News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 24, 2014

Anti-rail activist rallies against Pinellas transit plan

The Greenlight Pinellas Plan as its called would fund things like increased bus service, bus rapid transit and 24 miles of light rail connecting downtown St. Pete, the Carillon business district in mid-county and Clearwater. The one penny tax hike would raise Pinellas’ sales tax from 7% to 8% and would grow PSTA’s revenue from about $30 million to $130 million. The campaign pushing the referendum calls this a tax swap because the sales tax would replace the portion of property taxes currently...

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Dream Defenders continue to oppose Florida's stand your ground gun law

This week activists fed up with Florida's "stand your ground" gun law rallied in the state capitol, Tallahassee. The Dream Defenders is a group mostly made up of youth of color formed shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

WMNF interviewed Jabari Mickles, with Dream Defenders, who participated in Monday's rally.

"The rally on Monday was to help support people in Florida who want to repeal Stand Your Ground. A lot of people came out ...

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Julia Angwin

photo by photo by Deborah Copaken Kogan

How to protect privacy in the digital age and hundreds of farmworkers gather outside of Publix in Lakeland for vigil

Today on Radioacticity, Rob Lorei speaks with Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, Julia Angwin, about how privacy is no longer safe in this new digital world. Angwin herself set out to erase her digital footprint, but found it was virtually impossible.

Next, Rob speaks with Jeffery Sisk, CEO of, a new search engine protects your privacy as an alternative to Google, Yahoo & Bing.

On the last part of the show, Rob speaks with Lupe Gonza...

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PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher says a new funding plan on the 2014 ballot will not only expand transportation services, it will help keep the agency solvent.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Public transportation use up in Tampa Bay and the nation

Transit agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay posted record ridership for the month of February. Bus rides in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties have continued to increase, mirroring a national trend of growing public transportation use. Bob Lasher, spokesperson for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, says many routes are running at capacity.

“Not just at rush hour, but during the middle portion of the day, we’re running buses that are having – we’re putting extra buses out because we ...

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Soraya Chemaly

From A Woman's POV discusses International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

What is it about it that seems to bring out discomfort in so many people?

With that in mind, many women have had it with the sexism and underlying misogyny. We are only too aware of the spectrum of violence to women which is so affected by the psychological and cultural milieu. And MEDIA – you are the driver of that engine.

We are going to be talking about sexism in media and its implication with SORAYA CHEMALY, writer, thinker extraordinaire. We...

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Biographer Martin A. Dyckman discusses the life of the late former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew and Tampa Bay Times reporters' examine outrageous entry fees at Trauma Centers in Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews biographer Martin A. Dyckman about the life of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew who passed away today.

Later Rob speaks with Tampa Bay Times reporters Letitia Stein and Alexandra Zayas about a story series they recently published detailing the costly entry price of Trauma Centers in Florida.

Read the Times story here.

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photo by Janelle Irwin

Jolly Sinks Sink: Reaction and Perspective

The battle over replacing the late Congressman Bill Young is over till November. Jolly Sank Sink; Lobbyist David Jolly beat former Bank executive and state CFO Alex Sink by a mere 3-thousand 457 votes. It’s the second straight squeaker loss for Sink and it leaves us wondering if she’ll face Jolly in November or retire from politics.

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly speaks with Chris Mitchell, former chairman of the Hillsborough Democratic Party and Republican Analyst Chris Ingram.

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Dalyn Houser from FL PIRG.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

Consumer advocates asking Publix to label GMO foods

Last week we told you about a bill in the Florida legislature to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms and about opposition to that legislation. We interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with Florida PIRG who is organizing support for the bill requiring labeling of GMO foods.

"GMOs are genetically modified organisms and these are seeds that grow our food that we eat and they have the DNA of the seed has been altered in some way. So, for instance, you can cro...

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David Jolly Greets Supporters after Victory Speech

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Republican David Jolly wins vacant Pinellas Congressional seat

Republican David Jolly won the closely-watched special election in Pinellas County Tuesday.The crowded room at a hotel on Sand Key was humming with supporters savoring a win over Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

Florida’s 13th Congressional district was left vacant after the death of Representative C.W. "Bill" Young last October. David Jolly had been an aid to Young for several years until 2007 when he departed to become a lobbyist in Washington. Jolly said he will focus on...

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