Need to Know

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  • 2010
  • 3 Seasons
  • 2.7  (11)

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.

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Seasons
Jun 28, 2013
23. Jun 28, 2013
June 28, 2013
How to end gridlock in Washington, D.C. Also: malpractice lawsuits and health-care costs; Denmark's approach to settling medical disputes.
Jun 21, 2013
22. Jun 21, 2013
June 21, 2013
A controversial Mexican-American studies program in Tucson is examined.
Jun 14, 2013
21. Jun 14, 2013
June 14, 2013
Dr. Emily Senay examines the Affordable Care Act's readmission penalties, which are designed to reduce costs and improve the care of patients.
Jun 7, 2013
20. Jun 7, 2013
June 7, 2013
How the people of Ohio are faring over the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.
May 31, 2013
19. May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
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.
May 24, 2013
18. May 24, 2013
May 24, 2013
A glimpse into the lives of the Latino farmworkers in Salinas, CA.
May 17, 2013
17. May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013
The consequences of crossing the border illegally. A closer look at the Obama administration's deportation policies for undocumented workers.
May 3, 2013
16. May 3, 2013
May 3, 2013
Fixing structural unemployment by improving scientific, technical and mathematical skills.
Apr 26, 2013
15. Apr 26, 2013
April 26, 2013
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).
Apr 19, 2013
14. Apr 19, 2013
April 19, 2013
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.
Apr 12, 2013
13. Apr 12, 2013
April 12, 2013
How Ohio workers are surviving after the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.
Apr 5, 2013
12. Apr 5, 2013
April 5, 2013
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.
Mar 29, 2013
11. Mar 29, 2013
March 29, 2013
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).
Mar 22, 2013
10. Mar 22, 2013
March 22, 2013
Dr. Emily Senay explores the FDA's medical device review process.
Mar 1, 2013
9. Mar 1, 2013
March 1, 2013
The debate over immigration reform -- a glimpse inside the lives of Latino farm workers.
Feb 22, 2013
8. Feb 22, 2013
February 22, 2013
Remembering a shooting at a western Massachusetts college twenty years ago.
Feb 15, 2013
7. Feb 15, 2013
February 15, 2013
The ongoing dispute in Tucson over a Mexican-American studies program.
Feb 8, 2013
6. Feb 8, 2013
February 8, 2013
The panelists discuss options to save Medicare.
Feb 1, 2013
5. Feb 1, 2013
February 1, 2013
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.
Jan 25, 2013
4. Jan 25, 2013
January 25, 2013
Ending gridlock in Washington, D.C.; contribution of malpractice lawsuits to rising health-care costs; how medical disputes are settled in Denmark.
Jan 18, 2013
3. Jan 18, 2013
January 18, 2013
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.
Jan 11, 2013
2. Jan 11, 2013
January 11, 2013
Four tax returns from New Jersey demonstrate the disparities in tax regulation.
Jan 4, 2013
1. Jan 4, 2013
January 4, 2013
The emotional and physical challenges of caring for an ailing parent.
Description

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.

  • Premiere Date
    May 7, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    2.7  (11)