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Regionally Speaking, Monday, June 5, 2017


Today:   Dave Benjamin of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project talks about the dangers of swimming or surfing (or even boating) in Lake Michigan and why it's so important to know what to do if you get into trouble in the water. 

The Chicago-based organization conducts informational and training sessions every year and -- Benjamin says -- encourages schools to include water safety drills, just as they plan for and conduct fire or earthquake drills.

A group of students at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, led by Professor Sandra Chimon-Rogers, is getting ready to send an experiment aloft to the International Space Station.  The project's just received a June 2017 Innovation Awards from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana.  We talked with Professor Shimon-Rogers about how the experiment will help in the research into Alzheimer's.

And we bring back our conversations with RecoveryWorks-Merrillville executive director Valerie Thorn about the latest and, to date, the deadliest opioid threat -- a concrete-like powder called "Gray Death."  And Lake County Sheriff John Buncich reviews the 2016 report from the Lake County Drug Task Force, as the task force combats crime as well as its underlying drug addiction issues.

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.