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USF's solar-powered house will soon be a reality in Tampa listen

08/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A team of Florida students has been chosen as a finalist for a green design competition. Their entry, called FLeX House, is a solar-powered home that uses no net energy located near downtown Tampa.

Tampa’s green home is one of 20 international projects that will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition this fall. Team Florida’s adviser is Stanley Russell, the director of the University of Sout...

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Should the rich pay more in taxes? Billionaire says yes

08/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today we're going to have open phones but first I read a section of this op-ed written by Warren Buffett and carried in yesterday's New York Times, called "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich."

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Interview with Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin

08/15/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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46 years ago this week a band in San Francisco performed for the first time in public. The Jefferson Airplane. They went on to perform at the Monterrey Pop Festival, Woodstock and Altamonte - the most storied music festivals of the 1960’s and early 70’s.

In terms of music and lifestyle, the Jefferson Airplane epitomized the San Francisco sound. The Airplane evolved from roots in folk and blues to become a psychedelic powerhouse. They challenged the conventions of the day on sex, drugs,...

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Tampa Bay Water approves $162 million to fix regional reservoir listen

08/15/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After years of planning and negotiation, Tampa Bay Water has finally approved a $162 million contract to fix the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir. Tampa Bay Water general manager Gerald Seeber said the plan will not only increase water storage capacity, but also help prepare for future drought. Now that the contract was approved, it will go to design and permitting over the next year.

When th...

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County Commissioner Mark Sharpe announces bid for Congress in 2012 listen

08/15/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe announced he will run against Democratic incumbent Kathy Castor in the 2012 bid for Congress. Sharpe told reporters today he felt obligated to help the nation in a time of crisis.

That was County Commissioner Mark Sharpe’s big announcement in a little coffee shop. He stood on a platform in the middle of Buddy Brew coffee on Kennedy Boulev...

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Ex-felons grow old waiting for civil rights to be restored in Florida

08/12/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today we’re going to talk about civil rights restoration - and specifically, the ways in which Gov. Scott and his cabinet have made it more difficult for ex-felons to get those rights restored.

Florida is one of only three states in the nation that strip people with past felony convictions of their civil rights, even after they’ve completed their sentences. These rights include the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury and to hold public office. Ex-felons are also barred from a...

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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes...

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How to solve the federal deficit; and a campaign to have ordinary people call the Governor's office

08/12/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Governor Rick Scott has been sending robocalls out to Florida residents—touting the positive things he’s done since taking office earlier this year. Now there’s a campaign to have average Floridians tell the governor what they’ve been experiencing since he took over in Tallahassee…

And is there a relatively simple fix for the federal budget deficit? Our first guest says there is.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we featured a spokesperson...

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Social media on display in St. Pete during Tweetup at Dali Museum listen

08/12/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The St. Petersburg Dali Museum’s first social media night, Get Surreal, kicked off on Thursday August 11. Museum officials presented the art collection and its building to the social media scene and because of this new communication approach, the turnout was a success.

Over 200 people tweeted live using their smartphones and iPads and they scanned QR codes. Museum docent and volunteer Christine Paul said that these bar codes allow the audience to instantly learn...

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A look at the Ames Iowa Straw Poll & Michelle Bachmann

08/11/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Minneapolis journalist and University of Minnesota journalism professor G.R. Anderson came on the program to preview the Iowa Straw Poll and the whole Michelle Bachmann phenomenon. Anderson wrote a story about Bachmann in City Pages newspaper in 2006 that was very influential in a 2011 piece on the Minnesota member of Congress by Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi.

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Mitt Romney to heckler: "Corporations are people" listen

08/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Are corporations people? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seems to think so. In a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair Thursday Romney was questioned by an audience member whether he would take Social Security out of the debt-reduction debate since it doesn’t contribute to the national debt.

"We have to make sure the promises we make are promises we can keep. And there are various ways of doing that. One is we can raise taxes on people. That's not the way..."

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Hillsborough businesses hear the latest from Republican U.S. Representatives listen

08/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As Hillsborough County businesses are looking for a way out of the economic hardships facing the country, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce invited local businesses to their membership luncheon today, where some local legislators updated the chamber on the latest from congress.

While the nation struggles to reach compromise in the tenuous political climate, local business owners with the Brandon were mainly interested in a Republican perspective for economic so...

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Americans for Prosperity take their Running on Empty tour to Sarasota in hopes of trimming regulations for oil drilling listen

08/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A conservative group was in Sarasota yesterday to spread the message that regulations passed by the Obama administration are directly contributing to the high price of gasoline. About 25 people – mostly Tea Party supporters – came to the Running on Empty tour event.

Standing in front of an inflatable gas tank displaying a price of $3.65 per gallon, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips placed the blame for high gas prices on President Obama.

Americans for Prosperity’s ...

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How much do Americans pay in taxes?

08/11/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Over the past several days a lot of our listeners have wanted to talk about what Americans pay in taxes. They especially want to know if any income group pays no taxes and whether some people are undertaxed or overtaxed (compared to the rest of the country and rest of the world). We spoke with Rebecca Wilkins who is a Senior Counsel for Federal Tax Policy at Citizens for Tax Justice in Washington, DC. Citizen's for Tax Justice studies tax policies and how they affect A...

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Tampa MoveOn protesters to Sen. Rubio: "Jobs not cuts" listen

08/10/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jobs, not cuts, was the message of protesters today, outside Congressional offices across the country. About two dozen activists protested outside Senator Marco Rubio’s office near USF-Tampa.

The progressive nonprofit advocacy group Moveon.org called on it’s supporters to flood local legislative offices today to ask congressi...

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