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Gay & Happy in Russia?

08/09/13 We discuss the latest homophobic crackdown in Russia
Life Elsewhere

“Putin is the ‘Czar of Homophobia’. His regime has outlawed the public expression of LGBT identity and affection – and prohibited the advocacy of LGBT human rights – in circumstances where a person under 18 might see it. The adoption of children by overseas same-sex couples has also been banned and LGBT organisations that receive donations from abroad are being fined as ‘foreign agents’. These are the latest examples of escalating homophobic and political repre...

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Pinellas County might expand transgender rights listen

08/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anti-discrimination ordinance in Pinellas County means that men and women can’t be denied certain rights based on their sex. On August 20, County Commissioners will hear from the public about whether to expand that ordinance to include transgender individuals.

The change to the county’s ordinance would simply replace the word ‘sex’ with ‘gender.’ During a meeting Tuesday, Commissioner John Morroni expressed some conc...

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A Deeper Look at Recent Russian History

08/09/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’re going to get some background on what’s happening in Russia. We’ll put some of the recent headlines in context with a leading American scholar of Russia.

President Barack Obama's decision to pull out of a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month is yet another milestone in the steady decline in relations between the two countries. President Obama canceled a bilateral me...

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Pinellas Tourist Development Council considers funding future Tampa Bay Rays stadium and beach nourishment listen

08/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Pinellas County is eyeballing $6 million annually that will be freed up in 2015 when Tropicana Field gets paid off. The question on the minds of county commissioners and other tourism industry leaders Thursday during a Tourist Development Council meeting in Clearwater, was what to do if the Rays ask for that money to build a new stadium.

Commission chair Ken Welch said he’d support handing the 1 cent tourism bed tax back over to the Rays.

“Absolutely, the county’s been a partne...

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America the Beautiful - Where is our country headed?

08/08/13 Warren Elly and Chris Ingram
Last Call Wednesday

Today on Last Call, Host Warren Elly's guest Chris Ingram a prominent Republican political consultant and a political analyst for BayNews 9 talks about the state of nation. He has represented the NRA, Procter and Gamble, along with a host of Republican candidates and organizations.

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Transit activists fed up with lagging Hillsborough County Commissioners pack meeting, but get silenced by technicality listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Transit activists crowded the back two rows of the Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday morning. About a half dozen of them signed up to tell commissioners during public comment that they were fed up with the lack of action to get the ball rolling on transit improvements. But because of time constraints during the meeting, only one was able to speak, Tampa resident Jason Eames.

“What we’d like to see is – we’ve been talking for a long time about fixing transit in this...

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Domestic abuse center volunteers plead for life-saving funding listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Family Justice Center is credited with helping more than 11,000 families affected by domestic violence. But they’ve run out of money. During a meeting Wednesday morning, seven volunteers and staff members from the Family Justice Center pleaded with county commissioners to provide emergency funding to keep the domestic violence resource open for just a few months while they raise more money. The speakers called it a matter of life and death. Dan Jurman, a volunteer wi...

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Hillsborough County OKs $2 Million for new YMCA in Gibsonton listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved a 30-year lease for the YMCA that includes more than 35 acres of land in Gibsonton. The deal also doles out $2 million to the non-profit group for capital development.

During public comment at the commission meeting Wednesday, three people affiliated with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, including its director, Tom Looby, urged the board to move forward with the new South County facility.

“We have four public/private partnersh...

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Mayor Foster finds himself on the defensive during televised debate in St. Pete listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three St. Pete mayoral hopefuls took jabs at one another Tuesday night during a debate in downtown. Former City Council member Kathleen Ford, Mayor Bill Foster and former State Representative Rick Kriseman answered questions from both moderators and residents during the one hour televised discussion. One issued centered on a statement made by Foster yesterday admitting that the Rays may need to look at Hillsborough County for a new stadium site. Foster responded to his change in position duri...

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Radioactivity airs The Jimmy Dore Show

08/07/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity host Rob Lorei plays an episode from The Jimmy Dore Show, a comedy show that airs on Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

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New affordable education plan by Oregon Working Families Party: Attend college for free and pay for others later

08/06/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today Radioactivity examines a new way to make college education affordable. This new plan called Pay it Forward is being proposed in Oregon and it would allow students to attend college without paying for it while they are in school. Host Rob Lorei speaks with guest Sami Alloy, an organizer with the [Oregon Working Families Party][1] which has been pushing the Pay It Forward campaign.

In Oregon after a campaign led by the state's Working Families Party and students at Portland State Univ...

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Renewable Energy Home Power

08/05/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program we talked with two guests about renewable energy and related topics. Joining us by phone from Washington State was Ian Woofenden, a writer, speaker, educator and consultant on wind, solar, hydro, and other renewable energy resources. Ian is the senior editor for Home Power Magazine, one of the best sources of information on renewable energy. Also joining the program was our local expert on the topic of renewable energy, John Gambil , Hotwire Enterprises in Tarpon Spring...

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Open Phones- News of the week part two

08/05/13 Warren Elly with Wayne Garcia
Last Call Friday

Part 2 of Warren Elly's interview with Wayner Garcia also discussion of the Dream Defenders and the Tampa police.

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Public Invited to Meeting in Hillsborough County Tomorrow to Discuss Transportation and Economic Development part 1

08/05/13 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Public Forum Being Held To Discuss Transportation For Economic Development In Hillsborough County

According to a press release from Hillsborough County government: Hillsborough County will host the first in a series of public forums to gain input as part of a community-wide effort to foster job creation and retention through strategic investments in transportation. The first public forum will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. at County Center, 26th floor, Conference Rooms A and B. Co...

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An insider look at the history of the John Birch Society with author Claire Conner

08/05/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Today on Radioactvity Rob Lorei speaks with [Claire Conner][1], author of Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right (Beacon Press) to get an insider’s history of the John Birch Society, the radical American conservative group of the late 1950’s and 1960’s. It once had a staff of 220 people and operated mostly in secret. It saw conspiracy everywhere. It believed that Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy were communists. And that it was just a few years b...

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