News & Public Affairs

Friday April 18, 2014

MODERN PLAGUES

Rob interviews USF professor Mark Jerome Walters about his new book "Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them." He uses examples of mad cow disease, AIDS, Salmonella DT104, Lyme disease, Hantavirus and the West Nile to illustrate how continuous changes to the environment can contribute to the spread of disease.

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ST PETE CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS - Amy Snider

St. Petersburg residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 4, to vote for candidates for city council, as well as to cast their ballots on six charter amendments and one referendum question. The two incumbent city council members who are being challenged for their seats, as well as some of the challengers, were in St. Petersburg today to address the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. WMNF’s Amy Snider was there and files this report.

In St. Petersburg City Council District 1, incumb...

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HAVE WE ACHIEVED RACIAL EQUALITY?

Rob interviews Michael Brown, lead author of "Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society" (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS). The book's authors take a new look at role of race in U.S. society, showing the cumulative effects of inequality on blacks and the long-term positive effects of institutional racism on whites.

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TERRY SCHIAVO'S LEGAL RIGHTS - Kristen Friend-Weaver

As Terri Schiavo enters her third day without food, her supporters still hope that Governor Bush will intervene to save her life. The Governor has been sympathetic to Terri’s family and supporters, but said yesterday that he feels he has no legal ground on which to oppose the court ordered removal of her feeding tube. Spokespeople for the Governor have said that since he has already written a letter to the judge and filed a friend of the court brief, he is now obligated to see that t...

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SARASOTA DISAVOWS SEGMENTS OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT - Kimberley Farley

Last night in Sarasota the City Commission voted in favor of becoming the latest community to adopt a resolution disavowing parts of the Patriot Act. WMNF’s Kimberley Farley reports.

The vote was 3-2 with Mayor Lou Ann Palmer and Vice-Mayor Richard Martin dissenting. Mary Ann Servian, Fredd Atkins, and Dan Bilyeu, who was the resolution’s sponsor, voted in favor.

The resolution that passed sought to disavow parts of the Patriot Act such as sneak-and-peak searches, wher...

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THE EFFORT TO SAVE SARASOTA'S "RUSE-IN-URBE" GREENSPACE

Film-maker and community activist Lisa Wilson is part of a drive to save an undeveloped, 7.5 acre plot of land in the heart of Sarasota. The space is being sought by developers because it is one of the largest undeveloped land tracts in the city. Wilson and others would like to preserve the space as a park called Emerald Forest.

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SARASOTA GROUPS CALL FOR CITY COMMISSION TO OPPOSE PORTIONS OF THE PATRIOT ACT

After many months of patience and hard work, a broad coalition of Sarasotans has succeeded in placing on the City agenda a draft resolution opposing portions of the 'PATRIOT Act'.

At 6 PM on October 6th, the City Commission will have a public hearing on our resolution. Sarasota Alliance for Voter Education (SAVE), a multi-partisan educational organization, is the resolution's sponsor. Please be there to show your support for our fundamental civil liberties! Guests on the program: Viola...

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THE BODY HEALS

Rob & Carol Roberts interview William Ferrill MD, author of "The Body Heals." He discusses specific approaches to combating obesity; diabetes; high cholesterol; arthritis; and high blood pressure; along with methods for improving the function of virtually every organ system in the body.

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A SUNSHINE STATE OF MIND

Florida's Place in American Culture. This weekend at USF St. Petersburg a series of free public lectures and dicussions will take place focusing on Florida's culture: literature, music, food, art and politics. Three of the organizers sat down in the WMNF studios to discuss the event: Mark Greenberg, professor at USF Tampa's Florida Studies Center; Rob Blount, CEO and President of the Tampa Bay History Center, and Darryl Paulson, professor of Government at USF St. Petersburg.

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