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Obama won't say if he disagrees with P.J. Crowley that Bradley Manning's abuse is "counterproductive and stupid" listen

03/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Bradley Manning is accused of leaking a trove of diplomatic and war documents to WikiLeaks. He is being detained at a military brig in Quantico, Virginia. His attorney says his clothes are confiscated nightly and he is kept in solitary confinement 23-hours a day. Glenn Greenwald and others have decried the abuse of Manning.

U.S. State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley t...

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Tampa Mayor Iorio endorses Buckhorn in increasingly nasty campaign listen

03/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The showdown between the two remaining candidates in the race for Tampa’s mayor is heating up. The last 24 hours have turned up nasty advertisements, an endorsement from Mayor Pam Iorio, and more.

Shortly before a debate at City of Tampa Television headquarters Friday, Mayor Pam Iorio announced her endorsement of Bob Buckhorn for Tampa Mayor. In an email, Iorio told WMNF she wasn’t available for comment. However she did issue a statement that said staying neutral is no longer an option and...

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Japanese earthquake causes radiation concerns at nuclear reactor listen

03/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Authorities in Japanese are releasing slightly radioactive vapor in order to ease pressure at a nuclear reactor whose cooling system failed following today’s earthquake.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency says the massive 8.9 earthquake caused a power outage. That increased pressure to one-and-a-half times normal inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant

Japanese Cabinet Minister Yukio Edano was translated on Al Jazeera English.

"So the emergency shut down h...

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The 30 Year Rise In Income Disparity In The U.S.

03/11/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with Jacob Hacker, co-author of the new book Winner Take All Politics.

He’ll be speaking in Sarasota in a few days. But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about the direction the country is going- especially now that state legislatures in Tallahassee, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana are rolling back protection for workers and reducing worker benefits.

The disparity...

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Last Call with Ed Turanchik

03/10/11 Mitch Perry
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Ed Turanchik came on the show to talk about his campaign running for mayor of Tampa.

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Controversial teacher pay and tenure bill passes Florida Senate listen

03/10/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year former governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill doing away with teacher tenure and linking teacher pay to student test scores. The state Senate passed a modified version of the bill today, and the governor is almost certain to sign it into law.

Supporters say it’s a much needed – if imperfect – kick start to education reform. Opponents say it places student success squarely on the shoulders of teachers. Senate Bill 736 passed pretty much along party lines. The exceptions were Democra...

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Hillsborough residents support trains and universal health care listen

03/10/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite a failed transportation referendum last year, Hillsborough County voters support both high-speed rail and light rail. That’s according to a poll released today by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Hillsborough residents likely to vote in next year’s election also support universal health care and a countywide Mayor, but are split on support for a presidential candidate. Bob Rohrlack is the Chamber’s president and CEO.

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"Awake the State Rally" Protests Gov. Scott's Budget Cuts. listen

03/09/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday about a thousand pro-worker protesters marched to Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa. Thousands more labor union workers, state employees, and teachers demonstrated in more than 30 cities across the state to protest the largest annual budget cuts to education in Florida’s history. The largest of the “Awake the State” protests was in Tampa Bay.

While Governor Rick Scott may have run an election platform for job creation that insisted, “Let’s get to work,” President of the local Centra...

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Iorio praises city staff, chastises Gov. Scott in final State of the City Address listen

03/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio delivered her final State of the City address at the Tampa Convention Center this morning to a room full of supporters. She had glowing things to say about Tampa’s progress over her tenure, but Iorio said there was one missing piece.

Iorio said she had some lofty goals in when she first took office in 2003. The mayor, who leaves office at the end of this month due to term limits, said she accomplished most of them.

"I talked about opening up the river to the peopl...

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Buckhorn and Ferlita go head to head for the first time listen

03/09/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week, Rose Ferlita and Bob Buckhorn beat out Dick Greco and two other challengers for Tampa Mayor. They will face each other in a runoff in two weeks. The two candidates debated head-to-head for the first time last night at Blake High School and touched on some tough topics.

Job creation is on the minds of just about everyone in this struggling economy and Tampa is no exception. Tampa Mayoral candidates Bob Buckhorn and Rose Ferlita are promising to bring jobs to Tampa. Ferlita said...

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In what direction is the Governor and Legislature planning to take Florida?

03/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today St. Petersburg Times columnist Dan Ruth will discuss the Governor's State of the State address, worker opposition to some GOP plans and the Tampa mayor's race.

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Last Call observes International Women's Day

03/08/11 Lisa Marzilli & Beth Bell
Last Call Tuesday
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Happy International Women's Day!

Thousands of people from across the state took to the streets today to "Awake the State" in protest of Governor Scott's proposed budget cuts to education, healthcare and worker's pensions as the 2011 legislative session opened in Tallahassee. On today's Last Call we spoke live with democratic activist Pat Kemp from the protest held at Lykes Gaslight Square in downtown Tampa.

We also heard from Stephanie Kunkel, Director of th...

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New documentary highlights senior athletes listen

03/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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One does not typically associate women over 65 with athleticism, but many who fall into that category are fighting the frail grandma stereotype. The documentary film Age of Champions follows a 100-year-old tennis champ, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, a pair of brothers who swim, and basketball team consisting of women over 65. All are competitors in the National Senior Olympics, an event in which over 12,000 senior athletes compete. The film ...

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Human rights reporter Mac McClelland goes "full impact" listen

03/08/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The recent sexual assault of CBS correspondent Lara Logan has called attention to an issue that is far too prevalent yet too often ignored; the dangers faced by journalists – especially women - covering stories in conflict zones around the world. Logan was attacked as she reported from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the last night of the pro-democracy uprisings in Egypt after becoming separated from her TV crew. CBS said s...

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Author Jaclyn Friedman says rape can be prevented through principle of Yes Means Yes listen

03/08/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, feminist, activist, and survivor of sexual assault. Friedman is co-editor of Yes Means Yes!, a book of essays that visualizes not only a world without rape, but one where women can express their sexuality with no fear or shame.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott began the interview by asking Friedman about the idea behind her 2008 book.

"What Yes Means Yes is about is a principle that we’re calling enthusiastic consent or affirmative consent. That means is that eve...

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