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A conversation with Becky Robinson, co-founder of Alley Cat Allies

04/24/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Becky Robinson—co-founder and president of [Alley Cat Allies][1], which bills itself the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and human treatment of cats—recounts the incident and surrounding circumstances that led in 1990 to the launching of Alley Cat Allies. She also discusses the history, evolution and effectiveness of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and responds to questions about the controversy that sometimes swirls around TNR and how best to treat feral and hom...

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Tampa panelists question Cuba's terror designation listen

04/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a decisive move this month, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) announced she want the U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba. During a discussion in Tampa Wednesday, five out of six panelists agreed.

Attorney John Grandoff said the island nation should be removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list.

Grandoff said Cuba wasn’t added to the state sponsor of terrorism list until 1982.

If the U.S. removes Cuba from that list, it opens the door to lift the 50-year long trade embargo....

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Voting rights activists demand stop to legislation that would limit voting assistance listen

04/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill being considered in the Florida Senate would change the way people with special needs can get help casting ballots during elections. During a press conference in front of bill sponsor Senator Jack Latvala’s Clearwater office Tuesday, activists demanded he remove his support of the bill they worry will make it harder for people to get help and burden poll workers. The ACLU’s Central Florida director, Joyce Hamilton Henry calls the measure an invitation for litigation.

The measu...

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The Retirement Gamble: Are 401(k) Fees Fair?

04/23/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Tonight on PBS a new documentary looks at how 401(k)s are doing more to enrich Wall Street than workers who are using them to save for retirement.

But first- one listener comment about yesterday’s program—on which we discussed a forum on US Cuba relations that will take place in Tampa tomorrow.

Here’s what one listener had to say:

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For most Americans, traditional retirement is now a pipe dream: Six in 10 people believe they'll ha...

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Some blind people could be cured if medical research continues; foundation simulates blindness to raise funds listen

04/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Blindness caused by degenerative eye diseases can be slowed or even reversed thanks to breakthroughs in medical research. That’s why the Foundation Fighting Blindness set out to raise funds for clinical trials this month by simulating what it’s like to eat what you can’t see. Foundation spokesperson and Mrs. World April Lufriu said guests of Dining in the Dark at the Vinoy in downtown St. Pete wore a foam and plastic mask for thirty minutes while they tried to enjoy their entrees.

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New Film Looks at Continuing Problems From BP Oil Disaster in Gulf; and Tampa Business Group Holding Forum on Cuba This Week

04/22/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today is Earth Day…..Coming up this past weekend marked the third anniversary of the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP is telling us things are back to normal. But a new film suggests that not all is well with the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll talk with the film’s director. And we’ll talk about a forum on US Cuba relations that will take place this Wednesday in Tampa…..

But first- several listener comments about the presu...

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Websites go black to protest CISPA listen

04/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The U.S. House passed the cybersecurity bill known as CISPA last week and in a major push today online activists are urging the Senate to reject it. They’re organizing a “CISPA Blackout” today – they’re turning websites and social media avatars black. One activist in Tampa, who agreed to an interview on the condition we not use her name because she is concerned about retribution for her organizing, has been involved in the ...

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East Hillsborough Avenue corridor study seeks input to mend high accident statistics listen

04/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting a corridor study for part Hillsborough Avenue in response to staggering vehicular and pedestrian accident statistics. In March, the Hillsborough County Commission voted to workshop ideas on how to improve transportation, including road safety.

Transportation planner Gena Torres talks about what might lie ahead for East Hillsborough Avenue.

There will be a [public meeting](http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/r...

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Call in show: Boston Marathon bombing has one dead suspect, one living and the Senate kills gun measure

04/19/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Two men of Chechnya decent were identified by the FBI. One of those men has reportedly been killed; the other is still at large. The dead suspect was said to have been wearing a bomb. The two men – or boys depending on how old you are – I’m kind of thinking boys is the better description- they are accused of all sorts of shenanigans including knocking over a 7-11, hijacking a car and temporarily kidnapping the owner, and killing an MIT police officer. Media outlets have reported tha...

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St. Pete's iconic Pier still set to close on May 31 despite objections listen

04/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The St. Pete Pier will close at the end of May despite numerous objections. In a city council meeting Thursday, all but one council member refused to consider keeping the pier open until residents vote on the Pier’s future.

Council member Wengay Newton made a motion to stave off the lock and chain, but it died for a lack of a second. Newton wanted to keep the Pier open to save jobs. During a workshop earlier in the day city staff were charged w...

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Scientists, officials say the Gulf of Mexico still in trouble three years after BP oil disaster listen

04/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Friday she will sue BP on Saturday, the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

During a press conference on downtown St. Pete’s waterfront Friday before Bondi's announcement, elected officials and environmental groups said there’s still a lot of recovering to do.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson wants to make sure BP is held accountable for the 2010 oil disaster by making sure the fine...

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Venezuelan ex-pats rally in Tampa for a recount of election their candidate lost listen

04/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night in downtown Tampa about 50 Venezuelan ex-pats banged pots and pans and waved Venezuelan flags at motorists passing by Curtis Hixon Park.

They boisterously supported the loser of the recent presidential election, Henrique Capriles.

They're asking for a full recount of the election narrowly won by Nicolas Maduro.

Yesterday officials said they would do an audit of the results.

WMNF interviewed Karina Celis, a sociologist from Caracas who lives in Tampa.



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Boston Bombing

04/19/13 Ahmed Bedier
True Talk
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Discussion and opinion on the latest updates on the Boston bombing.

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Eleanor Cecil with Hillsborough NOW talk bout the Take Back the Night on unday April 21 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa

04/18/13 Eleanor Cecil with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Eleanor Cecil, with the Hillsborough chapter of NOW, talks about the upcomig Take Back the Night -Together We Empower event. The events will take place on Sunday April 21 from 4-7 pm at Curtis Hixon Park, 700 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa, Fl. Take Back the Night is an interactive event that creates awareness, empowers survivors, and educates the community about sexual violence. The event is presented by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and will include music, the Clothesline Project, The Men's Pl...

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Ariane Hegewisch with the Institute for Women's Policy Research talks about equal pay for women.

04/18/13 Ariane Hegewisch with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Ariane Hegewisch, a study director for the Institute for Women's Policy Research, talks about the recent vote preventing discussion of the Paycheck Fairness Act. She discussed the history of the equal pay act in the USA and the very slow progress from 59 cents to the dollar in 1963 to the present 77 cents to the dollar in 2012. At this rate, it will take until 2056 for women to catch up. She particularly noted the problems for women in the restaurant industry where the pay for hour has been ...

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