Illinois and 22 other states allow the medical use of marijuana. The origin of cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back to the healers of ancient China. But what do we really know about the science of marijuana? Despite the fact that marijuana has been around for centuries very little scientific research has been conducted.
April marks the 150th Anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Most school children learn about the escapades of John Wilkes Booth and his assignation of President Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater on April 15, 1865. But most people probably don't recognize the name John Surratt; let alone his connection to the conspiracy that ended in the death of the country's 16th president.
Welcome to this edition of In the Author's Voice! In the spring of 2012 a commencement speech given by high school English teacher David McCullough, Jr. went viral.
His message to the graduating class: 'you are not special.' That speech is now the basis of a new book. WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with McCullough about his view of the student experience and his new book You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements.
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George Jelinek was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 at the age of 45. The Australian Professor of Emergency Medicine has been successful at using dietary and lifestyle changes to successfully manage his MS.
Jelinek is the author of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery and Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis. He talks about his personal experience with MS and his research for this edition of In the Author's Voice.