Statewide: Talking To Kids About Marijuana; Why Have All The Geese Gone From Southern Illinois?

Nov 21, 2019

As recreational marijuana is set to become legal in Illinois January 1, some parents are worried it sends the wrong message to kids.   We'll hear from experts and young people about ways for parents to have a dialogue on the subject.

Not that long ago, southern Illinois was known as a place where geese would spend the winter during colder weather.  But recently, that trek to the area has stopped.   We'll hear some of the reasons why.

And, a reporter shares her personal account of adoption and the risk she took to reach out to her biological family.

That and more on this episode of Statewide.

This week's lineup:

* Amy Mayer of Harvest Public Media has more on the tough year for agriculture and how farmers are coping.

* We listen to a commentary from WSIU about the decline of geese in that area.

* Steph Whiteside turns to science to find out why losing weight can be so hard.

* Mariah Woelfel of WBEZ brings us tips for talking to kids about marijuana.

* Jaclyn Driscoll of KWMU looks at how Missouri's medical marijuana program compares to the one in Illinois.

* Sam Dunklau talks with author Jan Jacobi about his book "Young Lincoln".  The book looks at Lincoln's formative years and is written from Abe's point of view.

* With November being National Adoption Month, Dusty Rhodes shares her personal story about seeking out her biological family.

* WSIU's Brad Palmer attends a re-entry summit for inmates about to be released from prison.  

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