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Elected officials look for ways to improve Tampa Bay transit listen

09/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Elected officials from across the region are learning how to improve transit. The group Transportation for America is hosting a summit today at the Val Pak headquarters in St. Petersburg that features experts on the topic as well as planners from cities with model transit systems. St. Pete City Council’s Jeff Danner said funding infrastructure is a major hurdle for the area.

“The thing with transportation is, regardless of what mode it is it’s very expensive and funding’s always...

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Pro-choice activists combating Florida anti-abortion ballot measure listen

09/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate privacy rights and could be another conservative step toward outlawing abortions in Florida. Vivian Taylor, volunteer coordinator for the group I Am Choice, said at a press conference in St. Petersburg Amendment 6 would demonize women for their reproductive choices.

“No one wants their medical records or their personal information made public information and that’s what Amendment 6 would do in essence.”

She said that’s becaus...

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Searching for Subversives in Florida: The Johns Committee

09/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning—welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up we’ll talk about the Johns committee—which for ten years from 1956 to 1965 searched for subversives, homosexuals and communists in Florida’s schools—and weeded them out. The Johns committee was inspired by the anti-communist campaign waged nationally by such people as Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950’s….

But first three listener comments that came in after yesterday’s show. On part of the program ...

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Interview with Occupy Tampa member arrested in New York during Occupy Wall Street anniversary listen

09/18/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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At least two people associated with Occupy Tampa were among the nearly 200 people arrested yesterday in New York City during the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

One is Billy Livsey.

Tuesday I spoke with Kelsy O’Morrow from Occupy Tampa about her arrest while crossing a street in a crosswalk.

The web version of this interview is longer than the one on air.

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International college students celebrate International Day of Peace with elementary and middle school students listen

09/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Friday is the International Day of Peace. People all over the world celebrate the day with festivals, concerts and moments of silence. At an elementary and middle school in Pinellas County, they have a whole week’s worth of events. Joyce Reichle is the primary years program coordinator at James B. Sanderlin IB World School. She said students in all grades are talking with international students from Eckerd College about what happens in their home countries.

“We have them talk abou...

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The Christian Right Connection to Anti-Islam Film "Innocence of Muslims"

09/18/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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According to the New York Times, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, California, and MercuryNews.com in Silicon Valley, the production organization that received the permit for the infamous movie now known as "Innocence of Muslims" is Media for Christ. Media for Christ (website offline at posting) was founded and is led by Joseph Nasralla Abdelmasih, an Egyptian Coptic Christian—with ties to far-Right religious groups here in the US…..

RACHEL TABACHNICK, has been writing about the film...

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The New Science of Political Campaigns

09/18/12 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 hear about the latest in the science of running political campaigns—and it’s way beyond TV ads…. We’ll also hear about the ties between the religious Right in this country and the film that has angered some people in the Muslim world. But first several listener comments about yesterday’s call-in shows… we’ll hear some comments about voter suppression, the sabre rattling for war with Iraq and the in...

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Recycling in the Tampa Bay area

09/17/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest on today’s Sustainable Living program, Bob West, heads up the recycle program at Dart Container Corporation located in Plant City. It’s one of the few places in the Tampa Bay area that recycles Styrofoam and they process it at their facility in Plant City on Airport Road. Dart’s also involved with educating others to recycle through community outreach events and Bob is available to speak at your event or school.

Our next guest is one ...

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Occupy Tampa participants arrested in New York on Occupy Wall Street anniversary listen

09/17/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some activists are posting online messages that at least two Occupy Tampa participants have been arrested today in New York during the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The two are Kelsy O’Morrow and Billy Livsey.

Earlier Monday afternoon I spoke with another occupy participant from the Tampa Bay area, Christopher Kuleci from Gulfport. He’s in Manhattan today airing live video footage of the Occupy Wall Street anniversa...

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Pinellas County Schools expected to hire new superintendent who gets thumbs up from some educators and parents listen

09/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 100 teachers, parents and community leaders met Pinellas County School’s presumed new Superintendent last week. The school board’s candidate, Michael Grego, was warmly received by almost everyone who spoke at the meet and greet.

“And welcome to Pinellas County.”

“Thank you Doctor and welcome.”

“I’d just like to welcome you to Pinellas County, Pinellas County Schools.”

“We look forward to working with you.”

Grego comes to Pinellas with a long...

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Investigative Reporter Greg Palast on Voter Suppression and Congressman Adam Smith on Military Spending and the Drumbeat for War with Iran

09/17/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about the increasing indications that Israel might attack Iran…..We’ll also talk with investigative reporter Greg Palast about voter suppression ..... Greg Palast is the author of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits (out on September 18), Vultures' Picnic and the New York Times bestsellers, Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. He’s reported for the BBC, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Nation ...

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Elections Chief Brian Corley discusses the purge and lengthy ballot facing voters in November

09/14/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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With the presidential election less than 8 weeks away, on today's Last Call we spoke with Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley about the voter purge, the ballot itself - specifically the length of the ballot - and the concerns being expressed by many of the state's Supervisors of Elections. A partial settlement was reached on Wednesday between the state of Florida and the coalition of voting rights groups that were suing to stop Republica...

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Guy Harvey T-shirt clad researchers descend on St. Pete Beach listen

09/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s been more than two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are still working hard to ensure fisheries in the sensitive ecosystem are healthy. Scientists at a symposium at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach are mulling over ways to manage both shortages and abundances of sea life.

One of the sponsors is famed t-shirt artist and environmentalist Guy Harvey. He runs a foundation that focuses on improving the overall health of ocea...

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New film highlights the battle against sexual assault

09/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. On the first part of today’s program we’ll talk with film-maker Barbara Rosenthal. Her new film about sexual assault has its premier next Saturday at the University of Tampa. The film follows two activists- who both experienced sexual assault-- who travel throughout the US raising awareness against sexual violence….

The film is called You are the One.

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Occupy Tampa members heading to New York for Occupy Wall Street anniversary listen

09/14/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Several members of Occupy Tampa are leaving for New York City's financial district today to participate in three days of protests and celebrations of the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

We interviewed one person from Tampa who is going, Bailey Riley.

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