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Saturday January 31, 2015

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FL Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) answers questions with Janelle Irwin regarding his medical marijuana bill.


photo by Sean Kinane

Florida Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes "cautiously optimistic" about medical marijuana bill

Early this week State Senator Jeff Brandes from St. Pete filed a broad medical marijuana bill that would legalize the drug for medical use for patients with a bunch of different ailments. Those include things like ALS, AIDS and HIV, seizures, cancer and more broad areas like chronic pain. The move may have shocked some people. That's because Brandes is a Republican. He and many in his party lobbied hard against a medical marijuana amendment that would have similarly allowed the medical use of...

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Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physics professor and host of Exploration


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WBAI's Exploration science program with Dr. Michio Kaku

Today we air an episode of Exploration, a science program from New York's WBAI public radio station, with host Dr. Michio Kaku. Kaku is a theoretical physics professor at the City College of New York and one of the co-founders of "string field theory". His show Exploration touches on topics such as astrophysics, technology,futurism and science fiction.

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Retired general Romeo Dallaire (L) addressed an audience at the University of Tampa.


photo by Gwyneth Dunsford

Retired United Nations peacekeeper reflects on the Rwandan genocide

TAMPA - On Wednesday, retired United Nations peacekeeper Romeo Dallaire spoke to University of Tampa students about the Rwandan genocide.

In 1994, the former Canadian general commanded the United Nations’ peace keeping mission in the small, east African country. That summer, Rwandans turned on their neighbors and armed militias from the Hutu tribe massacred the Tutsi minority. By the end of the conflict, up to million Rwandans were dead.

Now, Dallaire shares his reflections about Unit...

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photo by Attorney and Consumer Rights Advocate Ralph Nader

Radioactivity airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour

We air an episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour, hosted by attorney and consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader, and co-hosted by Steve Skrovan and David Feldman. On this episode they interview Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First, a resource center for anyone seeking information on development deals made with taxpayer money. Nader then gives his review of the president's state of the union address.

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Mayor Rick Kriseman and Chief Anthony Holloway


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St. Pete police chief and mayor want a social contract with the community

St. Petersburg police are asking residents to help find solutions to the department’s image problems. Tuesday night at Gibbs High School in south St. Pete, citizens and police officers chatted about ways to make the police presence feel more responsive in the community.

It started with an address, first from Chief of Police Anthony Holloway, then the mayor, Rick Kriseman. The chief...

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Liz Carlisle, Author of Lentil Undergound: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America


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Montana's alternative food movement, a NOVA documentary on sinkholes, and a film about the child welfare system on today's Radioactivity

We interview Liz Carlisle, fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems and author of * The Lentil Underground*.A book Carlisle calls a "long form country song" for a growing food movement based out of Montana and centered around farming legumes,the lentil underground seeks to break free from industrial agricultural practices such as monoculture farming and heavy pesticide and fertilizer use.

Tomorrow night, PBS will be airing a NOVA episode on the growing prevalence of ...

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Tzvia Thier grew up in Israel and is now critical of the state's policies towards Palestinians


photo by Rob Lorei

Former Zionist now critical of Israel's actions towards Palestinians, and the scientific march towards morality.

Science or religion: which is responsible leading us into a more moral world? Today we speak with Michael Shermer who argues in his new book,The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom, that we are living in the most moral times in history. Shermer is a professor at Chapman University as well as the founding editor of Skeptic Magazine and columnist for American Scientist. We then speak with Tzvia Thier, a woman born amidst the Holocaust in Romani...

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Bill Bunting and Marjorie Sanfilippo, Ph.D


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A debate on concealed weapons on Florida's college campuses.

Today's guests on Radioactivity debate whether guns should be allowed on Florida's college campuses. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has a approved a bill that would lift the ban of licensed concealed firearms on college and university properties. This comes nearly two months after a gunman shot 3 students at Florida State University's Strozier Library before local police shot him dead . Arguing in favor of the bill is Bill Bunting, who is the Second Amendment Chair with the F...

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One of the proposed designs, called "Destination St. Pete Pier."


photo by St. Pete Design Group / newstpetepier.com

New St. Pete pier design on the horizon

A new St Pete pier design is moving closer to a reality minus one proposal. Friday the advisory committee voted on which proposals will make it to the next round. The committee doesn’t want any surprises when the designs are presented to the public next month.

The committee members took turns critiquing each design. When the members finished they took a preliminary vote on a motion to eliminate the AH HA Design Group. This motion eventually passed 5 to 1.

A new pier design is part of a ...

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