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Meet Harry Braun; he's a Democrat and he's running for President

10/07/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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A few weeks ago on Last Call we discussed the possibility of President Obama having to face a primary opponent in the upcoming election, which many progressives are calling for if for no other reason than to make the President more accountable to the working folks in this country.

Today we spoke with a Democrat from Arizona who has thrown his hat in the ring to be the next President. His name is [Harry Braun](https://braun2012.us/uploads/Braun_201...

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"Stop the Machine" protest merges with Occupy Tampa for rally against wars listen

10/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Thursday protesters marched on Washington D.C. in protest of American militarism. Several local peace groups marched on Tampa’s federal courthouse in solidarity with the D.C. rally.

After the 2001 attacks on the twin towers, the US invaded Afghanistan, ostensibly retaliating against som...

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At USF Helen Caldicott rails against the dangers of nuclear energy listen

10/07/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Customers of Progress Energy Florida are paying higher electricity rates to fund future construction of a nuclear plant in Levy County. But a report released Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that energy efficiency and renewable energy would be cheaper and safer than building the new nuclear plant. Thursday night at USF anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott ...

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Pam Bondi speaks out against domestic violence listen

10/07/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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October is domestic violence awareness month. The Spring of Tampa Bay held their annual Gift of Peace breakfast this morning to raise funds to help victims break away from violence. Attorney General Pam Bondi was the event’s keynote speaker.

Bondi is a board member of The Spring. She didn’t experience domestic violence ...

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Interview with former member of Congress Alan Grayson

10/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

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Our guest today is former central Florida member of Congress Alan Grayson who had a reputation as one of the most outspoken members of the House. Grayson is the former Democratic member of Congress from Florida's 8th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. His former district included parts of Orlando, Winter Park, portions of unincorporated Orange County, as well as Celebration, Walt Disney World and parts of Lake County, Marion County and...

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How much does Pam Bondi's office spend to Photoshop?

10/07/11 Janelle Irwin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A visit to the website of Florida's Attorney General has us wondering: how much time and money does Pam Bondi's AG's office spend Photoshopping pictures.

click the photo for a slightly larger view of the screen shot of the AG's bio website Friday morning

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Organized labor joins Occupy Wall Street for largest protest yet of the New York encampment listen

10/06/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In New York City, Occupy Wall Street staged their largest march yet yesterday with over 20,000 people taking to the streets of lower Manhattan. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in New York and sends us this audio from the protest.

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Interest in Tampa's urban forest is growing listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night about a dozen Tampa residents met to think about how useful trees can be for the City of Tampa. Tampa is turning over a new leaf with a new tree inventory for its urban forest.

Tampa is always aspiring to be an urban center these days it seems, but some say trees still play a valuable role for the City. Sure, they provide shade and air to breathe, but Director of Parks and Recreation Karen Palus said they can also help the economy.

Supervisor of Natural Resources for the Par...

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Tampa's partial panhandling ban advances toward final vote listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has broken the tense deadlock by passing a partial panhandling ban. Council vice chair Mary Mulhern fought to stop the ban, to no avail.

The proposed panhandling ban has been tied up in a stalemate for several weeks, and finally passed a first reading this morning with a 6 to 1 vote. Council chair Charlie Miranda has been recovering from health issues, and missed the previous vote. He was preparing to phone in his vote today, but Mulhern took advantage of her position as...

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Keith Fitzgerald on running for Congress in Florida's 13th Congressional District

10/06/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Former state House Democrat Keith Fitzgerald was defeated for re-election to Tallahassee last November, but he's been recruited now to represent the area in Congress next year.

The New College Poli Sci professor will be taking on GOP incumbent Vern Buchanan. On Thursday, Fitzgerald officially announced that he's in the race.

We began the interview by asking how long had Fitzgerald been contemplating a candidacy for Congress?

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Occupy Tampa holds its third protest in downtown's Gaslight Park listen

10/06/11 Alessandra Da Pra
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An eclectic group of about 250 people from across the Tampa Bay Area and beyond are flocking to Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa today. It’s the third Occupy Tampa event to protest corporate greed, job layoffs, and wars. The grassroots local movement was born in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Seventy-seven year-old Bobby C. stood behind a sign that read...

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Interview with nuclear critic Helen Caldicott, MD

10/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest today is Helen Caldicott, MD. She has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age …Born in Melbourne, Australia In 1971, Dr Caldicott played a major role in Australia’s opposition to French atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific; in 1975 she worked with the Australian trade unions to educate their members about the medical dangers of the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining....

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In Land O' Lakes, Biden says approving Obama's jobs bill would stop teacher layoffs, and then some listen

10/05/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is facing hurdles from Congressional Republicans in passing a new jobs bill. But yesterday at an elementary school in Land O’ Lakes, Vice President Joe Biden said passing the plan would put 35 billion dollars back into education.

Biden: “Yes?”

Student: “Do you know how often the President does nothing or pocket vetoes a bill?”

Biden: “Well, we have not pocket vetoed…wow, you’re real smart man……No, I don’t think the Pre...

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PIRG report says expect more fraud if Florida privatizes Medicaid listen

10/05/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG, released a report that outs many healthcare companies for their fraudulent business practices. A group of advocates protested in front of WellCare in Tampa because they were recently sued by the state.

WellCare is a private company that manages state-funded healthcare. But they aren’t the only game in town. Florida is seeking a waiver that would completely privatize Medicaid. ...

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Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's water crisis

10/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up we’ll talk about the coming water crisis in the US with author Cynthia Barnett. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s programs. We received calls about the interview with the activists for St. Pete for Peace and we’ll hear a comment about yesterday’s Last Call show and the Republican candidates for President.

Our guest today is Cynthia Barnett author of a new book called BLUE REVOLUTION: UNMAKING AMERICAS WATER CRISIS (Beacon). Barnett...

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