Ohio are faring over the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.

  • Dr. Emily Senay examines the health-care system in Massachusetts, which requires individuals to buy health insurance and businesses to provide it or be fined.

  • A glimpse into the lives of the Latino farmworkers in Salinas, CA.

  • The consequences of crossing the border illegally. A closer look at the Obama administration's deportation policies for undocumented workers.

  • Fixing structural unemployment by improving scientific, technical and mathematical skills.

  • The history of the Second Amendment is discussed with constitutional law expert Joyce Lee Malcolm (George Mason School of Law), journalist Craig Whitney and historian Saul Cornell (Fordham University).

  • A program in Mississippi that educates low-income children about banking and money while helping them save for college. Also: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray is interviewed.

  • How Ohio workers are surviving after the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.

  • A closer look at the use of behavioral economics to encourage low-income workers to save. Also: an "American Voices" essay from Dan Ariely, a Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics.

  • Jeff Greenfield leads a discussion on economic matters. Guests include Jared Bernstein, who served as chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden; Rana Foroohar (Time); and John Makin (American Enterprise Institute).

  • Dr. Emily Senay explores the FDA's medical device review process.

  • The debate over immigration reform -- a glimpse inside the lives of Latino farm workers.

  • Remembering a shooting at a western Massachusetts college twenty years ago.

  • The ongoing dispute in Tucson over a Mexican-American studies program.

  • The panelists discuss options to save Medicare.

  • Need to Know examines how millions of jobs are unfilled, even during a period of high unemployment, because workers don't have the necessary skills. The program focuses on Alabama's efforts to train a new generation of shipyard workers to fight unemployment and attract business to the state. Labor lawyer George Wentworth on efforts to end hiring discrimination against the long-term unemployed.

  • Ending gridlock in Washington, D.C.; contribution of malpractice lawsuits to rising health-care costs; how medical disputes are settled in Denmark.

  • The reason it takes nearly four times as long to complete infrastructure projects in the U.S. as it did during the 1970s. Also: Germany's multi-billion-dollar plan to end its use of fossil fuels by 2050.

  • Four tax returns from New Jersey demonstrate the disparities in tax regulation.

  • The emotional and physical challenges of caring for an ailing parent.

  • Exploring readmission penalties, an element of the Affordable Care Act.

  • A closer look at the "Family Rewards" program in Memphis, a program that aims at ending perpetual poverty by paying low-income students and their parents for good choices - including good attendance, good grades, and regular visits to doctors and dentists.

  • Funding cuts to reproductive-planning programs in some states are the focus with health-and-science writer Pam Belluck (New York Times). Also: Judy Norsigian ("Our Bodies, Ourselves") offers an historical account of women's health policy debates.

  • Need to Know reports on it's ongoing investigation into the alleged abuses at the border.

  • Need to Know travels from one coast to the other to highlight two statewide initiatives that have helped curb unemployment. We update a story on a program in Oregon encourages workers who have been fired to use their unemployment benefits to start new businesses. And look at a Rhode Island job-sharing initiative.

  • How the Supreme Court's decision in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission influenced the 2012 presidential election.

  • The policy and political ramifications of the results of the presidential election. Included: former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert and Time columnist Rana Foroohar.

  • The top issues at stake that will determine how some swing states vote.

  • A report on changes to election rules in Florida; an interview with James Carter, who arranged for the release of the "47 percent" video of Mitt Romney. Also: comedian Dean Obeidallah on one group of voters that no one seems to be courting.

  • A closer look at how presidential campaigns are focusing on Florida's Hispanic voters.

  • America's options to avoid falling over the "fiscal cliff" is discussed with economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin; former senator Don Nickles; economist Bo Cutter; and Maya Rockeymoore of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Included: its impact on the economy; possible solutions.

  • A closer look at the city of Pueblo, Colo., a once-thriving steel town that now depends on the global economy.

  • What issues will sway how the women of Virginia vote?

  • The lessons learned of democracy in the Ellis Island of the South.

  • Reporting from Pakistan, Need to Know investigates the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas.

