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Riki Ott on the Gulf

07/31/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Riki Ott, marine biologist and environmentalist extraordinaire, returns to the Women's Show to update the conditions in the Gulf. She is particularly concerned with the health effects of the oil hemorrhage and the dispersant used in the "clean-up".

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Fragile, new novel by Lisa Unger

07/31/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author, has a new novel,Fragile, due to be released August 3. Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of I'd Know You Anywhere, writes that "Fragile delivers everything that Lisa Unger's readers have come to expect: a thrilling story that affects complicated and nuanced people. But it is also a sensitive meditation on the very nature of family and community and the ties that b...

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Mad Men-Feminists?

07/31/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Aviva Dove-Veibahn discusses the women in the television series Mad Men. The creator of the series Michael Weiner has called Mad Men "feminist". Aviva analyzes the women and gives her opinions. The series now entering its fourth season is in 1964 and is at the birth of the women's movement, so we shall see.

Aviva Dove-Viebahn has a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies and has a discussion of the Women of Mad Men in the August issues of [MS magazine](h...

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Democratic County Commission hopefuls talk about the issues ahead of August primary listen

07/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Hillsborough County Commission’s District 3 seat is one of five commission seats up for election this year, and one of two that’ll be on the ballot in next month’s primary. The three Democrats in that race were among fourteen commission hopefuls to field questions at a Tiger Bay Club of Tampa event today.

Commissioner Kevin White is the District 3 incumbent. He is running despite a guilty verdict in a sexual harassment suit and the legal saga that ensued. Here’s what he told a...

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GOP Hillsborough Commission Dist. 2 hopefuls take on the big questions listen

07/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County’s 2nd district lies mostly north of USF. Much of that district is unincorporated as well as rural. Commission Chair Ken Hagan currently represents the area on the Board of County Commissioners, but not for long. He’s seeking the countywide seat Jim Norman is leaving to run for state senate. Two Republicans are facing off in the August primary – one with a familiar name, and one you might not know.

It’s probably no surprise that two republicans hoping to represen...

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Residents weigh in on Tampa Bay's transit future listen

07/30/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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What will the future of transit look like in the Tampa Bay area? A crowd of more than 100 discussed that question last night at the Tampa Museum of Art.

The Transit Talk focused mainly on the 1-cent sales tax referendum that will be up for a vote this November. If it passes, it will help fund light rail service and other transportation improvements in Hillsborough County. One panelist, Brian Willis, is a citizen adviser to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

"People a...

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Richard Heinberg on 100 days of the BP gusher listen

07/29/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the 100 day anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf rolled around this week, WMNF's Kelly Benjamin spoke with Richard Heinberg, senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and former advisor to the National Petroleum Council on Peak Oil and the ramifications of the BP tragedy. Benjamin asked Heinberg what should be learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in respect to the continued reliance on petroleum as the chief energy source for the planet.

"Well, what we sho...

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Four at-large Hillsborough School Board hopefuls agree on class size, differ on religion's role listen

07/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This year’s primary elections are less than four weeks away, and in an election season the mainstream media is dubbing the year of the anti-incumbent, the ideological rivals are squaring off at all levels. One Hillsborough County School Board race in particular is a sign of the times.

In following the race for the Hillsborough School Board’s District Six, a county-wide seat, it’s clear that religion and politics are as inseparable from education as economics. The school board faces a...

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Tampa City Council rejects study on high-speed rail to airport listen

07/29/10 Seán Kinane & Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council voted down a resolution calling on the state to study a high-speed rail link between downtown and Tampa International Airport. The vote was 3-4 to defeat the resolution Council had requested two weeks ago.

John Wheat, interim director of Tampa International Airport’s board, told Council that a light rail link makes more sense at the airport.

"Since 2003, we've prepared a couple of studies. Our most recent one was done in 2007, which provided for a light rail corri...

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Hillsborough Commission votes down 1 layoff, EPC furloughs listen

07/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County may be in the thick of another tough budget process, but at least one employee will get to keep her job. County Land Use Ombudsman Maricela Medrano is known for being a liaison between the county and the Latino community. Her job was on the chopping block when Interim County Administrator Mike Merrill presented his budget to the Board of County Commissioners.

"We have a number of folks, who are hard working and have been laid of before, in the last round and in this ro...

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President Obama's Escalation Of Afghanistan War: Can The Country Afford it?

07/28/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Congress is voting this week on spending billions more on the war in Iraq. President Obama backs the escalation of the US military effort- an effort that has gone on for nine years. Our guest is TOM ENGELHARDT, FMI http://www.tomdispatch.com

Engelhardt is founder of TomDispatch.com; his book "The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's" was just released. Engelhardt's latest piece is "Why Are We in Afghanistan? As Petraeus Takes Over, Could Success Be Worse Than Failure?" which...

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McCollum takes shots at Scott, jabs from St. Pete Dems listen

07/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tiger Bay Club meetings are not for faint-hearted politicians. Facing a tough crowd this afternoon at the swank Feather Sound County Club, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum fielded questions from local movers and shakers, including some lawmakers. McCollum, the state’s attorney general, spent much of the time laying into Rick Scott, his opponent in next month’s GOP primary.

"He was responsible for the largest and most massive fraud against senior citizens in U.S. history....

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ACLU of Florida wants records on FBI racial and ethnic profiling listen

07/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Is the FBI keeping records about your race or ethnicity? The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is concerned enough that it filed Freedom of Information Act requests today. The ACLU of Florida filed FOIA requests with the FBI field offices in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville to find out how the law enforcement agency collects, uses, and maps racial and ethnic data.

ACLU branches in other states are also filing similar FOIA requests.

Muslima Lewis is senior staff attorney with the ...

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St. Pete Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman on the BP oil disaster

07/27/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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BP's outgoing Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said today that the Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster represents a failure for the entire deep water oil and gas drilling industry, not just for BP alone.

Hayward told investment professionals in a web cast (and quoted by CNN), "The industry needs to re-evaluate safety". His comments came after the BP board announced it would replace him October 1 with Robert Dudley, the head of the company's U.S. Gulf cleanup effort.

BP claims that it a...

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In Seminole Heights, garden activists call for Food Not Lawns listen

07/26/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This weekend in Tampa marked the first official gathering of the local chapter of Food Not Lawns, an international movement dedicated to building communities by turning yards into edible gardens.

The movement began in 2006, as a grassroots gardening project in Eugene, Oregon and now has dozens of chapters in cities all over the world. The recently founded Tampa group, with over 60 members, meets twice a month for seed swapping, gardening workshops, and something called permablitzing. Natas...

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