Oil Spill Questions? Ask PBS’ Need to Know

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PBS’ new weekly TV news magazine and website Need To Know is taking your oil spill questions, which reporters will answer during the show’s premiere this Friday, May 7. We here at Mother Jones are especially excited about the premiere, since Need To Know is a co-collaborator over at The Climate Desk. In addition to environmental coverage, the show and site will focus on the economy, health, security, and culture. The tone? Not quite The Daily Show, but considerably more irreverent than the Bill Moyers news programs it’s replacing: The New York Times reports that co-hosts Alison Stewart and Jon Meacham may occasionally indulge in some banter, and comedian Andy Borowitz will close each program with a segment called “Next Week’s News.” Promises Borowitz:

Now, before you start comparing me to Andy Rooney, I should say that I will not be behind a desk, nor will I spend the entire segment talking about my stapler.

Amen.

Submit your oil spill questions here, and look up local air times this Friday here. Then check out the rest of Need To Know‘s site, which currently features stories on the history of the birth control pill, Bollywood’s first gay kiss, and El Paso teens dealing with drug violence, among other topics.

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