Bill Prohibiting Plastic Bag Bans Approved by Senate Committee, Scott Kelly Returns To Earth, Mental Health And Gun Violence

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Mental illness is often blamed for gun violence in the United States, but our guest says the connection between the two isn’t as strong as people think…and we should be paying more attention to anger and past violent actions, to prevent future acts of violence. We also discuss a top news story of the day, and hear about astronaut Scott Kelly’s return from a record-setting space mission…and what it could mean for the future of space exploration.

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  • NASA Astronaut Returns Safely After Nearly One Year In Space

    After nearly one year in space, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has officially returned to Earth. Along with his Russian counterpart, Kelly safely landed in Kazakhstan earlier today, and is now on his way back to the United States. A space reporter discusses Kelly’s historic mission, the effects that long-term space travel can have on the body, and what’s next for Kelly now that he’s back on Earth.

  • Mental Health And Gun Violence–Less Of A Connection Than We Might Believe?

    Mental illness is not usually a factor in gun violence, according to a researcher who says we should be paying more attention to anger and past violent actions in preventing future acts of violence.

  • Bill Prohibiting Plastic Bag Bans Approved by Senate Committee

    A bill aiming to prohibit plastic bag bans within Wisconsin passed a senate committee yesterday after making it through the state assembly last week. The plan, backed by the Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers and the Wisconsin Grocers Association, aims to curb costs to the packaging industry and businesses that use plastic bags and other auxiliary containers. We talk to it’s Assembly sponsor, Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), about what the bill means for Wisconsin’s economy and the environment.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Elizabeth Howell Guest
  • Jeffrey Swanson Guest
  • Mike Rohrkaste Guest

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