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Tuesday October 21, 2014

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Activists at Port Tampa Bay rally, but are unable to stop an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo

Protesters greeted a ship from an Israeli company on Saturday.

They join others at ports around the country drawing attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The dozen or so activists were not able to stop the ship from unloading its cargo, but raised awareness of the campaign to protest the Israeli shipping company.

About 40 non violent peace activists braved the intense noon day August sun to protest the unloading of the Israeli cargo ship Zim Alabama. They set up along ...

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St Pete Rally Against Police Violence and Militarization


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Ferguson solidarity rally in St. Pete to end police violence and militarization

Some citizens of St. Petersburg are outraged the at the militarization of the city's police and systemic racial inequality. They gathered in peaceful rally Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters' contempt for police injustice isn't a question of better police public relations; it goes much deeper.

Issues like ethnic injustice and inequality have reverberated around the country following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. So...

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Medical Marijuana Forum asks should Florida join the other 23 states that have legalized majiuana for medical use?

Today on Radioactivity airs a Medical Marijuana Forum that The Lakeland Ledger sponsored. The forum features both advocates and opponents who discuss if Florida should join the other 23 states that have legalized majiuana for medical use?

The forum took place at Harrison School for the Arts auditorium. Panelists included Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd; John Morgan, chairman of the United for Care Campaign; Jessica Spencer, statewide coalition director of Vote No on 2; Irvin Rosenfeld, a...

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Joshua Lenes and Aaron Carmella

State of the labor movement

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks to Joshua Lenes, a member of the United Faculty of Florida and the Graduate Students Union at USF along with Aaron Carmella of Florida AFL-CIO about the state of the labor movement.

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Gardening with Nate & Mehmet

We had an enjoyable Labor Day Sustainable Living Show with a couple of interesting guests. Last year we sold vegetables at the Twilight Market in Ybor City and met a way cool couple that were selling their inner-city duck eggs, veggies, potted plants and a great variety of Jams and Jellies. Nate and Charlie always arrived in their hippy hand-painted car and we enjoyed our evening plant talks. Nate Chetelat joined the show and talked about urban farming with mainly perennials on a rented lot...

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John Morgan and Grady Judd spar during Lakeland debate on medical marijuana

In front of a raucous standing-room-only crowd of almost 700 people Thursday night, six panelists argued in favor or against Amendment 2, the Florida medical marijuana initiative, which voters will decide on November 4. The forum was held at Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland on August 28. As the moderator, Lakeland Ledger Editor Lenore Devore, pointed out, it was designed to be an educational session, not a debate. Audience members were encouraged not to applaud or speak out, but the ra...

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Scott McIntyre and State Representative Dwight Dudley

Radioactivity explores utility regulation and green energy in Florida

Today on Radioactivity talks about utility regulation and green energy- are state regulators giving electric utility companies what they need or are regulators too soft on utility companies?

Electric utility companies are big news in Florida. With rate increases, advanced cost recovery fees, and big changes in energy conservation programs- the electric utilities have become a major issue in this year’s governor’s race.

Today's show features several guests including free market economi...

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Medea Benjamin


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From a Woman's POV discusses American police trained in Israel with Medea Benjamin, Citizens United and an abortion documentary

Do you think we have all become Mr. Jones?

Gaza – the World Health Organization is calling the conditions for children in Gaza a world health emergency. A growing, very viable industry in Israel is homeland security. Did you know that most major police departments in this country, including the St. Louis County and City police forces, have had training in Israel for homeland security? That there is a branch of the NYPD in Tel Aviv? The pentagon only too happily sees crime fighters...

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Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll joins Radioactivity to discuss her new autobiography

For two years she was Governor Rick Scott’s Lt. Governor,- the state’s first black Lt. Governor, a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and a former state representative from Jacksonville. She was forced to resign from the Scott administration last year after she was questioned by law enforcement officers who were investigating illegal gambling operations disguised as a veteran’s charity operating from internet cafés.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes guest Jennifer Carroll who has just ...

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A coral growing on a pier piling in Vieques, PR.


photo by Seán Kinane.

Endangered Species Act will protect 20 coral species

Twenty coral species found in American waters now have Endangered Species Act protections.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that the corals would be listed as threatened.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Shaye Wolf, the climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“This decision is a really big step forward for coral conservation and for preventing the further decline of our nation’s coral reefs. And so what happened is...

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