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Saturday July 26, 2014

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING TV CRITIC HOWARD ROSENBERG - Radioactivity

Rosenberg retired last year from the Los Angeles Times and has written a new book: Not so Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television (Ivan R. Dee ). In his 25 years as the newspaper's critic he chronicled the rise of reality television, Fox News and the end of the dominance of the big three networks. In this interview traced the history of reality shows, and discussed how networks like FOX, who currently devote 60 percent of their line up to unscripted shows, have influence tele...

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U.S. SENATOR BOB GRAHAM - Radioactivity

Graham is retiring from the Senate after 3 terms. He's written a new book about the intelligence failures leading to 9/11 called INTELLIGENCE MATTERS. In the book he says that there were many indications that an attack was imminent; and that low level FBI and other government employees were raising concerns. He says higher level officials ignored the signs. He also confirmed that members of the Saudi royal family were flown out of this country on a charter jet shortly after 9/11 and a majorit...

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FLORIDA CITRUS PRICES REMAIN RELATIVELY STEADY DESPITE REPORTS TO THE CONTRARY. Mark Antokas

INTRO: According to numerous newspaper accounts, the price of orange juice is expected to rise dratamatically. Because of hurricane damage this [past season, the crop has been adjusted by the states citrus commission, leading some in the media to report that prices for juice will rise. But because of a surplus in the juice as concentrate from a higher than normal crop last year, WMNF’s Mark Antokas hears conflicting remarks.

Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schraeder, who is also a cit...

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FLORIDA REGIONAL SESSION PRE-K - Mitch Perry

Today in Tallahassee was Day 2 of the Special Winter Session for the State Legislature, where again discussions were intense about the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

The big issues remain how long the school day would be – 3 hours, 4 hours, or as some would like it, 6 hours.

Florida House Democrat Jack Seiler, from Wilton Manors, says he doubts a 3 hour school day would be effective (roll tape#1 o.q.�very well�)

Fort Lauderdale Republican Ellyn B...

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SINCLAIR PROTEST - Mitch Perry

A coalition of liberal political groups is launching a nationwide protest against Sinclair Broadcast Group, charging that the 62-station TV broadcaster, which was also the target of intense criticism during the presidential campaign, is misusing public airwaves with partisan news programming.

The groups, led by Media Matters for America, today announced a campaign to pressure Sinclair's advertisers with letters. But the groups involved are NOT calling for an advertiser boycott – no...

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FEDS WILL INVESTIGATE POLICE BRUTALITY IN JACKSONVILLE-Andrew Stelzer

The US justice department has announced they will be looking into the deaths of two unarmed black men in Jacksonville who were in police custody. Although the sheriffs office says the investigation is only to shine some light on the cases and he is sure no officers are guilty of excessive force, many in the community say the incidents are part of a larger pattern that has to be stopped, and point to the recent resignation of an officer as proof of a problem. Isaiah Rumlin is president of th...

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"WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS" - Radioactivity

"WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS" author Thomas Frank. In his best selling book Frank writes that low and moderate income people in his home state of Kansas have increasingly shown a loyalty to the Republican Party. He says this defies their class interests but is consistent with their views on such things as abortion, homosexuality and and social issues. Frank says that with the support of low and moderate income people, the GOP has dominated Kanas politics for many years but has failed to del...

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WILL THE GULF BE OPENED UP TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION?-Andrew Stelzer

Despite promises by the President that he is opposed to opening up the gulf of Mexico to exploration for oil and gas, The chairman of the energy committee has written a letter to the secretary of the secretary of the interior, to ask for Florida’s land in the gulf of Mexico to be opened up to gas drilling. But Florida Senator Bill Nelson he’s not about to let the gulf be opened up. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

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SIERRA CLUB RESPONSE TO OIL PROPOSAL - Mitch Perry

Joe Murphy is an organizer with the Sun Coast Sierra Club. He said that Floridians SHOULD be concerned about the possibility of Oil drilling off Florida’s Gulf Shores now that President Bush AND Governor Bush no longer need to be elected again in the sunshine state (roll tape#1 o.q.�to Florida’s coast line�)

Last year, led by Nelson and outgoing Senator Bob Graham, Congress killed a provision that would have inventoried gas and oil reserves off Florida's coast, fo...

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SCRIPPS - Mitch Perry

The proposal for the Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach County got more interesting late last week.

The organization – a world leader in developing medicines and cures is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs from spinoff ventures and companies that relocate to be near Scripps' labs.

But Palm Beach’s problem is that the proposed site – Mecca Farms - is in a rural area that will need hundreds of millions of dollars in road and utility improvement...

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