Watch Need to Know
- 3 Seasons
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.