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National Chair of Communist Party, Sam Webb on Radioactivity listen

09/25/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei interviews Sam Webb, the current national chair of the Communist Party USA. Webb, who now resides in New York City, was born in Maine. His leadership has led to dramatic new developments US Communist political thought, activism, and openness. This includes developing a wide-ranging discussion on socialism and how to get there along with deeper discussions and analysis of key democratic questions.

He is the author of "Reflections on ...

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The WMNF Story - The Brave Founders of Tampa's Community Radio Station listen

09/25/13 Warren Elly w/ Cam Dilley
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa community radio WMNF-FM WMNF Membership Drive Cam Dilley Shelia Cowley Stars and Stripes Forever Aaron Copeland

On the air 34 years now thanks to thousands of listener members and volunteers and most of all a small group of founders who did incredible things to make WMNF happen.

One of them was Cam Dilley from Michigan via San Francisco, came to Tampa in 1978. Like the others he spent hours canvasing; fundraising door to door, and was arrested for illegally soliciting in the small beach town of Bellair Bluffs. Cam has done the WMNF Friday morning show since 1979.

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Hillsborough County Schools continuing to move forward with Common Core listen

09/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, Rick Scott, Common Core, PARCC, education, wmnf, tampa international airport

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Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia isn’t worried about implementation of new teaching standards known as Common Core. Elia showed optimism for the program’s success during a breakfast with the Tampa Bay Partnership despite a decision by Governor Rick Scott to pull support from the group charged with coming up with testing standards to align with it.

“I do believe that the governor is committed to having strong standards in our schools and those standards need to h...

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Florida Obamacare health insurance costs cheaper than expected listen

09/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: kathy castor, healthcare, wmnf, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services

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The department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that health costs through insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will be even less than expected in Florida. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) celebrated the announcement at Tampa International Airport today before flying back to Washington D.C.

“HHS has reported that some of the rates will be around $100. I mean, that makes it very affordable for the young person who is out there working. I know President Obama said y...

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CAIR says interrogation of associate of Todashev without lawyer warrants investigation listen

09/25/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There are more developments Wednesday in the case of a Chechen immigrant who was shot and killed by an FBI agent earlier this year in Orlando.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what they are calling a “pattern of ‘egregious’ civil rights violations and abuse by the FBI targeting associates of Ibragim Todashev.”

This comes after one of his friends, Ashur Miraliev, was detained and questioned a...

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The Affordable Care Act in Florida listen

09/24/13 Patricia Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Pat Kemp talks with Karen Woodall, Executive Director of the Florida Center for Economic & Fiscal Policy Policy, on the debuting of the Affordable Care Act in Florida on October 1st.

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President Obama tells UN General Assembly force should be an option in Syria listen

09/24/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday President Barack Obama challenged the U.N. Security Council to hold Syria accountable if it fails to live up to pledges to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpiles.

Obama spoke Tuesday morning to the U.N. General Assembly.

"With respect to Syria, we believe that as a starting point the international community must enforce the ban on chemical weapons. When I stated my willingness to order a limited strike against the Assad regime, in response to the brazen use of chemical weap...

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US may have to answer to UN about human rights violations like death penalty and voter disenfranchisement listen

09/24/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: kathy castor ACLU human rights Voting rights University of Tampa Death penalty UN FAMU disenfranchise

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The United Nations Human Rights Committee meets 3 times a year to review potential violations of countries that have ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document. Next month in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.S. is up for review.

Monday night at a public forum on the University of Tampa campus, panelists suggested the US may have to answer to the UN about voter disenfranchisement and the death penalty.

About 60 people -- mostly students – attended th...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat, defends support of Republicans listen

09/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa Charlie Crist Alex Sink Rick Scott Pam Bondi Bob Buckhorn Dana Young Nan Rich

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was on the host committee for a political fundraiser for Florida Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi. Buckhorn is a registered Democrat. After giving an unscripted speech at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meeting in Ybor City Tuesday, he told WMNF why his support doesn’t mean he’s taking a leap toward the right.

"What I have told everybody from day 1 is if someone is good to the city and supportive of the city I'm going to work with them. I really don't care w...

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La Gaceta's publisher Patrick Manteiga talks Florida politics listen

09/23/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Rob Lorei plays his interview with La Gaceta editor and publisher Patrick Manteiga about Former Florida Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink's decision to not run for governor of Florida. Sink told The Associated Press that she wants to spend more time running her foundation, Florida Next, which seeks to help young entrepreneurs grow their start up companies. Listen to the full show above.

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How will rising sea levels affect people who live along or near Tampa Bay? listen

09/23/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council sea level rise The Tampa Bay Estuary Program

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Today Radioactivity discusses how communities around Tampa Bay will be adversely affected by rising sea levels over the next hundred years. Host Rob Lorei speaks with guests from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Ed Sherwood is a senior scientist and Nanette O'Hara is the public outreach coordinator.

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council have developed a computer model that projects sea level ...

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In Ybor City Nancy Pelosi lays out agenda for improving economic issues for women listen

09/23/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Women still earn only about three quarters of what men make, but the former speaker of the U.S. House was in Ybor City Monday afternoon promoting a plan to change that.

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi told women leaders from the community that Congress needs to act in three areas to improve the economy by boosting up women: fair pay, paid family leave and affordable quality child care.

"We really have to change this environment. It's really not working. Why should we work nearly ...

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Coal plants harm not just the air but also water bodies, according to environmentalists' report listen

09/23/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A new report from six environmental organizations concludes that in addition to polluting the air, coal-fired power plants are a major source of water pollution in the United States.

"Coal fired power plants, which supply a lot of our electricity across the country, are the number one polluters of our rivers and streams. They are responsible for sixty percent of all the toxics that go into water and by that I mean arsenic, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals that we worry about having ...

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Debates in Congress: Food Stamps and the Benghazi controversy

09/20/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Tampa, wmnf, food stamps, Benghazi, 88.5

Today Radioactivity explores two hotly debated issues in congress: Did the Obama administration turn its back on the embassy personnel in , Libya on 9/11/12? And the House of Representatives in Washington cutting the food stamp budget yesterday. Listen to the full show above.

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Criticism of Obama administration handling of Benghazi does not stand up under scrutiny

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Who will face Governor Rick Scott in 2014 and what are Republicans in Washington thinking? listen

09/20/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Florida Republicans Paula Dockery Rick Scott Obamacare Affordable Care Act Nan Rich

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Congress voted for the 42nd time Friday to de-fund Obamacare through a debt package that would avert government shut down. It begged the question from former Republican state Senator Paula Dockery, what the heck is wrong with the Republican party? Today we look at how divisive the two parties have become and what it's doing to American politics.

Also, on the table is the question of who will face Governor Rick Scott in 2014. The wealthy governor has pledged to have at least $100 million o...

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