Unpacking The Opioid Package Passed In The Senate, Football– With Eight Players– On The Rise, More Older Adults In The Workforce

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An addict prepares heroin
An addict prepares heroin, placing a fentanyl test strip into the mixing container to check for contamination, Wednesday Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. If the strip registers a “pinkish” to red marker then the heroin is positive for contaminants. Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo

On Monday, the U.S. Senate passed a package of bills — 70 in total — that are meant to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. We talk with a reporter about what the bills change and where legislation could be headed from here. We also hear why eight-player teams are becoming more common in football. And we learn why more and more older adults are staying in the workforce.

Featured in this Show

  • What's In The Opioids Package That Passed The Senate?

    On a vote of 99 to 1, the U.S. Senate passed a package of 70 bills aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic. We discuss what’s in the legislation, what was left out and what happens next.

  • More Wisconsin Schools Moving To Eight-Player Football

    In response to declining participation rates, more small high schools in Wisconsin are transitioning their football programs to an eight-player format. We talk with the coach of an eight-player squad about what went into the decision and how players and fans have responded.

  • Demographics, Economy Lead To More Older Adults Working

    More Americans in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are working than at any other time on record. We talk with a guest from AARP Wisconsin about what’s keeping them in the workforce, the kind of jobs they’re doing, and what challenges they face.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Colby Itkowitz Guest
  • Paul Michlig Guest
  • Jim Flaherty Guest