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Tonight marks the 50th anniversary of Cuban Revolution

12/31/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tonight marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba in the early hours of Jan. 1, 1959, and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his supporters took power. The revolution still has plenty of advocates, in Cuba and abroad. They point to achievements in health and education.

But relations between the U.S. and Cuba have never been the same. The U.S. imposes restrictions on trade with Cuba, while most countries around the world have normalize...

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Invasive plants a challenge in Hillsborough River State Park

12/30/08 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough River State park is one of the oldest parks in Florida, built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, the park faces many challenges in preserving its original natural beauty, flora and fauna of the river and its surroundings.

One of the major environmental concerns in Hillsborough River State Park is the existence of non-native plants that were introduced from other parts of the country.

Many of today’s challenges are related to the invasive plants that sprea...

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Six nieces of Tampa man killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza listen

12/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An 18-year-old Tampa man who has dozens of extended family members in the Gaza Strip learned Sunday that six of his nieces had died in an Israeli airstrike. Yusuf Dabus said the girls were killed in a strike on a Mosque near their home.

Dabus was born in the U.S. and when he was young moved to the same neighborhood in Gaza where his nieces were killed this week. When he was in fifth-grade, his family moved back to the U.S., long before some of his nieces were even born.

Dabus said he...

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More from resident in Gaza - Part 2 listen

12/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday we aired the first half of an interview with Safa Joudeh, a resident of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip. We began the second half the interview by asking about civilian casualties.

“1.5 million people … have basically been strangled to death.”

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Ali Abunimah on Gaza listen

12/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the website Electronic Intifada. He is also the author of One Country – A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.

WMNF spoke with Abunimah yesterday and asked him about what happened to provoke Israel’s attack on the coastal Gaza Strip.

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Healthcare forum held In Pinellas County

12/30/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In response to Barack Obama’s request for citizen input in regard to fixing the healthcare system, forums were held in Pinellas County on Sunday and Monday. Yesterday, citizens gathered in Palm Harbor to discuss some of the current problems.

In a town hall-style meeting, citizens met at the Palm Harbor Activities Center to share their experiences with the existing healthcare system and debate Obama’s plans for universal healthcare.

Lee Moise, the guest speaker, discussed some of O...

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Israeli action In Gaza; how to recycle old electronics

12/30/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF ‘s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll have a debate over the Israeli bombing of Gaza. And we’ll talk about ways to safely dispose of your used electronic items such as computers and televisions. But first, a listener comment about Israel’s attack on Gaza, which began this past weekend.

First up today: with the conversion to digital television and the Christmas holiday, many people are getting rid of old televisions and compu...

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Peace vigil held in Largo listen

12/30/08 Andrea Lypka and Colleen Krepstekies
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A handful of protestors gathered on Monday to show their continued support against the war in Iraq. The Peace Vigil in Largo was organized by Rise Up Tampa Bay, a peace organization that holds weekly antiwar demonstrations throughout the bay area.

Yesterday’s protests went on as scheduled with a few dedicated and concerned citizens, including Tom Lingo, who has been participating in demonstrations for a year. He wants to raise awareness on the military retention techniques for soldiers ...

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Story behind "Who Killed the Electric Car"

12/29/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today's guest on the Sustainable Living program was Jeff Thomas, an electrical engineer and founder of EV Bones.

Jeff's passion is Electric Vehicles (EVs) and exposing GM's role in stopping the development of EVs. His story behind the scenes of the "Who Killed the Electric Car" video was very interesting and informative. Especially interesting is how GM sold the Nickel Metal Hydride (NMH) battery to the oil companies. Jeff has been driving a GM S-10 EV Bones conversion with GM's EV1 NMH b...

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The scene in Gaza City, Part 1 listen

12/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Safa Joudeh is a resident of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip. WMNF spoke with her today to find out what she has experienced in the three days since the beginning of Israeli air strikes.

“[Hamas is] running Gaza, running everything that keeps us, you know, sustains us every day of our lives and so we have to accept that.”

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Violence against the homeless on the rise in Pinellas listen

12/29/08 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The number of homeless people in Pinellas County is increasing and violence against these people is also on the rise. Florida ranks the first in the country for violence against homeless persons, according to the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.

A 60-year old Vietnam War veteran known as Pops sleeps by St. Petersburg City Hall with his son, Daniel. He has been living in the streets for four and a half years and prior to that he was an engineer. “I am a decorated veteran. I spe...

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American Jewish Committee reacts to Israel attacks on Gaza listen

12/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip began on Saturday, several Jewish organizations expressed their support. One of those is the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The attacks have killed more than 300 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,400. Two Israelis have died in attacks from home-made rockets coming from the coastal territory of the Gaza Strip.

This afternoon, WMNF spoke with Brian Lipton, executive director of the AJC’s West Coast Florida chapter.

“This is a very serious...

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Clearwater man files complaint against Ray Sansom listen

12/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the day he became the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives last month, Ray Sansom secured a high paying job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom, a Republican from Destin, helped steer more than $25 million to the college earlier this year. Because of perceived conflicts of interest, several newspaper editorials have called for Sansom to resign from that $110,000 per year job or from the speaker position.

One Clearwater resident has taken the allegations to the [Florida...

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Physicians National Health Care Program

12/27/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Mary O'Brien talked about the importance of health care for all and the difference between insurance coverage and health care. Dr. O’Brien graduated from Harvard Medical School, trained at Columbia Presbyterian in internal medicine, and is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.

She has practiced medicine in New York City for the past 30 years and is on the faculty at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. O’Brien is on the board of the New York Metr...

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StoryCorps: Stories of people in our time

12/27/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Today we share stories from some of the people participating in StoryCorps, including some from the Griot Project, with music. Inspiring, funny, amazing - people in all their splendor. Brought as two segments - one in each hour of the show.

For more information, visit storycorps.net.

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