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May 24, 2020

The Importance of The Fifth Amendment
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How much do you know about the Fifth Amendment? Some top scholars consider it one of our most important rights, and how you can avoid being wrongly convicted of a crime. We’ll hear from an expert. Then, there are vital prescription drugs that can cost you a fortune. But a journalist discovered how to get a wonder drug for thousands less.
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You Have the Right to Remain Innocent
James J. Duane is Professor at Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, VA, and author of You Have the Right to Remain Innocent. Prof. Duane explained the importance of the Fifth Amendment. He believes it is a constitutional right not clearly or widely understood by the average American. He explained why he advises everyone to never answer questions from law enforcement officers without legal representation. He believes when someone is wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, often it is because of information they voluntarily gave to investigators.
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Finding Affordable Prescriptions
Frank Lalli is an investigative journalist, and author of Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions. Mr. Lalli shared his personal story: after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a treatable form of blood cancer, he put his reporter’s instincts to work and got the wonder drug he needed at an affordable price—thousands of dollars less than he was told he would have to spend. He explained how to negotiate doctors’ fees and how to search for assistance in paying for medications.
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Blue Collar Math Skills
America’s math proficiency is rated 24th out of 29 math-tested countries. Licensed contractor Alan Cook, author of A Trip to the Number Yard talked about the problem of mathematic illiteracy for both do-it-yourselfers and trade professionals, and the mishaps that sometimes occur as a result. He explained which math skills are crucial to these blue-collar endeavors. He believes the main problem is that that our nation’s schools have failed to teach math in an engaging manner.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
James J. Duane, J.D.
James Duane is a Professor at Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he received the Faculty Excellence Award in the Fall of 2002. He has twice taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, most recently in the Fall of 2011. During the 2013-14 academic year, he served as a faculty associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

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Frank Lalli
Frank Lalli has chronicled his experience with the health care system in the New York Times op-ed piece “A Health Insurance Detective Story.” He has since become The Health Care Detective™ in a variety of publications and media outlets, including regular commentary on news and health for National Public Radio’s Robin Hood Radio. Throughout his thirty-plus years of experience in editorial and journalism, he has worked as an investigative reporter for Forbes, served as editor of Money and George magazines, appeared as a specialist on Today, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and is currently the special health correspondent for Parade. Lalli was named one of the top 100 business journalists of the twentieth century by TJFR, and has won the three most prestigious prizes for excellence in financial journalism: The John Hancock, the University of Missouri, and the Gerald Loeb awards.

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Alan Cook
A Weapon Of Math Instruction is exactly what is needed. Thirty years of construction experience plus teaching at a junior college, Alan Cook sees, firsthand, the enormous difficulties people have with math.

Alan Cook has lived a multi-chaptered professional life. In his early adult years, he built houses and cabinets. Given the physical demands of this livelihood, he was introduced to the benefits of chiropractors. Receiving much needed help over years, he decided to attend chiropractic college. However, he retained his interests in the construction world and is currently a co-owner of a solar company.

Always participating in a broad pallet of experiences, he was invited to attend a professional speakers’ workshop. This training, coupled with his natural talents, led to his appointment as a post-graduate lecturer for three chiropractic colleges whereby he gave presentations across the country. His speaking abilities were also tapped by Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Complimenting his numerous lectures, he has over a dozen articles published in chiropractic and medical journals. His most well-known article being, The Healing Benefits of Laughter.

His writing and construction backgrounds are well displayed in his recent book, A Trip To The Number Yard. This paperback is a fun and thorough series of lessons in the math needed for the world of construction.

In short, Alan Cook has a wide range of experiences allowing him to connect with audiences. He has give many presentations in public speaking, as well as radio and television interviews.

Alan Cook is the author of A Trip To The Number Yard; A Fun and Easy Guide to the Math You Need for Construction... And Nothing Else.

The Number Yard