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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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New York State has agreed on legislation that would require mental health professionals to report patients who are likely to be dangerous and allow law enforcement to confiscate any guns they might have. Sarah Steverman, director of state policy for Mental Health America, discusses what it could mean for privacy and the patient-doctor relationship. Plus, questioning whether disaster aid should be on-demand; statistics explained; the new Congresswoman from Queens Grace Meng; and what to do when the doctor says your child is obese. 

School Bus Strike Update

Many New York City school bus routes were shuttered today as drivers went on strike. Schoolbook reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan update the latest. Then, Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, discusses how the city should approach negotiations with the union and the bus companies.

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New to Congress: Grace Meng

Grace Meng, U.S. Representative (D - NY6, Queens), tells Brian Lehrer about her new role in Congress and her legislative priorities.

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Heavy Issues

Dara-Lynn Weiss, freelance writer and mother, started a firestorm with her Vogue essay about putting her 7-year-old daughter on a diet.  She adds to the story in her new book, The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir

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Mental Health Changes in New York's Gun Laws

New York has passed sweeping gun control legislation that also includes significant changes to mental health policy. Sarah Steverman, director of state policy at Mental Health America, discusses the implications for the treatment of mental health and the doctor-patient relationship.

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Statistics Can Be Fun

Charlie Wheelan, author of Naked Economics and Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, explains statistics to those who slept through the class.

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Live Coverage: President Obama's Gun Policy Recommendations

Live coverage of President Obama's announcement of policy recommendations to reduce gun violence.

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