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St. Pete groups ready to lobby officials for improved curbside recycling program listen

04/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The city of St. Petersburg doesn’t offer free curbside recycling to residents; some community-based groups are pulling together to change that. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg has hired a consultant to look into the feasibility of universal curbside recycling in the city. The group’s president, Karen Coale, announced the results during a press conference in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.

“Curbside recycling is the norm throughout all of the other 49 populated cities i...

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Net Based Group Fights to Preserve Social Security

04/16/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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President Obama has proposed a controversial new method to calculate cost of living increases for Social Security recipients. It's called Chain CPI and opponents say it will cost seniors thousands of dollars in reduced benefits over their lifetime. Our guest is co-Founder of RootsAction.org an online group of activists that is fighting to stop these cuts. He's Norman Solomon who is also a co-founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting as well as the author of t...

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Two bombs cause chaos near finish line of Boston Marathon

04/15/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since this report, the casualty figures have been upgraded to 3 killed and more than 100 injured.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. Authorities said two people were killed and at least 23 others injured in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs. Police said a third blast rocked the John F. Kennedy Library several miles away and more than an hour later, but no injuries were reported. A senior U.S. intelligence official sa...

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Recycling & rare fruit

04/15/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s show with Phil Hughes, Account Manager for Creative Recycling. They recycle all kinds of electronic equipment and small appliances—excluding large white goods such as refrigerators and stoves. The WMNF Radio Station, located at 1210 E Martin Luther King Blvd., is temporarily a drop-off point for Creative to pick up your used electronic devices. This ends April 22, Earth Day.

We spent the rest of the hour with Paul Zamoda with the [Tampa...

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Tax Day protests in Tampa and St. Pete blast wealthy corporations that evade taxes listen

04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wealthy corporations have access to tax loopholes that many individuals and small businesses can’t get. Tax Day protests on both sides of the bay this morning had activists lashing out at what they call tax evaders.

About a dozen activists in Tampa were up before the sun to light up the U.S. 301 overpass over I-4. Back-lit posters spelled out the words ‘U paid more taxe$ than Verizon’.

“You and I are paying taxes and all these huge corporations are not paying taxes.”

That’s a Tam...

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Tax Resistance and A Call for Corporations and the Wealthy to Pay Their Fair Share

04/15/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Today is the deadline for individuals to file their federal income tax returns…. We’ll talk with a tax protestor in a moment.

Later—there are several protests around the bay area today—and hundreds more around the country- calling on corporations to pay their fair share of taxes—we’ll talk with someone who is taking part in a protest against corporate tax avoidance…

Our first guest is peace activist Ed Hedemann who on moral g...

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Tax Day protest may get blamed for I-4 crash listen

04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A traffic accident early this morning may get blamed on a demonstration on U.S. 301 over I-4 may. Tax day protesters lined the overpass with light up signs demonizing big corporations for not paying their fair share of taxes.

Back-lit posters spelled out the words ‘U paid more taxes than Verizon.’ The group of a dozen activists wanted to send a message to people on their Monday morning commute to work that wealthy corporations exploit tax loopholes. Just as activists were about to swit...

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Tax reform tackled from all angles listen

04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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People who disagree on how to make the federal tax structure better agree that something needs to be done. Republican member of Congress Vern Buchanan hosted a panel discussion in Sarasota last week to stir debate over how to best collect the nation’s tax revenue.

“The world has changed. We’ve got to do everything we can to empower our small businesses, medium size businesses, our pass through entities to make sure that they can compete, not just here, but in the world.”

Some conserv...

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USF students demand no more tuition hikes, they sit in for the 4th Friday in a row listen

04/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some USF students have been staging sit-ins at the University of South Florida in Tampa for four Fridays in a row. Even though the group today was small, they were still demanding that the USF president start working with them to meet their list of demands.

The group piles into the Patel Center lobby every Friday at lunchtime. They stay until the building is about to close and the last employees are going home. But Students like Matthew Hastings most want to talk to is president Judy Ge...

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Directors Lana Wilson and Martha Shane discuss the documentary After Tiller

04/11/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, the directors of After Tiller, discuss their film. After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, four American physicians-Dr. Leroy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Shelley Sella and Dr. Susan Robinson were the only remaining providers of late-term abortions in the United States. Living under constant threat of violence, they continue to do their work. With unprecedented access into the lives of these doctors and the patients who seek their help...

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Fanni Green, Jamison Hudson and Tia Strachen discuss "In the Next Room"

04/11/13 Mary Glenney & Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Fanni Green, a professor of theatre and culture at the University of South Florida Tampa campus, discusses the play "In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl. Sarah Ruhl the author has said that In the N ext Room "is not a sex farce about vibrators. It's about wet nurses; it's about the body. It's misleading to say it is purely about the object." Fanni says that to her, "In The Next room" is about discovery, longing, breastfeeding, "electric" connections, love, inventions and the human touch. Luckily...

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Former Pentagon official defends U.S. use of drones listen

04/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A former Pentagon official is defending the United States’ use of drones. During a lecture Thursday at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Michael James Barton blamed criticism of the unmanned aircraft on media that sensationalize perceived future threats associated with using new technology.

“The Spartans were really, really upset that the Athenians used arrows because how dare they, we can’t even see the enemy, they’re coming from afar. You don’t face your enemy with courage...

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Drones in the States

04/10/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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10 YEARS AGO AMERICANS WERE CELEBRATING WHAT APPEARED TO BE QUICK VICTORY IN IRAQ…SADDAM HUSSEIN’S STATUE WAS TOPPLED IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE ONLY THE BEGINNING OF A BLOODY DIVISE WAR THAT REMAINS CLOAKED IN POLITICAL RECRIMINATION OVER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT DID NOT EXIST…A CONFLICT THAT CLEARLY DELAYED THE SEARCH FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKERS…AND GAVE RISE TO A WHAT CRITICS SAY ARE POLITICAL ASSASINATIONS BY DRONE. ESTIMATES SAY THE U-S HAS CONDUCTED 366 DRONT STRIKES SIN...

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A conversation with Tom Kenny, voice of SpongeBob SquarePants & other talking animals

04/10/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Tom Kenny, actor, comedian, musician and voiceover actor extraordinaire, perhaps best known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants –discusses how he approaches giving voice to animals in animation.

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Military Spending: Making the US Less Secure?

04/10/13 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 military budget with a 24 year veteran of the CIA who will be speaking in Sarasota tomorrow.

Mel Goodman was a Soviet analyst for the CIA and state department for 24 years. He is an Army veteran and was a professor at the National War College. He’s written a new book in which he says that the US spends far more on the military than necessary. And that the projection of US military power abroad can actual...

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