News & Public Affairs

Friday April 18, 2014


Dalyn Houser from FL PIRG.

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Consumer advocates asking Publix to label GMO foods

Last week we told you about a bill in the Florida legislature to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms and about opposition to that legislation. We interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with Florida PIRG who is organizing support for the bill requiring labeling of GMO foods.

"GMOs are genetically modified organisms and these are seeds that grow our food that we eat and they have the DNA of the seed has been altered in some way. So, for instance, you can cro...

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David Jolly Greets Supporters after Victory Speech

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Republican David Jolly wins vacant Pinellas Congressional seat

Republican David Jolly won the closely-watched special election in Pinellas County Tuesday.The crowded room at a hotel on Sand Key was humming with supporters savoring a win over Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

Florida’s 13th Congressional district was left vacant after the death of Representative C.W. "Bill" Young last October. David Jolly had been an aid to Young for several years until 2007 when he departed to become a lobbyist in Washington. Jolly said he will focus on...

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Melanie Hall, Family Health Care Foundation and Kristen Nash, Enroll America

Enrollment experts discuss signing up for the Affordable Care Act

Florida is one of the few states on track to meet White House projections for enrollment in health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, Health and Human Services officials released data showing that more than 442,000 Floridians have signed up for plans since October. That's not far from the Obama administration's target goal of 477,000 for the end of March- which is the deadline for signing up for the ACA.

But many people still have not signed up and have questions about signing...

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) describes sea level rise next to map of projected effects on Florida.

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Bill Nelson warns Senate about effects of climate change and sea level rise on Florida

Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

More than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Republican naysayers largely stayed away, suggesting hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

The last speaker was Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said he was "batting cleanup" because of how devastating sea level ...

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Albert Harris, unemployment claimant.

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Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment website take aim at Governor Rick Scott

Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment claims website are taking aim at Governor Rick Scott and his connection to the private company contracted to operate the CONNECT site.

The website launched in October, but it is still not functioning correctly. Thousands of unemployment applicants have been locked out of the system.

We discussed this issue with three people: Army Reservist Albert Harris (who was unable to collect unemployment insurance compensation because of a glitch in the w...

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Workers' rights rally at Tampa Whole Foods store

A day long rally was held last Saturday, International Women’s Day, outside a Whole Foods store in Tampa. A smattering of activists, protesters and concerned customers voiced their support for a Chicago woman who was fired from Whole Foods when she took time off to care of her special needs son during the second Polar Vortex snowstorm.

When Rhiannon Broschat was fired...

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Radioactivity takes listener calls

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to take listener calls on local, national and international news.

The following BBC story was also aired on the show:

BCC Newsnight:

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Edwin Lyman

Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima Japan.

On March 11th a giant earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan.

More than 20,000 people were killed or injured.

There were six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai’ichi facility. Three of the plants six reactors suffered core meltdowns. Radiation was released into the air.

More than 300,000 people from the region had to leave the area- because living near the damaged plant...

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Congressional candidate Alex Sink (D-FL) thanks canvassing volunteers for knocking on doors on the last day of campaigning.

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Pinellas Congressional candidate Alex Sink gets in last-minute campaign push

Candidates are winding up their campaigns for Pinellas County’s Congressional seat. Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, started the final day before the election at a home in Dunedin where she ushered off more than two dozen volunteers to knock on doors.

“Well, dozens of workers here, but we literally have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers throughout the district who have been making phone calls. We made 20,000 door knocks over the weekend. That’s a pretty impressive number and we’ve ma...

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