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Tampa Bay Watch installs oyster domes along Bayshore in Tampa listen

12/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For many people, the mention of oysters invokes one two things: expensive jewelry and the edible mollusk’s supposed aphrodisiac properties. Perhaps lesser known is their ability to clean the water where they dwell. Today, a local environmental nonprofit is working to harness that power.

It’s a bitter-cold morning along Tampa’s upscale Bayshore Boulevard. A handful of men in knee-high rubber waders stand in the low tide, guiding coffee-table-sized cement domes into the muck that lines...

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UN Climate Chief: We need to do more to avert disaster listen

12/07/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The United Nations Climate Change talks continued in Cancun, Mexico today. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is there and reports that the Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christina Figueres, said that coming up with a solution to the problem of climate change is going to take a much larger and serious commitment from nations of the world.

"I would like to ask you to, also, step up to the plate more than you have been doing. Yes, I recognize that you ...

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Former NYT Reporter Chris Hedges on the Death of the Liberal Class

12/07/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest today is Chris Hedges.

From his Wikipedia bio:

"Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002). A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug."

"Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City.[6] He ...

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Photographers Offer Free Portraits to the Community listen

12/06/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the Help Portrait Day, photographers give back to the community worldwide by donating portraits for underprivileged families. On December 4, local photographers set up lights and backdrops and converted a room at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in St. Petersburg into a photography studio offering free, professional photographs for those in need. This event is for some families the only Christmas present this year, organizers say.

Jaqueline Baptiste came with her four children: B...

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HART Board gives CEO raise, mulls Pinellas transit aspirations listen

12/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the wake of last month’s election, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has a new makeup – including Sandy Murman, a freshly-elected Republican County Commissioner. How this will affect the organization’s transit plan has yet to be seen, but rail continues to factor in as the board looks to the future.

It was one of the HART board’s slimmest agendas in recent memory. The board meets one Monday morning per month at a bleary 8:30 time slot. In the lead-up to last month...

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USF HIV Walk listen

12/06/10 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV. On Saturday, USF’s Institute of Black Life held its 2nd annual HIV/AIDS march with the slogan “walking for the cure”.

This walk is not the first time USF has held an event in response to HIV. This past March they offered free HIV testing to all women in the bay area. The coordinator of both events, Clara Cobb, says there’s still a stereotype attached to HIV.

“This is a disease that people don’t want to talk about. They ...

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Battle Rages Over Indigenous Rights and REDD at Climate Talks listen

12/06/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The UN climate talks in Cancun are heating up this week with a clear division emerging on the issue of Forests and Indigenous Rights

WMNF´s Kelly Benjamin is at summit in Mexico and files this report.

You’re listening to the sound of a Machete held by a Mayan villager chopping the bark of off of a several hundred year old sapodilla or chicle tree … or as we would call it in the US, a bubble gum tree.

I'm about 4 hours south of Cancun in the jungle outside the Mayan vill...

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Dr. Robert Putnam talks about religion in America listen

12/06/10 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The United States is religiously devout yet also religiously tolerant. That's according to Professor Robert Putnam. He wrote a book on how religion units and divides Americans and he spoke last Thursday about the topic at Forum Truth in Sarasota.

Putnam told about 200 Bay Area residents about the results of research he conducted for his new book, “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.” After surveying 3,000 Americans in 2006 and 2007, he found that since the 1950s, Ameri...

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Pacifica radio will carry some Al Jazeera English news stories listen

12/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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You might not be able to watch it on cable television yet, but soon, you could hear it on community radio.

The international news channel Al Jazeera English and Pacifica radio announced a partnership today where news from Al Jazeera reporters will be broadcast on the five Pacifica stations and soon, on Pacifica affiliates like WMNF. Today we spoke with Pacifica Foundation executive director Arlene Engelhardt, who used to be a program...

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Many are skeptical of Haiti election listen

12/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The London Telegraph reported today that between two and three thousand Haitians protested the results of Sunday’s presidential election in the capitol of Port Au Prince. Some of the twelve presidential candidates were reportedly among the protestors. A United Nations peacekeeping official has meanwhile warned that the international community would pull its support from the country if it did not accept the results of the election. Preliminary results are expected to be out Tuesday. This w...

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Homeless advocate wary of proposed Pinellas shelter listen

12/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network met at what it’s calling the Annex II facility, the proposed site for a homeless complex and jail diversion program. The complex would also house convicts transitioning back into the community after their sentences. Homeless advocates are critical of the site. Reverend Bruce Wright is a homeless advocate in Pinellas. He says the 49th street facility is eerily close to the county jail.

"But essentially it's just a jail annex. They're ...

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Ex-Buc helps hundredth family into Habitat house listen

12/03/10 Dewey Davis-Thompson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn has helped 100 single parents to make a down payment Habitat for Humanity Homes in Tampa, Tallahassee, Atlanta and Baton Rouge. WMNF's Dewey Davis-Thompson was in Atlanta yesterday, where some other notable humanitarians were on hand to celebrate.

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Class Warfare evident in & outside UN climate talks listen

12/03/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The United Nations climate change talks in Cancun are taking place in a high security fortress called Moon Palace in an exclusive beachfront resort area but as WMNF's Kelly Benjamin reports, there are 2 sides of Cancun in and outside the UN talks.

Cancun, Mexico is famous as a sun and fun vacation destination for US tourists. Sparkling luxury hotels and elite resorts with fine dining restaurants and multiple swimming pools blanket the coastline where the picturesque Caribbean waves hit the...

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Comics That Graduated listen

12/03/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cartoonist Jorge Cham author of Piled Higher and Deeper presented his comic books at USF on November 30. The event was organized by the Graduate and Professional Student Council at USF.

Jorge Cham’s job is to make graduate students laugh and to motivate them. Even though he is a roboticist, he is best known for his newspaper and web comics Piled Higher and Deeper or PhD Comics.

“I am a big fan, I know a lot of students who read his comics… we can al...

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Officials, stakeholders meet in St. Pete to talk transit listen

12/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday morning in St. Petersburg, local community and business leaders met to discuss the future of mass transit in Pinellas County at the second of several Stakeholder Alternatives Analysis meetings. Stakeholders were asked for input regarding locations that would benefit the most from transit improvements.

Created in 2007, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, or TBARTA, developed a master plan that included transportation improvements for 7 Bay Area counties. Now, Pinellas...

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