In Depth: Aphasia, Sideshows, Student Loans

Segment 1:

Hal is joined by Roberta Elman, Founder and President of the Aphasia Center of California. Elman explains the disorder we recently learned afflicts Bruce Willis. She explains some of the different types of aphasia, their causes and how they can potentially be treated. She says most forms of aphasia allow for some level of recovery, and people with aphasia can still lead rich, meaningful lives.

Second section:

Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern Co.) talks to Hal about legislation to help fight street racing and side shows. The incidence of these dangerous car stunts continues to rise despite attempts to quell them. He talks about Assembly Bill 3, enacted just a few months ago, which allows drivers’ licenses to be revoked from offenders.

Fong also wants more money for the app added to the California Highway Patrol budget. He says efforts are being made to find alternatives for runners other than the streets.

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Third section:

Michael Kitchen, student loan and higher education expert, joins Hal to talk about student loans. The federal student loan repayment hiatus has been extended again, but Kitchen says there are currently options for student loan forgiveness.

A program for public service employees has recently been made much more accessible to applicants. He advises student loan recipients to discuss their situation with their lenders to see if they qualify for waiver programs.

segment four:

Hal promotes his podcast, and we end with a look at people who meditate with sloths in a Florida bring help.

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