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Surviving a year without shopping

12/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

In Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, Judith Levine chronicles her and her partner Paul’s progress—and setbacks—over an entire year of not spending. No new clothes, dinners out, books, films, or even processed foods: they bought just raw ingredients and household necessities.

One of the Wall Street Journal’s five best books on consumer culture, the Los Angeles Times said, “What makes Not Buying It stand out among the many books about consumerism is the personal app...

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UF survey: Consumer confidence up in Florida listen

12/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Florida, the economic news is not all bad, according to a new University of Florida survey on consumer confidence.

Chris McCarty is survey director of UF’s Survey Research Center. “Consumer confidence in Florida is up from November … That’s still a low number historically speaking, but it is certainly better than it was last month.”

Sixty-seven points is not a percentage, but an index, McCarty said. The monthly Florida Consumer Attitude Survey is indexed to a 1966 baseline...

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Happy Workers listen

12/24/08 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gertrude Jones has been a teacher at the Happy Workers Children’s Center in midtown St. Petersburg for 34 years. The daycare was founded by Willie Lee McAdams, the wife of Pastor Oscar McAdams in the Trinity Presbyterian Church in 1929.

The center started in the storeroom of the church on 920 19th St. S. and expanded into what it is today, she says. Even though 90 percent of the children are “poor and minority,” 90 percent of them achieve at or above grade level, according to 2008 ...

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The case for big government - Part 2 listen

12/23/08 Mitch Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Big Government is back and it is not only effective, but necessary. That’s the premise of a new book by renowned economist and former New York Times columnist Jeff Madrick. His new book is called The Case for Big Government.

WMNF spoke with Madrick and began the second half of his interview by asking if the "Republican Revolution" of the 1980s is the cause of so many Americans accepting the fact that they will not be able to rise in socioeconomic status.

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How lessons of Vietnam can be applied to Afghanistan

12/23/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF ‘S Radioactivity…I'm Robert Lorei. Coming up: a new book says President John Kennedy was committed to stopping an escalation of combat troops in Vietnam -- and the implications that this new information has for incoming President Barack Obama and the calls for a troop increase in Afghanistan.

But first some listener comments about last week’s program on reforming health care in the U.S.

President-elect Barack Obama has made a commitment to ending...

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Creative Loafing cuts seven from staff listen

12/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa’s alternative weekly newspaper Creative Loafing has terminated seven full-time employees, including writer Alex Pickett, music critic Wade Tatangelo and copy editor Anthony Salveggi. Most of the paper’s local hard news coverage was done by Pickett and political editor Wayne Garcia.

Creative Loafing editor David Warner says the layoffs will not affect the paper’s news coverage.

The region’s two daily newspapers have also made sharp cuts to news staff. The Tampa Tribune...

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Student dining choices at USF questioned

12/22/08 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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University of South Florida offers education to more than 40,000 students on its Tampa campus. As a result, USF student dining carries great importance for such a large body of students. Some say the school fails to meet its student and staff needs when it comes to the number of food vendors and healthy food choices. The Tampa campus offers only a handful of vendors such as Burger King, Beef O'Brady's, Chick-Fil-A in the fast food category, and Subway and Einstein bagel in the relatively heal...

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Alternative Medicine

12/22/08 Dr. Carol L. Roberts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Dr. Carol Roberts’ Holiday gift to you is a table of homeopathic remedies for common conditions. Homeopathics are listed in the United States Pharmacopaeia and are FDA approved. They are generally regarded as safe, are sold over the counter in health food stores and some pharmacies, and do not interact with pharmaceutical drugs. They are extremely diluted substances which are always made from natural sources. They are safe for infants and children and work equally well for pets.

The fol...

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Project 3.0: A new standard for environmental community development listen

12/22/08 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

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Two developers, Rudy Arnauts and Bryan Roberts are transforming an old building in Ybor City into a healthier and energy efficient workspace for the whole community. Their project involves the community participation in an interactive fashion through the Internet.

Project 3.0 may be the new standard for environmental community development.

For more info on Project 3.0, visit www.thecampus.tv

For more info on the Earthship project in Florida, visit www.earthshipfloridaproject.com ...

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Memorial service for homeless held at Pinellas Hope listen

12/22/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, over the weekend, several interfaith services were held throughout Pinellas County to honor and remember the homeless who have died throughout the year. In the Pinellas Park area, a ceremony was held on Sunday at Pinellas Hope, a temporary shelter.

Recognizing the growing number of homeless in Pinellas County and the increase in deaths among them, the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless coordinated the 30-minute memorial se...

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PETA wants Lowry Park Zoo investigated listen

12/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lex Salisbury resigned his position as president of Lowry Park Zoo last week after the zoo’s board asked for his resignation. It came on the heels of a Tampa audit that found Salisbury used resources and animals from the zoo for his own for-profit animal park called Safari Wild.

Over the weekend Salisbury resigned from another post, according to tbo.com. He and Lowry Park Zoo’s director of collections, Larry Killmar, resigned last week from the ...

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Will Egmont Key lose its state park designation? listen

12/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Egmont Key State Park is a one-square-mile island located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, offshore of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Ft. DeSoto. Because of Florida's budget shortfalls, the state parks department is considering saving $140,000 by cutting funding for the rangers who run the Egmont Key State Park.

But environmental activists, including Lorraine Margeson, want it to remain a state park. Margeson said royal terns can nest on Egmont Key...

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Nurse discusses health care for all

12/20/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Martha Kuhl, nurse, Treasurer of California Nurses Association. Martha talked about her experiences in Pediatric Cancer care and the policies and hopes of the CNA for single payer health care.

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Gulfport gallery offers green art listen

12/19/08 By Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Outpost is not just a run of the mill art gallery in Gulfport but a gallery where art is made from recyclables.

Carol Zuelsdorf is an environmentally inspired artist who incorporates trash into a functional art. “Green art is using things over and over again to help our environment,” she said.

During the eco-cleanups organized by her husband Kurt Zuelsdorf, she picks up debris from Clam Bayou and incorporates it into her art. She turns palm fronds into colorful fish or masks,...

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TBARTA ponders costs of transit system listen

12/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A regional transit network in the Tampa Bay area could cost between $11 and $23 billion. During their monthly board meeting this morning, TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, contemplated how to pay for that system.

Bob Clifford was recently hired to be TBARTA’s first executive director. He said that costs for a regional transit system have to include the costs of existing bus service as well as new c...

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