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Preview of Tonight's Debate; How to Make U.S. Elections More Fair

10/22/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity…. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about voting. Why are so many Congressional and legislative races uncompetitive. And how could we reform the voting process to give the public more opportunity to vote their conscience? Later we’ll talk with a press secretary to President Obama’s about tonight’s foreign policy debate…..But first two listener comments about last Friday’s Radioactivity – during the open phones segment we were di...

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Gloria Steinem in Clearwater: domestic abuse used to just be life listen

10/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Feminist Gloria Steinem was in Pinellas County over the weekend to rally against proposed constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot – including one that could allow Florida to outlaw abortions if Roe verses Wade were ever overturned. I spoke with Steinem about how she got involved in the women’s liberation movement and what continued anti-abortion legislation across the country means for women.

"When I was growing up I really was lucky ...

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In south Pinellas, Flowers and Gilzean face off in school board election listen

10/19/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday candidates for Pinellas County School Board election debated each other at a candidate forum at 5th Avenue Church of Christ. Rene Flowers and Glenton Gilzean laid out their plans for the common problems facing the schools in South Pinellas’ District 7.

Rene Flowers, a former St. Pete City Council member, is seeking re-election to the nonpartisan school board. Both candidates told the thirty attendees about their plans to improve educational perform...

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Biden's Sun City Center stump speech targets seniors and women listen

10/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With 18 days until the election, the Obama camp is stepping up campaign efforts in key swing states. As Obama delivered remarks in Virginia Vice President Joe Biden addressed a crowded community hall in Sun City Center about Medicare and women’s rights during a half hour speech to the senior residents.

Biden cautioned the crowd of mostly senior citizens against the Romney/Ryan healthcare plan he says would raise Medicare costs for seniors by turning it into a voucher program.

“You...

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USF students traveling to final presidential debate to press candidates on climate change listen

10/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The issue of global climate disruption has not been emphasized enough during this presidential campaign.

That’s the position of some students from the University of South Florida who are heading down to Boca Raton for the final presidential debate Monday.

"The Student Environmental Association is a student group at USF that works on lots of different campaigns aimed at working with the community and with the local students to clean up the campus and push sustainability issues. We ...

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New Biography of Country/Rock Legend Gram Parsons

10/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with Bob Kealing who’s written a new biography of musician Gram Parsons. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s Gram Parsons pioneered the country rock movement. He helped create a new sound that would inspire the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Dwight Yokum, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle. Gram Parsons lived here in Central Florida for much of his formative years… and there’s a ...

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Ayele Hunt founder of I Am Choice talks about the GOTV rally in St. Pete on Oct 20

10/18/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Ayele Hunt the founder of Iamchoice.org talks about the GOTV (get out the vote) rally to be held Saturday Oct. 20 at Janus Live, 200 1st Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL . For more informattion, contact 727-346-8260 or voice@iamchoice.com. Gloria Steinem will be the featured speaker. Kathy Castor, Jessica Ehrlich and others. will also be speaking.. There will be live music. The doors will open at 11:30 am and the event is scheduled from noon to 3pm.

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Greg Palast and Terry O'Neil talk bout the importance of women voters in the upcoming elections

10/18/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Greg Palast, investigative journalist extraordinaire (muckraker) who is the author of many books including THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY, ARMED MADHOUSE. and VULTURE PICNIC discusses his latest book BILLIONAIRES AND BANDIT BALLOTS. We particularly focused on the extraordinary number of citizens for many reasons-purging, caging, spoiling, ejecting, blocking, rejecting prestidigitizing, tossing and stuffing who are losing their vote or being challenged about...

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Interview with Democratic Congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich

10/18/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Jessica Ehrlich is trying to defy serious odds. the 38-year-old attorney and financial services official is the Democratic congressional candidate in District 13, parts of Pinellas County, which has been Republican Bill Young's domain for over four decades.

On the show, Jessica Ehrlich talks about why it's time for Congressman Young to go, and her thoughts on the economy, energy and the military industrial complex.

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Former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command Anthony Zinni defends Pakistan drone strikes listen

10/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many people criticize the United State’s use of drone strikes in places like Pakistan and Yemen because they often claim civilian lives. A retired Marine Corps General defends the strikes saying they are necessary to thwart terrorist activity.

Anthony Zinni is the former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command and a current peace envoy in the Middle East. Most of the deadly attacks have occurred in Pakistan. Zinni says that’s because it’s the epi...

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U.S. Sen. Nelson squares off with member of Congress Connie Mack IV in only debate listen

10/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In their only debate, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and his Republican opponent, Congress member Connie Mack IV didn’t hold back the finger pointing. The one hour sparring match at Nova Southeastern University was packed with accusations about voting records, cuts to Medicare and cows.

Republicans looking to oust President Barack Obama have a second priority: winning a majority in the Senate. The GOP needs a net of four victories to do that and u...

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Sam Gibbons Remembered; Ion Sancho on Voter Suppression

10/18/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear an interview with the late Congressman Sam gibbons….he died last week while we were in our pledge drive… we’ll also hear a brand new talk by one of the leading experts on Florida’s elections- Ion Sancho—the supervisor of elections in Leon County…. And we’ll hear about an upcoming choice rally in St. Petersburg--- but first thanks to you if you donated during our Spring fundraising drive. We rai...

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Preview of Gloria Steinem rally with I am Choice representative

10/17/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Saturday a number of progressive groups are encouraging voters with a get-out-the-vote rally featuring noted feminist Gloria Steinem. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich and State Rep. Rick Kriseman.

The noon rally at Jannus Live is being organized by Ayele Hunt, executive director of I Am Choice.

She took calls from listeners on Last Ca...

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Obama improves performance in second debate listen

10/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has enjoyed a favorable shift in the polls since edging out President Barack Obama in the first presidential debate two weeks ago. But last night during their second debate in New York, Obama took back some of that thunder by capitalizing on women’s issues.

“When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contracepti...

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Is the right to vote a human right? listen

10/17/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to vote is a human right; but many people in the United States are denied the right to vote for a range of reasons.

Tonight at the University of Tampa a panel will discuss the human right to vote in the context of what some are calling voter suppression laws around the country.

One panelist, Jamil Dakwar, is director of the ACLU’s Human Right’s Program in New York.

"Well, voting rights have been recognized for y...

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