News & Public Affairs

Wednesday October 22, 2014

MAN, WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF MURDER, SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - Radioactivity

Juan Melendez and Abe Bonowitz, founder of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty appeared on the program to talk about the death penalty, cuts in funding to lawyers who represent people on death row, and the number of people wrongfully condemned to death by the state. Melendez shared his story of surviving almost 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongly convicted in Polk County, was exonerated and released in January, 2002. These events kick off three we...

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IMMOKALEE COALITION PROTESTS TACO BELL - Andrew Stelzer

The coalition of Immokalee workers, farm workers cooperative based about 30 miles east of Fort Meyers. began their 4th annual Taco Bell Truth Tour this morning. For the next two weeks they will be holding protests and teach-ins throughout the southeast and Midwest, and will finish with a rally in front of the Yum brands headquarters in Kentucky, WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer will be traveling with the truth tour for the next few days, and brings us this report from the worker town of Immokalee.

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ANTI-DEATH PENALTY ADVOCATES DISCUSS STRATEGY FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION - Mitch Perry

Dozens of anti-death penalty organizations throughout the United States are organizing for International Death Penalty Abolition Day tomorrow, which commemorates the 158th anniversary of speaking territory in the world to abolish the death penalty.

Today in Tampa, Death Penalty foes came to Tampa to discuss their political goals as the State Legislature prepares to convene this week.

Abe Bonowitz is the Director of Floridians Against the Death Penalty. Joined by former Death row ...

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GINNY BROWN-WAITE SOCIAL SECURITY MEETING IN ZEPHYRHILLS. Mark Antokas

According to the most recent census data, Florida’s congressional district five has a quarter of a million retiree’s in its eight counties, that’s over twenty-five percent of the population. Those figures put District Five’s Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite in a hard spot concerning the President’s push to privatize Social Security. While Bush’s plan has no detail other than to exempt those over 55, and to give younger workers the opportunity to invest...

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PRACTICAL TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR HOME'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY - Radioactivity

Richard Perez, publisher of Home Power magazine was interviewed from his home in Ashland, Oregon, where he and his family live "off the grid". Richard offered advice on insulating, heating, cooling, and providing cheap electrical power to your home without relying on the local electric utility. He believes small scale, renewable energy sources can solve many environmental and human problems around the world.

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UBAKA HILL, musician - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

UBAKA HILL, nationally-known drummer, teacher, performer and visual artist. She began drumming professionally with a local jazz group in 1974 at the age of 18 while growing up in inner city New Jersey. Ubaka is a shape shifter, a storyteller, an innovative drummer in the creative tradition of jazz and in the spirit of social change. Her first drum was the conga; the djembe is now her primary instrument, her "other voice." She also plays other kinds of drums and percussion instruments from var...

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KAREN HESSE, Newberry Award Author & MacArthur Fellow-Mary Glenney-WS

KAREN HESSE. While growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen says she dreamed of becoming many things: an archaeologist, an ambassador, an actor, an author. She attended Towson State College as a theater major, but transferred after two semesters to the University of Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in English with double minors in Psychology and Anthropology.

From the time she was ten she thought of herself as "good with words," thanks to a perceptive and supportive fifth grade teacher ...

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BUSHS STATE OF THE UNION LANGUAGE MOVES US TOWARDS CONFLICT-Andrew Stelzer

This weekend, the Association for women in Psychology is holding their annual conference in Tampa, at the Wyndham on Harbor Island; This morning, a group of psychology graduate student from the University of Rhode Island presented research projects which used qualitative research—one of the studies was entitled; Fear Evil nuclear terror: superiority, Injustice, Vulnerability, Distrust, and helplessness—An ethnographic and feminist content analysis of George Bush’s State ...

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TECO SHOWCASES EMISSIONS CLEAN UP PLAN FOR BIG BEND - Lisa Marzilli

Last month, Tampa Electric Co. announced it would begin work this year installing air- cleaning devices on Big Bend's four coal-fired generating units to the tune of 300 million dollars. According to the Florida Public Interest Research Group, Big Bend was the second-largest source of nitrogen oxide emissions among Florida's power plants in 2003. Progress Energy Florida's Crystal River plant topped the list. A public meeting was held in Apollo Beach last night (Thurs) to discuss the new...

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GOVERNOR BUSH ANNOUNCES MORE VOUCHERS - Mitch Perry

Earlier this week, Governor Jeb Bush a new education package that features giving taxpayer-funded vouchers to any students who score at the lowest level on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment test for 3 straight years.

The proposed legislation also would increase the pay of beginning teachers, allow the SAT and ACT exams to be used in place of the 10th grade FCAT….Move the 10th grade science FCAT to the 11th grade , and make portions of the FCAT availabl...

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