News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 2, 2014

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John Morgan and Grady Judd spar during Lakeland debate on medical marijuana

In front of a raucous standing-room-only crowd of almost 700 people Thursday night, six panelists argued in favor or against Amendment 2, the Florida medical marijuana initiative, which voters will decide on November 4. The forum was held at Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland on August 28. As the moderator, Lakeland Ledger Editor Lenore Devore, pointed out, it was designed to be an educational session, not a debate. Audience members were encouraged not to applaud or speak out, but the ra...

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Scott McIntyre and State Representative Dwight Dudley

Radioactivity explores utility regulation and green energy in Florida

Today on Radioactivity talks about utility regulation and green energy- are state regulators giving electric utility companies what they need or are regulators too soft on utility companies?

Electric utility companies are big news in Florida. With rate increases, advanced cost recovery fees, and big changes in energy conservation programs- the electric utilities have become a major issue in this year’s governor’s race.

Today's show features several guests including free market economi...

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From a Woman's POV discusses American police trained in Israel with Medea Benjamin, Citizens United and an abortion documentary

Do you think we have all become Mr. Jones?

Gaza – the World Health Organization is calling the conditions for children in Gaza a world health emergency. A growing, very viable industry in Israel is homeland security. Did you know that most major police departments in this country, including the St. Louis County and City police forces, have had training in Israel for homeland security? That there is a branch of the NYPD in Tel Aviv? The pentagon only too happily sees crime fighters...

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Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll joins Radioactivity to discuss her new autobiography

For two years she was Governor Rick Scott’s Lt. Governor,- the state’s first black Lt. Governor, a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and a former state representative from Jacksonville. She was forced to resign from the Scott administration last year after she was questioned by law enforcement officers who were investigating illegal gambling operations disguised as a veteran’s charity operating from internet cafés.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes guest Jennifer Carroll who has just ...

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photo by Seán Kinane.

Endangered Species Act will protect 20 coral species

Twenty coral species found in American waters now have Endangered Species Act protections.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that the corals would be listed as threatened.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Shaye Wolf, the climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Behind the Robe... the Job of Judging

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly takes a rare look inside Judging (being the one wearing the robe making life changing decisions.) Do you save a guy from death row? Was that killing covered by Stand Your Ground? What’s the right thing to do for a child whose been abused? Does anyone win a Divorce?

The show welcomes guest Susan Sexton, retired Hillsborough Judge. She was the first woman elected Circuit Judge in Hillsborough County in the 1980s and she was also the youngest. She presided...

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Author John Schultz discusses the history of the militarization of police

Many Americans were shocked a few days ago when snipers and heavily armed police met mostly peaceful protestors in Ferguson Missouri. That started a debate over whether the nation’s police have become so militarized that they are no longer there to preserve and protect but have adopted an attitude of “us” and “them”.

The militarization of the police is not a brand new practice. It has a long history and one of the worst incidents of it was 46 years ago this week during the Democratic Part...

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Bettejo Indelicato.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay

Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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