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After a decades-long battle, adoptees in New York may soon be celebrating a major victory. But as we’ll learn, having unrestricted access to your birth certificate carries with it hopes and fears some people don’t anticipate or understand. Finding support through what some call “the endless journey,” on this edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, it was 50 years ago when the first humans walked on the moon. We’ll hear from a Rochester man involved in a special project that paved the way for a moment that changed history. 

In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy announced a goal of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth" before the end of the decade, the mission seemed all but impossible.

"[The U.S.] didn't have a spaceship that could fly to the moon," journalist Charles Fishman notes. "We didn't have a rocket that could launch to the moon. We didn't have a computer small enough or powerful enough to do the navigation necessary to get people to the moon. We didn't have space food."