Assessing Worries: Money and Love, Ebola Outbreaks, Privacy

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty)

New York City's new Sick Leave Law starts today. We'll hear what it means for you. Plus: It’s a big week for major economic indicators; a law that’s meant to protect patients may actually be used more to protect medical centers; containing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak; voting rights for felons; and stories about the anxiety and stress of dealing with money in relationships. 

Explaining Today's "Bounce-Back" GDP Report

After the U.S. economy shrank in the 1st quarter, today's report shows 4% expansion -- but with some important caveats and revisions. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC News, breaks down the numbers and what to expect from the many other economic indicators out this week.

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How Worried Do You Need To Be About Ebola?

One epidemiologist says it's quite likely that someone with Ebola will arrive in the U.S., but he says the panic level should only be "at a 1 or a 2." Here's what you need to know.

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Paid Sick Leave: Day One

New York's Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect today. Julie Menin, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, has been helping businesses prepare for the effort. She answers last-minute questions and discusses what impact the law will have on NYC's workers.

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Has Your Felony Conviction Ruined Your Life?

Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul are teaming on a bill that would make life easier for those who've served their time for non-violent felony convictions, from help with finding a job to stricter regulations about what remains on someone's record. Paul has also spoken out about wanting to change the laws regarding voting eligibility for non-violent felons in federal elections. We take calls from anyone who's served time about what life is like as an ex-con, and what the government can and should do to help.

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Is HIPAA Being Used To Harm - Not Help - Patients?

In a recent article for ProPublica, senior reporter Charles Ornstein examines three case studies of medical centers citing HIPAA - the 1996 law mean to protect patients - in ways that protect their own interests and privacy. Ornstein joins us to explain what HIPAA actually covers and explain what your rights are as a patient.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love...and Money

Dealing with money in relationships is often stressful. For the new episode out today, Anna Sale, host of WNYC's podcast Death Sex & Moneytalked to several couples trying to balance their checkbooks with their love life -- from a couple that thought they had money all figured out until they had a daughter and one partner stayed home; to an engaged couple that broke it off after they couldn't agree to the terms of a pre-nup.

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