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#DELETEFACEBOOK is circulating throughout the social media hemisphere. Some say, there’s a good reason for that. You may have heard about the Facebook data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. It’s a political consulting firm that does data analysis for the electoral process. So why the uproar? A whistleblower claims data was collected by Cambridge Analytica on about 50 million Facebook users for the purpose of psychologically profiling them and then sending them pro-Trump material before he was elected.

Social media attorney Scott Malouf says using any social media tool means we’re freely giving away information about ourselves. He says there are practical things we need to think about when we download an app or take a social media quiz.

She’s been called “trailblazer,” “fearless leader,” and “staunch advocate for women’s issues.” And this week, Rochester remembers the life and influence of the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. In the process of reflecting on that legacy, comes another challenge, the idea of moving forward and determining who will fill the late Congresswoman’s seat and become her successor. Joining this edition of Need to Know to explain the next steps in this process is former Rochester Mayor and friend of Congresswoman Slaughter, Bill Johnson.

As Rochester celebrates the life of the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the difficult question to ask is: “What’s next?” She left quite an impressive seat to fill. What filling that seat looks like on this edition of Need to Know.

There is outrage over a data scandal at Facebook. We’ll also discuss what you need to know about the big trade-off when you drink “the social media juice.”

A group of at-risk teens in Rochester say Shakespeare, yes, Shakespeare is helping them learn about choices and consequences. We’ll learn about a unique intervention to help avoid incarceration.

This week rock star Eddie Money launched the world premiere of his own musical in Rochester. It’s called “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical,” which features the famed “Money Man” himself. The star whose recording career spanned from the late ‘60s through the ‘80s recently stopped by the Need to Know studio. He explained why it was important to share his story - the good, the bad and the near-death – through the medium of a musical for all to see.

President Trump took to Twitter earlier this week to praise the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new federal tax bill was signed into law in December of 2017. On Twitter this Sunday, the President said: “4.2 Million hard working americans have already received a large bonus and/or pay increase because of our recently passed tax cut & jobs bill....And it will only get better!”

If that’s the case, why is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo threatening to sue the federal government over the tax law? On this edition of Need to Know we’re examining the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the confusion around the new law, and what it means for New Yorkers.

It’s received praise by some and disdain by others. On this edition of Need to Know, we’re talking about the new federal tax bill and the key points you need to know about with tax season now in full swing.

Also on the show, he says his life is an open book and he wants you to know the full story. Rock star Eddie Money visits the WXXI Studios to discuss the purpose behind his new musical premiering this week in Rochester.

Coming up on the next Need to Know, if you're still confused about the new federal tax law, we're going to break down what it means for you. 

Then, we sit down with Eddie Money. His short-lived career in law enforcement led him to music, and a musical bearing his name is debuting in Rochester. 

Raul Ramirez describes himself as a DREAMer The University of Rochester student is pursuing a BA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. He has dreams of eventually practicing family medicine for the LGBTQ community. But Ramirez has a more immediate dream - for Congress to pass legislation that allows undocumented young people, just like him, and their families, to stay in the United States without fear of deportation. Ramirez, founder of the group UR DREAMers, joins this edition of Need to Know to share his story.

Some say the issue of immigration reform has not only taken a nasty turn in Congress, but also in our society. One reason might be lack of understanding and confusion in terms of what’s going on and why.

Joining this edition of Need to Know to share their understanding and perspectives on the issue at hand is:

  • Wes Renfro - Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College
  • Jocelyn “Josh” Apo - A Haitian refugee now US Citizen who released an inspiring memoir in 2017 about his journey, “Gold from the Well”
  • Jim Morris - Associate Vice President for Family Services at Catholic Family Center

It’s been described as a fiscal showdown in Washington. Members of Congress have been up against the clock to pass a federal spending bill and avoid another government shutdown. So what’s the issue? There’s one matter of contention.

What you need to know about immigration reform according to dreamers, one of your Congressional representatives, a refugee-now-U.S. citizen, and more, on this edition of Need to Know.