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UNESCO water conference at USF emphasizes sustainability listen

05/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of researchers is coming up with ways to make sure that people in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the world continue to have enough usable water. During an international research institute conference at USF this week, water experts mulled ways to keep water from becoming a scarce commodity.

Tampa Bay Water’s water quality assurance officer Christine Owen said the region’s water deficit until 2009 was more than 70 million gallons. Now they are implementing ways of getting mo...

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Voting Rights Groups Challenge Purge of Florida Voting Rolls

05/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today- some voting rights groups are challenging the purge of alleged non-citizens from Florida's voting rolls. We'll talk about that in a moment. First one listener comment about yesterday's discussion about the increased militarization leading up to the GOP Convention in Tampa.

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Yesterday civil and voting rights organizations Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, LULAC...

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The state of print/web journalism in Tampa Bay and beyond

05/24/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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USF Mass Com Professor Wayne Garcia was our guest for the hour. A former print journalist and political consultant, Garcia talked about the state of reporting in 2012, with the immediate focus being the news of the day that the New Orleans Times-Picayune announcing it would stop publishing daily.

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Memorial Day thoughts from NATO to drones with Medea Benjamin

05/24/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Medea Benjamin who co-founded both Code Pink and Global Exchange discussed the recent protest she attended in Chicago with the NATO meetings. She gave a synopsis of what happened in both the inside of the conference and the outside.With her long time involvement in activist causes and peace demonstrations, she gave a very insightful analysis. We then discussed her latest book DRONE WARFARE with a forward by Barbara Erenhreich. Medea believes that that we were all aware that we had turned a v...

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Whistleblower Marsha Coleman Adebayo

05/24/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr Marsha Coleman Adebayo got her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and became part of the staff at the EPA working on environmental and minority rights. She was chosen to be a part of the Liaison team from the United States to help South Africa transition to democracy.particularly regarding environmental and civil rights matters. While in South Africa she became aware of the severe health effects of Vanadium mining to the South Africans and reported to the EPA her finding...

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A Preview of What's to Come During the Republican National Convention in August?

05/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today another in our series of interviews about what to expect during the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa. We’ll speak with an activist with US Uncut.

But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program Part of the conversation yesterday was about what to do when you are engaged in a lawful activity and a police officer demands some sort of ID. Here’s what two listeners had to say.

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In Tampa parents and some teachers tell Florida's education commissioner they want FCAT to go listen

05/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Outraged parents and teachers are telling Florida’s top education officials the state’s high stake tests are flawed. They told Florida’s Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson in Tampa last night, the FCAT is a waste of time and needs to go.

“This is not what we do in real life. Nobody says, ‘here’s your prompt, you have 45 minutes, put it out there. In 45 minutes. And elaborate.”

Plant City 4th grade teacher Faye Cook said the state’s standardized testing system ...

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Tampa considers whether to ban people under 21 from Ybor City clubs, gets resistance from clubs and patrons listen

05/24/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is considering excluding 18 to 20 year-olds from clubs in Ybor City. But at a City Council workshop today, owners and employees of those establishments warned that move would hurt or kill their businesses. More than a dozen members of the public spoke out against the proposal, including Czar bartender Jennifer Harvey. She says the city doesn’t need to worry about people over 21 buying drinks for underage patrons.

Sandra Hein runs the club Czar. S...

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Anti-nuke activists in Iowa and Missouri thank Florida ratepayers for raising concerns about nuclear advance cost recovery listen

05/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many Floridians aren’t happy they’re paying now for new nuclear plants that may never be built. But what people in the Sunshine State may not know is that frustration with what’s going on here is helping other states avoid a similar fate.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility the senior policy advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Iowa credits the rebellion by Florida r...

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Banks in downtown Tampa are again facing 24-hour a day protests from Occupy Tampa listen

05/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Members of Occupy Tampa are in their first day of a five-day continuous protest starting at the Bank of America in downtown Tampa. Supporters of the movement will take turns protesting in front of banks and parks to send a variety of messages to citizens. Occupy groups from across the country have been criticized for lacking a specific direction.

Opponents of the Occupy movement and even some people who share some of the group’s core values have said they don’t know what occupiers wa...

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In St. Pete House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joins with congressional candidate to express support for Medicare listen

05/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Democrats in Congress are worried about a Republican-led budget proposal that would cut funding to Medicare. During a roundtable discussion this morning in St. Pete, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joined a local congressional candidate to tell a small group of Pinellas County seniors that conservative initiatives in Congress would be detrimental to retirees and their families.

After working for both a Democrat and a Republican in Washington, congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich has ...

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Incumbent Circuit Court Judge Jack Day being challenged by assistant state attorney Agnes McCabe in Pinellas election listen

05/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Pinellas County there are four contested judicial races in August’s election. But only one of those includes an incumbent. Jack Day currently is the judge for the 6th Circuit Court Group 45 seat and is being challenged by assistant state attorney Agnes McCabe. Both candidates have been practicing law for more than 20 years. They fielded questions at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting today highlighting their qualifications and – of course – asking for votes.

Day’s endorsements...

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USF lecture reminds audience that future diplomacy with Iran should involve understanding history of U.S. role in Mosaddegh coup listen

05/22/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Iran agreed in principle to allow U.N. inspectors to restart probes into a military site suspected of harboring tests related to atomic weapons. The tentative accord — announced as envoys headed to the Iraqi capital for negotiations — is likely to be used by Iran as added leverage to seek concessions from the West on sanctions. It follows on the heels of yesterday’s vote by the U.S. Senate to approve tough new penalties on the Tehran regime.

Last night at the [University of So...

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Why Americans Engage in Apocalyptic Thinking

05/22/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about end of the world predictions—and why people in the US—more than any other country are obsessed with the Apocalypse….

But first one listener comment about yesterday’s Last Call on which we played the controversial speech by Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer in which he talked about who is responsible for job creation. Here’s what one listener had to say.

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Who Are the Job Creators?

05/21/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. As we get closer to the Presidential election the issue of jobs and the economy will increasingly take center stage. Seattle venture capitalist two months ago gave a talk about the economy, taxes and whether wealthy people can take credit for being "job creators". The talk was originally intended to appear on the Tedtalk website. But Ted has dragged it's feet. So we are playing the [controversial speech by Hanauer](http://www.youtube.co...

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