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Should The State Open Up More Public Parks To Overnight Camping, RV's and Operation By Private Companies? listen

06/30/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radiactivity. Last week the St. Petersburg Times reported that "The (Florida) Department of Environmental Protection has targeted Honeymoon Island as one of the first of 56 parks where state officials want to add new overnight camping sites — including space for recreational vehicles. Honeymoon Island could get up to 45 campsites on 17.5 acres east of the southern beach parking lot, under the DEP's plan.

In a departure from the way Florida created its award-winni...

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The U.S. and terrorism circa 2011

06/30/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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On the first half of the program Ohio State University political science professor John Mueller discussed the U.S. reaction to the war on terror, nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks.

On the second half of the show, the open phone segment featured several callers who despaired about the state of the nation, and of Florida.

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Is the US an empire? Group in Tampa says yes listen

06/30/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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When they hear the word empire, many people think of Rome, Babylon, Britain, or the USSR. But today a group in Tampa talked about imperial aspects of the United States. Just ahead of the country’s two-hundred-thirty-fifth birthday, a United Church of Christ workshop revealed an imperial America they say varies greatly from the vision of the nation’s founders.

Reverend Tom Warren is with a United Church of Christ congregation in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. In talking about America as an imper...

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NRDC releases beaches scorecard; Florida scores well except for effects of BP oil listen

06/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Bay Beaches will likely be packed this holiday weekend, and an environmental study out today ranks beaches nationwide on pollution and closures. Despite oil hitting the Panhandle last year, Florida Beaches as a whole didn’t fare too poorly.

"Beaches in Florida, the overall picture is that 4 percent of the samples exceeded national standards in 2010."

Jon Devine, senior lawyer i...

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Callers ponder how Rick Scott got elected with his current abysmal poll numbers

06/29/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call we reviewed the day's international news from Greece and Egypt and in U.S. news, a court ruling affirming Congress' health care reform law.

In Florida, a court backed Governor Rick Scott in challenging part of Florida's campaign finance laws. Callers questioned how, since Scott's current poll numbers are so dismal, he was able to win election last November.

We also discussed an article about the U.S. n...

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America's best defense attorney: Clarence Darrow

06/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. There’s a new biography of legendary attorney Clarence Darrow… the attorney who had a long career defending the downtrodden in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He was far ahead of his time. We’ll talk with his biographer in a moment. But first one listener comment about yesterday’s interview with a USF researcher who is part of a team studying red-light cameras. Their conclusion is that red light cameras actually do more harm than good. Here’s what one...

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On Senate floor, Marco Rubio calls for assassination of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi listen

06/28/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Senate is taking up the question about whether President Barack Obama is acting within the law by ordering U.S. involvement in the NATO attack on Libya. On the Senate floor, Florida’s junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio blamed Obama for how NATO’s war on Libya is going.

"Only when the Gadhafi mercenaries were on the outskirts of Bengazi threatening to massacre thousands of innocent civilians did the President finally agree to participate. But even that was botched. First we ceded mos...

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Progress Energy to repair cracks at Crystal River nuke facility listen

06/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As flooding in the Missouri River threatens a Nebraska Nuclear plant, and fires encroach on New Mexico’s Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, a utility company has said it will repair cracks at its Florida facility rather than permanently shutter the plant. Progress Energy’s Crystal River nuclear power plant has been out of commission since a crack was found in a containment wall there. Jeff Lyash, the company’s executive vice president, said today in a conference call, the high cost of repairing t...

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USF Researchers Say Red Light Cameras Do Not Improve Traffic Safety

06/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. In recent years there's been a move by local governments to install red light cameras in order to improve safety at intersections. Our guest today, Etienne Pracht, PhD is part of a research team at the USF College of Public Health which has studied red light cameras. Their studies conclude that the cameras do little to promote safer intersections. And that there are other, cheap...

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Haridopolos campaign says college textbook development is not a real issue listen

06/28/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Under a contract from Brevard Community College, State Senate President Mike Haridopolos wrote a book on political science. He was paid more than $150,000 and critics have scoffed at the quality of the text Haridopolos wrote. Now a liberal group says the meager income generated for the college by the book is cause for concern. Damian Filer is a spokesperson for Progress Florida.

"It was about 2 weeks ago at an event in Tampa at a Tiger Bay luncheon and Senator Haridopolos was asked if he ...

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Alternet Senior Editor Joshua Holland Discusses The Economy, The Debt Limit, Taxes And Fox News

06/27/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with Joshua Holland who is a senior writer for Alternet.org. Recently he's been writing about the national debt, taxes, health care and comparisons between the U.S. and European social safety nets. We'll talk with him about those issues as well as the recent Jon Stewart-Fox News controversy.

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Ethical Questions Swirling Around Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

06/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: Has Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas committed ethics violations that raise serious questions about his judicial independence and fairness? We’re joined now by a Ian Millhiser a writer for Think Progress who has been tracking the allegations against Clarence Thomas. The questions surrounding Thomas include gifts from wealthy people who may have interests before the courts, t...

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Solar electric prices dropping

06/27/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We were very happy to have Andy Black with ON Grid Solar, a solar electric information business that produces software for the solar industry. Also a good friend of the Sustainable Living program joined us: John Gambil with Hot Wire Enterprises, a solar company in Tarpon Springs.

The focus of the program was that solar electric systems continue to get cheaper. Andy felt like this will continue for a while longer; the main reason being t...

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National Organization for Women 2011 Conference in Tampa looks at violence listen

06/27/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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NOW is a national advocacy group focusing on fighting all forms of sex discrimination. NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, joined NOW and kicked off the weekend with a panel on feminist men in relationships. Ben Atherton-Zeman, the director of Voices for Men, said women have an understandable reason to still question the motives of feminist men.

One member of the Young Feminist Task Force, Micah Bochart, said feminist men have a responsibility to speak out against sexi...

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Pinellas demonstrators speak out against Florida drilling proposal listen

06/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Environmental Protection Agency director Lisa Jackson said today that replenishing wetlands diminished in the wake of the BP oil disaster is a top priority. She says a chunk of the one billion dollars that BP has dedicated to the area will likely go toward sediment projects to restore barrier islands, which provide vital wildlife habitat and storm protection.

The disaster may have faded from headlines, but the debate on offshore drilling is ongoing. On Saturday the St. Petersburg Times ...

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