Panel Round One
TOM BODETT, HOST:
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OK, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Adam, Shuffleboard and "Matlock" may get a whole lot more interesting to a new generation of the elderly. The New York Times reports that older people have found a new way to enhance their golden years. What are they doing?
ADAM FELBER: They're tweeting about shuffleboard and Matlock.
BODETT: Let me give you a hint. You may soon hear grandpa saying things like, "Have you ever really looked at your bony, arthritic hands?"
FELBER: Oh, they're getting high.
BODETT: That's right.
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BODETT: They're getting high. Marijuana use among old folks is going up, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Retirement home administrators got suspicious when they kept finding "Murder She Wrote" with the sound turned down in the common room, with Pink Floyd blaring over the PA.
FELBER: To be fair, that totally works if you try it.
BODETT: This is true; the Times said that many seniors in gated communities keep dime bags and vaporizers on hand. And with that...
P. J. O'ROURKE: Because we've given up smoking.
KYRIE O'CONNOR: Right.
BODETT: With that news, 10,000 college students decided you know what, we should finally go visit grandma.
FELBER: Maybe she'll bake us some cookies.
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