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I Am Someone: a Documentary on Sexual Violence

03/08/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Happy International Women’s Day! I’m Dawn Morgan Elliott, a six-year volunteer with WMNF, with five years in the newsroom telling other people’s stories.

For this International Women’s Day, I want to raise the noise level on sexual abuse and violence against women, traumatic experiences that often have a silencing effect on its victims.

I’ll get personal, asking 54-year-old Baltimore native Lepena Reid to talk about the terrible attack she endured on the city streets when sh...

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Vegetable Gardening

03/07/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests on today’s program were all local vegetable gardeners. The farm manager from Sweetwater Organic Farm in west Tampa, Roberto Saenz; owner of Scotty’s Produce in northern Polk County, Jeff Campbell, and bio-intensive northeastern Hillsborough County farmer, Tom Carroll, all joined the show to answer local gardening questions.

Scotty teaches vegetable gardening at his place and will be starting new classes soon. You can find out more at th...

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In Tampa hundreds call for Publix to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes listen

03/07/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters rallied outside the Publix grocery store on Dale Mabry Avenue in Tampa over the weekend, demanding better pay and working conditions for the 30,000-some tomato harvesters throughout Florida. The Coalition of Immokalee workers has asked the supermarket chain to sign a “Fair Food” agreement for those producing the $620 million tomato crop.

The protesters walked along the sidewalks just off Publix property, singing, chanting, and waving signs....

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Michael Moore says America is not broke, Wake the State Rallies, and pensions are not the problem

03/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call, I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to part of a speech that film maker Michael Moore gave in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend in which he placed the blame for the poor performance of the economy squarely on those at the top.

We'll also hear part of a story from the McClatchy newspaper chain which is headlined "[WHY EMPLOYEE PENSIONS ARE NOT BANKRUPTING THE STATES](http://...

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Stetson legal panel examines the international status of women listen

03/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow marks the hundredth observance of International Women’s Day. Today a panel of experts in women’s issues met at Stetson University College of Law to talk about the current status of women worldwide. The panel reflected on gains made in women’s rights, but also confronted the work that still needs to be done.

Imagine being forced to marry against your will. Or being targeted for sexual assault during war time. Or getting aci...

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Interview with Rev. Barry Lynn executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

03/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today an interview with Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. A member of the Washington, D.C. and U.S. Supreme Court bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georget...

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Maritime activities keep Tarpon Springs' culture alive listen

03/07/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Many coastal Florida communities rely on the Gulf of Mexico for cultural traditions and economics. Fishers, net makers, sponge divers and boat builders shared their passion for the sea and celebrated Greek traditions this weekend at the Gulf Maritime Festival in Tarpon Springs.

Charles Beckham from Cedar Key, Arnold Davis from Cortez and Stuart Pacetti from St. Augustine have two things in common: they are fishermen for a lifetime and they love being in the water. They say the fishing indu...

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Local teachers rally to demand an end to systematic dismantling of public education

03/04/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today’s Last Call we spoke with teachers who were attending one of several rallies that took place in Pinellas County on Friday afternoon. They’re demanding an end to the defunding and dismantling of public education as well as the scapegoating of teachers that’s going on in Florida and across the US.

Florida ranked 37th in average teacher pay for the last school year and is expected to plummet to No. 47 in the nation according to a new report from the National Education Assoc...

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Tomato harvesters, others prepare for Tampa Publix protest listen

03/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of Florida tomato harvesters has lobbied the likes of McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods in pursuit of better wages and living conditions. Now the Coalition of Immokalee workers is entrenched in a fight to get Publix Supermarkets to follow suit. They’re demonstrating near four Tampa Bay area stores, and have a massive march planned for Saturday.

Members of the coalition and numerous groups standing in solidarity gathered outside a Publix near the southern tip of St. Pete. They...

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St. Pete Beach mayoral hopefuls talk hometown democracy listen

03/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa mayor’s race may have grabbed the lion’s share of headlines in recent months, but communities throughout Tampa Bay have their own political showdowns in the coming days. Next week, one Pinellas Beach will pick its next mayor in a race that may shape the future of the town.

It’s the site of a pricey legal showdown between developers and residents who don’t want to see their community turn into Miami Beach. Four candidates, including the incumbent, are vying to be St. Pete ...

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Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federa...

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Interview with Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens

03/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Welcome to the second part of Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up in this segment an interview with local Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens.

Let's start with high speed rail...

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Interview with Texas populist Jim Hightower

03/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today an interview with Texas populist Jim Hightower. Hightower is a former agriculture commissioner in Texas and is now an author (Against the Current) and radio commentator (his commentaries are carried on WMNF).

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Last Call with Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association

03/03/11 Mitch Perry
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tim Herberlein and Beth Roach from the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association discuss the upcoming Awake the State rallies.

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Tampa water bill task force update & city spent $165,000 on Gasparilla listen

03/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Tampa City Council heard an update on the administration’s task force into unusually high water bills. Recently the council suspended the top billing tiers for the city’s highest water users. Steve Daignault, the city’s utilities administrator, said only a small fraction of the spiked bills are due to tiere...

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