Plans to Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the Horizon | Compensation Finally Comes to Family of Henrietta Lacks | The Collective Experience of PTSD

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Friday, August 09, 2013

People try to cross a flooded road in the center of city on June 15, 2011 in Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. (Portokalis/Shutterstock)

Plans to Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the Horizon | Compensation Finally Comes to Family of Henrietta Lacks | The Collective Experience of PTSD | New Movie Releases: Planes, Elysium, Lovelace and More | Mothers Who Chose to "Opt-Out" Want Back In The Workforce | A Father's Account Of His Late Son's Battle With PTSD

Plans to Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the Horizon

Earlier this week President Obama announced his intent to drastically overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Congress is now considering bills that would phase out Fannie and Freddie over the next five years and shrink the government’s role in guaranteeing mortgage securities. Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), ranking member on the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and insurance, and Brett Barry, associate broker with HomeSmart in Phoenix, Arizona, explain.

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Mothers Who Chose to "Opt-Out" Want Back In The Workforce

About decade ago, a movement of highly educated, well-paid professional women chose to leave their positions of power to stay home and raise their children. At the time, journalist Lisa Belker coined it the “opt-out revolution.” In a recent article for our partner The New York Times, Lisa Belkin and author Judith Warner decided to return to the women who had previously been chronicled for their triumphant escape from the rat race to see where they were now—and whether their decision was the right one.

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The Collective Experience of PTSD

While the trauma facing veterans returning home may be an individual experience, on some level, are we all going to experience PTSD collectively as a nation? Mary de Young is a Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University who specializes in the collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder. She joins us to discuss how communities that experience PTSD, stress and trauma collectively get through it.

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New Movie Releases of the Week: Planes, Elysium, Lovelace and More

Dane Cook, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Amanda Seyfried—that's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. Five new films are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

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Compensation Finally Comes to Family of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951 when Henrietta Lacks was 31-years-old, doctors harvested her cells while treating her for cancer. Researchers have been using those cells ever since—in over 74,000 medical experiments—while giving none of the profits to the Lacks family. But this week, the National Institutes of Health decided to change that. Rebecca Skloot, author “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” explains.

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A Father's Account Of His Late Son's Battle With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This week The Takeaway is exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in America. Corporal Jeffrey Lucey served in Iraq between January and July 2003 as a Humvee driver. In March 2004, after his return home, he began exhibiting signs of PTSD. Jeffrey took his own life on May 22, 2004. Jeffrey's father, Kevin Lucey, joins the program to discuss his late son's battle with PTSD.

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