News & Public Affairs

Saturday April 18, 2015

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the 17th Annual Homeless Marathon sheds light on issues facing the nation's homeless

Today we talk with Jeremy Alderson, founder of the Homeless Marathon, an annual radio program that tells the stories of America's homeless in their own voices. Alderson talks about the many misconceptions and issues facing the homeless today. The Marathon will air its 17th annual program from Sarasota this year starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17th until 9 a.m. the next day. Over 90 community radio stations will be broadcasting the show and 4 hours will be carried on Directv and Dish network satel...

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August Wilson and William Shakespeare in the House

Chrystal Bates and Alan Bonar Jones came in to talk about the acclaimed American Stage version of Wilson's play, part of the ongoing series of the Pittsburgh Chronicles.

Much Ado shoots Shakespeare up with a rowdy, sexy wedding scene, staged by the Avant Guardians, aka Coco and Homo, aka Colleen Cherry and Zachary Hines. Love in the 21st century...

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Marisol Marquez with Raices en Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Immigration panel Saturday in Tampa

Comprehensive immigration reform remains elusive in Congress; but here in Tampa, local activists are calling attention to the need to stop deportations.

This Saturday several groups are hosting a panel on immigration called Stop the Heartbreak.

WMNF spoke with Marisol Marquez, an organizer with the group Raices en Tampa.

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De-funct intercontinental ballistic missile at the Titan Missile Museum at Sahuarita, Arizona

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The Doomsday clock has been set 2 minutes closer to catastrophe, Kennette Benedict explains why

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced yesterday that it has moved its iconic Doomsday clock two minutes forward, symbolically putting humanity three minutes away from a man-made global disaster. Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin, explains how climate change, modernization of nuclear weapons, and large weapons arsenals have increased the probability of a widespread catastrophe. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Board of Science and Security was founded by former Manh...

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Tampa mayoral write-in candidate Jose Vazquez, former ABC 28 reporter Alan Cohn

Some people think Tampa mayoral write-in candidate Jose Vazquez is a bit crazy. Why would anyone want to run against Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor this winter? Especially when you've got a criminal record. Tune it hear why.

Also: Eckerd Psychology Professor Marjorie Sanfilippo talks about why it's a bad idea for the Florida Legislature to pass legislation allowing guns on college campuses, former ABC 28 reporter Alan Cohn talks about the return of Jim Norman to local politics.

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USF students part of statewide vigil for Chapel Hill victims

The Muslim Students Association at the University of South Florida will be part of a coordinated statewide vigil Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the victims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To find out more, WMNF interviewed Malak Sakhoury, the interfaith chair with the MSA at USF.

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Fed Up: The High Cost of Cheap Food by Dale Finley Slongwhite

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The Fairness Doctrine tackles plastic shopping bag use, and the legacy of pollution at Lake Apopka

We kick off this morning's Radioactivity with another edition of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today we discuss the use of plastic shopping bags versus reusable canvas bags. arguing in favor of reusable bags is Friedemann Buschbeck of the Tampa Green Party, and for plastic bags is Mark McClure, Vice President of Operations at International Plastics Inc.

We then speak with Dale Finley Slongwhite, author of Fed Up: The High Cost of Ch...

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Alex English, communications manager for TBARTA.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Veterans have new tool to find rides

If you’re a veteran needing help to find transportation in the Tampa Bay area, there’s an app for that; well, really a website. The new myRIDE service from the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority helps people find a ride. Alex English is the communications manager for TBARTA.

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Linda Marsa, investigative journalist and author on climate change

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Investigative journalist Linda Marsa discusses the looming consequences of climate change

Linda Marsa, investigative journalist and author of FEVERED: Why a Hotter Planet will Hurt Our Health and How We Can Save Ourselves., explains the science of climate change and its effects on Florida and the world. Marsa, along with other environmental experts, will be speaking at a climate change symposium titled "Fire, Floods, and Famine: What can we do about climate change" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota tomorrow afternoon.

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Andrew Curry.

photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News.

USF Students for a Democratic Society will hold anti-war teach-in Wednesday

Some area students are holding an anti-war teach-in at the University of South Florida this week. The Books Not Bombs teach-in on Wednesday is focused on ties between USF and the U.S. military. Andrew Curry is a member of the USF SDS; Students for a Democratic Society. He’s a student at St. Petersburg College and helping to organize the teach-in.

update: In a press release on 11 February, SDS wrot...

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