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Interview With Time Magazine's Mark Halperin

09/30/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On the first part of today's program we're joined by Time Magazine Editor-at-Large and senior political analyst Mark Halperin.

He'll be speaking this Monday, October 4 at 7:30 pm at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency ballroom, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, sponsored by Forum Truth. The title of Mark Halperin’s talk is “President Obama, the Republicans, the Midterms and Beyond.”

Halperin is also the creator and author of Time.com's analysis tip sheet that gathers and edits the latest...

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Florida's homeless hate crimes law goes into effect Friday listen

09/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Friday, prejudice-motivated assaults against people without homes become hate crimes in Florida. Earlier this week we brought you the first half of our interview with Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Their report, “Hate Crimes Against The Homeless: America’s Growing Tide of Violence,” fin...

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Libertarian group sues over Florida's campaign finance law listen

09/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday the DC-area-based Institute for Justice, a nonprofit that calls itself the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm, filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s campaign finance laws. When four Sarasota-county residents wanted to pool together $150 apiece to fund a series of radio ads attacking a proposed state constitutional amendment on November’s ballot, the law required that they register as a political action committee or PAC.

Now, on behalf of those four resident...

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Science in Cuba: how is it different than in U.S.? listen

09/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science in the US looks a little different from one of its closest neighbors.

Luis Barerras works for Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Speaking through translator Fernando Trelles, a researcher with Miami Beach–based Ocean Foundation, Barerras says relations between the US and Cuba have improved recently in terms of science, but they still aren’t exactly ideal.

Barerras says he’d like to see stronger relations between the two governments’ scientific arms...

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Students from Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda tour Tampa listen

09/29/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A Tampa native is helping to educate women in war-torn Rwanda. Elizabeth Dearborn Davis, the co-founder and CEO of the Akilah Institue for Women, has brought two of her students to the United States to tell people about Akilah. Anita Umutoni is a student at the Akilah Istitute for Women.

Rwandans study French in grade school, but are learning English at the Akilah Institute for Women.

Because of her training at Akilah, Anita Umutoni is able to work as a re...

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Tomorrow Night a Forum On Fair Districts

09/29/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tomorrow night (9/30; 6PM) at the University Area Community Development Center 914013 N 22nd St. Tampa) there will be a forum on proposed Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida Constitution. The amendments are designed to take some of the politics out of the process of drawing congressional and legislative districts. The sponsors of the event include the Hillsborough chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, Democracia and the Florida Consumer Action Network. We're joined now by Mike Phenn...

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Hillsborough County Offers the Adopt A Precinct program

09/29/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor's office has followed the lead of other local counties (Pasco and sarasota) in creating an "Adopt a Precinct" program. It's a way for the SOE to recruit quality, trained and enthusiastic poll workers for election day.

Community organizations, PSTA's, clubs and other non-profits provide poll workers who work all or part of Election Day. In return the non-profit is paid for the volunteer service of the workers. We're joined by Craig Latimer and P...

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Interview with author Walter Dean Myers Part II listen

09/29/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers published two young adult novels in 2010. The first one was Lockdown, about an inner city youth who gets two years in juvenile detention for breaking and entering. The second book, The Crusiers, is about slacker students at an exclusive school for gifted students in Harlem.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with the Myers on communicating with young adults, saving juveniles in the prison system, and how young people handle the seriousness of his...

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Cuban, American, and Mexican scientists meet in Sarasota to discuss BP disaster & science in the Gulf listen

09/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been nearly fifty years since the start of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Most people can’t exactly catch a plane to Habana, but scientific study of the body of water the two countries share might help break the stalemate. In a room overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab, Wayne Smith of the Center for International policy makes a compelling point.

The audience consists mostly of scientists from the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico. Smith says relations have be...

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Day in Solidarity with African People in St. Petersburg listen

09/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow the African People’s Solidarity Committee is holding a Day in Solidarity with African People in St. Petersburg. The theme of the meeting is “Beyond Obama: Seeking real solutions to the growing racial divide in the U.S.” One speaker is Glen Ford. He is executive editor of Black Agenda Report and a member of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations.

The event is at the Studio@620 on First Avenue south, beginning at 6:30 tomorrow evening.

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Dark Side of Climate Change - NRDC report warns of record hot days and nights listen

09/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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2010 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council asks whether the U.S. is facing its “Worst Summer Ever?” because of high temperatures not only during the day, but even at night. Florida temperatures are also breaking records this summer. Daniel Lashof is director of NRDC’s climate center.

[NRDC report: The Worst Summer Ever? Record Temperatures Heat Up the United States](...

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Explaining the health care reforms that went into effect last week

09/28/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The health care reform legislation passed this year introduced many changes to health insurance. Many of those changes do not go into effect for several years. A few key reforms, however, have just become law last week.

Among them: Under the new law, health care insurers will no longer be able to do the following:

  • Deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions;
  • Impose lifetime limits or caps on health coverage;
  • Cancel a policy without proving fraud;
  • And deny healt...
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Help For Homeowners Facing The Mortgage Crisis

09/28/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear about some upcoming free workshops that will help homeowners who are facing foreclosure. And later we’ll discuss the health care reform measures that went into effect last week. How much help will they be for Americans who are facing skyrocketing prices for health insurance?

Our first guest is Walter Walker Junior who is Director of Education for the non-profit Housing and Education Alliance. He advises pe...

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Numbers rising, Senate hopeful Meek cruises through Tampa listen

09/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Months ago, US Representative Kendrick Meek was cast as a long shot in the race for Florida’s open US Senate Seat. But the Miami Democrat has been making his rounds, and has a boost in the polls to show for it.

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon. Kendrick Meek is making his way around Tampa International Airport shaking hands with TIA staffers and travelers, urging them to vote. He says he’s here to learn about the concerns of airport workers.

Meek, who says he did a stint as a skycap ...

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Hate crimes against homeless on rise, especially in Florida listen

09/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A study from the National Coalition for the Homeless says that hate crimes against homeless people is on the rise. Their 11th annual report, Hate Crimes Against The Homeless: America’s Growing Tide of Violence, ranks Florida among the worst states for these hate crimes. Neil Donovan is their executive director.

Tune in tomorrow to [hear their specific findings about Florida...

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