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Tuesday September 16, 2014

CHARLES SHEEHAN MILES ON IRAQ - Mitch Perry

Charles Sheehan Miles is a veteran of the first U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Gulf War. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War, and is currently completing work on his second novel, Murphy's War. Miles served in combat with the 24th Infantry Division during the 1991 Gulf War, and was decorated for valor for helping rescue fellow tank crewmen from a burning tank during the Battle at Rumayla. Since then, he has been a regular speaker on issues rela...

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RUNNING FOR A CAUSE - Mitch Perry

There are only 43 more days before Americans go to the Polls to decide on the next President. Going back last year to so called ‘Meet Ups’ meetings where activists , intent on beating President Bush, convened to discuss strategy, there have been a variety of events that have brought out people usually not that political, who are coming together to bring down the President. . The latest creative event along the way to the election took place this Saturday nationally, where th...

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501c ORGANIZATIONS-A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY?-Andrew Stelzer

This election year, the emergence of so called “527� groups which spend millions of dollars on ads criticizing political candidates, has caused some to say that the McCain Feingold campaign finance reform law has been ineffective in getting big companies out of politics. But a new report by Public citizen, a DC based public interest organization, says that 501c3 non-profit organizations are perhaps a bigger threat to transparent and fair political campaigns, and are calling for an...

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FILMMAKER JOHN SAYLES - Diane Howe Eberly

Filmmaker John Sayles has always been an iconoclast in his work - one who attacks established beliefs, customs and institutions.

Sayles film’s have mostly been about the “working Man�….Among his best known works include “Lone Star�, “8 Men out�, “Brother From Another Planet�, and most recently, “Sunshine State�.

It was during the making of that film with his cast and crew- expressing their disbelief of the emphasis on c...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATE AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa tiger bay club held a debate between candidates for 3 county commission seats this afternoon. But the only seat for which more than one candidate showed up for was district 7, which is an at large district currently held by Pat frank, who is stepping down. The three candidates running are Denise Layne, Joe Redner, and Mark Sharpe. The majority of the questions asked were about how the county should handle the rapid population growth which has been taking place for the past decades...

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KERRY FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR NANCY SODEBERG - Mitch Perry

Nancy Sodebergh is the Vice President of the International Crises Group - an organization that tries to prevent and contain conflict throughout the world.

She also served on the National Security Council for Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s, and is now an informal Foreign Policy Advisor to the John Kerry campaign.

WMNF asked Sodeberg about the latest bad news out of Iraq. How is the situation going to get better ?(roll tape#1 o.q."years, not months")

That's Nancy S...

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CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES LIQUOR LICENSES IN YBOR-Andrew Stelzer

This morning the Tampa city council discussed how the city handled this summers hurricanes, and how to handle the explosion of bars and nightclubs in Ybor city. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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In reviewing preparation for and reaction to the three hurricanes this summer; flooding was the biggest problem in Tampa, and several citizens came to the meeting upset that Lake Kipling in south Tampa—which is called a drainage pond by the city,...

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REGISTERING LATINOS IN FLORIDA TO VOTE - Radioactivity

Danny Suarez/John Maldonado are organizers with the group MI FAMILIA VOTA. They are registering local latinos to vote in the coming election. Their goal is to improve turnout among Hispanics, which is one of the fastest growing groups in the country. They told WMNF that many immigrants are afraid to take part in the election system because of past experiences with corrupt or dictatorial governments in their homelands.

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WHAT'S THE TRUTH ABOUT HOMELAND SECURITY?

Defending America against terrorists has become the keystone of President Bush's reelection campaign, yet in Mother Jones magazine's September/October cover story former Wall Street Journal reporter Matthew Brzezinski reports that the administration's obsession with Iraq has left the Department of Homeland Security underfunded, beholden to special interests, and ignored by the White House.

The agency's $40 billion budget sounds impressive, but Brzezinski points out that about a third of th...

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EYEWITNESS TO EVENTS IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - Radioactivity

Sister Kathie Uhler, Allegany Franciscan and member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, shared her recent experiences of life in the Palestinian city of Begron where she provides a nonviolent presence in response to the bombings, collective punishment, demolitions and land confiscations in that troubled region of the world. She said there are more than two dozen groups practicing nonviolence in the occupied territories and that those groups get very little media coverage. CHRISTIA...

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