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by Gwen Outen
May 18, 2010

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Changing Health Coverage
As the new health care law takes effect it means big changes to the way many Americans buy insurance, who's covered, and what your policy will pay for. While the law will eventually affect almost everyone, many companies have already updated their policies. Young people and older adults, particularly those on Medicare, will see some of the law's most immediate effects. If you're a member of one of those groups, or are a parent or caregiver, you likely have a few questions, from, "how does the law affect me," to, "so what should I do now?" Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and the Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy answer questions about what the new health care law means for young adults, seniors, and their parents and caregivers.

Cyclists vs. Drivers
Last month, transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he wants to make cycling as important as driving. But, anyone who's pedaled a two-wheeler through rush hour traffic knows that the relationship between cyclists and motorists is tense, at best. And the cyclists who weave in and out of traffic or blow through red lights deserve as much of the blame as the drivers who make sudden turns or open their doors without looking. This Friday is "Bike to Work Day", and Loren Mooney of Bicycling Magazine about the conflicts between bicycles and cars, and how to make room for both on the roads.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali On Her Journey From Islam To America
Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants to reclaim Islam from within. She was born in Somalia, escaped an arranged marriage and fled to the Netherlands where she became a critic of repression in Islamic societies and won election to the Dutch Parliament. In 2004, Ayaan Hirsi Ali collaborated with film maker Theo Van Gogh on a controversial movie called Submission, which focused on the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. Hirsi Ali talks about her new memoir Nomad, where she continues her story as she leaves Holland for the U.S. in search of a new beginning while reconciling with the complex traditions of her Islamic upbringing.

TV Upfronts and Fall Schedule Changes
This week, television networks announce their brand-new lineups at the upfront presentation — the period where advertisers can buy commercial time before the season begins. And after a year of disappointing ad sales, more viewer losses, and the Conan/Leno combustion over at NBC, the networks have got a lot to sell. Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the St. Petersburg Times, talks about what the networks are doing to prevent more losses, and what's in store for the new television season.

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