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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The mental health of the Tucson shooter has become central to the conversation about the deadly incident in Arizona last weekend. senior editor Dahlia Lithwick looks at how mental health becomes political and the history of the insanity defense. Plus: Seth Mnookin, author of the new book The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear; Money U continues with a conversation about debt collection; and Nassau County’s money problems.

Open Phones: Obama's Tucson Speech

President Obama spoke in Tucson yesterday addressing the recent tragedy there. We'll play extended excerpts of the speech. Call us and share your thoughts on his speech and try to put into words your hopes and dreams for America going forward? Call us up!

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Nassau County Takeover?

Geoffrey Walter, editor of the Mineola Patch, and Newsday columnist Joye Brown report on the possibility that Nassau County's finances will be taken over by the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority.

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Money U: Debt Collection

Deyanira Del Río, associate director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, explores the basics of financial literacy and economic justice on Thursdays in January. This week: debt collection.

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The Insanity Defense

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, addresses the discussion around the Tucson shooter's mental health and the politics of the insanity defense.

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Dissecting the Panic over Immunizations

Seth Mnookin is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former senior writer for Newsweek, where he covered media, politics, and popular culture. His new book, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear, looks at the way science and popular culture have diverged on the issue of childhood vaccinations and the risk of autism.

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Open Phones: College Students, How Worried Are You?

College students, how worried are you about being poorer than your parents? Some say you're the first generation at risk of being worse off than your parent's generation. How worried are you, and how is that affecting the way you're thinking about your college career and future job prospects? Call us up or comment below!

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Money U

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