News & Public Affairs

Friday April 18, 2014

WHY ARE GASOLINE PRICES RISING SO QUICKLY?

Our Guest Winona Hauter is with Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project. Record increases in gasoline prices are socking Americans in the pocketbook as the Labor Day weekend approaches, but instead of promoting policies that would moderate prices - such as stronger fuel economy standards and tighter oversight of Big Oil - Congress is steering toward passage of anti-consumer energy legislation that would do little but shower billions in taxpayer subsidies on energy companies.

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BIG LIES

An interview with Author Joe Conason about his new book: BIG LIES: THE RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA MACHINE AND HOW IT DISTORTS THE TRUTH (ST. MARTIN'S). Joe Conason is the national correspondent for The New York Observer and writes a daily online journal for Salon. With Gene Lyons, he is the bestselling author of "The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton." His writing and reporting have appeared in many publications, including Harper's, The Guardian, T...

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CHILE: PROMISE OF FREEDOM

Two 28-minute programs about the coup in Chile September 11, 1973. Featuring Isabel Allende, Ariel Dorfman, and others along with historic sound recordings and music. 30 years ago, the Chilean military, backed by the CIA, Kissinger and Nixon violently crushed the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. More than 3000 people were killed or disappeared, and thousands arrested. This documentary looked back at the history and its relevance for understanding how people in other coun...

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CORONET INDUSTRIES

(SB 1: I think it’s hogwash) This is what many of those in attendance at the town meeting at Marshall Middle School gym in Plant City felt last night. About 700 people attended the meeting held to address concerns over possible pollution from Coronet Industries, a phosphorous mine. The concern over health problems from the mine is beginning to garner national attention, the CBS crew from 48 Hours was in attendance.

In the last five years, Coronet has been given three consent orders,...

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THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES A SINGLE PAYER HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

Last week on this program we heard the views of a proponent of expanding health insurance coverage to all Americans. Today we heard from an opponent of the plan. Cecil Wilson M.D., a board certified internist from Winter Park, FL is an AMA Trustee. He is a past president of the Florida Medical Association and the Orange County Medical Society. Wilson served as a navy flight surgeon - his rank was Commander. He has been in private practice in Central Florida for 30 years.

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SENATE CANDIDATE MARK FOLEY - Amy Snider

Republican Palm Beach Congressman Mark Foley, who is running for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bob Graham, made his twelfth trip to Tampa Bay today, where he spoke to members of Tampa’s Tiger Bay Club. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Congressman Mark Foley boasts that he has the third highest record in Congress of supporting President Bush. At today’s Tiger Bay Club luncheon, Foley both defended the President, and then demonstrated that he actually ...

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SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler is a lead author of the proposal being presented today. Woolhandler is a primary care doctor practicing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She said today: "We are already spending enough to provide every American with superb medical care -- $5,775 per person this year. . . But we don't get what we pay for. More than 41 million Americans are uninsured. Millions more are under-insured -- they have coverage b...

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REZONING MEETING CHAOS - Kim Farley

Last night the Pinellas County Commission held a workshop to discuss the rezoning that will allow the expansion of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport. It didn’t exactly go as planned. Kim Farley reports:

The workshop began simply enough. A small room at the Holiday Inn Select on Ulmerton Road held tables with charts, maps, and graphs to explain the proposed rezoning. At each chart stood a person with whom a few people at a time could speak. Before too long, the room was fille...

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THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST

Gloria Pipkin and Sara Robinson are members of the Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform; Candy Olson is a member of the Hillsborough School Board. They all want to see some sort of reform in the FCAT-based grading system used to reward and punish both students and schools here in Florida. The issues are teaching to the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test), the high cost of the tests, the rote nature of the tests, the increasing number of students being held back, and the fact that ...

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THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

The Chair of the Democratic Party National Committee, Terry McAuliffe, was interviewed about the upcoming California recall election, his background as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, the cynicism many people have about the role of big money in politics and the issues that will shape the next presidential campaign.

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