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Major Conference on International Issues Scheduled this Week at USF St. Pete; Hosted by Former US Ambassador

03/27/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Tomorrow and Friday on the USF campus in St. Petersburg Diplomats, military leaders, academic experts, journalists and members of the public will gather at USF St. Petersburg for the first World Conference on International Affairs. Among the topics on the agenda---Cuba, Venezueala, the Middle East, energy policy and how to slow the spread of nuclear weapons.

The organizer of the conference is Doug McElhaney- a retired diplomat ...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn says region needs transit options including rail listen

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address Tuesday morning.

He used the example of a squirrel causing a power failure at a water treatment plant last month resulting in a city-wide boil water notice to emphasize the importance of investing in infrastructure.

Buckhorn said Tampa Bay should be a region with a first class transportation system with mobility options.

“That means bus rapid transit, that means HOV and it darn sure means rail.”

Buckhorn also...

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Lens critics grill local architect about new St. Pete pier plans listen

03/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An architect working on the new St. Pete pier design dispelled what she calls myths about the $50 million project. More than 100 people crowded a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting Tuesday to ask Lisa Wannemacher questions about the Lens.

“It is not a sidewalk to nowhere. The pier is a promenade to a place.”

But critics have continued to lambaste city officials and architects over the project. After the design was chosen in 2011, a group called [Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg](http...

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Two Nobel Laureates Warn of Complacency About Global Warming

03/26/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Two of the world’s leading climate change scientists are in the Bay area this week for a series of public talks. They’ll be discussing climate change and what options we have to deal with rising sea levels. They are my guests today for the next hour. But first- one listener comment about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we heard from Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell who said that the US poli...

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US Supreme Court hears arguments on CA Prop 8: audio and transcript listen

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a challenge to California's ban on gay marriage.

California voters approved Prop 8 as a constitutional amendment in 2008 but it was struck down by a federal appeals court.

California couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank, filed a federal lawsuit in May 2009 to overturn the same-sex marriage ban that voters approved the previous November. The ballot measure halted s...

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Tampa activists will hold vigil to support marriage equality listen

03/26/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 this week, community activists are planning a vigil in support of LGBT equality Tuesday evening in Tampa. Jarrod Scarbrough heads the group Get Equal Florida.

"There's actually going to be a vigil that we're going to hold in downtown Tampa. It is a way for the local LGBT community and our allies and friends to come together and ...

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Public officials, scientists and businessmen urge US to fix policy with Cuba listen

03/25/13 By Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For more than 50 years the U.S. Government has severely limited trade and travel with Cuba, but there’s a growing movement to restore the US-Cuba relationship. WMNF’s Lenka Davis reports from a seminar Saturday in Ybor City hosted by Alliance For Responsible Cuban Policy Foundation, dedicated to restoring trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba, and by Center for International Policy.

Panelists urged the U.S. embargo on Cuba be lifted and diplomatic, economic and scientific relations ...

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USF Scientists Help Develop Technology to Scrub Carbon Emissions; Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Tells Tampa Conference That Cuba Poses No Threat to US

03/25/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. Coming up- scientists at the University of South Florida have discovered a new material that can capture carbon dioxide- it might lead to a way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere….

And later we’ll hear what Colonel Lawrence Wilkinson said to The Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation conference this past weekend…..

From a USF press release earlier this month: "Chemists at the University of South Florida and ...

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St. Pete group wants city to offer free curbside recycling listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg residents have to pay $45 a year if they want their recyclables picked up curbside. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg wants to change that. Karen Coale, the chapter’s president, will kick off an effort called the People’s Trash Monday night at Studio@620 in downtown.

"It is a new campaign for this year that's kicking off tonight. The League of Women Voter's is probably most known for our voter registration and voter education but we also look at issues; n...

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Dealing with the coyote influx in Sarasota County listen

03/25/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Coyote sightings are being reported in neighborhoods throughout Florida. There’s a free informational workshop Monday night in Sarasota to inform the public on how to coexist with coyotes. Carrie Nelson is a wildlife specialist in Sarasota County.

"Coyotes are found throughout the state of Florida and we also have a presence of them in Sarasota County. People have been reporting coyotes in their neighborhoods a little bit more commonly lately and so we wanted to hold a workshop to educa...

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Healthcare advocates swarm House Speaker Will Weatherford's Wesley Chapel office: VIDEO listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month, both chambers of the Florida legislature rejected expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law. On Saturday seventy-five activists crowded the small parking lot in front of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Wesley Chapel office. Activists marched almost a mile along a busy stretch of highway and demanded that Weatherford and other state lawmakers change their minds.

“I see so many children who need medical care whose parents cannot afford to take them anywh...

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Combatting bills in Florida legislature - one regulates third party ticket sellers, the other cuts them some slack

03/22/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Twin Bills in the Florida legislature would create a series of rules meant to keep third party ticket sellers like StubHub from charging too much for tickets, buying too many or setting up confusing websites, among other things.

But another set of twin bills would establish tickets as private property and would keep third party sellers safe from regulations.

The Straz Center is advocating for more rules and tougher enforcement of third party sellers, but says doing so would not take rig...

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Pro Nica's Laura Hopps on the Situation in Nicaragua; and Woody Tasch on the Slow Money Movement

03/22/13 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 get an update from the country of Nicaragua. For much of the 1980’s it was at the center of a debate over US foreign policy. And later—the slow money movement. One of it’s leaders is in Sarasota today- we’ll talk with him in the second half of the show.

But first- two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday for part of the program we discussed the tenth anniversary of the US invasion o...

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Husband of jailed attorney Lynne Stewart says she should be released because of cancer listen

03/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2009 attorney Lynne Stewart was sentenced to a ten year federal prison sentence for material support of terrorism. She originally got 28 months, but the government appealed the sentence. Stewart’s offense was to issue a press release on behalf of her client Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

Her advocates are asking for her release because she has stage 4 breast cancer.

Lynne Stewart spoke in St. Petersburg in April 2005.

Stewart's husband, Ralph Poynter, cha...

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Syria, Obama in Isreal and the 10-year anniversary of Iraq with former Ambassador Dennis Jett

03/21/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Dennis Jett was the U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique and Peru in the 1990's. He's now a professor of Intl. Relations at Penn State, and he spoke about President Obama's trip to Israel, what the U.S. may do if Syria is found to have used chemical weapons, and his thoughts on the Iraq war.

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