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Babe Zaharias: Greatest Athlete Of All Time?

06/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. This year marks the centennial of the birth of one of the greatest athletes of all time: Babe Zaharias. Zaharias lived for a time in Tampa and ran a golf course named after her. This Saturday there will be a celebration of her achievement at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course in north Tampa. Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times reporter Don Van Atta, Jr. author of WONDER GIRL: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias (L...

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Celebrating Gay Pride

06/27/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday

Forty two years ago eight cops stomped into the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village district on one of their routine, homophobic raids. But this time was different, gay patrons not only fought back, but they were joined by thousands of others. And thus was launched the beginning of the gay civil rights movement in the US.

This week we pre-empted Counterspin to air a compelling documentary from the Pacifica Radio arch...

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Second annual Hands Across the Sand happens tomorrow listen

06/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last year’s Hands Across the Sand event brought thousands to Tampa Bay area beaches to protest offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The second installment of that event takes place tomorrow. We spoke with Darden Rice, Florida Director of the Gulf Restoration Network. She said while there’s no immediate threat of oil hitting our shores like there was last year, it’s still important to come out.

Tomorrow’s Hands Across the Sand event takes pla...

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NOW panel on health care for women listen

06/24/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The theme for this year’s national NOW conference is “Daring to Dream.” It started with a panel exploring how to achieve something many deem impossible: universal healthcare, or the single payer system. Katie Robbins, the national organizer with Healthcare NOW, opened the discussion with an explanation on universal healthcare and why it’s possible.

Before giving her statement on why single payer healthcare is important for women’s rights, Dr. Jewel Crawford, a family physician, s...

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GOP Hillsborough County Commissioners refuse to sign proclamation honoring GaYbor District in Ybor City

06/23/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Don Barco, the owner of King Carona Cigars in Ybor City and a member of the gaYbor Business District, speaks out about the fact that the 5 Republican Commissioners of Hillsborough County refused to sign a proclamation honoring that business district.

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Allied Media Conference gets underway listen

06/23/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Allied Media Conference happens later this week in Detroit. The event aims to put the power of media into the hands of the voiceless. Adrienne Maree Brown is a writer and activist based in Detroit. She sits on the board of several social justice organizations, including Allied Media. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke earlier this month with Brown about the conference, and her work facilitating positive change.

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National NOW Conference comes to Tampa this weekend listen

06/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The National Organization of Women starts its yearly national conference in Tampa tomorrow morning. In a series of panels and speeches, the event will focus on a range of issues impacting women, including abortion and workers’ rights. Ahead of the conference we caught up with Eleanor Cecil, a board member for NOW’s Tampa chapter, for a preview of the weekend’s events.

Cecil said the list of keynote speakers includes Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor. Some NOW members plan on demonstrati...

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Tampa council approves fertilizer ban listen

06/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council approved an ordinance banning the sale of nitrogen and phosphorous lawn fertilizers during the rainy season. Environmentalists like Sierra Club field organizer Cris Costello hailed the measure as key environmental protection.

She said this makes Tampa the largest city in the state to adopt such a law. Supporters were time-pressed to get the measure passed. State lawmakers passed a law during session creating a statewide fertilizer policy for Florida cities and counties t...

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NOW President Terry O'Neill; Open Phones To Discuss President Obama's Speech About Afghanistan

06/23/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming uu we'll have open phones to discuss President Obama's speech last night about a partial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. First, three listener comments about yesterday's interview about the pending cut in state worker's pay. Then we'll hear from the president of the National Organization for Women terry O'Neill. NOW is holding it's nationwide convention in Tampa this week. One of the topics to be covered at the convention is...

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New contender enters State House Dist 59 race listen

06/22/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Thirteen months and a grueling redistricting process may stand between now and the 2012 primaries, but candidates at every level are launching their campaigns. WMNF recently caught up with one who hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the Tallahassee. Tampa Activist Tatiana Denson is challenging Democratic incumbent Betty Reed for the state legislature’s District 59 seat. That district stretches from the USF area down to Progress Village, and at the moment is predominantly African American....

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Gov. Scott axes water management district funding listen

06/22/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill intended to cut taxes paid to the state's water management districts. He hailed the measure as one that holds the districts accountable and cuts taxes in hopes of fueling job growth. In the process, though, job losses among those working for the five water districts are inevitable. Scott said "most people believe government is larger than it should be" and that job creation will happen in the private sector. The law will cut an estimated $210 million i...

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SEIU Challenges New Florida Law Reducing State Employee Pay

06/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with a union president who is challenging the new law reducing state worker pay by 3%. But first some listener comments about yesterday's program, the interview with former state Senator Nancy Argenziano. (tape)

Last week the Florida Education Association (FEA) and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court in Tallahassee, Fla. attempting to block Senate Bill 2100, which levies a thre...

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Former State Senator Nancy Argenziano Warns About A Corporate Oligarchy Controlling Our State

06/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Our guest, Nancy Argenziano spent 16 years in state government as a house member, a state senator and a Public Service Commissioner. In an op-ed carried in several state newspapers (including the Tampa Tribune http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2011/jun/16/MEOPINO2-in-florida-the-r-stands-for-fractured-ar-237593/ and The St. Petersburg Times) she wrote about state government: "Make no mistake: This is not about liberals vs. conservatives â€...

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Shuffleboard nonprofit urges city not to privatize facilities listen

06/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In recent years, shuffleboard has seen a revival. The activity, once associated with Florida retirees, now attracts people of all ages and stripes. When the weather’s right, a shuffleboard complex at Downtown St. Pete’s Mirror Lake park brings in some sizable crowds – everyone from hipsters to families with young children – when it opens up its courts to the public for free on Friday nights. But a recent proposal might change that. Chris Kelly is Vice President of the nonprofit St. Pe...

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Thousands protest in Spain listen

06/20/11 Sean Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday in Spain, mass demonstrations took place across the country. Spain’s youth unemployment rate hovers at about 43 percent, and 21 percent for the general population. WMNF’s Sean Kinane caught a rally in the city of Cabra, where he spoke with demonstrator Sierra Ramos about what’s causing tens of thousands to take to the streets.

"This movement began the 15th of May in Madrid. It's a strike* against all the kind of abuse that the politics nowadays are trying to do against peo...

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