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Boca Ciega student finds friends and family through his love for music listen

01/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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A student at Boca Ciega High School lives a pretty normal life now, but it wasn’t always that way. Devon Rismay spent 10 years bouncing around foster and group homes before finally finding a mom; and a talent.

Devon Rismay loves to sing the Blues. It’s not surprising that the teenager picked a genre indicative of longing and sadness. Rismay was taken from his parents as a young boy in the Virgin Islands. He looked forward to be reunited with them, but that ...

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Ellen Brown advocates public banks and points to the success in North Dakota

01/16/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up on the first part of the show we'll hear from Ellen Brown, author of the book WEB OF DEBT. She is president of the Public Banking Institute. She says that despite the recession, North Dakota's economy is thriving. And, she says, it's not oil or natural gas which makes this so. She says it's the fact that in 1919 the citizens of North Dakota established a public bank.

Later we'll hear a portion of [Dr. Martin Lut...

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Thomas Frank on the curious rise of the pro-billionaire movement

01/16/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Thomas Frank, the author of the groundbreaking book WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS has a new book out called PITY THE BILLIONAIRE (Metropolitan). It looks at the re-emergence of the conservative movement during the Great Recession.

But first one listener comment about something he witnessed in downtown Tampa—where once stood an Occupy protest…

Thomas Frank wrote the best selling book What’s the Matter with Kansas â...

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Members of Tampa Bay community are helping Haiti recover listen

01/13/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After the earthquake that killed 300,000 people and wiped out some villages and cities in Haiti two years ago, Tampa Bay organizations are helping to rebuild the infrastructure. A Haiti-native and St. Petersburg resident plans to build 10 training centers in Haiti.

Local officials and volunteers commemorated the Haiti earthquake victims at Night of Unity and Hope for Haiti at First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg last night. Some of the volunteers, including Victor Floener from Disaster I...

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Rugby isn't just for athletes who can run and walk listen

01/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A sporting tournament of a different kind kicked off Friday that gives people with disabilities a chance to show the world they can be athletes too. Wheelchair rugby brought teams from as far as Brazil and Canada to Tampa.

The sounds these hard hitting athletes make aren’t helmets smashing together or bodies thumping to the floor. They’re customized gladiator-style wheelchairs colliding at full force during a rugby match. Keith Marosek is the reg...

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The GOP attack documentary on Mitt Romney and a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/13/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Coming up next we'll hear two segments. First we'll hear and then discuss the new documentary from the Newt Gingrich affiliated Winning Our Future Pac which portrays Mitt Romney as a heartless capitalist. The documentary is THE KING OF BAIN: WHEN MITT ROMNEY CAME TO TOWN.

Next we'll talk with three guests about this weekend's "Ignite the Light for Freedom" celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Three of the participants are here: Re...

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Rick Santorum, Ron Paul & the Florida 2012 primary

01/12/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Will Bunch from the Philadelphia Daily News and attytood.com joined us to talk about Rick Santorum and the GOP presidential race.

Then we spoke in studio with Ella Coffee with the Hillsborough County Democratic Party and other several other affiliations to talk about voting and election rules in Hillsborough County (which are different than the rest of the state), also talked about will President Obama win Hillsborough County or not.

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USF students and faculty celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. listen

01/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday afternoon the University of South Florida kicked off their 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior commemorative week. Two guest speakers were experts on the Freedom Riders, a civil rights activism group that Dr. King supported. One of them, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Junior was one of the students who rode public buses through the segregated South in the early 1960s. And he was with King on the morning he was shot in Memphis.

"I got on the plane five hou...

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Should Progress Energy customers pay for new nuclear plants? A crowd in Pinellas says no listen

01/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Progress Energy customers might see even more of an increase on their electric bills by the year 2020. The rate hike funds construction of a new power plant in Levy County. About 150 concerned ratepayers packed an auditorium at [St. Pete College’s Seminole campus](http...

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Despite high national unemployment, St. Petersburg job seekers are optimistic listen

01/12/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Job seekers stood in a line stretching around the block, awaiting entry to the Tampa Bay job & career fair. Dave LaBell, an organizer of the event with the Tampa Bay Times, expected 3,000 to 3,500 attendees.

Less than an hour after doors opened, the Coliseum was already bustling. Dozens of booths with companies looking to hire filled the venue. Tradewinds Island Grand Resort was an especiall...

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State Legislators discuss what to do about the budget

01/12/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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We're going to open the phone lines in a few minutes. But first I'd like to introduce several topics. First, the state legislature began it's annual two month session on Tuesday. the major item on the agenda (as it is every session) is to draw up a new budget for the coming fiscal year. we're going to listen back to the first part of my WEDU-TV program from last Friday night on which five members of the legislature discussed the budget and the project...

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Awake Pinellas wants Florida politicians to wake up listen

01/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Progressives gathered at 18 sites across Florida yesterday on the first day of the Legislative session. Awake the State demonstrators were protesting just about everything lawmakers in Tallahassee have done over the past year. In St. Petersburg about 100 people rallied to tell Governor Rick Scott and his Republican legislature to change the way they think of healthcare, women’s rights and education.

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A universe from nothing? And the Alzheimer's prevention program

01/11/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up today - two topics- could the universe have sprung up from nothing… we’ll talk with cosmologist Lawrence Krauss… and later we’ll talk about preventing Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll hear about the latest research from Dr. Gary Small with UCLA’s Longevity Center. First one listener comment about yesterday’s program. Yesterday a lot of the discussion centered around the upcoming presidential election. Here’s what one listener had to say.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of school choice listen

01/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida lawmakers are pushing to expand public education options for students. Some education advocates who prefer more traditional approaches warn doing that filters public money into private hands.

Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill last March during a ceremonial tour of charter schools.

"We have to have legislation that expands school choice; expands charter schools. We must give parents, as we all know charter schools are public s...

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Rick Scott's State of the State address focuses on economic growth, education and no new taxes listen

01/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Governor Rick Scott plans to add a billion dollars back into public education. Everything else during his State of the State address this morning fell in line with his actions during the last year. Some Democrats aren’t buying the Governor’s plan to improve education and restore Florida’s economy.

The first bill Scott signed as governor made it easie...

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