News & Public Affairs

Wednesday December 17, 2014

WRAP UP OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION - Radioactivity

This program featured WMNF news volunteer Bill Hamilton describing the events outside and inside the RNC last week. Bill attended the convention along with WMNF volunteer John Meats. The program featured interviews conducted by Bill and John with members of the Kensington Welfare Rights group; singers Michael Franti, Steve Earle and Tom Morello; and media analyst Jeff Cohen.

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HOW DOES FEMA DISTRIBUTE RELIEF?-Andrew Stelzer

One week ago today, FEMA reported that 176,000 assistance applications had been filed in the wake of hurricane Charley, and that $86.4 million already has been given to victims - $52.4 million of that in housing aid. President Bush’s promise of 2 billion dollars in aid to Florida will not be enough to pay for all the damage, so how do federal authorities decide who gets the money? WMNF spoke to Eugene Bregency, a public affairs officer for FEMA.

FEMA INTERVIEW

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PROTEST TOMORROW OUTSIDE CARGILL TOXIC WATER SPILL-Andrew Stelzer

State environmental officials had warned Cargill that its dike was too thin and holding too much acidic wastewater a month before swells from Hurricane Frances caused the dike to overflow, according to public records. In an Aug. 10 letter, the state Department of Environmental Protection warned the company that a 100-foot stretch of the dike was not 18 feet wide as required. That section was 15 feet wide. The agency also warned that water in a reservoir was so high that an inch or two of ra...

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FORMER NEW YORK GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO - Radioactivity

Cuomo commented on the Republican National Convention and his new book WHY LINCOLN MATTERS (Harcourt). Cuomo says that the Civil War and the Iraq War have many similarities: the country was deeply divided, the wars took a heavy toll on citizens and civil liberties, and a presidential election took place during the conflict. Cuomo admires Lincoln's ability to refrain from partisan politics in an effort to unify the country. He also likes Lincoln's concern for working Americans. The former gove...

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FREEDOM UNDERGROUND: PROTESTING THE IRAQ WAR IN AMERICA - Radioactivity

Carl Rising-Moore is a Vietnam-era veteran who became disenchanted with the Iraq War and is now helping U.S. soldiers leave the service and emigrate to Canada. He says the war has taken a psychological toll and that more than about 35 soldiers have contacted him to seek his advice. He says he's helped two soldiers to leave the military and move to Canada.

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SENATOR JIM SEBESTA ON LIGHT RAIL AND EDUCATION-Andrew Stelzer

State senator Jim Sebesta was in Clearwater today, speaking to the Clearwater tiger bay club about the future of lightrail, both for the state and the Tampa bay area. Sebesta, who represents much of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is on the states transportation committee, and has focused much of his time speaking about how he convinced governor Jeb Bush to provide funding to improve the Tampa Bay areas roads and interstates, because of increasing traffic. Sebesta wants to finish a 450 ...

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THE VIETNAM VETERAN'S PEACE MOVEMENT - Radioactivity

Beginning in 1967 and through the end of the Vietnam War, there was a strong peace movement involving veterans of the Vietnam War. Our guest was Gerald Nicosia, author of HOME TO WAR: A HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS' MOVEMENT. Nicosia describes the growth of the movement, its influence on the national peace movement, John Kerry's role in the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and efforts by the Nixon administration to undermine the groups. He also says that compensation for Agent Orange damag...

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Women's Show - MEDEA BENJAMIN, CODE PINK

Medea Benjamin gave an update on Code Pink and other protest activities at the Republican National Convention. At this moment, June Brashares of Code Pink is still in jail. She was within 50 feet of President Bush as he gave his acceptance speech and she held up a sign that said, "Bush lies, people die."

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Women's Show-Ginger Woolridge,MOTHERS OPPOSING BUSH

Mothers Opposing Bush mission statement is "We are Mothers (and others) opposing Bush because this administration’s policies endanger our families and our country.

Our mission is to get the facts out, get the voters out and get this administration out of office."

She talked about how she has voted Republican in the past, but feels passionately that family values necessitate change.

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Women's Show-YOUNG ACTIVISTS who attended RNC protests

Amberly Banks, a student at USF and Christine Aikman went to New York to protest the lack of responsiveness of government. They are concerned about many issues including peace. Christine was arrested while there and shared her experiencesin the infamous 57th St. Armory and Amberly talked about the lengths she had to go to to avoid being arrested while walking toward Madison Square Garden. They talked about their hopes for change in the future.

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