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'Morning Shift' #47: Reefer Madness!

On Tuesday's Morning Shift, we review recent business news, talk about Red Cross relief efforts and criticism, muse on Jay Cutler's concussion, examine the cultural shift in views on marijuana, spar with the Dueling Critics, and take a look at what it takes to impersonate a president.


  1. First, WBEZ business reporter Niala Boodhoo brings the latest on Groupon’s struggles, and how a potential labor strike could affect Black Friday shoppers at Wal-Mart.
  2. Then, The American Red Cross is called in to help state and federal agencies in times of disaster. While some communities in the Northeast continue to rebound from Hurricane Sandy, the agency is facing a backlash for slow response times. The Morning Shift talks with the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago’s Regional Chief Development Officers, Heidi Mucha, about how the agency handles disasters and bounces back from criticism.
  3. Next, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s status remains uncertain after suffering a concussion in the first half of Sunday night’s game. WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout looks at the implications for the Bears and its star quarterback.
  4. Then, last week, voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Morning Shift examines how and why attitudes toward marijuana have changed over time and where Illinois fits into the changing cannabis landscape with Mick Dumke from the Chicago Reader and Reason’s Mike Riggs.
  5. Next, WBEZ theater critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman “duel” over two new plays, eta Creative Arts Foundation’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, and the Griffin Theatre production of Burnt Part Boys, which is at Theater Wit through December 22.
  6. Lastly, Steven Spielberg’s costume drama Lincoln hit theaters this weekend. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a less than stentorian Abraham Lincoln in the last few months of his life, as he strategizes to end slavery. Lincoln interpreter Michael Krebs rates the famously intense Day-Lewis’ performance.
  7. Sam Waterston as Abraham Lincoln