NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WNET is pleased to announce the renewal through June 30, 2013 of its national weekly newsmagazine, Need to Know. The series – with Jeff Greenfield, Maria Hinojosa, Scott Simon, and Ray Suarez -- is part of PBS's news and public affairs programming and is broadcast during primetime on Fridays nationwide, with repeats over the weekend in some markets. (Check local listings.)
"I think the show has really hit its stride," said Marc Rosenwasser, the series' executive producer for the past year. "Our new single-topic format gives us an opportunity to go very deeply into important topics that don't get as much time as they deserve on many commercial news magazines. Our goal is to humanize often-difficult topics and add to the national dialogue."
The program's single-topic, 30-minute format features in-depth, documentary-styled reports focusing on how policies set in Washington affect Main Street. During the past season, the show has filed original stories from around the nation on many of the most pressing issues of our times: unemployment and under-employment in a monthly "Help Wanted" series; the foreclosure crisis; the difficulty of getting by on food stamps; healthcare reform; veterans care; prison reform; EPA regulation, the lingering effects of NAFTA, and how Chinese dumping of solar panels has cost Americans jobs.
Most notably, with the help of the Nation Institute, the show also produced two investigative half hours documenting widespread abuses in the Border Patrol. Those reports led to Congressional calls for action and a Federal grand jury investigation.
Need to Know also has done original reporting overseas about Christian persecution in Iraq, the aftermath of the revolution in Egypt, renewable energy in Germany and war crime tribunals in Cambodia.
The program also regularly includes an "American Voices" segment featuring diverse Americans with diverse points of view.
"Need to Know with its focus on the most intriguing story of the week occupies a unique place in PBS's programming lineup, and is part of why viewers trust PBS more than any other television news source," says Stephen Segaller, vice president, programming, for WNET.
Need to Know is a production of Creative News Group in association with WNET. Marc Rosenwasser is executive producer.
Need to Know is made possible by Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Mutual of America, Citi Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.
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For more information on Need to Know, visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/ and follow @NeedtoKnow on Twitter.
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