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Study could start talks on Hillsborough fertilizer ban listen

12/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Hillsborough County Commissioners agreed to spend $25,000 more for a fertilizer study during their monthly meeting as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission. The findings could determine whether or not Hillsborough implements a fertilizer ordinance.

The money will come out of pollution recovery funds and is in addition to another $50,000 that has already been allocated to the study. According to Tom Ash, general manager for environmental monitoring for the Hillsboroug...

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Southwest Florida Community Radio Station Voice of Farmworkers Has Transmitter Problems

12/13/12 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 discuss the problems facing a radio station that serves farmworkers in South Florida. And later we’ll open the phone lines. But first- one listener comment about yesterday’s program—yesterday we got into a short discussion about program changes and the mix of music, news and talk on WMNF. Here’s what one listener had to say:

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None years ago in the southwest Florida community of Immokaleee, a...

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Education advocate rips Florida's choice for education commissioner

12/12/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Florida has a new Education Commissioner, but not everyone's happy about Wednesday's selection.

The state Board of Education chose ousted Indiana Schools superintendent Tony Bennett.

In November he lost his re-election bid.

Joining me is public education advocate Susan Smith, she was at the interviews for the three finalists Tuesday.

*Part 1 of the intervie...

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Florida education officials offer top job to school choice advocate Tony Bennett listen

12/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida Board of Education chose their new leader Wednesday at the Tampa Airport Marriott; Indiana Schools superintendent Tony Bennett is expected to start his new job sometime next month after contract negotiations with the board have finished. After the decision was made Bennett said he is looking forward to continuing Florida’s education reform track record and called himself an unabashed advocate for school choice.

“Florida has a rich history of serving students in a way that...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough want to further study transit merger listen

12/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Officials for transit authorities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties are considering merging the two systems to save money. Both PSTA and HART boards plan to ask the Florida legislature to fund a detailed study of the savings that would result from combining staff resources.

PSTA and HART already split the cost of a preliminary state-mandated coordination study. The boards will vote on a final list of recommendations and funding requests based on the results at their meeting next month....

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Who Stole the American Dream? Interview with Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Hedrick Smith

12/11/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Today we’ll talk about the decline of the middle class in the US—with former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith.

But first- three listener comments about yesterday’s call-in shows. One comment is about yesterday morning’s interview with former health insurance executive Wendell Potter, another is about the fiscal cliff and another is about the last caller to yesterday’s Last Call program. Here’s what three listeners had to say:

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Activist Groups Challenge ALEC's Power in Tallahassee

12/10/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Two progressive groups have begun an effort to limit the influence of ALEC on next year’s session of the state legislature. ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council. It’s a conservative group which writes model legislation for use in state legislatures around the country. In a Dec. 2011 article critical of ALEC which appeared in The Nation magazine, reporter John Nichols described ALEC as a “collaboration between m...

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USF researchers find more graves at Dozier School for Boys listen

12/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Another 19 unmarked graves have been found at a north Florida boy’s reform school. Researchers from the University of South Florida are reporting findings based ground penetrating radar and soil chemistry to answer questions surrounding the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Glen Varnadoe is the nephew of a 13-year-old boy who died a little more than a month into his stay at Dozier.

“There was no burial plot log kept at this facility as there is at most penal facilities. There are...

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Free range worms & grass fed vegetables

12/10/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests on today’s program were local urban farmers Casey Frosch, the new farm manager for Sweetwater Organic Farm located in western Hillsborough County, and returning to the show, James Kovaleski, a permaculture-rooted urban farmer in New Port Richey. Sweetwater has ongoing workshops at their farm and this Sunday, December 16, Jim will be doing the workshop on a different approach to growing vegetables: "Free Range Worms and Grass-fed Vegetables is...

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Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter Talks About the Pros and Cons of Obamacare

12/10/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Our guest today is Wendell Potter. He's an author, media analyst and corporate watchdog. After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers and became a vocal critic of insurance company abuses.

In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee in June 2009, Wendell disclosed how insuran...

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Pinellas art students from Osceola High School study at Art Basel in Miami Beach listen

12/10/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend weekend the town of Miami dedicated almost every public and private space to art, paying tribute to one of the world’s biggest art shows, Art Basel Miami Beach. People come from all across the world to be a part of it, including fifty art students from Osceola High School in Pinellas County.

After walking across the Art Public exhibition in Collins Park and Bass museum, John Stewart, Osceola High’s art, art history and literature teacher, and his students take a break ...

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Pinellas member of Congress Bill Young predicts fiscal cliff will be delayed listen

12/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Veteran member of Congress Bill Young fielded tough questions from all sides of the political spectrum at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Friday. The focus though, was on what the Republican thinks should be done about Congress’ self-imposed fiscal cliff approaching in January.

“What I think you will see happen is that there will be a 30-day or a 90-day extension and leave everything just like it is for 90-days, giving Congress 90 more days to sit around and figure out what to do.” ...

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Hillsborough School Board members earn human rights award for standing up to anti-Muslim pressure listen

12/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Eleven people and one elected body were honored in Tampa this morning for furthering human rights in Hillsborough County. The breakfast coincided with the 40th anniversary of schools in the district being officially desegregated, prompting African-American students from two high schools to switch schools. Hillsborough County School Board member Doretha Edgecomb said even though integration was good in the long run, it sti...

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Preview of Art Basel Miami Beach listen

12/06/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday was the official opening of Art Basel Miami Beach, the largest art expo in North America. It is being held at the Miami Beach Convention center until Sunday.

Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, all for sale under one roof with hundreds of artists you may have never heard of, but will still awe and inspire you. Screenings and performances, discussions and public art, this eclectic mix makes up only a portion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Bob Goodman, the Florida...

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The Pier; and Tampa Bay Times controversial story of a woman who ended up killing herself

12/06/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Shortly after the St. Pete City Council voted to support funding to continue the design and pre-construction work on the new design for the Pier called the Lens, Council Chair Leslie Curran spoke to us about the recent design changes made by L.A. based architect Michael Maltzan's firm.

Later in the show local political blogger Peter Schorsch (stpetersblog 2.0) came on the program to defend himself from the recent criticism he received after he criticized the "Tampa Bay Times" and their sto...

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