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Greenpeace Launches Expedition to Study Impacts of Gulf Oil Spill listen

08/11/10 Allie Wilkinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The environmental organization Greenpeace wants to uncover the true extent of the oil disaster in the Gulf. They’re launching a three-month research expedition from St. Petersburg.

Greenpeace and several academic institutions are setting course to sample the waters and marine life of the Gulf aboard their “Arctic Sunrise” research vessel. They think there’s no truth to the recent news that most oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been eliminated. Dan Howells is the Greenpeace USA D...

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A Debate Over US Imperialism

08/10/10 Robert Lorei
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Coming up today we'll have a debate between progressive Historian Michael Parenti (GOD AND HIS DEMONS, DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW) and Victor Davis Hanson (The Hoover Institution) on U.S. Imperialism. This program was recorded at the Sunbird Conservative conference in Fresno on Saturday, April 17.

The lively debate, supported by progressives and conservatives in Fresno, drew a crowd of several hundred. Parenti argued that the United States is an imperialist nation and that the empire is not goo...

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Crist supports new federal stimulus - just five days ago he didn't know listen

08/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Gov. Charlie Crist reacted to the news of the federal emergency school and medicaid package by way of statement noting he was grateful for and encouraged by the passage of the bill.

But in St. Petersburg last Thursday, WMNF asked the governor if he hoped the bill would clear the House.

"I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see," Crist said.

Last year Crist came under fire from the GOP for accepting federal stimulus dollars. The ex-Repu...

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Demonstrators tell Rep. Young to stop corporate corruption listen

08/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young isn’t exactly known for progressive politics. But this didn’t stop a group of protesters from calling on him to help stop corporate influence in Washington.

Pinellas resident Peter Hilley quoted the late historian Howard Zinn as he spoke about the pitfalls of corporate influence.

“That our most deadly enemies may not be hiding in caves or compounds abroad, but in corporate board rooms and government offices, where decisions are made that can sign million...

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ACLU reacts to McCollum’s call to forbid gays from being foster parents listen

08/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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According to several press reports, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum is attempting to back away from his statement that gays should not be allowed to become foster parents in Florida.

Earlier, the Attorney General told the Florida Baptist Witness that gays shouldn’t be foster parents, but many are shocked at that statement.

That includes Shelbi Day, a staff attorney on the LGBT Advocacy Project with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Day also praised t...

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First day of early voting brings out politicos listen

08/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If you couldn’t tell by the clusters of candidate signs at polling sites today marks the start of early voting for the August 24 primary election. While there weren’t exactly lines out the door at the polls, political die-hards were out in full force.

Outside the College Hill Branch Library in East Tampa, the midday sun was getting harsh. Former state legislator and current Hillsborough County Commission candidate Les Miller was standing in the shade next to dozens of signs sporting the na...

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Planning Fall Gardens

08/09/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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It’s time to start planning our fall and winter gardens here in west-central Florida, and to find the best path we had three of the best gardeners in the Tampa Bay Area join the Sustainable Living program. Roberto Saenz, the Farm Manager for Sweetwater Organic Farm, our local Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, shared tips he’s learned over the years. He had additional knowledge about tropical vegetables from experiences of growing up in Costa Rica.

John Starnes, one of Tampa’s pr...

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Howard Zinn spied on by FBI and put on detention list - 2 part series listen

08/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Historian, author, and activist Howard Zinn died in January. He may be best known for his book A People’s History of the United States. Last Friday the FBI released more than 400 pages of files it has kept on Zinn since March, 1949. That’s when J. Edgar Hoover’s agency first created a “Security Index card” on Zinn when they suspected he was associated with the Communist Party.

When I interviewed [Zinn in 2006](http://www.wmnf.org/news_sto...

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FBI put Howard Zinn on a list of suspects to be detained in event of emergency - part 2 listen

08/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Historian, author, and activist Howard Zinn died in January. He may be best known for his book A People’s History of the United States. Last Friday the FBI released more than 400 pages of files it has kept on Zinn since March, 1949.

Last night on the WMNF Evening News we brought you the first half of our analysis of those FBI files....

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White House official lends ear to St. Pete stakeholders affected by oil listen

08/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The well may be staunched, the oil might be dissipating, BP CEO Tony Hayward may be headed out the door, but for gulf states, the Gulf oil saga that has sucked up the summer is far from over. Today White House Environmental Advisor Carol Browner was in St. Petersburg to hear from stakeholders on the disaster’s ripple effect on the Tampa Bay area. She said the disaster’s detrimental impact on areas that didn’t even get oil is not lost on the Obama administration.

"We're not going anywhere....

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Green Florida meets to discuss Tampa community garden ordinance listen

08/05/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The City of Tampa is considering a Community Garden Ordinance. Last night about a dozen people discussed the urban gardens and the city’s proposal at the Bamboozle Cafe in downtown Tampa.

Green Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a network of community gardens in the state of Florida. Andrea Hildebran:

"Community Gardens improve people's health, give people enjoyable outdoor exercise, it produces food, it gives people a way to get healthy food for v...

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FBI kept records on late historian Howard Zinn beginning in 1949 - part 1 listen

08/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Historian, author, and activist Howard Zinn died in January. He may be best known for his book A People’s History of the United States. Last Friday the FBI released more than 400 pages of files it has kept on Zinn since March, 1949. That’s when J. Edgar Hoover’s agency first created a “Security Index card” on Zinn when they suspected he was associated with the Communist Party.

When I interviewed Zinn in 2006, I asked him whether the gover...

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Crist tours disabled home, talks politics listen

08/05/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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He didn’t have any major announcements to make, but Governor Charlie Crist was in town for a short time today. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw reports that the purpose of his visit was ostensibly to tour a facility for persons with disabilities, but he took a few minutes to field a random slew of questions from reporters.

Crist spent the better part of an hour touring the 10-acre campus, which sits off St. Petersburg’s traffic-choked Tyrone Boulevard. Parc houses more than forty different programs fo...

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What's happened to the oil in the gulf?

08/05/10 Robert Lorei
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Reporter Craig Pittman of the St. Petersburg Times wrote in this morning's paper that:

"The federal government - which has had to repeatedly revise its estimate about how much oil has gushed into the gulf from the Deepwater Horizon disaster - announced Wednesday that "the vast majority" of the oil appears to be gone.

Most of the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil that spewed out of the collapsed well has "either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dis...

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GOP Pinellas Commission hopefuls talk budget listen

08/04/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With less than three weeks left until the August 24 primary election, candidates facing primaries are in the final stretch. Today WMNF spoke with three GOP contenders for the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners’ District Four seat.

It includes north county communities like Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor. The county’s projected $40 million budget shortfall for 2011 seemed to be on everyone’s mind. Carl Folkman, one of incumbent Susan Latvala’s challengers, said the county commission spe...

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