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Fisherwoman Diane Wilson discusses new book

11/29/08
From A Woman's Point of View
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Diane Wilson, a fourth generation fisherwoman extraordinare, peace activivist, environmentalist and all around " unreasonable woman" (as she likes to say), discusses her latest book, Holy Roller, and her early years.

Particularly fascinating is her discussion of her early childhood years as a holy roller and how it led to her years of activism. Her two books thus far are Unreasonable Woman and Holy Roller, both published by Chelsea Green.

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Mother talks about losing son in Iraq

11/29/08
From A Woman's Point of View
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Norma Aviles the mother of Andy Aviles one of the first soldiers to die in the Iraq War from the Tampa Bay Region talks about her loss and how she is coping. Norma and her husband Oscar opposed the Iraq war before Andy went over to Iraq. Norma has stayed an activist trying to end the war. Andy's unit completed its third tour of duty and returned home to the Tampa area was and was featured in an article in the St. Pete Times this week.

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Report looks at renewable energy in Florida listen

11/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In July 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist signed three executive orders with the intent of plotting a new direction for Florida’s energy future. One called on the state’s utility regulators to require that a certain percentage of Florida’s energy be generated from renewable sources.

A draft study was released this week examining the technical potential and cos...

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Good government groups try to eliminate gerrymandering listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Even with a huge Democratic wave across the country, in Florida, Republicans had no trouble holding their big majorities in the Florida Senate and House. Three Florida seats turned over in the U.S. House, but one of those was held by a scandal-plagued Democrat. In the presidential race, Barack Obama won Florida handily, but his momentum didn't extend to state contests. That’s because the districts have been gerrymandered to favor incumbents, which in Florida, are heavily Republican.

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Avoid political arguments at Thanksgiving gatherings

11/26/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

Are you dreading gatherings with your family tomorrow because you are afraid the topic of politics will come up? Today WMNF's Rob Lorei read portions of an article from Alternet.org and took phone calls from listeners.

Worried About Thanksgiving Fights with Right-Wing Family Members?

By Sara Robinson, Blog for Our Future. Posted November 26, 2008.

How to counter 10 of the most common myths conservatives believe about progressives.

Sara Robinson is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Vall...

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Legislator wants to raise cigarette tax listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida has one of the lowest tax rates on cigarettes in the country. In the last legislative session, there was a push to increase the state sales tax on a pack of cigarette as a way to raise funds, but it went nowhere.

The state’s budget was in bad shape then; it’s in worse shape now, and the idea of raising taxes there is getting some bi-partisan support as Florida’s economic conditions worsen.

Gov. Charlie Crist could use his bully pulpit to lead on the issue, but the governor...

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Doctors: Exercise staves off dementia listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the U.S. some five million people have Alzheimer’s disease and 10 million boomers will be at risk for memory problems over their lifetime. Worldwide, more than 100 million people may have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050.

Although there has been tremendous progress in understanding brain changes that accompany aging and dementia, no medications have proven effective for preventing Alzheimer’s to date. According to Scientific American magazine, in recent years, however, more evidence i...

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Hillsborough Democrats to vote on new leadership listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For Hillsborough County Democrats, the election earlier this month was somewhat bittersweet.The county, named one of the 25 most influential in the country by Politico.com, went for Barack Obama in the presidential race.

Equally impressive was upstart Kevin Beckner defeating Brian Blair for an at-large County Commission seat. And former County Commissioner Phyllis Busansky beat Republican Buddy Johnson for Supervisor of Elections.

But nearly every other contested race stayed with the Re...

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'Zen and Now' author - Part II listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his 11-year-old son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle tip that would become the inspiration for Pirsig’s book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a powerful blend of personal narrative and philosophical investigation that has inspired generations.

Among the millions who fell under that book’s spell is Mark Richardson. He has written Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. In the second part of ou...

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Florida Friendly landscaping imminent in St. Pete? listen

11/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida is in the midst of a severe drought, which has led to major restrictions on water use. In response, St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse announced this morning that he is requesting that the city examine landscaping on property it owns and, where appropriate, replace St. Augustine grass with landscaping that is Florida Friendly.

“And the logic of that is twofold. One, it will save money because the maintenance is radically reduc...

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Financial historian Niall Ferguson on insurance fund

11/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Niall Ferguson is a financial historian, and the author of the acclaimed new book, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. In the second part of our interview, WMNF asked him about insurance, and what he thinks of the idea for a National Catastrophe Fund, something Florida lawmakers say is the only way to fully address the issue of insurance in the hurricane prone state.

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ACORN supports Crist's call for freeze on foreclosures

11/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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One advocacy group that supports Gov. Charllie Christ’s idea to put a freeze on foreclosures is ACORN, the Associated Community of Organizations for Reform Now.

ACORN is working in Florida and across the country in trying to keep homeowners having problems with their mortgages from being foreclosed.

They have also endorsed the proposal made by FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair to use as little as $25 billion of the $700 billion bailout to guarantee up to half of the loss that may result fro...

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State to appeal ruling that clears way for gay adoption listen

11/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For more than 30 years, Florida has been the only state in the country that bans gay couples from adopting children. But that ban may soon be a thing of the past.

This morning in Miami, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge struck down the long-standing ban.

Robert Rosenwald is director of the LGBT Advocacy Project at the ACLU of Florida, and one of the attorneys working for the plaintiff in the case, Martin Gill. Rosenwald said he’s convinced this law is going to fall.

In her 53-page ...

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Do non-believers need a lobbyist in D.C.?

11/25/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. On the first part of today’s program, we’ll hear from Lori Lipman Brown, the director and first Congressional lobbyist with a new group called the Secular Coalition For America. It’s a group that advocates on behalf of America’s atheists, humanists, agnostics and others who want to see a separation between religious doctrine and civil law.

Brown is a former Nevada legislator, she’s an attorney and has taught Con...

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Efest brings environmentally friendly together listen

11/24/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Efest, the Green Living Music and Arts Festival took place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch green community in Nov. 15-16.

The free annual event is the largest environmental festival in the Gulf Coast region, uniting private sector, non-governmental and governmental institutions that are concerned about the environment. It showcased Green-N- Healthy Expo with 175 exhibitors and green panel discussions about eco-friendly building trends, green technologies and alternative en...

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