Underage nicotine sales, Absentee ballot bill, U.S. moon landing, Underwater archaeology

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Intuitive Machines’ lunar lander, lifts off from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. John Raoux/AP Photo

A public health doctor joins us to explain an increase in nicotine product sales to people under 18. Then, we learn about proposed legislation that would allow absentee ballots to be processed a day earlier. Plus, a look at last week’s lunar landing and a deep dive into the world of underwater archaeology.

Featured in this Episode

  • Wisconsin sees uptick in underage nicotine sales

    Underage sales of nicotine products have more than doubled in Wisconsin since 2019, the year when the federal age for purchasing tobacco products was raised to 21. Wisconsin has kept the minimum age at 18 despite research showing that raising the smoking age reduces nicotine addiction. A doctor and tobacco addiction expert explains.

  • Early ballot processing bill unlikely to become law in Wisconsin

    A bipartisan bill that would allow Wisconsin clerks to process absentee ballots a day in advance is now unlikely to reach the Senate floor for a vote. We talk to a state elections expert about the challenges of processing absentee ballots, the purpose of the bill, and why it’s facing unforeseen opposition.

  • An American lunar lander touched down for the first time in 50 years. Now what?

    We talk with a longtime science correspondent and space reporter about last week’s mostly successful Odysseus lunar lander mission and how it will set up the upcoming Lunar Trailblazer mission.

  • Ask an underwater archaeologist

    An anthropologist from UW-Milwaukee shares her adventures as an underwater archaeologist in the Great Lakes and beyond.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dr. Michael Fiore Guest
  • Bryna Godar Guest
  • Joe Palca Guest
  • Ashley Lemke Guest
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director

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