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Thursday, July 15, 2010

A financial reform vote is expected soon, but it's unclear what's actually going to change. Heidi Moore of Slate's Big Money breaks down the details. Plus, the controversy over building an Islamic community center near ground zero; AA turns 75; and volunteering from the comfort of your own home.

What's Next for Financial Reform?

As a final Senate vote nears, contributor to Slate.com's Big Money Heidi Moore and WNYC business and economics editor Charlie Herman talk about the future of financial reform.

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WTC Muslim Community Center

Daisy Khan, executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), talks about the controversy surrounding the proposed Muslim Community Center at the WTC site.

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Volunteer Match: Virtual Volunteering

 

All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help. This week's theme is Virtual Volunteering where you can help out without ever leaving your home.

Today's VolunteerMatch Highlights: Search Engine Optimization | Host an International Exchange Student Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | Database Researcher | Rewrite Articles for Twitter | Fundraiser and Grant Writer | Creative Designer | Helpline Advocate | Online Mentor

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

→ We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.

 

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Alcoholics Anonymous at 75

On Alcoholics Anonymous' 75th anniversary, contributing editor at Wired magazine Brendan Koerner investigates why and how AA's 12-step process to kick addiction seems to work for some people.  

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Federal Juvenile Justice Control

Yesterday state and federal officials reached an agreement to limit physical force and significantly expand mental health services in NY’s juvenile justice system. Part of the agreement was a federal takeover of four prison facilities.  Jeremy Travis, chair of the Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice and president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Gladys Carrion, commissioner of New York State's Office of Children and Family Service's (OCFS), discuss the agreement.

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Bump-and-Run Q&A

Have you ever hit a parked car?  Or been on the receiving end?  What did you do – and what does the law say you should do?

In light of State Senator Schneiderman’s fender-bender-hit-and-run, we want to hear your stories.  Attorney Jeffrey Levine also joins to answer your traffic law questions.  

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