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Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart

11/21/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Stacey Earle, gifted singer/songwriter, and her husband Mark talked about their career and their future plans.

Stacey has a fascinating story: Pregnant at 16 in Texas, she put the child up for adoption, connected with this child years later and started a relationship with him and his family. He is now a member of her band. She moved in with her brother Steve Earle, with her two children, and dealt with his problems.

She tells a great deal of this with her music. They will be in c...

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"A Country Called Amreeka" by Alia Malek

11/21/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Alia Malek is the author of A Country Called Amreeka. Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. She was conceived in Beirut, born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, and served in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

She resigned right before the invasion of Iraq and went to Lebanon where she tried to help refugees. Feeling the despair and the lack of familiarity with people of Arabic background, she decided that writing their stor...

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Health Care Legislation - Laura S. Boylan, M.D. listen

11/21/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Laura Boylan is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine. She practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania and is a member of Physicians for a National Health Care Program.

She gave her reactions to the efforts in the Senate and the House to deal with what she perceives as the medical crisis in our country. Seeing very little progress in controlling costs and the profit-driven insurance companies and big pharma, she holds l...

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Tampa Alcohol Coalition listen

11/20/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Alcohol Coalition held their monthly meeting at the Tampa Police Department on Tuesday. They examined DUI statistics and programs to address concerns about alcohol abuse.

The Tampa Alcohol Coalition is a community partnership with over 100 members. The coalition collaborates with local and state organizations, agencies, media and officials to prevent high risk drinking and impaired driving. Ellen Snelling represents the Tampa Alcohol coalition.

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Veterans for Peace to protest the School of the Americas this weekend listen

11/20/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anti-war protesters held signs today in South Tampa; some of the signs said “Honk if you want to close Gitmo”, and “bring them home.”

Early in 2006, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid criticized President Bush's speech at US Central Command in Tampa, questioning his pre-war claims of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. Ever since then, Jay Alexander with the Tampa Veterans for Peace has been holding vigils for peace near Mac Dill Air Force Base, and asking for a moratorium...

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Federal funding sought for high-speed Tampa-Orlando train listen

11/20/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik pushed for a high speed rail system during a talk at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center early this afternoon, as part of the move to bring some major transit changes to the Tampa Bay area.

Florida has applied for funding for a high speed rail system that would connect Tampa to Orlando. One proponent for this new rail is former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik. In efforts to gain support for the move, Turanchik spoke to ...

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Bob Graham on Crist v Rubio Senate race part 2 listen

11/20/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night we brought you part one of our interview with former Florida Governor Bob Graham. Graham is also a former U.S. Senator.

Republican Mel Martinez replaced Graham in the Senate, but he resigned this year. The 2010 race for that seat is shaping up to be a contentious one. The leading Democrat in the race is U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek. The top two Republicans are Governor Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

In the second half of this interview WMNFâ€...

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Tansgendered persons are the latest group protected against discrimination in Tampa listen

11/19/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Transgender individuals can now count themselves among the classes protected by Tampa’s human rights ordinance. Today City Council updated the ordinance on a 5 to 1 vote, despite opposition from some religious groups.

Equality advocates consider today’s decision a victory for human rights. Tabias Packer with Equality Florida, a statewide LGBT rights organization, applauded the decision.

Dozens of members of local churches and human rights organiza...

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Hillsborough Schools get $100 M Gates grant listen

11/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Hillsborough County Public Schools was awarded a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to Steve Hegarty, communications officer for the Hillsborough County Schools, it will be used to enhance teaching in the school district.

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State sued over ignoring Constitution's educational provision

11/19/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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State officials are facing a lawsuit filed in Tallahassee accusing them of shortchanging public schools, in violation of a state constitutional provision requiring a "high quality" education for Florida's children.

Several parents and two advocacy groups — Citizens for Strong Schools and Fund Education Now — filed suit Wednesday in state Circuit Court.

Our guest is former Florida House Speaker Jon Mills, who is part of the plaintiffs' legal team.

The suit contends the state isn...

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Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham on Afghanistan strategy listen

11/19/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Florida Governor Bob Graham retired from the U.S. Senate five years ago.

Last night, WMNF’s Virginia Hoffman spoke with Senator Graham in Sarasota. She began the interview by asking Graham about President Barack Obama’s upcoming decision concerning a possible troop increase for the war in Afghanistan.

Please tune in to the Evening News tomorrow at 6pm for the rest of this interview when we ask Senator Graham about the race for his former seat.

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USF hosts second US-Dutch dialogue on climate change listen

11/18/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Mitigating the effects of climate change, such as potential drought and sea level rise is a concern for planners in both the U.S. and the Netherlands. Today at USF, representatives from both countries shared strategies on how to reduce greenhouse gases, adapt for potential salt water intrusion, and make sure coastal communities are resilient and sustainable.

The Netherlands has the world’s largest flood protection project, which means its expertise could be valuable for Americans. Esth...

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Gelber commends lawsuit challenging constitutionality of Florida school funding listen

11/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A lawsuit was filed today in Tallahassee by parents and advocacy groups who say that Florida is violating its state Constitution by not adequately funding education.

In 1998, 71 percent of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring that children get a “high quality education.”

A similar complaint was filed in state court earlier this month in West Palm Beach by the ACLU.

Today, WMNF spoke with [State Senator Dan Gelber](http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/i...

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Interview with Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker Magazine

11/18/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Hendrik Hertzberg is a political columnist for the New Yorker. In his latest collection of his columns, Obamanos: The Birth Of A New Political Era, Hertzberg describes a nadir of Democratic Party politics with the defeat of John Kerry in 2004. From that he traces the lead-up to the Obama victory in November 2008: President George W Bush's attempt to privatize social security, the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case, the battles over torture and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He cover...

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Florida’s Innocence Project partners with Stetson University to help free the wrongly convicted listen

11/16/09 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A new alliance between Stetson University and a Tallahassee legal defense organization could hopefully mean freedom for some of the wrongfully convicted trapped in Florida prisons.

Since its creation in 1992, The Innocence Project has helped exonerate more than 240 people across the U.S., including 17 on death row.

The Innocence Project of Florida opened its doors in 2003 with a mission to find and free inn...

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