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Dmitry Orlov - the U.S. and the five stages of collapse listen

06/03/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The United States national debt hit $14.2 trillion this month. With economic recovery continuing to lag and high oil prices, rising food costs, and unemployment frustrating Washington's efforts to kick start the economy, some historians and economic analysts are drawing analogies between the collapse of the Soviet Union and what the United States is currently experiencing. One such analyst is Dmitry Orlov, author of book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects. Orlov...

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Hillsborough County School Board member Stacy White talks about cell phones, iPads and education

06/02/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Stacy White was just elected to the Hillsborough County School Board last fall, and the freshman member discusses education in depth with WMNF listeners for the entire hour.

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Hillsborough County Commission fires attorney Renee Lee listen

06/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The past two years have spelled trouble for Hillsborough County Government, which saw three county employees leave after allegations of misconduct. Now, it’s the board’s attorney who’s being excused from the county building. It isn’t the first time Renee Lee has faced tough scrutiny from the board.

Even County Attorney Renee Lee herself said having lunch with disgraced former county commissioner Kevin White was a bad idea. The county is currently engaged in a lawsuit against White,...

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Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO on the new state budget

06/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll talk about the new state budget signed last Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. Our guest is Rich Templin, Ph.D., Legislative and Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO.

The governor signed the state budget last Thursday at a private ceremony in The Villages and we're still kind of going through it and figuring out exactly what the budget means for the future of Florida and here to help us deconstruct the budget is Rich Te...

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Tampa City Council closer to rainy season ban on nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer listen

06/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has passed on first reading a fertilizer ordinance that would cut down on the pollution that drains from lawns into the region’s waterways, including Tampa Bay. The excess nutrients lead to algae blooms. Five members of the public spoke in opposition to the ban this morning. But double that number, including local Sierra Club representative Phil Compton, urged Council to support a rainy-season ban on sale and use of nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer.

"This is an appro...

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FEC seeks hefty fine from former Vern Buchanan business partner over alleged campaign finance violation listen

06/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s is almost as well known for shady politics as it is for sunny beaches. One currently-brewing case involves a Sarasota-area member of Congress and a Jacksonville car dealership. The Federal Elections Commission wants to fine a former business partner of Republican US Representative over what they’re saying is a violation of campaign finance laws.

Last week, the Federal Elections Commission announced it’s seeking a fine of nearly $68,000 from former Hyundai of North Jacksonvi...

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Public employees sue FL Gov. Rick Scott over order to drug test state workers listen

06/01/11 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A public workers union and a state employee from St. Pete are suing Governor Rick Scott because of an executive order requiring random drug testing of all state workers. A lawyer from the ACLU of Florida is joining with Peter Walsh, a Miami trial lawyer, to represent the plaintiffs.

"Executive order 11-58 calls for random drug testing. It requires the state to set up a regime of random drug testing for all state empl...

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Roger Ailes and the Fox News Republican machine

06/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with Tim Dickinson, author of a new article in Rolling Stone Magazine on Roger Ailes and Fox News entitled: "How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory".

Dickinson writes:

"The key to decoding Fox News isn't Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity. It isn't even News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch. To understand what drives Fox News, and what its true purpose is, you must first un...

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