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Friday April 18, 2014


500 year history of Florida

Radioactivity interviews the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida.

Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—more than 500 years ago. At least 900,000 native people were already living in Florida—and after a few years of interaction with the Spanish- most of the population died.

The controversial new book about the last 500 years of Florida history is written by author T.D. Allman. It’s ...

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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he’s seen as maybe a fringe candidate. But that’s not all – Joe is 101 years old.

Here's a list Newman sent WMNF of some interesting information about this unique candidate:

• His parents were exiled to Siberia by the Tzar in the late 1800s for political dissension. He comes from a family tradition...

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U.S. Rep Kathy Castor (D-FL) answers questions at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in downtown St. Pete.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Castor OK with SOCOM funding despite sea level rise concerns

MacDill Air Force Base will fare well in the proposed 2015 federal budget. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor agrees with funding despite the threat of rising sea levels to the low-lying military base in South Tampa.

“Nothing really is built on the outer near the coastline, everything is up on grade. This is one place I’ve got to compliment the department of defense.”

President Obama’s proposed Pentagon budget includes a 10% boost in funding for U.S. Special Operations Command which is ...

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La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill talks local, state and national politics

The CD13 race is next Tuesday. La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill, gives his take on what's been going on in that Pinellas County race. He also weighs in on Bob Buckhorn rejecting a bid to host the Democratic National Convention, Charlie Crist discussing his support for ending the sanctions against Cuba, and even why former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis is no longer playing in Tampa.

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ACLU staffer pushes for Floridan ex-felons to regain civil rights and new developments in the search for an aids cure

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with a local ACLU staffer who is in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Human Rights Council testifying about how hard it is for ex-felons to have their civil rights restored in the US.. Joyce Hamilton Henry is mid-Florida regional director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Ex felons must apply to the Florida Cabinet to have their civil rights restored. It affects voting and professional licensing. According to the ACLU, 23 percent of Florida's black ...

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A Pre-Celebration of International Women’s Day

Brutally Injured, MEDEA BENJAMIN deported to Turkey and then to US

Three members of an international delegation attempting to travel through Egypt to visit Gaza for International Women’s Day were denied entry and deported from Egypt on March 4 and 5. The women include Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire (who has been a guest on this show), American human rights campaigner Medea Benjamin, and Northern Ireland human rights advocate Anne Patterson.

“We were...

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Hillsborough will try to lure The Infiltrator film with $250K subsidy

The Hillsborough County Commission is going into show business. Wednesday the board committed a quarter of a million dollars in subsidies to lure a feature film called The Infiltrator. It’s based on a non-fiction book set mainly in Tampa by a local author who worked for the Drug Enforcement agency investigating banks laundering money for Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel.

Commissioner Ken Hagan says the county’s financial incentive to snare the film is about a third of what was originally d...

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Awake the State organizer Chuck Terzian rallies support for social issues in Ybor City's Centennial Park.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Progressive activists rally in Ybor City for Florida legislative changes

About 75 people from groups representing about a half dozen interests rallied on the first day of the legislative session in support of social issues. Awake the State organizers demanded changes to things like healthcare and poverty during a three hour rally Tuesday in Ybor City’s Centennial Park.

Just hours after Florida Governor Rick Scott gave his annual State of the State Address in Tallahassee, activists were already responding to some of the issues he didn’t talk about. One is feder...

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