Thursday, May 16, 2013
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.
Topics for May 17, 2013:
While the number of illegal crossings at the border has plummeted dramatically — roughly half the number than during peak years — just as many people are dying. Meaning for those coming into the country illegally, it is now more deadly, more lethal, than at any time in recent U.S. immigration history.
For years the age of those dying has been constant — they have been young — but today, these statistics are changing. According to two recent studies, what may be compelling older immigrants to risk death in the desert is this: more and more often, they are mothers and fathers who have long had homes in the United States, with American children who depend on them.
Don’t miss the third installment of NEED TO KNOW’s award-winning Border Patrol series, airing May 17 on PBS.