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A Conversation With Dr. Temple Grandin

01/23/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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An interview with Dr. Temple Grandin, author, professor, inventor, expert on animal cognition and autism. The interview also incorporated some listener calls. The show also featured animal news & announcements, animal songs and animal comedy.

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Hillsborough County to consider domestic partner registry

01/23/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commission will take up the issue of a domestic partnership registry Thursday.

The City of Tampa already has one, as does all of Pinellas County.

Our guests are Sally Phillips, president of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus and Ercilia Albistu, President of the Hillsborough County GLBTA Democratic Caucus.

Republican commissioner Mark Sharpe and Democrats Les Miller and Kevin Beckner are expected to support the registry, but it's not known if any of the remainin...

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PSTA forwards transit measure to Pinellas County Commission for referendum decision listen

01/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Wednesday Pinellas transit officials unanimously approved plans to move forward with a transit overhaul by passing the issue to county commissioners. During three hours of public comment Michael Marino with the Tampa Bay Partnership said he met more than 100 times with people in the community about what their priorities were and the answer almost every time was improved transit.

"This is not a debate about taxes or trains. This is a debate about do you want to have a positive impact o...

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School choice advocate dissects the difference between FCAT and Common Core listen

01/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida public school teachers are in the process of transitioning to Common Core testing standards which will replace the controversial FCAT. A panel of experts will explain the differences between the two tests Tuesday at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus. One of the panelists is Doug Tuthill, president of the group Step Up for Students.

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PSTA expected to ask Pinellas County Commission for sales tax referendum listen

01/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Board members for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA will decide once and for all tomorrow whether or not to ask Pinellas County Commissioners to put a sales tax referendum on the November, 2014 ballot. As proposed, the measure would boost the county’s sales tax from 7% to 8% and would fund a massive transit overhaul. The improvements would include better bus service and eventually light rail connecting downtown St. Pete t...

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Volunteers to count people without homes in Hillsborough County this week listen

01/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Volunteers are taking to the streets in Hillsborough to count how many people don’t have a place to live. The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County will also take calls on Thursday to gather information about people without homes or who are about to become homeless. Lesa Weikel, the group’s spokesperson, said the count done two years ago found some 18,000 people who didn’t have a permanent residence.

“We really don’t know what to expect. It’s a very common question as t...

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Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival promotes health issues listen

01/22/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last weekend marked the beginning of the 13th Annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. It continued through Martin Luther King Day and until the upcoming weekend. On Saturday organizers in Tampa emphasized the importance of health in the African American community.

According to statistics from American Cancer society, African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. This reflects social and economic disparities ...

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The History of Immigration to the US and A Possible Transit Referendum in Pinellas County?

01/22/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—tomorrow there’s vote on whether to hold a transit referendum in Pinellas County. We’ll talk about that later. And what’s the history of immigration to the US? A new book explores the problems facing Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, Jewish, Muslim, Black west Indian and other ethnic groups when they emigrated to the US. But first- a listener comment. Last Friday – in discussing tonight’s new PBS Frontline documenta...

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Businesses oppose what they say will be costly EPA regulations for Florida waterways listen

01/18/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Environmental Protection Agency’s new numeric limits on nutrient levels in Florida waterways overrule the weaker, narrative-based limits used by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.The EPA says it will retract its rules if the Florida DEP creates its own standards. At a public information session in downtown Tampa Thursday, business owners want that to happen.

Some business people were unhappy with the EPA’s new role in regulating nutrient levels in Florida waterways...

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Gun rights groups plan to converge on Brooksville listen

01/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Gun rights activists will be headed out to what they hope will be a massive rally in Brooksville Saturday to protect their guns. In response to national calls for stricter guns rights, these gun owners are reminding Floridians that it is their constitutionally protected right to arm themselves. Damon Locke is an organizer of the Florida Guns Across America rally. Gun owners won’t be allowed to have firearms out in the open due to Florida’s open carry laws, but people with concealed ca...

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Tampa park gets new trees for Florida Arbor Day listen

01/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of Tampa is planting trees today in honor of Florida Arbor Day. Students and city employees planted three American Liberty Elm trees at MacFarlane Park on North MacDill Avenue Friday morning.

“Well, I think the most important thing is to recognize that the city of Tampa has been Tree City recipient for over thirty years – I think 35 years or close to it – which means we have a very aggressive and positive tree-planting program and tree care program in the city.”

Tha...

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Why Has No One Been Prosecuted for the Wall Street Scandal?

01/18/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with the producer of a new PBS-Frontline documentary film called The Untouchables. The filmmaker is Martin Smith. From the Frontline press release:

"More than four years since the financial crisis, not one senior Wall Street executive has faced criminal prosecution for fraud. Are Wall Street executives "too big to jail"?

In The Untouchables, premiering Jan. 22, 2013, at 10 p.m. on PBS (locally on WEDU)...

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Florida environmentalists tell EPA to stand-by its water quality standards listen

01/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Agency set new water quality standards in November that placed numeric limits on nutrient levels in Florida waterways. Environmentalists celebrated it as a win, but now the agency is considering yielding its rules to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection whose standards would not be as strict. 150 people from environmental groups across the state are gathering in downtown Tampa Thursday during a public information session to demand the EPA not let t...

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A Comprehensive Look at Mass Shootings in the US

01/17/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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For he past several months writers at Mother Jones Magazine have been reporting on the history of mass shootings in the US during the past 30 years. They looked at all angles of mass shootings from whether the weapons were legally obtained, does the presence of weapons in the hands of law abiding people prevent mass shootings, are automatic weapons being used more frequently in mass shootings, and how many of the shooters...

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Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

01/17/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest in this first half hour is Nick Turse. He's a fellow at The Nation Institute whose investigations of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction and a fellowship at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He spoke with more than 100 American veterans across the US “both those who had witnessed atrocities and others who had personally committed terrible acts.”

The massacre of more than 500 civilians at My Lai on March ...

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