News & Public Affairs

Monday May 4, 2015


As part of the ongoing Voces De West Tampa project, documenting the history of the west Tampa neighborhood, about 30 people gathered at the West Tampa library on Saturday to hear a discussion titled Race: the Invisible Borders of West Tampa. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

Maura Barrios, the director of Voces De West Tampa, talked about the late 1800s and early 20th century, when West Tampa was in fact its own city. Founded by Colonel Hugh C. Macfarlane in 189...

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Jon Butts and Rob Lorei co-hosted this interview with Matt Smith of the USF Clean Energy Research Center and Richard Gluke, a solar contractor from Gulfport. Matt discussed current research into converting to a hydrogen economy. Richard discussed the current state of solar water heaters and photovoltaics.

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Disaster Profiteering! - Danielle Brian, POGO - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight (POGO). $60 billion and counting. or is anybody counting? Profiteering in a national disaster? Surely not --Mary talked to Danielle about this and also the recent “hidden� upgrade in credit card limits from $2,500 to 250,000 dollars for a single purchase (yes a l00x increase) -- and at least 300,000 individuals have these cards. Will any money be left for those who most need it? Lack of approval and no bids o...

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Race to the Bottom - Environmental Impact of Emergencies on the Poor - LIZA FEATHERSTONE - Mary Glenney, Women's Stho

Race to the Bottom: Liza Featherstone, contributing editor at The Nation, freelance journalist. Katrina offered a painfully vivid illustration of the way inequities can pervade government planning for an emergency. Liza talked with Mary about the environmental impact of Katrina, particularly on the poor. Check out the Grist article for more on this issue.

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Peace and Justice Festival in DC - End the War in Iraq Now! - Eleanor Cecil, president , Tampa NOW and Lori Karpay, local poet - Women's Show

Lori Karpay, Tampa Bay peace activist and poet is in Washington for the weekend festival, march and “Operation Ceasefire� concert. Live update on the activity and the atmosphere Saturday morning from Washington. Eleanor Cecil, president of Tampa NOW. Local activist, particularly for peace and women’s issues, is in Washington for the weekend festival, march and “Operation Ceasefire� concert. She brings the latest on what she is seeing and hearing in Washington....

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MICHAELANGELO SIGNORILE speaks out on gay marriage - By Mitch E. Perry

Michaelangelo Seniorelli is the former editor and columnist for the Advocate and a columnist for OUT magazine….He hosts a daily talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s OutQ Channel…

His collection of essays on gay marriage, sex crimes in the Catholic Church, closeted Republicans among other topics – called “Hitting Hard� has just been published.

WMNF spoke with him earlier this week….We began out interview by going back to near...

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On Monday night, Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Janee Murphy dramatically told members of the Committee that she was stepping down as Chair of the local Party.

Murphy made that announcement just before the DEC’s Credentials Committee was going to announce and distribute their investigative report on allegations that she had committed malfeasance by using the DEC’s debit card for personal needs. The report also was to answer charges that she had ...

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As the race for the District 6 seat on the at Petersburg city council primary heads into its last weekend. The St Pete Times coverage of candidate Darden Rice’s town hall meeting this week it being called into question by Dwight Chimurenga Waller, another candidate in the race.

On Tuesday, Rice held a town hall meeting at the Enoch Davis center in South St Petersburg. During the meeting, Mama Tee Lassiter, a community activist, asked Rice if he was a lesbian. Rice replied t...

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Eyewitness to Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

Former WMNF public affairs host Mabili Ajani has been living on the outskirts of New Orleans for about a year. He was there for Katrina and its aftermath. He discussed the slow local, state, and federal response to the catstrophe. He discussed the way class and race affected the response; the politics of New Orleans; and who's included/exculded in the rebuilding effort.

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation to receive funding from WMNF-by Mitch E. Perry

One of the 4 groups that WMNF will send all monies collected today for hurricane relief will go to Baton Rouge Area Foundation…That group, in association with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, has established 2 funds to hurricane relief.

Kate Sternberg is the Communications Director for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. She explained to WMNF what they do when they’re not collecting funds for hurricane relief (roll tape#1 o.q.�into the community�)


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