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"This Land is your Land"

07/10/13 Warren Elly with B.John Ovink
Last Call Wednesday
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At the base of the Statue of Liberty its written -

“…Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
 is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
 Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
 glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command. 
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
 with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
 your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; 
the wretched refuse of your teeming shore....

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The Urban Cafe discuss "The Business of Church" (no more tax what?)

07/10/13 The Urban Cafe Crew
The Urban Cafe


The Business of Church

This week on the Urban Cafe we're discussing the following topics:

CALLED TO PREACH: are their false prophets (hustlers) masquerading as men of God and taking advantage of people who are searching for spiritual guidance or instruction?

RELIGIOUS LEADERS: What other religions allow and their Pastors or Religious Leader to live such lavish lifestyles provide by the the giving of it's followers?

CHOOSING A CHURCH: How should a person choose a c...

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Federal funding for medical research and public health could be sequester casualty listen

07/10/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The furlough of Florida National Guard members isn’t the only concern people have with federal sequestration; another is what across-the-board spending cuts could do to funding for medical research and public health programs.

Many of them are funded through federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health.

We spoke with Mary Wolley, president and CEO of Research!America.

Wolley said that Tuesday a U.S. Senate subcommittee included nearly $31 billion for the NIH, which actu...

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Gov. Rick Scott signs law to allow out-of-state companies to run virtual Florida schools

07/10/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei is joined by state Representative Carl Zimmerman of Palm Harbor who is a critic of some of the ways virtual schools work here in Florida.

Last month Gov. Rick Scott signed HB7029 into a law. It opens the Florida market of online classes to out-of-state digital learning companies. Opponents say the new law will reduce teaching jobs in the state and open the door to private companies from around the world to profit from Florida’s move to virtual schools. ...

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Pinellas Commission wants landowner to provide relocation assistance to displaced Briarwood RV residents listen

07/09/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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About 50 low-income residents are worried they are going to lose their homes when the Briarwood RV Park in Largo is redeveloped. Tuesday they took their case to Pinellas County Commissioners, who put off the rezoning decision for 30 days.

Commissioners voted unanimously for the continuance in order to work with the property’s developer to set up a relocation fund. They hope it will help the residents to afford moving and relocating to a new mobile home park. Christine Allamano with Gulf ...

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Debt, Dread, and Deferment: The Student Loan Crisis

07/09/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The student loan crisis continues to grow in America with students owing a little over a trillion dollars last year and interest rates increasing this month. Today on Radioactivity host Rob Lorei speaks with guest Robert Applebaum an advocate for student loan reform. They address the growing concern of how graduates can repay their debt without jobs and how loan reform can help change the face of student debt.

PBS Newshour's full story on the loan crisis can be found [here][1].

For mo...


Verbal daggers thrown at St. Pete City Council candidate forum listen

07/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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One of the most fiercely contested St. Petersburg City Council races is shaping up to be the contest to represent parts of northeast St. Pete. All four District 4 candidates sparred during their first debate Monday night. But two of candidates took the gloves off. Tea Party activist and neurosurgeon David McKalip and longtime community activist Darden Rice threw verbal punches at each other over proposed policies.

City council seats are non-partisan. So it doesn’t matter that McKalip is ...


Tampa's Urban Homesteader

07/08/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our special guest on today’s program is John Starnes, one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier urban homesteaders. He’s a freelance garden writer, rosarian, unusual edible plant expert, and class A dumpster-diver. Debbie Butts, a co-host of the Sustainable Living program also joins us with her wealth of gardening knowledge. John shares the feedback he’s received over the years as a garden writer. Using this feedback and experimentation he’s devised systems for growing just about anythin...

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Bollywood celebration could mean 24,000 room nights when it comes to Tampa next year listen

07/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa is set to become the first American city to host the International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony next June. The several-day long Bollywood event is expected to bring in at least $11 million in economic impact to the Tampa Bay area. But president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Santiago Corrada said he expects that amount to be even higher.

“The film production, the film sales and the incredible Indian community that we not only have in Tampa, but Florida and the U.S. will contri...

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Republican Candidate Warns That the Party Is Moving Too Far to the Right

07/08/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with a self-described moderate Republican who ran for Congress in the 2010 elections and lost in the Republican primary. Her name is Barbara Olschner- she’s an experienced trial lawyer and a one-time professional tennis player. She is a staunch opponent of Obamacare- the Affordable Care Act, she thinks English should be the official language of the country, she believes in lower taxes, less regulation, limited g...


In Tampa dozens march to restore the 4th Amendment on Independence Day listen

07/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the Fourth of July dozens of protesters marched through downtown Tampa in support of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

These Restore the Fourth demonstrators are upset about ongoing spying on Americans by U.S. agencies.

Many programs have been revealed recently by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

We hear from protesters Adam Hopkins, Nathan Seay, Alexandria Trsek, Steve Kinney and "John."

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“Defining Racism”

07/07/13 Your new show about Arts, Culture & Media, hosted by Norman B
Life Elsewhere

The topic for the next edition of Life Elsewhere was prompted by the media attention on the George Zimmerman trial and Paula Deen’s diatribe. To explore and attempt to understand this subject, we called upon Don Daughtry, a missionary who became the only white pastor at an all-black church in Atlanta, circa mid 60’s to mid 70’s. We’ll also speak with Terry Morgan, an African-American musician, impresario and promoter who has worked predominately with white artists ...

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Happy Birthday America

07/05/13 Warren Elly with E.J. Salcines
Last Call Wednesday

We're Celebrating the 237th birthday of the United States of America and asking, how are we stacking up against Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence penned back in 1776 ”We hold these truths to be self-evident” Jefferson wrote ”that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”

The debate over applying Jefferson’s truths to everyday life rages o...

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The Message Behind This Summer's Movie Releases

07/05/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today on Radioactivity, host Rob Lorei shares a [segment][1] on films from KCRW's show To the Point and talks with listeners about this summer's movie releases - exploring themes of the apocalypse, class warfare, comedies and the meaning behind some of these films. Ten big releases of 2013 were all doomsday inspired films. Check out this Daily Beast [article][2] to find out which ones made the list. Also take a look at last week's box office release [list][3]. Listen to the full show above...

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Tampa activists protest NSA Surveillance in downtown Tampa

07/04/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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The protest in downtown Tampa regarding NSA surveillance was one of several topics we discussed on our 4th of July program, with Janet Zink from the Tampa International Airport sitting in as our guest. We also discussed the situation in Egypt, as well as the new development with the Affordable Care Act, where the Obama administration announced a delay in the employer mandate part of the plan.

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