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Pecha Kucha: Envisioning a better Tampa Bay listen

11/08/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday night local innovators shared some of their latest big ideas for transforming Tampa into a better city. This was the 8th time that the event, called Pecha Kucha, came to the Tampa Bay Area. At the Tampa Bay History Center, entrepreneurs, political candidates and young advocates for social justice attempted to make history with their visions to improve the Bay Area.

Architect Kenneth Cowart started this loca...

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Bike Bash and Cure on Wheels Promote Safe Bike Riding in Tampa Bay listen

11/08/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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You never forget how to ride a bike.

Whether people were getting on a bike for the first time in a while or using their everyday transportation hundreds showed up to support one to the area’s most popular sports, Bike riding.

“Well, we want to energize people about bicycling in the Tampa Bay it is a great lifestyle its healthy for you, great transportation and we need an event to kinda get people juiced up about cycling.”

The fifth annual bike bash gave resident an opport...

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Derrick Jensen on Tea Party victories listen

11/08/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The results of last week's mid-term elections have been described as a Tea Party "tidal wave" by pundits and Republican supporters. Yet, author, social critic, and environmental activist Derrick Jensen sees the rise of the movement as a predictable phenomenon that happens when capitalism comes up against it's ecological limits. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin spoke with Derrick Jensen on how scapegoating and fear came to dominate the national dialogue rather than deep a...

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Homeless advocates critical of proposed shelter listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County, especially St. Petersburg, isn’t known for taking extra humanitarian measures when it comes to the area’s large homeless population. A new shelter city and county officials are proposing may dispel – or reinforce – St. Pete’s anti-homeless reputation.

Officials in Pinellas County’s Homeless Leadership Network are calling the facility a courtyard. It would provide beds, showers, bathrooms, a host of services, and food – though they’re not yet sure whether th...

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Dr. Christian Northrup - advocate for women's health

11/06/10 mary glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Christian Northrup, M.D., has been a leading advocate for women's health for over 30 years. She is especially involved in giving women the information and knowledge to empower them in their medical decisions. Dr. Northrup feels that women would be better served if October was devoted to breast health rather than breast cancer. Her book Women's Bodies; Women's Wisdom is considered by many women to be one of the most useful and informative repositories of women's health. What do you thi...

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Election postmortem with Alternet editor

11/06/10 mary glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Adele Stan is AlterNet's Washington Bureau chief. She is the co-editor of Dangerous Brew: Exposing the Tea Party's Agenda to Take Over America.

Adele has been observing and writing about the ramifications of religion and conservatism for years. She gave a post-mortem summary of her interpretation of the recent election. Did any of us Floridians realize that Florida is considered "ground zero" of the tea party movement?

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Elementary School in Haiti

11/06/10 mary glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Liliane Stransky, the founder of Step By Step Foundation who just opened the Tipa Tipa Elementary School in Lahaie, Haiti for 596 children talked to us as Hurricane Tomas was striking the area. She talked of her concerns for the children and their families. She also discussed the recent cholera outbreak and her organizations efforts to help the people. Tipa in Creole means step-thus step by step Liliane hopes to go forward and continue to help particular...

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Peace Walkers plan walk in Tampa listen

11/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group is in Tampa this week as part of their thirteen-month walk for peace across the country. They will be walking tomorrow in South Tampa beginning at Bayshore and South Howard at 1 p.m. Audri Scott Williams is one of the peace walkers.

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Political experts reflect on election, predict what's next listen

11/04/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Democrats everywhere are experiencing a massive election hangover, one that’s especially painful in Florida. Now they’re picking up the pieces. Two key political analysts were in St. Petersburg teasing out the many things that made the election season that concluded Tuesday such a windfall for the GOP.

It’s a gloomy, drizzly day in Tampa Bay. In a St. Petersburg Yacht Club ballroom overlooking the city’s grey harbor, Audrey Greenberg says she’s feeling dejected.

"The mood of ...

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Fossil hunters uncover Florida's geologic history listen

11/04/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida’s history didn’t begin with Ponce de Leon, the founding of St. Augustine, Hernando de Soto or even the indigenous Calusa people. Clubs around Florida are venturing out to rock quarries, phosphate mines and river beds to uncover ancient fossils and get a glimpse into Florida’s geologic past.

Kneeling on the limestone surface at Vulcan quarry mine in Brooksville, Shirley Gissy of Port Richey, Florida and a member of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, takes her rock hammer and meticulo...

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Nina Hayden loses to Jack Latvala in Florida Senate Race listen

11/03/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nina Hayden lost by about 19,000 votes in Pinellas and by around 17,000 in Hillsbourough, her district split between the two counties.

When asked about the possibility of running again, Hayden was vague about what was in store for the future.

When she called Jack Latvala, the winner of the race, to congratulate him, she made it clear that she wanted to stay involved with the community.

According to Hayden, Latvala expressed regret that money was so essential when running a campaign.

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State Rep. Rouson: tea party policies won't work listen

11/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Incoming House Speaker John Boehner says Capitol Hill’s GOP fortification will beef up the party’s full-court press against President Obama’s policies. But the US Senate has kept its Democratic majority intact. But members of that party are still concerned about what the fresh crop of Republican senators will do once in Washington. WMNF spoke with one Democrat in the state House who says tea party legislators are going to wreak havoc once they take office.

State Representative Darryl...

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Sink Waits for All Votes to be Counted listen

11/03/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a nailbiter contest in one of the nation’s most heated gubernatorial races, Florida has yet to declare a winner. With Rick Scott collecting 49% of the vote and Alex Sink 48% of the vote, votes continue to be counted.

Just after midnight, Alex Sink addressed the crowd in the grand ballroom of the Waterfront Marriott in downtown Tampa. With a smile on her face, she said the election results were turning out to be a nailbiter and a classic Florida election a dead-even race.

“Now, w...

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With help of anti-Dem climate, Republican Jack Latavala wins state senate seat listen

11/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jack Latvala, held his victory party in the Feather Sound area near Clearwater. WMNF caught up with Latvala as the night wound down. He says he waged a campaign that succeeded on the grassroots level.

"Well, we had about a year and a half campaign where we talked to a lot of people."

This isn’t the first time Latvala has won office at the state level. He was a state senator starting in 1994, but termed out in 2002. Tonight, he puts things in concrete terms when he talks about what is...

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Crist concedes Senate race in St. Pete listen

11/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It wasn’t too long after polls closed that Florida’s US Senate contest went to Marco Rubio. As the Senator-elect’s victory party roared through the evening, the party for another candidate in that race – Florida governor Charlie Crist – took on a calmer tone. The governor gave a short and sweet concession speech to dozens of supporters at a posh ballroom in the Renaissance Vinoy in Crist’s hometown of St. Petersburg.

It’s the same venue at which Crist held his victory party f...

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