Need To Know
Airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV - CANCELLED (last broadcast June 21, 2013)
Originally published April 29, 2010 at 4:40 p.m., updated June 27, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.
This program is no longer airing Friday nights on KPBS - the last broadcast was June 21, 2013.
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John Steinbeck’s hometown came to worldwide notice through "The Grapes of Wrath." Not all city fathers were pleased by the portrait. Explore what has changed and what remains the same in Salinas.
This weekly current affairs series covers the issues being considered by candidates and voters — from immigration to education to health care, environment, jobs and economy — from Main Street’s point of view.
The program also profiles up-and-coming political leaders and will report regularly from the road, hosting the program from key states whose issues are important to the national election. Essays, many from Jon Meacham and from a diverse group of other journalists and big thinkers, are a weekly feature.
A rotation of respected and experienced media professionals will both anchor the program and report from the field.
They include: Scott Simon, longtime host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition;” Maria Hinojosa, host and managing editor of NPR’s “Latino USA” and former senior correspondent of NOW ON PBS; Ray Suarez, co-anchor of the PBS NEWSHOUR; and Jeff Greenfield, a seasoned political, media and culture reporter and commentator who has worked for CNN, CBS, NBC, and was host of PBS’ CEO EXCHANGE.
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As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., NEED TO KNOW offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers. With the continuation of our “Main Street” series, correspondent John Larson reports from Salinas, California — home to John Steinbeck and some of the richest farmlands in the world. This episode was originally broadcast on March 1, 2013.