  • What would the first 100 days of a Mitt Romney or a second term for President Obama look like?

  • Anticipating next week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and a closer look at the effort by Dems to carry the state of Ohio.

  • A closer look at Republican efforts to carry Ohio, a critical state in their chance to win the general election.

  • A closer look at the nation's high obesity and diabetes rates, which are disproportionately impacting children in low-income communities.

  • A closer look at the Pacific Island nation of Palau and the island's efforts to hold the world's leading industrial powers legally responsible for the environmental damage they cause.

  • A closer look at the nation's infrastructure woes and those trying to fix them.

  • A closer look at the difficult spending decisions faced by the working poor.

  • A closer look at undocumented immigrants' allegations of abuse and assault by U.S. Border Patrol.

  • Will stricter regulations on Wall Street promote reform or more economic hardship?

  • Ray Suarez hosts a panel of tax experts including former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer; Emory University tax law expert Dorothy Brown; Bruce Bartlett, who served presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush; and Cato Institute economist Dan Mitchell.

  • Need to Know checks out a successful experimental program in Oakland, Calif., designed to help the working poor emerge from poverty.

  • A closer look at long-term care for veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and the strain on America's health care providers. Scott Simon hosts.

  • Anchor Ray Suarez leads a discussion on America's immigration policy.

  • A closer look at genocide prevention and holding those responsible for it accountable.

  • A closer look at Massachusett's healthcare system six years after the legislature adopted an individual mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance and businesses to provide it or face fines.

  • Mona Iskander reports on the city that tried to reinvent itself by bringing in a solar-manufacturing company.

  • Activists in Missouri are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would cap payday loan rates at 36 per cent.

  • The debate over legal immigration is examined.

  • How one small town in Washington State is dealing with the economic crisis.

  • The city of Norfolk, Va., grapples with massive flooding caused by sea-level rise. Plus, an update to last week's investigation into the death of an illegal immigrant after he had been beaten and tased by U.S. border agents. Scott Simon hosts.

  • In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border patrol agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Ray Suarez hosts.

  • A closer look at California's redistricting.

  • A closer look at Philadelphia's ambitious city plan to reach out to and re-engage high school dropouts.

  • Texas takes on prison reform.

  • Maria Hinojosa reports on military veterans.

  • Inner city job challenges, racial tensions.

  • Efforts to make our tax code simpler and fairer.

  • Stories of Ohioans that have been hit with the economic crisis.

  • Egypt's Revolution.

  • Food Stamps, Poverty

  • Student loans, college, religion.

  • Foreclosures in Nevada.

  • Florida GOP, seniors, entitlements.

  • The South Carolina GOP primary.

  • Need to Know explores how the Republican candidates' opposition to gay marriage will affect the outcome of the nomination fight and the general election.

  • The progress of Main Street.

  • A focus on Iowa, where the all-important presidential caucuses will take place to set the stage for the 2012 campaigns ahead.

  • Ray Suarez hosts this episode as a new perspective is portrayed on the precarious state of Christian-Muslim relations in Iraq. We also speak with Anthony Shadid of the New York Times, and Jon Meacham gives an "American Voices" essay.

  • Fiscal challenges facing today's cities .

  • Differing proposals on a solution to the current state of Congress.

  • A report on northern Ohio for an updated look at how many Americans with jobs are struggling to make ends meet because of the difficult economy.

  • A report on Alabama's controversial immigration law.

  • A closer look at the Pentagon and budget cuts.

  • Coming home: Veterans' stories.

  • Stories from America's jobs crisis.

  • Watch how the legacy of NAFTA, the most controversial trade deal in recent American history, still affects Americans.

  • A closer look at the safety of nuclear energy in America.

  • Host Jeff Greenfield explores the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements in a report that examines the politics of resentment throughout American history.

  • "Help Wanted," a look at America's jobs crisis.

  • Need to Know heads to a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA.

  • Green jobs in Michigan, garage sales

  • Privatizing infrastructure, Christine Todd Whitman.

Need to Know Video Clips & Extras

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