News & Public Affairs

Saturday March 28, 2015


MaryEllen Elia.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Sept. 2013).

Hillsborough School Board fires district superintendent

Tuesday night the Hillsborough County School Board narrowly voted to fire the district’s superintendent.

MaryEllen Elia will get more than a million dollars in compensation and her last day will be March 5.

Even though the school board voted 4-to-3 to terminate Elia’s contract, many members of the public spoke in favor of keeping her.

That includes Kathleen Shanahan who is the former chief of staff to Governor Jeb Bush.

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photo by Jackson Myers/Flickr

FSU student opposes influence of Koch brothers money on the university's economics department

Today we speak with Jerry Funt, a philosophy and economics student at FSU, who works with student activist group Progress Coalition . Funt and the coalition are opposed to funding from the conservative Koch brothers, saying donations from the Charles Koch foundation would come with strings attached that would compromise the academic integrity of the university's economic department.

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Will Allen on WMNF

On The Sustainable Living Martin Luther King Day Program our very special guest was Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee. Mr. Allen played basketball for the Miami Hurricanes, then played professional. In 1993 he started the Growing Power project in Milwaukee, was awarded a Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in 2005, and in 2008 received the Mac Arthur Foundation Genius Grant for Urban Farming. Will was featured in the documentary film “Fresh” and co-authored “The Good Food R...

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Bryan Ellis (left) and Crystal Wilson.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Black Lives Matter march planned for Bradenton; Cornel West on MLK

Today the guests on the first edition of the noon news and talk show were Crystal Wilson and Bryan Ellis. They're helping to organize a #BlackLivesMatter rally and march in Bradenton this Saturday.

It begins at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of U.S. 301 and Martin Luther King Ave. E. For more information, call: 941-321-7795.

We also heard more excerpts from Cornel West's speech last week in St. Petersbu...

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Words Words Words

Erin McKean wants you to make up words Shane Koyczan knows words can bring injuries or comfort Billy Collins shapes how we write and listen.

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CAIR's Hassan Shibley on the Paris terrorist attack: Terrorism, or Islamic terrorism?

Twelve people were killed last week at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris. The satirical magazine was known for its controversial cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed.

Joining us to talk about the ramifications of this terrorist attack was Hassan Shibley, executive director with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We asked Hassan if he agreed with Pop Francis, who said today that "religious freedom and freedom of expression sre fundamental human rights. But they are a...

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