News & Public Affairs

Wednesday November 26, 2014


USF panel discussion on race and police violence

photo by Samuel Johnson

Could Ferguson happen in Tampa?

The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Rhana Bazzini

Supporter of campaign finance reform will march 300 miles to Tallahassee on foot and Sarasota event advocates separation of church and state

Today on Radioactivity, we discuss a Sarasota woman who is taking the movement for campaign finance reform to Tallahassee by walking there along with her supporters. Next Monday 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini will begin walking- 300 miles- from Sarasota to Tallahassee in an effort to win support for campaign finance reform. Her plan is to arrive in the state capitol by the beginning of December.

But, why is this petite 94-pound woman embarking on a more than 7-week trip on foot when the 300 ...

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David Jolly on Ebola, ISIS, the ACA and other issues

Republican David Jolly is one of the newest members of Congress, at least for another month. The Pinellas County lobbyist and former aide to Rep. Bill Young won the special election against Alex Sink in the spring, and now goes into his first re-election campaign with no Democrat on the ballot.

In this half-hour discussion, we spoke with Jolly on the biggest issues of the moment, such as the war on ISIS, the Ebola crises hitting American shores, and why he doesn't think Congress works en...

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Author living at poverty line shares her story in new book and Community event in Tampa asks could Ferguson happen here?

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a working woman, Linda Tirado who lives at the poverty line. When it comes to public discourse about the working poor- much of what we see on TV or hear on radio is a person’s opinion- or academic research- or a politician seeking to benefit electorally by what he or she says about the working poor. Linda Tirado wrote an essay last year called “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or poverty thoughts”. The essay went viral and was read by more than six ...

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Diane Ackerman finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Sports Writer Kavita A. Davidson join From a Woman's POV

Misuse and abuse of Power – Is it inevitable?

The theme of Thursday’s show will be POWER – so often reflected by its misuse, abuse and by wanton directives to satisfy one’s own needs and greed. It doesn’t have to be that way… Climate change, endless wars, a wealth gap that has rendered meaningless our terms of rich and poor. We are living in a climate of fear and helplessness.

Wake up! We are now living in the world designated by anthropologists as the anthropocene, the human ag...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott at a ceremonial bill signing at Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 school in downtown Tampa.

photo by Janelle Irwin, WMNF file photo 2012

Consumers and environmentalists to protest Rick Scott in St. Pete Thursday

Some consumers and environmentalists thing Governor Rick Scott is too cozy with the country’s largest power company.

So Thursday in St. Pete they’re protesting outside the governor’s campaign office asking him to refund contributions from Duke Energy at 3393 Tyrone Boulevard North in St. Petersburg beginning at 11:00 a.m.

WMNF interviewed Melissa Baldwin, deputy communications director of NextGen Climate Florida.

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Ed Jany is on the ballot, but dropped out of the race.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Many Pinellas ballots have name of candidate who dropped out

Many Pinellas County residents will be voting on ballots that have the name of a candidate who is no longer running.

Ed Jany dropped out of the race for Congressional District 13.

WMNF interviewed Nancy Whitlock, elections administrator with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.

"We received the certified ballot list of candidates from the (Florida) Division of Elections and that included Ed Jany as one...

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Health foodies from Tampa's Let Me Decide Campaign ask for labels on genetically modified foods

photo by Janelle Irwin, 2012

Sarasota schools go meatless on Mondays

Students in Sarasota County schools will not see meat on the menu the rest of the school year on Mondays.

Beginning this week, only meat-free dishes are being served every Monday to improve health and food diversity.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed Beverly Girard, the director of food and nutrition services with Sarasota County Schools.

”Meatless Monday is simply an initiative to bring an emphasis to the fact that we don’t have to have meat with every single meal we consume, and ...

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Bob Keefe.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Florida summit looks for solutions to climate disruption

Scientists who met with Governor Rick Scott to warn him about the dangers of climate change in Florida are gathering Monday to brainstorm solutions.

One speaker at the Climate Solutions Summit at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg says jobs can be created as carbon pollution is reduced.

Bob Keefe is the executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs.

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photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Aug. 2012).

North Tampa Head Start kids get their hands dirty through gardening

Young kids in a Head Start program in north Tampa planted a vegetable garden Friday morning.

The Garden Goodies Program teaches the children and their families how to grow food and the importance of eating right.

WMNF interviewed Simon Bollin, the agribusiness development manager for Hillsborough County economic development.

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