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Mortin Halperin describes Pentagon Papers, not WikiLeaks, as “courageous act” listen

02/11/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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WikiLeaks has made waves around the world with the release of tens of thousands of classified State Department and Defense Department documents. About 20 Tampa Bay Area residents came to Sarasota Monday night to hear from Mortin Halperin, a Senior Advisor to George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, about his analysis on the release of the secret information.

Mortin Halperin was responsible for the writing of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a study of the American political and military inv...

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Child slavery - a secret ingredient in Valentine's Day chocolates? listen

02/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As Valentine’s Day looms, those who celebrate it may venture into a supermarket and pick up a heart-shaped cardboard box of chocolates. Most chocolate enthusiasts probably don’t know there’s a brutal side to those little sweets that have become so synonymous with love this time of year. Human trafficking plays a key role in the multi-billion dollar cocoa industry, but there’s little will on the part of corporations to do anything about it.

The 50 million pounds of chocolate America...

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Nonviolent revolution in Egypt - Mubarak steps down listen

02/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nonviolent revolution in Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak stepped down today. It was announced by newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman on State TV, and was translated on Al Jazeera English.

After 29 years in power, Mubarak handed control to the military. Crowds in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in jubilation for minutes and minutes, which was captured on Al Jazeera English.

One opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, told the Associated Press it...

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St. Petersburg Times Editor To Speak About Barefoot College listen

02/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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People in rural areas of the world often need to find simple solutions to very real problems such as famine and healthcare. Barefoot College was founded in 1972 to solve problems plaguing villages in India. Now its focus is bringing solar energy to rural villages.

India native and founder of Barefoot College Sanjit “Bunker” Roy began his efforts in his home country. He has now expanded the organization to at least 22 countries worldwide. Bill Duryea, National Editor for the *St. Pe...

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Tampa City Council does away with hefty water use fees listen

02/10/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For weeks, hundreds of Tampa residents have been up in arms about exorbitant water bills. Today, the Tampa City Council voted to change the way the city bills heavy water users. But Council member Mary Mulhern said she doubts the measure would make much of a difference.

She said she thinks about ten percent of those complaining of inexplicably high water bills might benefit. Today’s votes did away with the most severe aspects of a billing system that penalizes water users who consume to ...

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At Channelside mayoral forum, Greco explains panty raid statement listen

02/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the Tampa Mayor’s race hits the home stretch, the five candidates are each fighting to distinguish themselves as the one best prepared to lead the city out of the recession. The five met in the second of three debates slated for this week.

Anyone who’s run for office in the past year or two knows that a campaign message has to be mostly about jobs. At a mayoral debate at the St. Pete Times Forum, the five Tampa mayoral candidates hammered the jobs message home. But fielding question...

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Israeli air strikes target Gaza listen

02/09/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Israel launched a series of air strikes against the Gaza Strip early this morning. The Associated Press reports that eight residents were injured. But WMNF’s reporter in the northern Gaza Strip, Pam Bailey, tells us there were more injuries than that and a child was killed.

AP report on bombings

IMEMC report on bombings

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Impact Of Governor Scott's Budget On Low And Middle Income Floridians

02/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. The St. Petersburg Times reported this morning:

"Gov. Rick Scott’s bold budget plan wasn’t even 24 hours old Tuesday before state legislators started ripping it apart and leveling a familiar charge against the governor: He wasn’t forthcoming with details.

"Whether it was his billions in cuts to Medicaid or to schools, legislators said they weren’t sure what Scott specifically wanted to do in his budget, which would furth...

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Austrian Ambassador addresses WikiLeaks listen

02/09/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Austrian Ambassador to the United States spoke yesterday at the University of Tampa about the effects WikiLeaks has on national governments. The ambassador’s primary concern was for the well being and safety of individuals mentioned in leaks.

Ambassador Christian Prosl from Austria put the diplomat back into diplomacy yesterday during his lecture to a crowd of mostly University of Tampa students. Prosl kept his thoughts on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to a minimum, but said it’...

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USF researcher: oil still causing trouble in Gulf listen

02/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Governor Charlie Crist and failed Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink plan to reiterate their support for a constitutional ban on oil drilling in state waters tomorrow in Tallahassee. To those who watched last year’s gulf oil disaster from afar, the problem may seem all but gone. But to researchers at USF St. Petersburg it’s still out there, weathered beyond smithereens, menacing the Gulf of Mexico food chain. Speaking to students and faculty recently at USF’s St. Pete ca...

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Some Gazans fear another war is around the corner listen

02/08/11 Pam Bailey
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two years ago, Israel bombarded the Gaza strip: about 1300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. But Pam Bailey reports, Gazans fear a new war could be around the corner.

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Interview with Dick Greco who is running for Mayor of Tampa

02/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. In a moment an interview with former Tampa mayor Dick Greco who is running for mayor again. But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. We spent a lot of time yesterday talking about the Governor’s proposed budget. Here’s what one listener had to say.

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco started his political career in the 1960’s. He was first elected mayor in 1967, serving two terms, leaving office in 1974; He served back to back t...

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Noted Palestinian professor Naseer Aruri discusses the Egyptian revolution listen

02/08/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the stalemate between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and pro-democracy demonstrators enters its third week, each day brings more speculation as to who the next leader might be. The most mentioned names so far include Mubarak’s hand picked Vice President Omar Suleiman and Nobel laureate Mohammed ElBaradei.

As Jane Mayer, author of “The Dark Side” points out on the New Yorker's website, Suleiman,...

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One of Florida's leading environmentalists talks about the Governor's budget & Florida Forever land preservation program

02/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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The governor will announce his proposed state budget tomorrow and here to talk about the budget, preserving the state's environment and the Florida Forever land preservation program is the executive director of Audubon of Florida, Eric Draper.

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Bicycle Safety

02/07/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started off today’s program with Tom Krumreich, the Community Representative with the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN). Tom will be test driving the Nissin Leaf Electric Car this Saturday here in Tampa and wants to get some support for the chance of winning this EV.

Next we had the director of transportation for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Karen Kress, joining the show with two of her working partners on urban planning and bicycle issues, Julie Bond, with the Center for Ur...

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