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Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry

04/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity--- I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with humorist Dave Barry. First up some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked with attorney Steve Yerrid about why the state of Florida should prepare to take legal action against the companies involved in the BP oil disaster. We also talked about our federal taxes and where they go.

Here’s what some listeners had to say.

Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Dave...

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Former member of Congress Alan Grayson talks about Medicare, the federal deficit, Afghanistan, Iraq and whether he'll run again

04/18/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up this afternoon an interview with former Democratic member of Congress Alan Grayson. Grayson is a former U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th congressional district; he served from 2009 until 2011.

The district includes parts of Orlando, Winter Park, Celebration, Walt Disney World and parts of Lake County, Marion County and Ocala. Grayson lost his re-election last year to Republican Daniel Webster.

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New Facebook group Tampa Solar

04/18/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s program with a short interview with John McGee, head of Hillsborough County’s Stormwater Environmental program. They’ve started a Trash Tracker program that, with the help of volunteers, locates and analyzes trash collected in Hillsborough County. To find out how you can become a Trash Tracker or more about the program check out.

Tampa Solar is a new Facebook group that’s promoting home solar elec...

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Live report from progressive rally in Tampa against corporations shirking taxes listen

04/18/11 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Federal Income Tax returns are due today. But many progressives feel that an undue proportion of taxes go toward war and not enough goes to important social priorities. A group Fight for Florida is organizing about a dozen tax day protests across the state including one at this hour in downtown Tampa. Our reporter Janelle Irwin is live on the scene in front of downtown’s Bank of America. Janelle, tell us who is there and what they’re saying.

[Fight for Florida](http://fightforflorida.c...

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Environmentalists are still concerned about oil disaster impacts listen

04/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout in the Gulf. Many officials are touting a swift environmental recovery, but environmentalists see alarming signs that Gulf of Mexico is far from healthy.

It’s been more than nine months since gushing oil well in the gulf was permanently capped. The worst human-caused environmental disaster in US history may no longer be daily fodder for front page news, but scientists and environmental groups say the disaster ...

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On Radioactivity today: The BP disaster: should our Governor start legal action against the companies involved? And where do our federal income taxes go?

04/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Coming up today we'll hear from local attorney Steve Yerrid who says the state of Florida needs to be more aggressive in pursuing legal action against those who are responsible for the BP oil disaster. Yerrid had been an advisor to former Governor Charlie Crist for legal claims involving the BP blowout. He worked pro bono. But since Governor Rick Scott has taken over the reigns of power Yerrid has had no communication with the new administration. Yerrid and his team devoted more than 1,000 ...

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Counter-protesters attacked by some tea party participants at Tampa tax-day rally listen

04/18/11 Christopher Davis and Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Fewer than 1000 people turned out Last Friday for the Tampa Tax Day Tea Party Rally, even though organizers expected more than 5000. Marco Rubio, Ralph Reed and many others gathered to speak about lower taxes and government spending, to denounce the new health care law, and to protest undocumented immigration.

Ralph Reed from Faith and Family Coalition spoke about religion and freedom, but also encouraged the Tea Party activists.

"When people were writing the premature obituary of con...

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Handful of protesters rallies for recall bill in St. Pete listen

04/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As tea partiers rallied Friday in Tampa to protest Tax Day, a small cluster of protesters gathered across the bay to champion a bill in the state legislature that would give citizens the right to recall state elected officials. The turnout didn’t faze the event’s organizer, who said he hopes the event would spark a meaningful discussion of government accountability.

There was no corporate sponsor. There were no hand-scrawled placards grossly mischaracterizing historical figures. Not on...

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Youth LGBT author Alex Sanchez headlines USF Gala listen

04/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today marks the fourteenth annual Day of Silence, a day when students of all ages across the country take a vow of silence to draw attention to bullying and hate crimes against people who are gay. Last night more than 100 people gathered at USF to honor activists who promote tolerance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, which still struggles with homophobia. That school’s Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association event highlighted that progress that’s been made in recent de...

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WMNF reports from St Pete Right to Recall rally listen

04/15/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Floridians have no way to recall from office a politician elected statewide. But there’s a movement growing to change that. This afternoon at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg, there’s a rally going on to support bills in the Florida Legislature to give Floridians the Right to Recall. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw will bring you a full report on Monday. She’s there live on the scene. Kate, tell us what you’re hearing from the people there.

"Actually, to be quite honest, it hasn't ...

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Live report from tax day Tea Party rally in Tampa listen

04/15/11 Christopher Davis, Lenka Davis and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, April 15, is the traditional day federal income taxes are due to the IRS. For the last few years, tea party affiliated groups have held large protests on April 15. At this hour, outside the taxpayer-funded National Football League Stadium in Tampa, Marco Rubio is headlining a tax day protest.

Our reporters Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis are there and will bring you a full report Monday. Christopher joins us live now on the phone. Christopher, tell our listeners how many people a...

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USF student body president to lead talk-a-thon for student rights and immigration reform listen

04/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some University of South Florida students are so upset about how lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington are treating young people, they’re going to talk about it nonstop for more than three days. They don’t like cuts to education or policies that hurt immigrants. It’s being spearheaded by Cesar Hernandez, USF’s student body president who also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees.

One of their goals is for president Obama to notice their activism enough to come to USF to ...

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Working people critical of Governor and Legislature

04/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from local labor activists who are concerned about anti-union proposals being pushed by the Governor and being passed by the state legislature.

Our guests are: Jean Clements, President, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association; Stephen Sarnoff, President, Communication Workers (CWA) 3179, represents city workers in Pinellas and Pasco Counties; Cheryl Schroeder, Executive Director, West Central Florida Fed...

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Interviews with Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens and UMass political science professor Thomas Ferguson

04/14/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. First up today we'll hear from a local Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens who is helping to organize this Friday's Tax Day Tea Party protest at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Later we'll hear from Professor Thomas Ferguson who is a political scientist at the University of Massachussetts in Boston. Both will be talking about President Obama's speech last night and the national debat...

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Immigrants and supporters oppose harsh immigration bills in Tallahassee - interview with Rev. Charles McKenzie listen

04/14/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Immigrants and their supporters spoke in Tallahassee yesterday to oppose a bill they say is eerily similar to a harsh Arizona law that cracks down on immigrants. One local participant at the Senate Budget Committee meeting was Rev. Charles McKenzie. He is state coordinator of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a volunteer with Unidos Now. WMNF spoke with him this afternoon about immigration bills being considered by the Florida Legislature.

"We went into the session and the executive in charge of...

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