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Host : Valerie Hayes
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VALERIE HAYES, nationally respected and recognized pageant coach, author, speaker and industry thought leader launches CURRENT with VALERIE HAYES to keep listeners up-to-date on current events in a user friendly way. A featured subject matter expert on CNN, NBC, ABC, and in People magazine, Valerie brings her fun, candid approach to current events to listeners everywhere.

Filling the need for busy people to develop deep, objective, and thought provoking perspectives on current events and “hot button” topics, Valerie uses her current events expertise to help listeners develop factual, contextual understanding of current events in order to formulate their own opinions of complex, as well as seemingly simple, current events. VALERIE presents an unbiased summary of top news stories, background on how issues developed, with an open and honest discussion related to each topic. No yelling, no name calling, no guests talking over each other...just timely information to help listeners feel informed!

With her fun, slightly irreverent style, VALERIE provides listeners with facts and insight into current affairs, controversial social issues, and trending political topics -- and encourages listeners to hone their own critical thinking skills to form well thought out and insightful opinions. Addressing polarizing topics such as the upcoming election, immigration reform, terrorism, healthcare reform, gay marriage, and the country’s standing in the international arena, she helps her audience formulate well-informed opinions. CURRENT with VALERIE HAYES provides assistance in following the news while developing contestant’s analytical skills and cultural (whether it be political or ethnic) sensitivity.

VALERIE engages with “everyday expert” guests in a kitchen table conversation offering their opinions and thoughts, providing an engaging dialog for anyone of any opinion or background. Ultimately, through the process, Valerie seeks to help listeners find and develop their own opinion…as long at it’s an informed opinion!
Recent Episodes
 
July 01, 2016
Abortion & Access to Birth Control
Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled once again on laws regarding abortion and access to birth control. The court struck down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet strict operational guidelines deemed to be “burdensome” and upheld a law requiring a family-owned pharmacy to sell the “morning after pill”, despite the owner’s religious objections. Ever since the landmark ruling of Roe v Wade in 1973, there’s been a constant back and forth discussion (sometimes bordering on violence) about these two topics and how they relate to freedom of religion and women’s rights. In this episode, Valerie will walk you through the history behind both of these emotionally charged topics, discuss relevant legal and constitutional factors, and explore the main arguments used by both sides. If you’ve been unsure and confused by all the rhetoric, this is the information you need to develop your own opinion!
 
June 17, 2016
Gun Control Discussion and Transgender issues
Politicians on the left and right alike are using the horrific Orlando mass shooting to further their own political agenda on gun control, but are stricter laws really the key to preventing mass murders and overall gun violence? And recently a woman militantly paraded up and down the aisles in a local Target denouncing transgender bathroom access claiming that we're on the verge of an epidemic of bathroom sexual assault, but do the facts support her claim? And what about all those pay equity statistics and the war on women? How do we know if women really are paid less than men and what’s the best approach for achieving equitable pay practices? Join Valerie for this special episode where she’ll give you the facts behind the headlines and share her thoughts on a path forward on some of the most controversial topics in the news.
 
April 08, 2016
Obesity Epidemic & Obamacare
It’s no secret that the U.S. is facing an epidemic of obesity. Not only are today’s adults overweight, but medical costs related to healthcare is skyrocketing and right now Obamacare is on everyone’s mind due to the upcoming election. Join Valerie as she talks with Sam Jaoude, of Eatfitters.com, about the factors contributing to the obesity epidemic and how obesity drives higher health care costs. Then, Valerie will discuss the goals of the Affordable Health Care Act and whether or not Obamacare seems to be hitting those goals. It's going to be a thought provoking episode, so be certain to tune in!
 
March 25, 2016
Privacy vs National Security & Immigration
The San Bernardino shooters continue to dominate the news months after their deaths as the FBI and Apple battle over access to an encrypted cell phone, all at the same time that the immigration system continues to be a top concern for Americans. Join Valerie as she talks with Denise Howell, of This WEEK in LAW, about the legal issues behind the privacy vs national security Apple iPhone debate and learn the latest developments in the case. Then Valerie will talk with leading immigration attorney, Diego Galer of Galer Law Firm, about the current immigration system - including what's working and what's not. And don't miss Valerie's clear explanation of the various immigration plans being offered by the various presidential candidates. It's going to be an information episode that leaves you "in the know" so that you can developed an informed opinion!
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