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November 08, 2014

Mortgage Discrimination
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A woman and man apply for a mortgage. Does it matter whose name appears first on the document? The answer will surprise you. Then, the addiction treatment industry grabs headlines. But does it help people overcome their dependency on drugs and alcohol? We talk to an expert for an insiderís view.
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InfoTrak: Mortgage Discrimination

A woman and man apply for a mortgage. Does it matter whose name appears first on the document? The answer will surprise you. Then, the addiction treatment industry grabs headlines. But does it help people overcome their dependency on drugs and alcohol? We talk to an expert for an insiderís view.
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InfoTrak: The Truth About Addiction Treatment

Anne Fletcher is a health and medical writer,and author of Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment-and How to Get Help That Works. Ms. Fletcher discussed treatment options for people with substance abuse issues. She visited 15 addiction treatment centersófrom outpatient programs for the indigent to Alcoholics Anonymous to famous celebrity rehabsóto determine what forms of rehab are effective. She said itís common for people who struggle with addiction to require treatment multiple times, but she found that rehab centers often provide the same treatment over and over, rather than trying different approaches for repeat patients.
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InfoTrak: Television and Childhood Obesity

33% of American children are obese or overweight. Our guest Dr. Amanda Staiano was the lead author of a study that found that kids who have televisions in their bedrooms are twice as likely to be fat and nearly three times as likely to be at risk for heart disease and diabetes as those who donít. She recommended that parents limit a childís screen time to no more than two hours per day.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Spencer Cowan
Spencer leads Woodstock Instituteís applied research for economic security program. Spencer joined Woodstock Institute in December 2011 after serving as Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina. Before joining Woodstock, Spencerís work included projects examining the impact of state laws promoting affordable housing in affluent suburbs, efforts to bring the middle class back to inner-city neighborhoods, the impact of regulation on the cost of new housing development, a program to securitize non-conforming mortgages, and the effectiveness of community-based mortgage foreclosure prevention programs. Spencer received a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and an A.B. in Political Science from Columbia University.

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