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Mattea Kramer with the National Prioriities Project talks about the "economic cliff"

11/15/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mattea Kramer who is a senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project and lead author of A PEOPLE'S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET talks about the background and her "take" on the impending "economic cliff." She suggests the politicians will kick the decisions down the road but underscores the importance of the issues to every American and the need for a national rational discussion of debt-but down the line after the economy recovers better.

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Moms Rising director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner on women's concerns

11/15/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the executive director and co-founder of MomsRising. MomsRising was founded in 2006 and is an on-the-ground and online organization with 1 million members, 550 + contributing bloggers and more than a hundred aligned national organizations. They work to end discrimination against women and mothers and to work for policies that allow women and children to thrive. Kristin discusses the issues that most concern her and her organization now.

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RNC planner says convention in Tampa was a success listen

11/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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August’s Republican National Convention in Tampa was criticized by activists for its overwhelming police presence and militarized feel. But organizers say the convention was a triumph for the Tampa Bay area.

It’s been more than two months since droves of excited Republicans left Tampa thinking they had nominated the perfect guy to hoist President Barack Obama out of the White House. Even though Mitt Romney didn’t win the election, Al Austin, chair of th...

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USF study shows evidence of frogs getting sick from climate change listen

11/15/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A study conducted by the University of South Florida shows evidence that frogs are getting sick more often because of climate change. The research found that fluctuations in temperature decrease frogs’ resistance to a deadly pathogen that is linked to worldwide amphibian declines.

Jason Rohr, co-author of the study and associate professor of Integrative Biology at USF, says the study provides an understanding of how climate change plays a role in the global well-being of amphibians. ...

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Anti-Torture Protest Planned this Weekend at Fort Benning; And Pam Iorio Looks to Improve Voting Here in Florida

11/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about this weekend’s protest in Georgia about The School of the Americas. Later we’ll talk with former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio who is looking at ways to solve the election problems we saw here in Florida during this year’s Presidential election. But first one listener comment about yesterday’s interview with the executive director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network. tape From November 16-18, 2012, thou...

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After election Obama says wealthy Americans should pay more, Middle Class keep Bush tax-cuts listen

11/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama echoed campaign trail stump speeches at a press conference today, saying he wants the Senate and Congress to take immediate action to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle class Americans to avoid the fiscal cliff.

“The most important step we can take right now, and I think the foundation for a deal that helps the economy, creates jobs, gives consumers certainty, which means gives businesses confidence that they’re going to have consumers during the holiday se...

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Charlie Crist joins Democrats to suggest changes to Florida voting bill listen

11/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Election Day was last Tuesday, but because of long lines the last voter in Miami didn’t turn their ballot in until Wednesday. At a press conference in downtown Tampa this morning Former Governor Charlie Crist said he saw the headline-making lines in South Florida first hand and something needs to be done about it.

“What I saw in Miami Gardens during early voting and Miami-Dade County and also in Aventura, were lines where people were waiting four, five, six hours and it’s just uncon...

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Florida Group Tries to Get Marijuana Reclassified for Medical Use

11/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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An organization advocating medicinal use of marijuana yesterday asked Attorney General Pam Bondi to take pot off the schedule of totally banned drugs, having no medicinal value . The Florida Cannabis Action Network wants the Legislature to set rules for its therapeutic use by patients with painful or crippling medical conditions. We're joined now by Jodi James, executive director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network who attended yesterday's meeting in Tallahassee. ...

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Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah criticizes Israeli assassination of Ahmad Jabari listen

11/14/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Wednesday Israel launched air strikes against targets in the Gaza strip, killing Hamas' Ahmad Jabari. Our guest is Ali Abunimah, the founder of the Electronic Intifada website.

Israel struck the Gaza strip by air and sea. Gaza's health minister said 10 people were killed; two of them young children, but that number appears to be climbing.

It’s the worst barrage on the Palestinian territory in about four years. That’s despite a truce that ended a weekend of violence in which seven Pa...

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The Tampa Bay Times' Ivan Penn on the Future of Nuclear Power Plants in Florida

11/13/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’re going to talk with Ivan Penn who has been covering utility issues for the Tampa Bay times. There are several important decisions regarding nuclear power that will soon be made. One decision is about the fate of the 36 year old Crystal River nuclear power plant. It has sat idle for three years because of a botched maintenance and repair job. Fixing the plant and bringing it back online could cost as much as $3.5 Billion...

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Grieving parents warn against texting and driving listen

11/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida doesn’t have a law against using a mobile phone while driving, but a new national effort is trying to change that. The first ever Distracted Driver Summit this morning at the Tampa Convention Center put a painful and tragic face on the problem. Three parents shared their stories about the day they lost their daughters to drivers who were either texting or talking on the phone.

“I called a friend who was out of town – it was her birthday – and I realized five miles up the ...

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Eco-Smart architectural salvage

11/12/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program our guests were Mike Evans with Eco-Smart, a company that markets healthy, efficient products for sustainable living; and Jesse White, the owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage; they’re all about historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuses. Jesse talked about his path to creating a green business and its challenges. He usually just buys the salvage rights before a house is d...

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Florida nutrient pollution battle wanes, Tampa Bay still a focus listen

11/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The EPA has set new standards for nutrient pollution in Florida waterways after years of head butting and legal battles. The numeric nutrient standards cap nitrogen loads in natural water bodies at today’s levels. Suzanne Cooper, a planner with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, said the new regulations will keep water bodies like Tampa Bay healthy.

“So, for Tampa Bay they have identified a TMDL – a total maximum daily load for nitrogen that we cannot go above or it is estima...

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Post election analysis from Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein

11/09/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today’s Last Call we were joined once again by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. We first talked to Stein shortly after she announced her intention to run for President back in January. You can listen to that interview here.

Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala appeared on 85% of national ballots on Tuesday despite not being invited to participate...

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Florida election is an embarrassment says state House speaker-designate listen

11/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida House speaker-designate Will Weatherford told WMNF’s Janelle Irwin the Florida legislature needs to do something about Florida’s election process.

Some of the blame has been pinned on changes to Florida’s voting law that cut back the number of early voting days from 12 to 8. It’s not clear whether that change will be revisited, but during an interview on CNN, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state could have done better and will do better.

"There's a lot of dis...

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