News & Public Affairs

Sunday April 19, 2015

St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse: Rays stadium saga more nuanced than expected

St. Pete City Council is in unanimous agreement – they want to keep the Rays in St. Pete. During a workshop considering various stadium options, the board voted on a resolution declaring their support for keeping Major League Baseball in the city.

That vote, though seemingly insignificant, is intended to send a message to Rays ownership that City Council is willing to work with them. That vote comes after a December 18 meeting where the board rejected a “memorandum of understanding” struck...

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Debt forgiveness for struggling countries, Nurse Practitioner autonomy, and education as a civil right on today's Radioactivity

Joining us today is Andrew Hanauer,Campaign Director of Jubilee USA, a DC-based non-profit that advocates for national debt relief for struggling countries. Hanauer argues that great national debts prevent some countries, such as Greece, from developing thriving economies. Jubilee USA so far has won over $130 billion for national debt relief and debt cancellation.

Next: It is estimated that Florida will be short 7000 doctors by 2025. Can Nurse Practiti...

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photo by Samuel Johnson

Grassroots organizations move forward on new transportation coalition for Hillsborough County

A diverse collection of organizations want to provide a blueprint for better transportation in Hillsborough County. They brainstormed over transit principles, guidelines and implementation at the Hillsborough County Classroom Teachers Association in Tampa Tuesday night. The rainy weather reinforced the need for improved transportation options in Hillsborough.

The transportation “super group” is made up of grassroots organizations for boots-on-the-ground ...

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.


photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (July 2013).

Hillsborough Commission moves ahead with high-speed ferry

On Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission unanimously recommended going ahead with a high-speed ferry plan to connect south Hillsborough with MacDill Air Force Base. During public comment several residents spoke in favor of the ferry. Environmentalist Mariella Smith said the fragile ecology of the shoreline near the proposed terminal will be protected.

Commissioner Ken Hagan said supporting the ferry project is an important step, but more needs to happen for it to become reality.

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Southern Poverty Law Center banner at a conference held at the center in 2011


photo by StretchyBill/Flickr

Radioactivity talks with two people who work to fight extremist ideologies and hate groups

Today on Radioactivity, We talk with two people who work to fight extremist ideologies.

Eli Rosenbaum was responsible for hunting down and deporting Nazi war criminals for the US Department of Justice from 1994-2010. He is now Director of Human Rights Enforcement at Justice Department, where he tracks down perpetrators of genocide around the world. Rosenbaum will be speaking at the Mahaffey theater in St.Pete next Thursday at 6:00 p.m., at an event sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museu...

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Interstate 4 in Tampa, southbound to the I-275/I-4 junction, also known as 'Malfunction Junction'


photo by Doug Kerr/Flickr

District 7 FDOT Development Director discusses adding toll roads to Tampa Bay area Interstates

Tampa is one of the 5 most congested cities in America, and one proposed solution has been to add toll roads within the medians of the interstates throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties. Debbie Hunt, Director of Transportation Development for District 7, talks about the plan to add tolls to Interstates I-4, I-275, and I-75 at a cost of about $7 billion. Hunt says cost to use the toll lane, which will be limited to cars and light trucks, would be at least 50 cents and then would ...

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Animating For Social Change

On today’s Sustainable Living program we talked about a topic that directly relates to Community Conscious Radio and how we can encourage and up-lift our allies and supporters on behalf of our common mission by Animating for Social Change. Our very special guest on today’s show will be doing a free workshop for the Bridge Foundation this coming Saturday from 10AM to 4:30PM in Tampa. Dr. Cecilia Yocum is a certified psychodrama practitioner with 35 years of experience as a psychologist. She’s...

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Rob Lorei, Host of Florida This Week and Radioactivity call-in show

WEDU's Florida This Week discusses Florida governors past and present, and job growth led by low wage service work

We listen to audio from Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei, that aired this pass Friday on local PBS station WEDU. Topics discussed include Jeb Bush's recent trip to Tallahassee and his record as Florida's Governor, Rick Scott's struggling approval ratings, a looming 1.3 billion shortfall in federal health care money for Florida, and the state's job growth that is comprised mostly of low-wage, service sector jobs. We then open up the phone lines...

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Army Staff Sgt. Perry Hopman wears a mask he created in art therapy and stands in front of the medications he takes daily for blast-force injuries.


photo by © Lynn Johnson/National Geographic, from the February issue of National Geographic magazine.

Exploring questions about traumatic brain injury in soldiers and veterans

In the years between 2001 & 2014 about 230,000 soldiers & veterans self-identified as suffering from “mild traumatic brain injury," also called TBI. That's according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Monday WMNF News interviewed Caroline Alexander a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine. She’s also a bestselling author and has written a number of documentary films, most recently Tiger Tiger. She wrote the February 2015 National Geographic cover story, “[The Inv...

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