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Author of new biography of President Eisenhower calls him 2nd most successful president of 20th Century; and American Humanist president responds to attacks on humanists

02/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Coming up there's a new biography of President Eisenhower that paints him in as a much better president than he's been given credit for -- especially for the fact that he kept the nation at peace for his entire 8 years in office -- something that cannot be said for any other President of the last 75 years.

And you may have heard television evangelists recently railing about secularism. We'll meet the head of the the American Humanist Association -- a group which promotes secularism and the...

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Hillsborough County Commission Mark Sharpe talks federal issues

02/23/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe recently suspended his bid to run for Congress this year against Democrat Kathy Castor, but he's still extremely engaged on federal issues.

Sharpe weighed in on a variety of topics, including how to address the debt/deficit problem in the U.S.

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Head of USF St. Pete says they are suffering from budget cuts too listen

02/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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USF St. Petersburg faces a two to three million dollar budget cut under Florida Senator JD Alexander’s budget plan. It pales in comparison to the deep cuts proposed for its parent university in Tampa. But, at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday afternoon, the Chancellor of USF St. Pete, Margaret Sullivan, said the drop in funding still hurts.

USF St. Pete’s proposed fun...

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University of Tampa group takes educational trip to Cuba, despite ongoing US trade embargo listen

02/23/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite the ongoing U.S. embargo of Cuba, it’s now easier for educational trips to the island. A group of University of Tampa students and professors traveled to Cuba as part of a cultural studies class. They presented their experiences to a standing-room-only crowd at UT’s Vaughn Center Wednesday.

Seventeen students and three professors made the tr...

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New book tells varied stories of immigration; and prominent local neurosurgeon offers free medical care in Gaza

02/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we’ll talk with the author of a new book which tells the stories of 50 immigrants to the US.

Later we’ll talk with a prominent local neurosurgeon who has given up his private practice and is now concentrating on international and health care policy. He’ll be giving a talk tonight at the University of Tampa on why we should be paying attention to what is happening in Gaza — the Palestinian territory next to Israel.

First up—the author of the new book GREEN CARD ...

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Legislation aims to disclose major donors to super PACs listen

02/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is co-sponsoring a bill that would require funding disclosure for political advertisements by super PACs. At a press conference Wednesday, Castor called the unlimited contributions an outrage.

The bill has been named the DISCLOSE Act. It won’t limit political campaign contributions into super PACs, but it will require disclosure of the top three donors over $10,000. Castor said it’s...

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Mosaic reaches settlement with environmental groups on phosphate mining expansion near Peace River listen

02/22/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late Tuesday, three environmental groups, including Sierra Club Florida, announced a settlement with the world’s largest phosphate miner, Mosaic. The company will be able to expand its mining operation near Fort Meade in Hardee County in exchange for a buffer protecting the Peace River and for property upstream.

We spoke with Bev Griffiths, chair of Sierra Club Florida’s phosphate committee, about the settlement.

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor calls Florida bill to speed up foreclosures not appropriate listen

02/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill moving through the state legislature would reduce the amount of time it takes lenders to complete foreclosure proceedings. At a press conference at the downtown Tampa Hyatt, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said it is more important than ever to reach out for help.

The bill would allow lenders to hasten foreclosure pr...

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One of the Nation's Top Peace Lobbyists Calls for Trying Diplomacy with Iran

02/22/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll spaek with the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation- one of the few peace lobby groups in Washington, D.C. We're going to talk about the potential for war with Iran, the Pentagon budget, nuclear weapons and other peace and social justice issues. Plus we'll take your phone calls. FMI FCNL

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Plug-in instead of fill-up? Expo participants say electric cars are easier than you think listen

02/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Owning an electric vehicle is becoming more feasible as retail prices fall and charging stations pop up. Enthusiasts and professionals are calling attention to possible savings at a three-day expo at the A la carte Pavillion in Tampa. Bob Cavalli is the Eastern U.S. fleet sales manager for a Mitsubishi electric car. He said the biggest selling point is that the car pays for itself over time.

“The fuel costs are less than a quarter of what they are at...

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Two Views on the Environment from Writer/Sustainable Farmer Janisse Ray and the Tampa Bay Times Statewide Environmental Reporter Craig Pittman

02/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today we'll talk with writer, poet and sustainable living proponent Janisse Ray, author of several books including ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD. She'll be speaking tonight at St. Leo University. And later in the program we'll hear from Craig Pittman who is one of the leading environmental journalists in the state. He's written several books including MANATEE INSANITY. We'll talk about some major environmental issues that...

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Interview with Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith

02/20/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of The Last Call today we'll hear from the chair of the Florida Democratic Party Rod Smith. (I have contacted the Florida Republican Party to invite their chair to come on WMNF. So far I've not heard back from them.) We'll talk with Smith about the Obama for President campaign's new Truth Team-- in which the campaign plans to immediately answer if the GOP makes false charges against the President. (FMI: [BarackObama.com/TruthTeam](BarackObamaTr...

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EV EXPO

02/20/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today’s program our first guest was Eric Steward with Code Green Community about his effort to Kick Start a Documentary film about Sustainable Living here in the Tampa Bay Area. The rest of the program was about the Electric Vehicle Expo going on this week in Tampa at the A LA Carte Event Pavilion 10 minutes from TIA. Bill Moore the publisher of EV World Magazine and heads up EV World Association was our main guest. Bill gave an overview of the EVPO...

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Tampa Bay Water will see HDR Engineering in court; hopes to retrieve $90 million or so listen

02/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Cracks in the new C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir were found in 2006. Then, Tampa Bay Water filed suit against the companies responsible for the damages including HDR Engineering. After a series of back and forth negotiations, the Tampa Bay Water Board voted unanimously today to approve an expedited process called a summary jury trial. The lawyer Tampa Bay Water has hired for the case, Ri...

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In Temple Terrace, opponents of Assad regime differ on intervention needed for Syria listen

02/20/12 Alvaro Montealegre
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria. ICRC spokesperson Carla Haddad says the group is discussing several possibilities with all those concerned and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas.

More than 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the 11-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad.

On Saturday in Temple Terrace, about 45 people demonstrated against the Assad reg...

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