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Life Elsewhere - The DOMA Edition

06/30/13
Life Elsewhere

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere we discuss DOMA, guests include Stephanie Coontz, author and expert on marriage; Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow of Policy Studies for the Family Research Council and Audrey Bilger, writer and Professor of Literature and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College, Audrey is also the co-author of "Here Come The Brides" a new anthology of Lesbian Marriage. **Life Elsewhere airs live, Mond...

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G.M.O.s [genetically modified organisms]

06/29/13 The Urban Cafe Crew
The Urban Cafe

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The Urban Cafe answers to the 10 most intriguing questions concerning G.M.O.s [genetically modified organisms]

  1. Why are many people against the consumption of GMOs?

  2. What are some examples of GMOs?

  3. Why do these food giants opt for genetic modification?

  4. What are some of the concerns people have when it comes to feeding Genetically Modified food to our children?

  5. What countries have banned GMOs?

  6. Why do they want the animals growing bigger/faster?

  7. How ...

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Can St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster survive against liberal challengers?

06/28/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Thursday night, St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster squared off against challengers, Rick Kriseman and Kathleen Ford during the first debate of the cycle. Ford has won favor from much of the African-American community and Kriseman isn't far behind. Both bring more liberal principals to the table. The debate was sponsored, in part, by the NAACP whose members have grown critical of Foster in the wake of what they see as increased police chases and brutality. The April shooting of two teens through a car...

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Mayor Foster takes a beating from South St. Pete residents during first mayoral debate listen

06/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The heat was on St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster during the first mayoral debate Thursday night in South St. Pete. Foster took more of a beating from residents than he did from two of his challengers former State Representative Rick Kriseman and former City Council member Kathleen Ford.

Mayor Foster released a list of 25 accomplishments during his first three years in o...

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Sarasota demonstration to support mass protests in Brazil listen

06/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month hundreds of demonstrations across Brazil have attracted more than a million people protesting prices, government corruption and waste.

On Monday July 1 Brazilian ex-pats are holding their own demonstration in Sarasota to support the protesters and strikers.

It's at 6 p.m. at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Ave.

We interviewed one of the organizers, Mica Martinelli.

"The protests starting in Brazil after...

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Is Miami Doomed?

06/28/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with author Jeff Goodell who has written a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about the effect of global warming on Miami. It’s called “Goodbye Miami”.

The piece begins with these words” By Century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis.”

Jeff Good...

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The day after DOMA goes down - what next for Florida same-sex marriage activists

06/27/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Florida Democratic House member Joe Saunders and Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith joined the program to talk about what happens next for Florida activists who want to overturn the ban on gay marriage passed in a constitutional amendment in 2008.

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Tampa City Council closes in on tougher panhandling laws decried by homeless advocates listen

06/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members took the first step in passing an even tougher panhandling ban than it already has during their meeting Thursday.

Ron Zealand owns Off Site Technology Solutions on North Franklin Street. He said women especially have been accosted by homeless individuals looking for money.

“Some of my employees have concealed weapon permits and they’re using them now because they’re telling me that they’re concerned about their safety in that area.”

One ordinanc...

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Jessica Mason Pieklo discusses the Supreme Court decisions concerning dicrimination in the work place

06/27/13 Jessica Mason Pieklo with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Jessica Mason Pieklo, an adjunct professor at the School of Law at Hamline University and the senior legal analysis for rh reality check, talks about the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding discrimination in the work place. Andréa noted that the Court has changed the definition of "supervisor" to one who has the authority to hire and fire and excludes the managerial positions in which one can assign duties and delegate work responsibilities. This was the decision in the Vance vs Ball ...

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Andrea Grimes who covered the recent emergency session of the Texas Legislature, talked about the defeat of SB 5.

06/27/13 Andrea Grimes with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Andrea Grimes, a journalist and blogger for rh reality check talked about the recent special session of the Texas Legislature and the defeat of SB 5 which would have established new abortion measures' for the state. The new measures would have prohibited an abortion after 20 weeks and would set new TRAP standard for clinics performing these procedures. The new standards would have eliminated most of the clinics who provide the complete range of women's reproductive choices. These would h...

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Michelle Schwartz discusses the recent Supreme Court decisions

06/27/13 Michelle Schwartz with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Michelle Schwawrtz, who is the Director of Justice Programs for the Alliance for Justice, talks about the recent Supreme Court Decisions. Michelle focused on the DOMA and Proposition 8 decisions, the elimination of Section 4 from the Civil rights act, and the employment conditions of Vance vs. Ball State and UT Southwestern Medical Center vs. Nassar. Michelle is a graduate of Yale law School and for 6 years was a senior staff member for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. For more informati...

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St. Pete LGBT residents and their supporters rally for Supreme Court DOMA decision listen

06/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and sent advocates for equality into a frenzy of celebration. At North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg, some 100 members of the LGBT community and their allies rallied despite threatening weather. Among the crowd of purple shirts and rainbow flags, Stacy Blake, executive director of Community Tampa Bay compared the decision to a 1967 ruling that is responsible for her own marriage.

“Loving V. ...

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A conversation with Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of The Paw Project

06/26/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Dr. Jennifer Conrad, veterinarian and founder of [The Paw Project][1] explains exactly what de-clawing is. She confronts head-on what for many is a confusing misnomer by explaining that it’s “de-knuckling,” and that the de-claw surgery actually involves amputating parts of the cat’s bones.She discusses the new documentary film, also called “The Paw Project,” which chronicles her work. The Paw Project seeks to educate the public about the perils of feline de-clawing and to end the...

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New Hope for Homeless

06/26/13 Warren Elly with Homeless Coalition CEO Maria Barcus
Last Call Wednesday
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New Hope for Hillsborough's Homeless?

On the eve of tough new legislation from Tampa City Council to ban panhandling in downtown and YBOR city zones, Maria Barcus, newly hired Homeless Coalition CEO, says putting a roof on people's heads is the first step. She also says that in South Florida laws like Tampa's Panhandle Zones actually led directly to a local one cent tax on meals and rooms to finance solutions. Callers ranged from the sympathetic, to those who say foreclosed houses ought t...

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Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus President's Reaction to Supreme Court DOMA Decision listen

06/26/13 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In two monumental decisions today the U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for greater marriage equality. In one case it declared provisions of the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional that denied federal benefits to same-sex married couples. In another it affirmed a lower court’s decision that California voters did not have the right to take away same-sex marriages through Proposition 8. After the 5-to-4 decisions were announced, lawyer David Boies said the country is close...

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