Need To Know

web-magazine integrating news with a touch of insight, perspective and wit.


  • Dying to get back

    For those crossing the border illegally, it is now more deadly than ever before.
  • Help Wanted: Retraining America

    Fixing structural unemployment by improving scientific, technical and mathematical skills.
  • Debating the Second Amendment

    A roundtable examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes debate today.
  • Financial literacy

    A program designed to help low-income, mostly African-American children save for college.
  • Main Street: Findlay, Ohio

    How have changes in manufacturing impacted the average worker in Findlay, Ohio?
  • Behavioral economics at work

    How behavioral economics is being utilized to encourage low-income workers to save.
  • Economic inequality and mobility

    A round table discussion on economic inequality, mobility, debt, and economic health.
  • Medical Devices

    Dr. Emily Senay examines the FDA’s medical device review process.


  • Fri., November 12, 2010: International version

    Burma, the Middle East and Peter Sagal.
  • Friday, Nov. 5, 2010: International version

    Marshes in Iraq, the U.S. Senate.
  • Foreclosure crisis, for-profit unemployment companies

    The foreclosure crisis, for-profit companies and unemployment claims, Broadway musical
  • Afghan embed; New York's Highline; Senior care

    Guardian Afghan embed; exploring New York's Highline; Seattle Times on senior care.
  • The price of gas; food safety, Ground Zero Mosque

    Fracking in Wyoming. Food safety. Glenn Beck on Ground Zero Mosque, Katrina anniversary
  • Money & Medicine

    How Avandia made it to market.
  • Iran's opposition party and wounded vets

    Iran's opposition party and wounded vets
  • The BP spill and health, Somali artist K'naan

    Effects of the oil spill on human health, Americans and gold and music star K'Naan.

About Need To Know

PBS's new TV and web newsmagazine gives you what you need to know -- along with a healthy dose of insight, perspective and wit. Need to Know cuts through the noise of nonstop news to bring you the most compelling stories of the week and of our times. Every Friday night nationwide and all week long on the web.